cheap houses in bostonWe know you are looking for the cheapest houses for sale in Boston and you need someone who can help you find the best out of your options. The Boston Moves Guy is your trusted real estate agent in Boston and we are here to make sure you get the best house with the lowest price possible. As of May 30, 2015, we have compiled the top 5 cheapest single-family houses available in Boston right now. Here we go!

Number 5 – 23 Ashton, Boston

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With a price of only $271,999 with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this is a good deal you need to take right now. Built in 1991, it has an area of 1,356 sq. ft./0.04 acres. It has 1 parking space and the house is colonial style. This is a great opportunity for first-time home buyers so please go ahead and contact our real estate agent, Sean Paul, to get more pictures and more information especially a good schedule for a viewing session. Here’s the link to this listing: 23 Ashton Boston

Number 4 – 296 Lexington St. Boston

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The exterior may not be that beautiful but when it comes to the inside, it is definitely a head-turner. The price is only $269,999. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has 1,168 sq. ft./0.03 acres. It was built in 1900. Come on, make this your own home. You can make it shine. It’s a diamond in the rough! It’s a great location too. Here’s the link to the listing: 296 Lexington St. Boston

Number 3 – 22 Vanbrunt Boston

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The price of this house is only $250,000. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has 1,008 sq. ft. with 1.20 acres. It was built in 1953 and it has a cape style. It’s on shortsale also. Here’s the link to the listing: 22 Vanbrunt Boston

Number 2 –  8 Edson Terrace 8 Boston

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If you believe that number 8 is a lucky number, then you’re really in luck because this next house is still available. It has a price of only $249,900. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is a 1,200 sq. ft property/0.07 acres. It was built in 1960. This is your chance to live in Hyde Park. More info can be found here: 8 Edson Terrace 8 Boston

And number 1…

31 Savannah Ave. Boston

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For the price of only $185,000, this cute house is a great abode. Built in 1950, it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is a 1,274 sq. ft/0.10 acres property. Don’t wait until somebody else claims this house! This house is for you. More info can be found here: 31 Savannah Ave. Boston

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If you are looking for a new city to live and is most probably eyeing Boston, here is a list we have compiled to make you feel already homesick even if you haven’t lived here yet. We welcome you to Boston and we look forward to meet you!

Here are some of the best reasons why you should live in The Athens of America. Enjoy!

Alright alright alright, let’s start with food and drinks kids. Here we go!

Boston Burgers are incredibly yummy and nutritious. Here’s a cool blog about burgers in Boston, Enter Boston Burger Blog!

boston foods and cuisine delicaciesThe Union Oyster House – the oldest restaurant in continuous service since 1826! According to Laura Lee of ETRWL Blog, The Union Oyster House was a favorite of the Kennedys that they even have a dedicated booth in there. And guess where toothpicks are first used? (In the whole wide world? Yes!) It’s here in the Union Oyster House! Awesome!!! Get to learn more about the mouthwatering menu of The Union Oyster House by visiting Laura’s blog here.

the union oyster house in bostonAre you full yet? Let’s drink some beer.

The best-tasting beers are here in Boston!

You might want to look for the BostonBeerMan once you settle here so you can get all the best tips about beers in Boston! Visit BostonBeerMan here.

boston beersNext up… it goes best with beers… pizza!

Once you’re in Boston, stop by Regina’s Pizza. Before that, you can check out their website and menu here.

regina pizza bostonNow it’s time for dessert! Enjoy the best tasting ice cream flavors of Boston.

Get the latest scoop about Boston ice creams from Scoopsies Boston here.

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Now, that your appetite is satisfied, it’s time to study Boston Speak before we start touring the city! Funny accents and slangs. CelebrateBoston even made a dictionary with a list of Boston Slangs and their equivalent English meanings. View the list here.

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Now, let’s start walking. Don’t worry because Boston is optimized for pedestrians so that you can walk just about anywhere. Actually, it is optimized by cows we can call it “The Ways of the Cows” :) Here’ an explanation by 5Cities6Women – Paved By Cows

boston path ways of cowsLook at the streets, Boston is so clean!

boston cleanCome see the great Boston architectures! Here are links to two great websites featuring the splendid beauty of Boston architecture.

Architectural Digest

iBoston Architecture Style Guide

boston real estate architectureLet’s see the statue of General Hookah! Yes we are a city of heroes.

general hooker statue bostonLongfellow’s Wayside Inn – the oldest continuously operated inn/tavern. It is 300 years old and is located in Sudbury.

longfellow wayside inn sudbury boston massachussettsIf New York’s got Central Pahk, we got Boston Common. Come on!

the boston commonHey be careful you might step on them. Make way for ducklings! Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack, they’re all here!

make way for the ducklings bostonFrom ducks to swans, enter Boston Swan Boats! If you are planning to ride on one of these cute boats, more info can be found here.

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Spring time in Boston is spectacular!

spring in boston massachussettsAutumn in Boston is awesome.

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Now, let’s head over to the shores.

Corita Kent Rainbow Swash Gas Tank

The  Corita Kent Rainbow Swash is in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts. The rainbow design painted on a 140-foot tall LNG storage tank is the largest copyrighted work of art in the world. The landmark is considered one of the major landmarks of Boston and is highly visible from daily commuters’ drives on Interstate 93.

rainbow swash boston massachussettsThe Boston Harbor Lighthouse

The lighthouse established in America was on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor and was first lit September 14, 1716.

boston harbor lighthouse Now, let’s watch a Boston Celtics game! Their mascot ‘Lucky the Leprechaun’ is a nod to the team’s Irish heritage and to Boston’s historically large Irish population.

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Now let’s watch a free summer concert at the Boston Pops Hatch Shell…

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Next stop, let’s get artsy at the ICA, home of contemporary arts.


Spend some time viewing the majestic Boston skyline.

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Now let’s end the day in romantic style at the Charles River.

Boston City Flow

Seyah in Boston!

For more interesting articles like this, visit Crebs Park.


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When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying Budget

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Setting a budget for your home purchase is an important decision. You need to know how much you can afford each month and translate that into the amount you can afford to take out on your new mortgage. When you start house hunting with that budget in mind, you may find to your dismay that you are not seeing many homes in the price range you have set that match your needs.

There are three choices you have in this situation. The first is to wait it out, keep looking, and hope the house you want comes up on the market in your price range. The second is to compromise and buy a house that is affordable but not really what you want. The final choice is to look at raising your home buying budget.

How Much Will It Really Cost?

The first thing to consider when you are looking at raising your maximum purchase prices is what difference it will make in your actual monthly payment. In many cases, the difference may not be as difficult to handle as you might think. Pull out that mortgage calculator and figure out what it would cost you per month to go $25,000 over budget, $50,000 over budget, or even $100,000 over budget. Sometimes even a small raise in your maximum price can put you into a whole new class of available homes.

Do You Have A House In Mind?

So you drove past a house for sale the other day and fell in love, but it’s out of your price range. Take that number home and punch it into your loan calculator. Can you afford that house, even if it might be a stretch? Are you willing to consider making other budget cutbacks, such as on entertainment, to have the house of your dreams? How important is it to have everything on your wish list?

If having the right house is important enough, and the increased price is not going to strain your finances too much, you can consider going for it. Remember that you can always offer less than asking price, and hope to get that dream home for a price closer to the original budget!

A little flexibility is always a good idea when you start searching for the right house. Sometimes spending a little more will save you later in terms of property value. It can also save you from having to move again when you decide the compromise to save money was not worth it.

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Selecting Homeowner’s Insurance

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One of the many things you will have to think about while you are in the process of buying a new home is the insurance you will need to protect it. Homeowner’s insurance is more than just a good idea-it is required by your lender as part of your mortgage contract. You will not be able to close escrow on your home if you do not have an appropriate homeowner’s policy in place.

Homeowner’s insurance protects your home against multiple possible risks, from fire to burglary. A comprehensive homeowner’s insurance policy will provide coverage for your home as well as everything inside it. You will need to make sure you have the right level of coverage for your needs.

Where To Find An Agent

A good place to start shopping for homeowner’s insurance is with your current insurance agent. There is likely to be a discount if you insure both your home and your car with the same company, so it is well worth considering the company that insures your car. If your car insurance company does not handle homeowner’s insurance policies, you can instead ask for referrals from your REALTOR® or your mortgage broker.

The Coverage You Need

A good homeowner’s insurance policy provides enough coverage to rebuild your home from the ground up if necessary, as well as coverage for all of the property inside your home. You should not confuse the replacement cost of your home with the market value; these are two different things, as market value includes the value of the land. Insurance does not cover your land, only the structures on it and the contents of those structures. Your insurance company will use the appraisal of your home to determine all of the structural factors that go into determining replacement cost.

The contents coverage is usually a percentage of the replacement cost of the home. You should be aware that certain high value items such as jewelry may require a special coverage called a “floater” added onto the policy in order to cover them for their full value, as there are usually limits on such items in the standard policy. Be prepared to provide an appraisal on high value items.

A good insurance agent can guide you through the process of selecting the right homeowner’s insurance policy for your needs and ensuring your new home is protected properly. Finding someone you can trust is important-after all, this is the biggest purchase you will ever make!

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Making An Offer: Negotiating Your Buying Price

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There is perhaps no more exciting and nerve-wracking time in the home buying process than when you decide to make an offer on a home. If it is accepted, you will be on your way to owning a new home-if not, you will be forced to make some difficult decisions.

Your REALTOR® will help you get through the process of making an offer on a home. He or she can give you advice on how much to offer and what concessions you will make. But there are a few decisions you will have to make yourself, and be prepared to stick to them.

How High Will You Go?

If your initial offer on the home of your dreams is rejected, the seller will usually come back with a counter offer. In most cases they will ask for a higher purchase price and may refuse some of the items you requested in your initial offer, such as repairs to be done to the home prior to the sale. This is a normal part of negotiations, but especially for first time buyers it can feel like a very frustrating process.

When the counter offer comes back, you will have to decide if the purchase price is one you can live with. Is it within your budget? Is it a fair market price for the home? Your REALTOR® can give you the answer to this second question, but the first is up to you to decide.

What Is Non-Negotiable?

What parts of your offer are you unwilling to back down on? If the house really needs a new roof and you don’t want the expense and hassle of taking care of it yourself, then don’t back down. It might be worth paying a little more in the purchase price with the agreement that the seller will have the roof replaced than to pay less for the house and have to do it yourself.

Decide in advance which items are completely non-negotiable, and stick to your guns. If the seller won’t budge, be prepared to walk away. As hard as it might be to say goodbye to that home you want, you have to be realistic about what you can afford and what work needs doing on the home.

It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of negotiating and the desire to own that particular home, but try not to let emotions rule your decisions. After all, once you sign those papers and the deal is final, you won’t be able to change your mind.

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Should You Consider A Condominium Or Townhome?

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If you are buying a new home on a tight budget, one of the options that will come to your attention is purchasing a condominium or townhome instead of a standard single family home. Because most of them share walls, condos and townhomes are more affordable. But before you consider moving into a multi-family complex, consider both the down and the up sides to such a purchase.

The Difference Between A Condo And A Townhome

New buyers may be confused as to the difference between a condo and a townhome. Both are attached homes, where at least one wall is shared between two units. One difference between them is that a townhome does not have any units above or below, only on the sides. Townhomes are usually at least two stories, sometimes three stories. Condos on the other hand are often single story-although not always-and may have units both above and below as in an apartment building.

But the truly important distinction between the two is in the ownership rights of the buyer. Condo owners have rights that extend only to the walls of the unit, while townhomes usually have rights to the land as well. This can become a little complicated in the legal aspects, but that is the basic difference.

Condo Associations

Condos usually have an association, run by the owners in the complex, that helps to take care of the shared areas of the complex and also maintain the standards set out in the rules. The condo association usually handles such things as lawn and garden care, painting of the outside of the building, and roof repair.

Some townhomes may have a similar association as well, called a homeowner’s association. It handles things in much the same manner. Associations require monthly fees, and all owners can take part in the decisions made by the board.

Things To Consider

Condos and townhomes have some potential downsides you should consider. There are often rules about pets, so you may not be able to take your dog or cat with you. You will also find that most such homes lack any sort of real yard, although some townhomes have a small yard. Shared green space is often available, but you will not have the same privacy.

There are also some things about this type of home you might appreciate, such as not having to do the maintenance on the exterior of the house or the yard.

Condo and townhome living is very well suited to some people, and less so to others. Consider all of the aspects when you are thinking of buying this type of home.

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How Much Yard Do You Need?

boston house with big yards for saleYou probably have spent a good deal of time considering how much space you need inside your home, but what about how much space you need on the outside of it? House hunting with an idea of the square footage you are seeking is a good idea, but in addition to that you should have an idea of how much yard space you will need around your new dwelling as well.

Buying a home with a large yard can be costly, especially in sought after areas where a big lot is a major selling point. But if your yard is really important to you, it might be worth the extra expense. Consider how you use your yard and then decide how large you need your outdoor space to be.

How You Use Your Yard

If you don’t use your outdoor space much beyond sitting on the patio and enjoying the weather, you probably don’t need a huge yard. Granted, the feeling of space and privacy is nice in a larger yard, but if it makes your dream home unaffordable, is it really worth it?

On the other hand, if you have children or pets, you may need that extra space. With young kids, you will want to have a good place for outdoor play, setting up a play structure or swing set, or even a play house. If you have big dogs, you will need the room for them to run around and get exercise. A large yard is a requirement for most families with children and pets.

If you host a lot of backyard parties and barbeques, you will want enough space for everyone to spread out with a decent sized deck or patio. In this case the size of the entertainment area is more important than the green space.

Consider The Work Involved

The bigger your yard, the more work you will have to do in order to keep it in good shape. A large lawn means more hours spent cutting the grass, and large gardens mean more time spent weeding and planting. If you can’t keep up the work yourself because you are too busy, you will probably have to consider hiring someone to maintain it for you. This can be expensive, especially for a large yard.

Everyone thinks they want a nice big yard, but it is important to be realistic about what you need and weigh it against the work and cost involved.

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Homeowner’s Associations: What You Need To Know

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As you begin looking for a home to purchase, you will start to come across houses that have a homeowner’s association. This is an association made up of the people who own homes in the area, created to help maintain certain standards in the community. They set rules and regulations for all kinds of things, from the color you can paint your house to the time you need to turn down the stereo in your backyard.

You will need to decide whether or not you want to live in a neighborhood with an existing homeowner’s association or whether you would rather avoid them. This is, of course, a personal choice, but you should know what homeowner’s associations are all about before you make the call.

Why A Homeowner’s Association?

If you have ever had neighbors who were incredibly loud, let their house get run-down, behaved inappropriately, or any of the long list of things that can make life unpleasant and bring down the value of your home, you know why a homeowner’s association can be helpful. With rules for conduct among neighbors clearly set out, you can be confident that your home’s value won’t be brought down by a pile of old appliances in the neighbor’s yard.

You can also avoid nasty confrontations with your neighbors by simply taking grievances before the homeowner’s association board and letting them handle any rule violations.

Homeowner’s associations also often take care of shared areas in the neighborhood, keeping them available for the use of the families in the association. This many include a park or a pool.

The Cost Of An Association

Every homeowner’s association collects dues monthly or yearly from the people who live in the neighborhood. This money goes toward running the association and taking care of the shared spaces. You will be informed of this amount before you buy, and should factor it into your monthly budget.

There is another cost to belonging to a homeowner’s association, and that is a little bit of your freedom. When you live in an association area, you will have to abide by the rules as well, even if you think they are silly. You do, however, have the option of petitioning the homeowner’s association to change any rule you don’t agree with. But if you lose, you will have to live with it.

There are both good and bad sides to having a homeowner’s association. For those who prefer living in a more controlled environment, they are a great choice. For those who want to be free to do as they want on their property, the constraints might not be appreciated.

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Finding A Neighborhood With Great Schools

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If you have children, or even if you don’t yet but plan to in the future, schools are something you will need to take into consideration when you search for a new home. In most areas, certain boundaries define which schools your children will go to, and switching to a different school can be complicated and expensive in many cases.

Fortunately, finding a great neighborhood with good quality schools is not difficult, thanks to the internet. Online ratings and reviews of schools can help you to make the right call when it comes to finding a home that will offer your children a quality education.

Start With The District

The first thing you should look into is which school district you are considering moving into. Find out if the schools in that district tend to be highly rated, and what kind of test scores are generally seen among students in the district schools. All of this information is readily available online.

The school district Web site will be able to tell you which school your children would go to if you were to buy a particular house. There is usually a boundary map you can check, or you can enter your address and search to find out which school is the right one.

Check The Reviews

The internet allows people to review everything from appliances to doctors-and schools are no exception. Search for your school of choice online and you will find plenty of reviews from parents whose children have attended the school. Getting an unbiased opinion of the school will help you to get an idea of what you can expect.

When You Love The Neighborhood, But Not The School

If you really want a particular house in a particular neighborhood, but aren’t too happy with the schools, you can look into your other options. Most school districts have a system by which you can choose to send your child to a different school. This usually involves either particular needs that can’t be met by the in-area school, or a fee or lottery system to allow your child to attend the school of your choice. Find out what the rules are in your school district.

Your other option is to look into private schools. This is, of course, the more expensive choice, but should you select a private school you will have the freedom to live wherever you like, without worrying about what school your child will be slotted to attend.

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Examining A Home Objectively: What Matters And What Doesn’t

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Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they definitely do not want. In addition to that wish list, there are also some other things you will notice about the homes you visit that may strike you as potential problems.

When looking at homes, it is important to know what things are deal breakers and what things are minor issues that you can deal with easily. Turning down a dream home because of something that is an easy fix seems like a silly thing to do, but it happens surprisingly frequently.

Cosmetic Issues

You walk into a home and it has terrible wallpaper or paint colors you wouldn’t dream of using, and it turns you off immediately. While the gut reaction is normal, it is important to step back from that instinct and think about it objectively. Painting is not particularly difficult or expensive, so try to imagine how the home would look with a different color palette, one that is more your style.

The ability to recognize which issues are merely cosmetic and can be easily fixed is an important key to finding a house you will love. Be prepared to visualize the home as you could make it with a few cosmetic changes. It will open you up to the possibilities and might allow you to consider homes that aren’t perfect the way they stand now, but could be just right with a little elbow grease and paint.

Major Repairs

In some cases the major repairs that a house needs might be obvious. In other cases they might only be unearthed during a home inspection. Either way, you will need to give serious consideration to whether or not you are willing to deal with the problem.

If the home needs expensive repairs, you can either try to get the seller to do the repairs or accept that you will need to do them yourself. In most cases, the seller will probably not be willing to take on major repair work, but might reduce the price accordingly. Still, this might be a deal breaker if you are seeking a turnkey home.

Knowing The Difference

A home inspection is the best way to uncover all of the issues, both minor and major, that a house might have. When you review the inspection, look for things that can be easily fixed as well as those that can’t. The amount of work you want to do on your home will determine what problems you can personally live with.

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