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NON-MLS Brighton Condo with Parking for Sale, 8 Kinross Road #12

Brighton condo with parking, near T, sunny top floor unit. Sunny, large, top floor condo in one of the Brighton’s most sough-after buildings! Excellent layout with spacious living room leading to private deck. Eat-in kitchen with sunlight, wine rack, and gas cooking. Welcoming foyer with coat closet plus a linen closet in the hallway. Hardwood […]

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Boston’s Best Indie Music Venues

The live music scenes is one of the best parts about living in the Boston metro area. If you’re willing to go exploring, you can easily find new bands to love. Often, they’ll be groups you’ve never heard of before. Some music venues serve food and drinks, others emphasize the dancing, and a few are […]

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Boston’s Best Fall Activities with Kids

The leaves have changed color, there’s a chilly bite in the air in Greater Boston, and Fall smells are everywhere. The kids have also been in school for awhile, which means they’re probably getting a bit restless. Fortunately, you can find plenty of places to take them this fall – whether it’s in Brookline, Brighton […]

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Boston’s Best Haunted Houses

Ready for some thrills and chills this Halloween season in Brighton, Brookline and the Greater Boston Area? If you’re a haunted house aficionado, then you know you can’t cough up the admission to walk around just any roadside operation if you want a real fright night. Fortunately, you don’t have to take your chances…any of […]

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Moving with Children: A Few Tips

Whether the prospect of a move is really exciting to you or simply a hassle, it’s important to understand that even a short, small move can be incredibly stressful for kids. Still, families with kids execute smooth and successful moves every single day. Here are a few tips to get you rolling. Have a Heart-to-Heart […]

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Cleveland Circle Condo: 8 Chiswick Road #42

New Listing in Cleveland Circle: 8 Chiswick Road #42, Brighton 02135 Sun-splashed and spacious one bedroom condo in Cleveland Circle.  Steps to B, C, D, lines, restaurants and shops. Located on the top floor, this home has great charm including hardwood floors, arched entry, inviting foyer, and high ceilings.  Gas cooking in the eat-in kitchen. […]

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Where to Get Farm-Fresh Food in Boston

“Farming” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of life in Boston. However, you’d be surprised. Though you may not find barns and chickens, you will find an impressive array of places to enjoy farm fresh food. This is true whether you’re looking for an edible garden to grace […]

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What’s The Biggest Asset Class In The World?

I just read a very interesting article about the biggest asset class in the world. I share my comments on what I see happening and how it may impact you. Click to watch: Prefer to read? Here’s the transcript: Hi. It’s Ruth. I’m in my Brookline, Massachusetts office, and Boston weather seems to be saying […]

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Four Common Pitfalls When Buying Your First Investment Property

Investing in real estate can be an outstanding way to increase your wealth. In fact, Entrepreneur.com calls it “your smartest investment.” However, investing in real estate does come with pitfalls. Make sure you set yourself up for success by avoiding these costly mistakes. Pitfall #1: Speculative Buying  You may have heard a lot of stories […]

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Boston’s Best Labor Day Getaways

Labor Day offers plenty of opportunities for fun, whether you’re looking for a place to escape the hoard of students that is about to descend upon the Boston metro area or you’re just looking for ways to have a great time during the long weekend. If you don’t have any backyard barbecues planned and don’t […]

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The Boston Real Estate Market Is Shifting

There’s been some changes happening in the Boston real estate market. Click the video below to learn what you should do – whether you’re a real estate buyer or seller: Hi, this is Ruth. I just wanted to give you a quick market update. Real estate is shifting a little bit, and I wanted to […]

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Boston’s Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

When the weather is warm and pleasant it’s a great time to get out and enjoy Boston’s culinary scene. Plenty of local restaurants have beautiful outdoor seating spaces, in addition to providing some truly amazing food. Here are some true, “don’t miss” spots that you’ll want to explore. Ristorante Fiore 250 Hanover Street, Boston If […]

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110 Strathmore Road #303, Brighton: One Bedroom Condo with Parking!

Spacious and bright one bedroom condo in Cleveland Circle. This home is on the third floor with treetop views and sunshine.  Open living room and dining area / study, hardwood floors and fireplace.  Individual heating and cooling system, washer/dryer IN UNIT, and a covered parking space.  Walk-in closet in the bedroom, plus coat closet and Excellent […]

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18 Hatherly Road, #1 in Brighton

Rarely Available Brighton Two Bedroom / Two Bath Condo in Ideal Location Rarely available!  Ideally located between Cleveland Circle and Brighton Center, a two bedroom, two bath condo in highly desirable neighborhood.  The 2005 renovation is in beautiful condition and move-in ready.  Kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a pantry.  Washer and dryer […]

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What’s Going On In The Boston Real Estate Market?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about what’s going on in the Boston real estate market. So I put together this video to answer those questions. Click below to watch: As always, I’m here to help you make great real estate decisions. If you have any questions about anything real estate related, please […]

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113 Carlisle Street, Newton Center: Splendid Young Townhouse

Young construction tri-level townhouse near Newton Center. Located on a quiet dead-end street and surrounded by trees and conservation land. Open kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Inviting living area with high ceilings, gas fireplace, elegant crown molding, and privacy from every window. Mahogany deck perfect for dining and entertaining. Master bedroom has […]

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7 Signs Your Buyer’s Agent is Clueless and Useless

A good buyer’s agent can help your home buying experience run smoothly, advocate for you during the process and help you put together a great deal. A bad one will show you a few properties, and then leave you to flounder because he or she is just after a commission check. I firmly believe a […]

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Top Vegan Restaurants In The Boston Area For Hungry Vegans

In some areas of the country, vegans have no choice but to stick to salads, or to cook at home. That’s not true in the Boston Metro Area, however. You’ll find plenty of vibrant vegan options in many of our hottest neighborhoods. Put on something nice and bring your appetite–it’s time to go exploring! 1) […]

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164 Strathmore Road #15, Brighton

New listing at 164 Strathmore Road #15, Brighton.  Two bedroom condo near Cleveland Circle and steps to T. Bright and sunny corner unit with spacious two bedrooms.  Inviting foyer, high ceilings and hardwood floors.   Updated eat-in-kitchen is ultra stylish with stainless steel appliances and granite counter.  Bow window and open living area.  Washer / dryer in […]

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How to Choose the Right Neighborhood for Your Family

Are you a first-time home buyer in the Greater Boston area? Wondering how you can find the right neighborhood in Boston for your family? Most first-time home buyers shop for all the wrong things when they start looking for a home. They fixate on floor plans, home size, or even the color of the walls. But […]

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10 Tips to Make Your Small Yard Look Inviting

Here in the Boston Metro Area it can be very challenging to score a home with a big yard. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors in your new home. You just need to give your smaller yard some TLC to transform it into a spot you’d be content to spend time in. […]

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Luxury Condo Market in Boston and Brookline

Residential real estate is in short supply in Boston and Brookline, there is no question.  This week’s Wall Street Journal had an article about the first time home buyers getting squeezed due to the low inventory and surging prices around the country.  Greater Boston is no exception.   The pressure on the younger buyers is […]

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New Listing in Coolidge Corner: 36 Winchester St #1 Brookline

Gracious one bedroom condo in Coolidge Corner.  Front facing, high first floor unit with bow window, high ceilings and period charm. Warm and spacious living area with open living room and dining area / home office.   Gleaming hardwood floors, custom blinds, plus an updated bathroom, and kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and pantry.  Generous closet […]

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New Listing: 25 South Street #2, Brighton MA

Rarely available 980sf condo on quiet Brighton side street.  Bright and cheerful one bedroom home, exceptionally spacious. Exposed brick and high ceilings for a loft-life feel, with hardwood floors and classic pre-war charm. Foyer features a coat closet and leads to an open floor plan of main living space.  Kitchen features newer cabinets and a breakfast bar, open to […]

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224 Florence Street #5, Roslindale: Village Station Condominium for Sale

Rarely available condo at the Village Station Residences.  Two bedroom, two bathroom in a 2012 construction building with garage parking located walking distance to Roslindale Village.  Beautiful, mint condition home with an open floor plan, hardwood floors, and crown molding.  Kitchen features Bosch stainless steal appliances, gas cooking, cherry cabinets, and granite counter tops.  Gas fire place in living […]

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7 Best Farmer’s Markets in Greater Boston

You probably already know living in the Boston Metro Area will give you access to a ton of great restaurants. But if you’re a foodie who also loves cooking at home or a dedicated locavore, then I’ve got you covered. The Greater Boston Area also offers some amazing farmer’s markets where you can enjoy a […]

New Listing: 4 Chiswick Road #22, Brighton

Cleveland Circle condominium now available in one of the areas most loved buildings!  Enjoy urban living with easy Green line access, walk to shops and restaurants. Super spacious and sunny one bedroom.  Charming pre-war style home with hardwood floors, molding, arched entry, and excellent closet space.  Windows overlooking beautiful courtyard.  This home also features an […]

221 Jean Carol Road, Abington

Located just 20 miles away from downtown Boston, Abington is a quaint South Shore community.  Unlike many Greater Boston communities, it is possible to find an affordable home that is irresistible, with a large yard and all the amenities modern life requires. Abington is services by the commuter rail with a 33 minute ride on […]

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Decline in Cash Sales: The Pros and Cons of a Shifting Market

According to Case Logic, cash purchases make up for 36.4% of real estate sales nationally.  This is a decline from the peak in 2011 of 46.6%, nearly half of all the sales.   In Massachusetts, about 22% of the transactions are cash and the percentage is higher in states with more significant proportion of distressed […]

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Love the Outdoors? Top Suburbs for Homes with More Land

You don’t have to give up your dream of owning a house with a yard just because you’re buying your home in the Boston Metro Area. Newton is famous for its bigger homes, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to pricey Newton to get the green space you’ve been longing for. Here are a […]

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3 Tips for First Time Home Buyers in 2016

2016 is going to be a great year to be a first time home buyer. Mortgage rates are very good right now, and you’re going to see plenty of inventory around the Boston Metro area. This means you’ll have lots of options to choose from which are likely to be comfortably within your price range. […]

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165 Chesnut Hill Ave #3: Boston Loft Near Cleveland Circle

Boston townhouse loft in energetic Brighton.  Private entry home with 20 foot ceiling, industrial architecture, and concrete floors.  One bedroom plus study with spacious kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, tile floor, and breakfast bar.  Open space and large windows with plenty of natural sunlight.   Custom designed private courtyard with room to garden, entertain or just find some peace.  Garage […]

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Brookline Real Estate Market 2015 Summary

It was a hot hot hot market in Brookline in 2015, as predicted.  What was not predicted was that the inventory would barely budge.  This pushed the prices higher as demand outstripped supply yet again. Condominiums account for the bulk of the transactions in Brookline.  Average prices increased by 8%, the same as the average price […]

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7 Hippest Communities for Young Professionals in the Boston Area

You’ve worked hard. You’re at the top of your career. And now you’re looking for a place to settle down. You’ll be in your home for at least 5 years, so make sure your neighborhood offers lots to love by checking out any of the awesome communities below. Brighton Great bars, live music, and a […]

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Most Expensive Homes Sold in Brookline in 2015

Wondering what the most expensive homes sold in Brookline in 2015 were? Below find the most expensive single family house and condominium sales in Brookline in 2015.   First the houses.  Notice they are either in the “Estate” area or Chestnut Hill.  All are recent construction, built between 1999-2014.   101 Fernwood Road, Brookline MA […]

Investor Property in Boston: 35 Pratt Street, Allston

35 Pratt Street in Allston is an investor’s dream!  With little inventory on the market, it has been difficult to find good projects.  Well, here is your chance with a two-family house.  Pratt Street is an ideal location for the following commutes: Boston University Anyone who needs I-90 access Cambridge Harvard Business School in Lower Allston […]

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Interest Rate Hike & The Boston Housing Market in 2016

There are several reasons why the recent hike, and additional ones expected in 2016, will have minimal impact on the Boston Housing Market.

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Cleveland Circle Two Bedroom Condo: 70 Stathmore Road Unit 2B

70 Strathmore Road Unit 2B, Brighton Sweet and spacious two bedroom condo in Brighton’s Cleveland Circle. Located on desirable Strathmore Road, you will be just steps from the C, D and B lines. Unit 2B  is a high first floor unit facing the front, but with plenty of privacy. The condo features a large living room, […]

Brighton Condo: 1607 Commonwealth Ave #2

New listing in Brighton One PLUS bedroom on a high first floor of brick building.  Exceptionally spacious unit with one large bedroom, open living room with reading nook, updated kitchen and bath, and bonus study / bedroom with no closet.  Good storage space, with extra storage closet outside the condo.  Excellent property for investors or […]

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New Listing, 39 Englewood Ave #16, Brighton

Two bedroom condo in Brighton’s Cleveland Circle in excellent condition.  Brookline line home just steps to Beacon Street, C, D lines.  Second floor condo with two spacious bedrooms, good closet space, plenty of sunshine.  Features include recent stainless steal appliances and new windows, hardwood floors, open kitchen-living room and a private porch.  City lifestyle with restaurants and […]

Chart of the Week: Brookline Condo Sales Year-to-Date

It’s been a transitional year in real estate for Brookline, just like the rest of the country.  While most of the United States is finally showing signs of a strong revival in the housing market, Brookline is way ahead as usual.  Brookline’s condo market is showing signs of inventory revival, after a couple years of […]

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Top Five Mistakes Sellers Make

It can be a tough market for selling a home, but those conditions can get even worse if sellers aren’t careful. While a seller doesn’t control the real estate market, their actions can significantly contribute to how long and how much their home is sold for. Underestimating Cleaning Up: It may seem obvious, but I […]

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Buying a new home or condo is incredibly overwhelming, especially in Boston’s complex real estate market. Most of the buyers who come to me do so because they’ve been having a hard time finding someone who will give them clear, solid guidance. As a result, they feel stressed out and confused. They’re also prone to […]

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Cabot Estate Condo for Sale, D301

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Chart of the Week: Sale to List Price Ratio for Brighton Condos

There are two good reasons to analyze the Brighton condo market, even if Brighton MA is the your spot of choice.  Both reasons have to do with the type of buyers which dominate the sales in the neighborhood. First, investors.  Investors have flocked to Brighton condos for years.  There has been a great return on […]

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Chart of the Week: Income and Housing Price Growth the World

The International Monetary Fund tracks the global real estate trends.  Even though we think about real estate on a hyper-local level, an international perspective allows us to find areas of potential investment, and also shows us where Boston stands in the global economic arena. The chart below is House Price-to-Income Ratio from several countries around the […]

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Advice for Home Buyers in a Seller’s Market and Chart of the Week

Late last week I had a call from the Boston Herald to give some advice for home buyers in a sellers’ market.  The focus was the Brookline market.  The Brookline MA real estate market has been a sexy story for a couple of years with the tight inventory and skyrocketing prices.  It has been made […]

New Listing in Brighton: 70 Strathmore Road Unit 3B

Beautifully renovated one bedroom condo on one of Brighton’s prettiest streets! Quiet first floor unit with gleaming hardwood floors, sophisticated custom kitchen, and comfortable layout. Highly desirable location, just steps to B, C, and D line and Cleveland Circle. Perfect for first time buyer or investor. 1 Bedroom condo High first floor 440 sf $235,000   […]

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Chart of the Week: Newton MA Outpacing the Bay State

It’s no secret Newton is one of the most desirable, and most expensive, community in Massachusetts.  But Greater Boston residents often forget the rest of the state has a very different real estate experience.  Just how different? In the since 2013, Newton prices have gone from a median price of $826,000 to $1,186,000 in year-to-date […]

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How Home Sellers Can Maximize Buyer Offers

Today’s market can be a difficult one for many sellers to navigate. While your real estate agent can advise you, the ultimate decision of what offer to accept is entirely up to you. This decision can come with quite a bit of pressure. Even in the most favorable of markets this can be a difficult […]

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Chart of the Week: Status Change of Brookline Condominiums

Every 15 minutes I receive an alert of new listings from MLS in a few of my choice neighborhoods, Brookline being on of them.  I set the alert for every 15 minutes a couple years ago, when I didn’t expect to see an update more than once or twice a day.  Now these alerts have become disruptive, annoying really. […]

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Chart of The Week: Median Condo Prices in Brighton MA

At an open house in Brighton a few weeks ago, a browsing buyer says to me, “Overpriced, everything is overpriced!” What does that mean?   If a property is overpriced, multiple buyers would not be willing to pay more than the asking price.  If property is overpriced, it wouldn’t sell fast.  Shall I remind you what overpriced feels […]

West Roxbury Single-Family Home Prices: Chart of the Week

Something about this neighborhood always feels under priced and under appreciated by the Greater Boston public.  In recent months, in seems West Roxbury is getting some more of it’s well deserved attention from buyers.  Prices made a big jump in 2014, going from average price in the mid $400,000’s to pushing well into the $500,000’s […]

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Investment Property in Brighton, 70 Strathmore Road #7B

 70 Starthmore Road is located in of the prettiest areas of Brighton.  Tree-lined Strathmore Road connects Commonwealth Avenue to Englewood Avenue, just steps to Cleveland Circle. This studio is proof great things come in small packages.  Square footage is 335, just the right size for a single person to enjoy City life.  Located on the […]

4 Chiswick Road #35, Brighton MA Condo for Sale

One bedroom condo in Cleveland Circle, just steps to D, C, and B lines.  Third floor unit in one of the area’s best buildings.  Hardwood floors, and excellent space and closets.  Welcoming foyer leads to over-size living room with an arched entry.  The sunny and cheerful eat-in-kitchen is the perfect spot to start every morning. […]

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BUYER TOOL:Chart of the Week: Agent Commission on Brookline Houses

Sometimes I really love looking at statistics and charts.  Sometimes they just confirm what you know in your gut to be true. This week I am looking at a table using data provided by my broker’s website, Raveis.com.  This table compares the status of houses on market by the compensation of the agents. The compensation is […]

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Chart of The Week: Newton Single Family Home Median Price

Do you remember when you could buy a house in Newton for $280,000?  I am too young to remember, but I was a real estate agent in 2005, when prices skyrocketed to a median price of $820,000.  February 2015, median price was $1,110,000. This week I am looking at the median sale price of Newton houses […]

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Brookline Condo Inventory

The Brookline condo market is tight.  Even as Spring market starts and it seems more and more condos are popping on market, the chart below gives us a three year perspective of a tightening market. February 2015 inventory of condos is at the levels of previous Decembers, notoriously quite months in real estate sales.  The […]

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38 Orkney Road #2, Brighton MA

Beautiful and Comfortable Two Bed in Cleveland Circle Bright and sunny two bedroom condo in the heart of Cleveland Circle.  Spacious home full of classic Bostonian charm.  Period details include arched window, high ceilings, built-in shelving, and oversize windows.  Master bedroom features large closet and bow windows.  Updated eat-in-kitchen with plenty of counter space. Washer / dryer […]

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276 Corey Road in Brighton MA

Brookline line condo.  276 Corey Road #14 is a one bedroom home ready for a new homeowner.  The condo features an open floor plan with great flow.  Plenty of storage including two double custom built Elfa closets, extensive kitchen cabinetry.  Direct outdoor access where you will find a pool and patio.  Peaceful unit, facing the back. […]

952 Beacon Street, Newton Center 02459

Beautifully preserved Victorian-era home in exceptional Newton Center location. You will appreciate the period details of the house as soon as you enter. On the first floor, French doors lead to gracious living room with fireplace, open to the gracious dining room. Bright and cheerful kitchen with large windows and a butler’s pantry. Off the […]

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19 Colliston #10 in Brighton

If you’ve ever spend an evening driving around Cleveland Circle looking for parking, you may have come by a quiet  corner you didn’t realize existed.  What a treat to find such a picturesque spot in Brighton, where Lanark and Colliston meet.  Just on the Brookline line, steps from Beacon Street, a hop and skip to the […]

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6 Larch Street in Brighton: Boston Single Family House

6 Larch Street in Brighton is a single family house in Boston, rarely available.  The neighborhood around Chandler Pond in Brighton sees little turnover.  Frankly, if I lived here I would never leave. This neighborhood is situated between the beautiful Boston College campus and lively Brighton Center.  It is a perfect location for a commute to Boston, Cambridge, […]

First Time Buyers Quit Home Searches, Signing New Leases

I’ve heard it several times the past couple of weeks. Home buyers who couldn’t buy a home of their own sign a lease on their rental for another year. First-time-home-buyers turned renters. It is supposed to be the other way around. Watching another year’s worth of rent thrown away has got to hurt. All for what? […]

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93 Strathmore Brighton Condo for Sale

New to market today, 93 Strathmore Road Unit B in Brighton.  No, the B does not stand for Basement!  This is a first floor unit in a pretty pre-war brownstone in Cleveland Circle. There are a few features in this condominium that I love.  Other than the hardwood floors and high ceilings, there are enormous […]

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Why Direct Deals Are Bad for the Seller?

Ooh, a direct deal. That’s when the home buyer is not represented by an agent so the listing agent works directly with the buyer. Every agent wants a direct deal so they can keep double the commission. And sellers like it because often, without a co-broke, the commission will be cut (say from 5% to […]

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Loft in Boston: Westinghouse Plaza Unit C301

The Lofts at Westinghouse are like nothing else in Boston.  When you are lucky enough to visit one of the penthouse units, you are sure to tell your friends about this amazing home you saw. Located a walk from the Readville station and in up-and-coming Hyde Park, the Lofts at Westinghouse offer not only convenience, […]

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90 Kilsyth Road Unit 2 in Brighton: Cleveland Circle Condo

Kilsyth Road runs through both Brighton and Brookline.  It is one of the prettiest streets in the area,  lined with trees and a combination of historical Victorian houses and tidy brownstones. 90 Kilsyth Road is steps to Cleveland Circle and a walk to Washington Square.  In just a couple of minutes you are at the C, D or B lines […]

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8 Chiswick Brighton Condo For Sale

Located just steps to the very heart of Cleveland Circle, Chiswick Court Condominiums is one of the best associations in the area. Compromised of 4 and 8 Chiswick Road, the building has 56 condos, most of which are owner occupied.  There is an elevator, but otherwise this is a classically austere pre-war building.  Beautiful architecture, […]

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330 Summit Ave Brighton MA Condo for Sale

Great things come in small packages.  330 Summit Ave #104 is one of them. With bamboo floors, granite and stainless steel kitchen, this home will make you a believer in studio condos.  It’s spaciousness and modern look is both welcoming and comfortable. 330 Summit is located a steps to the T, near Brookline line, and a short […]

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Farmers Markets In and Around Boston

Farmers market season has begun! What does fresh kale, local corn, and home made jams have to do with real estate? Judging for the positive impact the farmers market in Roslindale has on the village and the community around it, I would say the availability fresh local produce are healthy both for our bodies and […]

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Brighton MA Condo with Parking For Sale

If you missed the previous opportunity to see or make an offer on a condo in this delightful building, you have another chance this weekend! Located in the historic Aberdeed area of Brighton, 8 Kinross Road is a short walk to Cleveland Circle and three T lines.  Top floor unit with private porch, eat-in-kitchen and […]

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1 Westinghouse Plaza Unit C334 in Hyde Park

It is impossible to not love this condo.  It may no be the right home for you, but you’ll love it. The Lofts at Westinghouse are set in historical Westinghouse Plaza, former home of Sturtevant, American’s first Fan company.  They made all sorts of fans, not the kind of fans you have in your house, but […]

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Cabot Estates Luxury Penthouse: 241 Perkins St. D601

There are not many homes like this. Luxury two-level penthouse, all the amenities, set on 23 acres of serenity, next to the Emerald Necklace’s prettiest gem. The condo located at 241 Perkins Street, Unit D601 has been tastefully renovated extensively, for a comfortable and spacious home.  You will be happy in every room with tree top […]

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Newton Single Family Houses Market Update: March 2014

Newton MA’s housing market has been eliciting many complaints from buyers for about a year now.  The tight market is putting pressure on prices and many young families are priced out. Housing Market Update for Newton MA Since 2010, house prices have climbed from an average of $744,367 to $1,167,944, according to statistics from Multiple […]

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2 Sutherland Condo in Brighton MA for Sale

A new listing in Cleveland Circle is coming on market April 10th.  A fourth floor one bedroom condo with a great view of everything going on, and an excellent view of the Boston Marathon. Yet, inside the condo it is quiet and peaceful. Come see how beautifully this condo shows!  Kitchen and bath have been […]

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Should I Do a Condo Conversion for My Multi-Family House in Brookline?

If you own a two or three family house, I am sure you thought about the option of converting the house into condominiums. It is a tempting prospect, especially in a booming real estate market. Since the sum of condo values will exceed the house’s value, it is an idea worth exploration. But just because […]

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Brighton MA Condo for Sale: Two Bedroom with Parking

Two bedroom condo with parking is now on market in Cleveland Circle. This first floor condo features a modern eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, high ceilings and deeded parking. Not an inch of of wasted space! An added bonus is a private deck off the second bedroom. Located steps to B line, and a short walk […]

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Real Estate Prices in Brookline MA: Single Family Trends

Brookline MA has one of the hottest Massachusetts real estate markets.  This has put the pressure on prices on both condominiums and house and a fast-paced market.  Houses, though, don’t sell as fast as condos.  Most of the single family homes are considered luxury,  with on-market time of six to nine month common.  In fact, […]

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Should I Renovate or Sell As Is?

When prospective home sellers invite me for a consultation, the most common question is not,”What is my home’s value?” but, “Should I renovate or sell the house as is?” Several considerations are made to answer the questions of renovating or selling as-is.  At the top of the list is the local real estate market conditions. […]

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Condo Prices in Brighton MA: February 2014 Market Update

For a couple of years we’ve seen condo prices in Brighton MA surge.  But is this market slowing down soon? Since the beginning of 2012, median prices of condos on market in Brighton increased from $259,000 to $337,000 this past week.  This is a 30% jump in prices. The laws of supply and demand play out […]

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35 Independent Coffee Shops in Boston

With a large young population of professionals and graduate students, Boston has considerable demand for hip independent coffee shops.  As Bostonians, we need both our regular caffeine fix and a place to hang out with our gadgets. Below find a list of 35 Independent Coffee Shops in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and the area.  Some are great places […]

Brookline MA Condo Market Report

Below find a presentation about the Brookline MA condo market with a special focus on Coolidge Corner condos, 02446.  This includes a review of the recent market trend and a forecast for 2014. Condo Market Report for Brookline MA, January 2014 from Ruth Lerner

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Home Prices in West Roxbury MA: 02132

Located in the South-Western most post of Boston, West Roxbury is sometimes believed to be a suburb.  As a local resident, I enjoy reminding people I am indeed a Bostonian! It is easy to see why many think it is a suburb – tree lined streets, single family and two family houses dominate the neighborhood, […]

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Brighton MA 8 Kinross Road Unit 8

Rarely available one bedroom condo a walk from Cleveland Circle. Beautiful and spacious, this condo comes parking, and a private deck. Eat-in kitchen and plenty of closets, hardwood floors and great light leave you wanting nothing more. Good building minutes to B, C, D lines.  Asking price $319,000. [Show as slideshow]

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Home Prices in Newton Center, 02459

Houses in Newton Center come in diverse sizes, ages and styles. Zip code 02459 covers a large residential area, from the historical Victorians on Beacon Street to the late 1940’s ranches of Oak Hill. From splendor to tear-downs, we have it all.  And with Newton MA so desirable, prices are rising with the large jump […]

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Brighton MA 1933 Commonwealth Ave Unit 606

Brighton condo for sale, on market this week!  Listing price $329,000. One bedroom condo located at the Claridge house, 1933 Commonwealth Avenue.  Unit 606 faces front, where you find excellent views of the reservoir.  Cleveland Circle location, just a short walk from shops, restaurants, and the B, C and D lines. This unit comes with […]

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3 Tips to Negotiate Real Estate Commission

It’s a common situation all real estate agents experience. We are discussing the benefits of our services with a perspective seller, and the commission bomb is dropped: “Is the commission negotiable,” the homeowner asks. “Some agents will do this for 4%,” is another comment I hear often in Brighton. While most agents fear the commission […]

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Do Home Buyers Pay A Commission in Newton MA?

Home buyers in Newton and the Greater Boston Area often ask me how do real estate agents get paid? It is a source of confusion and sometimes it prevents buyers from hiring an buyer’s agent. Here are answers to the most common questions around real estate commission home buyers often ask: 1. Do Home Buyers […]

West Roxbury Homes

West Roxbury House Prices: Steadily Rising

West Roxbury’s real estate market is not known to be “hot”, but prices have risen steadily.  The chart below shows median house prices for the past three years in West Roxbury.  You see the obvious dips during the slow winter months.  Compared year-over-year, this past week median listing price was $442,000, and $424,000 on the […]

Newton MA houses for sale

Houses Sold in 02459: Market Report October 2013

Newton houses are flying off the market, and zip code 02459 has been especially tight.  Below find a comparison of recent sales statistics in Octobers of 2011, 2012, and 2013.  “Sold houses” means closings, so these houses likely came on market in August, a very quiet month in real estate in Newton.   But even with […]

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1933 Commonwealth Ave Brighton MA Unit 503

Elegant, sunny and renovated two bedroom condo on fifth floor of The Claridge House. This home features many stylish upgrades including new baths, Indian marble kitchen counters, hardwood floors throughout, and two custom cedar closets. Garage parking included! 1933 Commonwealth is a modern elevator building located near Cleveland Circle and across from the Reservoir. Common […]

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Luxury Houses in Chestnut Hill MA: Days on Market Getting Shorter

Chestnut Hill MA houses come in a wide variety of styles and prices.  The most obvious reason is Chesnut Hill is not a municipality, but a zip code including parts of several towns: Pieces of  Brookline, Newton, West Roxbury and a nibble of Brighton.  Houses in West Roxbury will be priced lower than Brookline, even […]

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Brookline Condominium Market: Will Buyers Remain Powerless?

The Brookline MA condominium market has been tight and getting tighter for a couple of years now.  Buyers compete for properties in any price range, and inventory remains low.  The number of buyers increase as the inventory has steadily decreased. The graph below shows peak inventory in 2013 is lower than off-season inventory in the […]

Brighton Condo for Sale

Two Bedroom Condo in Brighton: 44 Orkney Road #5

A two bedroom condo on the the top floor of 44 Orkney Road is now available.  Loaded with period charm, this is a classic Beantown home.  Located in the heart of Cleveland Circle, 44 Orkney Road #5 is steps from the B, C and D lines.  Come visit this weekend!  Priced at $345,000. [Show as […]

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300 Allston Street Unit 514, Brighton

Built in 2002, 300 Allston Street in Brighton (aka The Monarch), is a 100% owner occupied building.  Situated on the Brookline line, next to Wholefoods, the Monarch condos come with  parking and in unit washer and dryer. Unit 514 is now on market, priced at $399,900.  You’ll enjoy great light at this penthouse corner unit.  […]

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Apple Picking in the Boston Area

One of our favorite late Summer and Fall activities is Apple Picking.  Living in Boston, we have to leave the City and invest in some travel, but the trip is always worth it.  Here are a few farms my family enjoys. 1. Honey Pot Hill Orchard 138 Sudbury Road in Stow.  978.562.566. Honey Pot Hill is […]

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Three Most Important Contingencies When Buying a Condo

Are you working with a Realtor on your home purchase in Boston? I certainly hope so!  If you are going at it alone, you may overlook the most important contingencies when buying a condo.  In Massachusetts there are two contingencies written into the offer to purchase paperwork.  But what’s not in the standard offer is […]

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Three Signs Your Buyer Agent is Not Very Good

Stop your home search, start your buyer agent search!  If you are not getting results, find a better agent. In the seller’s market, working with a hard working competent buyers agent is necessary in order to buy a property at the right price. Yet many buyers are failing at securing a home, and buyers are […]

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Top FIVE Considerations When Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

Are you trying to buy a home and failing miserably? Is the housing marketed giving you a kick in the butt?  Thinking of obvious things in a new way may help. This summer I am hearing from many people who are desperately trying to buy a home, yet every new home on the market is […]

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How to Pick Your Mortgage Broker?

The next three scenarios are real evens which happened last fall during home buying transactions. Imagine this.  You are buying your first home, you are full of excitement and anticipation.  Then you learn the mortgage company hasn’t approved your loan by the deadline.  Deadline is renegotiated with the seller, extended, you wait a few more […]

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Bathroom Renovation and Resale Value for Your Condo

Tight space, tight budget, and the fear of sinking money you won’t get back.  Bathroom renovation resale value is not always 100%.  When getting ready to sell your Boston condo, you can make small inexpensive changes with a big impact. A bathroom is a small space which can make or break a sale.  If it’s […]

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Sold Over Asking: 21 Warwick Road # 6 Brookline

Sold $390,000. When I think of Brookline condos, I think of turn-of-the century buildings with ornamental details, hardwood floors, high ceilings and brilliant floor plans.  There is a feeling of “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” when you walk around these brownstones. 21-23 Warwick Road is such a building.  A top floor unit is […]

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Contingency to Sell Home: Selling a Condo and Buying a House in Boston

If you need to sell your condo in order to buy a house in Brookline, Newton and the Greater Boston area, you are not alone. With housing so expensive, not many can manage to keep both mortgages, or pay for the house without the proceeds from the condo. A contingency to sell your home is […]

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Recently Sold Condos in Brighton MA

The Brighton MA condo market is hot and getting hotter!  Homes recently sold in Cleveland Circle and near Wholefoods were on market for little time and many sold for over asking.  Here are a few recent condo sales, I represented the sellers on all of these. 8 Kinross Road Unit #A Asking Price: $239,00   Sale […]

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Median House Price Brookline MA

Median house prices in Brookline MA are on the rise again. Brookline’s market for single family houses is only 22% of the total number of properties sold in the past twelve months.  But in dollars, the Brookline market for houses had $246.5 million in closings, worth 42% of the dollar volume of real estate sold […]

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Brookline MA Real Estate: 2012 Condo Market Summary

Brookline MA real estate didn’t suffer as much in the downturn as the majority of communities.  Still, we see a substantial pick-up in the condo market. Brookline MA‘s condo market is known to be spread over a wide price range.  The condominiums in Brookline come in a variety of styles, settings, types of buildings and […]

8 Chiswick Road: One Bedroom Condo in Brighton

Sold $265,000.  Zero Days on Market: 8 Chiswick Road Unit 42 Pre-war condo buildings in Brighton are known for their simplicity and austerity, wasting little space and sparing no amenities.  Yet there is nothing like a classic one bedroom condo from the 1930’s.  Comfortable floor plans that make sense, high ceilings, and just the right […]

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Brighton MA Condos: 2012 Market Summary

Brighton MA real estate picked up steam in 2012, and here are the numbers to prove it. Below notice how both the number of sales and prices in Brighton MA have gone up, while the average days of market sank by nearly 40%.  The average sale price to list price ratio is also up, meaning […]

Brighton Townhouse for Sale

Townhouse in Brighton MA: 22 Abbey Road #3

22 Abbey Road #3 is a young Brighton townhouse for sale, offering a rare opportunity minutes from Harvard Square! SOLD $452,000.  Brighton MA is often overlooked by home buyers searching for a condo in Cambridge MA.  Sometimes we forget how Brighton and Allston border Cambridge separated only by the Charles River.  Some people don’t know Brighton used […]

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8 Kinross Road: Brighton MA Condo with Parking

SOLD over asking $241,500.  Two days on market. Sometimes you open the door to a surprise.   In the Brighton MA condo market that’s a rare treat.  With a tight real estate market in Boston, it is a pleasure for me to present a condo such as 8 Kinross Road unit A. Located in highly sought […]

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Boston Real Estate Abatement: Don’t Overpay Real Estate Taxes!

Avoid overpaying taxes by understanding Boston’s abatement process for real estate taxes Every year the City of Boston adjusts assessed home values for a real estate tax base, and there is a lot of confusion around this number.  Allow me to offer some clarifications and suggest how to avoid overpaying real estate taxes. What is […]

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A Walk Around Jamaica Pond

Looking for a condo near the Jamaica Pond?  Jamaica Plain’s finest real estate is just nearby. It’s hard to believe we live in the City when walking around the Jamaica Pond.  This is one of Boston’s most treasured nature spots, part of the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.  The 1.5 mile walk around […]

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Top Brookline, MA Local Independent Toy Stores

Today I don’t write about real estate in Brookline, MA, but about my other passion: shopping. Shopping for children can be most challenging, yet fun and gratifying experiences.  For a gift guide for anyone and a well organized shopping plan, turn to Pragmatic Mom’s post on the 12 Days of Shopping.  Then find the right […]

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Brookline, MA Real Estate Question: What’s Going on On Englewood Ave?

New construction is a rare but welcome occurrence for Brookline, MA real estate.  Behind 1842 Beacon Street, on Englewood Avenue, there is a construction site.  Home buyers and those who are simple curious ask me about this spot regularly. But home buyers and condo searchers will be disappointed to learn this building is all rentals for now. […]

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Holiday Shopping: Boston Real Estate

One of the best examples of a self-fulfilling prophecy is in the seasonality of the Boston real estate market.  Every year, as Thanksgiving approaches, home sellers ask me, “Does it make sense to put the home on market now? There are no buyers looking.” From potential home buyers I hear, “ Should we wait until Spring to buy?  […]

Newton Ma Houses for Sale

Newton Houses in High Demand, But Are You Positioning Your Home Correctly?

Newton real estate is in high demand and in analyzing the market for Newton houses; you find almost across the board, the market is favoring sellers.  Inventory of houses on market in Newton is just meeting demand or falling shy of it in some price ranges. The price range with most pressure is the $800,000-$899,999 […]

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Cambridge Condos Reviewed: Three Choices Priced in $400,000’s

In almost any location in Cambridge you are a walk from something.  Super chic and very pretty Harvard Square is still highly desirable, reflected in the prices.  But try other squares and you’ll find value, community and a lively urban atmosphere. I visited several condos this afternoon with a client, and here is a review […]

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Banish the Boston Condo Search Overwhelm!

Are you totally overwhelmed by the idea of looking for a condo in Boston?  Are you curious, and just don’t know how to start looking?  If you are regularly thinking about becoming a first time homebuyer, but don’t know what to expect, t his post is for you. When prospective first time homebuyers are curious […]

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Three West Roxbury Houses Priced in the $400,000’s

There are 55 houses on the market in West Roxbury, 19 of them are priced in the $400,000’s.  To make your West Roxbury house search a bit easier I’m reviewing three homes in superb locations worth a look. 9 Park Street, $469,000.  New to market, this is a 4 bedrooms, 1.5 bath home of approximately 1700 […]

Cleveland Circle Condos

Accepted Offer, Open House and Annoyed Buyers

I annoyed many people on Sunday.  After an offer was accepted, I went ahead and hosted an open house.  Why would I host an open house if I have an accepted offer?  Isn’t it a waste of time for me and the prospective buyers? Before you go huffing and puffing because you came to a […]

FSBO, Boston Real Estate

Where to Advertise a FSBO? The FSBO Online Resource List

Real estate agents deliver tremendous value to home sellers and home buyers.  I have a belief in the importance of my work and it seems my clients agree.  Yet, some homeowners want to venture into the world of For-Sale-By-Owners.  In another post of tips for FSBO’s, I’ve shared some key elements for success. In this […]

Cleveland Circle Condo

New Listing: 137A Sutherland Road, Brighton

SOLD, $265,500. On the corner of Sutherland Road and Lanark Road stands a German style stucco house with a red roof and shutters which is unlike anything else in the area.  This is a row of two family houses, and in a rare opportunity, one of the condos  just came on market. Not only is […]

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Brighton Condo: New Listing at 137 Englewood Ave

SOLD $230,000. Pre-war architecture associated with ornamental details, high ceilings and thick walls.  Cleveland Circle is known for pre-war low rise brick buildings, built in the 1920-1930’s.  And even though the buildings  always catered to modest (1-2 bedroom) households, you can still find period charm in these solid homes. Now available is 137 Englewood Ave, Unit […]

Doing the Numbers: Brookline Real Estate Months of Supply

“Months of supply” in real estate is the closest thing we have to a forecasting tool.  The months of supply measures how long it would take to sell the current number of homes on the market.   Low inventory, means demand exceeds supply, hence rising prices are a logical expectations.  Anything under a three months […]

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Negotiate prices Like a Pro

Interested in negotiating a   I was ten years old when the Saturn cars were introduced.  All the excitement was over how you didn’t negotiate the price, it was the “no haggle” brand. Even thought I was just a kid, it sounded like a rotten deal to me and all the fun was taken out of […]

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Brighton, MA Condo Update: Summer Numbers, Fall Predictions

The Brighton condo market has seen a visible change for the better this summer compared to last, and I’ve put together some numbers for you to see.  Notice average prices are up 8%, and days on market as much shorter, 33 days less time on market!  The number of sales during the summer of 2011 […]

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Modern Luxury Condos in Brookline: Perfect Alternative to Back Bay Condos

Three brand new luxury condos are tough competition for Back Bay condos!  Here’s a rare opportunity of brand new construction condos in Brookline, just a few blocks from the City.  The three condos available at 163 Kent Street will have you reconsidering the Back Bay condo market in a flash. Offering ultra-modern and sleek design, […]

Pricing Your Home

Common Mistakes in Pricing Your Home in Rising Market

  In a real estate market with rising prices, pricing your home can be a bit tricky.   I meet some home sellers who think it is easier to price a home in a rising market, but that’s not necessarily true.  The risk of mispricing is always the same, and leaving thousands of dollars on the […]

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Rehab Condos in Roslindale

New, clean and fresh.  Luckily, some old charm has been preserved in these condos at 83 Birch Street in Roslindale.  First floor home offers 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open floor plan and a granite / stainless steel kitchen. The second home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath bi-level condo.  Again, granite / stainless steel kitchen, […]

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Buying Your First Home This Fall? Your First Three Must-Do Tasks

Boston real estate agents are making their way back from the Cape getting ready to put up some For Sale signs.  The Fall real estate market is here.  According to Realtors, it officially begins the day after Labor Day.  The general expectation is for a vibrant, busy and tight real estate market in Brookline, Boston […]

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Residential Exemptions in Boston and Brookline

Residential exemptions are reduction on your tax bill if you live in the home you own.  Most towns have some sort of residential exemption, usually calculated with a deduction off the assessed value of your principle residence.  Your principle residence is defined as the address used on your last income tax filing. In Brookline, the […]

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The Risks of an Exclusive Buyer Agency Contract

Finally buyer agency contracts are becoming more popular in Greater Boston.  As a first time home buyer in Boston you should be especially interested in signing a buyer agency contract.  Boston, Newton, and Brookline Realtors are usually happy to discuss the contract and demonstrate how it protects you. The goal of a buyer agency contract […]

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Should I Renovate My Home or Sell It?

One of the most popular question I get these days is “Should I renovate my home or sell it.”  Everyone’s situation is different so everyone comes to a different conclusion.  It’s a loaded question because it involves many variables and a big undertaking whatever you choose. Speak to your real estate broker about your options.  […]

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The First Seven Steps Your Realtor Must Take

You’ve signed the listing agreement, now what? Between the signing of the listing agreement and the second week your home is on the market, there is an enormous amount of work for the listing agent.  Done right, completing these tasks lays a solid foundation for a successful marketing plan for your home. Here are the […]

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Choosing the Best Real Estate App

Real estate apps have put the real estate market in the hands of the buyers, making searching for homes easier than ever.  You can now see what is available at anytime, anywhere, learn a great deal about the homes, and have open house times at your finger tips. After trying several apps on my Android, […]

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West Roxbury Homes Selling Fast

After a bit of a sleepy tour of some Brookline condos on Sunday afternoon, I headed to West Roxbury, where every house I visited was jam-packed.  It was a frenzy, with multiple offers on several properties.  Buyers grabbed homes on first open houses, as the number of colonials on pretty streets is too few to […]

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Zen and the Art of Increasing Your Home’s Value

Raising two kids and running two businesses, our home can get very messy, very fast.  I used to easily fall into feeling overwhelmed and crowded in my own home, thinking it’s time to move and find more space.  My temporary solution would be to do some cleaning-up, weeding out and organizing to feel better. But […]

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Today’s Home Selling: Listing Agents as SEO Expert

Selling a home used to be characterized by three activities: putting up a yard sign, hosting an open house, and advertising in the paper.  Some agents did this extremely well.  If selling your home was that simple, no wonder so many people chose to sell homes by themselves. These days, selling your home is a […]

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Boston Real Estate Prices Going Up: Danger of Under Pricing Your Home!

When home prices are going up, and going up fast, you should be concerned about under pricing your home.  Boston real estate prices have been coming out of the slump, most prominently in the last few months.  And as more sellers are getting ready to finally sell, under pricing can be a problem. It is […]

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Boston Next Real Estate Bubble? More Fluff from the Globe

Last week the Boston Globe’s real estate blog called Boston Real Estate Now published a post called, “The Next Housing Bubble?”  This small piece is jam-packed full of nonsense, misleading information and irresponsible journalism. The first problem with this post is the title, “The Next Housing Bubble?”  Bubbles are a conclusion made in hindsight, and […]

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Newton Houses Take A Dive…Time on Market Dropping Fast!

Market time for sold houses in Newton is dropping fast.  In May 2012 the average days on market for a single-family house in Newton was 64 days, less than half from the recent peak in January 2011 of 155 days. May of 2012 has many similarities to the peak of the housing market boom in […]

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The #1 Deal Killer for Newton and Brookline Houses

Last Spring market, which ended roughly a week ago, looked something like this: buyers want to buy, sellers unsure they want to sell, plenty multiple-offer situations and many deals falling apart mid-way to closing.  This is the nature of a market with rising prices. Homeowners, believing prices will rise, stay on the sidelines and don’t […]

Brookline Single Family House Inventory

Brookline Real Estate Update

There has been a lot of talk about the shrinking supply of homes in the market.  The shift in this critical market condition is nicely shown in the months of supply of Brookline’s single family houses chart.  In May 2o11 there was over 10 months of supply – meaning, it would take 10 months to […]

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Stupid Mistakes Home Buyers Make

There are many multiple-offer situations these days, especially in Newton and Brighton.  I heard of a buyer who put bids on four properties before giving-up and renting.  Despite the stories, I still believe the biggest mistakes buyers make are rooted in the fear of losing a property. Fear based decisions are usually wrong.  In buying […]

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Brighton Condo Inventory and Time on Market

This is not the first post I am writing about Brighton condo market getting tighter.  A few weeks ago I wrote about dwindling inventory of condos available for sale and the huge drop in time on market, which I named, “Brighton Feels like 2004.” Inventory and days on market go hand in hand.  These indicators […]

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Five Things Buyers Should Never Say During a Showing

There are some things a buyer should not tell a listing agent (agent representing the seller).  A good buyer’s agent will coach you a little as to what to say and not to say during a showing.  If you are unrepresented, it is more difficult to avoid the trap of having a long winded conversation […]

Condo or Single Family?

Buyers sometimes shun the idea of a condo when they can find a single family in their price range.  I can understand that.  There are so many advantages to a single family!  Privacy, control over the house, your own yard and driveway, etc. Boston real estate prices are comparatively high.  Thus I suggest, for those […]

Losing Out to Better Offers? Who’s to Blame?

There are many multiple-offer situations these days, especially in Brookline, Newton and Brighton.  I heard of a buyer who put bids on four properties before giving-up and renting.  For a real estate agent, this is a sad story. I will receive a few phone calls from my fellow brokers scolding me for faulting the buyer’s […]

FSBO Do’s and Don’t Introduction

I don’t know why anyone wants to be a FSBO – for sale by owner.  To me, selling your own property is like doing your own dental work, a bad idea.  But let’s say you super-glued your chipped tooth and want another adventure.  Here are the do’s and don’ts for a sale-by-owner if you want […]

Getting Into Bellvue Hill

Two West Roxbury homes for sale I visited today worth mention.  If you want in on a Bellvue Hill bargain, you must visit both 15 and 31 Maxfield Road.  Both homes are surrounded by bigger houses, both have beautiful yards, and both had price reductions.

How to Choose a Listing Agent to Sell Your Home

I hope you invest some time to look for the right listing agent to sell your home.  You don’t want to be the one telling the story of how you hired your cousin’s connection who dabbles in real estate, or your agent is an out- of-town friend, or how you called just one of the […]

Two Condos with Great Woodwork

In most homes the natural woodwork has been painted, so when preserved for many years, it’s a delight.   This week two  condos with beautiful natural woodwork came on market.  Both condos are priced in the 300K’s, 2 bedrooms and both in the City of Boston. First, 75 Russett Road in West Roxbury.  This is a […]

The Truth About Open Houses

Home sellers: why are you pinning high expectations to open houses?  Is this your idea or your agent’s?  It is a mistake to think open houses are an important marketing strategy for your home to sell.  Open houses are not so important.  They haven’t been for years, since about 2006 in my opinion. The real […]

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7 Marketing Methods a Listing Agent Must Offer Before You Hire

When interviewing listing agents to sell your home you’ll receive books with marketing plans telling you about all the amazing things the company will do for you. Some of it is great, some of it a bunch of nonsense, and the most important stuff won’t be in there at all. There are essential marketing strategies […]

Real Estate Decisions: Use Your Head or Your Heart?

Last week I had a difficult decision to make.  My emotional side had to duke it out with my logical reasoning. I work through head versus heart wars with clients all the time, so this week was an opportunity to observe the decision making process and find ways to optimize difficult choices. Residential real estate […]

Your Online Resources for Brookline and Newton Real Estate

To this day I get phone calls on a couple of listings I had five or six years ago in Brighton.  This is not intentional bait-and-switch marketing, it usually catches me off guard.  On these calls I ask where they learned about the listing.  The answer is one of two websites, which I won’t mention. […]

Caught in the Bad Information Trap? No More Zestimates for Brookline and Newton!

Are you addicted to Zillow? It’s so easy to sink into that site. I admit to getting caught up in it when trying to get a picture of real estate in other parts of the United States. My real estate curiosity doesn’t end in Newton, Brookline and Boston. But then I remember, the injustice Zillow […]

Finding Your Newton or Brookline House: A Guide for Frustrated Buyers

I overheard someone talking about the long and disappointing process of looking for a home in Brookline the past year. “There is nothing in our price range.” I hear this often, especially about Brookline and Newton houses. So I want to give all the frustrated buyers a few words of advice from experience. Here are […]

Look at Homes Priced Higher Than You Can Afford in Brookline and Newton

My fellow real estate agents will hate me for this post, more the reason you, my non-agent friend, must read it. Are you looking to buy a home? What’s your price range? Whatever your price range, look at homes priced up to 10% higher! You can find a home you love at a great price. […]

Brighton Feels Like 2004

Looking at the Brighton real estate market numbers I feel like I’m time traveling back to 2004.  Not enough inventory!  Instead of anecdotal stories I will give you actual multiple listing service statistics. In researching the difference in our local Brighton, Brookline and Newton trends versus the National real estate trends, I came across these […]

The Newton and Brookline Market Downturn

My friend was telling me how the market downturn was an opportunity to find a bigger home in Brookline. Unfortunately, she didn’t find the home she wanted. (She wasn’t my client). Yes, the market took a turn. Everyone in the country knows about our real estate downturn. But in Brookline and Newton, this downturn disappointed […]

Tell Your Agent These Things Now, Avoid Problems Later

It is extremely frustrating to work on something with incomplete or wrong information. All of your efforts can end-up worthless. When real estate clients do not give all information in the beginning of their buying or selling process, the advice they receive misses the mark. Some home buyers and sellers don’t give agents all the […]

Housing Affordability

The housing market’s affordability index is at an all time high, since the tracking started in 1970. The index measures the relation of the median household income to median real estate prices. Here is a full article on the subject. http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2012/03/hai_record This is great news if you are considering buying a home. But remember that […]

The Only Reason for Not Selling Your Boston Area Condo

I’ve been writing a lot about how this is a great time for Brighton (and most of the Boston area) homeowners to sell their condo. But I own a condo in Brighton and I am not selling it. It is only fair I give a balanced view and tell you the only reason I think […]

Why First Time Buyers in Brighton Are a Leading Economic Indicator

In 2007 I found self telling many potential home sellers to NOT sell! The Brighton condo market started taking a downturn, ahead of the rest of the market. While Newton and Brookline real estate agents were celebrating million dollar deals, I felt like Cassandra around my colleagues. Although I had a stellar year in real […]

Three Reasons to Sell Your Brighton Condo Now

It has been a tough ride for Brighton condo owners who have been on the fence about selling.  The average time one lives in their first condo is about seven years, and many who bought in the boom are approaching, well, a bit of claustrophobia. But the Brighton condo market has perked up as many […]

Choosing Your Boston Area Real Estate Broker: Big Chain or Small Local Firm?

We are creatures of comfort.  We tend to like the known and choose the familiar.  This is true especially with big financial decisions, such as selling or buying a home. In the Boston area you are blessed with seemingly endless options of real estate brokers to represent you.  But when the same three companies are […]

Bad Real Estate Agent Habits

There are some really annoying habits that I see agents engaged in.  Some are bad manners and some are bad sales.  Whatever they are, I’m getting this out in the open and hopefully out of my system. 1.    The cell phone addiction.  This is a universal bad manner everywhere.  Agents: unless you have an incoming […]

Can I Trust My Real Estate Agent?

In many countries and cultures the salesperson is not highly regarded.  They are seen as swindlers, trying to get a commission at any cost.  This often happens where there is little history of salesmanship, or little consumer protection. Luckily, here in the United States, we respect the sales agent.  We recognize that a sale is […]

Businessweek Article: “A Solution to the Housing Crisis Could Be At Hand”

Great article explaining solutions to the short sale and foreclosure glut, turning around the housing market, and why the recent programs have not worked. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/a-solution-to-the-housing-crisis-could-be-at-hand-02082012.html

Finding the Balance

One of my favorite clients was buying a home with her husband while she was finishing law school, studying for the bar exam, and expecting her first child.  Talk about a stressful time.   It would have all been enough without looking for a new home, but sometimes you just have a lot on your plate […]

How Landlords Save the World

The title of this entry is over-the-top, I admit, but I am just here to stick up for the landlords out there who are trying to do some good.  The word “landlord” in itself has some negativity associated with it, and the use of “lord” in this context is distasteful in our American sensibility.  In […]

Three Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Investing in real estate can seem overwhelming and reserved for the very rich.  In the current economic conditions and marketplace, it may even feel a bit too risky.  But if you’ve ever thought real estate investing may be right for you, this is a great time to learn about your options and how it can […]

Top Three Reasons Why Property Investment Is King

No one wants to hear this, but I’m saying it anyway.  Real estate is the best long-term financial investment.  Phew…that’s a relief. With the real estate market in the dumps for several years now, it is not easy to get back into the pro-property mind-set.  But, it is exactly at these times that you should […]

How to Sell Your Home’s Most Important Feature

A recent survey of 1,000+ homeowners and future buyers confirmed the old adage, “Location, Location, Location.” The result of the survey showed that the top priorities for buyers are:  Ease of commuting by car: 38%, Access to health and safety services: 34%, Family-friendly neighborhood: 33%, Availability of retail stores: 32%, Access to cultural activities: 21%, […]

Why Hasn’t Your Home Sold?

In the market of exasperated and exhausted home sellers, I hear a lot of great stories about why homes are not selling.  They usually divide into two categories: the real estate agents not doing their jobs or the sellers are uncooperative. Either type of story leads to the same place: how are you marketing and […]

Homebuyers Make Lifestyle Options Priority

The adage when it comes to real estate has been “location, location, location.” A recent survey, though, shows that lifestyle options are a priority.  These include health and safety, access to cultural activities, and family-friendly neighborhoods. Today’s buyers are looking for a sense of belonging in a community as well as creating a desirable lifestyle […]

Your Logic May Be Getting In Your Way

I’ve said several times that a home purchase is as much of an emotional decision, as it is a financial one.  Even the most practical buyer, the one with the pro/con list on a handy clipboard is making an emotional buy. Maybe this is why so many women have been so good in real estate […]

Top Reasons Why Your Home is Still On Market

by Ruth Malkin-Lerner Are you still on market while other homes have sold?  If it has been more than one season since you have put the home on the market, you may be showcasing the wrong features and missing out on really important ones. Here are some top reasons your home is not inspiring summertime […]

I’m Thinking “Beach,” House is Saying “Snow”

It may be a drag to be on the market forever, to the point that you are either totally stressed out by the housing situation or that you completely forgot that you are trying to sell in the first place. Well, either way, do me a huge favor.  Get those photos update on MLS! I […]

Minimalist to Homeownership

Things have really chance since the recession started and from small or no down payment, we now need a minimum of 20% to make most sales work, sometimes even more.  With the tighter budgets in American households, saving up for the down payment is a daunting thought. But here’s a tactic that will help you […]

Summertime Selling Tips

Summertime can be a great season to sell your house. Why? During these hot months, your landscaping and outdoor spaces come alive. Today’s buyers are looking for extended living areas and love usable outdoor space. According to HGTV, outdoor spaces can bring in big bucks. Jon Seppala, president of Action Builders, notes, “Backyards and outdoor […]

Top Five Reasons to Own a Home

A soft real estate market that is ripe with all the conditions that should entice people to purchase a home still has some renters asking, “Why own my own home?” Low interest rates, lower home prices and an improving job market still have some buyers sitting on the fence fearful of an uncertain real estate […]

The Strategy for Home Hunting Without Fear

As any daredevil, extreme sports addict or adrenaline junkie knows, well-grounded preparation for the specific task at hand is what takes the fear out of trying. The sometimes risky sport of home buying is no different. Those who’ve suffered the agony of defeat in what’s likely the most dangerous consumer game, learned the hard way […]

Find A Buyer for Your House in Two Weeks

Is your house sitting on the market for a while now?  Sick of it, yet? Maybe you are getting ready to go on market, and you are dreading all the naysayer’s advice about trying to sell a home these days. Sitting around waiting for a buyer is not the best strategy to find one.  Along […]

It’s Not All About Money

When I just started in real estate years and years ago, I had a mentor.  I’ll spare you the details of that relationship but tell you about one piece of advice I remember well.  We were working on listing presentation in the hopes of getting a couple of different home owners to list their home […]

Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Now is a great time to buy. Homes are affordable and interest rates are at historical lows. Lending is tight, however. You need a stellar credit score and a clean credit report to even get your foot in the door. And long gone are the days of zero-down down payments. You need money down to […]

How to Price Your Home Competitively So It Doesn’t Sit On Market Forever

Zillow recently reported that 36% of homes nationwide sold in January did so at a loss.  That makes for bad real estate times.  But, alas, sometimes we have to move regardless of what the market is doing.  Our lives change and we can’t stay in our homes for whatever reason. Sellers are making some mistakes […]

Don’t Fall Into The Home Buyer Traps!

Finding the right home takes some thought and patience.  Buying a home takes a bit of guts and trust in oneself.  But even with all of those things in place, there are some unseen traps out there for buyers which will waste your time and drain your energy. Knowing where to look and how to […]

How to Find Your Gem in a Depressing Housing Market

Are you sick of all the statistics and news about the housing market?  I find it makes people constantly doubt their decisions about their own homes and about their decision to buy or sell. “Yesterday I heard this,” and “The news reported that,” is what I hear constantly from buyers and sellers who are losing […]

Home Sellers: Avoid These Very Common Mistakes

In a buyers’ market, selling your home can be a frustrating lesson, especially if you make costly mistakes that can slow your sales opportunities. According to an article by Zillow, about 36 percent of homes nationwide sold for a loss in January. As spring rolls in and buyers head out to shop for their perfect […]

This Miscalculation Cost My Buyers a Home

“Our offer was rejected,” I told my buyer, Janie, on the phone one evening after she and her finance Chris put in an offer for a small ranch they loved in one of the area neighborhoods. “Are you kidding me?  What?  Aren’t they coming back with a counter offer, something?” She was so upset, and […]

Weekly Aggregator of the Top Real Estate News, June 3 2011

Don’t surf all over the web trying to figure out what’s going on…I did it for you.  Here is this week’s more meaningful news and insight into the real estate market: June 3, 2011 Foreclosure Settlement to come in a “matter of weeks,” HUD Secretary Says from L.A. Times June 1, 2011 Mortgage Rates Today: […]

So You Want to Be a Landlord?

Today I rented out my condo in Brighton. Every time I visit a great investment property it makes me want to own more and more. The way I feel about real estate is the way I feel about books – you can’t have too many. But unlike books, investment properties can be demanding in way […]

Make the Best Offer on a Hot Property

Yes, even in a buyer’s market, a buyer is not in total control of the outcome of an offer to purchase. There are many situations in which properties are hot, and they will have several offers from buyers. Situations in which you, as a buyer, may not be holding all the cards include buying properties […]

Bad Service from a Real Estate Agent

Bad service offends me.  For me, one of the best parts of the reach of social media and the internet in general is how word travels fast and far, no one gets away with disappointing people too much.  This has increased competition to the point that as consumers we expect great service.  At least we […]

Checklist for a Home Buyer in a Competitive Market

Not every market is struggling. The truth is that many desirable neighborhoods and zip codes are still experiencing healthy inventory levels and conditions that promote multiple offers. As a home buyer in these markets, how can you be competitive? First, and perhaps most importantly, be ready to buy. Readiness is not impulsiveness, however. Before you […]

Three Reasons Home Sellers Should Decline An Offer….Even in a Buyer’s Market

Home sellers are reluctant to say no to offers these days.  The fear of losing a buyer overwhelms the reasoning behind selling in the first place.  In such a strong buyer’s market, it is very common to find a home seller ready to take imperfect offers and risky buyers. There are three reasons, though, that […]

Love at First Sight…Not So Fast!

We want to fall in love with the home we buy.  Between the money it will cost and the years we’ll live there, and the overall investment of maintaining the home, how could we be anything but in love? That is an ideal situation!  Loving the home and having no doubt about it whatsoever.  Home […]

Love at First Sight…Not so Fast!

We want to fall in love with the home we buy.  Between the money it will cost and the years we’ll live there, and the overall investment of maintaining the home, how could we be anything but in love? That is an ideal situation!  Loving the home and having no doubt about it whatsoever.  Home […]

Leave a Smaller Carbon Floorplan

If you are anything like me, every piece of trash and every mile driven is a small pinch in the nerve of environmental conscientiousness.  If you have kids, it’s just a constant green guilt fest, as many purchases, diapers, laundry, and trips in the car are unavoidable. But there is a little bit of good […]

Never Accept the First Offer

That’s great advice I heard from a great agent many years ago.  I’ve used this advice in my whole career and always share it with my clients. I don’t care what the economy is doing…Never Accept the First Offer! That sounds like crazy talk when considering the current housing market.  But remember that the offer […]

Stop Wasting Time and Use This Checklist to Find the Right Home

There are many variables making a home right for you.  It is a big task making the right decision and ensuring all your needs are met.  Although buyer’s remorse is relatively uncommon in homebuying, you want to do your due diligence to make sure you’ll be happy the day you move in, and the years […]

Buy or Sell a Better House

What’s in?  Efficient, green, and useful. What’s out? Big, fancy, and….well, frivolous.  (I think they called in luxury in 2005). No one wants to heat unused rooms, drafty windows, and poorly structured homes anymore.  The economic downturn has made it difficult, and the trend of environmental consciousness has made it very uncool. A few years […]

Finding the Unexpected Dream Home

Years ago I worked with a first time home buyer, a client named Joleen.  Joleen called to me after meeting me at an open house for a home that was not very suitable for her.  But after we started talking, she believed I would represent her well in her home search. Two weekends later we […]

Benefits of a Lousy Economy

It is hard to believe but, yes, there is something quiet wonderful happening as a result of this depressing economy. Our tight budgets are forcing builders to rethink the size and functionality of new homes, and buyers are being forced to rethink their needs. Six years ago, when you were out there looking at many […]

Home Sellers: Make Your Voice Heard!

You’ve been trying to sell your home for months…Keeping it clean and organized, staging it, maintaining your landscaping, fixing every little thing…Your constantly hear about the terrible housing market conditions….Your agent rarely has an interesting update and you feel like a sitting duck. It’s not fun lingering on the market.  It’s hard to make long […]

Making the Best Decision when Choosing Your Home

Being the largest (or one of the largest) investment you’ll make, buying a home comes with a lot of pressure.  There are many elements to getting this decision right making the whole things seem overwhelming and confusing. By breaking down choosing a home to the main variables and priorities, you can make it a little […]

Spare Yourself the Headaches of a Home Sale

Listing your home on the market for sale can be a list of hassles and annoyances – from the day you list to the day you close.  But if you take a little bit of time and invest in getting yourself prepared, you’ll have fewer headaches.  Do this right, and you’ll have buyers falling in […]

Rethinking Houses – A Trend That Will Save You Money

Between the slow economy and the overdue trend of greener living, priorities buyers when looking for a home are changing. This is important information for you whether you are buying or selling.  As a buyer, you need to consider both your needs, both current and future.  But you also need to keep in mind the […]

People Love Their Homes, Now It’s Your Turn

My clients often ask me, “is it a good time to buy / sell?”  My reply is usually the same, “It depends on your needs.” Buying and selling homes is a major life decision first, and an investment second.  Most often my advice to my clients is to follow their plans and do what they […]

Yours Can Be The Best House On The Block

If you want to sell your home quickly and with minimal hassle,  you’ll have to do a little bit of pre-listing work.  Getting ready for a home sale is more than just calling your agent and signing paperwork.  There are several things you’ll need to take care of before you list your home. The following […]

Spring Into Action and Become a Homeowner

Can you believe that people still believe that buying a home is a great way to invest your money long term?  Even in these economic conditions? A recent study shows that almost 9 out of 10 homeowners would buy the same home again!  And 7 out of 10 Americans would tell a friend to buy […]

Getting Ready for a Home Sale, Your To Do List

With interest rates so low, buying a home is more affordable, and more buyers are flooding the real estate market, making it a hotter market than you’d think.  The problem is that there are many homes on the market, many of them languishing and sitting on the market forever. But there are several things you […]

Cash In on Spring Market, Before Prices Go Back Up

Prices are down, all the way down to the levels of 2002.  Ouch! Despite this, nearly 90% of homeowner say they would still buy the same house they live in, according to the eighth quarterly “Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll: The American Dream.”  Isn’t it your time to get your slice of the American Pie? […]

The American Dream Isn’t Dead, Here’s the Proof

With all the talk about the American Dream dying, it is good news to hear that some people are quite happy in their home.  Actually, research shows that most are happy in their homes despite the drop in value in recent years. The eighth quarterly “Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll: The American Dream” revealed great […]

Preparing for a Home Sale, Avoid Nightmares Later

Yes, it is possible to have an easy and positive experience selling your home.  All those stories you’ve heard about buyers and sellers clashing, agents fighting and nasty negotiations are not a must when you go through your next real estate transaction.  If you take just a bit of time to prepare, and follow the […]

Rent Versus Buy: Top Five Reasons to Stop Paying Rent

It is a hard sell to tell people to buy a home these days, and it is not the best advice for everyone.  In fact, many people with good credit wouldn’t qualify to buy, so renting a home is the only option available. But all the bad news may be getting in your way of […]