Agent Fees Are Negotiable? Yeah, Right

The agents that buyers use to visit houses and write up a contract are paid their share of the sales commission by the seller’s agent. They are paid whatever the seller’s agent offers – usually half of whatever the seller’s agent charges.

Convention Centers ‘Starting to Pop’ as Events Return

How is the Boston convention business doing as it rebounds from the pandemic? Officials affiliated with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority used phrases like “surges in demand,” “through the roof,” “off the charts,” “coming back strong” and “maxed out” during a report to the board Thursday.

Homebuyers Waive Contingencies To Win Bids

Right now in Massachusetts there are more homebuyers than there are homes for sale. In their efforts to make a successful bid, buyers are giving sellers more than just over-asking bids – they’re giving up their rights.

Fannie And Freddie Stick With Outdated Credit Scoring

If you’ve been waiting for the long-anticipated news that the two dominant players in the home mortgage arena – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – finally have decided to overhaul their outdated credit scoring systems to expand homeownership opportunities for a broader range of consumers, sorry. Your wait just got a lot longer.

Court Penalizes Quicken In Appraisal Case

Quicken Loans arguably has the mortgage industry’s squeakiest-clean image – named by J.D. Power as No. 1 in home loan customer satisfaction for seven years in a row and No. 1 in loan servicing for three years straight. It also has a reputation as a technology innovator – witness its heavily advertised and popular “Rocket Mortgage” option that cuts time and red tape for applicants.

At Home On The Market’s Highest End

Jonathan Radford is the top Coldwell Banker sale associate in New England. By focusing on the very high end of the market, he closed more than $107 million in sales last year without a team, a partner or even an assistant. Originally from England, Radford began selling real estate in France and joined Coldwell Banker when he came to Boston in 1998.

A One-Man Band

David Mahlowitz’s career taken him all over the real estate map – and the world. After growing up in Newton, where he has volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for the last 11 years, he worked as a loan originator and a real estate agent, and now practices real estate law in his own firm. He is a licensed airplane pilot who flew solo for the first time on his 16th birthday. He even competed in white-collar boxing exhibitions for charity while living and practicing law in China.

Rendering courtesy of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.

Mayor’s Ambitious Housing Plan Gets High Marks

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s ambitious Boston 2030 plan to manage the city’s expected population growth earns praise for meeting many of its lofty goals, but with more cuts in federal funding anticipated, making progress in creating affordable housing for Boston’s oldest and poorest residents is getting harder than ever.