Final Chance: Back Bay Condo Auction, Starting Bid Only $315,000

Posted by Michael DiMella on Fri, Nov 18, 2011

In case you missed our last blog posts about the upcoming online auction we are holding for a condo on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay, it's almost upon us.  This Sunday, November 20th is Auction Day. Read more on our new blog here.

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Tags: Condos, Back Bay, auction, charlesgate

Back Bay Condo Auction Online on November 20th

Posted by Michael DiMella on Tue, Nov 01, 2011

Here's an extraordinary opportunity for buyers in Boston.  We'll be conducting an online auction for a Back Bay condo on Marlborough Street on November 20.  Auctions have been used to sell residential condo developments previously, but what makes this different is the online format of the auction, similar to an EBay auction with special modifications for real estate, and the fact that it is for an individual non-bank owned property.

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Tags: Condos, Back Bay, auction

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

Boston First Time Home Buyer Class on March 30th

Posted by Michael DiMella on Mon, Mar 22, 2010

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Tags: Condos, Boston real estate, buyer, 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

Just how accurate are the Boston real estate market stats in the news?

Posted by Michael DiMella on Wed, Dec 02, 2009

Generally speaking, the stats reported are perfectly accurate.  Reporters get their stats and market info from reputable sources who release monthly housing data like The Warren Group or the Massachusetts Association of Realtors

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Tags: Condos, Boston condos, Boston, Back Bay, housing market, in the news, luxury

Back Bay condos: What you get for $600,000

Posted by Michael DiMella on Fri, Jul 10, 2009

If you read which neighborhood has the most expensive condos in Boston, then you know the Back Bay condo market is the most expensive in the city with median prices well above $700,000!  For most of us, that's a pretty hefty price and still only gets you to the middle of the market.  Ahhh....life in Boston!  But say you can get close in price and you are looking for a decent condo in the Back Bay for around $600,000, what does that get you?

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Tags: Condos, Boston, Back Bay

Boston real estate and condo market mid-year report

Posted by Michael DiMella on Thu, Jul 02, 2009

Hard to believe we are mid-way through the 2009 given the horrible weather we've had in Boston lately, but the calendar says July, so here we are.  Time for my mid year 2009 Boston real estate market report.  Unfortunately given the approximately 463 straight days of clouds and rain, I was caught off guard and unaware that it is summer, so the report isn't ready yet (but it will be soon).  In the meantime, here is a quick look at the summary stats for the core Boston condo market:

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Tags: Condos, Boston, housing market, home values