Boston’s Best Condo Buildings: The Mandarin Oriental

David Bates / April 7, 2016-12:25 pm

If you want buyers to line up for your Boston development, tell them you are building the most luxurious condos in the city. This strategy worked in the 1980s for The Carlton House and The Four Seasons Place Condominiums, and it would work... Continue Reading

Soft Hub Rental Market Provokes Free Rent Offers and Concerns

David Bates / April 5, 2016-11:58 am

While spanking new apartment buildings are popping up almost everywhere in the Hub, it appears prospective tenants aren’t. Asked to assess the Hub’s rental market, Keri Walker, senior vice president at The Bozzuto Group – a company that... Continue Reading

How to Get More Bang for Your Boston Real Estate Buck

David Bates / March 31, 2016-12:11 pm

Michael Harper listed two properties at the Mandarin Oriental, one of Boston’s most sought-after luxury condominium buildings. They were on the same floor and roughly the same size, yet one sold for $900,000 more than the other. What was the... Continue Reading

Boston’s Best Condo Buildings: The Clarendon

David Bates / March 29, 2016-12:13 pm

  The first five floors of the handsome 32 floor mixed-use tower, located at the corner of Clarendon and Stuart Street, diagonally across from Boston’s iconic John Hancock Tower, have a limestone exterior. The limestone is meant to... Continue Reading

The Science of Walkability in Boston

David Bates / March 28, 2016-11:52 am

Author Jeff Speck, whose ideas about city walkability are gaining popularity across the country, told a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 180 local real estate professionals last Thursday that Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay could easily... Continue Reading

The Difference Between “Like It” and “Love It” Offers

David Bates / March 24, 2016-12:52 pm

Barb Nazzaro, who professionally stages “for sale” homes in Greater Boston (, shared with me some of the hacks that make baby boomer homes appeal to millennial buyers. “They want it done,” she says of... Continue Reading

Boston’s Best Condo Buildings: The Four Seasons

David Bates / March 22, 2016-12:16 pm

In the early 1980s developers proposed building a luxury hotel, The Four Seasons, across from the Public Garden and reserving the top eight floors of the building for condominiums. (more…)... Continue Reading

B & T Calls Me A “Housing Data Guru”

David Bates / March 21, 2016-2:23 pm

  In an article titled, “Boston Condo Market Bidding Wars Driving Prices Skyward,” (found on pages eight and nine of the March 14 edition of Banker and Tradesman: The Financial Services and Real Estate Weekly For Massachusetts)... Continue Reading

13 Signs the Hub Condo might be a DUMP!

David Bates / March 17, 2016-12:06 pm

Dan Walsh, a sales manager at a Back Bay real estate office, recalled seeing the MLS listing of a single family home whose list price was about $200,000 less than other comparable homes. When he opened the property’s front door, he found out why.... Continue Reading

Boston’s Best Condo Buildings: Heritage on the Garden

David Bates / March 15, 2016-12:26 pm

[caption id="attachment_6336" align="alignnone" width="560"] One of Boston's best condo buildings, Heritage on the Garden, shows off it's belvederes and amazing outdoor spaces.[/caption] Heritage on the Garden is a 12-story brick and limestone... Continue Reading
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