Buying a Home Is 38 Percent Less Expensive than Renting

Buying a Home Is 38 Percent Less Expensive than Renting

Trulia released their Rent vs. Buy Report last week. The report explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas by an average of 38%! The other interesting findings in the report include: •Even though prices increased sharply in many markets over the past year, low mortgage rates have [...]

What To Expect In The Housing Market In 2014

What To Expect In The Housing Market In 2014

In 2013, the housing recovery was a welcome bright spot for the economy: prices were shooting up, fewer homeowners were underwater, and builder confidence was finally on the upswing. It’s looking like 2014 should be another good year for housing–mostly. Here are ten things housing experts expect to see in 2014: 1. More homes will [...]

Mortgage Rates Won’t Derail 2014 Housing Market

Mortgage Rates Won’t Derail 2014 Housing Market

Yes, the housing sector’s recovery has shown some signs of slowing down, as recently noted by Federal Reserve members. Home prices are rising, and so are mortgage rates, making it tough for would-be buyers, particularly first-time purchasers, to close a deal on a new place. Meanwhile, the looming threats of new mortgage rules and pending [...]

Maximize Your Homeowner Tax Benefits For 2013 Before The End Of The Year

Maximize Your Homeowner Tax Benefits For 2013 Before The End Of The Year

People are always looking for ways to get every dollar back they deserve at tax time and although the year is quickly coming to an end,  there is still time for homeowners to maximize their homeowner tax benefits for 2013.  Here are a few last-minute things you should be sure to squeeze in. FORBES spoke with [...]

Why Sellers Shouldn't Wait Until After the Holidays to List Homes

Why Sellers Shouldn’t Wait Until After the Holidays to List Homes

With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off? Or if they haven’t listed their homes yet, should they wait until after the first of the year? Maybe hold off until spring? Conventional wisdom used to be that you shouldn’t even try to

Boston Distinctive Properties' Robb Cohen Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist®

Boston Distinctive Properties’ Robb Cohen Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist®

Robb Cohen is an award-winning sales associate specializing in the Boston market who recently earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS) designation which the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing awards internationally to sales professionals who meet performance standards in the upper-tier residential market,  and who was also recognized as a member of the Million [...]

Make Time To Explore Your Home Loan Options

Make Time To Explore Your Home Loan Options

Nobody could blame you if you haven’t been devoting much time to thinking about your mortgage recently. If yours is a typical working family, you may well relate to a hamster on a wheel: constantly running and going nowhere. Spare moments are few and precious, and jealously guarded as periods of much-needed relaxation. This is [...]

Wealthy Pick Real Estate Over the Stock Market

Wealthy Pick Real Estate Over the Stock Market

We are taught from birth that the quickest way to achieve a goal is to seek out those who have already accomplished the goal and do what they do. Interested in creating wealth? It seems the wealthy trust real estate as an investment before even the stock market. Related article:  July Home Sales Across Massachusetts [...]

14,767 Houses Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

14,767 Houses Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold in this hot market, maybe it’s not priced properly. After all 14,767 houses sold yesterday, 14,767 will [...]

July Home Sales Across Massachusetts Best Since 2006

July Home Sales Across Massachusetts Best Since 2006

One of the big questions right now in the housing market, both locally here in Massachusetts and Greater Boston and nationally as well … Are home prices cooling off after a double-digit tear or just taking a breather before heading up again? The Warren Group, a Boston-based real estate data firm and publisher,  reports home sales across [...]

Competing With Cash Buyers

Competing With Cash Buyers

In competitive real estate markets such as Boston,  homebuyers  have to contend with competition from all-cash buyers. In Massachusetts, 40 percent of condo sales and a quarter of single-family home sales in April were purchased without a mortgage, according to the Warren Group, which compiles data on New England’s real estate market.  Some of these [...]

Boston Named in Top Ten Cities For New College Grads In 2013

Boston Named in Top Ten Cities For New College Grads In 2013

In some cities it’s easier for new college grads to find both a job and affordable rental housing.  Recently Boston was ranked as one of the Top Ten Cities For New College Grads,  offering grads  a mean annual income of $57,500,  an unemployment rate of 5.9%, and a median rental price for a one-bedroom apartment of $1,590. Rent.com, a rental housing listing [...]

Developers Seek Approval For Revised Copley Place Tower Plans

Developers Seek Approval For Revised Copley Place Tower Plans

Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, the developers of the $500 million residential and retail Copley Place tower in Boston’s Back Bay, says it wants to move forward under a new plan that would add another 224 homes to the building. Under the revised plan, the number of affordable homes in the tower would increase to [...]