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Lucas Merchant - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential

We are proud to announce the addition of Lucas Merchant to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential team!  Lucas's inherent passion for architecture and economics coupled with his superior level of customer service has proven to be a recipe for success.  Since starting in real estate in 2013, he has helped dozens of clients buy, sell, and rent in and around Boston.

During his down time, Lucas enjoys getting out on the water and participating in competitive sailing along the east coast.  He is also passionate about restoring vintage motorcycles, traveling, and exploring Boston's newest art galleries and exhibitions.

To learn more about Lucas, click the links below to view his biography and social media pages.

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UBS Global Real Estate Bubble   Perhaps the question we are asked most by our clients is if we think we are in or headed towards, another housing bubble.  Besides anecdotal evidence, it can sometimes be tough to give a clear and confident answer.     The link below is to an article summarizing the findings of the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index.  It showcases major cities throughout the world, including Boston, and sorts them into four categories: bubble risk, overvalued, fair-valued, and undervalued.     Highlights:  
  • Fair-Valued:  Surprisingly, Boston ranks as one of only four "fair-valued" cities, even with what we often feel is a hot market that sometimes borders on out-of-control.
  • Price to Income:  4 years = The number of years a skilled
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A few decades (and a few mayors) after these observations from Kevin White, the Seaport district is a thriving, booming area for Boston real estate and development. The skyline is hardly recognizable compared to that of the late 1980s––a testament to the investors who saw potential in its beautiful harbor views and wide-open spaces.

"Mayor Kevin White moved into his office at the new City Hall in 1968. According to the late Boston College historian Thomas O’Connor, “When he looked out … down at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, they were rotten. And just beyond that, he could see the Seaport, and that was rotten, too." — "The Rise of the Seaport," Boston Magazine

It seems new businesses open their doors almost daily, catering to the 11,000

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It’s no surprise that Back Bay is not only one of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods, but one of America’s most-visited and well-loved places to boot. With Boston and Back Bay real estate booming, it’s also no surprise that many people are looking to move to a bustling, vibrant place like Back Bay. Picturesque waterfront views line this neighborhood’s backdrop, bike trails and parks tap into the outdoors-man in us all, and boutiques and eateries contribute to the awe of this neighborhood.

Back Bay has gone through a lot of change throughout the century, and each and every chapter of this neighborhood’s life contributes to an incredible story and rich Back Bay real estate market.

History of Back Bay

Back Bay skyline in BostonLong before the Prudential Tower and the

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8 FAQs from every first time buyerYour home will be one of your most important investments you will ever make in your life—it’s only natural that you develop a lot of questions, as you should! Purchasing a home requires lots of research and careful decisions, and as you dive in, you may find many parts of it foreign and somewhat confusing.

You’re not the only one scratching your head. Here are some common FAQs we hear a lot about buying your first piece of Boston real estate (plus the answers our expert buyer’s agents give!)

How long is the purchase process once I pick a Boston home?

There are lots of variables that contribute to the timeline. It can honestly be as short as two weeks or as long as two months from the time the offer is accepted to the day the papers are passed. If

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is expanding internationally in 2016––and to kick this off, is now available in 10 different languages and currencies! Global consumers will be able to search real estate on the website in any state and city serviced by our franchisees!

What they will be able to find is not available on any of our competitors websites: full MLS data containing ALL listings in their search area, not just our in house listings. This provides a better experience for our international customers and more leads generated for our agents!

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Website

To compliment our website going international, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has also partnered with Worldposting, and will soon be sending all of our listings to 5

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There are few things that stress me out more than moving. Coordinating movers, lifting boxes, and sorting through all of my belongings––it’s never an easy feat.

And to add fuel to the fire, it’s even more stressful if you’re relocating to a new city, especially one as massive and busy as Boston!

That’s why we want to provide you with a practical guide and how-to when it comes to relocating to Boston.

From the first steps of narrowing down your desired area all the way to the finer points of local tips and tricks, we’ve put together a guide of what you need to know if you are relocating to Boston.

First Steps

Boston NeighborhoodsThe very first thing you need to do is figure out where you want to live. While Boston is technically a single city, it is comprised a

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Have you ever had to plan a big event? Whether it was a birthday party, business gathering, or anniversary celebration—it takes a considerable amount of planning and effort to pull things off. You need to coordinate a time and date, set the budget, send out invitations, book a caterer, order the cake, choose a venue, get decorations, etc. It can get overwhelming very quickly!

But imagine if you went into it with no vision of what you want. You’d stare at the caterer’s menu for hours asking yourself, “How many people are coming? Do we have any vegetarians? Vegans? Do we want sushi? What if nobody likes to eat fish? Can we afford this?”

It makes planning terribly difficult.

When you’re about to enter into the buying/selling process of your Boston

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Monopoly was one of my favorite board games to play as a kid. The bare bones concept was simple—when another player landed on your property, they had to pay rent. But $28 for rent when you paid $300 for Pacific Avenue isn’t going to give you the best (or fastest) return as an owner. You could quickly increase that rent to $1,100 by just adding a few houses. Rent would only have to be paid twice to get a massive return!

While owning a home in the Boston real estate market isn’t quite as simple as the classic board game, the concept stays the same. Each property is an investment—we hope to see a higher return on it by the time we decide to move.

In our active market, you’ll see a return on your investment in due time. But we all want the biggest bang

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It’s been getting a little quiet lately.

he suburbs have served you well throughout the years. If walls could talk, your house would tell stories of countless birthdays, dramatic exits, teenage angst, tearful off-to-college goodbyes, and joyful holiday reunions. However, with your big ol’ house now all to yourself, most of the rooms are going unused, and regularly cleaning the collected dust is growing to be a nuisance. Perhaps it’s time for your next big move. Moreover, we mean Boston big.

There are several benefits to moving to the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Selling that big ol’ house might seem like a daunting feat, but there’s a reason more and more people are taking the leap.

Here are five reasons why relocating to Boston proper

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