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2014 MassChallenge

2014 MassChallenge

Todd and myself are very excited to announce that Boston Landlord Reviews will be entering the 2014 MassChallenge! This is the largest startup challenge in the world in which they give out $1 million plus of equity free funding! Think how much that could do for any startup! Participating startups are also given an array of resources including industry mentors, networking, and new business development skills. Please lend your support and let us know any suggestions you have for us!


Dog Friendly Apartments

Dog Friendly Apartments

For those of you with a four legged best friend, I'm sure you know how difficult it can be to find a nice, pet friendly apartment in Boston. Curbed Boston has given a great list of Dog friendly apartment complexes in the area.

http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/11/15-petfriendly-apartment-complexes-in-greater-boston.php


The rental offseason in Boston

The rental offseason in Boston

As we all know, about 90% of all residential units in Boston are for September 1st. So what if your moving to Boston from September onwards or you made the mistake of not finding an apartment during the "hot" rental season?

One option is always subletting. Subletting is always a term that garners skepticism, frowns, or confusion. In legal terms, a subletter is an individual who takes over the portion of the lease from the tenant who is living. The subletter will pay for the leaving tenant's security deposit, monthly rent and utility obligations, and take over their living ...


Receiving Deposit Money Back

Recently I had a situation regarding first month rent deposits that I would like to share with other prospective renters.

Before going on showings with realtors, clients are suppose to sign a fee disclosure form. This form states that if you decide to rent properties that your realtor shows you, you have to exclusively rent through that realtor. Also, there is no fee for taking clients on showings. Most importantly however, the fee disclosure form states that if you are accepted from an apartment through verbal or written agreement, lease, tenancy at will, or taking possession of the property and ...


'Tis the hot part of the real estate season

'Tis the hot part of the real estate season

From the start of May until September 1st is what is considered the "hot part" of the real estate season in Boston. This is because about 90% of all listings are for the months of May, June, July, August, and especially September. From a tenant's perspective, now is the time when you need to start looking for apartments if you hadn't already. Landlords in Boston typically stop putting new apartments on the market after early July, so now is the best time to catch a real gem in the real estate market without dealing with the leftovers of ...


Why is rent so high in Boston?

Why is rent so high in Boston?

As realtors, Todd and I both hear all the time why rental prices seem to increase every year. This rental season is no different. Take an ordinary one bedroom on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston near the Harvard Avenue T-stop. Crappy appliances from the 1980's, hardwood floors, heat and hot water included, mice, and a shower that doesn't seem to work during the coldest parts of the winter. Like I said, an ordinary Allston apartment that should be priced at $1000 per month, maybe $1150. This rental season, the same apartment will cost you $1550-$1600. I kid you ...


RENTAL HEAT MAP!!

RENTAL HEAT MAP!!

Great map! Created by Jeff Kaufman, Google programer in Cambridge. Allows people to view what rentals cost on a per bedroom basis. 


FIND A ROOMMATE

FIND A ROOMMATE

As apartments start to hit the market for 2013 several trends in pricing are starting to appear. If you're looking to save money, FIND A ROOMMATE...or two, or suck it up and split a room with your significant other. 

The savings from splitting a 2 bed compared to getting your own studio or 1-bed apartment is huge. Not only are you at the highest price per square foot mark, you're also paying all the utilities on your own. The same can be said if you're willing to get a 3-bed apartment. At around $750-850 a bed ...


Alpha Management; Slumlord's of Boston

Tenants from a Malden apartment complex are outraged as Alpha Management has enforced rent hikes of up to 50%. Alpha purchased the property and promptly notified the tenants of the rent hike, leaving tenants with a "pay up or get out" message. The tenants here are a multinational, working-class community, many of whom are seniors who have lived in their units for 15 years or more. Most of the tenants cannot afford either the rent increases or the re-location costs.

“This is my home,’’ she said. “That is the component here that I think they don't get. It's ...


Key Tips in a tight Boston Market

1. Boston rents are now at all time highs – Downtown Boston averages around $3000 a month.

2. Vacancy rates in Boston are the 2nd lowest in the country at 4%, just behind San Francisco's 3.7%

3. Start your Boston apartment search early – about 3-4 months ahead of your move-in date. If you're a college student looking for a Sept 1st move-in close to campus, start looking around January to get the best deals. 

4. After doing some research, be ready to Act Fast when the right apartment hits the market. The good ones don’t last long ...


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