House Hunters Blog

Data designed for marketing

Almost all of the data designed for marketing is, well, marketing. It is designed to give consumers a sense of urgency, so they will buy and sell. A former client wrote me: Hey Rona, Hope you are well. Do these numbers look accurate to you? -J. Are the numbers accurate? Yes. A licensed real estate agent

By | 2018-02-18T09:35:35+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Market data and conditions|

The home inspection

Did your buyer's agent tell you to waive home inspection in order to be more competitive? We don't recommend that, ever! We want to you know what to expect, in terms of care and maintenance on this high-priced investment you are making. With average sales well over $600,000 in most areas we work in, we

By | 2018-02-08T11:59:32+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

How to choose an attorney and inspector before house hunting

We recommend that house hunters choose an attorney and an inspector (and a back-up for each) early in the house hunting process. That way, when you find a house and start making offer, you are not scrambling to interview attorneys and inspectors during a busy week. You need to know what they are going to

Why is it built this way?

I’m curious about houses. Wherever I go, I wonder why they are built the way they are. I can’t turn off my inner house-nerd, even when I go on vacation. You can call this post: “House nerd on vacation.” Roofs Almost as soon as I arrived in Key West, I noticed that all the roofs

Property tax, the basics

For most of our clients in eastern Massachusetts, their property taxes went up for 2018. In many towns and cities, the tax rate stayed the same, or even went down. Example: In Somerville, the tax rate for residential property went down slightly from Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and FY2018. It was $11.67 per thousand dollars

By | 2018-01-08T17:43:23+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: Money and finance|

Snow shoveling. The law.

Snow season! Here we go. As a real estate agent, I get asked about who is responsible to shovel -- the landlord or the tenant? Since that's a legal question, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general legal questions. He keeps an eye on legal changes that affect homeowners. Here

By | 2018-01-07T13:14:59+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Legal questions, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Do It Yourself or Hire Someone?

What projects should you take on, and which are better done by someone else? It's a personal choice. That choice changes, depending on your time and your health and flexibility. Jim Vogel from ElderAction.org has this advice: With all of the pressures of modern life, it’s easy to forget about your house. That’s too bad

By | 2018-01-03T07:24:32+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair, Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , , , |

Season’s Greetings

A Somerville moment to celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas to our Christian clients and readers. P.S. Hanukkah is already over. Solstice is tomorrow. Kwanzaa is December 26th. Best to you and yours in 2018, whoever you may be!

By | 2017-12-10T15:19:45+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Rona|Tags: |

Adding heat to an unheated room

 If you have an unheated attic that is not insulated, the house heat will rise through the top floor ceiling into the cold attic. (Meanwhile, the heavier, cooler attic air will make its way down, if you have an open or uninsulated stairway.) If you have a finished attic, with no heat, the household heat

By | 2017-12-05T14:47:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |