Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Boston!


New Year’s Eve is only two weeks away here in Boston! Now is the time to start planning and purchasing tickets to the party or gathering that you would most like to attend for the big celebration. As your Boston real estate agent, I’ve put together a list of some of the most popular NYE parties in Boston, so you can plan accordingly. Don’t wait until the last minute, everything might be sold out!

1.  For $125, you can purchase the Boston All Access Pass that is good on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This gets you into five of Boston’s hottest NYE parties, so you don’t have to choose just one! Hop around until you find the crowd you enjoy most. It’ll get you into Gem, Guilt, Royale, The Estate and Underbar. 

2.  For only $10, you can join Boston’s NYW Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Register for the bar crawl at Tia’s anytime between 5 and 9 p.m. There you will receive a cup, wristband and crawl map. You and your group can crawl at your own pace. The ticket gets you admission into each participating bar. 

3.  Take a dinner cruise and enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the water! Cruise includes a champagne toast at midnight, dinner, drinks, music and dancing. The Odyssey cruise boards at 8 p.m. and cruises from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price is $179.90 per person. Spirit Cruises also has a Fireworks Dinner Cruise for $149.90 per person, with the same timeline. 

4.  Celebrate the end of 2014 with the Boston Pops on New Year’s Eve, beginning at 10 p.m. The Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and bandleader extraordinaire Bo Winiker will perform at Pops Symphony Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m. and numerous dining options will be available, as well as a cash bar. The Symphony CafĂ© will open at 7:30 p.m. and will include a $65 dining option. Then dance the night away! 

5.  If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family to enjoy, check out First Night Boston! This begins at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continues until midnight. All you have to do is buy a button that allows you to participate in all the activities and entertainment of this family-friendly, alcohol-free event. It includes two fireworks shows, a huge parade, live musical performances, ice sculptures, a puppet festival and so much more. More than one million people usually show up to this event, so buy your button and don’t miss out! 

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve in Boston this year. When you’re ready to buy a Boston home or to sell your Boston home, either this year or the beginning of next year, contact me, your Boston real estate agent. I’d love to help you out!

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

Where to Celebrate Christmas in Boston This Week!


The holidays are upon us here in Boston, and as your Boston real estate agent, I’ve prepared a guide of all the holiday happenings around Boston this month. But just this week, there are tons of ways for you to feel festive around Boston. To help you get into the holiday spirit, I’ve created a list of events and activities happening around Boston in the coming days:

1.  If you’ve missed any of the Boston tree lighting ceremonies thus far, you’ve still got two left to catch! The Copley Square Tree Lighting takes place tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. The Old South Church bells will sound as the lights go on. Santa, the Boston Pops and Rudolph will all be there. Then on Thursday, Dec. 4, the Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. This will include games, prizes, and a show on the Frog Pond Skating Rink.  

2.  Head to the North End this Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. for the Buon Natale Holiday Stroll. For one night only, participating North End boutiques, galleries and studios will offer special discounts and warm hospitality. Dress warm, invite friends and bring your checkbook! Get holiday shopping done early. 

3.  If you’re extra bold and daring, sign up for the annual Santa Speedo Run this Saturday, Dec. 6. This one-mile jog raises money for the Play Ball Foundation, which brings sports and team-building skills to Boston middle school students. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Lir Tavern, followed by libations, and the run kicks off at 1 p.m. If you want to watch, runners will make their way down Boylston to Berkeley and back up Newbury. 

4.  AMC Assembly Row 12 is hosting free holiday movies each Saturday during the month of December! This Saturday, “Polar Express” will be shown, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy the movie and then head out to find bargains at all the discount and outlet stores at Assembly Row. 

5.  This Sunday, visit Hampshire House for a holiday brunch, followed by a gingerbread house decoration session! Seatings take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For $30 per child and $50 per adult, you get brunch and a gingerbread house to decorate. 

Enjoy this week’s holiday activities in Boston, and for a full list of activities for the month, check out my Boston Events page. As always, the Boston real estate market continues to run through the holiday season. When you’re ready to buy a Boston home or to sell your Boston home, don’t be afraid to 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 Market Statistics for the Week of 11/21/2014



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 3 homes listed as of November 14th.   With an average of 6,242 square feet and 5 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $4,900,000. None of the homes were newly listed. Finally, with an average of 289 days on the market, 1 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 02116 are promising. The median listing price was at $1,799,500 at a total inventory of 60. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,843 square feet, along with an average of 2.59 bedrooms and 2.40 bathrooms. With an average of 73 days on the market, 7 of the 60 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

How to Get the Best Mortgage Value in Boston!


If you are thinking about buying a Boston home soon, chances are, you’ve been keeping up with mortgage rates. Mortgage rates have remained around four percent for over a month now, which historically, is an excellent rate. The lower the rate, the less you pay in monthly mortgage payments!

However, as your Boston real estate agent, I’d like to point out that the interest rate alone doesn’t determine the cost of a mortgage. Sometimes, the lowest interest rate might not be the most affordable mortgage. Other costs could be involved, including origination fees, lender’s attorney fees, private mortgage insurance and more.

When working with a lender, it’s a good idea to ask about the APR, or annual percentage rate, of a loan. Many of the additional costs of mortgage loans are included in the loan’s APR, so this gives you a better indication as to which loan to choose. However, there are still things to know about APR.

If you don’t keep the loan for its full duration, because you sell or refinance your Boston home, the cost will change. If you choose an adjustable-rate mortgage, the APR can’t tell you what the cost will be in the future, because no one knows when rates will rise or fall. There are still additional costs and fees involved in a mortgage too, aside from what is added to the APR.

When shopping around for a mortgage, as a Boston real estate agent, my advice is to research current mortgage rates, talk to multiple lenders, ask for all of your options, ask for the APR for each option, and then ask for a GFE, which is a good faith estimate. This will be an estimate of what the mortgage loan will cost with all fees included.

If this all sounds confusing, don’t worry. That’s what mortgage lenders are for! They will talk you through the process. Choose to work with a mortgage lender that not only offers you a reasonable mortgage rate, but also a lender that you feel comfortable working with. You don’t want to make any decisions without feeling 100 percent sure and satisfied with it afterward.

That is true when buying a Boston home, too! After you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, contact me for help with the home-buying process. As a professional and experienced Boston real estate agent, it’s my job to make sure you feel fully comfortable and satisfied with the home you choose to buy from the Boston real estate market.

I will answer any question and will take my time helping you feel comfortable and confident with the home-buying process. When you’re ready to get started, contact me!

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

Brighten Up Your Boston Home This Winter!


Brighten Up Your Boston Home
We lost an hour of daylight this past weekend in Boston, MA. That means that either your electricity bill will go up, or it’s time for you to incorporate some tips and tricks to brighten up your home naturally. As your Boston real estate agent, I’d like to help you out with the latter!

There are plenty of things you can do around your Boston home to brighten it up during the dark hours of winter. Here are few to get you started:
  • Open your blinds/curtains. This seems like an obvious one, but a lot of people leave their blinds or curtains closed during the day. Unless it’s brutally cold and windy out, allow natural light to stream into your home for as long as it’s light out. Remove solar shades from windows to allow more light in.
  • Install a skylight. If you’re ready to make an investment, this is one that could cut energy costs year-round, and increase home value. Plus, they look great, and they allow natural light to shine into places that otherwise wouldn’t get much! These are especially great for bathrooms with small or no windows.
  • Add task lighting. Ceiling lights just don’t cut it in the winter. Notice where there are dark corners in each room and strategically place a new floor lamp or desk lamp in that area. These typically use less energy than overhead lights and give rooms a softer glow.
  • Repaint. Dark colored walls can make a home feel dark and dreary, especially in winter. Lighter colored paint reflects light back into a room. If you have dark colors on your walls, consider lighter, softer neutral colors. You could always accent the room with a darker color for a winter appeal.
  • Add mirrors. Mirrors create the illusion of extra space, but they also reflect light and create the illusion that there is more of it than there actually is. If you hang a mirror opposite a window, it’ll double the light in the room. Get creative with glass or mirrored furniture or decorations as well.
Aside from these tips, you could also clean your windows, mirrors and light bulbs really good, so that optimal amounts of light can shine through. These are great tips to incorporate, especially when staging your Boston home to sell! Boston homebuyers want a bright, cheerful home to come home to in the dead of winter. These tips will make your home more appealing to them.

Ready to buy a Boston home? Ready to sell your Boston home? Have questions? Contact me, your Boston real estate agent! I am here for you when you need me.

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

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