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Making sense of Boston MLS home search codes

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 08:44 PM

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Topics: Boston suburbs real estate, Boston MLS, Boston suburbs realtor, Boston home search

Outdated real estate sites leave home buyers fuming

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sat, May 18, 2013 @ 07:54 AM

“I found a great home for sale in Trulia,” my client excitedly told me. “Can we see it right away?”

“I’m sorry,” I reluctantly told her. “That house already has an accepted offer.”

Many home buyers have experienced this same disappointment. This is because of two big flaws in the way that real estate sites share information with home buyers.

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Topics: Boston MLS, Boston home search, Boston realtor, Wellesley real estate, Wellesley realtor, Weston real estate, Weston realtor, Sherborn realtor, Sherborn real estate

Boston MLS house hunting tips

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 06:08 PM



Any home buyer can tell you that finding the exact right home to fit their needs can be a challenge. One of the biggest concerns we hear when new clients contact us is that they've been searching on third-party real estate sites like Trulia or Realtor.com to find homes, yet they have to spend a lot of time filtering out homes that aren't a good match for them.

A better approach is to ask a buyer's agent to sign up you for a free Boston MLS home search. This way, you'll receive auto emails of homes that meet very specific search criteria. Traditional third-party real estate search sites will only allow you basic searches such as the towns, number of bedrooms, baths, size of home and lot, and age of home.

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Topics: Boston MLS, Wellesley real estate, Wellesley realtor, Wellesley homes for sale

Boston MLS improves home search

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

The Boston area MLS just made a major improvement to its home search capabilities. Until today, when a homeowner received an accepted offer on their home, their listing agent was allowed to keep the listing in an "active" status to continue to look for backup offers. The problem? Although the listing did include a notation that the home had an accepted offer, this information didn't get filtered through to sites such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, and others that the Boston MLS syndicates its home listings to.

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Topics: Boston MLS

Does Sotheby's Realty only represent luxury homes?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 08:47 PM

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Topics: Sotheby's Realty Boston, Boston MLS, Boston suburbs realtor, Boston suburbs homes for sale

Boston Relocation: Those were the days!

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:15 AM



Tucked in a box of used books my father-in-law gave us was a great little book called Relocation Boston. It includes a fun graphic designed to help those moving to the Boston area decide which towns they could afford. It color codes home values (circa 1986). Everything coded in green was a quick glance at Boston towns with "homes found under $100K". Those were the days!

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Topics: best places to live in Boston, Boston real estate market, Boston MLS, Boston relocation, moving to Boston

Tips for moving to the Boston suburbs

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 @ 02:11 PM



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Topics: Boston suburbs real estate, best places to live in Massachusetts, best places to live in Boston, Boston metrowest real estate, Boston MLS, Boston suburbs realtor, Boston relocation

House hunting with the Boston MLS

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

The Boston area MLS (called MLSPIN) is a great resource for finding a home in and around Boston. On any given day, the Boston MLS lists some 20,000 homes for sale in Boston, the Boston suburbs, and beyond.

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Topics: Boston real estate market, Boston metrowest real estate, Boston MLS

The ultimate romantic abodes

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 @ 05:07 PM

With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to highlight homes for sale in the Boston suburbs for the romantic in all of us. Here are three of my faves:

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Topics: luxury home sales in Boston, Boston metrowest real estate, Boston MLS, Boston suburbs homes for sale, Sherborn horse properties for sale, luxury real estate Boston

What should I ask a buyer's agent?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 @ 08:47 PM

There are plenty of articles about interviewing listing agents, but it's often tough to know what to ask a buyer's agent. One of our new clients had some great questions they asked a previous client of ours and I thought they might be helpful. By the way, we were thrilled by our client's answers about working with my husband Kyle! (also shown below)

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Topics: Boston suburbs real estate, Boston metrowest real estate, Boston MLS, Boston suburbs realtor