Real Estate News: The Evolution of Kendall Square

10856788684_43e6d3ea0b_kBig changes are to come for Kendall Square, one of the busiest, most innovative technology hubs in the ever-advancing Cambridge area.

Already distinguished by the unique architecture of nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the sleek design of many cutting-edge tech firms such as Google, Akamai Technologies, and The Cambridge Innovation Center, this little slice of stainless steel and smart cars is about to undertake a whole new venture: neighborliness. Read more

5 Best Colors of the Spring Sales Season

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Of course there is always white.  And if you are trying to sell a condo or single family that gets very little light, white on white trim is always a safe bet.  But if that’s not the case, here are a few very safe, sophisticated, tried and true colors that go with all styles & and room sizes. 

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Real Estate News: What is it like to live in Brookline?

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1 Hillside Road, Brookline – listed by Michael Carucci

Brookline, Massachusetts: Birthplace of John F. Kennedy, residence of Tom Brady, and, if you so desire, your very own suburban paradise to call “home.”

The humble 02445 has been ranked time and again as “best suburb” or “best place to raise a family” and here you will see why. Read more

Real Estate News: Closed Home Sales Hit Highs for the Month of March

High housing demand, low mortgage rates and overall modest price appreciation during March led to increased  sales of single-family detached homes and condominiums in the Greater Boston area, according to data issued by the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR).

Last month, sales of detached single-family homes improved on an annual basis for the tenth consecutive month increasing 12.5 percent from the 687 homes sold in March 2015 to 773 this year. This is the highest single-family home sales total since March 2012 when 777 homes were sold. Read more

3 Trending Areas to Buy Homes in Boston

By Becca Grady

The decision to buy a home is not one made lightly, and with rents skyrocketing while mortgages are at an all-time low, homeownership may be something you’re considering. Prior to settling on a new property, it’s important to evaluate the area and make sure it not only fits your needs and desires, but is also an up-and-coming neighborhood that will pay off in the long run. Doing your research and finding a trending area is the smartest way to ensure a good investment is made. Read more

GSIR’s Director of International Initiatives attends AREAA’s 2016 Global and Luxury Summit

12973464_10156827538310038_1778135463122463176_oBeth Heard-Laffey, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty’s Director of International Initiatives, attended AREAA’s 2016 Global and Luxury Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii last week.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. AREAA is the only trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the Asian real estate market nationwide. Read more

Real Estate News: Why Property Investment is Thriving in Boston

The March 2016 Investment Intensity Index reports “real estate investment activity at near-record levels.” Surpassing other potential capital-return opportunities and dodging economic turmoil, global real estate investment continues to skyrocket at a profitable rate. In 2015, the total direct real estate investment columns reached $705 billion – only 7 percent below the record high of $758 billion in 2007.

Far above cities such as Shanghai and San Francisco, Boston sits high atop the investment charts as one of the most profitable New World Cities. A New World City is essentially one that makes up for its comparatively small stature by punching above its weight. Opposed to Established World Cities such as London or New York, and Emerging World Cities like Beirut, this happy-medium metropolitan class is the ideal combination of prosperity and efficiency. Investors are looking to place their stakes in these smaller, more innovative cities with transparent, open markets. Read more

Real Estate News: GSIR Surges to the Top of the Cambridge Market

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Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty’s Cambridge office has started off the spring market with a bang, ranking number one in MLSpin for March 2016. “This comes as no surprise to us. We compiled a hand-picked team of top producers who regularly dominate the market,” said Larry Rideout, CEO and Co-Owner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. “As we build momentum, you will see some game changing properties coming from our Cambridge office and our entire company.” Read more

Real Estate News: Greater Boston Market Continues to Make Gains in February

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported that February proved to be another record month for closed home sales throughout the state, as buyer activity pushed closed sales to its highest levels for the month since 2004.

More specifically in the Greater Boston area, high buyer demand, low mortgage rates and a strong job market continued to spur housing market activity in according to data from the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR). “The combination of low mortgage rates, rising home values and a lack of snow this winter have led to above normal demand over the first few months of the year,” said GBAR President Andrew Sarno “As busy as we’ve been, sales could have been even stronger had we had more homes to sell.” Read more