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Agent Spotlight Zack Harwood

Zack has proven himself to be an exceptional agent with a focus on creative marketing, customer service, and exceptional knowledge of the market. He has won numerous monthly sales and listing awards and been recognized as one of the top agents for last year. His clients appreciate his direct and honest approach to the industry and commitment to educating them to help them get the most out of their real estate transactions. Because of this, he has worked with many client referrals and continues to grow his business substantially.

A few questions with Zack:

What brought you to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential?

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential has an amazing marketing and web presence. I loved the combination

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Think Smarter with Nick

This month, Nick takes a look at the Boston luxury market and discusses how it has changed over the past six months in both condominium and single-family sales. He also explains how the market for luxury rental homes has changed in the city and around the Boston downtown area.

As buyer preferences shift, what changes have you seen in the Boston luxury condo market, specifically in downtown neighborhoods?

Since COVID arrived, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in buyer preferences.  With people spending more and more time at home, the demand for larger square footage and outdoor space has increased dramatically.  This, combined with the fact that many people are no longer location dependent due to working from home, has caused many buyers to shift their

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6 Reasons You’ll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall | MyKCM

There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO), it’s critical to consider the following:

1. Your Safety Is a Priority

Your family’s safety should always come first, and that’s more crucial than ever given the current health situation in our country. When you FSBO, it is incredibly difficult to control entry into your home. A real estate professional will have the proper protocols in place to protect not only your belongings but your family’s health and

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Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market | MyKCM

A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be. Home offices, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and theaters are becoming more popular, and some families are finding the space they need for these upgrades in the luxury market.

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) explains:

“With quarantine concerns still top of mind for many luxury buyers, we see large, sprawling estates making their comeback.

For instance, the last six months have seen a resurgence in the buying of mega mansions and estate-size homes – specifically properties that offer space (both inside and outside),

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boston housing market sept 2020

Back in March, as the nation’s economy was shut down because of the coronavirus, many were predicting the real estate market would face a major collapse. Some forecasts called for a 15-20% decline in transactions. However, six months later, it seems as though the housing market has fully recovered.

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, announced last week:

“Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery and is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”

The Economic & Strategic Research Group at Fannie Mae upgraded its forecast for home sales last

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Earlier this year, many economists and market analysts were predicting an apocalyptic financial downturn that would potentially rattle the U.S. economy for years to come. They immediately started to compare it to the Great Depression of a century ago. Six months later, the economy is still trying to stabilize, but it is evident that the country will not face the total devastation projected by some. As we continue to battle the pandemic, forecasts are now being revised upward. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) just reported

“The U.S. economy and labor market are recovering from the coronavirus-related downturn more quickly than previously expected, economists said in a monthly survey.

Business and academic economists polled by The Wall Street

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Think Smarter with Nick

As we head into autumn and a traditionally popular time to sell homes in the Boston area, Nick discusses trends in the market and how this year may be a bit different. He also gives tips for sellers looking to sell during this time and offers a golden piece of advice for buyers looking to make a purchase by the end of the year.

What are you seeing as far as market activity as we head into the fall of 2020?

So far, the fall market is off to an extremely fast start.  Our agents are busier than ever with both listings and buyers.  In Boston, our buyers have about 50% more inventory to choose from than at this time last year which is allowing some of them to finally have a chance to purchase in the city.  The pandemic has caused a lot of people to

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Josh Stephens and the Moving Greater Boston Team recently achieved a huge milestone as they closed over $100 Million in career sales! This achievement comes after only 7 years in the business and working with numerous buyers, sellers, and investors throughout the Greater Boston area. This team has been recognized at both the local and national levels, achieving top awards for sales over the past few years. Last year, Josh and his team were awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. This recognizes agents that were in the top 1% for the year across a network of over 50,000 agents and teams.

In addition to hard work and a substantial referral network, Josh and his team credit their success to

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Scarlett Tamburro

Scarlett brings a passion and commitment to the Boston real estate market having been involved in the industry in some capacity her entire life. She has worked with buyers, sellers, renters, and investors throughout Greater Boston and provides award-winning service with a friendly personality and warm smile. Last year, she was included in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Leading Edge Society which honors the top 8% globally for the entire company. She credits her success to her experience and commitment to honest and consistent communication throughout the entire process.

A Few Questions with Scarlett:

How long have you been involved in Boston real estate?

I have been licensed over 7 years but been around real estate in some way my entire

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Homebuyer Traffic Is on the Rise | MyKCM

One of the biggest surprises of 2020 is the resilience of the residential real estate market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is now forecasting that more homes will sell this year than last year. He’s also predicting home sales to increase by 8-12% next year. There’s strong evidence that he will be right.

ShowingTime, a leading showing software and market stat service provider for the residential real estate industry, just reported on their latest the ShowingTime Showing Index:

“Home buyer traffic jumped again in July, recording a 60.7 percent year-over-year increase in nationwide showing activity.”

That means there are 60% more buyers setting appointments to see homes than there were at

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