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What's Home Buying in Massachusetts Like in a COVID-19 World?

May 4, 2020 10:46:04 AM

It's peculiar and, at the same time, somewhat amusing and sad, to watch people dressed as burglars, donning masks, gloves, and shoe booties, tentatively walking through homes for sale.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Home-buying Tips

8 Places in Massachusetts with Ridiculously Low Real Estate Inventory

Apr 30, 2020 3:04:07 PM

The amount of real estate inventory in Massachusetts is limited. That's an understatement.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Home-buying Tips, Haverhill MA, Braintree MA, Melrose MA, Salem MA, Milford MA, Waltham MA, Malden MA, East Bridgewater MA

MassHousing Down Payment Assistance Helps More First-time Home Buyers

Apr 11, 2020 11:02:05 AM

Not enough cash for a down payment? That may not be an obstacle to homeownership for qualified Massachusetts first-time homebuyers.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Community Information, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Haverhill MA, Lowell MA, Melrose MA, Peabody MA, Salem MA, Mansfield MA, Lynn MA, Taunton MA, Everett MA, Worcester MA, Malden MA, Lawrence MA, Revere MA

How Will Coronavirus Impact Boston's Real Estate Market?

Mar 14, 2020 5:36:47 PM

First, let's start by stating the obvious. The health of homebuyers, sellers, real estate agents, their families, and others in the real estate industry is what's most important. It's wise to take precautions and put staying healthy first and foremost.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc., Mortgage Rates & News

Is There a Right Way to Buy a Home in Massachusetts?

Feb 17, 2020 5:52:51 PM

When we choose a car to buy, a career to pursue, a job to take, or a partner to spend a lifetime with, we want to make the right decision. We know it isn't possible, but we still want a straightforward roadmap to a successful outcome.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc.

The Loan Application Deadline is Important to Massachusetts Homebuyers

Nov 24, 2019 8:58:21 PM

Massachusetts has two "offer to purchase" real estate forms commonly used by real estate professionals.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Real Estate Misc., Real Estate Law, Greater Boston Association of Realtors

7 Ways Homebuyers Negatively Impact the Home Loan Process

Oct 4, 2019 5:15:09 PM

You're almost to the finish line.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101

What Does a Suitable Housing Contingency Mean for Homebuyers?

Sep 7, 2019 5:06:56 PM

Sometimes a Massachusetts homebuyer will see language in an MLS listing that indicates a seller needs or wants a "suitable housing contingency."

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Law

Costs First-time Homebuyers Should Consider Beyond Mortgage Payments

Mar 31, 2019 9:30:00 AM

You have provided your loan officer with your pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, bank statements, and other financial documents. The lender has reviewed the documents and provided you with a pre-qualification or a loan estimate. You're all set to go house hunting in Massachusetts or to close, and you'll know exactly how much it will cost you to be a homeowner. Not exactly. 

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101

What is a 'Perc' Test When Buying Land in Massachusetts

Jan 15, 2019 1:49:00 PM

When a Massachusetts homebuyer purchases land to build a new construction home that will need a septic system, a percolation test, commonly referred to as a "perc" test, must be completed to determine the design of the septic system

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc., Real Estate Law, New Construction

What is a Home Appraisal?

Oct 19, 2018 2:48:16 PM

Massachusetts homebuyers should understand why a lender orders a home appraisal and how it could affect the purchase of a home.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc.

5 Lead Paint Questions Answered for Massachusetts Homebuyers

Oct 18, 2018 3:40:10 PM

Massachusetts and federal laws have required the disclosure of lead paint for more than 20 years. Many homes built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead from lead-based paint.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc., Real Estate Law

   

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