The best resource around for buyers, sellers, owners, and those who are thinking about becoming one.

Chats

Sept. 23 Transcript
RenovationRenovation
Charlie Allen of Charlie Allen Restorations in Cambridge talks DIY fixes and good home design.
Sept. 22 Transcript
Best buysBest buys
Gary Rogers, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, offers buying advice.
Sept. 21 Transcript
MortgagesMortgages
Holden Lewis, senior mortgage reporter for Bankrate.com, talks about the current mortgage market.
Boston.com Home Guides
Affordable Towns, Soaring Prices
Bay State home prices are on a winning streak the struggling Sox can only dream about right now. The median price of a single-family home...

Recap the Fall House Hunt

Sunday, Sept. 20 – Wednesday, Sept. 23
The Fall House Hunt offered hundreds of new listings and open houses in the Boston Sunday Globe and Boston.com.

Even if you missed out, bookmark this page and read chat transcripts with real estate experts, view photos of exquisite properties, and brush up on buying advice.

Enter a city or town to find community info in Massachusetts:
ADDRESS
City or town

Features

Six overlooked Mass. towns

Six overlooked Mass. towns

Where can you find a home near Boston at a decent price? Try these six towns.
10 old home fixes

10 old home fixes

Older homes have their charms, but they're not without problems. Charlie Allen of Charlie Allen Restorations in Cambridge lists his top 10 and how to fix them.
10 steps before selling your home

10 steps before selling your home

Eager home buyers are few and far between. The Globe Magazine has 10 steps to hook one.
Snug living, killer views
HOMES OF THE WEEK, part 3

Snug living, killer views

While one of three penthouse suites in the building, this Cambridge unit is the only one with a roof deck. There's a sweeping vista because height restrictions prevent construction of view-killing buildings nearby.
Living in a gardener's paradise
HOMES OF THE WEEK, part 2

Living in a gardener's paradise

Gardening is a passion for the current owners, who added a greenhouse, large rectangular flower patches, and a circulating fountain off a spacious wooden deck sheathed in greenery.
For $2.7m, hop into this Rockport library
HOMES OF THE WEEK, part 1

For $2.7m, hop into this Rockport library

Set smack in the middle of this seaside village, this former library was resurrected from a forlorn use as a storage space and renovated into one of the most unique homes in New England.

What you need for a solid mortgage

The mortgage industry has changed considerably in the last year. If you have anything less than a 20 percent down payment and stellar credit, expect to work hard to become qualified.

Why starter homes are possible again

The housing downturn has at least one upside: Prices have fallen to the point where it’s once again possible to buy a starter home in Massachusetts.