Home Buying

Steps to buying a house in Massachusetts

Posted by Tom Zicko // March 24, 2015

Couple Calculating Budget to buy a house

Now that spring is in the air and the home buying season is kicking off it’s time to review your steps to buying a house in Massachusetts.   It is easy to walk into a home and fall in love, it is harder to think about your future home as a financial transaction. Compared to the […]

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Boston MA Real Estate Sees Mortgage Turnaround

Posted by Tom Zicko // March 20, 2015

Boston MA real estate

Today marks the first day of the Boston MA real estate spring market.  If Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, spring marks the beginning of the home buying season.  Homeowners have dressed their homes to show and prospective buyers are ready to go. Three days from now could bring a second […]

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MA Listed Homes Get Organized via New Mobile Apps

Posted by Tom Zicko // March 4, 2015

Most prospective home buyers are aware of the Mobile listing apps such as Realtor, Trulia, Zillow, Homes and a host of others that list properties for sale.  In fact a 2013 National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Google survey found that 68% of people looking to buy a home found themselves using one or another […]

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Buying a House in Boston May Require a Momentum Shift

Posted by Tom Zicko // March 3, 2015

It can feel a little like a trip to the shore in springtime, before the summer sun has warmed the water. The water might be okay—but it also might be bone-chilling! Most Boston residents will choose caution, and stick their toe in, first… Deciding whether to buy a house when you have been renting for […]

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5 Factors Impact Investors’ MA Rental Property Choice

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 23, 2015

People invest in real estate

Just about any investor on the lookout for a promising Boston rental property has a number of assumed criteria in mind—often arrived at without bothering to sit down to list them. Remember, this is already a successful individual, usually with ample business experience—and always with the financial acumen to be able to make a substantial […]

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News Flash! Men, Women House Hunters Differ!

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 19, 2015

Last week, The Wall Street Journal made it official: they had a slow news day. It was February 11 (that was Wednesday) when they ran the feature story, “A Gender Gap in Real Estate.” This was something Metro West Boston house hunters (not to mention those hoping to attract their attention) could certainly appreciate: an […]

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Changed MA Foreclosure Picture Still Presents Opportunities

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 18, 2015

Foreclosures drop

A few years ago we were drowning in the tidal wave of foreclosures and short sales that swept the Commonwealth.  Today the Massachusetts foreclosure situation is a good deal different, more of a light chop.  When The New York Times “Dealbook” recently pronounced that the supply of cheap foreclosed homes in America is dwindling, it […]

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Why Nearing Retirement Makes Buying a Metro Boston Home Easier

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 16, 2015

One of the advantages of reaching retirement age is that your needs can be much clearer to gauge than they were in the past. When it comes to planning for buying a home in Bellingham, for instance, you no longer have to worry about many of the contingencies that created vast unknowns earlier on. When […]

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MA Buyer’s Agent Redefines “Free Agent”

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 13, 2015

With a home purchase being the single largest financial transaction most people will ever do, it no wonder that most seek out the help of  qualified real estate agent.   Perhaps there should be a course in high school where at least one week is devoted to buying a house.  One of the lessons that week should […]

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Patience + MA Real Estate Agent = Job Done!

Posted by Tom Zicko // February 11, 2015

Buying a house is one of the most complicated transaction most people will ever complete.  One indicator is that most people decide to engage the services of a Framingham real estate agent to help them out. This is not anything like buying a car… It follows that first-time home buyers usually approach the whole process […]

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