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Boston Is Among The Best Real Estate Bets For 2019

Boston has made it into the top 10 best real estate bets for 2019. In 2018, jobs grew at an unprecedented rate of 2.5 percent. Home prices went up 6 percent, and income went up 6 percent as well. The average home is listed for $426,000 and the average monthly rent is $1,614. Taking all of these factors into consideration, Boston area real [...]

The Top 3 Foreign Real Estate Bargains Probably Aren't What You Expect

Have you always dreamed of buying an old house in Italy or France? Change that goal to Turkey or Greece and you may find the dream is more affordable than you imagined.

Analysts looked at real estate data from 36 developed (OECD) countries and calculated the places where you'll get the most home for the least money. By these rankings, Turkey [...]

Luxury Basements are the Latest Trend in Million Dollar Real Estate

Developers are taking luxury homes in an unexpected direction: Underground.

Across the luxury market, we’re seeing more and more "extravagant basements" or lower levels being built into homes. While this square footage isn't considered as valuable as above grade, it still allows for a higher selling price and returns on investment. Keep in [...]

13 Signs Of A Smart Real Estate Investment

Most prospective real estate investors can spot red flags indicating a bad investment — a long listing time, steadily declining asking prices, high neighborhood turnover, etc. But what about "green flags"? Signals that an investment might be promising are just as important to consider, and you don't want to overlook them when you're hunting [...]

Luxury Looks to Concrete

Unfazed by associations with cell blocks and parking garages, more homeowners are discovering that concrete is the chameleon of construction. It can take on the texture of wood or glass, an artist’s palette of color beyond drab gray and, with the addition of structural fibers and plasticizers, is less prone to cracking. According to surveys, poured and precast concrete is most popular in the luxury sector—accounting for 4.1% of high-end homes built last year. That marks a steady increase in the demand for luxury concrete since the recession low in 2012, when such homes accounted for just 1.9% of new construction. Investing in concrete construction with high-end finishes may pay off in resale value–– Realtors now recognize that polished concrete floors are a very popular design element.