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Mortgage Interest Rates Drop, Purchase Applications Plummet

Apr 3, 2020 2:48:15 PM

Mortgage interest rates are a moving target. After plunging on coronavirus fears several weeks ago, interest rates have risen and fallen not just weekly but sometimes several times per day.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Foreclosure News, Real Estate Misc., Mortgage Rates & News

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

Never Mind Putting a Ring on It. All the Single Ladies Want Homes.

Mar 11, 2020 7:00:20 PM

Beyoncé may have had it wrong when she released her Grammy-winning hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in 2008. It appears more and more single women would prefer a home of their own.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Real Estate Misc., National Association of Realtors

Mortgage Interest Rates Plunge on Coronavirus Uncertainty

Feb 26, 2020 9:48:26 PM

The worldwide spread of the coronavirus has sent shockwaves throughout global health care systems and governments, and the United States' stock market isn't the only financial indicator plunging as a result.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, 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

Low Inventory Did Not Stop Massachusetts First-time Homebuyers in 2018

Feb 8, 2019 9:09:11 AM

Despite tight inventory and rising home prices, Massachusetts first-time homebuyers made up more than a third of buyers statewide in 2018, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported recently.

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Topics: Real Estate Market, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Real Estate Misc., National Association of Realtors

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

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.

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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.

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

   

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