No writing this week

My outburst of articles last Friday-Monday was, in part, because I was having hand surgery this week and I thought that typing afterwards would be difficult.

It is. I hope to be able to resume typing next week. (more…)

Why I don’t rely on Trulia

Let me start by saying that I think sites like Trulia and Zillow provide a useful service in terms of informing buyers about things like Open Houses. I also like the feature on Zillow that shows the price and tax history of a property listed for sale.

Where I have a problem with such sites is when they quote “statistics”. The danger with statistics always lies with the way they can be presented to give an impression of authority even when the statistics themselves are meaningless. It is always, always essential to be clear what is included in quoted statistics. If it is not clear do not rely on the numbers quoted!

What drives this comment? I had an email yesterday from Trulia entitled Marblehead Weekend Update. Prominently displayed was a box saying:

Source: Zillow

Source: Zillow

What the you know what? $289,000!!! (more…)

Would the Olympics be good for the Boston area real estate market?

The decision will not be made until 2017 but I looked to see if there was any data on the impact hosting the Olympics has on the host city’s real estate market.

This Olympics: a win for the housing market? article from looks at the impact the Olympics have had on real estate markets in recent Olympics and argues that the impact is most significant in smaller cities which implement major infrastructure improvements.

 f you – or somebody you know – are considering buying or selling a home and have questions about the market and/or current home prices, feel free to contact me on 617.834.8205 or

Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

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