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Best Places to Live 2015: Should I Renovate My Kitchen...?

Yes: Spend the money, get a quicker sale. No: Avoid the hassle, but accept the lower price.

Best Places to Live 2015: Cracking the New Town Code

If you’ve moved to a new town and your abode is hidden down a winding driveway, mingling is tough. How to break in without feeling like a middle schooler circling the cafeteria? Like any good Realtor would tell you, dress up what you’ve already got. Here’s how.

Best Places to Live 2015: How to Beat the Boom

Boston real estate may be a solid-gold bet, but buying and selling requires know-how. Here’s who’s in the game, where things are hot, and how to navigate the market to find your next home.

Best Places to Live 2015: Who's Buying What?

Five couples share their buying stories and why they ended up where they did.

Best Places to Live 2015: The Boom in Four Case Studies

How hot is it? An inside look at home sales in four hot markets.

Best Places to Live in Boston 2015: By the Numbers

Statistics about Boston's real estate market.

Best Places to Live 2015: Condo-Crazed

Don’t believe we’re in a boom? Let real estate agent David Bates, who chronicles trends on his website, the Bates Real Estate Report, convince you.

Best Places to Live 2015: Ultra-Luxe in the 'Burbs

Developers are luring amenity seeking buyers out to the suburbs with elaborate campuslike complexes.

Best Places to Live 2015: Don't Buy. Rent.

In a hot urban market, renting is becoming an increasingly attractive option for Bostonians.

Superlative Settings

The city’s top planners share their favorite wedding-worthy venues in the area.