Home Sweet Home:

A Guide for Massachusetts Home Buyers

Buying a home can be complicated. Almost every transaction has its unique elements and challenges. This guide will help you prepare for what will probably be the biggest purchase of your life.

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The Internet has greatly expanded the tools and resources available to consumers since I first began as a real estate agent in 2004, with some real benefits. For example, consumers can now easily view listing information, search public records, and research towns, all from the comfort of their phone or computer.

Not all the changes are good. The abundance of information about a listing makes some buyers overconfident in their knowledge of the home buying process.

The truth is, buying a home can be complicated, and almost every transaction has its unique elements and challenges. The thing is, every property is different – each buyer and seller has different preferences, qualifications, temperaments, and needs, and it’s a dynamic market. It’s not like buying a toaster online.

I wrote this guide to help you prepare, and to help you understand where you would benefit from a professional, experienced, local agent at your side. After all, when someone has been through the process dozens or even hundreds of times, he brings an invaluable level of experience and perspective. I still learn something new on almost every transaction.

This book is split into four sections. Part 1 covers preparation and selecting your team of professionals, part 2 addresses the process of searching and viewing listings, and part 3 explains the nuts and bolts of making an offer and completing a transaction. Part 4 is a collection of additional considerations and frequently asked questions. My experience is specific to the Greater Boston area, although it is generally applicable throughout Massachusetts.


Part 3: From offer to move-in Part 4: Additional considerations

About the author

Avi Avi Kaufman is a practicing REALTOR®. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife and young son. He attended Brandeis University, where he majored in history, and went on to complete an MBA from MIT Sloan, where his studies included negotiation, game theory, and marketing.

Avi served as an officer in the US Army, including a tour in Iraq from 2007-2008. He also was at General Electric for four years, where he did award-winning marketing work.

His grandfather, Isodore Goodman, founded Isgood Realty in the Berkshires in 1948. He was a leader in the industry, and an innovator who introduced new concepts to the area, such as the “book of homes” and open houses. He is Avi’s inspiration for his real estate practice in Greater Boston.

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