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House Barge in Boston harbor

Hi- I have a 20x40 housebarge docked in Boston harbor which I would like to sell. Does anyone have any ideas how to advertise/market it? It can't be listed in real estate because there is no land involved, but it is not powered so is technically not a boat. it has full kitchen, 3 bd, full bath. Thanks!
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go and see how they market all the house boats in Sausalito, CA. People have been buying/selling houseboats there for ages.

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Marin Water Views, Specialists in Floating Homes and Sausalito Houseboats
Our Sausalito.com: Houseboats for Sale
Sausalito Houseboats for sale 3 BR $1,170,000
Houseboat For Sale - Yakaz Real Estate
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I'd list it as a condo...since the new owner will likely be paying a mooring/dock fee for it... which is pretty analogous to a condo fee.
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In East Boston?

Just curious, is this in East Boston? I saw a couple for sale last year over there, and I think they had the same trouble. Pam at Boston Harbor Shipyard would be able to tell you how people at her marina are listing them, at least.
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hi- yes my house is in East boston, there is mine and another half-built one. These are very rare in New England, but popular in CA, FLA and OR. Since the Want Advertiser has gone out of business, it is hard to find an advertising place for it, I guess just the Globe and Herald under boats? it's a great house, but I don't use it enough because i have a summer cottage. Thanks to all three replies, I appreciate the advice.
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Why not talk to a real estate broker? They might even want to list it for you (for a fee of course).
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why dont you post some pictures and stuff here? I am now very curious....
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house barge in Boston harbor

I'll try to get some pictures and info up tomorrow. i put it with a real estate broker but MLS wouldn't accept the listing because they've "never listed a house like this" (?). I think the buyer has to be a boater/ocean-lover as opposed to a typical home-buyer. Thanks for the suggestions!
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