Home buying Q&A and more

Choosing where to live in Massachusetts

Moving to Boston but not sure where to live? You can find many resources to give you a good sense of Boston area public schools, Boston suburbs, commuting options, and more on the "Boston Relocation" section of our site. I also found a neat map that you may find helpful. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council created a map of Massachusetts that shows the demographic, economic,...Read more

Find a vibrant Boston suburb

Newcomers to Boston often have a few things on their "wish list" for the new town where they'd like to settle. More often that not this includes top rated public schools, a reasonable commute to Boston -- and a vibrant town center. The latter bit is something that's not common in much of our suburbs. However, here are three that fit the...Read more

How's the real estate market faring in the Boston suburbs?

You've probably heard lots of news reports about the real estate market booming in Boston and other locales. The low number of homes for sale in some communities is driving home sale prices up. So how is the real estate market doing in your hometown? Here's a quick snapshot of how real estate values are faring across the Boston...Read more

Pet-safe lawn & garden care

We’d all like our lawn and gardens to be lush and beautiful, but how do accomplish this in a way that’s safe for our pets? There have been several troubling news reports recently about dogs becoming extremely ill from exposure to lawn chemicals. To prevent such tragedies, I’m pleased to share advice from area experts on pet-safe lawn and garden...Read more

Average tax rates across Massachusetts towns

Property tax rates have increased in many Boston-area communities. On average, single-family property tax bills have increased by $507 since 2011. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently created this handy chart above to show a high-level view of the average residential property tax bills across the...Read more

Who is representing you in your home purchase?

Buying a home can be a confusing process, and it’s made even more confusing when you encounter a slew of different realtors along the way. It’s important to understand each realtor’s role in the transaction, and how to protect your interests when buying a home. Here are a few common areas where confusion...Read more

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...Read more

Wellesley public schools promote STEM education

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...Read more