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  • Posted 07/24/2014 01:47:53 EDT

    We need to stop demonizing words. Be comfortable in your own skin and being called "mommy" by young or old doesn't matter. I embrace it - proud to be a mom, mommy, mother, mamma and really looking for more »

  • Posted 06/06/2014 04:11:39 EDT

    1980 - 2000, the average home ownership rate was about 64.7%. For 2000 - 2013 it was about 67.5%. (us census data) There was a peak in ownership in the late 70's, then it dropped in the early 80's, an more »

  • Posted 05/30/2014 10:29:34 EDT

    Okay, this is going to get people heated, but here it is. Let's throw in some assumptions. What if this hypothetical household had purchased a condo, there is equity there to help with a down payment more »

  • Posted 02/04/2014 05:12:57 EST

    GenX here.  Went to school full time (sorry, state school).  Worked at least 30 hours per week on top of that and then full time on summer and breaks.  Did this with a son from infancy to 6 and a fath more »

  • Posted 01/14/2014 04:00:08 EST

    Sort of. Go in on the Framingham line to Boston South Station is great if you are in Boston.  If you work in Charlestown or Cambridge, proximity to commuter rail means nothing.  There is no easy way t more »

  • Posted 01/10/2014 11:46:22 EST

    We have a jetted tub and use it all the time.  It is the one way I can close out the world and relax for 15-20 minutes.  We looked at a house recently that had redone the master bath and removed the t more »

  • Posted 09/17/2013 04:57:39 EDT

    Astrom - keep it simple. In 1998 we bought our first home.  At that time it had been two years of our friends and relatives that were buying homes telling us how prices were going up, bidding wars, an more »

  • Posted 09/11/2013 07:37:55 EDT

    Does anyone find it interesting that 9/11 articles and rememberances on news websites appear somewhat buried? Boston.com has a footnote link on the Syrian artical and celebrates fashion on the home pa more »

  • Posted 08/05/2013 08:58:48 EDT

    My town has been looking to revitalize downtown for years. It is finally starting to take hold.  Buildings are being fixed up. Restaurants are putting in outdoor seating.  There are concerts and movie more »

  • Posted 08/02/2013 08:18:54 EDT

    *fist bump*

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  • Posted 07/18/2013 12:57:33 EDT

    I have lived on both coasts and in the middle. I've also traveled all over the country for work.  I love Boston, even with the high cost of living, for many of the reasons already listed.  Regardless more »

  • Posted 07/11/2013 12:25:12 EDT

    "As for the child or children playing in the common area such as hallway, it is a common sense courtesy and being respectful -- noise." Our condo was a townhouse.  There were no shared hallways.  The more »

  • Posted 07/10/2013 08:39:05 EDT

    Based on this picture I don't know what the big deal is.  First, it is 2 car, not 3 which is more typical for mcmansions, so it doesn't feel that oversized.  Second, there was actually attention to de more »

  • Posted 07/09/2013 10:52:57 EDT

    While not the landlord directly, the condo association (which included the landlord) created discriminitory rules for renters and owners under 55, particularly if they had children.  No riding bikes o more »

  • Posted 07/08/2013 09:21:52 EDT

    Europe and Asia also have a high number of scooters where the city is highly accomodating with parking spaces.  What I don't see in US cities is the adoption of scooters which would take care of the c more »

  • Posted 06/18/2013 06:18:25 EDT

    Boston gets the most money to fuel the inside 128 economy. Of course, money begets money.  But, if people outside that area want a share then vote accordingly.  They don't.   In general, Scott, please more »

  • Posted 05/24/2013 09:52:59 EDT

    If a homeowner is on average staying put for 13 years*, if they bought in 2006, they are likely to stay in the home until 2019.  Looking at FTHB, the average was 11, which still puts this at 2017.  I more »

  • Posted 05/02/2013 12:43:23 EDT

    @svv  Thanks for the numbers but let's put perspective on this.   "Among the lowlights: Nearly half, 46 percent, thought jobs were "scarce" Well more than half, 62 percent, thought the number of jobs more »

  • Posted 05/01/2013 01:48:18 EDT

    Massachusetts allows you a rent deduction.

    http://www.mass.gov/dor/individuals/filing-and-payment-information/guide-to-personal-income-tax/deductions/rent-paid.html

     

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  • Posted 04/13/2013 10:17:55 EDT

    @BostonTenter Then why are home prices rising? Real estate is supply and demand. - If you only use comps and assessed value (Jim-in-Littleton's reply) to determine price, you miss the bigger picture o more »

  • Posted 04/12/2013 03:04:53 EDT

    If you run a search on Redfin now of single family homes on the market between $300k and $500K and above 1750 sqr ft there are only 4 listings in Reading right now (2 are condos).  If you open up the more »

  • Posted 04/11/2013 07:48:47 EDT

    After looking at the listing I was not surprised by the price.  To be fair, you can tell by the pictures and the fact it is 52 years old that it will have work.  It is listed at ~1800 sqr ft but only more »

  • Posted 04/10/2013 05:56:33 EDT

    I am not a big fan of the income to price ratio for housing, regarless of it being a "standard".  It might be a nice guide or a FTB, but otherwise it doesn't make sense.   That said, I think FormerlyF more »

  • Posted 01/31/2013 05:53:06 EST

    For us, it came down to location.  Our first home was getting small for our growing family, but we had enough land and money saved to add on to create the house we wanted.  We had even started sketchi more »

  • Posted 01/25/2013 05:06:11 EST

    Take dollars out of the equation for a minute.  Middle class always seemed to me that you didn't live pay check to pay check and worry about paying the bills.  You lived comfortably, but not extravaga more »

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