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Discover Greater Boston This Weekend!

by Eric Glassoff

One of the things I enjoy about being a Greater Boston Real Estate agent is helping other discover what makes Boston, Newton, Brookline or any of the surrounding areas such a great place to live.  Each community has its own style and unique offerings, but they have a common historic backdrop that brings a sense of the rich heritage of our country.

 

My goal is to, not only bring you great real estate tips and current Greater Boston Real Estate market information, but to help you discover the lifestyle of Greater Boston.  Whether you have lived in the Greater Boston area for some time or are relocating to Boston, Brookline or Newton; you’ll find endless restaurants, shops, places to enjoy local musicians and art and much more.   

 

Looking for a way to soak in Greater Boston history this weekend?  There are a few ways to learn more about the area whether you’re a long time resident or thinking about moving to this great town.  Take a look!

 

Bicycle Day

Larz Anderson Auto Museum

15 Newton St, Brookline

www.larzanderson.org

 

Saturday, August 20 from 9am-2pm

 

The carriage house of Larz Anderson, who was a former ambassador, has been transformed into one of the country’s top museums for car collections.  During their years of marriage, Larz and his wife Isabel, traveled the world and bought 32 new motorcars which are rotated on display throughout the year.  This Saturday’s events will highlight vintage bikes as well as high tech bikes that you won’t want to miss!  Enjoy this historic site as well as a unique display of old and new bicycles!

 

Faces & Places:  Mid-19th-Century Boston Selections from Art Collections of the Boston Athenaeum

The Boston Athenaeum

10 Beacon St, Boston

www.bostonathenaeum.org/

 

Saturday, August 20 from 9am-3:30pm

 

Celebrate Boston’s past at the stunning Boston Athenaeum!  The current Faces & Places art collection features paintings, works on paper, sculptures and artifacts that tell Boston’s vibrant story in the mid-19th-century.  You’ll discover the rich history of Boston as well as stepping inside one of Boston’s greatest landmarks.  The Boston Athenaeum is a members only library with over 5,000 members from around the globe.  This 10 story structure was built in 1859 although the library has been in existence since 1807.  The first floor is open to the general public while members can take part in special events and lectures throughout the year.  If you’ve never stepped inside The Boston Athenaeum, this weekend is a great time to do so!  You’ll find yourself instantly immersed in the history that has made Boston what it is today.

 

I hope you take advantage of one, or both, of these events this coming weekend as they’ll be a great way for you to uncover the history of Boston.  Of course this is just a highlight of things to do, see and enjoy this weekend in Greater Boston as this city has much to offer.

 

If you have questions about living in Boston, Brookline, Newton or any of the other Greater Boston areas; please let me know!  I’d be happy to answer your questions, show you around and give you insight into the Greater Boston Real Estate market

 

Please feel free to contact me anytime as I would enjoy helping you find your Greater Boston home!

 

Eric Glassoff

Greater Boston Real Estate Expert

 

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4 Tips for Qualifying for a Greater Boston Home Loan!

by Eric Glassoff

If you’re considering buying a Greater Boston home this year; you’ve probably started looking online at the current homes available in Brookline, Boston, Newton or the other surrounding areas.  It can be an exciting time as you dream of your ideal home and anticipate finding a beautiful and perfectly priced home in Greater Boston.

 

The current climate in today’s housing market is ideal for buyers as the historically low mortgage rates and home prices are exactly what potential home owners want!  However, before you jump right in and venture out to open houses, there are a few things you’ll want to know about the home buying process.

 

As a Greater Boston Real Estate agent, my goal is to provide you with pertinent information about the Greater Boston Real Estate market that you need to know!  For instance, there are a few changes that have been made this year that have affected the home buying experience; one of which is qualifying for a home loan.

 

We’re all aware that the national housing market over the past few years has seemed to hit rock bottom.  As the nation continues to strengthen its weak knees in recovery, lenders have tightened the reins on those who are able to qualify for a loan.  They’ve seen the severity of people borrowing beyond their limit and are attempting to help heal the housing market by keeping a close eye on those who are able to buy homes.

 

Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dream of buying the Greater Boston home you’ve had your eye on; it just means you have to be more prepared than ever and have your financing in order.  Below are four tips I feel will be helpful as you begin the process of qualifying for a home loan.

 

-  Have the right credit score- Credit scores are moving to the forefront of being approved for a Greater Boston home loan.  Most lenders are expecting a credit score of 600+ even for FHA loans.  A good credit score will not only help you qualify for a home loan, but can lower your interest rate, which can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

 

-  Shop around- The interest rate is important, but there are other costs to consider such as discount points and even the type of mortgage loan. When shopping for best rates, compare various combinations of discount points and loan types. Your Greater Boston Real Estate agent can help you decide on the best option. 

 

-  Know your borrowing limit- If you’re not sure how much you want to borrow, a good rule of thumb is to look at the Federal Housing Administration requirements.  FHA will limit mortgage payments at 31% of gross monthly income before taxes for most buyers.  This can help ensure that you’re not getting in too far over your head.  If we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s to play it safe in the housing market.  

 

-  Consider a No-Closing-Cost Loan- If you have positive equity, but are lower on cash up front, you do have an option to choose a no-closing cost loan.  This simply means that you’ll have a slightly higher rate, but the closing costs will be paid over time instead of up front. 

 

Qualifying for a home loan is the first step in successfully buying a Greater Boston home, and I hope these tips help prepare you for this important process!  If you have further questions about qualifying for a Greater Boston home loan, the Greater Boston Real Estate market or are ready to begin your search; please let me know!  

 

I’d be happy to meet with you, answer your questions and help you along each step of buying one of the beautiful homes or condos that Greater Boston has to offer.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Eric Glassoff

Greater Boston Real Estate Expert

 

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I was a first time home buyer looking a place in Brookline, and Newton area for a quite well, and tiredly had worked with several agents in 2008-2009.  I decided to find a place myself, and it happened that I found that sales agent Eric Glassoff had lots of the hot units in Brookline for sale.  So why not work with him as buyer agent then?After I started to work with him, I was so impressed with his professional knowledge, ability to educate clients, working efficiency, honesty, loyalty, and the capability to make a deal happen in the best interest of his client.  After I looked at 2-3 properties, I happily bought a dream home at Newton.  I strongly recommend Eric to any home buyers, as his excellence in business as well as his loyalty to his clients will bring you satisfaction in purchasing your dream home.  "Susan Zhang"... Read More