What to Look Forward To In Boston This Spring!


Spring has officially arrived in Boston! Though the weather isn’t as spring-like as most of us had hoped for, warm weather, sunshine and colorful flowers will be here in no time. To get you pumped for the spring season in Boston, as your Boston real estate agent, I’ve compiled a list of events and activities to look forward to!

1.  Done with hot chocolate and mulled ciders? Good, because spring cocktail menus have returned! Check out Brass Union’s Jumpman Julep cocktail, made with tequila, coconut foam and a blend of pineapple, orange and pomegranate juices. Or, go with Legal Crossing’s Bob Lee’s Islander, made with dark rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and more. These springy flavors will get you ready for warm weather!

2.  Food truck season is returning so soon! Starting April 1, you can expect new and old trucks to return for your enjoyment during your lunch break, on weekends, and anytime you attend a local festival. Monday through Saturday, you can find food trucks at Dewey Square Park, Rowes Wharf Plaza, Greenway Carousel and many other locations. Check out the full Mobile Eats calendar

3.  Dining out in Boston seems even more enjoyable than usual when you get to eat on outdoor patios and decks. When we reached 50 degrees a couple weeks ago, Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Trattoria il Panino and Sam’s all opened their patios. So, any day that feels warm enough to sit outside to you, you’ll likely find an open outdoor patio just by walking around!

4.  A sure sign of spring in Boston is when the carousels open for the season! The Rose Kennedy Greenway carousel and the Boston Common carousel are both scheduled to open for the season on April 3. If you’ve got kids, bring them by one of these locations and enjoy the fresh outdoor air as a family.

5.  Baseball is another sure sign of spring in Boston, and the Red Sox opening game at Fenway Park takes place on April 13! They’ll be playing the Washington Nationals. Buy your tickets now for some great sports entertainment. If you miss opening day, there will be many more home games to look forward to all season.

6.  The Boston Marathon returns to Boston on April 20! Thousands of runners are expected to participate in the 119th Marathon, and the Red Sox “Patriots Day” game will take place that morning as well. Tons of people flock to the streets to cheer on the runners. This is an exciting day in Boston, full of Boston pride!

For more events and activities to look forward to this spring in Boston, check out this list from BostInno. When ready to buy a Boston home, or to sell your Boston home this spring, contact me, your Boston real estate agent! I would love to help you achieve your Boston real estate goals this spring season.

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

Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 3/23/2015


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 2 homes listed as of March 20th. With an average of 4,146 square feet and 4.00 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $3,997,500. Neither of the two homes were actually newly listed. Finally, with an average of 80 days on the market.

The numbers for Boston condos in the 02118 zip code are promising. The median listing price was at $894,000 at a total inventory of 30. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,411 square feet, along with an average of 2.28 bedrooms and 1.83 bathrooms. With an average of 44 days on the market, 4 of the 30 condos were absorbed, and 1 is a new listing.
 Below is a graph that shows the median price 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!


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Phone: 617-642-7585
Email: pf@pattifine.com
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Use A Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Boston Home!


Are you getting ready to sell your Boston home? Now is a great time to do it! New home construction is on the rise, so the longer you wait, the more competition you’ll have from new homes and other sellers. Pending homes sales were at their highest level in 18 months, so the real estate market is already active! Once spring weather arrives, it’ll get even busier.

As a Boston real estate agent, I want to help you understand why it’s a smart idea to use an agent to help you sell your Boston home. With so much technology at our fingertips, it might seem like a breeze to sell on your own. That isn’t typically the case, though.

You may have heard that in a recent survey, 92 percent of buyers have used the internet in their home search. However, it’s important to also know that 96 percent of those that used the internet purchased their home through a real estate agent! Only two percent of buyers bought their home directly from a seller.

Buyers responded in the survey to say that they work through an agent to find the actual home they’ll buy, to negotiate terms of the sale and price, and to understand the process. There is a lot of information out there, and a lot of paperwork involved in closings. As the Boston home seller, you don’t want to be left to figure all that out and to connect the dots on your own!

There are a couple other good reasons to work with a Boston real estate agent, too.

We keep emotions out of it. Chances are, you’ve lived in your Boston home for a long time. You’ve grown attached to it. It’s much harder to sell the home that way. As an agent, I can lend you tips on staging your home to sell in a neutral way that suits most buyers. I can listen to the criticism from buyers without taking it personally or getting offended. I know what  buyers will be willing to pay for your home according to market trends, instead of overinflated figures that stem from pride of ownership.

We also sift through the paperwork and explain the process to you. Unless you’ve sold a Boston home in the past, you won’t realize all the steps involved in the home-selling process. It gets tricky! There is also a lot of paperwork to be filled, a lot of negotiating to be had with the buyer’s agent, and a lot of steps to follow during the closing process. I can lead you each step of the way.

When you’re ready to sell your Boston home, or you have questions about selling, contact me, your Boston real estate agent! I would love to help you understand the process, and help you sell your house as fast as you can, for as much as you can. Let’s get started!

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

7 Boston Events Taking Place This Week!


Do you have major cabin fever in Boston? After all the snow we’ve gotten, I’m guessing that there are a lot of you who are sick of being inside. As your Boston real estate agent, I’m here to fill your calendar with events and activities to get you out of the house and into some fun social situations!

Pull out your planner and jot down these events, which are taking place within the next seven days in Boston. Buy tickets quickly, before anything sells out!
  • Listen to a performance by Audra McDonald. This six-time Tony Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner will perform at Symphony Hall this Sunday, March 1, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $50. McDonald has performed five times before in Boston. This is her sixth Celebrity Series performance, and she’ll be performing with piano, bass and drums. It’ll be a beautiful evening of music! 
  • Watch an out-of-the-box theatrical performance. Simon Says begins this Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. Tickets range from $30 to $40. This play, produced by Little Seer Productions, is about a psychic who explores different realms alongside an ethereal force, including physical and metaphysical, religious and scientific. It’ll get you thinking! 
  • Try new food around Boston. Dine Out Boston is back, beginning March 1! You can enjoy a prix fixe menu at more than 170 restaurants around Boston. You can enjoy lunch for $15, $20 or $25, and dinner for $28, $33 or $38, depending on which package you choose. Part of proceeds will benefit ArtsBoston this year. So branch out from your usual dining spots and try something new! It’ll get your mouth watering. 
  • Cheer on beautiful dancers. The cast for the next season of Dancing with the Stars was revealed this morning! Want to see some live dancing? Dancing Pros Live is coming to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 1. Tickets range from $40 to $65. Watch DWTS pros, such as Chelsie Hightower and Edyta Sliwinska, present dancers competing for audience votes and prizes. It’ll get you wanting to dance! 
  • Participate in an ongoing event. Boston has some events that have been going on for weeks, but they will soon come to an end! The Boston Wine Festival runs through March 27, with special events and activities taking place throughout this time at Boston Harbor Hotel. The Winter Carnival in Harvard Square runs until March 8 and has a never-ending list of events taking place. Winter on the Wharf at the Boston Harbor Hotel runs through March 15. Take advantage of these fun winter activities!
Get out and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Winter might be sticking around for a while. Don’t let the cold or piles of snow stop you from enjoying yourself. Don’t let it stop you from achieving your real estate goals in the Boston real estate market either! When ready to buy a Boston home, or ready to sell your Boston home, contact me, your Boston real estate agent!


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

Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 2/23/2015



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 1 home listed as of February 20th.   With an average of 4,675 square feet and 5 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $4,500,000. None of the homes were newly listed. Finally, with an average of 70 days on the market, 0 of the 1 home was absorbed.




The numbers for Boston condos in zip code 02116 are promising. The median listing price was at $2,400,000 at a total inventory of 41. The average condo size is currently sitting at 2,180 square feet, along with an average of 2.80 bedrooms and 2.65 bathrooms. With an average of 99 days on the market, 6 of the 41 condos were absorbed.






Below is a graph that shows the median price 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

Fall in Love with a Boston Home This Valentine’s Day!


Are you ready to buy a Boston home? Now is the perfect time to do it! Consumer confidence is at its highest level in over a decade, which is expected to create a very robust Boston real estate market. Already, foot traffic is higher than usual this time of year. Boston homebuyers want to buy now, while mortgage rates are still at record lows. Don’t miss out!

As your Boston real estate agent, I would love to help you through the home-buying process. I have some tips I’d like to share with you on how to know when you’ve found “the one.” Similar to how you know when you’ve found the one to marry and spend the rest of your life with, finding the house you’ll spend many years living in is an important decision, too!

Here are some tips from RIS Media to help you know when it’s the one:
  • The home makes you happy. It sound simple, but sometimes checking in with your intuition is the best way of knowing if you’ve found the right Boston home. Do you feel anxious, or like you’d like to keep looking, or do you feel excited and hopeful when you think about the home? Just like in a relationship, butterflies in the stomach can occur when you’ve found your Boston dream home, too!
  • The home has a strong foundation. You need a strong foundation in a relationship, but also with a home. Of course, we’re talking literally with a home. Make sure to have an inspection done to find out if the Boston home needs any repairs, and if it does, if the Boston home seller is willing to pay for them. If the home is good to go, you’ve found a winner!
  • The home meets your need. Why are you buying a Boston home? Are you relocating for work, or are you buying bigger for your growing family? Do you want to be closer to a bustling downtown, or further away in a family-friendly, quiet neighborhood? Consider the home and the area around the home, and if it suits all of your needs.
  • The home supports your future. Don’t just think about whether the Boston home has what you need right now. Think about your future too, because you’ll most likely be spending many years living in this home! Can you visualize raising a family, or retiring as empty nesters, or living on your own in that particular neighborhood? Can you imagine nights out on the patio, and cooking dinners in the kitchen.
Whether you buy your Boston dream home this Valentine’s Day, or sometime in the months to come, I’d love to help you out! Contact me, your Boston real estate agent. I will help you make sure that you have found “the one” before you officially close on your new living space.

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


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 02129 there was a total of 4 homes listed as of January 23rd.   With an average of 1,425 square feet and 2.5 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $649,450. One of the homes was newly listed. Finally, with an average of 82 days on the market, 1of the 4 homes were absorbed.




The numbers for Boston condos in zip code 02129 are promising. The median listing price was at $639,000 at a total inventory of 37. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,312 square feet, along with an average of 2.23 bedrooms and 1.92 bathrooms. With an average of 50 days on the market, 11 of the 37 condos were absorbed.






Below is a graph that shows the median price for Single Family Homes and Condos in 02129.




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

Affordable Winter Activities in Boston!


A lot of Bostonians are going to be stir crazy after getting cooped up inside during this snow storm! As soon as it’s safe to go outside again, get active and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Boston.com put together a list of activities you can do for under $25, and as your Boston real estate agent, I’ve shared some of the best ones here with you.

Next time you’re out exploring Boston, consider one of these activities:
  • Visit the Top of the Hub at Prudential Tower and walk the Skywalk Observatory above Boston. You’ll see amazing views of our great city! Cost is $16 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $11 for kids. Admission also includes an audio tour and museum admission.
  • Go ice skating on Frog Pond at Boston Common. It’s picturesque, right in the heart of Boston, and you’ll have a blast doing it. Cost is $5 for those over 58 inches tall, and free for those under. Skate rentals cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
  • Head to the Boston Public Library for a free art and architecture tour! You don’t have to make an appointment. Just meet in the lobby of the McKim Building. The tour lasts about an hour and includes information and views of famous sculptors and painters.
  • Enjoy an out-of-the-box film by visiting the Brattle Theatre! They show classic, foreign and independent films. Cost is $11 or $9 before 5 p.m., and $8 for seniors and kids. Casablanca is coming up Valentine's Day weekend!
  • Visit a free museum. Plenty of the museums in Boston are free! The Museum of Bad Art, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Boston University Art Gallery, the MIT Museum on the last Sunday of the month and many other museums in the area are free. Explore one you’ve never been to!
  • Samuel Adams brewery tours depart every 45 minutes and last about an hour. Get there early on weekends, it’s very popular. For a suggested donation of $2, you get beer tours and tastings. At 9:40 a.m. on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you get a specialty tasting during the Morning Mash In Tour.
  • The Boston Children’s Museum understands that kids need to left off some steam after a week of school or daycare. That’s why every Friday night between 5 and 9 p.m., the museum costs just $1 per person! Normally, admission is $14 per person. Take advantage!
For more activities around Boston that cost less than $25, view the Boston.com article in its entirety. Stay safe in the snow, and get out exploring Boston when able to do so!

Don’t let a little snow scare you away from browsing the Boston real estate market. When you’re ready to buy a Boston home, or ready to sell your Boston home, contact me. As your Boston real estate agent, I’m always available to help you out!

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

Winter Carnival in Boston’s Harvard Square!


If you’re looking for something fun to do in the months between the winter holidays ending and summer beginning, look no further than the Winter Carnival in Harvard Square in Boston! This event began on Jan. 9 and runs all the way until March 8, with tons of events and activities taking place throughout the eight weeks of fun.

Activities include live music, chocolate, chili, great food, celebrities, the Chinese New Year, promotions, discounts and more. As your Boston real estate agent, I’ve put together a guide here, with some of the best events to mark in your calendar!

1.  Want a really great workout for free? You can get a complimentary five-day pass to Wellbridge Athletic Club during the duration of Winter Carnival, which is located right in Harvard Square. You can use their indoor pool, weight training and cardio rooms, or take complimentary classes, like yoga or cycling.

2.  Catch a Boston Opera Collaborative showing of “Les Lettres de Wether,” a re-telling of the story Werther, on Jan. 15 or 16 at Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets only cost $25 for this fresh take on a classic story.

3.  Is your skin taking a beating from the cold? Stop into Origins Harvard Square between now and Jan. 17 for a free mini facial! They’ll also be giving away a free facial tool and sample with any purchase. Then from Jan. 23 to 31, you’ll receive free hot chocolate and chocolate cookies while getting a makeup application.

4.  Legal Sea Foods Charles Square has deemed Jan. 15 Chowda Day! That day, you can order a cup of New England Clam Chowder for only $1 with purchase of an entrĂ©e.

5.  Taste of Chocolate Festival takes place Jan. 23 through 25 and is definitely one to mark down in the books! Local restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails and more while you enjoy all the chocolate you could ask for! This takes place in Brattle Plaza.

6.  On Jan. 31, bundle up and head to Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square for the 7th Annual ‘Some Like it Hot’ Chili Cook-Off! From 1 to 2:30 p.m., Harvard Square’s finest chefs will be cooking batches of chili for you to sample and vote on. You get a bunch of free chili right before Super Bowl Sunday!

7.  On Feb. 15, celebrate Valentine’s Day a date late at the Delicious & Divine: A Chocolate & Wine Affair Class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. You’ll learn the history of romance and chocolate and why the two often go together, and you’ll learn how to match your favorite chocolates with the correct types of wine. This is from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, check out the Harvard Square website. It is so awesome to have a winter carnival that lasts this long! It takes away the idea that winter months are dull. There is never a dull moment in Boston!

Want to live in Boston? Ready to buy a Boston home? Contact me, your Boston real estate agent! I’d love to help you out.

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

Boston Homeowner Checklist For 2015


We are nearing the end of 2014, which means a brand-new start in 2015! If you’ve had projects around your Boston home that you’ve been meaning to tackle, or changes you’ve been wanting to make, a new year is the perfect opportunity to accomplish these goals. As your Boston real estate agent, I’m here to offer you some suggestions.

As a Boston homeowner, does your home need some updates before you sell it in the Boston real estate market? Are you looking to make some changes in order to enjoy living in your home again on a daily basis? Did you recently buy a Boston home and haven’t had a chance to customize it?

No matter what your situation is, here are some great ideas for how to spruce up your Boston home in 2015:
  • Repaint. Painting is one of the most cost-effective updates you can make in a home. A fresh coat of paint can make a room look brighter and cleaner, and it can also update it to a more modern look. For example, beige is out, according to Realty Times, and gray is in.
  • Save money. If there are changes you’d like to make to your Boston home, but you just can’t afford it right now, make it your resolution to save pennies until you can. Don’t DIY something you should be calling a professional in for. Cut back on dinners out, and fancy coffees, and you’ll be able to afford it in no time.
  • Clean. There is no need to wait until spring to give your Boston home a good cleaning. In fact, winter is a great time to do so, while you’re stuck inside because of the cold weather anyway. Really dig into clutter and get rid of anything you no longer need. Clean out all the storage areas hidden from holiday company!
  • Fix. Now is the time to fix what is broken. If you have a leaky faucet, fix it. If you have a burnt out light bulb, replace it with a new one. If you hear a rattling sound when you turn on your shower, get it inspected. From annoying nuisances, to safety precautions, winter is a great time to take control of home maintenance.
  • Go green. Now is a great time to commit to making more eco-friendly choices around the home. Add some potted plants to your interior, which is a nice pick-me-up in the winter. Add a programmable thermostat as a sound investment. Stick draft dodgers in front of your doors.
  • Update lighting. Winter is a dark season. Updating your lighting is an easy way to make your Boston home seem brighter or more cheerful during the darker months. Whether it’s changing the bulbs, or investing in new lighting fixtures or fans, an update can make a big difference on appearance.
Enjoy updating your Boston home to a home that you can feel proud of, and that you enjoy spending time in. When you’re ready to sell your Boston home, or ready to buy a Boston home, contact me! As a Boston real estate agent, I look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals in 2015.

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