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Three secrets to finding your new home

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. (more…)

Considering downsizing from the Boston suburbs?

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!\" (more…)

Boston real estate by the numbers

  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? (more…)

Five home features that make Boston winters a little cozier

                    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. (more…)

Attracting international home buyers

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. (more…)