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

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

Micro-Locality in Real Estate

Posted by P.T. Vineburgh on Sat, Apr 16, 2011

Having been in real estate my entire professional life, I am always getting asked, by both clients and friends, “how’s the market”? Perhaps for more than for any other industry, the general population always seems very interested in real estate. Maybe it is because everyone lives somewhere, and most people’s core expense is that of their home.  Some people already own, some are thinking of buying or selling, and the rest are just plain curious.  The answer I’d like to give is “how much time do you have?”, as there is no authentic generic answer to this question. But then you may end up stuck talking to me for an extended period of time, which I wish on no one….
 
So, instead I’ve copped out to “depends” as my go to answer….
 
That is not only the honest answer, but the most accurate. It is an answer fueled by what the general public, and frankly most industry professionals, just do not grasp. Real estate is micro-local. It’s that simple. The market can vary dramatically from region to region, state to state, city to town, neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street, and even on the same street!

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Tags: Boston real estate

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

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

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

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

Downtown Boston condo sales surge in the first quarter

Posted by Michael DiMella on Mon, Apr 05, 2010

Condo sales in Downtown Boston* for the first three months of the year are up 38% compared to last year.  Across the board, the number of units sold, average price, median price, and price per square foot are all up substantially over 2009:

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Tags: Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Boston real estate, Boston condos