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the most affordable Greater Boston communities for families

Finding an affordable, yet family-friendly neighborhood in the Boston area can sometimes feel impossible. With continuously rising median home prices, affordability is hard to come across in this city.

But, there are still plenty of phenomenal neighborhoods in the greater Boston area that are ideal for growing families.

Not only are these communities filled with outstanding schools, parks, and shopping centers, they have tons of affordable homes on the market.

To help you with your home search, here are the most affordable neighborhoods for families in greater Boston:

Somerville, MA

With seemingly endless cultural events, music festivals, and craft breweries, Somerville has become an increasingly popular place for both first-time

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Staging your Boston Home to Sell Quickly

In order to sell your home quickly in Boston, you need to make it as desirable as possible to potential homebuyers. One of the best ways to do this is by staging.

In fact, staged homes sell 87% faster than non-staged homes. This is because these homes display furniture in a way that maximizes the beauty and size of the rooms.

Here are some tips on how to stage your Boston home so it can sell quickly:

Clean Up the Clutter

One of the best home staging tips for selling your Boston home is to clean up the clutter.

After a few years of living in the same home, you might have papers piling up in a corner of your house or towels overflowing your closets. But now that you're selling your home, it's time to clean them up.

Tidy up every square

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We are proud to announce the addition of Victoria Zimmerman to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential team!

Victoria grew up in London England before moving to the Boston area.  She attended nearby Tufts University where she studied psychology and ultimately started a career in human resources where she spent seven years concentrating on employee and labor relations.  

Over time, Victoria realized she had a passion for real estate and decided to make a career change.  Shortly after starting her new profession she was able to become one of the top producers in her previous office.  We are excited to have her on board and work with her to take her business to the next level.  Her ability to manage people, combined with her

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As you probably have heard by now, the Tax Reform bill has passed and is awaiting President Trump's signature which most likely will happen before the end of the year.  So, what effect will this have on the Boston real estate market?  

The National Association of Realtors has put together a fantastic article summarizing the impact the bill will have specifically on current and prospective homeowners as well as those of us who practice real estate as a business or as investors.  I've included a link to the article at the bottom of this post and highlighted some of the essential points below.

Exclusion of Gain on the Sale of a Principal Residence

  • The original version of the bill proposed that the time a homeowner must live in their primary
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We are proud to announce the addition of Alex Theocles to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential team!  Alex is a diligent, hardworking agent who was previously part of the Warren team before moving to Miami for the past few years.

Alex grew up in Western Massachusetts and comes from a family of real estate investors.  He attended the University of Massachusetts with a focus on economics and began working on the Warren Residential team in 2008.  In 2010, Alex headed to south Florida to start working with a private investment group focused on acquiring single and multifamily properties in Florida and Georgia.  Between 2011 and 2017, Alex was in charge of liquidating the portfolio resulting in over $185m in sales.

Alex now lives in

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We are proud to announce the addition of Annette Kristiansen to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential team!  Shortly after graduating from Northeastern University, Annette began a career in financial services at an international custody bank performing financial reporting before making a career change and becoming a residential real estate agent.  Annette's economic background allows her to provide valuable analysis of the market for her clients.

Annette is a Massachusetts native and currently lives in the South End.  Outside of real estate, Annette has a passion for international travel and holds citizenship in both Denmark and Columbia.  She also speaks conversational Danish and Spanish.

To learn more about Annette, click on

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I'd like to personally congratulate our agent, Josh Stephens, for being chosen to serve as one of only 15 agents on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council.  Executives from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices selected Josh from thousands of applicants across the entire Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise network.  

Even more impressive, Josh is the second agent from our small office to be on the national REThink Council.  For the past two years, our very own Phillip MacArthur has served on the council.  I couldn't be more proud of both these tremendously talented agents and look forward to seeing Josh's impact on the council.

About the REthink Council

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council is a

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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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