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First-Time Homebuyer or No Credit History? Fannie Mae Update May Help

Sure, start house hunting. But you may want to wait to apply for your mortgage preapproval until after June 25. That's when Fannie Mae launches new credit requirements likely to help first-time homebuyers get a mortgage. Even those with no credit scores.

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Meet a South End Building: The Hotel Alexandra - 11.30.2016

A look back through the history of the Hotel Alexandra.
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Community Energy for a More Resilient Boston - 10.21.2016

A joint study by MIT and the BRA explores the possibility of implementing microgrid community energy systems in Boston.
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Boston: A Master Plan - 09.28.2016

A closer look at Boston's first comprehensive citywide master plan in 50 years.
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Fall is Here! Watch Your Mailboxes for Our Fall 2016 Report - 08.31.2016

South End residents: keep an eye out for our 25-page South End Stakeholders' Report, arriving at your doorstep in the coming days!
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How to Determine your Housing Needs - 06.08.2016

A few simple tips to help you determine the parameters of your dream home.
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Green Skies Ahead - 06.02.2016

A local developer has big plans for Boston.
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First-Time Homebuyer or No Credit History? Fannie Mae Update May Help - 05.17.2016

Sure, start house hunting. But you may want to wait to apply for your mortgage preapproval until after June 25. That's when Fannie Mae launches new credit requirements likely to help first-time homebuyers get a mortgage. Even those with no credit scores.
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One Small Step for the Present, One Quantum Leap for the Future - 04.19.2016

Designed to inspire young adults who are exiting high school, attending college, and new to the workforce, Quantum Leap helps students create powerful habits in order to unearth their personal mission and live with intention.
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Boston Real Estate Trends in 2016 - 04.19.2016

Boston leads the Northeast region in what is considered a "year of movement" nationwide, remaining securely in the top 20 U.S. real estate markets.
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Meet a South Ender: Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson - 04.11.2016

A look into the lives of world-renowned figure skaters and South End residents, Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson.
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Home Improvement: DIY or Hire a Pro? - 03.22.2016

Spring is in the air and you feel your DIY itch acting up. But are some projects better left to the professionals, and how can you tell which?
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2015 Real Estate Market Analysis - 03.09.2016

A look at the correlation between 30-year fixed rate mortgages and the national home price index, and an overview of the Boston and South End real estate market performance for 2015.
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Spring is Here! Watch Your Mailboxes for Our Spring 2016 Report - 03.03.2016

South End residents: keep an eye out for our 25-page South End Stakeholders' Report, arriving at your doorstep in the coming days!
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Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs - 03.02.2016

Boston listed as one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs.
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Penthouse by the Pond - 02.01.2016

?Take a virtual tour through this exquisite multi-family home in Jamaica Plain's stunning Pondside neighborhood.
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Spotlight On: Anastasia Yefremova - 12.17.2015

?Meet Anastasia Yefremova, part of the Steven Cohen Team marketing department and our very own Communication Specialist!
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Spoil Yourself in the South End - 12.09.2015

Whether it’s a relaxing massage, a soothing facial, or a quick mani/pedi, check out a few of the many places to indulge in the South End.
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The South End: Then and Now - 11.25.2015

A few snapshots along the South End's colorful timeline.  
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A South End Renovation Story - 11.04.2015

Fritz and Louise Knabe weren't looking for a renovation project when they decided they'd outgrown their South End home of 14 years.   
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Signs of the Times - 10.28.2015

See how far the South End has come through these chronological snapshots of assessed values.  
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Building Up the South End - 10.21.2015

A look at the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved projects that will impact the South End.  
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5 Things to Do in the South End This October - 10.07.2015

Check out a few of the events going on in the South End this October!
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Walk This Way - 09.30.2015

When people talk about why they love living in the South End, they often mention how everything seems to be just a short walk from their front door.
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Real Estate Market Snapshot - 09.23.2015

Condominiums ruled the South End real estate market in the first half of 2015.  
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Meet a South Ender: Nicole Vilcina - 09.16.2015

Born and raised in the Bahamas, Nicole Vilcina has lived on Dartmouth Street since the late '80s and is an active member of the South End community.  
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A Worthwhile Investment - 09.09.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. In the Spring 2015 issue of our South End Stakeholders’ Report, we observed that the 10-year price index had dipped [...]
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Getting Around the September Moving Day Crush - 08.28.2015

  The sight of moving trucks jostling for space in the busy streets those first few days of September is a familiar one to every Bostonian. After helping people move around Boston, around the country, and around the world for 20 years, [...]
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Fall is Here! Watch Your Mailboxes for Our Fall 2015 Report - 08.26.2015

South End residents: keep an eye out for our 25-page South End Stakeholders' Report, arriving at your doorstep in the coming days. In it, you'll read all about the latest real estate trends, forecasts, and an in-depth look at the South End community. If you live outside of the South End, or just can't wait for it to arrive in the mail, you [...]
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I'm A First-Time Homebuyer, What Should I Do First? - 08.19.2015

Five essential pieces of advice for first-time homebuyers in Boston, and one bonus tip. Make sure you're ready for the commitment! Before you buy, make sure you're financially and personally ready. Save money for a down payment. Consider the kind of mortgage you'll get: fixed-rate vs. [...]
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Why Do I Need a Home Inspection? - 07.21.2015

      Most sellers, when they put their property on the market, know that a buyer coming in will probably want a home inspection. What this home inspection is, is an opportunity for the buyer to learn a little bit more about the property, especially the systems, the roof, the big items that [...]
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Should I Rent Or Should I Buy? - 07.03.2015

Kevin Concannon, buyer specialist for the Steven Cohen Team, discusses the pros and cons of renting vs. purchasing your next Boston home.   I frequently get clients who come to me trying to decide between renting and purchasing, often the same type of property and in the same [...]
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South End Gardens - 06.13.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. The South End is well known for its meticulous urban gardens. The [...]
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5 Things to Do Around Boston This Memorial Day Weekend - 05.20.2015

Remember and celebrate the people who died while serving in the United States armed forces this Memorial Day weekend. Greet the beginnings of summer with decadent chocolate, great music and a Garden of [...]
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Big Changes Coming to the Mortgage Closing Process - 05.13.2015

If you are closing on a home on or after August 1, 2015, you should be aware that big changes are coming to the closing documentation that so many people have become accustomed to. Replacing the old Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and Truth In Lending (TIL) disclosures that mortgage applicants [...]
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Green Silver: Taking the Leed - 04.29.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. Environmental awareness is a trait that South Enders Mark [...]
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Service In The Sunshine: The South End's Summer Dining Scene - 04.22.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. Anchored by some of the city's most accomplished and well-known chefs, the South End is a focal point of Bos- ton's dining [...]
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Meet a South Ender: Alexandra Cherubini & Camilo Alvarez - 04.15.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. Photos courtesy of: The Book LLC. Alexandra [...]
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We Asked - You Answered III - 04.08.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. SCT South End Survey [...]
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Trucking Into Spring: Food Trucks of the South End - 03.25.2015

  Make your lunch-break that much tastier with these delicious offerings. As the winter clouds clear out and make way for the crystal clear blue skies and bright sunshine of spring, Boston's food trucks are here to give us yet another reason to leave the office during lunch-hour! The South [...]
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We Asked - You Answered II - 03.18.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. SCT South End Survey [...]
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Residential Tax Exemption [Video] - 03.11.2015

Steven Cohen reminds homeowners about the benefits of residential tax exemption. Transcript: If you own residential property in Boston, and you live in it, you really have to make sure you have your residential exemption filed with the city. Most people do but, surprisingly, we've come [...]
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Cities To Watch - 03.03.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. When it comes to real estate investment, A-listers like New [...]
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We Asked - You Answered - 02.26.2015

The following is an excerpt from our Spring 2015 South End Stakeholders' Report, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. SCT South End Survey We surveyed 100 South Enders to find out [...]
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Spring Is Here! Watch Your MailBoxes For Our Spring 2015 Report - 02.23.2015

South End residents: keep an eye out for our 25-page South End Stakeholders' Report, arriving at your doorstep in the coming days. In it, you'll read all about the latest real estate trends, forecasts, and an in-depth look at the South End community. If you live outside of the South End, or just can't wait for it to arrive in the mail, you [...]
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No More "Space Saving" For On-Street Parking [Video] - 02.09.2015

The minute snow begins to fall in Boston, the fight for parking spaces is on.  But in the South End, the only space saver you can use to keep your shoveled street parking spot is your car. Not everyone has gotten the memo on the new policy in the South End. "People who shovel themselves out have a moral right to that spot. They have invested their sweat [...]
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Technology and the Future of Real Estate Marketing [Video] - 01.21.2015

Steven Cohen considers the marketing techniques and technologies real estate agents will come to use in the future. Transcript: I've been considering what kinds of marketing techniques, what approaches agents in the future are going to use, what we can expect to see as state-of-the-art in [...]
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Staging Humans - 12.22.2014

Steven talks about the real estate trend of staging homes with people.     Transcript: It’s no secret that staging your home can result in an increased purchase price. And I think, when we consider staging, we think of the placement of furniture, furnishings and art inside a usually vacant [...]
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Who is the Micro-Apartment Renter? - 12.16.2014

Who would be most likely to embrace a 400 sq. ft. living space? Recent college graduates, young professionals and middle-aged baby boomers, according to a [...]
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5 Things To Do Around Boston This December - 12.08.2014

The wind blows flurries of snowflakes past our chilled faces and the holiday lights illuminate the dark. It's the time of year you really want to stay in the warm comfort of your home, but are inevitably - irresistibly - drawn to the festive atmosphere in the streets. Here are 5 of the many [...]
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Market Outlook - 12.01.2014

The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2014 Open Letter to South End Stakeholders, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here.     Macro and Micro Trends Given the current robust real estate market, what can we expect going [...]
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Future Health of the Real Estate Market: Interest Rates - 11.17.2014

Steven shares his thoughts on the role of interest rates in the future health of the real estate market. Transcript: We have to consider many factors when we forecast the future health of the real estate market, including demographics, the jobs market, and the strength of the local economy. [...]
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Stage Smart, Sell Fast, Make More - 11.11.2014

With over 10 years of experience in staging and home design, Deborah Ellis lives and works by the tagline "Stage Smart, Sell Fast, Make More." It's a good tagline to go by, considering staged homes have been proven to sell faster and for more [...]
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The South End Real Estate Community Loses a Friend: Menino's Legacy Lives On - 10.31.2014

We were all saddened to learn of Mayor Menino’s passing. The man who fought for Boston for 20 years succumbed to his battle with cancer. “This Ink Block site has reinvented itself many times throughout Boston’s history.” — Mayor Menino, at the South End’s Ink Block groundbreaking ceremony [...]
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Is your Parking Spot Worth its Weight in Gold? - 10.20.2014

The city seems to think so... The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2014  Open Letter to South End Stakeholders, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report  here. "The way humans hunt for parking and the way animals hunt for food are not as different as you might [...]
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South End Demographics: Who Lives in Boston's South End? - 10.14.2014

The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2014 Open Letter to South End Stakeholders, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. Who are the people that make up today's South End? It is a very [...]
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South End Market Snapshot - 10.07.2014

The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2014 Open Letter to South End Stakeholders, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. 2014 to date ?      Most Expensive South End Single Family Home: [...]
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South End Luxury on the Park - 10.03.2014

The sheer size of this brand new brownstone on the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Bradford Street is a rarity for the South End. It's not every day that a new construction home comes on the market. This stunning brownstone offers two: a beautiful parlor duplex on 45 Bradford Street and a spacious [...]
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Boston Rental Snapshot - 08.26.2014

Typical and exceptional.   The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2014 Open Letter to South End Stakeholders, a report on the state of the South End real estate market and a glimpse into life in our neighborhood. You can download the full report here. "Boston's luxury rental market is characterized by a blur between wants and needs, and tenants who can afford [...]
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The 2024 Olympics Bid and Boston Real Estate - 07.03.2014

Now officially on the United States Olympic Committee's "short list" of possible 2024 host candidates, Boston's once improbable prospects seem a bit more realistic. What would an Olympics bid mean for the city's real [...]
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How to Stop Worrying and Embrace Your Credit Pull - 06.23.2014

A regular concern among our South End real estate buyers is the possible connection between credit pulls and lower credit scores. Austin Reed, a South Ender and local mortgage expert, offers some tips on the credit issue for those embarking on a real estate [...]
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What's Hot and What's Not in Luxury Real Estate? - 05.27.2014

Pools are out... Roof decks are in! Hardwood and stainless steel are out... Marble is in! Kitchens are out... Wine rooms are in! "The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive" -- Coco Chanel A recent report from Trulia revealed some noteworthy trends in luxury real estate across the [...]
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Boston's Building Boom - 05.13.2014

Cranes dot the skyline, inventory will increase. An estimated $6 billion has been invested in construction projects citywide, with another $10 billion in the pipeline. This sudden surge in development represents a huge change from the situation that existed a few short years ago, when weaker [...]
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Micro-Apartments - 04.23.2014

It's time to think small! Steven's got the latest on the newest trend among young homebuyers.  Transcript: Micro-apartments are coming to Boston. These small spaces have long been a staple of cities like Tokyo, San Francisco, and London, but they haven’t really been found here. That’s all [...]
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Market Update: South End 2014 Q1 - 04.14.2014

We all thought that the real estate market was hot in 2013, but turns out it was just warming up! Here's a breakdown of the facts and figures for Quarter 1 of [...]
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South End Developments - 04.02.2014

The I-93 viaduct's under-story projections, parking, and more. Plans to renovate the space underneath I-93 between Albany Street in the South End and Broadway Station in South Boston were first discussed in October of 2013. Since then, MassDOT and GTI Properties went full speed ahead, developing a lot and pedestrian walkway that was completed early this [...]
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FYI: 2014 Boston Property Tax Exemptions - 03.17.2014

Tax Day may not be due for a few more weeks, but if you plan to take advantage of the residential tax exemption, you'll need to act sooner. March 31st is the deadline for current owner occupants to file for a residential exemption. Source: www.cityofboston.gov If you bought a home in Boston [...]
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In Defense of the Neighborhood Expert: A Steven Cohen Rebuttal - 02.27.2014

Hank Miller's commentary, titled "The Fallacy of the Agent as Neighborhood Expert", represents an unfortunate mischaracterization of real estate agents and the value that they bring to consumers in today's real estate [...]
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Boston's Top Real Estate Brokers of 2013 - 01.28.2014

  Curbed Boston has recognized the Steven Cohen Team as the number one agent in Boston's South End for the year 2013. Steven Cohen repeatedly ranks among the top agents in Boston, as recorded by Boston Top 20.   The Steven Cohen Team is made up of buyer, seller, rental and transaction [...]
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Offer to Purchase a Condo Accepted. Now What? - 01.28.2014

Congratulations! Your Offer has been accepted! What's next? Our Team is here to help make this process as easy as possible. You will be contacted by our Transaction Coordinator to coordinate the various steps that are necessary for you Closing on the home purchase. If you have any questions, [...]
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Sepia: The Condos at Ink Block - 10.09.2013

Life South End Style It's 5pm on a Monday in Boston's South End.  We're greeted by a friendly host, who hands us a dossier about the building and amenities.  This evening we're getting a brokers first look into [...]
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State of the Boston Condo Market - 09.24.2013

High demand. Low inventory. These are two little phrases that you've probably heard a lot in the past year.  The condo market is on fire in Boston.  A friend of mine recently sold his one bedroom condo in Back Bay (Beacon & Mass Ave).  Within a day he had multiple offers; within a week he [...]
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Food Trucks at SoWa - 09.12.2013

Something fun for a cute date idea or family outing: head over to SoWa for a weekly round up of food trucks, farm stands, antiques, local artisans' goods and artwork. But *especially* the food [...]
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All About Decks - 09.04.2013

If a roof deck or rear deck is on your wish list for your South End home, watch this video to learn about how a deck could impact the property price tag. Also, is it worth it to add a deck, to increase the value of your real [...]
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Bostonians: Get Ready for Moving Day! - 08.30.2013

It's almost September 1, and we all know what that means...It's moving day in Boston! Whether you're moving or not, you’ve probably noticed the annual invasion of U-Hauls, trailers, and double-parked cars piled high with boxsprings and [...]
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South End Investment Property Owners Face New Landlord Ordinance - 08.27.2013

In 2012, the Boston City Council passed an ordinance that requires all rental apartments to be registered with the city. The original target date for registration had been set at August 1st but sluggish response prompted the city to stretch the deadline to August 31st, [...]
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What's the Value of a Single-Family Home (SFH) in the South End? - 08.21.2013

Steven dives into per-square-foot pricing for the classic Victorian single family homes and brownstones of the South End.  Transcript: The South End single family home is a very hot commodity. There really only are a couple of hundred of them in this neighborhood of 3,500 brownstones which, [...]
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Let's Talk About Loans: Jumbo vs. Conventional - 08.12.2013

This might surprise you but lately Jumbo loans are looking more attractive to some borrowers than conventional loans. Steven teases out the reasons why in this [...]
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State of the Real Estate Market: July 2013 - 07.24.2013

How is the real estate market is doing lately? Spoiler alert: it's hot! Transcript: 2013 has been an extremely strong year for the real estate market across the country. According to CoreLogic, which tracks these statistics, property values are up across the country 12.2% year over [...]
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