Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 10/17/2014



Presenting you with your bi-monthly market stats for the Greater Boston area...


Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

For single family Boston properties there was a total of 6 homes listed as of October 17th. With an average of 1,900 square feet and 3.00 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $1,049,450. Only 3 or the 6 homes were actually newly listed. Finally, with an average of 27 days on the market.


The numbers for Boston condos are promising. The median listing price was at $639,000 at a total inventory of 34. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,342 square feet, along with an average of 2.24 bedrooms and 1.9 bathrooms. With an average of 43 days on the market, 8 of the 34 condos were absorbed.



Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585


5 Halloween Events around Boston, MA!


Halloween is quickly approaching here in Boston. Have you planned how you will celebrate this beloved holiday? As your Boston real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on some of the events and activities coming up around Boston, so you don’t miss a minute of the spooktacular fun!

Whether you’re up for a fun Halloween party, safe trick-or-treating for kids, or an authentic tour of Boston’s historic sites, there is an event or activity for you. Here are five that particularly stood out to me and felt worth sharing:

1.  Make reservations for Boston’s nightly Ghosts and Gravestones Tour! These fill up fast this month and are widely popular among Bostonians. You ride a trolley and walk around Boston’s scariest sites while costumed gravediggers guide you and tell you haunting tales about strange discoveries and mysterious happenings in the city’s earlier days. 

2.  Make reservations for Dining in the Dark at Hampshire House on Halloween night! From 6 to 9 p.m., you’ll put on a blindfold that will allow your other senses to take over as you enjoy a delicious meal in pitch dark. The dinner will also include stirring music, a theatrical story and other dining companions. It’s not a Halloween you’ll soon forget! 

3.  Beacon Hill’s historic homes go all out for Halloween with extravagant decorations. Stroll through the neighborhoods, such as Chestnut and Mt Vernon Streets, to view these decorations on your own. Or, you can join a Beach Hill photography tour while capturing the decorations in photos, and getting tips on how to capture the best shots. You’ll also receive a lot of stories about the area and past residents! 

4.  Visit the SoWa Open Market on Sunday, Oct. 26 for Market of the Living Dead! This is the last market of the season, and people go all out with zombie costumes. There is a prize for best costume, so get creative! The market will also feature live music, pumpkin carving, food trucks and more, aside from the 130 artists and designers that are always featured. 

5.  Bring the kids to the Prudential Center on Oct. 26 for Pru Boo! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., costumed children can trick-or-treat at over 50 participating stores and restaurants. It’s warm and safe inside, so this is a great alternative to trick-or-treating on Halloween for the younger kids! Other activities will include face painting, magic shows, pumpkin decorating and more. 

Enjoy the rest of October with these wonderfully spooky and festive Halloween events in Boston! For more events happening in Boston, check out my Boston events page. When you’re ready to accomplish your real estate goals in the Boston real estate market, contact me, your Boston real estate agent!

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

Sell Your Boston, MA Home This Fall!


Have you been putting off the home-selling process in Boston, even though you’ve been ready to sell for a while? Are you ready to move up to a better home? Have you wanted to relocate closer to family, or closer to your job? Are you ready to retire into assisted living, or downsize as empty nesters? Whatever the reason, as your Boston real estate agent, I’m here to tell you that now is an excellent time to sell your Boston home!

Here are some reasons why KCM Crew says you should consider selling this fall:

1.  Demand from Boston homebuyers is strong. Mortgage rates fell last week and remain at yearly lows, which was not predicted for this year! Still, economists predict that rates will rise by at least one percent in the next year, which means that buyers can save a lot of money by purchasing a home now. The more buyers that are eager to buy, the more interest you’ll get in your home, and the more negotiating power you’ll have!

2.  Now is the time to move up. If you want to sell your Boston home and move up to a bigger or better home, low mortgage rates affect you too. If you buy a Boston home now, you’ll save yourself hundreds of dollars per month on your monthly mortgage payment by getting a low mortgage rate. Start the pre-approval process now and see what type of rate you can get!

3.  There is less competition. Inventory is still below normal levels, and while new home inventory is expected to make a comeback soon, it hasn’t yet. A recent survey showed that 41 percent of buyers prefer a new house, over 21 percent who prefer an existing house. Take advantage of the low competition by selling now, while buyers are eager! This is an ideal situation.

4.  The process is faster this time of year. The length of time it takes from contract to closing has increased this year, due to more requirements and paperwork from banks. The summer time is busy, because the Boston real estate market is very active. The winter months take a long time because of the holiday season. Right now, during the fall, is the best time of year for a smooth transaction!

5.  It’s time to move on. No matter what reason you have for wanting to sell your Boston home, why are you waiting to accomplish that goal? Home prices are up, mortgage rates are still down, home equity is returning, foreclosure numbers are way down, and the housing recovery is steadily continuing. Now is the time to relocate, or move up, or grow your family, or start a new job, or downsize, and move on with your life and your dreams.

When you’re ready to sell your Boston home, contact me, your Boston real estate agent. I would love to help you accomplish your real estate goals in the Boston real estate market!

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

5 Free Events in Boston This Weekend!


It’s officially fall in Boston, MA now! As your Boston real estate agent, I’d like to help you celebrate the new season with a list of free events happening around Boston this weekend. Who ever said that you need to spend money to have fun? Save your money for a down payment, for when you’re ready to buy a Boston home, and enjoy these free events!

1.  Museum Day Live! is coming up this Saturday, Sept. 27. This event allows you access to a bunch of museums throughout the country. Here in Boston, you can enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts, Old South Meeting House, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, and many others! Just download a ticket online, which is good for you and a guest. 

2.  The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is this Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue, between Burke St. and Mass. Ave. The fest will have three stages and will highlight contemporary jazz, Latin, blues and soul music. There will also be inflatables and a petting zoo for kids, food vendors and more. The fest has had more than 80,000 attendees in the past, don't miss out! 

3.  Enjoy a free workout by participating in the November Project. This is a fitness organization born in Boston that hosts workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for free! The locations vary, so you must keep up with the blog, Facebook page or Twitter page to see where they will meet that day. The workouts take place at 6:30 a.m., so set your alarm early and meet other Bostonians while enjoying a free workout. 

4.  If you love art, you’ll love the Greenway Open Market that takes place every Saturday! Check it out this weekend at Rose Kennedy Greenway, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market features local artists, crafters and independent designers, with exhibits of handmade and locally produced products. From art, jewelry, ceramics and crafts, to apparel, accessories and eco-friendly imports, you’re sure to find something you can admire!  It only runs through October! 

5.  If you don’t mind taking a drive, head to Waltham Fields Community Farm for their annual Free Farm Day! This will get your whole family in the spirit of fall, with carrot harvesting, pumpkin bowling, farm-fresh recipe samples, tractor climbing, art activities, music, environmental games and more. It takes place this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.! 

Enjoy your first fall weekend in Boston, MA while saving some cash! When you are ready to buy a Boston home, or to sell your Boston home, contact me, your Boston real estate agent! I’m always here to help and to answer questions!

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 9/19/14



Presenting you with your monthly market stats for the Greater Boston area single family homes...

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com


For single family Boston properties in zip code 02118 there was a total of 3 homes listed as of September 19th.   With an average of 3,264 square feet and 4 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $2,795,000. 1 of the homes were newly listed. Finally, with an average of 147 days on the market, none of the 3 homes were absorbed.


Presenting you with your monthly market stats for the Greater Boston area condos...

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com


The numbers for Boston condos in zip code 02118 are promising. The median listing price was at $799,000 at a total inventory of 66. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,393 square feet, along with an average of 2.14 bedrooms and 1.65 bathrooms. With an average of 64 days on the market, 5 of the 66 condos were absorbed.



Below is a graph that shows the average days on the market for Single Family Homes and Condos in 02118.


Data provided by ©2014 Altos Research LLC

Data and charts are based on the last 2 weeks, but are current to the day.  I have the ability to focus on different zip codes in the Boston area.  Please contact me with whatever your area of interest is; 02116, 02118, 02129 and I will be glad to help you, just let me know!


Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

5 Ways to Make Your Boston Home Green


Environmentally-Friendly Features Could Help Sell Your Boston Home!
Boston Real Estaet
Creating A Green Boston Home


“Green” features have become increasingly more important to Boston homebuyers. As an experienced Boston realtor, I can tell you that green upgrades will have a great return when it come to selling your home in today’s market. While there are many things you can do to make your Boston home more green, here are a 5 areas that are fairly easy to address during regular home upkeep:

Light bulbs: Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have become an increasingly popular alternative to the standard incandescent light bulb. While these bulbs to cost a bit more upfront, they will save homeowners money in the log run. Swap your bulbs in both lamps and hardwired light fixtures. It will not only save you money while you’re living in the home, but also appeal to buyers if you choose to sell your home.

Plumbing Fixtures: Consider switching your faucets and shower heads to low-flow replacements. If your Boston home doesn’t already have them, you may want to look into upgrading your toilets to low-flow models as well. Low-flow toilets can save up to 3000 gallons of water per year compared to standard models. Another interesting water-saving feature that has recently become popular is touch-less faucets. Not only do they reduce the potential for the transfer of germs from hands to faucet handles back to hands, they also turn on and off on their own, reducing water consumption.

High-Quality, Programmable Thermostat: There are many programmable thermostat models on the market today; however, if you are planning to replace your current thermostat, opt for a slightly higher-end model with more features. In the age of “smart” everything, homebuyers want their home to be so as well. The more features that a thermostat has, the more potential energy savings it offers.

Appliances: If the time comes when you have to replace one of the appliances in your Boston home, purchase one with an ENERGY STAR rating. This rating indicates that the appliance uses 20-30% less energy than the federal limit, and that means reduced electric bills for you and potential future owners as well.

Home Improvement Supplies: With the rise of building “green”, there are now many sustainable and environmentally friendly options for home improvement. When it comes to flooring, there are now environmentally friendly options in both carpeting and hardwood. Even in tile now has both sustainable and recycled options. You can also opt for a more eco-friendly paint as well that emits less toxic fumes and pollution into the air. Choose those that are zero- or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) as a healthier alternative. When it comes to selling your home, opting for more environmentally friendly replacement materials will be something that you can boast in your home’s listing to attract more buyers.

These are just a very small handful of the many “green” improvements that you can make to your Boston home. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, these improvements will be valuable in attracting potential buyers! If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Boston area, please contact me. I can help you determine what improvements, green or otherwise, will make your home more appealing to potential buyers. My #1 priority is to get my clients’ Boston real estate sold as quickly as possible!

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

Celebrating Labor Day in Boston, MA


Things to do this Labor Day Weekend in Boston
Boston Real Estate
Labor Day Weekend in Boston

Summer is coming to a close, which means that Labor Day weekend is almost here! While it’s never difficult to find something to do in Boston, MA, the city gets particularly lively on holiday weekends. Labor Day this year is no exception. Here are 4 great ways  to get out and enjoy your Labor Day in Boston this coming weekend:


Boston Arts Festival

The Arts Festival takes place from noon to 6pm on August 30th and 31st in Christopher Columbus Park. The festival will highlight both visual and performing arts. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. Head out to this free festival to experience all of the artistic culture that Boston has to offer.


Fireworks on the Harbor

A fireworks display will be taking place over Boston Harbor on Sunday, August 31st as a closing to the Arts Festival. The display will be viewable from anywhere along the waterfront in the North End, Downtown, South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown. The free fireworks show begins at 9pm.


Mass Brewers Fest

Taking place at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse, the Master Brewers Fest will be held on Friday August 29th from 6pm to 9:30pm. Attendees can taste craft beers from over 30 unique Massachusetts breweries, many of which are very creative with bold New England flavors. Locally renowned brews will also be featured for sampling at this age 21+ beer event. This event features live music by local talent Three Day Threshold, along with more than one hundred varieties of beer.


St. Anthony’s Feast

Head to Boston’s North End from August 29th through September 1st to honor patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and a wide variety of great Italian and American food options. Dating back to 1919, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. It was named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine.

As you can see, Labor Day weekend in Boston, MA will not be boring! Activities and events are only one of the many reasons that so many love Boston, MA and choose to call it home. Boston offers rich history and culture, a New England lifestyle, phenomenal educational institutions, and so much more. If you haven’t already, come visit! I’m certain that you’ll be contacting me to help you find the perfect Boston, MA home once you do.

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 8/15/14



Presenting you with your monthly market stats for the Greater Boston area single family homes...

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com


For single family Boston properties in zip code 02116 there was a total of 6 homes listed as of August 15th.   With an average of 5,624 square feet and 4.83 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $4,825,000. 1 of the homes were newly listed. Finally, with an average of 145 days on the market, none of the 6 homes were absorbed.


Presenting you with your monthly market stats for the Greater Boston area condos...
Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com


The numbers for Boston condos in zip code 02116 are promising. The median listing price was at $1,782,000 at a total inventory of 62. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,774 square feet, along with an average of 2.44 bedrooms and 2.38 bathrooms. With an average of 71 days on the market, 6 of the 62 condos were absorbed.



Below is a graph that shows the average days on the market for Single Family Homes and Condos in 02116.


Data provided by ©2014 Altos Research LLC

Data and charts are based on the last 2 weeks, but are current to the day.  I have the ability to focus on different zip codes in the Boston area.  Please contact me with whatever your area of interest is; 02116, 02118, 02129 and I will be glad to help you, just let me know!


Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

A Guide to Preparing Your Boston, MA Home to Sell


Making your Boston, MA real estate more appealing to buyers
Boston Real Estate
Selling Your Boston, MA Home


So you’ve decided it’s time to sell your Boston, MA home? Congratulations! There are a few things to consider before putting the for sale sign in the front yard though. Before listing your home, you'll want to make sure that it will appeal to as many buyers as possible. The more potential buyers it attracts, the quicker you’ll get your home sold. Follow this guide to preparing your Boston, MA home to sell, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

Evaluate your curb appeal. The first thing that potential buyers will see is the exterior of your home. Start with your landscaping. While somewhat seasonally dependent, you'll want it to appear neat and tidy no matter the time of year. Ensure that your walkway, porch or landing, and front door are clean. A fresh coat of paint can be a quick and easy facelift for your front door.  If lighting fixtures and hardware are worn, consider replacing them. If buyers are intrigued by the outside, they will be excited to see what the inside has to offer.

Make your interior sparkle. Go beyond the regular surface cleaning that you do on a consistent basis, and dig into those cleaning tasks that take a bit more effort. Some things to consider: clean windows outside and in, re-caulk sinks and bathtubs, dust light fixtures and ceiling fan blades, clean your carpets and rugs, thoroughly clean appliances inside and out, etc.  If you don't have the time or means to complete these chores, consider hiring a professional to do them for you.

Remove the clutter. Clutter makes your home appear smaller and can also give it a messy appearance. Focus your energy on your countertops and storage areas.  Countertops should be clear of any unnecessary items, so store small kitchen appliances elsewhere for the time being. Consider packing up knickknacks and books on shelves to give a more open appearance. Potential buyers will want to open closets, cabinets, and drawers to get a feel for the home’s storage space. Be certain that all of these areas neat and orderly and do not appear overstuffed.  If you are having a difficult time finding space for your belongings, visit the idea of renting a storage space while selling your home.

Depersonalize. As potential buyers are touring your home, they are trying to envision themselves living in the home. Items that reflect your personal life and taste can make it difficult for them to do so. Pack up the family photos, and remove the children's artwork from the fridge. If you have any highly taste-specific d├ęcor, your may consider swapping it out for something more neutral. When those viewing your home are not distracted by your belongings, they can better gauge whether or not the home will suit their needs.

Attend to minor repairs. While you don’t want to invest a ton of money into your home before selling it, there are certain minor things that you should do. Repair leaky faucets, patch any holes in the walls, realign doors that don’t open and close properly, etc. Most of these repairs do not take long to complete and will help prevent unnecessary checks in the cons column of the checklists of buyers.

Enlist an objective set of eyes. No matter how much time and energy you put into preparing your house to sell, it’s still worth having someone who has no emotional investment in the house give you a second opinion. Your real estate agent can be the perfect individual to do so. He or she works to sell the homes of many each and every year, so utilize his or her expertise!

Once you’ve addressed all of these areas, you’re ready to get the sales process on the road! Taking the time to prepare your Boston, MA house before listing it will pay off in helping to reduce the amount of time that it will spend on the market. As a longtime Boston area realtor, I have assisted many in making the sale of their homes as streamlined and stress free as possible. If you’re considering selling your Boston real estate, please contact me. I’d love to help you sell your current home and even find you the perfect new home.

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com

Late Summer Events in Boston, MA


There's still time to enjoy Boston this summer!

Summer may be more than half over, but there is still plenty to do in Boston, MA before Labor Day! Whether you're looking for a date night event, an outing with friends, or something to do with the kids, Boston has something to for you this August. Here are just a handful of the upcoming offerings:


Summer Dine Out Boston 

August 17-22 & 24-29, 2014
Various Restaurants throughout Boston & Cambridge

Boston food-lovers look forward to this restaurant affair every year. Diners can experience prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at many local favorite restaurants in both Boston and Cambridge. Reservations are taken up to 3 weeks in advance, so call now to make sure you get a table!

Mass Brewers Fest 2014 

August 29, 2014
World Trade Center Head House Concourse

Those with an appreciation for beer can sample over 80 varieties from over 20 Massachusetts breweries, as well as enjoy live music by Three Day Threshold. A variety of local food favorites will also be available, including lobster rolls, curry coconut shrimp, Italian sausage, and hot dogs steamed in Harpoon beer. Please note, this event is 21 and over.

Landmarks Concerts at the Hatch Shell

Wednesday evenings throughout August
The Esplanade

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts continue at the Hatch Shell throughout the month of August. All concerts start at 7pm on Wednesday evenings and run about 2 hours. The concerts in August will feature Collaboration with Boston Lyric Opera, From the New World: The Legacy of the Spirituals, Rhapsody in Green,
and O'er the Land of the Free: Bicentennial of The Star Spangled Banner.

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival 2014

Saturday evenings throughout August
Prudential Center

Free, family-friendly movies will be hosted in the South Garden at the Prudential Center. While entertainment will begin at 5pm, the movie will not begin until sundown. August’s movies include: Despicable Me 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Lego Movie, Finding Nemo, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

As you can see, there are still plenty of things that you can get out and do in Boston this August. No matter the time of year, it is very easy to keep entertained in Boston, MA. That’s one of the reasons that so many choose to call Boston home! If you would like more information on the area or on real estate in the Boston area, please contact me. I would love to help you discover everything that Boston, MA has to offer!

Patti Fine
Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com