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Tenants, Discrimination, and Fair Housing

Real estate agents are prohibited from taking any of these discriminatory actions: Refuse to rent, sell, negotiate for housing Make housing unavailable or deny a dwelling Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental Provide different housing services or facilities Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental Make, print,

By |2021-04-09T15:24:59-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Accessible House Hunting: How to Find (Or Create) Your Dream Home

A guest post by Patrick Young When it comes to house hunting, everyone is working to find a home where they can live safely, comfortably, and happily. However, disabled people can have a far harder time with this than able-bodied house hunters. After all, most homes weren’t created to be accessible or with accessibility in

By |2021-04-04T18:19:24-04:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Noticing security features

Locks: what kind of lock adds to your security? I took this picture in a condo building. It was the kind of building that had one hall, with a front and back stairwell that led outside. There was an elevator in the middle of the row of units. My client was a single woman. As

By |2021-03-21T14:03:25-04:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Real Estate Economy, Spring 2021

Derek Thompson, in The Atlantic, summarized what is happening in the American real estate economy. Here’s a summary, some notes on how it is affecting eastern Massachusetts in particular, and how 4 Buyers Real Estate is responding to it. The scarcity of housing for sale. Falling rents. Thompson: “… in America’s big metros, home prices

By |2021-03-14T20:31:59-04:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Market data and conditions|Tags: , , , |

Smoke detectors and their batteries

Clocks change this week. You know, that “spring ahead, fall back” thing. Make this your reminder to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. It could save your life. If the battery has failed on your smoke or CO detector, it will not work if you have a fire or there is CO

Why does the ceiling look like that?

A house hunter asked me, ….I wanted to ask your opinion... about something I saw recently. So if you saw a building with a basement ceiling like this, what would you think? So, I answered: Basements used to all have to have plaster ceilings, for fire prevention. That regulation was abandoned as different fire safety

By |2021-02-21T07:40:57-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vacation home shopping? Don’t get ripped off

After our (virtual) client appreciation party this year, I heard from one of our happy homeowners about their vacation home search. She wrote: We are working with the agent who previously helped us with a rental. He is absolutely not at the caliber of working with you and your team, but I think for second

By |2021-02-05T12:49:13-05:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Exclusive Buyer's Agents, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Fair Market Value, and how to know what’s fair

In every market, I run into buyers who do not look at Fair Market Value (FMV) when they decide what a property is worth. That's a mistake. To negotiate the lowest possible price for a property, a buyer needs a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the Fair Market Value (FMV). Properties sell for what

National Nest Box Week

Here is an idea that should cross the pond. February is the time to think about creating nesting places for local birds. In England, the British Trust for Ornithology has been running a National Nest Box Week since 1997. The organization encourages people to create nesting places for local birds. Their habitats are being threatened by

By |2021-02-05T10:41:23-05:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |