Autumn Activities in Massachusetts

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For many New Englanders, Autumn is their favorite season of the year. In Massachusetts, Fall is a special time of year for a variety of things to do outside before the unforgiving Winter comes. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views of the fall foliage, anything pumpkin or a special place to enjoy the Halloween holiday, Massachusetts [...]

Boston's Fall Real Estate Market

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While the Spring market (from February through June) is typically considered prime time to search for a home in Boston, the Fall market is also a great time to buy and sell. As the chart below of new listings by month shows, we typically see a surge of inventory in [...]

September 1st: “Moving Day” in Boston

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September doesn’t just mean the start of Fall.  September 1st in Boston, known as Moving Day, is when the majority of apartment leases start in and around the City.  It can be a very busy and hectic day whether you are prepared, or not.  Here are a few tips, and helpful links for your [...]

Converting Boston Office Space to Residential Homes and Apartments

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As many workers have shifted to remote or hybrid work schedules, empty office buildings in Boston have led to less foot traffic in once vibrant downtown areas.  In order to help curb the high vacancy rates in downtown office buildings and also encourage housing development, Boston is implementing a program to offer tax incentives for [...]

A Glance at Back Bay Neighborhood Architecture and Building History

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Prior to the 1820s, the Back Bay was literally a saltwater bay that was used for mill operations. However, due to intense overcrowding in Boston as the city became a popular manufacturing and shipping hub, developers saw Back Bay as an area with a lot of potential for urban renewal. By the 1880s after large-scale landfilling in the bay there [...]

Boston Cow Parade

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The 2023 Boston Cow Parade has kicked off and Cabot is lucky to have a few of the fiberglass life-sized art pieces in our own backyard. The decade-old tradition originated in 1998 in Zurich, Switzerland, and has since become a worldwide public art event. Cities that have participated in the past include Madrid, Edinburgh, Perth, Manchester, [...]

Boston Apartment Rental Cycles

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The majority of Boston apartments are on one of two rental cycles: September 1 – August 31 or June 1 – May 31. Historically, September 1 has always been the main moving day in Boston. This is largely due to the fact that Boston has a lot of colleges, and most students move in on September 1; but in addition to students, those that work in academic settings also tend to follow this rental cycle.

June 1 is the second most popular moving day. In addition to avoiding the September 1 moving rush, it also tends to be a popular time for those moving to Boston for new jobs. 

While moving on and around those days can be more difficult logistically due to the number of others moving at the same time, these large turnover dates also mean that these move dates offer the largest available inventory - so you are likely to have the most apartment options if you are looking to move on either June 1 or September 1.

There are of course apartments that become available throughout the year. For example, full-service high-rise buildings offer more flexibility. These properties often offer leases that are not strictly for 12 months and they also offer leases that start and end in the middle of the month.  So if you are looking in the winter, when inventory can be sparse, consider looking in full-service buildings.

See our current rental inventory here

Beacon Hill - Neighborhood Guide

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Beacon Hill is one of Boston's most historic neighborhoods, known for its charming cobblestone streets, elegant brick townhouses, and proximity to the Massachusetts State House. It is located in the heart of the city and is bordered by the Charles River, the Boston Common, and Back Bay. Beacon Hill is a highly sought-after neighborhood for [...]

Home Staging Mistakes To Avoid

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With Boston being one of the most competitive housing markets in America, staging is crucial in selling a home. Proper staging attracts more buyers to your listing and can be the difference in a buyer making an offer on your home instead of other homes on the market; it can help your home sell faster and for more money.  Here are some tips [...]

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