Posts Tagged: massachusetts

Bart Foster – Boston Gay Realtor

Bart Foster - Boston gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I’m a Boston gay Realtor who covers Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, The South End, Back Bay, Mission Hill, Fort Hill See Bart’s Expanded… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Joel Harms, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Joel Harms grew up swimming, waterskiing, and boating in Florida. He started his real estate career while practicing law at the prestigious firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Alyx Akers, Northampton, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Alyx got her start in real estate in 2000 in Orlando, FL. Having learned the business in a high-volume, competitive market, she understands the importance of patience, experience and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Mark Carmien, Northampton, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Mark moved to the Northampton real estate market in 1986 and worked in Human Resources for fourteen years, most recently at Smith College. In 2003, Mark and his husband,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: David Ashton, Salem, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. David Ashton is a member of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, located in Swampscott, Massachusetts. David is proud to be a part of with Coldwell Banker, one of the biggest… Read more »

Provincetown Becoming Less Gay

This season in Provincetown has been very striking. It’s nearly a decade since I wrote The End Of Gay Culture for TNR, but only now that the small drip-drip-drip of change seems to have reached a tipping point. The Ptown I came to in the late 1980s is gone forever. Back then, the crowds that… Read more »

Boston-Area Home Sales Picking Up Steam

As the spring market kicks in, homes and condos across Greater Boston are selling faster than last year, new stats show. The time on market for homes and condos in the Boston area stood at just under two months, or 55 days, Realtor.com reports. That’s 8 percent faster than last year, when it was up… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City for 2014: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Though the city is the little sibling to much bigger Boston, Cambridge’s own queer cred is substantial: The city council enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997, and one of the council’s current members, E. Denise Simmons, was the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor. Disco dance hall ZuZu (Zuzubar.com) has tons of club nights,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeanne Marrazzo, Newton, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Specializing in residential sales for first time home buyers & empty nesters looking to downsize. Just minutes from Boston, Newton welcomes alternative lifestyles. Top notch public schools, a wonderful… Read more »

Where is Boston’s Gayborhood?

CNN has the answer from the last census: Most popular neighborhood for same-sex male couples: South End, Boston ($608 per square foot). Most affordable alternative: Dorchester, Mass. ($209 per square foot). Most popular neighborhood among same-sex female couples: Jamaica Plain, Boston ($304 per square foot). Affordable alternative: Roslindale, Mass. ($227 per square foot). At Gay… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mary G. Murray, Arlington, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Mary is a lifetime Arlington resident with 26 years of experience in the city’s real estate market. Arlington is a diverse community offering a suburban setting with city access…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Ashton, Salem, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. David Ashton is a member of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, located in Swampscott Massachusetts. David is proud to be associated with Coldwell Banker, one of the largest full service… Read more »

What’s the Boston Real Estate Market Like?

Patty in San Francisco writes: Dear Leslie, My husband just got a new job in Boston. We’re planning a visit soon and are wondering what to expect in terms of housing in the Boston suburbs. Welcome Patty! I can safely say that you’re one of the few people who won’t have sticker shock when you… Read more »

Gay Couple Sues Bishop Over Real Estate Discrimination in Massachusetts

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, married business partners from Sutton, had been searching for the perfect property for nearly two years when they discovered Oakhurst, an aging mansion on 26 beautiful acres in Northbridge. The former retreat center, which was affiliated with the Diocese of Worcester and had been on the market for some time,… Read more »

Gay Northampton and Amhearst, Massachusetts

Amherst I nervously moved to the sleepy town of Amherst, Massachusetts almost six semesters ago, not sure what to expect. I was somehow under the impression that the town was literally in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do and that I’d be bored all the time. I wasn’t out to anyone (even… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joel Harms, Provincetown

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Joel Harms grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, swimming, boating and waterskiing in the Gulf. He started his real estate career while practicing law at the prestigious firm of King… Read more »

Massachusetts Home Sales Jumped in First Quarter of 2012

The volume of Massachusetts home sales increased in the first quarter by 9.7 percent as the number of transactions increased 12.54 percent, compared to the same period last year, creating an overall picture of stability in the Bay State’s housing market, according to data provided from the MLS Property Information Network. First-quarter sales volume has… Read more »

The Advocate’s 3rd Gayest City: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The home of Harvard University likes a smarty-pants, including the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor, E. Denise Simmons. Though her reign ended in 2009, she is currently in her sixth term on the City Council, which enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997. The town’s Paradise bar (ParadiseCambridge.com) is billed as New England’s only… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ed Hughes, Natick, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Massachusetts Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Real Estate is a service business and my goal is to provide Superior Service to my customers. Testimonials from previous customers… Read more »

MA: August Home Sales Rose in August 2011 Over 2010

Housing sales in Massachusetts rose last month compared with August 2010 as more buyers waded into the struggling local real estate market, data released yesterday showed. Single-family home sales hit 4,203 last month, a 15 percent increase from last August, according to Warren Group, a Boston company that tracks local real estate data. But the… Read more »

MA: Realtors Think State Real Estate Market Improving

Realtors are feeling better about the Massachusetts real estate market than they were a year ago, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced today. In June, the Realtor Market Index was 29.17, up 2.8 percent from June 2010. This is the first year-over-year increase since May 2010, the association said in a news release. The Realtor… Read more »

MA: Foreclosures Dropped Sharply in April

For the month of April, Massachusetts foreclosure activity remained at levels dramatically below those recorded last year, according to data released this week by the Warren Group, a Boston-based real estate data provider. However foreclosure petitions, which mark the first step in the foreclosure process in the Bay State, posted their highest number so far… Read more »

MA: Home Prices and Sales Dropped in March

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts declined in March when compared with the same month last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors said home sales fell 22.4 percent while The Warren Group – a real estate tracking firm – said sales dropped 14.4 percent. The two organizations use different numbers to track home sales. In Bristol… Read more »

MA: South Shore Home Sales Still Slow

After a whirlwind of activity last year, this spring’s real estate market promises to be a lower-key affair. With lingering job insecurity and a long-delayed recovery in the labor market, economic headwinds are expected to buffet the home sales environment. “It still is a buyer’s market because we still have considerable supply of properties,” said… Read more »

MA: Foreclosures Jump on Martha’s Vineyard

As the nation grapples with a foreclosure crisis, Island bank and real estate professionals agree the wave of foreclosures is less severe on Martha’s Vineyard than other places in Massachusetts, and other places across the nation. But the Island is not immune. The number of foreclosures in Dukes County spiked in 2009 and 2010, with… Read more »

Massachusetts High Court Rules Against Banks in Foreclosure Case

The state’s highest court sent ripples through the real estate industry yesterday ruling that banks and lenders must have proper documentation before foreclosing on a home. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a 2009 Land Court decision requiring banks to have proper documentation before moving forward on foreclosures. The decision affects thousands of homes that have… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Boston, Massachusetts

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Boston – where gay marriage is legal, Provincetown is across the bay, and the republican wave in yesterday’s election ebbed just a bit: Smaller spaces, sized right - An updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom, second-floor condo with more than 1,100 square feet… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Provincetown and Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Today, we’ll continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities with Provincetown and Cape Cod, Massachusetts – the gay East Coast resort town. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Cape Cod real estate market at the moment: Season’s earnings up for most, but not all, businesses… Read more »