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By Ruth Lerner | Agent in Brookline, MA
  • Insider Advice for FSBO's: Selling Your Home on Your Own

    Posted Under: General Area in Newton, Home Selling in Newton  |  February 18, 2014 10:35 AM  |  246 views  |  No comments
    Insider Advice for FSBO's: Selling Your Home on Your Own

    Have you considered selling yoru home on your own?  Or perhaps you already tried For Sale By Owner (FSBO)?

    In this less-than-four-minutes video I reveal the top eight tips and techniques I believe will help you be successful in a private home sale.  This advice will work anywhre in the country, simply apply them to your market.

    As a listing agent, my listings sell in less than half the average market time, and for top dollar.  I'm sharing this information because I believe whether or not you hire a Realtor, homes sales should be done correctly.  Everyone wins when both buyers and sellers are informed.

  • Home Buyer Tips: Who Pays Buyer Agent's Commission?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Brookline, Property Q&A in Brookline  |  February 17, 2014 6:14 AM  |  273 views  |  No comments
    Who Pays for the Buyer's Agent Commission?

    Many home buyers I meet are confused about this question.  Because the buyer agency explicitly states the buyer will owe the agent a commission, buyers are concerned they will have to pay above and beyond the price of the home.

    In most cases this is not true.  The overwelming majority of buyer agency compensation is paid be the home seller, through the seller's real estate broker.  But there are exceptions!

    As a home buyer, you must learn the exceptions to be prepared in case you will have to pay, or make up a difference, on your buyer agent's commission.  In the video below I quickly explain this.  Please feel free to contact me with questions.

  • Multi-Family Homes in Brookline MA

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Brookline, In My Neighborhood in Brookline, Investment Properties in Brookline  |  March 2, 2013 10:07 AM  |  352 views  |  No comments
    Multi-Family Homes in Brookline MA

    If you are searching for a Multi-family home for sale in Brookline MA, you'll need some patients and creativity.  This is a small market and at any point in time, there are few properties to choose from.  

    You can start your education on why people invest in Brookline real estate by clicking on the link.  But to find a property, I recommend you hire a real estate agent to help with the search.  There are off market properties only agents would know about.

    In considering investment properties, you will look at both the market value of the real estate and the rental income it produces.  You may want to hold a property for many years for it's income, or you may want to take on a condo conversion project.

    If you have questions about how to start your residential real estate investment portfolio in the Boston area, or if you want to expand your investments into multi-unit and mix-use properties, contact me directly. 

    Start you search of Multi-Family Homes in Brookline MA here
  • Brighton MA Condo: 2012 Market Summary

    Posted Under: General Area in Boston, Market Conditions in Boston, Home Selling in Boston  |  January 27, 2013 8:27 AM  |  353 views  |  1 comment
    The Brighton MA condo market is under a lot of pressure.  With low inventory, the condos are sold quickly and at increasing prices.  When looking at the numbers from 2012, this was easily predicted as the prices visibly went up while days on market plunged nearly 40% from the year before.

    Do you want to learn more about what is going on in the hottest condo market in the Boston area?

    Click here: 

    Brighton MA Condos: 2012 Market Summary

  • Boston Real Estate Abatement: Are You Paying Too Much Taxes?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Boston, Investment Properties in Boston, Home Ownership in Boston  |  January 6, 2013 7:20 AM  |  333 views  |  No comments

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts grants homeowners the right to dispute their tax liability if they believe the assessed value is too high.

    The City of Boston's real estate abatement process provides Boston homeowners the opportunity to reduce real estate tax liability.  A homeowner must complete an application by February 3rd if he or she believes Boston's assessed value is in excess of market value.

    Are you eligible for a reduction in your real estate taxes?  Learn about Boston real estate abatement,  and how a reduction in your assessed home value will save you money.

    Click and go to:

    Boston Real Estate Abatement: Don't Overpay Real Estate Taxes!

  • Living Near the Jamaica Pond

    Posted Under: General Area in Jamaica Plain, Home Buying in Jamaica Plain, In My Neighborhood in Jamaica Plain  |  December 26, 2012 1:41 PM  |  388 views  |  2 comments
    The Jamaica Pond is part of the Emerald Necklace, Boston's 1,100 acre conservation made up of ponds and parks connected to each other.  It was disigned by Frederick Law Olmstead in the 1880's.

    For those looking for condos in Boston near a great park or pond, there are several options just a short walk from the Jamaica Pond, allowing residents to enjoy it daily.

    Learn more about the Jamaica Pond and the nearby condos in Jamaica Plain.  Click below:

    A Walk Around Jamaica Pond
  • Selling Your Home? How to Handle a Multiple Offer Situation

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Boston, Home Selling in Boston  |  October 20, 2012 6:48 AM  |  326 views  |  No comments

    Multiple offers on houses and condos in the Boston area are becoming a common occurrence, hard to believe when just a year ago we were lamenting our real estate slump.  From a home seller's perspective this is great news, and as one of my clients said, "It's like being the prettiest girl at the dance."

    Just like the prettiest girl at the dance, you'll have to weight your options, make decisions, and try to remain graceful.  But in home selling, unlike dancing, you can only pick one party to do business with.

    I've written some tips that you must follow to navigate successfully through your multiple offers.  Failing to follow these rules and you can be left empty handed.  So leverage this opportunity correctly!  Click on the link below:

    When Selling Your Home: How to negotiate multiple offers?
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