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Leah Thompson

Pre-MLS Opportunities

We have a number of pre-MLS listings available for private and virtual showings, including a one bedroom Back Bay condo, a two bedroom home on the Boston Waterfront, a South End 2 Bedroom condo and a 3 bedroom luxury rental in Back Bay. Take a look, and contact us for additional pictures and information about any of these listings. For the safety of our clients and agents, in-person showings will be dependent on the property, however, we are happy to provide virtual resources including video tours, floor plans and virtual listing sheets. Tours via Facetime and Skype can also be accommodated upon request. 

717 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 3C

This 2 bed / 1 bath loft style condo in the Leather District has soaring ceilings, a designer kitchen, spacious bedrooms, air conditioning and an elevator. Offered at $849,000. See virtual listing sheet.

234 Beacon #5B, Back Bay

1 bed, 1 bath Back Bay condo in a pet friendly elevator building, featuring a common roof deck, in unit washer and dryer and air conditioning. Offered at $699,000. See virtual listing sheet.

37 Bay State Road #6, Back Bay

With gorgeous views of The Charles River AND parking, this one bedroom plus study condo for sale in Back Bay features an open concept living/dining area, hardwood floors and washer/dryer. Offered at $899,000. View video tour. View virtual listing sheet.

10 Rowes Wharf Unit 901, Waterfront

A 1,933 square foot 2 bed, 2.5 bath luxury home on the Boston Waterfront. Features include harbor views from every room, 2 tandem parking spaces & access to Boston Harbor Hotel luxury amenities. Offered at $3,865,000. See virtual tour. See virtual listing sheet.

79 Appleton #1, The South End

2 Bedroom condo for sale in The South End. This centrally located street and garden duplex has a great layout, air conditioning, washer/dryer and expansive private patio and garden. Estimated List Price $1,275,000. Request more information

188 Beacon Unit 3, Back Bay - Rental Available June 1st

Stunning 3 bed, 3 bath luxury rental in Back Bay with views of the city and The Charles River, garage parking, 14' ceilings, 9' windows, chefs kitchen and common roof deck. Available for rent June 1st for $10,500 per month. See video tour. See virtual listing sheet.

These are just a sampling of our off-market homes for sale in Boston. For more listings, or to see any of these homes before they're made available to the general public via MLS, please contact us

Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Home Buying and Mortgage Process

The mortgage and home buying process can be incredibly confusing.  There are documents to gather, forms to sign, applications to submit, negotiations to be had and most importantly, big financial decisions to be made. Our own Sarah Glovsky, Senior Sales Agent, worked with Rob Veneziano at Fairway Independent Mortgage to create a series of informative documents that demystify the entire process:

-An Overview of the Home Buying Process
-The Do's and Do Not's of Applying for a Mortgage
-A Document Checklist
-Credit Scores Explained
-Low Down Payment Program Options

If you're looking for real estate in Back Bay Boston or any other neighborhood in the city, take a look at this material before you do anything else! 

The Charles Realty has had its finger on the pulse of Boston real estate for 35 years. Our agents have unparalleled knowledge of the city and it’s neighborhoods, and oftentimes have access to information not yet made public.  For any questions about condos for sale in Back Bay or any other neighborhood in Boston, just  contact us.  

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    Motgage Rates Are The Lowest They've Been In Years, But Will They Stay That Way?

    On Friday, February 28th the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage clocked in at 3.37%, according to daily rate surveys from NerdWallet. This rate was down 38 basis points over the month and was the lowest 30-year rate on record since the survey began in mid-2016. This begs the question – have mortgage rates bottomed out, or will we see another rate drop this year? 

    According to some, rates on home loans are likely to drop even more if the Coronavirus outbreak worsens in the United States. Also, political instability can drive interest rates down, so it’s possible we may see another drop before the election, however given how low rates are today, it’s likely that the fed will increase rates in December. 

    Bottom line – there’s no telling what the future holds and mortgage rates are unpredictable. Today’s rates are the lowest they’ve been in years, and the arrival of spring means the Boston real estate market is about to flood with new listings in every price range. If you’re thinking of buying real estate in Boston this year, lock in a low rate now and start talking to your agent about what you’re looking for. Condos in Back Bay, The South End, The Seaport and other Boston neighborhoods don’t stay on the market long, so getting pre-approved and securing a great rate is the first step to finding a great home.  

    For more information about the Boston real estate market, tips, advice and more, contact one of our experts

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      Boston Seaport's St. Regis Residences Are Now For Sale - Here's What You Need to Know

      Sales have launched for the St. Regis Residences, Boston, the newest luxury condos in The Seaport. The tower which has been designed to look like a billowing sail, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The developer, Cronin Development has said that it will be the 'last residential waterfront development to open in the Seaport neighborhood.'  Here's what else you need to know about the luxury condos at St. Regis Residences, Boston: 

      Building Details

      • Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and built by Cronin Development
      • Located on the water at the former site of Whiskey Priest and The Atlantic Beer Garden, St. Regis Residences, Boston will be a 22-story mixed use building with 114 residential condiminiums
      • The building at 150 Seaport Blvd, will also contain a two-level signature restaurant and three levels of underground parking
      • A Harborwalk extension will be built around the building

      St. Regis, Boston Unit Features and Amenities:

      • 114 luxury condos ranging from 1 - 3 bedrooms
      • Many units have private outdoor spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, state of the art kitchens, top-of-the-line bathrooms and hardwood flooring
      • Ultra-luxury services including around the clock 'anticipatory butler and concierge assistance'
      • Owners have access to a suite of amenities including a swimming pool, spa, library, wine vault, golf simulation room and health club, all exclusive to residents of the St. Regis Boston luxury condos. 

      The St. Regis, Boston luxury condos are surrounded by some of Boston's most popular restaurants and entertainment venues. Here are some of the restaurants and amenities residents will find nearby:

      Pricing starts at $2 million for non-penthouse condos, and runs to $10 million. Pricing is not currently available for the penthouse units.  The Charles Realty team has extensive experience working with clients to purchase luxury real estate in Boston and is the best resource for selecting the right St. Regis Residences luxury condo to fit your needs. Contact us for more information, to schedule a viewing of the newest luxury condos in The Seaport, or for insight into other luxury residential buildings throughout Boston.

       

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        Here's What Decreasing Interest Rates Mean for the Boston Real Estate Market

        It was widely anticipated that mortgage rates would increase significantly in 2019, with Freddie Mac predicting that 2019 rates would climb as high as 5.1%, making it prohibitive for many people looking to buy homes and condos in Boston. But this week's 30-year fixed rate is 4.04%, .60 percentage points lower than the 52-week average and the same as the 52-week low. Freddie Mac has since dropped it's 30-year fixed mortgage prediction for the 2019 average to 4.3% and a small jump to 4.5% in 2020. 

        So what does this news mean for those looking to buy condos for sale in Boston? For most buyers, the lower interest rate translates to hundreds of dollars of savings a month, which could give them the flexibility to buy a 2-bedroom Back Bay condo vs. a 1-bedroom, or enable them to live in neighborhoods that meet all of their criteria instead of just some. But it also means more buyers will be flooding the market, so it's important for those looking to buy Boston real estate to work with an agent that can help them put together competitive offers and negotiate the best purchase price.   

        So will the low rates hold steady or will we see a jump in rates over the coming months? We'll find out for sure in a few short days - the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), otherwise known as "the fed," will meet on June 19th, 2019 to release projection materials which contain the potential direction of interest rates in coming years. If it indicates potential rate hikes this year or several of them in 2020, mortgage rates can be expected to rise. If not, rates will likely remain favorable for home buyers throughout the next 18-months.  

        Here are some additional articles that offer useful information about mortgage rates, and the impact the changes will have on those looking to purchase homes or refinance:

        https://themortgagereports.com/32667/mortgage-rates-forecast-fha-va-usda-conventional

        https://www.bankrate.com/mortgages/analysis/

        https://www.housingwire.com/articles/49310-mba-declining-mortgage-rates-push-refinances-to-a-3-year-high

        http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/

        Looking to purchase real estate in Boston?  Here are the latest homes for sale in Back Bay, The South End, Beacon Hill and all of Boston's best neighborhoods. For more information about the Boston real estate market, tips, advice and more, contact one of our experts

        Tuesday Tip - A New Way to Quickly and Easily Pay for Parking in Boston

        There's not a single Boston resident or frequenter who hasn't, on at least one occasion, wished that parking in Boston was just a bit easier.  Well hallelujah, because today's Tuesday Tip is about a new app called Park Boston, which offers modern mobile payment for street parking in the city.  It's easy; just download the app, create your account, enter payment information and start effortlessly parking all over the city (as long as you can find a spot, that is).  If you don't have a Smartphone, you can sign up through park.boston.gov, or you can dial 617-635-2729 to pay by phone.  

        When using Park Boston, the meters will still say "EXPIRED" but don't worry, parking enforcement officers will have a live feed of your parking session, so they'll be able to see that you've paid.  

        ParkBoston will be rolling out it's service throughout the city, so start looking for the decals, and don't forget to make note of the zone number you're in, which will be displayed on signs and meters.  

        For more tips about living and loving Boston, visit our website or feel free to reach out to one of our experts.  

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