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Buying Your First Apartment in Boston

buying first boston apartment

So you have finally decided to take the plunge and buy your first home sweet home; you have the money, the will and the time, what should you do next?

The first thing you must know is that buying your first apartment in Boston, or in fact anywhere, is going to take a lot of time and effort. But of course, it is well worth all the hard work if you buy an apartment that you wanted. On the other hand, finding out that the apartment is not really what you thought it would be can be really disappointing.

In order to make your first time home buying experience as rewarding as possible, it would be wise to invest some time into educating yourself about the Boston market, real estate lingo and learning from the mistakes of others for example as listed here.

Here are some tips for the first time apartment buyer in Boston:

Attend a First-Time Buyer Workshop

You’ll find many people offering workshops for first-time home buyers and one of the most comprehensive is organized by the Boston Home Center where you can take a number of different workshops designed specially to cater to your specific needs. These workshops can be really useful in helping you understand the Boston market and in making informed decisions.

What Is Especially Important?

Knowing what you can tolerate and what you can’t goes a long way in making your new house a home or a hell. For example, if you just can’t live in an apartment in a noisy street, make sure you remember that when you go home hunting. Maybe you don’t mind the noisy street because the apartment is too high up for the noise to be a problem? Or perhaps, the fact that the apartment would need a number of renovations before it can be the perfect one for you is not an issue for you because everything else is perfect?

Make a list, if you must, to ensure you don’t forget about these small things when you go to look at the apartment.

Be Clear About What You Want

Make sure your broker knows exactly what you want and what you would never accept under any circumstances. This includes the apartment, its location and especially your budget. Do not succumb to pressure to increase your offer under any circumstances because, simply put, you just cannot afford it. A good, understanding broker can be a godsend for new buyers but one who is inexperienced or immature can completely turn your home buying experience into a nightmare.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

What is that huge window doing in the middle of my bathroom? Why is there a water stain under the windows? What about that crack in the ceiling of the cupboard under the stairs?

You will be paying good money for the apartment you’re buying; they are not giving it to you for free. Make sure you get what you pay for. Ask about each and every thing that gives you a moment’s unease. If the borker or estate agent seems reluctant to answer your questions, move on to someone else. You don’t want to deal with someone who’s hiding things.


There are a lot of things that a first-time buyer would need to keep in mind, some of them similar to those that renters need to be careful about, for example, what to do at an open house, the odor of an apartment and the location. What tips do you have for someone buying their first apartment in Boston?



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