Open House at Stunning South End Home with Wine & Hors D'oeurve

Posted by Tara Peterson on Mon, Oct 03, 2011

Special Thursday Night Open House

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, South End, luxury

So You're Thinking of Buying a Home in Boston?

Posted by Tara Peterson on Tue, Aug 09, 2011

You've never done this before, and it can be, well...kind of intimidating. I'm sure you've had your doubts, questions, concerns... it can be really quite overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be!!

You've been pondering this, discussing it with friends and family, but want more information on the market and what actually happens during your first home buying, but you're not quite sure where to get the answers? We at Charlesgate Realty Group can you help you!

We've been hosting a Boston Home Buyer Class for a few years now. It's free. And we discuss things such as:

     •    Renting vs. Buying: Whether it even makes sense for you to buy right now
    •    Homebuying process and timeline: How long it actually takes to buy
    •    Working with an agent: How it works and whether or not you really need one
    •    What mortgages are still available and how much cash you need to buy
    •    Using neighborhood level data (like discount ratios and real time trend graphs) to value properties
    •    Negotiating 101: How to craft your offer to drive a hard bargain!
    •    Top 10 online resources to aid your home search


It's very low key, we offer food and drinks before and afterward and it's a great way to learn about the Boston real estate market, ask questions that you may have regarding the process. In fact, our buyer agents stick around to answer any other questions you may have that we may not have hit upon during the class. The class is at 6pm on Tuesday September 20.

Click here to get more information and to register. We hope to see you there!

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Tags: Condos, charlesgate realty, Boston real estate, Boston condos, charlesgate realty group, Boston, Back Bay, downtown boston, South End, for sale, buying, foreclosures, housing market, attorneys, economy, the economy, buyers, financing, buyer tools, events, condo docs, buyers agent, property search, pricing, property tax, Financial District, beer

Sneak Peek of the 19th floor at The Metropolitan

Posted by Susan Doig on Fri, Mar 25, 2011

[This is a post by one of our buyer agents Susan Doig.  Susan can be reached at sdoig@charlesgaterealty.com.]

This past Wednesday, like every Wednesday morning, we started our day with a weekly team meeting. We gathered to go over market news as well as the pipeline of upcoming listings coming our way. There are a lot of really great listings from Charlesgate Realty coming on market in the near future!

We did not have a guest speaker this week. (And you didn’t hear it from me but rumor has it we are having a mortgage professional join us next week that can help with some of the issues being experienced by buyers on condo mortgages. Check back here next week for more details!)  Since we are constantly striving to make ourselves better, we learned some efficient ways to improve communication with our buyer clients.  The technology and systems we use here are really state of the art and help us provide the best service and advice to clients.

After our meeting, we headed out to preview a few new listings coming on market soon.  We viewed two condominiums in South Boston and one condo in the Theater District, all ranging in price from $399,000 to $745,000. They were all great properties but I am picking the 3 bed/2 bath condo located on Nassau Street in the Metropolitan as my “sneak peek of the week”:

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, buying, buyer agent

The Emperor's New Clothes

Posted by Michael DiMella on Tue, Mar 22, 2011

[This is a guest post by iconoclastic developer and marketer, Merrill H. Diamond.  Merrill can be reached at mdiamond@diamondsinacori.com. Read his bio below.]


Having recently touted the first-class architecture of 45 Province, among other aspects of this extraordinary property, and the Marino Center at Northeastern, I’d like to turn my attention to the state of contemporary architecture, in general.

As an architect-turned-developer, I attended architectural school at a time when it was transitioning from the tail end of formal Beaux Arts training to the advent of Bauhaus, New Brutalism and other contemporary design ideologies that have continued to dominate the design of contemporary building design.  With that statement, I am dismissing the work of Frank Gehry which is, at best, a series of tours de force signature buildings, but not a real architectural movement.  Frankly, it’s more fashion than architecture, the latter of which must function in the real world, not in an isolated context as is the case with Gehry’s celebrated Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.  A better example of Gehry’s failings is represented by the Strata Center at MIT, a building that is different for the sake of being different and hardly fits in within its context.  I’d hate to live across the street from it, and the photo below is its best view.

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, architecture, multi-family marketing, brighton condos, Charing Cross

A Tale of Three Sisters

Posted by Michael DiMella on Mon, Mar 14, 2011

[This is a guest post by iconoclastic developer and marketer, Merrill H. Diamond.  Merrill can be reached at mdiamond@diamondsinacori.com. Read his bio below.]


The Clarendon, The W, and 45 Province

It’s no secret that 45 Province*, like The Clarendon and The W, its two sister-projects (by way of demographics, pricing and, of course as evidenced here, association by anyone writing about any of the three), has struggled.  It’s also no secret that all three buildings came on the market at the exact wrong time, right around the time the financial world and the residential real estate market collapsed in 2008.  That said, the similarities end there for me.  Most people find The Clarendon to be the best located of the three and, in my opinion, it’s a reasonable piece of background architecture whose only flaw is the unresolved top of the building which looks like it’s missing…its top.  The W is both an uninspired piece of architecture and is situated in an area that best can be described as neither here nor there, but relatively close to areas that are both here and there.  I wish both buildings well as the economy begins to recover. 

The book on 45 Province is that its Downtown Crossing location provides its biggest challenge just as the architecture of the building provides one of its strongest and most unique selling propositions.  I tend to disagree with the book in this particular instance.

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, architecture, multi-family marketing

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: Boston condos, luxury

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, charlesgate realty, Boston condos, charlesgate realty group, Boston, housing market, home values

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

Six essentials to get your home SOLD in a “buyer’s market”

Posted by P.T. Vineburgh on Thu, Nov 18, 2010

So you're thinking about selling your home, but you may have noticed a lot of negative press about the Boston real estate market recently, and now you're nervous.  Is it the right time to sell?  Maybe you have a pressing need to sell, and think you're going to get a raw deal.  Or maybe you may not need to sell, and you're thinking it might be better to just live in a less than ideal situation.  "I can deal with this for just a little longer..." you tell yourself.  Don't fret.  Most of the sellers I talk to are in the same position.  And I'm here with some good news...

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, charlesgate realty group, selling, Boston, buyers