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Buying a Home in MA? Read here 1st and then sign, in that order!

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Buying a home in MA is not the easiest thing to do.  First you have to find a home to suit your needs and then you need to navigate the buying process.  Unlike other states, buying a home in Massachusetts is a multi stage process.  First, you put forth your Offer to Purchase, then comes the Home Inspection, then, the Purchase and Sale Agreement , Mortgage and Closing.

Selling a home in MA without paying Capital Gains! Really?

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Yes and it's called a 1031 tax-deferred exchange for Real Estate.

What is a 1031 Exchange? A 1031 exchange allows investors to sell property and reinvest the proceeds in another property without having to pay taxes that would otherwise be recognized gain from the sale (capital gains tax).  The payment of such capital gains tax is deferred.

8 Things you need to know before buying a Condo in MA

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The condominium inventory in the Greater Boston Area is abundant, mortgage rates are good and you found a place that is just right for you….bedrooms, bathrooms, great kitchen, the works and you're ready to buy. Or are you?

The one list you'll need if you're going to Open Houses this weekend!

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So, you are armed with your list, your map/gps, and you are ready to go Open House shopping.  Open houses are a great way to see a good number of houses in one afternoon, but even the most dedicated Open House looker can get caught up in a crowded open house and miss the most important details. Ones that you really may not want to miss!

4 Reasons why buying a Home in MA in the Winter is a good idea!

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While Winter may seem too cold, or too snowy to go house hunting and your warm hot chocolate, your comfy slippers and your couch may seem more appealing.  Winter may actually be a great time to get out and find the property that is right for you!

Selling your home in the Greater Boston Area this Snowy Winter?

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During late Spring and Summer months, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes.  When autumn turns to winter and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.
With multiple homes for sale in Arlington MA, Cambridge MA and Medford MA, you'll want your home to stand out. The good news is you can create striking winter curb appeal without expensive and/or complicated exterior changes. It just requires a little creativity.
  • Seasonal sparkle:  Transform window boxes, fountains and bird baths with twigs, red berries or holiday greens.  All inexpensive, quick and very pretty. 
  • Backyards, decks:  Shovel your backyard sitting areas and deck and leave your grill uncovered so buyers can evision themselves using the space. 
  • Front door: make your front door the focal point with a large neutral wreath.  Also, place medium to large colorful planters filled with evergreens beside the front door.
  • Photo display: show buyers what the outside of the home looks like during other seasons by displaying photos in frames or use a digital photo frame with a slide show of images.  If your home has a garden make a list of what is planted where.
  • Clear Path: if the ground is covered in snow shovel the driveway and sidewalks and keep the home's patio and decks as clear as possible so buyers can get a sense of their true size.
  • Lighting:  One week after daylight savings and we have noticed Belmont homes for sale may only have one or two rooms with the lights on and no exterior lights on.  It is very likely now that buyers will be viewing your home after sunset.  Keep light fixtures clean and use the maximum wattage allowed.  Put the lights on and take a drive by your own home and see how it looks to you.

Those are just a few of our ideas. Have some of your own? We'd love for you to share them with us at Contact @Avenue3
or right here in the comment section.

We invite you to view our Seller Guide and and visit our websitefor all the info you need to make smart decisions when selling your home.

14 Afforable Valentine's Day ideas in the Greater Boston Area!

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If you've been thinking about buying a home and you're just not there yet, don't think about what you can't do today, think about having a romantic celebration without spending a lot of money. You can personalize the day without breaking into your savings... and if you're not spending money you'll be moving closer to ultimate goal of property ownership! Personalizing your celebration and letting your loved one know how you feel about them can be very easy and here as a few of our ideas:

Selling and buying a home in MA? This may be for You!


6 things you need to look at before buying a home in MA.

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So you are looking at home after home. If you are like the most of us, you are captivated by the updated kitchen, the over-sized shower or the gorgeous perennial garden.  Good, you should be. But, (and you know there is a but), don't forget that there is business to attend to.

Shopping Local Arlington MA and weekend Open House activity!

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If you decide to look around Arlington MA this weekend you'll be busy and be needing a little something to pick you up by mid-afternoon! There are some wonderful places along Massachusetts Avenue for you to get a great cup of coffee with a baked treat and Angelina's Pastry is one of them! Having a businesses like Angelina's makes living in Arlington MA very desirable for all the foodies in the area and there are many of them! Here are some of our favorite small shops:

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