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Buying a Home in Boston

Savvy strategies for setting a budget, securing a mortgage, and finding the right home for you.

Dorchester Vic with a basement and a lawn asks $729,000

The Melville Park spread dates from 1880, and includes three floors of living space and a particularly eye-popping kitchen.

How many Bostonians struggled with housing costs for April?

Hard to say. But a new analysis estimates that nearly 1 in 4 tenant and owner households regionally had trouble making the rent or the mortgage, likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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There’s an Eastie fixer-upper for sale for under $500,000

The house in a prime spot in Eagle Hill has not traded in nearly 30 years, and was on the market only twice during that time.

Renovated midcentury modern in Lincoln asks $1.15 million

The rustic redoubt 30 minutes from Boston was redone in 2019 and 2020, and includes four bedrooms

Mortgage plan to aid Boston homeowners amid coronavirus

A dozen major lenders have agreed to ease payment timetables for qualified buyers in the city under a plan that Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration brokered.

What $700,000 buys around Boston now

Find out what the sum commands in South Boston, East Boston, the South End, downtown, and elsewhere.

South End duplex with two private decks asks $1.99 million

The Braddock Park spread includes three bedrooms and one dramatic staircase.

Homesellers pull back in the Boston area

A new report shows a sharp decline in the number of new listings for the metro area since the novel coronavirus pandemic was declared. What might it mean for prices?

Sprightly JP two-bedroom drops for under $530,000

The condo in one of Boston’s mighty triple-deckers has its own direct front door and garage parking.

What $725,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in Brighton, Back Bay, the South End, Dorchester, and elsewhere.

Harvard Square gut-renovation asks nearly $2.3 million

The condo on a storied street that has hosted Julia Child and e.e. cummings, among other notables, has four bedrooms.

What Boston-area buyers should know about virtual tours

Sight-unseen purchasing has skyrocketed to prominence amid coronavirus. Here’s what to look for and the questions to ask.

Sign of things to come? Pending condo sales plunge statewide

But sales of single-families were up during a March that saw the novel coronavirus pandemic declared, according to the latest figures.

Space-savvy Fort Point studio on sale for $625,000

The capacious place highlights just the sorts of homes available in the slender Boston enclave—and it comes with a walk-in California closet and a Murphy bed.

New Roxbury one-bedroom with central air asks $300,000

The air-conditioned condo is part of a four-unit project that wrapped this year.

What $850,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the hefty sum commands in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Back Bay, and elsewhere.

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North End spread in a former pasta factory asks $899,000

Once a home of Prince Pasta, the Atlantic Avenue building now houses some 40 units in the historic neighborhood.

Spry South End duplex with a roof deck asks $1.5 million

The luxury spread in a 120-year-old building includes plenty of exposed beams and natural light.

Downtown cavern comes with a raised living room

The loft in a former Boston Edison plant asking just under $1.5 million includes 16-foot windows and a loft within the loft.

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Midcentury modern in Lincoln asks $1.4 million

Walter Pierce designed the airy, sleek house in the rustic redoubt, which featured in the 2019 film "Knives Out."

Jamaica Plain federal dating from 1770 asks $840,000

The eight-room house older than America itself has of course been significantly updated. But note the ceilings in the kitchen and the staircase up front.

What $475,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Charlestown, and elsewhere.

Stately Greek revival on Arlington’s Spy Pond has its own dock

The house—retailing now for nearly $1.4 million—dates from 1880 and includes the original wraparound porches.

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Nobody’s home (staging) in Greater Boston

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted a key component of the region’s lucrative housing market—and no one knows when things will settle down.

Delightful Southie colonial asks just under $570,000

The single-family looks a lot more spacious than its 708 square feet. Besides, there’s outdoor space.

8 first-time homebuyer programs for the Boston area

Wary of the high barriers to housing entry? Try these local, state, and federal programs to try to get around challenges such as high down payments and closing costs.

Rustic stunner in Cambridge wants $2.5 million

The bones of the redone New England Greek Revival near Fresh Pond date from the late 1840s.

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Stylish Roxbury triplex asks $950,000

The especially energy-efficient condo is the last of five fresh units in the neighborhood’s Fort Hill area.

What $625,000 buys around Boston

Discover what the sum commands in Roxbury, Charlestown, Roslindale, and elsewhere.

How to find affordable housing in the Boston area

Looking for breaks in Cambridge, Somerville, Boston proper, and elsewhere? We have intel on applying for subsidized and set-aside units in one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S.

Sunny Philly in Somerville asks just under $950,000

The duplex done in the housing setup that’s somewhat rare for the Boston area comes with a large patio and the potential to add a basement space.

What $875,000 buys around Boston now

Discover what the sum commands in the North End, Charlestown, the Seaport District, and elsewhere.

Comm. Ave. two-bedroom with bright ceilings asks $839,000

The spread in a 120-year-old Back Bay building includes large closets in those bedrooms.

Yawning Chelsea loft with century-old ceilings asks $489,000

It’s not uncommon to find such cavernous spaces in Boston’s norther neighbor—but the prices!

Sturdy Dorchester two-bedroom wants under $450,000

The Adams Village spread comes with two porches, too, and a washer-dryer.

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Southie duplex with its own roof deck asks under $1 million

And you can tour the Telegraph Hill three-bedroom virtually—a sign of the times.

The Twitter feeds to follow about Boston real estate

These accounts are for prospective homebuyers in the Boston region to check for trends, analysis, and data.

What $525,000 buys around Boston now

Find out what the sum commands in Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, and elsewhere.

Boston millennials lag other generations in homeownership

And a recession is unlikely to help. Here’s why.