Italian Couple’s Real Estate Strategies Pay Off in Boston

David Bates / May 19, 2016-11:01 am

“The best investment is the brick,” says Enrico Vietri, 54. Vietri and his wife Rosa live in West Roxbury, but they are originally from Italy. Vietri is referring to an Italian saying that emphasizes the value of investing in real estate;... Continue Reading

Key Differences Between Millennium Place and Millennium Tower

David Bates / May 17, 2016-11:11 am

There's a big, big reason – a towering, but not-so-secret justification – why Millennium Place owners are selling their precious condominiums in a building and association they love. One Millennium Place owner I spoke with may have... Continue Reading

What Chic Looks Like In Boston Real Estate

David Bates / May 5, 2016-11:24 am

I wanted to know what "chic" looked like in the Boston condominium market, so I turned to my good friend MLSPIN and together we found 14 listings that used the term "chic" in their listing remarks. Although I edited the remarks for length, I... Continue Reading

Company Sells Everything in The Hub Home

David Bates / May 3, 2016-12:17 pm

One of the most important and stress-filled activities for any seller preparing their home for sale is removing items from the home so prospective buyers can see themselves living there. It can be a profitable endeavor as well. What is the... Continue Reading

My Best South Boston Real Estate Posts

David Bates / April 26, 2016-12:08 pm

Over the past four years, I made charts, interviewed agents, noted trends, and compared the South Boston real estate market to other Hub markets. If you are thinking about buying or selling a condo in South Boston, then you have to read these... Continue Reading


David Bates / April 22, 2016-1:02 pm

A very big THANK YOU to Stacey Myers for including my listing at 72 Downer #1 in her excellent Boston Globe Magazine article titled, "What your money gets you in Greater Boston real estate."... Continue Reading

My Best Posts For Greater Boston Home Buyers

David Bates / April 21, 2016-11:59 am

I wrote a column for three years about Boston real estate in which the subhead promised readers that I would “drill “down into the Hub's housing market to uncover those trends and people you would not otherwise notice.” I think I delivered... Continue Reading

How to Find Out How Many Buyers Are Looking For Your Home (Whether it’s listed or not)

David Bates / April 19, 2016-12:17 pm

The Greater Boston multiple listing service has an amazing tool that reveals how many registered buyers in their system are searching for a home in every market, at every price, with almost every amenity choice. As a result, agents who know... Continue Reading

Popular Boston.Com Article Quotes Me

David Bates / April 15, 2016-1:09 pm

Luke Ostrowski, a loan officer and partner at Top20, emailed a link to a article authored by one of the city's top real estate writers, Scott Van Voorhis. The article noted how today's market has buyers not only putting in sky-high... Continue Reading

Comparing Back Bay’s Q1 to 2015

David Bates / April 14, 2016-11:57 am

The Q1 numbers are in, and in my humble opinion it wasn’t just high demand and low interest rates that resulted in an improvement over Q1 2015; better weather also led to better real estate real results. Here’s how Q1 2016 compared to Q1... Continue Reading
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