We've Moved! (our blogging operations, that is)

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Quick Update:  We have discontinued our blog here at this site and moved our blogging "operations" to http://charlesgaterealty.com/blog

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Tags: charlesgate realty, blog, boston real estate blog

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

A day in the life of a Charlesgate Realty Buyer's Agent

Posted by Susan Doig on Thu, Mar 10, 2011

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

 
As a buyer agent at Charlesgate Realty Group, I always get a lot of questions about what I do.  So I'd like to write about just that in a regular weekly post and also share some of what makes us great at Charlesgate Realty.

Yesterday, just like every Wednesday morning, we start our day with a team meeting. We gather to go over any new properties that are coming on the market as well as our pipeline of upcoming listings.  This helps keep us up to date on the market and be able to educate the buyers that we represent to help them get a better deal on a new home. 

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Tags: Condos, charlesgate realty, buying, buyer agent

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

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

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

Get to know Boston with 365 things to do!

Posted by Tara Peterson on Tue, May 04, 2010

 

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Tags: Back Bay, food, charlesgate realty, events, things to do, in the news, north end, comedy, Boston, music, art, 365 things to do in Boston, boston events, things to do in boston, facebook, charlesgate realty group

Thinking of buying? Attend our Boston Home Buyer Seminar

Posted by Tara Peterson on Tue, Feb 02, 2010

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Tags: charlesgate realty, events, things to do, buyer, Boston real estate, Boston condos

Foreclosure in Regatta Riverview hits the market at $110K less than last asking price

Posted by Michael DiMella on Wed, Oct 07, 2009

Banks all work differently when trying to sell their REO (bank-owned foreclosures) property, but they all have the same end goal: To sell the property quickly and try to get the best price they can.  Like normal sellers, banks are not just going to give away money, they need to recoup their costs as well.  That being said, when they bring a property to market, it is often after many months of holding and maintaining the property through the foreclosure process so they often prefer to get the property sold very quickly - which is why many foreclosures sell for a discounted price and can present opportunities to savvy buyers.


As an example of a foreclosure in the Boston area being listed at a discount to the market, we are just about to list a bank owned property at the Regatta Riverview Residences in Cambridge that literally has had a $110,000 price drop!  It was last listed pre-foreclosure for $539,000 and the bank just gave us their new listing price of $430,000.  Whatever the motivation is for them to get this property off their balance sheet, apparently the bank truly wants to "unload" this condo. 

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Tags: pricing, charlesgate realty, foreclosures, for sale, luxury, Boston real estate, Boston condos, Cambridge Regatta

New Boston apartments website and other exciting news!

Posted by Michael DiMella on Wed, Jun 03, 2009

I know the updates have been slow around here for the past few weeks so I apologize.  Between going down to D.C. for a week for the National Association of Realtors mid-year meetings in early May to several new projects we are really trying to get done, I've been swamped!  Not that you care about my excuses, of course, so I hope to get going full steam ahead again shortly.  In the meantime I have a couple "sneak peeks" of some of the things I've been working on!

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Tags: off-topic, charlesgate realty, apartments