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250 Hammond Pond Parkway #401N, Newton 02467

Luxury Living in Chestnut Hill.  Beautiful corner unit with treetop view and flooded with sunlight.  Brilliant floor plan is built for comfortable living with an open living room and dining room, separate kitchen with brand new appliances, and two generous bedrooms.  Master suite features a walk-in closet. Tons of closet space, central air, and hardwood […]

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Zillow iBuyer: What You Need To Know

Have you heard of Zillow’s newest program iBuyer? Here’s my thoughts on how it impacts you as a home seller:   Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. I’m sitting in the car in Newton and I wanted to share a few thoughts about one of my favorite topics, which is Zillow. So Zillow has a program called […]

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110 Cherry Street Newton, MA 02465

Home sweet home.  Sunny, cheerful and spacious West Newton house with great curb appeal and large yard.    Living room has fireplace and mantle, and French doors to adorable sunroom perfect for year-round lounging and morning coffee.     Formal dining room with sliders to deck, and kitchen features new stainless steel appliances. Guest bath on […]

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Are Real Estate Agents Becoming Obsolete?

There is new data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that shows some surprises about the percentage of people using a realtor:   Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. In 2002 when I got my real estate license, I remember somebody telling me, “Why are you becoming a real estate agent? Don’t you know real estate […]

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7 Unusual Attractions Near Boston

Boston is a city of rich history and many well known monuments and historical sites. However, Beantown and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer for those looking for something a little more outside of the box. Here’s a look at the top lesser known and unusual things to do in the city.    Warren […]

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Are Real Estate Prices Increasing, Decreasing or Staying Steady?

There is new data from Core Logic on how real estate prices are doing in different cities across the county. What did the data show for Boston?   Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. I’m sitting in Boston traffic. Figured this as good a time as any to give you a little update from Core Logic. Core […]

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Return of the Subprime Lending Market

Today the market of subprime lending is about $50 billion. What does that mean for the real estate market?     Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to talk about the return of the subprime lending market. This is defined as mortgages to borrowers with a FICO score of 690 or lower. Now this market […]

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Greater Boston Real Estate Market Update Q3 2019

What’s happening in the Greater Boston real estate market? There’s some interesting dynamics at play that are impacting the market. Here’s my thoughts on what you should know: Hi everybody, it’s Ruth wanting to give a quick real estate update and share some information coming out of the National Association of Realtors. This year we […]

130 Boylston Street #2, Newton

Newton / Chestnut Hill Two bedroom condo Live near all the action of Chestnut Hill. Two bedroom condominium in well run association, located steps to the Chestnut Square, Chestnut Hill Mall, The Street. Sunny and cheerful home with hardwood floors and many updates. Travertine and glass tile bathroom, kitchen features granite counters, new dishwasher and […]

50 Broadlawn Park #401, West Roxbury

Cheerful one bedroom condo in Braodlawn Park. Beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and luxurious wood cabinets. Stylish updated bath in grey and white. Extra large bedroom, and spacious main living area with hardwood floors. Sliders to private balcony in quiet setting. Condo comes with one parking and plenty of space for […]

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Pondside Gem: 17 Lakeville Road #1, Jamaica Plain

Picture perfect Pondside home in Jamaica Plain Steps to Centre Street and the Jamaica Pond.  A gem located on beautiful and peaceful Lakeville Road.  High first floor of ornate brownstone, this condo has been loved and renovated.  Brand new kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter and white cabinets.  New hardwood floors, and renovated bathroom […]

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Brookline’s Best Parks

The sun is starting to make an appearance, the days are getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the school year is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to hit the parks. Brookline has an extensive network of parks and open space ranging from small playgrounds to large historic landscapes, and best of […]

216 Summit C3 Brookline for sale

216 Summit Ave Unit #C3 Brookline, MA 02446

216 Summit Ave Unit #C3 Brookline, MA 02446 Set atop Corey Hill, an out-of-the-ordinary home, not to be missed.  Two story foyer has ceiling height of 18’5” with windows and skylight allowing for plenty of sunshine.  Stairs lead to bright main living area which is an open space concept. Sophisticated kitchen renovated in 2013 with stainless […]

241 Perkins Street

241 Perkins St Unit I 102 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

241 Perkins St Unit I 102 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Surround yourself by nature living in the City. Cabot Estate, second floor end unit, with large windows overlooking back yard.   Open living room with sliders to deck, and fireplace, vaulted ceilings up to 13’4″ high. Study/Den off living room with built-in custom book cases […]

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15 Thatcher Street #5, Brookline MA 02446

15 Thatcher Street #5, Brookline MA 02446 Gorgeous, top floor, three bedroom condominium near Coolidge Corner, overlooking Knyvet Park.    This home has a comfortable circular layout. Main living area faces South with canopy view of the park. Extra large living room and dining room open to kitchen with skylight and plenty of closets. The […]

230 Mount Vernon Street, Dedham, MA 02026

230 Mount Vernon Street Dedham, MA 02026

230 Mount Vernon Street, Dedham, MA 02026 Colonial with lovely yard on picture perfect street near Endicott and Library. Check out the video I recorded there: Picture perfect Colonial house in idyllic location.  Situated across the street from the Library, just near Endicott Estate.  Enter foyer to find hardwood floors throughout, and an easy floor plan. […]

139 Beaconsfield Road #5 Brookline, MA 02445

139 Beaconsfield Road #5 Brookline, MA 02445

139 Beaconsfield Road #5 Brookline, MA  02445 Here’s a quick video I recorded at the property:  Gorgeous top floor condo in beautiful brownstone, steps to C and D lines.  Two bedrooms, two full baths, in unit laundry. Separate dining room and brand new state-of-the-art kitchen.   Parking and extra storage. Take a look at the unit:   […]

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5 Things To Love About Living In Dedham

Finding the perfect place for your family to call home is a big decision with many elements to consider. If you are looking for a location with a rural, suburban feel yet within close proximity to the city, why not consider Dedham? The place you call home is much more than a collection of houses, […]


Brookline Neighborhoods

Once ranked as the best suburb in America, and​ currently ranked 17th​, Brookline is tough to beat. It offers small town charm, yet still just minutes from the heart of Boston. The suburban amenities make it the perfect place for families with numerous parks, and top notch schools. Considering a move to Brookline? The area […]

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12 Presentation Road #2 Brighton, MA 02135

12 Presentation Road #2 Brighton, MA 02135  Presentation Hill.  Lovely and sunny condominium in a two-family house.  Spacious home with period detail and charm. Inviting living room, open to dining room with natural wood hutch and chair rail.  Separate private study with sun room is perfect for home office or a guest bedroom. Large eat-in […]

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7 Historical Figures Who Have Called Brighton Home

Throughout history, many important figures have called Brighton home. Among them are famous authors, politicians, activists, religious leaders, musicians and athletes, just to name a few. Many have made significant contributions to the history of our nation, the state of Massachusetts and have significantly influenced the lives of other. The list before you contains familiar […]

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5 Hidden Gem Restaurants In Brighton You Must Try

The Brighton area boasts over 160 restaurants. Many of them are popular favorites, like Deep Ellums and Devlin’s. But there are also many lesser known gems within the dining scene. If you’re looking for something new, and you want to skip the guesswork, then keep reading. These are some of Brighton’s best kept secrets. ​They […]

16 Colliston, 2 BR condo for sale

16 Colliston Road Unit 1, Brighton, MA 02135

16 Colliston Road Unit 1, Brighton, MA 02135 Five room condominium in a Victorian house, rich in detail and character.   High ceilings and hardwood floors throughout this sun-splashed home. Spacious foyer with coat closet, leads to living room with bow windows and fireplace.  Granite kitchen is open to the dining room, and has sliders to private […]

Boston’s Brewery Scene

Whether it’s the beer or the experience you’re chasing – or both – you won’t have to go far to find them in Boston. All across greater Boston, breweries are popping up on residential corners and sprouting from rustic, urban buildings, growing into warm gathering places. With new value propositions, such as Bring Your Own […]

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Greater Boston Real Estate Predictions – 2019

What’s in store for the Greater Boston real estate market in 2019? Here’s my thoughts and market update:   Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to give you a bit of an update and tell you what I see coming up in 2019 in the real estate market. It’s only January 2019 and we’re off […]

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The Real Estate Market and the Holidays

Wondering if you should take your Greater Boston property off the market during the holidays? Watch the short video below to learn the advice I’m giving my clients.    Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to talk about the real estate market during the holiday and the winter months, and about days on market […]

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Most Important Historical Monuments in Boston

As one of the oldest cities in the country, it is no surprise that the city Boston is steeped in rich history. Boston was the scene of several key events in the American Revolution. The city is filled with dozens of historical monuments to commemorate these events, none more important than those that make up […]

131-133 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain 02130

131-133 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain 02130

131-133 Williams Street, Jamaica Plain 02130 New condo conversion!    Total renovation 2017, expertly and beautifully done.  Three units available. Two spacious bedrooms, two full baths.   Sophisticated and large granite / stainless steel kitchen with gas cooking, tile backsplash, white cabinets.  Open to dining and living room area. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, and […]

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241 Perkins Street, Unit D605, Jamaica Plain (Boston) 02130

241 Perkins Street, Unit D605, Jamaica Plain (Boston) 02130 Exceptional Cabot Estate condominium, penthouse level home in luxury elevator building.   Spacious and open living and dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows in two directions for ample sunshine and lovely views, while maintaining quiet and privacy. Vaulted ceilings and fireplace add to the beauty and sophistication. […]

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Best Autumn Day Trips Within 100 Miles Of Boston

Are you ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Fall is a great time of year to get out and explore all the sites of New England. From famed fall foliage to fascinating historical destinations, there are so many places to explore. Here are 9 of my favorite autumn […]

515 Green Street #7

515 Green Street #7, Cambridge, MA 02139

515 Green Street #7, Cambridge, MA 02139 Desirable location only ONE block from Mass Ave, four blocks to Central Square.   Spacious two bedroom condo with large bedrooms, generous closets, and an open floor plan.   Granite/stainless steel kitchen and hardwood floors throughout. Excellent storage within the condo and central A/C.  Laundry in unit! Plus […]

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Market Update: What Does Fall Hold For The Boston Real Estate Market?

What’s happening in the Greater Boston real estate market? Here’s my fall market update:    HI everybody. It’s Ruth. I’m in my home office and I want to talk for a minute about what’s going on in the real estate market, Fall 2018. Things have changed. They have really changed since last spring and […]

405 Windsor, Framingham MA

405 Windsor Drive #405, Framingham 01701

405 Windsor Drive #405, Framingham 01701 Situated on the north side of Windsor Green, abudtting wooded privacy.  This townhouse offers a quiet home with several easy commuting options, in a desirable North Framingham location.   Two-level home with open dining and living room, bright and spacious, with sliders to private patio. Patio has a shed […]

1850 Beacon Street #214 Brookline

1850 Beacon Street #204, Brookline 02445

1850 Beacon Street #204, Brookline 02445 Look no further, it’s all here!  Live on beautiful Beacon street, enjoy the convenience of City life.  Unit features extra large main living area, with open dining and living room.    Master suite features double closets and updated bath. Eat-in-kitchen with walk-in pantry / laundry. Layout lends itself […]

21 Englewood Ave #5 Brookline 02445

21 Englewood Ave #5, Brookline 02445

21 Englewood Ave #5, Brookline 02445 Top floor, sunny unit with TWO parking spaces.   Cheerful home with big living room, separate dining room.   Two spacious bedrooms, updated bath and kitchen. Coat closet upon entry and extra large linen closet in hall.  Hardwood floors, replacement windows and no wasted space here.   Quiet home […]

1662 Commonwealth Avenue #31, Brighton 02135

1662 Commonwealth Avenue #31, Brighton 02135

JUST LISTED:  1662 Commonwealth Avenue #31, Brighton 02135 Bright third floor condominium in desirable building near T.  There’s a lot to love about it:  Extra large five room unit with open dining and living room.  Hardwood floors, French doors, high ceilings and arabesque detail give the unit character and charm.   Renovated granite kitchen, […]

40 S Crescent Circuit Brighton MA 02135

40 S Crescent Circuit, Brighton 02135

40 S Crescent Circuit, Brighton 02135 Rarely available single family house in desirable Brighton neighborhood.   Take a look:   This sunny home is enjoyed the second you walk in. High ceilings and hardwood floors throughout.  Loaded with period charm, details include two colorful picture windows, built-in hutch and fireplace.   Spacious living room leads […]

8 Kinross #2 Brighton

8 Kinross #2, Brighton

JUST LISTED: 8 Kinross Road #2 in Brighton 02135  Delightful, convenient and rarely available two bedroom condominium in excellent building.   Hardwood floors and great ceiling height. Front hall with coat closet, leads to bright and spacious living room.   Gas cooking in the the eat-in kitchen. Master bedroom is large with a deep closet. […]

22 Chestnut #216 Brookline

22 Chestnut Place #216, Brookline

22 Chestnut Place #216 in Brookline. Check out this newly listed meticulously maintained two bedroom, two bath condominium with garage parking in desirable elevator building. Unit faces lush backyard view and mature trees allowing for privacy.  Spacious, open living room – dining room, white kitchen with updated appliances, and newly finished hardwood parquet floors.  Large master […]

Home Builder Sentiment: What Does It Mean?

Recent Home Builder Sentiment: What Does It Mean?

Home builder sentiment is very positive, currently around 70%, which is quite an optimistic outlook on the market. It is, however down from previous months. Why is that? Here’s my take on it all. Let me know what you think. I always love hearing from you.   Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to talk […]

7 Cummings #5 Brighton

7 Cummings Road #5, Brighton

7 Cummings Road #5, Brighton. Incredible two bedroom home in Victorian House, Walk to T, with parking. Check, check and check! You’re going to love this one. Check out this video I recorded at the property:    Incredible and rarely available condominium home in Victorian house on Brookline line.   This two bedroom condo has […]

Boston Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate Market Update – July 2018

The market is hot right now in Boston, Brookline and Brighton. Will it stay that way? I’ve been helping clients make great real estate decisions for over 15 years. Here’s my thoughts on the Boston real estate market right now:    Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I want to give a quick market update. It […]

313 Tappan

313 Tappan Street #2, Brookline

313 Tappan Street #2, Brookline Lovely high first floor condominium in Washington Square. Located at desirable “Terraces” complex, just steps to both C and D lines, in a quiet and serene setting. High ceilings, hardwood floors, and beautiful original woodwork through the unit. Fireplace in large living room, spacious dining room perfect for entertaining. Kitchen […]

Boston Real Estate Market Update

Real Estate Market Update – June 2018

What’s happening in the Greater Boston real estate market? Here’s my Spring market update…. the real estate market is full of change and surprises.  Hi everybody, it’s Ruth. I wanted to give you a market update on the Spring real estate market. So the word on the street has been that Spring started a […]

Should I Remodel?

Seems everyone is in spring cleaning mode. A common question I get asked is “Should I remodel or renovate my home if I plan on selling it?” Here’s my answer:  Hi, it’s Ruth. I wanted to quickly talk about a topic that I’ve had a few conversations recently about and that’s should I remodel […]

17 Bridle Path, Canton

17 Bridle Path, Canton, MA

17 Bridle Path, Canton, MA A sanctuary and a sprawling ranch home set on four acres.  Find serenity yet minutes to I-95 and I-93. Well maintained home with lots of features for comfortable living and entertaining.  Exposed natural wood Ponderosa Pine beams, vaulted ceilings, and skylights through much of the house, for a contemporary-rustic look […]

16 Colliston #2 Brighton MA

16 Colliston Road Unit 2, Brighton, MA

16 Colliston Road Unit 2, Brighton, MA Desirable, quiet and beautiful Colliston Road in Cleveland Circle.   Extraordinary second floor unit of Victorian era house of six units.   This sun-splashed 680 square foot one bedroom condominium has windows in three directions with treetop views.   Enter the foyer and walk into open living area with […]

74 Indian Road Medfield MA home for sale

74 Indian Hill Road, Medfield

74 Indian Hill Road, Medfield, MA 02052 Classic Expansive Colonial Situated on Lush Lot Check out the gallery of photos: ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Set on a lush lot, 74 Indian Hill Road is a classic hip-roof Colonial which has been beautifully maintained.   Enter the double doors into the elegant two-level foyer […]

42 Orkney Road, Brighton

42 Orkney Road #1, Brighton, MA 02135 Brand new listing in HOT HOT HOT Brighton. Check out the gallery of photos: ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Cleveland Circle! Spacious high first floor unit in desirable Brownstone.   Front-to-back layout with bow windows in the front, high ceilings and hardwood floors.   This unit has a beautifully updated […]

6 Peach Tree Lane, Newton

6 Peach Tree Lane, Newton MA 02459 Are you looking for your new perfect home? Watch the video to learn about this new listing:  Sunny and cheerful home in desirable South Newton location.   Check out the gallery of photos: ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Set on a dead-end street, on a private lot, […]

Redfin and Similar Discount Brokerages – What You Need To Know

You’ve probably heard the ads from different discount brokerages such as Redfin. Here’s some things you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re thinking of working with a discount brokerage.  Ruth:         Hi everybody, it’s Ruth and Cori. Cori:           Hi. Ruth:         We wanted to discuss with […]

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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.  Watch this video to learn about condo conversion of a multi-family home in the Greater Boston area: Doing a condo conversion is a tempting prospect, especially in a booming real estate market. […]

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Condo Conversions in Greater Boston: Everything You Need To Know

Have you considered doing a condo conversion in Greater Boston? There’s lots of factors to consider in a condo conversion: Ruth:   Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I’m sitting here with my friend and attorney Ilya Fuchs, and we want to discuss condo conversions. We’ve had a lot of question about condo conversions recently, and we’re hoping […]

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Selling My Home: Should I Take The First Offer?

You put your home on the market. You got an offer. You’re thrilled. It’s the first offer though. Should you take it? Hi everybody. It’s Ruth. Today I want to talk to you about whether or not you should be taking the very first offer on the property. So you’re a seller. You have your […]

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How The New Tax Law Will Impact Your Home

Are you wondering how the new tax laws will impact your home? I interview Bob Ingle, my accountant, about this important topic: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Ruth:  Hi, it’s Ruth again and I’m here with Bob Ingle at Ingle and Associates in Wellesley and we are talking about […]

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2018 Real Estate Predictions

Were my 2017 real estate predictions correct? What do I think 2018 will have in store for the Greater Boston real estate market? <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Hi everybody, it’s Ruth. Happy New Year. Happy 2018. A quick video just to talk about what I think is going […]

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Winter Real Estate Market in Greater Boston

Yes, it’s cold outside and everything is frozen over. Does that mean the same holds true for real estate in Greater Boston? <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Hi everybody, it’s Ruth. I want to talk to you quickly about the housing market in the winter. It is winter, it […]

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Walkability: What’s Driving Real Estate Decisions in Greater Boston

When I talk to people looking to buy a home in the Greater Boston area and ask them what’s important in making that decision, the answer always includes “walkability”. They want a home in a walkable neighborhood meaning they can easily walk to transportation, shopping, entertainment, etc. Walkability is an emerging trend that cannot be […]

150 Saint Paul, Brookline

150 Saint Paul #306, Brookline, MA 02446

150 Saint Paul #306, Brookline, MA 02446 ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Prime Coolidge Corner location, one of the neighborhood’s most desirable buildings.  Open and spacious luxury corner condominium on third floor.   Granite kitchen with island / bar is open to dining and living room with corner fireplace. Two columns, built-in shelving and high ceilings make […]

64 Lanark Street #2, Brighton

65 Lanark Road #2, Brighton

65 Lanark Road Unit #2, Brighton <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Located in the heart of Cleveland Circle, near Brookline line, steps to C, D, and B lines.  Spacious unit in a pre-war building.  High ceilings, big windows, and hardwood floors.  Kitchen has gas […]

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What Happens To Home Prices In The Winter?

Many of you have been contacting me asking what happens to home prices in the winter:  <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. It is a very cold Saturday morning here in Brooklyn, Massachusets and I wanted to talk just a couple of minutes to answer a […]

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The Downsizing Trend: Choosing City Life Over The House In The Burbs

There’s a growing trend of people moving closer to the City, looking for walkability and easier commutes. I’ve had several conversations recently with homeowners ready to downsize and forgo the space for added convenience. Interestingly, it’s not just retirees. People of all ages and stages of life are deciding that they just want a simpler […]

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47 Keystone Street, West Roxbury

47 Keystone Street, West Roxbury – NEW LISTING! Sunny and spacious three bedroom Colonial with a yard on quiet side street in desirable West Roxbury. Sweet Tudor style Colonial on quiet street, with natural wood details and high ceilings.  Sunny and cheerful house with excellent space,  First floor features a living room with fireplace, formal […]

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22 Chestnut Place #314, Brookline

22 Chestnut Place #314, Brookline – NEW LISTING! Sunny and modern two bedroom, two bathroom condominium in elevator building. New beautiful granite kitchen, updated luxurious bathrooms, parking included.  Walk to D line. Open, sun-filled two bedroom condominium at Sargent Estates.  This home has been thoughtfully remodeled with a brand new granite/stainless steel kitchen and modern […]

Penthouse Luxury Condominium: 300 Kent Street #5, Brookline

This stunning penthouse condominium is not only an architectural wonder, it has an amazing panoramic view from its private rooftop deck:   <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Luxury Penthouse Condominium in Longwood Mall area.  Spacious, sun-drenched home, all rooms graced with architectural detail. Modern kitchen with new high-end Bosch […]

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What do the Fed’s Rate Hikes REALLY Mean for Real Estate?

The Fed’s recent rate hike . . . what does it REALLY mean for Boston real estate?    <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I wanted to quickly talk about the recent hike in rates from the Federal Reserve, and we’re probably going to see a […]

Coolidge Corner 19 Winchester Street

Coolidge Corner Condominium: 19 Winchester St. Unit 604

Convenient and comfortable home for City living in Coolidge Corner. Spacious and cheerful condominium with parking in a highly desirable building. Features include hardwood parquet floors and great closet space, living room with sliders to private porch with beautiful City view. Ready for an update with your personal customization and taste. Steps to Beacon Street […]

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Boston Area Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain MA is part of the City of Boston and is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the City.  Jamaica Plain is big and has several sub-neighborhoods.  It is well served by the convenient and fast Orange T line and a diverse array of shops and restaurants.   Jamaica Plain is known for it’s […]

88 Gordon #101 Brighton

88 Gordon Street #101, Brighton

Excellent investment or owner occupant opportunity in convenient location.  Studio in excellent location near B line, a walk to Brighton Center, Boston Landing, Harvard Street / Cambridge Street.  Unit is in good condition and has excellent closet space and nice layout.  Big windows allowing plenty of light.  Commonwealth Park is a well maintained building with […]

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123 Sewall Ave, #1K: Walk to Coolidge Corner, Longwood Medical Area

New condo listing in Brookline.   Ideally located a short walk to both Longwood and Coolidge Corner.  Beautifully maintained one bedroom home  with an open and modern space, sunny and bright.  Granite kitchen with island, open to living room and dining area.  Sliders to spacious private balcony.  Bedroom has great closets, and fits a king […]

44 Court Street Dedham Antique Home

44 Court Street, Dedham: Antique Home in Walkable Dedham Square

Precinct 1, Historic Dedham Square Colonial built in 1797, where old world charm is at its best.  This six bedroom home has been updated and lovingly maintained.  Elegant entry hall with dentil molding, high ceiling and wainscoting.  Formal living and dining room and separate family room, each with fireplace.  Expansive screened porch brings the outdoors […]

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Best Walkable Neighborhoods Around Boston: Dedham Square

Quaint New England meets urban convenience in Dedham Square.  Dedham, MA was first incorporated in 1636 by settlers who originated in Dedham, Essex, in England.   This town has managed to preserve a historic enclave of homes and businesses which are inhabited and enjoyed. Dedham has a wonderful history you’ll want to explore: ” order_by=”sortorder” […]

61 Thatcher St.

Coolidge Corner – Rare 3 BR Condo – 61 Thatcher St. #3

Coolidge Corner is in hot demand right now. Walkability, convenience, prime location, a bustling neighborhood . . . you can have it all in this newly listed 3 BR condo. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>   Three bedroom condominium near Coolidge Corner.  Sunny, second level home with easy floor plan. […]

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Most Walkable Neighborhoods: Coolidge Corner

Brookline offers many interesting areas and walkable neighborhoods near Boston, but by far the most exciting is Coolidge Corner. The C Green line is easily accessible with fast service into Downtown Boston. Kenmore Square and Fenway Park are less than 2 miles.  The corner itself is where Beacon Street and Harvard Street meet and the […]

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Coolidge Corner Condominium with Parking: 125 Pleasant Street #605, Brookline

Large one bedroom home on sixth floor of desirable Amory House, Coolidge Corner. Well maintained condominium with master suite and separate guest bathroom. Excellent layout allowing for easy entertaining. Welcoming and open living room and dining room, with sliders to private balcony. Outdoor space large enough for chairs and table, with a beautiful unobstructed view. […]

Walkability in Boston: Best Areas in Brighton

Would you like to live somewhere where you can easily walk to everything you need in the Greater Boston area? Wondering if Brighton is a good location for walkability?  Most of Brighton has good access to public transportation and some commercial centers.  There are sections which feel a bit suburban and distant, though.  Here are the […]

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Brookline’s Best Bakeries

Are you craving sweet treats, fresh bread, and creative, savory pastries? If so, you’ll find a host of locally owned and operated bakeries right here in Brookline, each guaranteed to satisfy. Every one of these bakeries is different, offering its own unique twist on the classic bakery. Make sure to try them all before picking […]

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Massachusetts Real Estate Tax Rates

Below find an interactive map of Massachusetts tax rates by towns created by Kurt Rosenfeld, including information on residential exemption.  Some of the highest real estate taxes, per $1,000 in assessed value, are in Longmeadow at $23.58, Wilbraham at $22, and Maynard at $22. Lowest real estate taxes are paid in Hancock (Berkshire County) at […]

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3 Things I Dislike About The Home Seller’s Market Right Now

There’s 3 things I dislike about the home seller’s market in Boston right now. I share my comments in the video below:   <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Here’s a transcript of the video: Hi, everybody. It’s Ruth. I wanted to share a few thoughts I’ve had about the […]

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The Danger of Under-Pricing Your Home and the Big Lie Real Estate Agents Are Telling You

You may think under-pricing your home is the key to making a swift sale. After all, everyone hears about bidding wars and homes which fetch $100K over the asking price in the Brookline or Boston markets. However, there is a difference between things that sound good and things that are good. Homes sometimes enter these […]

The Best Places in Boston to Find Vegan-Friendly Gifts

Wondering where the best places are in Boston to find vegan-friendly gifts? Got someone in your life who is committed to a cruelty-free lifestyle? Shopping for them isn’t as hard as you might think, at least, not if you live here in Boston. There are plenty of local places to find great vegan products, enough […]

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34 Court Street, Dedham: Historical House Steps to Dedham Square

Historic Greek Revival home located steps to Dedham Square situated on a double lot in desirable Precinct 1. Beautifully maintained house, featuring high ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows and comfortable layout.  Inviting foyer with coat closet, turned staircase.  Sun-filled, 21×17 living room with fireplace.  Spacious dining room has built-in shelving, and updated kitchen views to the […]

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My Real Estate Predictions for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! What will 2017 mean for the real estate market in Greater Boston? Here’s my predictions: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Hi, it’s Ruth. Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017. I want to share a few thoughts about my predictions for the housing market in 2017. […]

Boston’s Best Indie Gift Shops

Tired of the same old ho-hum big box store shopping this holiday season? Feel like cyber-shopping is equally boring and bothersome? Never fear. The Boston metro area includes a wide variety of locally-owned and operated shops, each featuring gifts you could never find anywhere else. Today, I’m going to be your guide to some of […]

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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 […]

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: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Prefer to read? Here’s the transcript: Hi. It’s Ruth. I’m in […]

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 […]

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: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> As always, I’m here to help you make great real estate decisions. […]

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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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How I help sellers

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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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 […]

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. […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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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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 […]


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, […]

Renovate or Sell As Is?

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. […]

Brighton MA condo market

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

Houses in Boston

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, […]

Boston Condo with Parking

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 […]

Condo for sale in Brighton MA

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 […]

Newton Real Estate Buyers

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 […]

Brighton MA Realtor Ruth Lerner

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.  […]

Boston Area Apple Picking

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cleveland Circle Condo with Parking

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 […]

Assessed Value in Boston

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 […]

Jamaica Pond

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 […]

New Construction Englewood Ave

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 […]

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 […]

Brighton, MA condos

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 […]

Roslindale Condo

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 […]

Boston Real Estate Taxes

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 […]

Buyer Agency Contract

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]