Home selling

Desperately seeking sale

Home sellers can be forgiven for feeling a little desperate in this slow market. After months of no interest, it's hard not to feel like the wallflower at the school dance. (By Kate M. Jackson, Boston Globe)

It's all about the food in a tough market

The so-called agents caravan - in which, on a designated day, agents tour one another's new listings - has upped the ante of marketing. No longer is the mere thrill of previewing a new listing enough to bring out the troops. Now they must be fed, and fed well. Home Guides


Home buying

Patience is a virtue when choices are few

Falling prices are causing owners of nicer properties to put off selling. And the good ones are getting snapped up right away. (By Ted Siefer, Boston Globe)

It's a changed world for those seeking mortgages

The mortgage industry has been in turmoil since last summer, with dozens of lenders out of business, eligibility requirements and loan fees jacked up, and now, the stunning takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. (By Jenifer B. McKim, Boston Globe)
Mistakes buyers make

10 mistakes buyers make

You don't want the biggest purchase of your life to be the biggest mistake of your life. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid if your looking to buy a new home. (

Open House Crashers

The Modern Alternatives

The Modern Alternatives

Sick of Capes and Colonials? The latest entry in our 'Open House Crashers' video series finds where New England is hiding its mid-century modern houses. (


The straight dope on fixer-uppers

The straight dope on fixer-uppers

Ed Zotti, editor of The Straight Dope and author of 'The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber' offers tips on what not to do when working on a fixer-upper. (
Check out your handiwork – readers renovate

Check out your handiwork – readers renovate

From a renovated kitchen to a remodeled loft, check out some of the home restoration before-and-after pictures that our readers sent in.

Home inspections

Home inspections 101

Home inspections 101

Due recent changes to Massachusetts home inspection regulations, there are a number of things you should know before starting the process. Here are 12 things you should know about getting a home inspection in the Bay State. (
Ready for inspection

Ready for inspection

How do you go about choosing a home inspector, quite possibly the last and most important person standing between you and the biggest investment of your life? (By Ted Siefer, Boston Globe)