Katherine Bowers

Boston Top Doctors: Community Hospitals

Boston may be a major medical hub, but sometimes it’s okay to stay in the neighborhood — especially if you live close to one of these eight community hospitals.

Best Places to Live 2010: Guides & Advice

At the height of the market, if you could fog a mirror you could get a mortgage. Not anymore. While the process is not quite as invasive as a Logan Airport body scan, the rules are pretty stringent. HOW TO…

Best Places to Live 2010: Buy, Sell, Hold, or Rent?

Should you join the ranks of the homeowning? Is now the time to sell that too-small condo? The completely unsatisfying answer to that question is…it depends. If you’re sitting on a condo in Jamaica Plain you’ve owned for a decade,…

Best Places to Live 2010: How to Get a Mortgage (NOW)

Get your credit report And scan it for errors. Most credit reports contain mistakes, says Bill Connolly, a certified mortgage-planning specialist. If your score is lower than 640, you’ll likely have difficulty qualifying for a conventional mortgage. Couples, banks will…

Best Places to Live 2010: Inland South

Six major commercial developments have been planned or built over the past several years in the so-called Neponset Valley, the chunk of Greater Boston that’s midway between Providence and the Hub. Dedham’s Legacy Place is booming thanks to Whole Foods,…

Best Places to Live 2010: MetroWest

Double-income couples working in Boston’s tech corridor have long been drawn to this area for its powerhouse schools. Not surprisingly, such excellence comes with a sizeable price tag. Residential tax rates are some of the state’s highest, and home prices…

Best Places to Live 2010: Inland North

If the Irish migrated decades ago from Southie to Scituate and beyond, the Italians went from the North End to, well, the north, where they brought the same amenities that make the North End so appealing: great, affordable restaurants, grocery…

Best Places to Live 2010: North Shore

With its white clapboard homes, clambakes, chowder competitions, rocky overlooks, and artist colonies, coastal North Shore offers a taste of Maine — with a much shorter commute. It also offers stellar public beaches such as Crane and Wingaersheek. Preservation is…