Dorchester, MA Real Estate News

By James Harrison, Selling Made Easy
(Boston Bayside Properties)
Since bright, sunny days can’t be counted on for Dorchester open houses scheduled in February, the most common recommendations at this time of year deal with light. Everyone points out how doubly important it is to open the drapes and make sure all lamps and overheads are working. Where necessary, it’s also a good idea to brighten dim corners with higher wattage bulbs.There are also any number of fine points that homeowners planning Dorchester open houses might not have heard about. Familiarity is a handicap in that respect. Being able to view a property’s rooms with fresh eyes is one of the advantages open house staging professionals bring to the party. Beyond maximizing the “light and bright” quality that’s so important at this time of year, here some tricks of the trade that stagers ...
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Just ran numbers for the Dorchester condo market from MLSPIN and the indicators are pointing towards recovery with prices and price per square foot (PPSF) indicators on the rise. It goes without saying that Dorchester is a big neighborhood of Boston and within Dorchester there are a lot of different markets with varying prices and dynamics so these figures should be used as compass point to overall market performance.
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Are you in search of Dorchester Multi Family Homes For Sale? Well then you have come to the right place. Below is a list of multi family homes for sale in Dorchester. This list includes 2 families, 3 families, duplexes and large 4+ unit buildings for sale in Dorchester MA. If you would like to see any of these Dorchester Multi Family properties please contact David the your local Dorchester real estate expert at 617-259-0235. Enjoy! 
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
A Dorchester MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase. A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units. It should be understood that there are certain risks inherent in the purchase of property and a home inspection is inherently limited in its scope and depth. The information gained from home inspection conforming to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice may reduce some of those risks, but the home inspection is not intended to provide the client with protection from all of the risks involved. Visit the Dorchester MA Home...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
Two-families for sale in Dorchester - There are dozens of them available at any given time and while some of them are not worth looking at, some can be quite a great buy! It really depends on what you're looking for in a two-family.  For investors, the numbers don't quite work out well as three-families (the cost per unit ends up being a little higher for the most part), but for owner-occupants who just want someone to help pay the mortgage, it can be ideal. Right now, the cheapest of all the two-families for sale in Dorchester is $127,400.  It's a foreclosure on Vaughan Avenue with a one-bedroom unit on the first floor and a three-bedroom unit on the second floor.  It's boarded up and odds are it needs work.  Depending on the work that's needed, it's definitely something that can cash ...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
When I was only seven years old, I started probably my first business ever.  It was not exactly a business, per se, but really it was me selling my neighbor's trash.  I noticed after school one day that my neighbor was throwing out an old collection of National Geographic magazines.  I thought that since they were in good shape and there were a ton of them just sitting there, I would set some of them up on a table in front of my home and try and sell them to people walking by on busy Columbia Road in Dorchester.  It worked far better than I thought.  People who were walking by on their way home from work scooped up enough copies (that I was selling for a mere quarter each) that I made over ten dollars!  To a second-grader, this was like hitting the lottery!  I was thrilled that I was ab...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
Last week, I wrote about real estate agents taking a day off and asking if it really ever happens.  I argued that even if we do take what most people call a "day off", we still answer the phone, reply to texts and even think about our clients' needs while trying to relax, not schedule any showings, etc.  I realized that it was tough to totally "take off" because I loved what I do! Here's the link in case you missed it: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1910808/do-real-estate-agents-really-ever-get-a-day-off- To my surprise, not only did the blog get featured, but it was the title blog on daily email that ActiveRain sends out to its members.  With almost 200 comments featuring an array of ideas, thoughts and stories, I wanted to let you all know that I did end up taking a day off on Friday...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
Jones Hill Condos have been in high demand for years now since the condo market has been hot in Dorchester, MA.  Situated in the north part on Dorchester, Boston's largest neighborhood, Jones Hill has been known to be a magnet for people looking to be close to downtown, the South End and the train stations on the Red Line.  With views of downtown as well as the harbor, residents have enjoyed life in an area with a large amount of older victorian homes with tons of detail.  This area has been a haven for developers who are looking to convert either three-families, two-families or other homes into Jones Hill condos. While Dorchester has had its ups and downs like other areas of Boston and even Massachusetts, Jones Hill condos have more stable than other areas of Dorchester and have held t...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
Dorchester Short Sales are a great opportunity to pick up a home for potentially way less than market value in one of the most affordable and attractive areas of Boston.  For those who are still a little unsure what a short sale is, it is when a homeowner is able to get the bank who is holding their mortgage to allow a sale that is less that what the balance of the mortgage is (the bank takes a loss).  For homeowners who have negative equity (or are "upside-down"), this is a much better option than getting foreclosed on.  It's usually ends up being a win-win-win-win situation for all those involved. The buyer wins because they are getting a home for either under market or close to market value. The homeowner wins because they are able to sell the home even though the loan balance is hig...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
In August of 2010 there were 59 properties that closed within the month for Dorchester Massachusetts. This is a decrease of 24%, as there were 78 homes that closed in August of 2009. The Average list price for the homes that closed in Dorchester for August of 2009 was $235,739 The Average list price for the homes that closed in Dorchester for August of 2010 was $257,809. The Average sale price for the homes that closed in Dorchester for August of 2009 was $228,211 The Average sale price for the homes that closed in Dorchester for August of 2010 was $252,252 The Average Market time for the homes that closed in Dorchester in August of 2009 was 109 days. The Average Market time for the homes that closed in Dorchester Augustof 2010 was 92 days. 69 homes went under agreement in Dorchester Ma...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
As a Dorchester Real Estate Professional, I pride myself on providing my clients with the maximum exposure for their listings. The latest NAR (National Association Of Realtors) stats show that 90% of consumers use the Internet in their home search. As a result, the key to selling homes quickly is to make sure the property is viewed by the target market. To do this, it is essential that a listing broker use tools such as Vflyer, MLS, Activerain, Realtor.com and other listing syndication sites that enable the property to be shown on hundreds of sites throughout the Internet. If your property ispriced appropriately and given the proper exposure, you should start receiving offers within the first 7 days of listing the property. I have sold multiple Dorchester homes over the past 5 years and...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
As I watched this interview last week, it became very clear to me that Emily Rooney's agenda did not include being objective about a topic she knows nothing about. The seven minute interview was her chance to perpetuate stereotypes about Dorchester. The show was supposed to be about why Dorchester is one of the hottest real estate markets in the City and turned into Emily Rooney's chance to publicly bash Dot (Short for Dorchester). During the interview she over talked Donna Latson Gittens and pushed her negative perception the whole time. The numbers make it clear that many buyers are purchasing homes in Dorchester and that it is one of the few markets in the city that has seen continuous growth in sales and values during this past year. Dorchester is the largest part of the city and h...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
Although the year to date (YTD) Dorcheser inventory is slightly higher than last year, the Dorchester YTD Average sales price is up by 12% and the average days on market went from 122 days to 77 days, a drop of 37%. These numbers clearly indicate signs of a recovery. As the market begins to rebound it has never been more critical for buyers to "get off the fence" and get into the game. Furthermore, it appears that we may have already seen the bottom of the Dorchester market. If you are considering buying real estate and are uncertain of when to purchase a home, the time is now. In addition to getting in while the values are low, you can also take advantage of historically low interest rates. The only way to know when we have seen the bottom of the market is when we start to come back u...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
Dorchester Real Estate Report As of August 19th 2009, the On-Market inventory In Dorchester has increased. Lets take a look at the numbers: Total Inventory was 353 on August 19th 2009 and has increased to 393 in 2010 an 11% Increase The Average Number of Days on Market was 133 Days in 2009 and is now 120 Days a 10% Decrease The average list price was $296,847.00 and is now $300,445.00 a %12 Increase It is important to note that the on market inventory for the same time in 2008 was 723. Although the inventory is up from last year, The average number of days On-Market is down 10% and the average list price is up 12%. These numbers indicate that market is getting stronger. Even though the inventory is slightly higher than last year, the average list price has increased and homes are selli...
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I've seen many posts on this subject but doubted that it could actually happen to me.  After attending Raincamp in Boston a few weeks ago, I learned a few keys things that will make Google LOVE my blog and decide that it's important enough to put up to the top because it's so relevant.  These are things I had already learned when I first joined ActiveRain but never really put to use.  I decided to try it out since there were definitely some very hyper local long-tail searches which did not have much in terms of valid results. I decided to post a blog entitled "Three-Family Foreclosures in Dorchester, MA".  Why?  Because Ben Kinney told me to, that's why.  He explained that the title should be the same phrase as what people are going to be typing into the search bar in Google.  Not only ...
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By David Cahill
(Century 21 Cahill Associates)
Three-Family foreclosures in Dorchester, MA are currently a hot commodity.  Since the start of the foreclosure boom, there have been a ton of foreclosures of these popular multi-family homes in Boston's largest neighborhood.  Recent activity indicates that the combination of low inventory, low prices, low interest rates and high rents is making this a hot type of property right now.  I've been closely tracking the market for three-families and three-family foreclosures in Dorchester, MA since 2003 and have seen some huge changes.  In those earlier years, closer to the height of the market, there were always between 110-140 three-families for sale.  Now, there are only between 30-40.  Most sellers who are not under water are holding out for the higher prices we saw in 2005, where the ave...
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
Below is a Video Tour of 9 O'Donnell Sq, Dorchester:Neponset, MA 02122. This unit was completely gut rehabbed in 2005. Check it out!
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
We are officially set up and open for Business Boston! Our New Dorchester Office is located a 404 Neponset Ave in the Neponset Section of Dorchester. Stop in and say hello! We are excited to be in the Neighborhood! Bentley Real Estate Group - Boston's Real Estate Experts!
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
The Massachusetts Great Places List was created by The Great Places in Massachusetts Commission, created by the legislature, and signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in January of 2009. The list includes the following Dorchester locations: JFK Presindtial Library and Musem- 1 John f kennedy rd, Dorchester MA (Umass Boston Campus) Franklin Park Zoo - One Franklin Park Road, Dorchester, MA First Parish Churh- 10 Parish St., Dorchester   Neponset Greenway - Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester Commonwealth Museum and Archives - 220 Morrisey Blvd., Dorchester MA Erie Pub - 795 Adams Street Dorchester The City of Boston had over 80 destinations that made the list. To view the full list visit http://www.massvacation.com/1000/    
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By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
As a local broker, I have been able to help numerous home owners avoid foreclosure. The Dorchester market was hit hard by the housing crisis and many home owners are having a tough time paying there mortgages. As a result I have launched a new foreclosure prevention program to help distressed home owners and advise them of their options when facing foreclosure. As a seller your options include, A loan modification, Short Sale and a Deed In Lieu of Foreclosure. There are additional options as well but I find that these are the top three solutions for sellers who are facing Foreclosure and looking to save or sell their homes. A Loan Modification is a permanent change in one or more of the terms of a mortgagor's loan. It allows the loan to be reinstated, and results in a payment the mortga...
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