The Matthew and Alisa Group Home Buying Process Class was a Success!

This is a quick blog thanking everyone one for joining us at last night’s Home Buying Process Class!

We had a great turn out of buyers eager to learn about the home buying process. Matthew Gaskill and Alisa Peterson discussed the market conditions to give everyone an understanding of what to expect when searching to buy property this season. With properties going under-agreement as soon as they hit the market, we wanted to make sure that buyers understand how quickly they need to move to buy property.

Joe Smith, a knowledgeable lender from Guaranteed Rate explained what lenders look for when someone applies for a mortgage and the different types of loan programs available to homebuyers, both first-time home buyers and more seasoned  home buyers. He knows just as well as we do how competitive the market is right now and without proper financial backing (i.e. pre-approval letter), sellers won’t even consider the offer.

The wonderful David Datz, Esq., a real estate attorney, explained how important it is to assemble the right team to guide you through this process. This is one of the biggest purchases you can make and it is essential to have knowledgable professionals to explain what you are buying and what you are signing.

Thank you again to Stella Restaurant for providing delicious food and a great space for us to host our class. As you can see from the video, we had quite a few eager buyers ready to learn about the home buying process and I know there are more that were not able to make it.  We will be planning another class in month or two. If you are interested in attending, please subscribe to our newsletter and subscribe to our blog and we will keep you posted on our next class. These classes are meant for anyone interested in learning about the buying process in the current Boston real estate sales market. If you are a first-time home buyer, third-time home buyer, or an investor, you are welcome to join us and learn something new!

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Home Buying Process Class at Stella in Boston’s South End

Whether you are a first-time home buyer, a seventh-time home buyer, or an investor, this class is for you. Matthew Gaskill and Alisa Peterson, along with David Datz Esq., and Joe Smith from Guaranteed Rate will be hosting a class that will discuss the different aspects of buying property.

Matthew Gaskill and Alisa Peterson will be discussing the search and offer process, along with the current sales market. With the market being incredibly dynamic, we want to manage expectations, calm fears, and even help you decide if buying now is the right decision for you. Buying property now is not for everyone, but if it is for you, we want get you excited to get started on your search.

Joe Smith from Guaranteed Rate will be discussing the financing process. Financing is crucial in this market and Joe Smith will help you understand what is needed and what to expect.

David M. Datz, Esq. from David Marshall Datz P.C. law offices will explain everything from the legal standpoint of your real estate transaction and explain how we keep your interests protected.

Home Buying Process Class at StellaThe class will be at the restaurant Stella in the South End from 5:30-7pm on Tuesday January 29th 2013. We will have light refreshments and appetizers. We will have a Q&A session after our speeches, so please come with a pen, notebook, and any question you have about the home buying process. Please RSVP by January 24th by contacting Alisa Peterson at alisa.peterson@gibsonsir.com if you are interested in attending.

We are heading into another exciting real estate season and we want to get you as excited as we are!

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Pie in the Sky Event: The True Spirit of Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, my family went around the table and said what we were most thankful for. I am sure this is a tradition many families share and it is a simple way to remind us of how lucky we are to be surrounded by food, friends, and family. It is in this spirit that Matthew Gaskill and myself volunteer our time and whatever resources we can use to helping others. Once again, we are volunteering for Community Servings’s Pie in the Sky. This is an wonderful event that brings the community together in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

Since 1990, Community Servings has provided meals to those who are critically ill and their families in 18 cities and towns all over Massachusetts. These are people battling with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease, and other illnesses that make them too sick and weak to be able to shop or cook for themselves.

We are selling pies for $25 from the best chefs, restaurants, caterers, and hotels all over Massachusetts and $.90 of every $1 goes directly to Community Servings. Sure you could find pies available for a little less, but this $25 buys a pie and feeds a family for a week. Pie in the Sky began in 1993 when so many in the restaurant community lost friends and co-workers to the HIV/AIDS virus. Knowing how much food can change a person emotionally and physically, some of these people started Pie in the Sky. Since then hundreds of restaurants and volunteers have taken time to bake pies, sell pies, deliver pies, and whatever else is needed. This event raises 15% of Community Servings’s annual private fundraising revenue!

Pie in the Sky Event from Community ServingsPies are only available to those in Massachusetts who can pick them up in person at any of 63 pick up locations (14 of which are in Boston). However, anyone can donate a pie to one of Community Servings’ 1,300 clients in need or donate directly to Community Servings. Pies available are the traditional flavors of Thanksgiving; apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

Go to our team site to buy a pie or donate! Last day to order is 11/17/12.

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Train with a View: Things to Do in Boston

When thinking of public transportation, the mind can flash to long delays, loud crowds, tight crammed spaces, uncomfortable heat, and odd smells, nothing really to look forward to doing. However there is one small trip on the T that features Boston unlike anywhere else.

Between the Charles/MGH T stop in Beacon Hill and the Kendall Square/MIT T stop in Cambridge, the red line goes above ground and travels over the Longfellow Bridge. If you get on the T at Charles/ MGH and travel west toward Kendall Square/MIT and face south, you will see an incredible view of Boston’s Back Bay with the Charles River simmering before it.

Viking Ship with Boston and Cambridge seals on Longfellow BridgeThe Longfellow Bridge, also known as the Salt and Pepper Shaker Bridge because the of the shape of the towers in the center of the bridge, was constructed in 1900 and connects Boston and Cambridge. The Longfellow Bridge’s design was influenced by the designs of famous bridges in Europe. The towers not only have the seals of Boston and Cambridge, they also have decorative motifs of Viking ships that reference the voyage of the famous historical figure, Leif Eriksson, up the Charles River during the 1st century AD. Along with the red line, cars on Route 3 drive across, pedestrians can go for a stroll on it, and the bridge even has bike lanes. Because you don’t have to watch where you are going while on the train, the smooth and graceful ride on the T is where you can really enjoy the unobstructed view of Boston’s skyline.

Boston has many different things to do and a less than a minute trip on the T is usually not something to go out of your way for, but in this case it is. Any time of year and any time of day it is worth the trip for the view.

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Mapparium: A Jewel in Boston’s Back Bay

Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, The Public Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, The State House, etc… these are just some of the many highlights that Boston has to offer. But there are countless gems that may not show up in the guide books.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Church of Christ ScientistOne gem is hidden in The Mary Baker Eddy Library at The Christian Science Plaza in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Built in 1935 to celebrate the success of the Christian Science Monitor is the Mapparium. The Mapparium is a 3 story stained glass globe with a 30ft glass bridge connecting the ends of the world as it was in 1935.

The architect was Chester Lindsay Churchill and his inspiration came from the spinning globe inside the lobby of the New York Daily News building. There are 608 glass panels held in a bronze frame and it took over a year to build. Over the first four months of its debut in June 1935, over 50,000 people came to visit. People were able to see the world in a new way and make connections they never could before. For example, most of the world’s land masses are above the equator or the magnetic North Pole and the actual North Pole are not the same thing or in the same place.

The most amazing feature of this structure even took it’s designers by surprise. Because the entire globe is curved glass and glass does not absorb sound, the acoustics inside the globe create magic. If a person stands in the center of the globe and speaks, their voice is heard in surround sound. If two people stand at either end of the bridge and whispers to the other, they will hear it as if it was being whispered directly in their ear.

Churchill knew the world would be changing with the talk of war and he designed the Mapparium in panels so changing his glass globe would be possible. However, after committee discussions in 1939, 1958, and 1966 it was decided that the cost to create and change the panels was too great and the Mapparium held more value as a world frozen in time.

In 1998, the Mapparium was shut down for a 4 year renovation. When it opened again in 2002, a new sound and light show was added to illustrate how much the world has changed from 1935.

The Mapparium is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm and located at 200 Massachusetts Ave. Visit their website for more information about the Mapparium and The Mary Baker Eddy Library. Be aware that photography inside the Mapparium is not allowed.

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