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The Challenges of Rental Inspections in Massachusetts

Property managers need to wear many hats, and ‘rental inspector’ is one of the more difficult tasks they may have to do.  Not only is it an awkward experience for a tenant, there are many hurdles to consider for the landlord.  In many cases, a rental inspection can be considered a necessary chore by both parties that ultimately works out better in the long run for everyone involved.   This article will explain the benefits to tenants and landlords when it comes to rental inspections.

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Are You a Lone Wolf Looking for an Apartment? – Tips for Finding Rooms for Rent in Boston

Find a rooms for rent can be a tedious and unpredictable venture. It is even harder when you are looking for one in a city as big as Boston where rental units are at a premium. There are thousands of people competing for available rooms, and vacancies often get filled as soon as they become available. If your a lone wolf looking for a room to rent, it can wear you down. As such, you have to be committed and be swift to make a decision, and it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of tools at your disposal to give you a competitive advantage.

Tips for dealing with difficult renters

Tips for Dealing With Difficult Tenants

Every landlord’s dream is to have perfect tenants who always pay on time, maintain their residence, follow the rules, and of course, live there for several years. Wouldn’t that be nice!

Unfortunately, if you are a landlord long enough, you will run into tenants that can make your life a difficult time.

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Why Off-Campus Apartments May Be the Smart Choice Over Dorms

Preparing to start a new semester means making tough decisions about what classes to take, whether to get a job, and what activities you want to make time for. One of the toughest decisions is deciding where to live. If you are trying to figure out whether to live in the dorm or in an off campus apartment, there are many things you need to consider before you make that decision. 


Neighborhood Amenities to Look for When Moving to Boston

Picking which neighborhood to apartment or house hunt in can be both exciting and stressful. With so many great Boston neighborhoods, the options can feel overwhelming. We compiled a list of neighborhood amenities to consider which will be helpful for picking the best neighborhood in Boston for you.


10 Ways to Beat Box Bandits this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a very busy time of year, and there is no denying the convenience of online shopping. While online orders make getting all your gifts delivered a breeze, it can also put you at risk of box bandits stealing your packages. Read below for our tips on steps you can take to avoid having your holidays ruined by thieves!


Microapartments in Boston

Micro-Apartments are the Next Big Thing in Boston – Here’s Why

Ever heard of a micro-apartment? It’s just what it sounds like — an apartment on a micro level, and they are growing in popularity.  In many urban spaces, excess is out and minimalism is in.  That is especially true in Boston.  High real estate prices are certainly a big factor driving this trend, as high demand for living spaces close to the city is met with limited inventory and space. These sectioned off living units are a great option for individuals who prefer living on their own close to the city. Average rent prices in Boston can be high for 1 bedrooms and even many studio apartments near the city, but micro-apartments offer an affordable alternative for renters.

FHA vs Conventional loans

How to Decide Between an FHA or Conventional Loan in Massachusetts

First time home buyers in Boston will undoubtedly be faced with many difficult and complex decisions on their road to purchasing a home.  It can be hard enough deciding on whether to buy or rent in the first place, but once a person decides to buy, one of the biggest questions they’ll have to face is how they are going to come up with the money (assuming you don’t have $500,000 lying around in cold hard cash).  For first-time home buyers looking to finance their home, they have an option for securing financing via a government-insured FHA loan or a conventional loan.  

Tips for Boston first time home buyers

Biggest Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

Shopping for a home can be fun, exciting, exhausting, painful and frightening all at the same time.  As a potential homeowner, your aim is to end up with a home you’ll love at a price you can afford. With all the challenges and decisions that have to be made, it’s rare that a first time home buyer goes through the process without making at least one mistake.  Being in the Boston real estate market for as long as we have, we’ve helped hundreds of first time home buyers achieve their dream of owning a home.   These success stories did not happen without obstacles along the way, and with all this experience we’ve been able to identify a few key mistakes that we see repeated by first time home buyers time and time again.

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5 Things to Do When Your Roommate Moves Out

Let’s face it, for many living in Boston, roommate living is not always ideal but necessary for lifestyle maintenance.  People opt to share an apartment to either to save on rental cost or for convenience. However, over time, plans and ambitions may change, and your roommate may choose to go out on their own. This is never an easy thing to go through, especially when the departure occurs in the middle of a lease.