Boston, MA Real Estate News

By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Michael Mahoney eXp Realty Realtor Mentor Notes March 28 Today, I was struck by this quote because as a Realtor for 17 years I am amazed how many Realtors focus on copying the marketing or the message of other Realtors. Total BS. "Sally is on a shopping cart...I want to be on a shopping car. Lenny has a billboard, you must need a billboard to be great". Today's advice is to just be you. DO YOU! People want to work with people. They want to know you are real. You are authentic. They gravitate to you because of you. I always tell people when they start out to write their life story down.  All the trials, tribulations - warts and all. Clients love victory stories.  This is what makes us human. It's what makes them human. Write your own personal narrative.  Add it to your "BIO" page.  I thi...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Day 1 of 90; Becoming the best journey are words that I wrote 8 years ago when I started this real estate journey back in Dallas Texas.  For the first 90 days of my real estate career I followed a regime that included sharing what are considered best practices in real estate for successful Realtors®.  I do this now again to pursue the next level of service to myself, my community and the people who live here.  In this way the focus is on our shared and collective community and not on leads, listings and leverage as the end goal.  The goals of closing deals and earning commission are just part of the process that you employ every day. My schedule through the years has been fluid and this has kept me from being free from needs. The truly successful Realtor® has a schedule that is locked a...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
What if I told you that you would not see a paycheck for 90 days? That if you took a listing today or you went out with a buyer today and made an offer it could be 90 days until you saw a paycheck. Would that make you work harder everyday? The bottom line in real estate is that it's a 90 day cycle to a paycheck.7.5 weeks before you get paid. What would you do everyday, so that in 90 days, 100 days, 114 days and 121 days a pay check would show up? What can I help you do today to make it happen? You need to make this a contact sport.How many houses did you show this weekend? I showed 4 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.9 this weekend.  Two separate clients. This is what it takes. We need to make sure you have at least 2.5 appointments per week. If you don't have a buyer to be out with this week...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
 House Hunting Checklist by Boston Realtor Mike MahoneyAs the Spring market starts and people are heading out to look at houses, we had our designer make a House Hunting Checklist for our buyer clients. This one pager will help our buyer clients capture all the details as we tour properties throughout the Greater Boston area. Below is a sample image of our "House Hunting Checklist" Download the Checklist Below or click here Please feel free to pass along the checklist to friends or colleagues who may need help this Spring looking to purchase or a sell a home. It would be my pleasure to have a telephone conference call or meeting with anyone to help identify opportunities in the real estate market this Spring. If you are looking for opportunities in the market this Spring, take a look at...
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By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
 Welcome to this edition of The Monday Morning Memo.....I hope you had a productive and enjoyable weekend filled with some fun and laughter.  Let us stay focused this week on what we must and want to accomplish.  Let us not be fearful of the future or uncertain of the outcome from our decisions.  We must move forward and constantly work towards what we are trying to accomplish.  Take a minute today and think about this question:  What one thing can you do each day this week to bring you closer to success and happiness?  The vast majority of us are reactive to life and that in and of itself is our biggest problem.  We must not wait for life to happen to us, but rather create the life we wish to live.  This is not easy I know, but the alternative is not something we should settle for.  Th...
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By James Harrison, Selling Made Easy
(Boston Bayside Properties)
For many typical Dorchester breadwinners, last week’s stock market gyrations undoubtedly revived feelings that had been largely absent for quite a while: retirement jitters. Nearly a quarter of working Americans own Individual Retirement Accounts—but since most IRAs’ values fluctuate considerably with the ups and downs of Wall Street, when major indexes officially enter correction territory (as the New York Times reported last Thursday), savers’ anxiety levels head toward redline territory. That’s too bad because one of the principal purposes of saving for retirement is to create a secure feeling about the future. Even if the financial pundits seem undismayed by all the correction territory chitchat, those feelings can begin to evaporate.All of this may seem unavoidable, but there is an...
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By James Harrison, Selling Made Easy
(Boston Bayside Properties)
You might think that when your house is in terrific shape, that’s all you need to guarantee a quick, successful sale. Just because it is located in a desirable Dorchester neighborhood on a great street populated with conscientious neighbors—and just because it has most of the features and attributes that today’s buyers seem to want—that it’s a cinch to draw a raft of top-of-market bids from a clamoring flock of eager prospects. It often turns out that the result was not inevitable. The reason is that “My Dorchester house will sell itself” thinking was allowed to take over. Now it is definitely true that all of the terrific qualities listed above should guarantee a short and successful offering. The problem arises when a homeowner logically concludes that, since their Dorchester house wi...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Boston Celtics Home Opener Tonight at TD Garden - What's Hot in the NeighborhoodTonight the Boston Celtics open their home opener at 100 Legends Way, Boston MA 02114 AKA The TD Bank Garden. They are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Cavaliers beat the Celtics and you want to get the value of your home so you can move to Lebronville, please feel free to get the value of your Boston home here Hopefully, the Celtics will be as hot as the real estate market where the TD Garden is located. The area known as the West End.This neighborhood is a hot bed in the Boston condo market. See all the condos for sale in Boston's West End near TD Garden here
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Italiante Style Homes and Garages in Boston Inspired by Enzo Ferrari On October 5, 1919, a young Italian car mechanic and engineer named Enzo Ferrari takes part in his first car race, a hill climb in Parma, Italy. He finished fourth. Ferrari was a good driver, but not a great one: In all, he won just 13 of the 47 races he entered. Many people say that this is because he cared too much for the sports cars he drove: He could never bring himself to ruin an engine in order to win a race. Heare are some homes in Greater Boston in the Italiante style inspiring likes the machines of Ferrari Michael MahoneyGreater Boston Realtor617-615-9435
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
This is a decision that many families in the Boston area are facing. They love the house, the kids are gone and now they have kids, seems like the only time the house is filled is during the holiday parties.  The love of one's home of many years is also a strong inducement to stay.  Your neighbors, your neighborhood, your friends, your routines are all thrown up in the air when the decision to move is made.  Remodeling is a different form of torture.  Living with the planning and spending and waiting around for things to happen and then have things happening too fast and all at once. Ah, the joys of homeownership, or not.  For me, I would have it no other way.Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of hous...
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By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
India Day Celebration by IAGB: August 20th, 2017 at Hatchshell BOSTON INDIA DAY 2017Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4-8pmThe Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston I remember those days when my daughter used to perform at this event.India Day is a big celebration for Indian Community in Boston area.Perhaps one of the largest gathering of the Indian community.And that too, at Hatch Memorial Shell Auditorium.(The home of Boston Pops - 4th July Celebration.)This year is India's 71st Independence Day Celebration.The theme of this year's event is 'Unity in Diversity'.And the participation will be from kids and adults alike from the community.It will be a fun-packed event.Reminding the date and time again:Sunday, August 20th, 2017 4-8 PMThe Hatch Memorial Shell Auditorium.(IAGB banner (old): Credit Courtesy w...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Boston Realtor Helps with VA Loans for Former Military PersonnelDid you serve in the Military and are interested in buying a home?Buy a home with 0 (yes, zero) to 1% down! It's not a scam, it's a benefit you earned from your service.I work with The Mortgage Network in helping military personnel buy homes all over Boston and all suburbs for 0 (zero) to 1% down! How do we do it? -- We request a credit from the seller which covers your closing costs and also allows for a very low or no down payment!Just give me a call at show contact info to learn more. Thanks much, Michael MahoneyKeller Williams Realtywww.RealtorMikeMahoney.com Former Reserve Officer - INF and 11 BRAVO617-615-9435mike@mmahoney.com
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 Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Happy 4th of July 2017 Independence Day by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz     Robert Swetz would like to personally wish everyone a wonderful Independence Day 2017.   Thank you to all the men and women that fought and helped create the great country we live in today, The United States of America.    Let's Celebrate and "God Bless America"         Posted by Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz at 8:31 AM   Labels: born on the 4th of july, celebration, God Bless America, holidays, independence day, july 4th, Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Thank You, United States of America Location: Boston, MA, USA  
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Speechless Sundays: Everyone is welcome on the T in Boston  If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Where everyone knows your name!   When we were in Boston for the Boston Marathon we had to make a stop at Cheers!   You remember the Cheers Theme song: Sometimes you wanna go…..where everyone knows your nameAnd they’re always glad you cameYou wanna go where people know People are all the sameYou wanna go where everybody knows you nameIt hasn’t changed much in all these years except now many more tourists reliving the dream!
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
The Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo in Massachusetts Before you make your Boston condo purchase, there are a lot of things your should find out when buying. Making a purchase in a condo development is more involved than buying a home here in Massachusetts. The reason being is that not only are you buying a piece of property but that you are also buying a condo association.  In a way you are making two purchases overall.  If you are getting a mortgage to make your purchase, your mortgage lender or mortgage banker will definitely scrutinize the condo association as much as your financial worthiness and in some cases more. When loans are made on condos they are basically underwritten in two ways. First the borrower is underwritten and then the condominium association is closely looked...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Are you a Social Butterfly or a Social Termite?If you are considering a condo in Boston, then you need to determine if you are social butterfly or a social termite.  In condos you and your neighbors will live in much closer proximity than you would in a free- standing home. If you get crazy when people are too close, then you should probably not consider a condominium in Greater Boston. I have had people tell me that they love to cook but it does not mean that they want to smell the smell of their neighbor’s chicken curry or fish during Lent. Consider whether you can live in that type of environment. You can visit at different times of day to get a feel for noise and activity.Before you get started in looking for condo in the city....read more about these considerations.Want to get a co...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Boston Realtor Michael Mahoney with Keller Williams on Boston Housing Inventory - Michael Mahoney of Keller Williams Realty in Boston would like you to know that the inventory of homes for sale in Greater Boston is really low at this time and median prices on both condos and homes are up. If you were considering selling your property, now would be a great time to do so.You can get the value of your home here Michael MahoneyKeller Williams of Greater Boston617-615-9435www.RealtorMikeMahoney.com 
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for all Construction and Building Inspectors, which includes home inspectors, were expected to grow by 8% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). As of 2015, the average annual income for building and construction inspectors was $57,340 in May 2015.Are you interested in a career as a Massachusetts Licensed Home Inspector?The home inspector profession in Massachusetts is regulated by The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors.  Step 1 is to complete a Board approved 75 hour training class.  Other requirements include a passing score on the National Home Inspector Exam, the performance of 25 inspections in the presence of a MA licensed home inspector, and an Errors & Omissions insurance policy.Enroll in a Board Approved 75 hour t...
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