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So You're Thinking of Buying a Home in Boston?

 
home buyer slidesYou'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!

Attend our upcoming Boston First Time Home Buyer Class for free

 
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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. 

Thank You For Your Toys For Tots Donations

 
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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!!

3rd Annual Toys For Tots Drive at Charlesgate Realty Group

 
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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!!

Six essentials to get your home SOLD in a “buyer’s market”

 

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...

Get to know Boston with 365 things to do!

 
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Looking for something to do, but really have no clue what?  That's where the new Facebook page 365 Things to do in Boston comes in!  Since our events posts in the past have been so popular, we created this new event list as a community resource to help you find more great things to do in Boston and maybe uncover a few hidden gems!

New Report: The Boston Condo Market in Review 2000 to 2009

 
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UPDATE (FEB 11, 2009): My 2000-2009 Boston condo market report is now complete.  Download it now!

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

 
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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:

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

 
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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

Did you know you can save $1400 on your Boston real estate taxes?

 
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[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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