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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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

First Time Boston Home Buyer Class to be held April 14th!

Posted by Tara Peterson on Wed, Apr 07, 2010

We're hosting another First Time Home Buyer class on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30pm. So, if you missed the last one because of the blasted rain, or just couldn't attend, here's another chance!  Info below or find out more and RSVP on this page.

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Tags: Boston condos, Back Bay, buyers, buyer tools, events

Ten Most Expensive Boston Condos Sold in 2009 (with market stats)

Posted by Michael DiMella on Wed, Jan 27, 2010

2009 was a very interesting year in the Boston real estate market.  Prior to the release of my 2009 year end Boston condo market report, here's a quick peek at the past year compared to 2008 and 2007:

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Tags: Condos, Boston condos, selling, Boston, Back Bay, housing market, Beacon Hill, buyers

Congress extends Fannie and Freddie conforming loan limits for Boston thru 2010

Posted by Michael DiMella on Wed, Nov 18, 2009

On October 29, 2009, the House and Senate passed legislation to extend the current conforming loan limits for FHA and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the government sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, that back much of the mortgage market in the U.S.) through December 31, 2010.  These loan limits, set at 125% of local area median home price and capped at $729,750, would have expired on December 31, 2009 in which case loan limits would have been reduced in many markets.
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Tags: Boston real estate, economy, politics, buyers, financing

Congress passes $8000 home buyer tax credit extension & expands income limits

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Nov 05, 2009

Major news out of Congress.  Today, the House voted 403-12 in favor of extending and expanding the $8000 first time buyer tax credit after the Senate did the same yesterday by a vote of 98-0.  The president is scheduled to sign the bill (which also includes provisions to extend unemployment benefits) tomorrow morning to officially make it law. (Update Nov 6: It was signed by President Obama today, officially making it law).

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Tags: Boston real estate, Boston condos, housing market, the economy, taxes, buyers

Labor Day surprises for the Boston real estate market?

Posted by Michael DiMella on Fri, Sep 04, 2009

With Labor Day coming up Monday (too soon dammit!), which usually leads to the end of the typical summer slowdown in the Boston real estate market, what surprises can we expect for the fall market?

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Tags: Boston condos, selling, buyers

First time homebuyer class offered for Boston condo buyers

Posted by Michael DiMella on Mon, Aug 31, 2009

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Tags: Boston condos, buyers

What you can get for the money: Beacon Hill Condos under $600,000

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Aug 06, 2009

I wrote about the Back Bay condo market and what $600,000 could buy you there a few weeks ago, so I figured it would be an interesting proposition to now look at the Beacon Hill condo market (another one of the most expensive neighborhoods for Boston condos).  Beacon Hill is slightly less expensive on average than the Back Bay (median condo prices in Beacon Hill are $527,000 vs nearly $608,000 in the Back Bay over the past 3 months).  Still not cheap!  I guess being one of the most historic and desirable neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the country doesn't exactly equal cheap....but you be the judge as to where you want to live!  See below what $600,000 will buy you for a Beacon Hill condo.  You can also read more about Beacon Hill in our new neighborhood section of this site.

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Tags: Boston real estate, Beacon Hill, buyers

Boston real estate: Soft Second loan program offers lower costs to borrowers

Posted by Michael DiMella on Tue, Jul 28, 2009

[Here is a guest post from Jessica Later, one of the skilled buyer agents on my team here at Charlesgate Realty Group.  Please enjoy her post, and if you have any questions, please comment below or contact Jessica].

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Tags: mortgage, buyers, financing