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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State and national real estate sales rose in 2009, but prices are down

Posted by Michael DiMella on Tue, Jan 26, 2010

December monthly sales numbers (and the annual data) have been released for both the state and national markets (I'll be releasing my own Boston condo market report for 2009 shortly too).  Here are the facts:

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Tags: housing market, the economy, Massachusetts, Boston real estate, Boston condos

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

Buyers responding to $8000 first time homebuyer tax credit and all time low mortgage rates

Posted by Michael DiMella on Fri, Apr 10, 2009

Is now a good time to buy? 

Apparently many buyers are starting to think so.  With mortgage interest rates falling to their lowest recorded levels ever (4.78% on average according to the latest Freddie Mac survey) and the implementation of the new $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit, Boston real estate market activity is starting to pick up.  As I briefly mentioned in my latest Boston condo pricing post, I have been seeing signs recently of a big uptick in market activity after being down throughout the winter.

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Tags: taxes, buying, the economy, Greater Boston

A sign of the times: Boston's Hancock Tower sells at foreclosure auction

Posted by Michael DiMella on Tue, Mar 31, 2009

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Tags: Back Bay, the economy

Uh-oh.....bailout bill fails to pass house

Posted by Michael DiMella on Mon, Sep 29, 2008

Never have I seem a more immature bunch of people than the clowns that serve in Congress.  Pointing fingers and behaving like partisans and idealogues while the economy fails in front of their very eyes. 

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Tags: the economy

Why the financial crisis matters to you

Posted by Michael DiMella on Fri, Sep 19, 2008

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Tags: the economy