Do negative headlines and talk on social media have you feeling worried about the housing market? Maybe you’ve even seen or heard something lately that scares you and makes you wonder if you should still buy or sell a home right now.

Regrettably, when news in the media isn't easy to understand, it can make people feel scared and unsure. Similarly, negative talk on social media spreads fast and creates fear. As Jason Lewris, Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer at Parcl, says:

“In the absence of trustworthy, up-to-date information, real estate decisions are increasingly being driven by fear, uncertainty, and doubt.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Buying a home is a big decision, and it should be one you feel confident making. You should lean…

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Embarking on the journey of buying or selling a home is a significant milestone that demands the expertise of a seasoned real estate professional. The right agent can make the process seamless, stress-free, and even enjoyable. But with countless agents vying for your attention, how do you find the perfect match? In this post, we'll explore the qualities that buyers and sellers should seek in a great real estate agent.

Expertise and Local Knowledge

A top-tier real estate agent possesses in-depth knowledge of the local market. From property values and neighborhood trends to upcoming developments, your agent should be a trusted advisor with a finger on the pulse of the community. Buyers and sellers alike should prioritize agents who demonstrate a…

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Are you in the market for a new home, ready to embark on the exciting journey of homeownership? While the process may seem straightforward, the complexities of real estate transactions can be overwhelming without the right guidance. That's where a buyer's agent comes into play. Your key ally in navigating the intricacies of the real estate market and ensuring a smooth path to your dream home.


Expertise in Your Corner

One of the primary advantages of having a buyer's agent is gaining access to their wealth of knowledge and expertise. Real estate transactions involve a myriad of details, from understanding market trends to deciphering complicated contracts. Not all agents are the same. A seasoned buyer's agent brings a deep understanding of the…

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Perfectly situated with both Harbor, outer islands, & marina views, this premier 2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom condo at Flagship Wharf has one of the most sought after & rarely available floor plans in the building. Located on the Penthouse level, it has a soaring cathedral ceiling w/skylights offering amazing light & views of Boston Harbor & Flagship Park. Two exclusive-use balconies offering perfect venues for sunrise morning coffee, al-fresco dining or sunset over Bunker Hill Monument. Bedrooms have beautifully renovated en-suite bathrooms & sliding glass doors to balconies. Sparkling hardwood floors throughout, the living room features a wood burning fireplace. Renovated kitchen has granite & stainless and updated wood cabinetry. 2 deeded self-park…

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When it comes to selling your house, you’re probably trying to juggle the current market conditions and your own needs as you plan your move.

One thing that may be working in your favor is how few homes there are for sale right now. Here’s what you need to know about the current inventory situation and what it means for you.

The Supply of Homes for Sale Is Far Below the Norm

When you’re selling something, it helps if what you’re selling is in demand, but is also in low supply. Why? That makes it even more desirable since there’s not enough to go around. That’s exactly what’s happening in the housing market today. There are more buyers looking to buy than there are homes for sale.

To tell the story of just how low inventory is, here’s the…

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If you've ever dreamed of buying your own place, or selling your current house to upgrade, you're no stranger to the rollercoaster of emotions changing home prices can stir up. It's a tale of financial goals, doubts, and a dash of anxiety that many have been through.

But if you put off moving because you’re worried home prices might drop, make no mistake, they’re not going down. In fact, it's just the opposite. National data from several sources says they’ve been going up consistently this year (see graph below):

 


Here’s what this graph shows. In the first half of 2022, home prices rose significantly (the green bars on the left side of the graphs above). Those increases were dramatic and unsustainable.

So, in the second half of the year,…

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Mortgage rates have been back on the rise recently and that’s getting a lot of attention from the press. If you’ve been following the headlines, you may have even seen rates recently reached their highest level in over two decades (see graph below):  


That can feel like a little bit of a gut punch if you’re thinking about making a move. If you’re wondering whether or not you should delay your plans, here’s what you really need to know.   

 How Higher Mortgage Rates Impact You  

 There’s no denying mortgage rates are higher right now than they were in recent years. And, when rates are up, that affects overall home affordability. It works like this. The higher the rate, the more expensive it is to borrow money when you buy a home.…

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Lowered down payment requirements for multifamily homes

In a significant policy change, Fannie Mae has announced that, starting from the weekend after November 18, 2023, it will accept 5% down payments for owner-occupied 2-, 3-, and 4-unit homes. This marks a departure from the previous multifamily financing requirement of 15-25% down payments for duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes.

This new option presents a great opportunity for individuals looking to invest in multifamily homes while also enjoying the benefits of homeownership. Prospective owner-landlords can now afford these properties more easily, thanks to the reduced down payment requirement by Fannie Mae.

Expanded financing choices and easier approvals for multifamily homes

The…

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In the dynamic and competitive world of real estate, staying ahead of the game is crucial for success. One strategy that can make all the difference in securing the property of your dreams is the savvy use of escalation clauses. In this blog post, we'll delve into what escalation clauses are, how they work, and why incorporating them into your offers can be a game-changer for both buyers and sellers.

Understanding Escalation Clauses

Escalation clauses are powerful tools that real estate agents can use to give their clients a competitive edge in a bidding war. Essentially, an escalation clause automatically increases a buyer's offer by a predetermined amount, usually up to a specified cap, when faced with competing bids. This strategic approach…

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The Winthrop Center office building passed a battery of tests to earn not only the distinction of being a Passive House, but the largest one in the world.  The tests ensure the walls and windows insulate the building efficiently.  The air tightness and insulation accounts for Winthrop Center using 65% less energy for heating and cooling than buildings of a similar size.   You can read more about it here at the Boston Business Journal.

In addition to cutting-edge office Space, Winthrop Center also has 317 luxury residences with a variety of floor plans and two floors of amenity spaces including: multiple fitness centers, spa, lounge, pet spa, coworking spaces, fine dining, and more.  Click here to see all available Winthrop Center homes and contact me…

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