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Massachusetts Home Buyer Guide


Homebuyers Motivated by Boston's 3rd Highest in Nation Rents

May 9, 2018 9:07:31 AM

The Boston rental market likely is encouraging more tenants to consider homeownership and braving the low inventory Boston area real estate market.


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

Do Massachusetts Homebuyers Want an Energy Scorecard?

Apr 13, 2018 9:15:55 AM

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants homeowners to provide an energy scorecard and rating to potential homebuyers. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) does not like the proposed legislation. Whether homebuyers care one way or the other remains uncertain.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Real Estate Misc., Homeowner Tips

Do Massachusetts Homebuyers Pay For Oil Remaining in the Oil Tank?

Nov 27, 2017 11:47:16 AM

Nearly 30 percent of homes in Massachusetts are heated with oil, and homebuyers are often responsible to pay for any oil remaining in the oil tank at the time of closing. 


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

It's a Seller's Market, So Why Aren't Sellers Selling?

Nov 20, 2017 2:10:49 PM

It's a seller's market in the Greater Boston area, and it has been for several years. So why aren't sellers selling?


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

Since Home Prices are Up, Should You Buy Now or Wait?

Jul 16, 2017 4:57:34 PM

Over the past year or so, more and more homebuyers are asking whether it is a good idea to buy now because home prices in the Greater Boston area have increased for approximately five years. The short (and truthful) answer is, "It might not be a good idea to buy depending on your plans."


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

Your Contractor is not a Home Inspector

Jun 14, 2017 6:35:00 PM

At a home inspection not too long ago a listing agent commented that home inspectors just scare homebuyers, and he said he was recommending to his homebuyer clients that they just hire a contractor. Don't do it!


Topics: Home-buying Tips

Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Buyer Agent

Mar 9, 2017 9:32:09 AM

You've heard it over and over again. Buying a home likely will be the biggest financial transaction of your entire life. It's a cliché at this point, but it is true.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc.

First-time Homebuyers Should Consider MassHousing

Jan 13, 2017 6:34:00 PM

Many homebuyers mistakenly think that MassHousing loans are only available to low-income first-time homebuyers in Massachusetts. Although there are income limits and loan limits, homebuyers are often surprised by how much a borrower can earn and borrow and still qualify.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Video

How Much Cash Do Massachusetts First-time Homebuyers Need?

Jan 12, 2017 8:55:00 AM

One of the most difficult parts of buying a home for Massachusetts first-time homebuyers is saving for the down payment. So how much cash on hand does a homebuyer need to buy a home?  


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs

HomeReady Mortgage is a Low Down Payment Option for Homebuyers

Dec 1, 2016 12:36:37 PM

Massachusetts first-time homebuyers year after year cite saving for a down payment as the biggest obstacle to buying a home; however, many potential homebuyers mistakenly believe they need to save enough money for a 20 percent down payment.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Condominium, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Mortgage Rates & News

15 Mortgage Loan Terms MA First-time Home Buyers Should Know

Nov 16, 2016 8:58:00 AM

Massachusetts first-time home buyers sometimes feel like they are listening to a foreign language when learning about the many lending terms related to a mortgage loan. There are many and several sound similar. The following are 15 loan terms first-time home buyers should definitely know.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Real Estate Misc.

7 Tips for Massachusetts Homebuyers Purchasing Homeowners Insurance

Nov 10, 2016 8:45:00 AM

One of the costs Massachusetts homebuyers will incur during the home-buying process is homeowners insurance, which is often referred to as hazard insurance. Although you might be focused on a multitude of other costs associated with purchasing a home, homeowners insurance is vitally important to protect you from damage to or the total loss of your home.


Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc.


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