Welcome to Flagship Wharf! 197 8th St #227, Charlestown MA 02129

July 13th, 2015

197 8th St, #227, Charlestown MA

Welcome Home to one of the most prestigious and sought-after buildings in Charlestown!

Offered at $600,000


 Flagship’s West Wing boasts expansive views of the entire Boston skyline, which change dramatically and are special in every season. This secure and well maintained building is perfect for citydwelling pet lovers as well as those who love their privacy and living in a quiet and tranquil building with minimal traffic, limited almost exclusively to pedestrians. Instant access to the highways, the T, AND your very own water taxi and ferry make getting to work a cinch. Enjoy the benefits of living in a full-service luxury building, complete with 24-hour concierge, valet parking, state-of-the-art fitness center, and its own lending library. Your new one-bedroom respite away from the busy world is here, complete with central air and heat, and also in-unit laundry. Live close enough to all the action Charlestown and Boston have to offer, and yet secluded from all the hectic hubbub of city living.


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124 Faywood Single-Family Home with Lots of Space in Boston’s Orient Heights

April 29th, 2015

124 Faywood Ave, East Boston MA 02128

Single-Family Home with In-Law Suite in the Highly-Desirable Orient Heights Neighborhood

Offered at $460,000

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Live in Orient Heights, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods of East Boston. Located next to the Bradley Elementary school, this single family home with an accessory apartment is perfect for a family needing a little more space, a place for extended family, or to get their feet wet on being a landlord.

The potential in-law unit with its own walk-out entrance, kitchen, and 3/4 bath would be great for grandma, grandpa, or a tenant. Gather for the game in the first floor living room complete with surround sound system, prep tasty eats in the kitchen at the breakfast bar, or dine in the large dining room with adjacent half bath, laundry room, and three-season enclosed porch. Dining room sliders open to the back patio with stone garden and privacy from the neighbors up the hill. Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms and a full bath, its own cooling / heating zone, and master bedroom with its own cooling / heating zone. Front/back security cameras. Minutes from Boston and from the T.

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Saturday, May 2nd  | 12pm-2pm

Sunday, May 3rd | 12pm-2pm

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Spacious Two-Family Home – 15 Griswold St, Revere MA 02151

April 9th, 2015

15 Griswold St, Revere MA 02151

Unique Two-Family Home with Investment Possibilites

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Welcome to 15 Griswold, a unique two family home in West Revere right on the Malden line. This home is perfect for entertaining, with the dramatic entryway leading to a spacious living room, dining room that opens onto the back deck through sliding glass doors, and a large granite and stainless kitchen with tile floors and a bar. With gleaming hardwood floors throughout, the first floor featuring one bedroom, an updated granite and ceramic tile bath, and a bonus room, and upstairs with four bedrooms and a bath, there’s plenty of room for the whole family, or for lots of paying tenants in your new investment property.

The downstairs two-bedroom unit could be another potential income source, or bring your own finishes to it and make it an owner’s unit. The fenced in yard, wood deck, off-street parking for six cars, and convenient location to the highways and minutes from the Wonderland T station and Revere Beach, 15 Griswold is your new home, investment property, or both!

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Saturday, April 11th – 11am-1pm

Sunday, April 12th – 11am-1pm

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What happens at a Home Inspection?

March 9th, 2015


Russ Bradchulis answers your questions to guide you through your real estate transaction.

What happens at a home inspection?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what actually takes place during a home inspection, let’s remember the big picture here – you’re hiring a home inspector to talk to you about the safety of the property, to find out if the property is safe. You’re not paying them to find out if there’s peeling paint here or there or tiny imperfections in the home, so don’t get carried away if they start to show you things that aren’t exactly perfect. You’re paying them to find problems. Maintain the big picture.

You’re focusing on what big issues that could effect the safety of this property. So let’s get into it. There are two main categories that the home inspector is going to be looking at:

  1. The systems
  2. The structure

When we talk about systems, we mean heating and cooling systems, electric, and plumbing. Are they all up to code? Are they all functioning? What kind of issues is the home inspector finding that he or she thinks should be addressed in order to bring them up to code?

When we’re talking about the structure, we mean the roof, the foundation, any of the supports, columns, or pillars; anything to make sure that the structural integrity of the property is still there and is not going to fall down. Some inspectors will look for pest infestations or termites. For properties built before 1978, they can also do a lead paint inspection.

These are the two big categories that they’re looking for. What should YOU be doing as a buyer for an inspection? The main thing you should be doing is asking questions. This is your chance to have a professional who knows a lot more about properties than the Realtor probably does, and pick their brain. You’ve got them there for a few hours, and you’re paying them; ask them any kind of question you might have or have ever had about any kind of property. Use them, use their brain. You’re using your money to pay them and have them there, you might as well take advantage of it.

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What happens if my closing gets delayed?

February 24th, 2015


Russ Bradchulis answers your questions to guide you through your real estate transaction.

What happens when my closing gets delayed?

There are a couple of different ways to answer this:

If you are a buyer and the closing has been extended or delayed, you need to make sure that any financing contingency you have has also been extended. It can actually put your financing in jeopardy if your closing has been extended because sometimes the loan has to close by a certain date. Make sure that the lender is also okay with the closing being extended.

Sometimes the lender needs the closing to be extended. In that case it’s pretty obvious that it’s alright. If the closing is extended for reasons other than financing, there may be additional costs. For example, if you have a rate lock on your loan and it has to close by a certain time (or the rate lock expires), it could cost you more in by getting a higher interest rate on your loan. Be sure to look at all the contingencies, dates, and terms in your financing as you extend the closing for whatever reason.

If you’re a seller and you are extending your property, that means you’re going to be owning that property for that much longer so your holding costs will go up more than you had planned. You will still have to make any incurring taxes or insurance payments. Depending on how long the extension is, more principal and interest payments may need to be made. Any municipal bills such as water, sewer, and trash are going to keep piling up as that closing gets extended.

For both parties, once you extend, there’s this tendency to extend it again and again and again, so just be cautious of that. The buyer may want to extend and extend for whatever reason; they should have a valid reason to be extending the closing. Make sure that you’re aware of what the reasons are. The most important thing about extending a closing is to make sure that if you’re going to do it, it is mutually agreeable, and that you have competent local legal advice guiding you through that process. They can explain to you all of the particular risks in your specific situation—as none of the stuff that I do here is legal advice and I’m not an attorney. Make sure you get the right legal advice to understand all the ramifications of what happens whenever you extend or delay a closing.

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When is the best time to sell my home?

January 20th, 2015


Russ Bradchulis answers your questions to guide you through your real estate transaction.

When is the best time to sell my home?

This is going to depend on you as a seller and why you need to sell, or more specifically, when you need to sell. For example, if you need to sell next week, then it doesn’t really matter when the best time is to sell, because you’ve got to get this place sold. If you don’t have to get it sold and you can wait one, three, six, nine, twelve months before it goes on the market, now we can actually talk.

No matter your case, it’s still going to depend on your market. Different markets have different high point and low points, hot times and cool times in their market throughout the year, so you will need to talk to a local seasoned real estate pro to find exactly when the best time is in your particular market.

A lot of what the Realtor is going to be talking about is supply and demand. Here in Massachusetts we have a couple interesting times of year for real estate. In November and December (during the holidays), very few people put their properties on the market because they want to wait for the hot spring market.

What they’re missing out on are buyers in November and December that are probably itching to get into your home because they were left in the lurch after the spring market. There’s no competition toward the end of the year, so you could actually get a higher price for your property at a lower time of the market because the supply is down and the demand is up. In the springtime the supply is greater, so you might see lower prices, although there may be more transactions.

In Massachusetts, there’s the August time frame which seems to be a great time to list a property because there are people who want to get into a certain address or certain zip code for a school district, even though a lot of people in Massachusetts will be away on vacation. So this supply-and-demand factor of the market is really important to pay attention to.

The easy answer to this question is to talk to your local seasoned real estate pro who knows the ins and outs of the neighborhoods, the markets, and supply and demand for your particular area.

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Home Winterization: 4 Tips to Keep the Cold Out

December 30th, 2014

Here are several simple, cost effective tasks you can do now to prevent a cold-weather disaster before it happens.

Clean out your Gutters

Leaves and debris will prevent moisture from running off the roof, resulting in ice dams and water leaks. Remove potentially hazardous branches, or structurally unsound trees that could pose problems under the weight of snow or in the midst of a dangerous windstorm.

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Have your Heating System Checked

Have an inspector come in and make sure that the system is well ventilated and running smoothly before the first cold snap hits. Inspections generally run between $70-$100.

Have a Snow Preparedness Kit

Before stores are bought out of the necessities, make sure you have everything you need in case of a blizzard:  a shovel, flashlights with extra batteries, one or two bags of road salt to coat the driveway, sidewalk, and walkways, and an ice scraper or two.

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Caulk Windows and Doors

In the winter the average home can lose nearly one third of its heat through drafty windows and doors.If the gap between your windows and doors is greater than the width of a nickel, it’s time to reapply some exterior caulk to prevent this heat from escaping. Silicone caulk is highly recommended due to its non-shrinking quality and impermeability to the harsh elements. Block drafts from coming under doors with “draft dodger” door stoppers. You can easily make your own at home.

Who’s hotter: Somerville or Cambridge?

December 30th, 2014

It is a question that will be increasingly hard to answer in 2015 as Somerville’s super hip real estate market increasingly steals some of Cambridge’s mojo.

This article from Boston.com writer Scott Van Voorhis really hits the mark Somerville’s gaining speed on the Cambridge King. Read the full article HERE.

Somerville condos posted bigger price gains in 2014 than Cambridge condos, while the number of sales rose in Somerville amid a flood of new construction and condo conversions, the latest real estate numbers show.

Cambridge, by contrast, saw a dearth of new construction and limited listings hitting the market.

Either way, both cities are likely to see big price gains in 2015 as demand to live in neighborhoods like Davis and Porter squares far outstrips the number of available condos and homes.

When it comes to sales, it was truly a tale of two cities. While Cambridge condo sales plunged 20 percent, Somerville saw a 12 percent increase in the number of condos changing hands, Warren Group numbers show.

On the investment side, developers are hurdling into neighborhoods in unprecedented numbers. And with the economy on a roll and interest rates still low, 2015 is shaping up to be another hot year for prices in both cities as well.

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Sizzling Somerville

A massive development boom is reshaping the Assembly Square area, where a new Orange line station just opened in September. The 56-acre Assembly Row project includes new apartment buildings and dozens of stores and restaurants, with Partners HealthCare building its new headquarters there as well.

A $1 billion redevelopment of Union Square is also in the works, with plans for more than 2 million square feet of new development over 12 acres.

As far as prices, Somerville racked up some amazing gains in 2014, with a median condo price hitting $472,500 after a 15% jump, the Warren Group says.


Real Estate Market Report: Somerville, MA

December 30th, 2014

Looking to buy or sell in Somerville, MA? Take a look at these stats to help your home selling or buying decision.


Somerville median sales prices

The median sales price for homes in Somerville MA for Sep 14 to Dec 14 was $444,500. This represents a decline of 6.6%, or $31,250, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 9.8% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 22.6% over the last 5 years in Somerville. The average listing price for Somerville homes for sale on Trulia was $757,233 for the week ending Dec 17, which represents an increase of 1.4%, or $10,153, compared to the prior week and an increase of 7.4%, or $52,152, compared to the week ending Nov 26. Average price per square foot for Somerville MA was $441, an increase of 13.7% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Somerville include Powder House, Ten Hills, Winter Hill, Prospect Hill, Spring Hill, and East Somerville.

Somerville Market Report Graph - Dec 2014


*Info from Trulia Somerville Market Trends

Will 2015 Be Better or Worse for Real Estate?

December 30th, 2014

I ran across this really interesting article in Forbes online, and thought it was worth sharing here. Particularly, their thoughts on the “millenial mismatch” and the increasing lack of affordable housing for up-and-coming young adults.

Here’s the article, written in part by Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko, from Forbes online. Read the original article HERE.

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or spent the last year waffling between renting or buying, you probably have one question as we head into the new year: Will 2015 be better — or are we headed into another year of the same?

There’s no such thing as a real estate crystal ball, and anyone who claims to have all the answers probably has a hidden agenda. With many factors to consider, let’s take a closer look.

The recovery process — where are we?

Trulia’s Chief Economist Jed Kolko recently came to the conclusion that while none of the five measurements in Trulia’s TRLA -1.93% Housing Barometer are completely back to normal, most are making progress. It’s been three years since prices bottomed out in 2011, and we are still very much in recovery mode with rebound effects slowing; housing prices are no longer significantly undervalued and the investor market is drying up.

As a former broker, I have to agree — the investor well is indeed dry. In the past week alone I’ve received calls from three investor groups inquiring about off-market deals in the Seattle metro area. They complained that rising prices have impacted the number of available opportunities and so they’re looking for additional sources. (Sorry! No deals here.)

The good news is that most of us think things are about to get better. Regardless of the slowing rebound effects, there is optimism in the air. According to the Trulia study, consumers think 2015 will be an improvement over 2014 for all real estate activities, especially for sellers.

The millennial factor

Undoubtedly, the purchasing power of the millennial demographic packs a serious punch. And it seems that homeownership still plays a key role in the American dream, especially among young adults — an overwhelming 93 percent of young adult renters responded yes when asked if they will be purchasing a home someday.

However, while millennials are willing to purchase a home, they are encountering barriers to executing on their dream. Hurdles such as saving a down payment, qualifying for a mortgage, and cleaning up derogatory credit items are fairly straightforward, but what about market affordability?


Making tough choices

“The number of homes for sale in my market within my price range is discouragingly low,” says Elizabeth Archer of Ukiah, CA. “I am really tired of renting, but I love the area and I’m not willing to look elsewhere. I’m crossing my fingers that some affordable houses will be for sale this spring.”

Archer is experiencing a widespread affordability issue termed the “millennial mismatch.” Millennials can afford markets where they don’t live, but they can’t afford many of the markets where they do live. They find themselves faced with a tough choice: rent for the long term or live in a less-desirable city.

From over 100 major metro cities, there were only two notable exceptions where millennials currently live and also can buy: Oklahoma City, OK, and Baton Rouge, LA. These cities have a high population of millennials and better-than-average affordability.

The bottom line

Although consumers are feeling hopeful, young people are having trouble finding jobs and affordable housing in areas they want to live in. Further hampered by weak construction growth, the housing recovery needs to play nice with the overall economic recovery to make an impactful difference.