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Affordable Housing and Your Vote

Affordable housing is the issue in this year’s Somerville municipal election. Please vote on November 7 for candidates you think we can work with to make headway on housing. Know what your candidate intends to do about it. Every Alderman and the Mayor must be held accountable in 2018 to make affordable housing a possibility

By | 2017-11-17T15:34:46+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Living Local|Tags: , |

Home Rule Petitions for Affordable Housing

Boston and Somerville have both sent home rule petitions to the State Legislature that have been written to assist tenants in properties that are being sold for development. Boston’s involves increasing the amount of notice that tenants get, if their leases are not going to be renewed. It requires landlord sellers to report their sales,

By | 2017-11-17T15:37:18+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Legal questions, Living Local|Tags: , , , |

What stays, what goes, when you sell a house?

If I incorporate my art into my house, should I remove it before I sell? My clients, T. and E. are selling their house. They are leaving two stained glass pieces that T. made. They are also leaving a wallet holder that T.’s father made. He is attached to it, but it “belongs” in that

By | 2017-10-15T11:25:14+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: buying process, House Hunting, Negotiating, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , , , |

Seller’s market: Signs that it will end

We’ve been in a seller’s market – where there is more demand than supply – since spring of 2012. It takes a while to get perspective on a market that is changing. To figure out when price inflation began to pick up again, I looked back on my blogs. I found this one, from February

Heating systems and energy efficiency

What should an energy conscious house hunter be looking for, when choosing a house or condo? It’s a good idea to have this in mind all year, but more people notice this time of year. With our clients, we point out our energy wasters when we see them. Single zones: If there is only one

By | 2017-09-26T11:30:57+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

What is WRONG with those listing agents?

Buyer tip: A badly done listing sheet can save you money. Many buyers will reject a place based on bad pictures, or not enough pictures.  Some agents don't do their job. There's plenty of them. Enough to fill humor sites like Lighter Side of Real Estate, Bad MLS photos, Hooked on Houses, Terrible real estate photography,  Even

By | 2017-09-15T10:30:51+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: House Hunting, Negotiating, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , |

Credit Fraud. House Hunters’ Guide

How will the Equifax data breach in 2017 affects your house hunting? Equifax's mistakes in September, 2017 gave away the social security numbers of half of us. Are you in the lucky half, or the unlucky half? Here is the story That data will be sold and resold by criminals for years to come. If you are