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

“Strategy helped us get our home”

Cara and her husband Chris wanted a more permanent home to raise their daughter in Jamaica Plain. “Melony really helped us (a) understand that there was strategy [to buying a home], and (b) helped us come up with a really excellent strategy that we were happy with and could sleep with at night.” “I came […] Read More

Your Buyers Meeting

Once you’ve prepped for your buyers meeting, we’ll meet in person and cover the following (allow two hours): What’s your key need? What’s making you need or want to buy right now? What happens in the next five to ten years? In order to win your priorities in a vibrant home sale market like many […] Read More

How Much House Can I Afford?

Unless you’re buying entirely with cash, you’ll be leveraging funds from a lender in order to make your purchase. To decide what you can afford, you might begin with a feeling or perception, such as “I don’t want to spend more than $500,000.” But don’t stop there; that perception may not reflect these critical factors: […] Read More