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 entrée.

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

Boston Market Statistics for the Week of 12/22/2014



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 02118 there was a total of 2 homes listed as of December 19th.   With an average of 4,490 square feet and 4 bedrooms, the median list price comes out to $3,900,000. None of the homes were newly listed. Finally, with an average of 10 days on the market, 0 of the 2 homes were absorbed.




The numbers for Boston condos in zip code 02118 are promising. The median listing price was at $879,000 at a total inventory of 33. The average condo size is currently sitting at 1,872 square feet, along with an average of 2.44 bedrooms and 1.84 bathrooms. With an average of 94 days on the market, 10 of the 33 condos were absorbed.






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!


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

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 Café 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