Category Archives: Housing Affordability

Emerson Green, A Fresh Approach to Mindful Living

Almost every American has been urged to do their part in saving the planet. We recycle, we reuse, we try to make a difference in the world, one plastic bottle at a time.  We’ve heard of celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt installing solar panels atop their houses to produce efficient and environmentally safe energy, but many lack the time and money to make such an enormous change.  Enter Emerson Green, an affordable and “green” neighborhood in every sense of the term.  Marketed and sold by the Knox Team at William Raveis Real Estate, these homes feature eco-friendly design and responsibly sourced materials.  Homes that are built to last your family and our planet.  Come home to a connected, community-focused neighborhood that hearkens back to a simpler era – and looks forward to a sustainable future.

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Current Market Conditions: April 2015

In April 2015, as compared to April 2014, Unit Sales* rose 5.8% in Connecticut, 12.1% in New York**, 26.0% in Manhattan, 17.0% in Brooklyn, 4.0% in Rhode Island, 14.4% in Vermont and 4.4% in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Sales Price rose 3.9% in Massachusetts and Sales to List Price Ratio rose 1.5% in Maine.

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June 12, 2015

8 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is an important financial marker for all types of big decisions, including financing a new home. If yours isn’t quite where you’d like it, here are some tips to help improve it, fast.

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May 28, 2015

Current Market Conditions: February 2015

In February 2015, as compared to February 2014, Unit Sales* rose 0.4% in Connecticut, 1.5% in New York**, 21.5% in Manhattan, 7.4% in Rhode Island, 5.5% in Vermont, 2.2% in New Hampshire and 8.5% in Maine. Meanwhile, Average Sales Price increased 32.2% in Brooklyn and 6.8% in Massachusetts.

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April 6, 2015

Top Five Questions for Buyer’s Agents: Avoiding Knuckleheads and Hiring Superstars

Last Sunday it was snowing, again, yet all the open houses were still open. I hosted my own open house in Newton, Massachusetts when a colleague of mine, Carl, came in to preview the house for his clients who were on a ski trip.

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February 13, 2015

Understanding Hoarding: A REALTORS®’ Responsibility

This is an ongoing series of posts on assisting seniors and their families during transition. Read Ann’s other posts here.

As REALTORS®, we are all aware that a clean, neat house is critical to getting the best possible price for a property.  How the real estate is presented will determine the potential buyers’ initial response to the house. As sales agents, it is our fiduciary responsibility to get the property sold for the owners and to use our expertise to see that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

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January 28, 2015

Condos vs. Co-ops

Buying a home in New York City is a complex process—however, if you work with the right real estate broker, they’ll be able to walk you through each step. One of the main points to understand for real estate in New York City is the difference between a cooperative and a condominium. They are two completely different types of homes with unique purchase processes.

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July 16, 2014

Should I Do a Condo Conversion for my Multi-Family House?

Ruth Lerner is a Brookline REALTOR specializing in Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Brighton and West Roxbury, Mass. real estate. Since 2002 she’s represented both buyers and sellers with a post-transaction satisfaction rate of 97%. You can contact her on her website, and find her on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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July 2, 2014

Stamp of Approval: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Last week  the Senate voted 72-22 to approve the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. The bill prevents flood insurance rate increases for property owners across the country, and the President is expected to sign the bill in to law when it reaches the White House. We’ve outlined the key points of the bill that will take effect once that final step is taken.

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March 18, 2014

Local Housing Data: October 2013

In October 2013, as compared to October 2012, Unit Sales* continue to rise throughout the Northeast, with Connecticut, Massachusetts and Westchester County seeing 15.2%, 9.1%, and 22.6% gains, respectively. Additionally, Massachusetts saw a 7.4% rise in Average Sale Price, while Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York all experience reduced Months of Supply.

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November 14, 2013