5 Crucial Tips for Buying in Boston Next Spring!

Are you a first-time home buyer? Here are 5 of the most important things you need to know as you prepare to buy your first home.


  1. Choose the right realtor.
    Interview 2 to 3 agents. Ask them about their experience working with first time home buyers. Find out what they know about the market and what they have sold in the area. In a competitive market, a savvy realtor will give you the edge you need and possibly even find you a property that others are not aware of.


  1. Speak to more than one mortgage broker.
    Different lenders offer different products and some may be able to save you money or assist you by providing a better service. Ask advice from your realtor as they likely can introduce you to a few reputable lenders in the area. When your realtor and lender have a strong professional relationship, oftentimes the purchase becomes a smoother process.


  1. Understand contingencies.
    When writing an offer with your realtor, there are many ways to strengthen it without  paying more than you need to. Working with an experienced agent will provide you with this necessary insight.


  1. Patience.
    When buying a home, it’s best to not do so under a time crunch. If possible, allow yourself some flexibility so that you are able to be realistic with deadlines and also make the right decision.


  1. Think about your short and long term plans.
    Buying a home is a commitment but does not mean you need to have your forever home right away. Your realtor should be able to walk you through some very important questions that help you determine what is most important at this stage of your life.

Check out our buyer’s guide for an more in-depth look into the home buying process here.


About the Author

Joshua Stephens is a vice president at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential serving the Greater Boston area. He joined the company in 2013 and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator working with buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. 

After only a few years in the business, he formed the Moving Greater Boston Team which expanded his network and helped him achieve the huge milestone of over $100 Million in career sales! This achievement came after only 7 years in the business.

Joshua's team has been recognized at both the local and national levels, achieving top awards for sales over the past few years. Last year, they were awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. This recognizes agents that are in the top 1% for the year across a network of over 70,000 agents and teams. 

Joshua was also personally chosen to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council, a position bestowed by BHHS executives to 15 agents among thousands of applicants, in 2017. Outside of the office, Joshua is involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and entrepreneurs.

A resident of Massachusetts, Joshua believes that connecting his clients with ideal communities is both a priority and privilege. He sees his role as a Realtor as about more than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, but rather serving as lifelong advisor. Due to this, Joshua is able to alleviate the typical burdens of moving and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.