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Three secrets to finding your new home

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

As I walked through a nearby café this morning, I heard a young woman lamenting to her friend that she found five homes listed for sale online that she liked but three of them were already sold. This is a common concern among today’s home buyers in the Boston area, who are battling for a slim number of homes for sale. According the Warren Group, “low inventory continues to plague the [real estate] market.” With the volume of homes for sale in our area at an eight-year low, it’s tough on home buyers. So what can you do to make the home buying process easier? Here are three quick tips.
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Considering downsizing from the Boston suburbs?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

When I hear the term downsizing I often think of seniors, but I've noticed an interesting trend lately. My friends with kids who are headed to college are positively giddy about getting out of the burbs. They loved suburban life while the kids were young but now they're anxious for the next phase of their lives. Free of carpools and lawn care, they're excited about embarking on a new adventure. One friend excitedly whispered to me "we just have one year left before we put our plan into action!"

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Topics: Boston real estate, 2014 real estate trends, downsizing in Boston suburbs

Wellesley public schools promote STEM education

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

Newcomers to the Boston area often ask me what makes some of our public school systems stand out. From what I've seen, innovation, inspiration, and cooperation are at the heart of what makes public schools like Wellesley's a wonderful place to learn.

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Topics: about Wellesley MA, town of Wellesley, Wellesley public schools

Boston real estate by the numbers

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:20 AM


If you're moving to the Boston area, the good news is there's a lot of choices when it comes to buying a home, but the wealth of choices can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Newcomers to the area need to know things like:

How far away from Boston do you need to live to find a reasonably priced home? Can you live in a town with a top public school system within your budget? And just what should you expect to pay to live in the Boston area?

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Topics: 2013 real estate trends, Boston suburbs real estate prices, home prices in the Boston area

Five home features that make Boston winters a little cozier

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 06:34 PM











This week I was taken aback when a new client of mine who's moving to Boston told me "a garage isn't important to me". I told her I worry that she won't feel that way after spending her first winter here! And this little chat spurred me to share the five little home features that help me get through the winter here in Boston.

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Topics: Boston real estate, energy home features

Why are we hooked on luxury real estate?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

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Topics: Boston luxury real estate, luxury home listings

Three things Zappos can teach Realtors

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

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Topics: Boston realtor, move to Boston

Luxury homes faring well in the Boston suburbs

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

The luxury real estate market performed well in 2013, with more than 330 homes valued in excess of $1M selling in Boston's Metrowest suburbs alone. Below are some highlights of the top luxury home sales across the Boston suburbs last year.

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Topics: Boston realtor, Boston luxury real estate, 2013 real estate trends

Top five home buyer misconceptions

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

To help you avoid some common pitfalls in buying your next home, I thought I’d share a quick list of common misconceptions we often hear from people looking to buy a home in the Boston area.

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Topics: Boston suburbs real estate, Boston relocation, Boston home buying process

Attracting international home buyers

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

International buyers purchased more than $68 billion in single-family homes in the U.S. last year--with 63 percent paying cash for the homes. If you're going to be selling your home, it's important that your realtor be adept at not just promoting your home to local buyers but to buyers who may be coming to Boston from around the world.

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Topics: Boston real estate, Boston realtor, selling Boston luxury homes