Perspective on the Boston real estate market under $1 millon

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Feb 10, 2011

Following up on my last post on the luxury market above $1 million (and for all of us "common folk" out there that can't quite afford to enter the booming Boston real estate luxury market by purchasing one of these homes), here are a few details on the downtown* Boston condo market below that mark:

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Tags: Boston condos

The 15 Most Expensive Homes in Boston 2010

Posted by Michael DiMella on Sun, Jan 30, 2011

In 2010, there were 423 homes (single family and condos) in Boston sold for over $1 million equaling a total dollar value of $824,000,000.

That is UP 61.3% from 2009.  Surprised?  I am.  So much for the "great recession", at least for the $1M+ market segment.

But hey, 2009 was a dismal year, so the luxury market being up comparatively in 2010 is no surprise....right?

But....2010 was UP more than 23% compared to both 2007 and 2008 as well.

Let's have a look at the Boston luxury market stats (data from MLS): 

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Tags: luxury, Boston condos

Perspective: Greater Boston Real Estate Prices Since 1996

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Jan 27, 2011

The graph below shows a long term view of home sales and prices in the Greater Boston region real estate market (made up of the 54 cities and towns more or less within the Rt. 495 belt west of Boston) since 1996.

As you can see, the number of sales is still off the peak substantially - but for what matters most to home buyers and sellers, prices began to rebound off the bottom in 2010.  In fact, single family prices in 2010 were off their peak (in 2005) by only 7%, and condos were off their peak (in 2007) by less than 2%. 

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Tags: home values, housing market, Boston real estate

Attend our upcoming Boston First Time Home Buyer Class for free

Posted by Tara Peterson on Thu, Jan 06, 2011

FEBRUARY 1, 2011 UPDATE: Due to popular demand (aka...selling out our first two sessions in January!) we're adding several more home buyer classes to our schedule.  Please visit this page for the updated schedule.


We're hosting our first Boston Home Buyer class of 2011 on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00pm (and due to demand, we just added our second class of the year on January 25 at 6pm).  If you are thinking of buying a new home in Boston in the near future, there's no better place to learn the process than at our free, informal home buyer class. 

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Tags: Condos, home values, housing market, charlesgate realty, Boston, Boston condos, charlesgate realty group

Searching for a Boston foreclosure deal

Posted by James Marsden on Mon, Dec 27, 2010

[This is a post from James Marsden, a Buyer Agent at Charlesgate Realty Group. If you have questions, please contact James].

Based in the jump in the number of foreclosure petitions issued by banks (the first step in the foreclosure process) in Massachusetts in 2010, foreclosed properties should continue to play a large role in the Boston real estate market.

While foreclosures can be an awesome deal, searching for and buying a foreclosed property in Boston and the surrounding area is a daunting task.  Property being foreclosed on is sometimes referred to as a Short Sale, a Pre-Foreclosure, Off Market Pending Eviction, REO, Bank Owned, Lender Owned, or some other technical term.

Each one of these terms and status have an impact on not only how much you offer for a property but how you can even find the properties and to whom the offer should be made.

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Tags: buying, foreclosures, REO, marsden

Thank You For Your Toys For Tots Donations

Posted by Tara Peterson on Thu, Dec 16, 2010

Wow!! We got a good amount of toys this year for Toys for Tots with such short notice. I think we had around 40, give or take a few. We would just like to thank EVERYONE who contributed and took the time and effort to donate this year!!

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Tags: charlesgate realty, Boston, Boston life, charity, Sarah Herbert

Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

Posted by James Marsden on Wed, Dec 15, 2010

[This is a post from James Marsden, a Buyer Agent at Charlesgate Realty Group. If you have questions, please contact James].


As long as it wasn’t cropped, shot through a fish eye lenses, run through a filter, had the brightness played with…among other tricks.

I love shopping on line. It fact there have been days when I can honestly utter the phrase…”see what I’m wearing…bought it all on-line”. However sometimes when the package arrives I have to send it back. It just wasn’t the same as it looked on the web site.

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Tags: buyers agent, listing photos

Want to make sure Rufus can live in your Boston condo? Read this.

Posted by Brian Montgomery on Fri, Dec 10, 2010

[This is a post from Brian Montgomery, a buyer agent on our team here at Charlesgate Realty Group. If you have any questions, please comment below or contact Brian].

A question I am often asked by clients is, "How can I make sure the condo I am buying is pet friendly?"   It's a great question.  If you're a buyer who say owns an 80lb Lab, it's important to find out ahead of time if an association allows a pet.  That's my job as a buyer's agent to find out.  And it really all comes down to the condo association rules.

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Tags: Boston condos, condo docs, pet policy, dog friendly

How I had to Settle for a One Bedroom When I Really Wanted a Two Bedroom

Posted by James Marsden on Thu, Dec 09, 2010

[This is a post from James Marsden, a buyer agent on our team here at Charlesgate Realty Group. If you have any questions, please comment below or contact James].

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Tags: financing

3rd Annual Toys For Tots Drive at Charlesgate Realty Group

Posted by Tara Peterson on Mon, Dec 06, 2010

Hey everyone!! It’s that time of the year again here at Charlesgate Realty Group! Drop off your toy donation at Charlesgate Realty Group and we will donate a toy for every rental or sale, or you can just come on by and drop off your toys. We're looking to beat last year's donation!! We donated over 50 toys last year! Every little bit helps!!

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Tags: Back Bay, charlesgate realty, non-profit, things to do, Boston, Boston life, Boston real estate, charity, boston events, charlesgate realty group, Holiday