Dec. 29, 2021

Buying vs. Renting: How to Know Which is Right for You

A wooden house surrounded by a huge yard.

The question of whether to buy a home or continue renting, is a decision that requires care. No option is wrong, but they both come with their respective lists of pros and cons. It's difficult to decide whether to rent or buy in the Boston area. The rental fees ...

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Nov. 7, 2019

Get to Know your Local Bookstores

     With holiday shopping upon us in Boston and the surrounding areas, I thought I'd take the opportunity to bring a little more local cheer to my blog.  One of my favorite things about living in the Greater Boston area is the commitment to local shops, artists ...

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Oct. 17, 2019

Tips for Renters in a Competitive Market

1. Understand what you can afford.  Some people are better at managing their finances and stretching budgets in specific areas based on their needs.  So even if you have a very specific budget in mind and sense of what you can afford, this can hinder your search if it ...

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Posted in Renting, Tips & Tricks
June 27, 2019

Moving? What goes in your 'Open First' Box?

If only moving were as fun as movies and TV shows made it seem--sure, no furniture yet so let's just order a pizza and crack open a bottle of wine and lay on the ground in bliss.  Too bad the struggle of that first wave of unpacking goes ...

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June 6, 2019

5 Reasons to Live in Newton

1. Amazing Public Schools - At the end of August, Boston Magazine published a list of the "Best Public School Districts in Boston".  Newton came in at #7 of the ranking of 125 districts in Greater Boston. With some of the highest enrollment numbers in the state, the city still ...

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April 25, 2019

5 Reasons to Love JP

1. Lots of Greenery. Jamaica Plain hosts Jamaica Pond, the Arborway, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. With ample trails throughout the Arboretum and a 1.5 mile loop around the pond, JP is ideal for runners and dog owners who need a little breathing room from the hustle of the ...

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April 18, 2019

Hack your Move: 3 Tips for Renters

1. Work with one rental agent. It may be really tempting to hit craigslist and message 30 different agents about apartments you found online, but ultimately it creates a lot more confusion and stress for you. Sure, you may have more control in the timing and scheduling, but what you ...

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Posted in Renting, Tips & Tricks
April 11, 2019

Will Arsenal Yards Finally Breathe Life into Watertown?

When I moved to Watertown from Jamaica Plain a little over 4 years ago, I went kicking and screaming. I did not want to leave the quiet convenience of a neighborhood just 3-5 MBTA stops away from the heart of the city, all while having the space and greenery of ...

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March 28, 2019

5 Reasons to Live in Brookline

Just last year, a neighborhood analysis by Niche ranked Brookline the #1 suburb in America to live in.  The town is adjacent to Boston and has access to all of the amenities of a city but still holds that "small town" vibe close to the vest,

1. Highly-Ranked Public ...

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March 21, 2019

Get Top Rent with these 5 Improvements

Getting top rent may seem like a passive activity in the Greater Boston area, but rents are starting to flatten in general. With an influx of luxury apartment buildings coming  throughout the city, many individual condo owners are having a harder time maintaining consistent tenancy through transition periods.  Some landlord ...

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