House Hunters Blog

Avoiding a Big Mistake and Still Being A Competitive Buyer

One really big mistake the house hunters are being talked into is waiving your home inspection. Why you need an inspection If you have a buyer’s agent from our company, you have the backing of people who, collectively, have seen thousands of houses and been to hundreds of home inspections. We spot problems for you,

By |2020-09-21T20:34:48-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

What’s in your attic?

If you are lucky enough to have insulation in the floor bays of your attic, what is it made of? If you are really lucky, you could have cellulose – stuff made of old newspapers. Cellulose insulation looks like dirty cottony paper-pulp. You are also lucky if you have fiberglass (that pink cotton-candy-looking stuff.) These, fortunately, are

By |2020-07-23T06:28:37-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , |

In a recession, why are home prices rising?

"America is in a recession, so why are home buyers so optimistic and house prices rising?" I answer questions on Quora sometimes. I choose ones that either interest me personally or professionally. This one is a question that I have been hearing professionally, so it was one I considered answering. When I read the first

By |2020-08-27T11:42:00-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Market data and conditions|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Flood Factor

There’s a new flood map in town and it is a good one. This one uses modeling to look at future risk to people and properties. Among the towns and cities where we work, there are flood areas along rivers and wetlands. We work near the Atlantic coast, but generally not close enough to matter.

By |2020-08-11T10:55:22-04:00August 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pod people in 2020

Creating a Pod During this pandemic, extended families of blood or affinity are forming. The term “pod” is being used to describe small groups of households who are sharing tasks like shopping and childcare. Modern pods are usually neighbors or parents of school-chums. Being in a pod involves a good deal of trust that the

By |2020-08-07T14:32:08-04:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Health and safety, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |

Asking the Right Questions about Schools: Covid-19 Edition

Parents and their children are in limbo this summer. Some schools may still reopen, in some form, come September. But how can parents make good decisions about what is best for their child? Working parents (especially mothers) are bearing the brunt of the burden created by closing schools and day care centers in 2020. What

By |2020-08-07T06:54:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Schools|Tags: , , , , , |

Two Households, One Two-Family House

House hunting idea: two households band together and buy a two-family house together. Massachusetts allows owners of two-family and three-family houses to convert them into two or more condos. This is not typical in other parts of the country. There are lots of advantages to buying a two-family house, especially in our high-price condo market.

By |2020-07-27T12:24:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, buying process, Pearl|

Real Estate in the Summer of Covid-19: remember the bugs

Trending: Buyers seeking more space My colleagues on The Cape are getting inundated with buyers who are giving up on city living. They are buying their vacation homes first (or buying their second homes now). The logic? If work-from-home becomes acceptable to employers, why not live in a beautiful place and telecommute to Boston? City

By |2020-07-23T06:32:04-04:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , , |

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |