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$3000 towards knob and tube removal

Some electrical repair can’t wait. Knob and tube wiring is one of those problems. This wiring, from 80-100 years ago, has not aged gracefully. It is considered a fire hazard by most insurance companies. Our clients are often told that they cannot get insurance, or they can only get insurance if they promise to remove

Can’t sell because you can’t buy?

The big issue in Boston area real estate is inventory. There are not enough houses for sale. We have a stalemate about inventory here. These are the factors: Empty-nesters are staying longer in their houses. This is a demographic and cultural shift. They are holding on to their houses, partly because of personal choices and

Specialty windows

When do windows cost more than an arm and a leg? When the windows are unusual sizes or shapes. When the window installation involves a change in window size or when the area around the window is rotted and needs to be rebuilt, the cost goes up. There are many specialty windows that we see

Looking clearly at windows

Buyers beware! Replacing windows will cost you, big. What windows should I expect to replace? Lead paint risk: Any window that was installed before 1978 is likely to have lead paint on it. Lead paint on windows is particularly bad for risk of lead poisoning. When a lead-painted window is opened and closed, it rubs

By | 2017-02-28T17:48:52+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

Higher interest rates

Do you know what it will cost you to borrow at a higher interest rate? If your rate changed from 3.5 percent to 3.75 percent, the cost would be an additional $14 per month, per $100,000 of principal. This increases slowly to $15 per month, per $100,000 when the interest rate changes from 4.5 to

International Women’s Day

Sisterhood is powerful! I only know one carpenter’s term that is feminist. It is the term for attaching a second floor joist to a cracked or under-built joist, beam, rafter, or stud. The term for this is called “sistering.” Sistering is powerful: it can stop sagging all over the house. This is how it’s done.

By | 2017-02-27T07:43:34+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

Scare the buyers, sales hype 2017

Dear Boston Globe, It is February 28, 2017.  Too early for your annual “scare the buyers” article. Please wait until spring. But, since you chose to publish now. I will translate for my clients. Definitions: Sales volume: the number of housing units sold in a given period. Median sales price: The middle price from a

Are you being sold?

Anyone trying to make a point will try to “sell” you on the idea. Try to make you agree. Try to make you fear the consequences of disagreeing.  That’s how sales works. That’s how politics work. Our clients deserve better than that. In 2017, I attended Harness Your Negotiation Power with Buyers through my professional

Fall in love with beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy forever! In honor of Valentine's Day, I share work that makes my Buyer Broker heart go pitter-pat with joy. A quality electrician or plumber will install their materials with care. Although loose, wiggly wires carry current as well as these will, the care taken to do a neat

By | 2017-02-12T16:46:53+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Problems and repair|Tags: , |