PMI: Avoid it or embrace it?

If you’ve used an online mortgage calculator, you’ve likely considered how to factor in or avoid PMI. What is PMI?  Private mortgage insurance (PMI) protects the lender in case a borrower defaults on their loan payments. As a home buyer, you might be required to purchase PMI if your down payment is less than 20% […] 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

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

Buyers: Find Your Edge in Boston’s Real Estate Market

While it’s smart to casually begin checking out open houses and considering your ideal moving timeline, several critical factors may compel you to get a well informed buying strategy in place right out of the gate. Here’s what to know: Start right now The sooner we get you informed about the market and your options […] Read More

Thinking of Selling in 2017?

Your “spring” market starts now. If you’re contemplating selling your home in 2017, you may be generally aiming for the “spring market”—that post-freeze time of year when the ground has thawed, making way for crocuses and daffodils. The sun will be out longer and more folks will be out and about on foot: that seems […] Read More

Melville Park Curiosities and Conversations

After looking on and off for three years, Mike found just the right place in Dorchester’s Melville Park near Shawmut Station. He and his partner Brandon love the house and the neighborhood. They describe settling into a new house and neighborhood, using art and curiosities to generate conversations, and what it’s like working with Melony. […] Read More

Voter Registration to Parking Permits: Get it Done at Boston.gov

Boston has a history of using technology to improve city services. The Office of New Urban Mechanics began in 2010, but even before that, the city launched Citizens Connect, a mobile app alternative to the 311 hotline used to report issues around the city. With the new Boston.gov, services are even easier to access. The […] Read More