Boston Broker Builds Big Business with Chinese Students, China.

David Bates / September 26, 2017-10:04 am

John Conroy, 42, recalls noticing the change in the local rental market somewhere around 2008, a time when he was working 12 hours a day, seven days a week. All of a sudden, says the Connecticut-bred owner of East Coast Realty in Allston, every... Continue Reading

Email Hackers Are Stealing Millions of Dollars From Greater Boston Real Estate Closings

David Bates / August 31, 2017-12:37 pm

Did you hear about the Boston home buyer who got an email from his closing attorney, only it was not from the attorney? It was from a hacker posing as the attorney. It gets worse. (more…)... Continue Reading

Three Things All Hub Sellers Should Negotiate, Even if They Have Multiple Offers

David Bates / August 23, 2017-12:57 pm

My buyer put in a full price offer on a Hub condominium, and something unusual happened (more…)... Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why Boston Agents Lie About Their Listing’s Address

David Bates / August 1, 2017-11:23 am

If Boston agents don’t like the location of their listing, guess what? Sometimes, they just change it. Here are five reasons why they do it and how. (more…)... Continue Reading

Five Boston Neighborhoods, Five Different Apartment Designs

David Bates / July 14, 2017-3:18 pm

During an interview for a recent post, I asked Eric Robinson, a principal at RODE ARCHITECTS, how their designs were influenced by the housing needs, wants, and lifestyles of the residents living in those locations. Here's how he responded.... Continue Reading

Mistakes Boston Apartment Hunters Make and How to Avoid Them

David Bates / July 7, 2017-10:10 am

Boston apartment hunters should have only two goals: #1 - Get the best apartment available (based on their needs and wishes), and; #2 - Get it for the least amount of money. (more…)... Continue Reading

Boston’s Five Most Expensive Apartment Buildings

David Bates / June 26, 2017-10:39 am

Some Hub rents are high. Some are sky high. But which Hub buildings have the highest rent? (more…)... Continue Reading

The Problem With Boston’s Condominium Production Goal

David Bates / June 22, 2017-10:14 am

Not long ago, the mayor said Boston needed 53,000 new housing units by 2030. I recently posted about how the number might be too low. But does anyone recall how many condos His Honor said the Hub needed? (more…)... Continue Reading

Are These Architects Shaping Boston or Is Boston Shaping Them?

David Bates / June 19, 2017-10:12 am

“I never did a project in Boston. Not one,” recalls Eric Robinson, 46, about the 10 years he worked at a Harvard Square architectural firm. (more…)... Continue Reading
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Seven Important Boston Development Trends Happening Right Now

David Bates / June 15, 2017-9:47 am

Sue Hawkes, Managing Director of the Collaborative Companies, has helped market many of the Hub’s best-known developments, including Ink Block, Slip65, Telford180 and Pierce Boston. Hawkes recently spoke at an event organized by NAIOP... Continue Reading
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