The China Dilemma

As China’s economy transitions from export-led growth to a model increasingly driven by consumption and services, its GDP growth rate has slowed to a 25-year low, reported to be just 6.9% in 2015.  While the accuracy of this growth figure is hotly contested (China’s government seems to pad growth stats in order to appear more consistent year over year), it is a fact that the …

Should I Invest in Real Estate?

Before getting caught in a bidding war for your first multi-family, you should decide whether a real estate investment is right for you.  To understand where a property investment fits into the broader spectrum of investment possibilities, let’s first run through the options: 1) Start your own business – this is the most risky and is the most time intensive, but …

Acquisition summary: 315 on A + Equity Residential

On April 17th of this year, Equity Residential acquired 315 on A, a 202-unit apartment rental property in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, for $130.3 million.  Equity Residential (EQR) is a large publicly traded real estate investment trust which focuses on development, acquisition, and management of high quality rental properties in desirable urban locations. In their 2014 annual report to …

The Millennial Demographic: Education Matters in the City

Real Estate might seem to be all about the thrill of the next deal, but its been proven time and again that long-term strategy and vision are always the wiser focus.  But what, where, and how exactly does one formulate a long-term vision or strategy of real estate?  I will attempt to provide you with food for thought and discussion through analyzing …

Renting an Apartment 101 – the first steps

My previous posts have helped you determine if you’re indeed a good rental candidate (or if you should buy instead) and have given you the lay of the land in terms of when to start looking and when apartments in Boston are generally available. Determining that you should rent and giving you a framework of when to start that search, …

A Boston agent’s Guide to move-in dates + when to start your search

Every city revolves around its biggest industries and Boston is no exception.  Our world-famous colleges drive our rental market and because classes resume around September 1st, 9/1 is the start date of approx. 75% of all leases in the city (regardless of whether you are a student or professional).  Of course, 9/1 isn’t the only day that apartments are available; other …

To Rent or buy in Boston?

The Good and Bad News There’s good news and bad news about the decision to rent or buy your home – the good news: its an easy decision when you’re in college and/or recently graduated (9.5 times/10, rent) – the bad news: as you get further from your early twenties, the decision to rent or buy gets more complicated. For …