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The Best Window to Sell Your Home Faster and for the Highest Price

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Choosing the right time to put your home on the market is a big decision. Timing can influence the final sales price significantly. Here is the best window to list your home.

 

The Five Boston Neighborhoods Everyone Should Be Watching

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There's so much winning going on in Boston right now, what with fresh development adding?thousands?of?apartments,?condos,?hotel rooms, and?dorms city-wide; passionate debate about the future of neighborhoods; fabulous new architecture,?public art, and parkland; and just a general acknowledgment that all the change afoot seems as manageable as much as it seems inevitable. Some Boston neighborhoods are changing faster and more than others, with five in particular that may be?unrecognizable?a few years out.

Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Seven Months

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Pending home sales rose to their highest level this February, and remain higher than a year ago according to the National Association of REALTORS?. Led by a sizeable increase in the Midwest, all major regions except for the Northeast saw an increase in contract activity.

Although the Pending Home Sales index, a forward-looing indication based on contract signings, has now increased year-over-year for 18 consecutive months, last month?s gain was the smallest.

Zero-Energy Homes: Changing The Real Estate Landscape for Good

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While trends come and go, hopefully the zero-energy mindset is here to stay. A zero-energy home is a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As the movement continues to gain traction around the country, here is a closer look at what it really means to own a “zero-energy home”.

Outdoor Trends That Attract Buyers

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Often times when people are planning to sell, they focus on indoor improvement. A home's exterior and backyard are just as important and shouldn't be neglected. You want to make your home as appealing as possible for potential buyers. Here are some of today's trends in outdoor living to help you bring in the buyers

Needham Market Update : May 2016

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The Greater Boston Association of Realtors has released the Needham market updates for March 2016 and judging from the increase in single-home listings and decrease in pricing, it is clear we have a buyer?s market.

The supply of homes for sale in March was significantly higher than February, indicating that more sellers are deciding to list their homes. Not surprising, since prices were way lower than last year, the sales have significantly increased.

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Wellesley Market Update: First Quarter 2016

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The Greater Boston Association of Realtors has released the local market updates for the first quarter of 2016 and aside from some high condominium pricing; the real estate market in Wellesley is not looking too bad!?
While prices saw a small increase of 6 percent over last year, that did not affect sales negatively.

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How To Redo Your Kitchen for Under $1000

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Kitchen renovations are expensive but luckily there are small, inexpensive tweaks you can make to emulate the same “new space” effect. Here are five changes you can make that will freshen up your kitchen without breaking the bank.

 

Wheel Estate: Bike Paths Lift Home Values

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Bicycle-friendly amenities are contributing to a surge in property values  for communities everywhere, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. At its core, the bicycle boom is about people choosing a lifestyle that gives them more options and requires less dependence on motor vehicles. Through supporting bike infrastructure, real estate professionals who influence the built environment [buildings, neighborhoods and streets] can play a significant role in creating healthier, more sustainable communities.

New Home Sales Soar Higher

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New home sales data released this week showed that sales were 16.6 percent higher than March when comparing the seasonally adjusted annualized rates, and 23.8 percent higher than last year.

This news comes from estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Housing Crisis Widened the Gap Between Rich and Poor

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Homes that were foreclosed during the housing crisis have gained almost twice as much value as other homes. Unfortunately, the original owners of those homes are not benefiting from that recovery.

Since low-end homes were much more likely to be foreclosed, the housing crisis worsened the gap between rich and poor in the U.S.