The Latest in Luxury: Pier 4 Condos

The Latest in Luxury: Pier 4 Condos

Those who seek to live in the lap of luxury in the capital of our great state have yet another opportunity with Pier 4 Condos. Situated in the Seaport District, this is a nine-story residential building featuring 106 condos plus 17,000sf of retail space on the ground floor. No matter what size you need, Pier 4 has it: one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units all with breathtaking views of the harbor from private decks. Of course, it's even better in the penthouse suite, where you enjoy your own private roof deck! It's never been easier to relax with a good book, have a drink with friends and watch the glorious sunset from your own home.

Pier 4 Condos are slated for completion in 2018, with pricing typical for the Seaport District nowadays. For one bedrooms with 960sf, you're looking at upwards of $1.65 million; for two bedrooms and two baths at 1300+ sf, you can expect upwards of $2.2 million.


While those prices may give you a bit of sticker shock, you get a lot included:

  • 24/7 white-glove personal concierge service
  • Catering and private chef
  • In-unit plant care when you're traveling
  • Messenger service
  • On-site gym
  • On-site yoga studio
  • Golf simulation room called The Fairway
  • Private residents club lounge highlighted by an outdoor terrace with dining area and fire pit
  • On-site dog-washing rand grooming room called the Dog Spa
  • Garage and valet parking

Details in Each Unit

When you think of luxury, you think hardwood floors with rich earth tones and smooth feel. Well, you're in luck. Each unit is outfitted with walnut hardwood flooring punctuated by neutral color schemes that put you in control when it comes to design and decor. The kitchen is your spot for cooking and hosting with all the best brand-name appliances in stainless steel. You even get a wine refrigerator! You have your choice of two kitchen looks:  wood accents or white.

Up in the penthouse, things get even better. You'll have an upgraded kitchen, higher ceilings, and your own private rooftop terrace. You'll love the natural sunlight that streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows. In the master bathroom -- your sanctuary -- let it all go when you walk into this Tuscany white marble and porcelain-tile room.

There's not a bad view in the house when it comes to Pier 4 Condos, thanks to unforgettable views of the harbor enveloped on three sides by water. After stepping out your door, you're within walking distance to the Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston Harbor, the Financial District, downtown Boston and Beacon Hill. There's world-class dining nearby as you head to the North End for Italian or Faneuil Hall for fun and shopping. With the classic beauty of Boston's skyline as your backdrop, this luxury living paradise can actually be your home.

Contact Home Town Brokerage to learn more about Pier 4 Condos for sale at 617-877-1479 or email us at


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    In-Depth Look: The Seaport Real Estate

    Seaport real estate is thriving. Not only that, it's surpassing the traditional costly areas of Boston (think Back Bay and Beacon Hill) as having the most expensive and luxurious condos in the whole city. In fact, this gorgeous stretch of pristine Boston waterfront, also known as the Seaport/Innovation District, claimed the highest condo sale prices in 2016, according to, projected to stay steady right through 2018.

    The average Seaport condo sale for that time period was $2.3 million -- more than double the $1 million average for Beacon Hill and a million more than the Back Bay’s average $1.2 million sale price. So what's the deal?

    Driving Forces

    Fueling the recent hike in Seaport prices have been a series of sales along the waterfront, such as the posh 22 Liberty, 50 Liberty, Pier 4, 150 Seaport Boulevard and Echelon Seaport, this last one being a 1.33 million-square-foot development that will become the neighborhood's largest single amount of for-sale housing, says the Boston Globe. It's no secret, then, that residing in the Seaport District is becoming more and more cachet, due in large part to its killer harbor views, speedy access to the T and surrounding highways, and eclectic immersion in the culture that contributes to the allure of the city.

    As such, developers are scrambling to invest in Seaport real estate. As a result, an unprecedented number of condos is slated for construction over the next two years. Ultra luxury projects such as 22 Liberty are taking their inspiration from posh establishments like the Mandarin, which opened just eight years ago in the Back Bay. With a cavernous lobby, 24-hour concierge, valet, fitness center, and sweeping outdoor views, condos like 22 Liberty are causing trend lines to jump.

    The average asking price for listings currently on the market in Boston’s Seaport District are at about $1,500 per square foot, compared with $996 per square foot for properties along the city’s North End Waterfront, according to Curbed. Both neighborhoods are characterized by deeply historic neighborhoods -- mainly the North End and South Boston, with these higher prices reflecting a fundamentally different product type as a result of different zoning requirements. Unlike the North End, which is populated by historically varied homes and waterfront condos, the Seaport boasts predominantly new luxury condos asking a premium price. That being said, you still see variety in home prices in the Seaport, with more affordable units located in Fort Point that have been converted from historic buildings offset by pricier new developments going up along the seashore, such as Echelon.

    Bottom line is, Seaport real estate is thriving and in order to get in on the ground floor, the time to act is now. Call Home Town Brokerage today for more information and showing appointments at 617-877-1479 or email us at We are an independently owned real estate agency helping buyers and sellers throughout Boston and its suburbs find the house or condo they really want.


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      The Best Local Places to Watch the Super Bowl

      Get ready, South Boston: Super Bowl 52 will soon be dominating the TVs, bars, restaurants, and homes of Patriots fans everywhere. Sunday is the big day: where will you be watching the game? If you prefer going out and making the Superbowl a social event, there are plenty of hot spots in and around South Boston near your luxury condo. So grab your Pats jersey, plan out your menu, make a reservation and enjoy the big day from the comfort of one of these bars.

      The Broadway

      The Broadway on 728 E. Broadway wants to help you celebrate with friends by giving away two tables of FREE food for the Pats game. Simply tag five friends on Instagram (#thebroadwaysouthboston) and you could be one of two winners who will each enjoy a table of free food with up to six of your closest friends. From starters and wood fire pizzas to burgers and main dishes, you're sure to find something to please your palate here. Sunday is the perfect time to try maple bourbon steak tips, planked salmon, cornflake chicken sandwich, and spicy smoky burger. In the mood for something lighter? Try a leafy green or bowl such as roasted butternut and pear salad, vegan Green Goddess bowl, or kale and quinoa. Top off your meal with favorites like sweet potato cheesecake or chocolate praline crunch cake. And of course, there are plenty of big screen TVs to watch the big game as you enjoy your favorite wine, beer or cocktail. Make an online reservation now to make sure you get a spot for the game.

      Stats Bar & Grille

      Located at 77 Dorchester Street, Stats Bar & Grille is the ideal spot to hang out with friends for the Superbowl, with 22 flat screen TVs for you to enjoy all the action in living color. With a large wraparound bar and plenty of table and booth seating, Stats has it all. Go online to check out their menu so you can start planning your Superbowl meal. Start with buffalo tenders or nachos, or perhaps some grilled honey garlic wings and Cajun chicken tacos. For lighter fare, bite into a tasty sandwich such as California wrap, steak and blue sandwich, pulled pork or grilled buffalo chicken. What would a football game be without burgers and beers? Choose from the BBQ bacon burger, the California burger with swiss, avocado and bacon, and much more. The menu doesn't stop there: paninis, pizza and flatbread (spinach and goat cheese anyone?) and a large assortment of entrees ranging from turkey tips to pistachio crusted salmon. So pull up a stool and take your place at the bar: it's gonna be a great night!

      Tony C's Sports Bar and Grill

      Tony C's is everything you'd want a sports bar to be: Huge, stacked flat screen TVs dominating the whole place boasting the highest quality HD audio-visual systems, with plenty of bar and table seating to go around. This sports restaurant was named to honor Red Sox legend and Massachusetts native, Tony Conigliaro, and brings you contemporary American comfort food coupled with classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive beer list (40 to be exact) and a variety of American wines. The Seaport is probably closest to you, but you can choose from one of their other convenient locations, too: Somerville’s Assembly Row, Burlington’s 3rd Ave and Fenway Boston. With such an electric atmosphere for sports fans, there's no better place to be for the Superbowl. You've got to try the house specialties: #25 Burger with fresh Black Angus ground beef, crispy pork belly, fried egg and Vermont Cheddar, and the Chicken Conigliaro, pan-seared chicken and pasta, topped with a lemon butter caper sauce.

      Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

      Located at 425 West Broadway in South Boston, the Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant is a classic American gathering spot reminiscent of the old days. Enjoy the game in its open-air, tiled-floor cafe, large bar, and original tin ceilings. You have many different dining experiences to choose from: get a booth up front, sit at the lively main bar, or retreat to the back room for a bit more quiet. With an entire football catering menu, you can order out for your own at-home Superbowl party thanks to trays of wings, pulled pork sliders, smash burgers, and goat cheese dip. Or, enjoy the game in-restaurant with a menu that's sure to please: wood-fired pizza, oysters, dumplings, burgers, salads, short ribs, salmon...the list goes on and on!

      No matter where you choose to celebrate the Superbowl this Sunday, you can't go wrong with one of these popular gathering spots. If you love the area and don't already live here, we can show you some great luxury condos that would be perfect for you. Contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479.


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        Benefits of Living in South Boston

        Mix a wealth of history and tradition with an urban eclectic feel and you get South Boston. ‘Southie’ as the locals affectionately call it, is a desirable residential neighborhood and a treasure in its own right. Here’s why…

        Tucked away to the south and east of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay, South Boston features a vibrant arts community that is sure to please. Fort Point is an area that was once filled with warehouses, but currently is home to an abundance of art studios occupied by the city’s greatest creative minds focusing on individual art, community arts projects, and collectives. When you travel further in to the waterfront, you’ll find the distinct cube-shaped building of ICA Boston, a home for cultural events and free concerts.

        In addition to the arts community, South Boston also touts a rich history. It was right here in Dorchester Heights, now a national park, where George Washington’s army set up a cannon to force the British out of Boston in 1776.  Additionally, Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Castle Island for five months in 1827 and was inspired to write The Cask of Amontillado based on an early Castle Island legend.

        Once a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood, Southie now attracts many types of people from families to young adults.  South Boston’s newest developments of hotels, restaurants, and shopping surround the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) making it a very lively area day and night.

        The magic of South Boston attracts more than just young adults and families. Leprechauns and revelers are attracted to the area every year for the famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Film crews have even flocked to the area for productions such as The Departed and Good Will Hunting to partake of the beauty South Boston exudes.

        Southie has historically been a staple in Boston and will continue to be a major part of Boston’s neighborhood network in the future. Ongoing renovations to the area will go on to provide appeal such as street repaving, recently replaced traffic island that was nearly dilapidated, and park remodeling. For example, Medal of Honor Park has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation including new walkways, and a new playground and splash pad for nearby families to enjoy.

        Did we mention the waterfront?  Historically this area was a marshland, however, at the turn of the 20th century, the South Boston Waterfront has seen a burst of redevelopment to include residential spaces, modern offices, hotels, retail space and restaurants.   

        Last but not least, South Boston can enjoy its proximity to Downtown Boston. Easily accessible public transportation lends a quick commute of only 15 minutes making this neighborhood a hot area for those working and doing business in downtown.  


        Community Centers located throughout the area offer a wealth of family centered programs, volunteer opportunities, coordination with the arts community and many other activities for local residents.  

        We are proud to feature South Boston as our primary territory and we’re always eager to learn about what’s going on in our community. Make South Boston your home today by contacting us.


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          The Latest In Luxury: Echelon Seaport - Seaport Real Estate

          As Boston's hottest neighborhood with yet another crop of new luxury condo buildings going up, there's never been a better time to get in on the ground floor of luxury. Not only do you get beautiful views of Boston Harbor, condos in the Seaport District are super close to exciting restaurants, breweries, cultural attractions and music venues. The latest in luxury to hit the area? The Echelon Seaport, situated in the Block M development area. Comprised of 733 condos and apartments, the Echelon will feature two main towers with 224 condos each and a third tower with another 285.

          Perhaps the best part is the sense of community. Echelon Seaport will boast a 19,000-square-foot plaza with lush, green landscaping open to the public. Plus, you don't have to go far to dine out or shop, as the bottom two levels of the building will include retail stores and restaurants. With 21 stories, this latest addition to the stunning Seaport District is expected to be built by 2020.

          Official groundbreaking began this past summer on June 13. This 1.33 million-square-foot Seaport District development will be the neighborhood's largest single amount of for-sale housing, according to the Boston Globe. And with several hundred parking spaces included (560 to be exact), it will feature more than 3 1/2 acres of land at B Street and Seaport Boulevard. Amenities will include two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, large sun decks, spacious courtyards and oversized private terraces. Add in Autumn Lane, a pedestrian mall, and Harbor Square, a courtyard, as well as multiple passages and streets flanked by gorgeous tree canopies, and you have the perfect living quarters.

          Visionary Design and Intuitive Service

          With close proximity to the Financial District, South Station, Logan Airport, Boston Harbor and all portals of transportation, Echelon Seaport is a hub of connectivity within Boston and beyond. Located in one of the most premier neighborhoods of the city, this up-and-coming area is teeming with activity, culture, nature and luxury accommodations. Good living: that's what Echelon Seaport is all about. With fitness and wellness spaces for a holistic and interactive approach to life, coupled with exceptional retail and culinary experiences in the most innovative part of the city, you get the best of both worlds.

          Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, these stylish condominium residences offer an unbeatable lifestyle punctuated by a unique design. The property is branded by the leader in five-star hospitality and service: Regent Hotels & Resorts. Backed by sleek designs, intuitive service and luxury amenities, Echelon Seaport is yet another addition to the world-class living experience this part of Boston is becoming known for. Take a Harborwalk run, try yoga in the afternoon, or go for a peaceful walk in the evening. For dining, check out the nearby waterfront restaurants like Lola 42, Mastros, Strip by Strega, Bastille Kitchen, Committee, Babbo and Ocean Prime.

          To learn more about Echelon Seaport, call Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or email at


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            In-Depth Look: South Boston Real Estate

            South Boston Real Estate

            If you're looking for a new condo and have your eye on South Boston, you can't go wrong in 2018. An up and coming area of the city, South Boston is home to 35,000 people at last count, a densely populated area known simply as Southie. Deeply embedded with an Irish Catholic community and working-class ethic, this area is increasingly becoming a desirable one for many couples, singles, families, and professionals looking to put down roots. From the Revolutionary War site in Dorchester Heights to the many waterfront trails that permeate the edge of the city, South Boston is emerging as a real contender in the real estate arena. 

            Not only do residents enjoy the convenience of living in South Boston, close to the city proper, the eclectic selection of neighborhoods is home to a vibrant arts community with a large population of working artists. From local diners to fancy restaurants, South Boston has it all. The beaches are popular with all ages, especially the family-friendly one located at the Curley Community Center. With promises by Mayor Walsh to upgrade South Boston’s infrastructure over the coming years, you'll even see many street paving projects going on at any given time. Even Medal of Honor Park is receiving a multi-million dollar renovation, with renovations planned for many other area parks, says Thus, the area is enjoying an unprecedented time of rejuvenation and regrowth designed to lure more families and professionals to its neighborhoods.

            Property Values

            South Boston's property values are now some of the highest in Boston. While prices vary greatly depending on the size, style and luxury level, as well as waterfront or not, condos in South Boston are typically spending less than 30 days on the market -- most less than a week. Offers must be made fast and they must be at or above asking in order to hope for an acceptance. Many people are even waiving the mortgage and inspection contingencies in order to get what they want.

            The real estate trend in the South Boston market is seeing a boost of $24,500, or four percent, in median home sales over the past year, with the average price per square foot rising $655, up from $615 previously. With the median home value in South Boston being about $646,000, it makes sense that values have shot up seven percent over the past year. A four percent rise in the next year is predicted. Amazingly, the price per square foot in South Boston is nearly $780, which is higher than the average in Boston of about $675. Even the rent prices are higher in South Boston at $3,000, compared with Boston at $2,650.

             It's evident that South Boston real estate is hopping right now. Get in on it now before the prices go up even higher! Call Home Town Brokerage today at 617-877-1479 or email us at We would be happy to show you our current listings for South Boston condos and homes.



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              The Latest In Luxury: Washington Village

              South Boston is gearing up for a new luxurious mixed-use community, Washington Village. Located in Andrew Square, Washington Village will provide a trendy work, live, and play balance that is sure to please.  Mixed-use facilities are the newest trend in real estate development. As we continue to observe lifestyle changes, we’re seeing more small family units, an increasing need for less time commuting to and from work,  and even an increase in office camaraderie activities. These lifestyle changes across communities nationwide play a huge role in the recent mixed-use facility trends. The addition of Washington Village to South Boston, comes as no surprise.

              Historically, this area was once home to an Irish Catholic working-class community since the Irish first migrated to the area due to a famine in Ireland. In recent years, the neighborhood has transformed and now attracts a diverse group of people due to its public transportation access and proximity to downtown.  Today, the neighborhood is most commonly known as Southie. Its latest addition, Washington Village, will fit in perfectly with local residents, young professionals, and families.

              Washington Village is planned to include 656 residential units consisting of condos and rentals. These housing units will include floor plans ranging from studio to three bedrooms. 110 of those housing units will be affordable housing units for middle-class families. In addition, Washington Village will also include a grocery store, cafes, a pharmacy, other retail stores and much more. The building will boast a total of 648 parking spaces above and below ground for residents and visitors, and a whopping 45,000 square feet of outdoor space for get togethers, picnics, meetings, and more. The entire complex will consist of eight buildings and the tallest building will reach as much as 22 stories high.

              The planning for such a large endeavor comes at the heels of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s new endeavor along Dorchester Avenue.  Nestled among Dorchester Street, Old Colony Avenue, and Dorchester Avenue, Washington Village will add to an already perfect mix of restaurants, shops, and public transportation.

              Washington Village will bring in a large influx of new residents and visitors to the South Boston Neighborhood. The addition of affordable and luxury condominiums will attract a diverse mix of like-minded individuals.  Washington Village will support a community of shopping, dining, working, and living which will bring a refreshing aesthetic to an area that has been almost forgotten.

              In an excerpt from their Facebook page, Washington Village reveals their hope to promote a spirit of community...

              “We are a transformative community in the heart of South Boston. Our vision includes a central meeting place with a range of programming, where longtime area residents and new residents alike can meet for coffee, buy fresh produce at a farmers market, ice skate, attend a car show or an art show. Join us as we create a modern village where neighbors are genuinely connected to each other.”

              Construction on Washington Village is set to conclude in 2021 and we are looking forward to seeing the completed project.


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                150 West Broadway South Boston: Current Status

                150 WEST BROADWAY SOUTH BOSTON

                Boasting 24 high-end condos, plenty of on-site parking spaces, an elevator, and common terrace, 150 West Broadway forms the cornerstone of location and design. Located in South Boston, these luxury condos are Now the on track to be finished in early 2018. That said, progress is certainly being made and things are moving along nicely. We have the latest update for you as of December 4th:

                • The condo is now 33% sold.
                • The insulation and blue board will start to go up in the next couple of weeks.
                • The building's brick facade is well underway.

                More updates will be forthcoming as we get them. Until then, let's recap what the 150 West Broadway condos are all about.

                With more than 180 feet of frontage on two streets, this building offers better natural light than any other current project in the area. The interiors concentrate on floor plans encompassing one, two and three bedrooms that make max use of all available living space. With ample ceiling heights and oversized windows, you'll love the infusion of natural light that brightens any room of the unit as well as helps you cut down on electricity use.


                Garage parking means you get quick, safe and convenient access to the building. This is critical, especially with the winters that Boston sees! No need to brush off your car when it snows or hassle with finding on-street parking. Simply drive in and park. There's also an elevator in the building for quick access to your floor. Whether you choose a one-, two- or three-bedroom unit, you enjoy a large common outdoor roof deck for entertaining and relaxing. Imagine how nice that will be in the warm months as you take in the view, hang with friends, or just sit and read a good book.

                In the condo units themselves, you'll be treated to marble and porcelain tile bathrooms, complete with Grohe plumbing fixtures. In the kitchen, enjoy top of the line Jenn-Air appliances and white shaker cabinets, punctuated by huge open layouts throughout. This open concept is a hallmark of modern living, putting you front and center for relaxation and seamless entertaining. In terms of finishes, you can choose which ones you want so as to truly customize your space.

                You also get:

                • Oak flooring
                • Oversized windows and sliders
                • Quartz countertops and custom kitchen cabinets
                • Glass tile backsplash
                • Private outdoor balcony for many units
                • Garage parking for one to two cars


                Located just two blocks to the Red Line T, you can easily commute to Cambridge or other areas along the Red Line. Thus, you can get into the city and all surrounding neighborhoods in minutes. This ideal location of these luxury condos puts you in the rapidly developing South Boston neighborhood just steps away from the Seaport District and the South End, as well as new restaurants, and a Whole Foods market.

                150 West Broadway is just the latest in a strong of luxury condos in the center of a construction boom currently overtaking the city. The Boston Globe says South Boston is seeing an unprecedented influx of median single-family home prices of $680,000 and condo prices of $632,000, a 70 percent change since 2011. To put it in perspective, the median price of a condo is $790,000 up 16 percent from last year and even up to $2 million for luxury full-service buildings.

                With an unemployment rate 16 percent lower than the national average and a per capita income 60 percent higher than the national average, Southie makes for a desirable place to set down some roots. South Boston condos fetch about $700,000, well over the prices of its cousins Allston and East Boston at $422,000 and $416,00 respectively. In addition, home values throughout the Boston area are forecast to rise by a percent and a half over 2017. We'll have clearer numbers at the beginning of 2018, but the outlook is favorable for this area of the city.

                With 33% of 150 West Broadway condos sold already, you can't afford not to pounce on this opportunity right away. To learn more or to schedule a showing, call Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 or fill out our online form for a speedy reply. Or, search for a property you like in South Boston or any of its neighborhoods, from the Back Bay to East Boston.


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                  Why Boston is the Best City to Move To

                  Boston Real Estate Agent

                  Boston real estate is booming right now. The statistics don't lie. Many neighborhoods, including the Seaport, Kenmore-Fenway, Kendall Square, and Assembly Square areas, are seeing new luxury condos driving the market. But all over Boston, there is a big range in prices, from $111 per square foot for the lowest-priced listing in Roxbury to nearly $3,000 per square foot for the highest-priced ones in Back Bay, says Curbed. Allston-Brighton was recently named one of the country's 20 hottest neighborhoods, scoring high in walkability, public transit, entertainment and cost. Condos are selling faster and at higher prices than homes, with the most expensive areas being Midtown, Beacon Hill and Back Bay and the most affordable being Mattapan, Hyde Park and West Roxbury.

                  Those are the stats. They look pretty promising for young professionals, families, singles and couples looking to make the move to Beantown. However, making the decision to move to a particular city is about much more than just facts and figures. It's about making a connection with a community, putting down some roots and embracing your new city with open arms. It's more than just favorable statistics: the decision to move here is all about the heart and soul of Boston.

                  High Quality of Life

                  Turns out, Bostonians are quite fit. A recent report by the American Fitness Index named Boston the fifth healthiest city in the nation. Money magazine has called Boston the "best city in the Northeast." Now, the latest report by Deutsche Bank ranks Boston as the eighth best city in the the entire world when it comes to quality of life, according to the Boston Globe. The report took into consideration eight key factors:

                  • Purchasing power
                  • Safety
                  • Health care
                  • Cost of living
                  • Property price to income ratio
                  • Traffic commute time
                  • Pollution
                  • Climate

                  Ranking just behind Copenhagen (6) and Ottawa (7), the Hub outranked even some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, such as Amsterdam (9), Helsinki and Berlin (both 11).

                  Best of Both Worlds

                  Boston has long been known as a small town with all the benefits of big city life. This dichotomy allows those who live here to feel a part of a close knit community yet with access to world-class entertainment, restaurants, historical landmarks, museums and more. From its diverse culinary scene to its cutting edge advances in medicine and technology, Boston offers something for everyone, from sports fans to art lovers to ambitious entrepreneurs -- all co-existing with a deep sense of camaraderie, points out US News and World Report. It's historic on one hand and revolutionary on the other. It's the birthplace of so many significant points in history, boasting cultural, political and social moments in time that feel like they're jumping right off the pages of a history textbook.

                  At the same time, residents and visitors alike enjoy access to a modern metro area backed by rich cultural pride felt in all its many pockets, from Southie to East Boston to the Back Bay. Boston's appeal lies in its ability to bring people together (just take a look along the Charles on any given day and witness runners, joggers and walkers enjoying the sights en masse) while simultaneously allowing those same people to blend in and go about normal business.

                  Because of this, many subsets of the population are drawn to its beauty and magnetic charm, from new families and recent college graduates to retirees and seasoned professionals. No matter what stage of life you're currently in, from an eager new student at Boston University to a hungry financial investor on State Street, Boston has what you need.

                  Contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479 to learn more about what makes Boston such a great choice!


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                    Must-Have Skills for Home Buying in South Boston

                    It's no secret that South Boston real estate is hot right now -- and it shows no signs of stopping. Local real estate agents are recommending that home buyers prepare themselves with core skills and resources before even starting the home search. Right now, the median listing price for homes in South Boston is $1 million, with a median closing price of $700,000 and price per square foot of $751, according to Navigating this market isn't for the faint of heart. As a homebuyer, you want a deal so you can save money, but you also don't want to appear too timid so as to lose the sale to another, more aggressive buyer. Here are some must-have skills to have as a home buyer in South Boston.

                    • Be persistent: Victory will come to those first-timers who put persistence first. Jumping the gun without doing your research could mean the difference between overpaying and underpaying, by a lot.
                    • Know what will win you the bid: That being said, you also need to be savvy enough to know when to strike while the iron is hot. Be prepared to make compromises in a bidding war, such as bidding over asking, waiving the mortgage contingency or waiving the inspection. Only your real estate professional can tell you how far to go, so be prepared to take advice throughout this harrowing time.
                    • Know the market: In Boston and surrounding areas, inventory is tight, with not nearly enough entry-level supply, says the Boston Globe. Fewer homeowners are trading up, leading to a seller's market that's only bolstered by cash-rich investors and foreign buyers.
                    • Explore true-value validation: In South Boston, as said above, it's not uncommon to see million-dollar homes. Its close proximity to the city proper will always keep those prices higher than in cities further north or south. Supply and demand affect home price appreciation deeply, as well as your ability to get a low-interest mortgage. The crazy thing is, the houses themselves haven't really changed; the market has just dictated that they are worth more. Essentially, you are paying more money for the same home. Thus, finding the true value of a property is key. Take into consideration factors such as location, and quality of craftsmanship, design, and construction.
                    • Explore your area: If you're targeting a certain neighborhood, research it and get to know it well. Then, explore how real estate there has fared over the years. Take a look at that all-important historical data with your real estate agent very early on -- well before you get invested in a particular property. This will help ensure that your home purchase will retain its value and appreciate over time.
                    • Know the strategies for beating out other offers: No one wants to be engaged in a bidding war -- except of course for the sellers. An experienced real estate professional will be able to advise you on strategies to win those wars. Ask them about the outcomes of previous multiple-offer situations they have been a part of and which strategies took center stage in a successful outcome. Explore common mistakes buyers make and learn from them.
                    • Put your emotions aside: Multiple-offer situations can be emotionally exhausting. Try not to get too invested in a particular property to the point that it clouds your rational judgment. Your real estate agent provides an unbiased view of the situation and is emotionally detached. Listen to your agent's sound advice before you let emotions get in the way.
                    • Choose an agent skilled in all types of real estate: You may be looking for a one-family, two-family or even a condo. Your agent should be savvy about all housing types and how the market affects each. For example, South Boston condos are leading houses in terms of prices by a wide margin, according to Curbed. Condos run about $790,000 up 16 percent from last year, furthers The Boston Globe. Be sure to explore all options.

                    If you need further assistance or want to meet a skilled real estate agent to help you search real estate in South Boston, contact Home Town Brokerage at 617-877-1479.


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