Weekly Live Series @goodbostonliving

Boston Realtor Melony Swasey digests the week’s real estate updates during COVID-19 As we adjust our routines around stay-at-home orders, we’re all finding new ways to share connection and guidance online. To that end, I’ve been hosting a weekly Live event on Facebook to digest the latest and engage my guest colleagues on everything from […] Read More

Prep Your Home for Winter: Three Ways

As winter weather makes its way to us, we can make sure our home is ready for it. A long-time advisor to our clients, home inspector Mark George shares three top priorities for your home at this time of year: Clean and service your heating system to ensure it runs at optimum efficiency. Clean gutters, downspouts and […] Read More

Sell or Rent Out Your Home?

When a homeowner needs to move, most assume they will be selling their house. When I meet with clients during a seller’s meeting, we explore their priorities and the range of options for their situation. Part of that picture may include renting their home—either temporarily or long term—whether they’re moving nearby or relocating out of […] 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

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

Reduce Your Property Tax with a Residential Exemption

Do you own your primary residence in the Boston area? Be sure you’re not overypaying your property tax. If you own the property you live in as your primary residence, you may qualify for a residential tax exemption, which will automatically reduce your property tax each year. For fiscal year 2017, Boston’s city council voted to […] Read More

Rent or Own, Tax Deductions for Your Home

Tax time is just around the corner. Whether you rent or own, there are home-related deductions you’ll want to make sure to keep track of. Property owners have substantially more deductions related to their home than renters. But even renters in Massachusetts can deduct some home-related expenses. Massachusetts rent paid deduction Massachusetts allows a deduction […] Read More