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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, www.BerkshireHathawayHS.com 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!

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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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A few times a week, I talk to people who are interested in downsizing their homes and moving to downtown Boston.

At first, it may seem like a strange move––less space for the same amount of money, more traffic, etc.? However, the coin does have another side that can make this step a very freeing decision.

You’ll make better use of all of your space, rid yourself of home maintenance responsibilities, and have all of the coolest events and activities of the city within arm’s reach.

Today, we are talking about what makes moving to one of the many Boston luxury condos a financially (and personally) stable investment:

IF YOU DON’T USE IT, LOSE IT

People wonder if they will feel cramped going from 4,000 square feet to 1,800 square feet––and while

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Watching the unique neighborhoods of Boston transform with the 21st century is a journey––we’ve seen home values skyrocket, buildings surge from the skyline, and families find homes in interesting structures like churches, warehouses, and even old factory lots that once sat empty.

South Boston real estate has been one of those experiences.

We’ve explored this close-knit community and loved seeing the young professionals and new families bloom in its well-kept homes.

And now the scene is growing even more––so we’re shining our spotlight on South Boston real estate that could soon be your own slice of Southie: heaven.

History of Southie

South Boston is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the U.S. A few hundred residents (along with livestock)

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What do you imagine when you picture a luxury condo?

You might think a high-rise building overlooking our gorgeous city––floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the sleek furnishings and modern design inside. You might also see a concierge and a doorman, greeting residents much like an upscale hotel.

But others may picture a beautiful brownstone, steeped in history, with red brick and ivy on the trellis. Perfectly restored insides and incredible amenities lift these homes from mid-market to true luxury.

No matter how you shake it, the definition of a “luxury development” can be many different things. So we’ve broken down the different types of Boston luxury apartments you might find on the market today (even if they surprise you):

AMENITIES

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Purchasing your first home is an exciting process––but it comes with some challenges. You want to be sure you make the right financial decision, but you also want to find the home you’ve been dreaming of. And you might feel a little overwhelmed by how competitive the Boston market is for buyers. (It can feel like a feeding frenzy out there!)

As millennials start thinking about purchasing their first property in Boston, the majority of their options will be condos vs. single family homes. While this is largely due to pricing and availability, it’s also because Boston condos have the amenities and perks that are a first-time home buyer’s dream.

Here’s why our millennial customers are opting for condos in the hot Boston market:

BOSTON

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