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Living in Boston Apartments with Dogs

Living in a city apartment with a dog can be quite the challenge. First and foremost, you need to find a place that allows for animals. Once you’ve found you and your dog’s new home, then you have to establish different ground rules for your pet than you would normally have created for them in a house or something more spread out. Many Boston apartments allow for dogs and some even have dog-friendly amenities included. Finding apartments for rent in Boston that allow for dogs is not too difficult, the challenge lies in the competition for these coveted apartments. Once you find your dream apartment, establishing a respectful dog-routine is the next key step to having a good relationship with your neighbors and landlord. 


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In Search of HQ2: The Somerville Saga Continues

There was a flurry of excitement in Boston’s real estate community last week. Amazon announced its shortlist of 20 communities it’s considering for its second North American headquarters, aptly named “HQ2”. Boston had made the cut!


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Condo or Apartment: Which is Better for You

 Home hunting is confusing enough, with the various lingo and contract clauses that you have to deal with. The plethora of property out there can be enough to give you a headache.

But if you’ve at least narrowed it down to living in a building with various units inside, you could face a new head-scratcher. Should you live in a condo or an apartment?


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How to Furnish Your Boston Apartment On a Budget

If walls could talk, your new apartment’s walls would be screaming, “Dress me up!” But your modest bank account’s retort would be, “With what money?” And although you might have some lofty design ideas in mind, you are caught in the middle.


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What the Best Boston Condos for Sale Have to Offer

Homeownership comes in many different forms. Some folks prefer a white picket fence, backyard, and an attic, while others opt for a high-rise suite in the middle of the city.

Anyone who has their eyes on Boston condos should move quickly. The going rate for these pads is skyrocketing, which is always good news for property owners. However, the key is to get in early, so you can get a better ROI if you decide to one day sell.


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Boston Real Estate Predictions 2018

“We’re in the 8th inning,” some have said. “We’re in extra innings,” say others. Generally speaking, real estate cycles last about ten years. The last real estate cycle peaked in 2007, so it came as no surprise when experts predicted real estate prices to dip last year.

Except, they didn’t.


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What's It Like Living in Boston

What’s It Like Living in Boston? A Local Perspective

US News named Massachusetts the best state in America in February of last year.

As the state capital, Boston is a hub of learning, enterprise, and activity.

If you’re looking to buy real estate in the Boston area, then you’re in good company – the locals love it. Bostonians rave about all the reasons why they love living in Boston, like the city’s history, culture, great vibes and excellent food.


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Warming Up Your Home (Without Raising Your Utility Bill)

The weather outside is frightful, but so is your utility bill. That means you need to look for innovative ways to heat things up in your apartment without cranking up the thermostat. Fortunately, there are many ways to raise the coziness quotient without adding to an already sky-high heating bill.


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Thinking of Listing Your Rental on Airbnb? Here’s What You Need to Know

In less than a decade, Airbnb has grown its home-sharing platform to more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. Other platforms, like HomeAway and VRBO, have created additional competition in the short-term rental marketplace.

On one hand, short-term rentals can be highly lucrative. For instance, a landlord in the Greater Boston area who collects $2,100 per month in rent may be able to charge $210 per night on Airbnb instead. In this scenario, an apartment would only need to be rented for 10 days per month to break even. Any rentals above and beyond that would be additional income in the landlord’s pocket.


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Smart Home Solutions for Your Apartment

Smart Home Solutions for Your Apartment

You may have heard a lot about Smart Home design lately, but assumed it didn’t have anything to do with you. After all, if you’re a renter, you can’t very well replace appliances, HVAC systems, or water heaters with their smarter, more energy efficient counterparts.


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