Matchmaking in a Secret Garden

I love when we get to do matchmaking. My colleague Jay and I were preparing to bring this listing to market, when an out-of-state buyer of mine came into the picture: a retired couple from Vermont relocating to be near their grandchildren. As they pondered their transition from rural Vermont farm life back to the […] Read More

Boston Summer Fun

Summer in Boston is a great time to explore the city. Whether movies, music, or ziplining (yes, there’s urban ziplining) is your thing, Boston gives you plenty of reasons to stay in town. Events & Activities Boston Pops 4th of July Show Be sure to get to the Hatch Shell early to grab a spot […] Read More

Here Comes the Sun: Solar Energy Options in Massachusetts

Using solar energy is increasingly a viable option for many, even condo-dwellers, renters, and those with imperfect or shaded roofs. Here are four different ways to make use of solar-generated power for any living arrangement. Buying solar panels Homeowners can get the most savings in the long term from buying their own solar panel array. […] Read More

Urban Gardening

I know people who can’t wait to get into their garden each spring. Getting their hands in dirt is a soulful experience. In Boston, you don’t have to have your own plot to experience the rewards of gardening. From community gardens to pots on a deck, urban dwellers have a variety of choices. If you’re […] Read More

Your Home on Vacation

Heading out of town this summer season? Before you go, take these steps to prep your home so your return home is as relaxing as the vacation. Get a little help from your friends The best option for your home is to have someone stay there while you are away. It may thwart break-ins and […] Read More

Celebrating the Eliot School

In celebrating the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, of which I’m a trustee, I emceed our 02130 Party fundraiser in April. Hosted in a stately pre-Civil War home, the house was packed with Jamaica Plain neighbors—a lively outpouring of support for the school’s mission to bring art-making to all. Among the afternoon’s highlights, […] Read More

Think Smart about Security for Your Open House

Security is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of preparing for an open house. While the vast majority of guests touring an open house are coming just to see your home, don’t discount the possibility that someone may come with other intentions. Protect your valuables Before open house—and even before your photo session—remove items of […] Read More

Buying a Home with Gift Money

How to use gift funds for your loan down payment As I prepare homebuyers to navigate Boston’s hyper-competitive markets—whether they’re first-timers or multi-homeowners—I inform them that family money has become a significant force behind area home sales. (More than half of my buyer clients are using family funds of some kind.) With inventory super-tight and […] Read More

3 Reasons Boston’s Housing Market is Tight

Where Do You Fit in the Picture? With limited homes for sale over the past five years, Boston’s real estate markets are increasingly competitive and expensive—similar to other in-demand cities like Los Angeles and Seattle. Here, three reasons home buying options remain limited, competition stiff and prices high. If you’re relocating to the area—or if […] Read More

4 Events to Hit at This Year’s Boston Design Week

Sashya Thind Fernandes, an interior architect and principal of Boston-based ID8 Design Studio, offers her top picks for Design Week Boston. Boston Design Week (March 29–April 9, 2017) is upon us, and there are several events that are must-see for designers and non-designers alike. All of these panels speak to the growth and future of Boston, […] Read More