Buying and Selling a home in the Greater Boston Area

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

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Mon, Feb 8, 2016

  

 

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:

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Topics: Minuteman Bikeway, Living in Cambridge MA, Cambridge MA, Arlington MA, buying a home in MA, Living in Arlington MA, Greater Boston Area

Greater Boston Area Real Estate Market is on track for a robust Spring!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Sun, Jan 31, 2016

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Topics: residential real estate market, buying a home in MA, Greater Boston Area, buyers, Boston area, greater boston real estate market, 1st time home buyer, real estate advice

6 Questions to ask when buying a condo in the Greater Boston Area

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

 

 

Buying a condo in the Greater Boston Area means buying full ownership of a portion of a building or complex. It means you have neighbors, association members, fees and bylaws. It means, you need to know what to ask about when you are buying so that you will not have any unpleasant surprises after moving in.

We do not mean to sound a negative tone here, condo buying is a terrific way to go, just be thorough in your research. Here are 6 important questions that you need to have the answers to before making an offer:

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Topics: condos, buying a condo, Greater Boston Communities

3 things you need to know when buying a home in MA this New Year!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

If your goal in 2016 is to buy a home in the Greater Boston Real Estate market, you'll need to keep this info in mind:

  • The Federal Reserve increase in interest rates was a very eager .25% and has had little to no effect on mortgage rates. Current rates are hovering near the same values as those we saw at times last year. The current thirty year fixed rate is at 4.11%, the current 15 year fixed rate is at 3.38%.*  It is not anticipated that the rates will increase greatly over the first half of the year so the Fed increase should not substantially effect a buyer’s ability to qualify for a mortgage in the near future when buying a home in MA.
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Topics: home sales, buying a home, mortgage, new home, Boston area

The Arlington MA Food Pantry & the Greater Boston Area Food Banks

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

 

The Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us and this is the time of year that we are reminded of the wonderful efforts of the Arlington Food Pantry here in Arlington Mass. The Arlington Food Panty has been organized, efficient and a well-run nonprofit for years and very appreciated by many. In the past years the donations to the Food Pantry have taken care of the needs of over 500 people living in Arlington MA. It is truly amazing that this volunteer effort and all the Food Pantries throughout the Greater Boston Area can serve the needs of so many. 

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Topics: Cambridge MA, Somerville MA, Arlington MA, Medford MA, Greater Boston Communities, Greater Boston Area

Shop Small and Local in the Greater Boston Area on Nov. 28th

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

 

 

When looking to live in or invest in any city or town in the Greater Boston Area, everyone looks for the liveliness and convenience of one or more “centers” of commercial activity. We want local shops and restaurants in our city or town to help create a vibrant atmosphere and make our community lives more interesting and convenient.  A quick stop at the local bank, a (lifesaving) child’s birthday gift (on the way to the party), a bottle of wine (on the way to a different party), a light lunch or a lovely dinner all within a few minutes drive or a short walk from your home, makes your community more valuable to you and more enjoyable as well.
What these terrific local businesses need is our attention.  In order to compete with the bigger box stores, local businesses need your purchase power to help them succeed.  A great way to support your local outlets is by visiting them on Small Business Saturday this November 28th. Begun in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday works to promote local shopping throughout Massachusetts.

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Topics: Cambridge MA, Somerville MA, Arlington MA, Belmont MA, Living in Arlington MA, Living in Somerville MA

Selling a Home in the Greater Boston Area with the Best Holiday Decor!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Wed, Nov 4, 2015

With the approaching arrival of the holiday season, a new 'problem' presents itself to homeowners in the Greater Boston Area who are selling a home. It is never too early to think about seasonal decorations for your home while on the market. 

Here are a couple of "do's" and a few "do nots" to help you make the most of your home sale and holiday decor!

Do decorate.  If you would normally decorate, go right ahead. It is the holiday season so your home should be a part of the season.  If you do not add any decorations or decor changes to reflect the season, your home may feel less lively or less inviting to visiting buyers.

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Topics: seller kit, selling a home, Greater Boston Communities, Greater Boston Area, sellers, Open Houses in the Greater Boston Area, selling a home in MA, Home staging tips

The Greater Boston Area Real Estate Fall Market Update

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Thu, Oct 15, 2015

 

If you have been looking for a home in the Greater Boston Area Real Estate Market in 2015, you know all too well that sales have been brisk! The Spring market was delayed by the extreme winter weather but once it got started, the market was off like a rocket. Prices were holding firm or rising in most areas and some areas, like Cambridge MA or Arlington MA were seeing multiple offers on most listings. Asking price was just a guide line and the highest bidders were paying over asking or very far over asking in most cases.

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Topics: buyers

Thinking of Buying a Home in MA this Fall? You'll like these Numbers!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Fri, Sep 25, 2015


The Fall market in real estate is often portrayed as a pale cousin to the famous Spring market which gets so much press. The oncoming holiday season and winter weather seem to threaten a precipitous end to the buying season and the buyers are alleged to disappear with the cold. Many feel that the holidays are a fabled “dead zone” for those trying to sell a home as well. But perhaps, there is more to the story. The real truth is that the Fall market is actually a great market for buying a home or selling a home in the Greater Boston Area and here are the reasons we think this is the case:  

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Topics: Arlington MA homes for sale, Arlington MA, buying a home in MA, selling a home, buying a home, Greater Boston Area, Fall Real Estate Market

2 Multiple Offer Tips for today's Greater Boston Real Estate market!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Thu, May 7, 2015

If you are trying to buy a property in the Greater Boston Area, you know full well that demand is exceeding supply. With the economy strengthening, companies moving into the area, academia expanding and mortgage rates still very low buyers are out in great numbers. Winter properties for sale were limited by our historic snowfall this winter which kept the market shut down. Everything is now packed into our current spring market, resulting in multiple offer situations on many homes. Multiple offers are not a new phenomenon in this area, but there seem to be a couple of new twists to the plot.

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Topics: open houses, buying a home, Greater Boston Area, Multiple Offers

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