10 mistakes buyers make10 mistakes buyers make
Don't make your biggest purchase be your biggest mistake.
The straight dope on fixer-uppersThe straight dope on fixer-uppers
Tips on what not to do when working on a rehab project.
Resources
10 towns and cities that thrived in July's market

10 towns and cities that thrived in July's market

Some communities in Massachusetts, like Melrose, actually saw sales and median home prices climb in July. (Boston.com)
Tips to buying a vacation home

Tips to buying a vacation home

If you’re seeking a second home, follow these tips to get the best property at the best price. (By Elizabeth Gehrman, Boston Globe)

10 things to know if you're buying a home now

Following these tips — some of them evergreen, but particularly relevant in the current economy — will not only make the process go more smoothly, but perhaps your stay, too.
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Setting your price range

Know your credit

It’s important to know what the state of your credit is before you apply for a mortgage since the report and score plays an important role in how much money you’ll be able to borrow.

Getting a mortgage

Monthly gross income, credit, credit history, and the down payment amount are all factors in how much you will qualify for from a lender.
More resources
Links to help you figure out your price range.
Compare rates
Check out local mortgage rates.
Mortgage calculator
Calculate your monthly payments.
MyFico.com
Check out your credit score.
Choosing where to buy

Picking a real estate agent

Choosing the right agent can save you time, effort and aggravation in finding the perfect home at a price you can afford.
More resources
More links to help you choose where to buy.
Rating homes (pdf)
Print this checklist and rate the homes you see.
2007 MCAS results
See how schools stack up in Bay State towns.
Town websites
Links to community information and town websites.
The buying process
Closing the deal

Closing the deal

Negotiating the right price may be the hard part, but the deal is not entirely done even when the sellers sign on the dotted line.
More resources
Additional useful links for a homebuyer.
Government center
More research links and town info.
Property assessments
Links to assessor databases for Massachusetts towns.
The sales contract
A look at what the document includes.
After the purchase
First-time homebuyer tax credit
The tax credit for isn't so much a credit, but a loan. Know the rules before you claim it.
Understanding taxes
Tax considerations for first-time home buyers.
Homeowners insurance
Insurance provides coverage in the event of damage to the property, as well as liability for injuries and damage that might have been caused to other people.
Your complete moving guide

Your complete moving guide

It's time to pack up your things and move. Here are all the things you'll need to remember during the moving process.
A Hot Summer for Buyers
This spring saw more than its share of crazed bidding wars. However, if you struck out trying to buy a house back in April or...
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Congratulations Local Realtors® of the Year

Congratulations Local Realtors ® of the Year
See the Realtors® who were recently honored for their outstanding leadership abilities and volunteer efforts in both the Association and their local communities.