What is the Difference Between a House Inspector and an Appraiser.

boston-inspectionAn inspector is usually a building contractor or specialist. They should be hired by the purchaser to “inspect” the structure, plumbing, electrical and roofing to insure that the house being purchased is in good working and safe condition. Any defects must be disclosed and or repaired.

An appraiser is licensed under the state real estate commission and inspects appraiserand evaluates the house and property that is to be purchased for the Lender. This is done by measuring the square footage, while taking into consideration special features of the home and then using comparable sales of the same type of house or condo in a similar neighborhood to come up with the true value.  This is the final word on the true value of the property and will determine the loan amount of the mortgage.

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2014 Officers & Directors Installed for The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®

At the meeting of the The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) at the Boston University School of Management, the seventeen member board were installedgbar for the year 2014.

GBAR is the largest local REALTOR® association both in Massachusetts and New England with a membership over 6,700 residential real estate professionals in over 800 offices throughout metropolitan Boston. This is the local chapter of the Massachusetts and National Associations of REALTORS®.

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Boston is Named Coziest City To Live

Honeywell Infrared Heaters, in partnership with the environmental consulting company Environmental Health & Engineering did a study to find out just what cozycities are  the coziest in the Nation.
Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, Environmental Health & Engineering said they believe coziness is defined by a city’s overall comfort, ambiance and accessibility.

The criteria ranged from

  • Fireplace and portable heaters usage
  • Access to parks
  • Overall walk-ability to restaurants and coffee shops per capita,
  • Stressful lifestyle scores and
  • Historical ambiance.

Based on this profile, below is a list of the top ten coziest U.S. cities:

 1.    Boston/Cambridge, Mass.
2.    San Francisco, Calif.
3.    Santa Fe, N.M.
4.    Washington, D.C.
5.    Portland, Ore.
6.    Seattle, Wash.
7.    Baltimore, Md.
8.    Providence, R.I.
9.    New Orleans, La.
10. Savannah, Ga.

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I am Relocating: How are Real Estate Transactions handled in Boston?

Of course the first step is to have one of our experienced Boston Realtors help you find the property of your dreams. Once you find the property, then you make your legal offer and before you know it,your will be at closing. In Massachusetts, thus in Boston, the sale of all property is handled by real estate attorneys. Your Boston Luxe Realtor can refer you to an experienced firm.

closingAt closing the buyers and sellers, their attorneys and agents as well as the lender’s attorney are all present. At this time, the funds deposited are usually handled by the listing broker or the seller’s attorney and are held in an “escrow” account. Sometimes the buyer’s broker or buyer’s attorney may hold the deposit. These deposits are accounted for at closing and the buyers receive  credit on the closing settlement statement.

 

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Bradley Marchand Purchases Boston Condo

Boston-Bruins-Brad-MarchandA seven-room, 3,500-square-foot condo at 357 Commercial St. on Lincoln Wharf, is the new home of  Bradley Marchand, the 25-year-old left wing for the Boston Bruins.

This beautiful Boston condo features a gourmet kitchen and dining room which sports a view of the tree-lined 35-foot deck. The living area is divided into a formal living room and a family room.

Each bedroom has a cathedral ceilings and en suite baths. The unit also boasts sweeping views of downtown and the harbor.cbk

 

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Boston Luxury Condo For Sale

There is a Beautifully renovated one bedroom and den luxury condo for sale at the Ritz Carlton. Price is 569,000 which includes all you expect from the Ritz Carlton. For further information go to http://bostonluxe.com/idx/#&LinkID=248155&PropertyID=69421048&PerformSearch.

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Boston Harbor’s Seaport Neighborhood

pier-4-2Seaport dubbed today the “Innovative district” was once a muddy spot in Boston Harbor and then a thriving shipping area and then morphed into a decrepit no-man’s land of parking lots and abandoned warehouses in the mid-1900s.

With the vision of the city Father’s in the late 1990’s it has developed into a hotbed of development both commercial and residential with many being mixed use projects.

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Boston Back Bay Condos

Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in America. And certainly one of the most interesting. It actually is very European in design and gives out a historic ambiance. The Back Bay, Beacon Hill are two of the most expensive of neighborhoods to live, but certainly worth every dollar. You can find New Boston condos, lofts, beautiful brown stones. To lived in these areas gives you the opportunity to shop in some of the most prestigious of all retail areas such as the Prudential Center along with other great shopping and historic attractions that are to many to mention.

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Time to Purchase your Boston Condo

210-South-Street-LoftsForeclosure deeds, which mark the final stage of the foreclosure process declined over the year 54% state wide, compared to the same month last year. And the number of foreclosures initiated in July fell 66 percent.

If you are interested in purchasing or leasing a single family home, condo, loft or townhouse, contact Boston Luxe, LLC.

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