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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

Downsizing: Timing and Cost

A rising market favors people who are downsizing because the higher the property value, the greater the sale of the more expensive, bigger property. This offsets the higher price of the downsized, smaller property, assuming both properties are rising at the same rate. Suppose you own a house that was worth $650,000 before the mini-bubble.

By | 2017-08-18T21:54:34+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , |

Radon Health Risks

My recent posts about radon prompted PropertECO to send me this great information to pass on to you: Home About Radon Testing Radon Mitigation Other Services Shop Contact Us The Dangers of Radon and its Health Effects Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in the ground, but if it enters a property and is

By | 2017-08-18T21:54:09+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: |

Don’t Give Up Your Rights

Here’s how James Morrison at Banker and Tradesman reported on Dave Twombly, my favorite agent of the week (wink!) Buyers Need Protection Just down Mass. Ave. at 4 Buyers Real Estate, also in Cambridge, the exclusive buyer agents tell the buyers they work with that home inspection contingencies are a must, according to agent Dave

By | 2017-08-18T21:55:29+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: buying process, Dave, Legal questions, Negotiating|

Radon mitigation

What do you do if you have radon above the action level of 4.0 pci/l? What does it cost to make your house safe? There are tried and true cures for that problem. To mitigate for Radon, a system is installed that creates a slight vacuum under the basement slab.  This keeps the radioactive gas from

By | 2017-08-10T08:43:36+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|

Radon: Is it in my house and why should I care?

What is Radon and why should you care? According to the EPA Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S.

By | 2017-08-03T20:58:34+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Estimate repairs while house hunting

It is impossible to judge the value of a house without calculating a rough cost of repair. The properties around here are frequently 100 years old. When a problem begins, it is much cheaper to repair than the same problem left for years to get worse. Tip one: deferred maintenance costs roughly five times more to

By | 2017-07-17T11:10:36+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: |

Credit score changes. Who loses?

You know that real estate bubble I keep saying is inflating? It just got a pump of air. I agree with Jim Morrison at Banker and Tradesman that easing credit restrictions is the wrong thing to do. It didn’t go well in 2006, and it won’t end well this time. What’s happened? Credit reporting has