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Shopping Long Distance for a Boston Luxury Home

October 1, 2011 |

It’s hard to imagine life without the Internet – it’s a valuable tool that puts endless information at our fingertips. It makes our lives easier and helps us lay the groundwork for real estate buying and selling. There are even mobile apps designed to facilitate your Boston luxury home search.  

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If you’re relocating to Boston from another state, the Internet is great introductory resource – it provides an overview of the city and gives you a rundown of the different neighborhoods and their attributes. Other important proximity information can be researched too, including schools, homes on the market and general price ranges in the different areas. Prices tend to be more expensive in the heart of the city and trend downwards the farther outside of Boston you go; but this isn’t always the case, considering some of the swanky, surrounding suburbs like Wellesley and Weston -- two towns that recently made CNN Money’s top earning list

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Most online listings display photos and even video tours of luxury Boston condos for sale. But buyers beware - what the Internet does NOT tell you is that these images are specifically taken to enhance a property and may not look anything like the real thing.

The shortcomings of these properties are not pointed out, the detail on finishes and construction is not necessarily always mentioned online. There are endless horror stories from buyers who have bought properties sight unseen. Buying a property is a big investment and you should always see it firsthand before purchasing. That’s where the help of an experienced real estate agent comes in handy.

You can start your search online, but you need a professional and experienced real estate agent to guide you through the purchase process. I can help make sure you know exactly what you’re buying, whether it’s a $200,000 luxury Boston condo or a $20M estate. Spend some time online to do your homework, but be sure to contact an agent for further inquiries. You deserve to be happy in your new home and should have a full deck of cards before making any decisions.

What sites have you found helpful in your home search?


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