Buying and Selling a home in the Greater Boston Area

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

Need to Know Info when buying a condo in the Greater Boston Area

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

When buying a condo there is more to consider than just your unit. A condo is just one piece of an association. Whether you are buying into a two unit association or a 200 unit association, there are things you should know before you sign on the dotted line.

1) What am I buying? When buying a condo, you purchase the unit inside the walls, but, that may be only one piece of the purchase. It is important for you to understand the “ownership” of any decks, porches, yard areas, garage spaces, parking spots, storage areas etc. These spaces can be deeded for exclusive use with your unit, used in common by the association or used by assignment or easement by one or more unit owner. Be sure to review the Master Deed and Unit Deed to determine the extent of your “ownership” and whether you or the association is responsible for the maintenance of these areas.

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Topics: condos, buying a condominium, condo fees, buying a condo, Greater Boston Area, Greater Boston Condos, condo glossary

Visit Open Houses this Spring like a Real Estate Pro!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Tue, Apr 7, 2015

 

You're ready to hit some Open Houses this Spring but time is limited on the weekends due to chores, spring activities and of course, some much needed chilling time to catch-up on after a long work week! Therefore, we're suggesting these 4 steps that will prepare you to make the experience efficient, easy and professional!

Step 1: Begin right here at the MA Real Estate Open House Search. You can browse through all the towns in Massachusetts, find the listings for all the open houses in MA, check open house time and view property specifics in every property category. Once you have identified the properties you're visiting you can move on to step 2.

Step 2: Walkability Index. You will find this a very useful tool, especially if you are not familiar with the town and neighborhood of the homes, condos or multi-family properties you have identified in your price range. Just insert the address of a property and you will get the distance to the nearest public transportation, restaurants, shopping and even the commute to a work location! You'll find all that info right here: WalkScore.

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Topics: open houses, MA Real Estate, Open Houses in MA, buying a home, buying a condo

Buying a condo in the Greater Boston Area means no more shovelling!

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Fri, Mar 6, 2015

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Pleasant Street Condominiums, Arlington MA

After the snowy winter of 2015 is the question are you asking yourself "is it time for a change"?

You, like many of us, may be tired of maintaining a residence that required the kind of attention it needed over that last few months and are ready to trade down into something a bit easier, like a condo, to handle in the unpredictable New England weather!

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Topics: condo, MA Real Estate, Property Search, buying a condominium, condo fees, buying a condo

Save the Date! Shopping Local and Small in the Greater Boston Area

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

 

 

 

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 stores and their ability to advertise,  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 29th. Begun in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday works to promote local shopping throughout Massachusetts.

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Topics: Cambridge MA, Arlington MA, buying a home in MA, Belmont MA, buying a home, buying a condo, Greater Boston Communities, Greater Boston Area

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

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

 

 

Buying a condo in the Greater Boston Area Communities 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: Buyer kit, condos, buying a condominium, buying a condo, Greater Boston Communities, Greater Boston Area

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

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Tue, Apr 15, 2014

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.

Along the way you will be asked to sign many forms and contracts.  Some of these are issued by the State of Massachusetts, like the Mandatory Licensee Consumer Relationship Disclosure, the Property Transfer Lead Paint Notification and the Home Inspector Facts for Consumers.  Others are issued by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board or the real estate company with which you are working. These may include Buyer Representation Agreements and the Offer to Purchase itself.

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Topics: MA Real Estate, buying a condo, buying a home

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

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Sat, Mar 29, 2014

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Topics: MA Real Estate, buying a condo, Greater Boston Area

New Homeowner gift ideas from Avenue 3

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Mon, Jul 1, 2013

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Topics: buying a home, MA Real Estate, buying a condo

So what are Open Houses anyway?

Posted by Avenue 3 Real Estate on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

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Topics: open houses, buying a condo, Open Houses in MA, buying a home in MA, Open Houses in the Greater Boston Area

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