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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: , |

The Chinese government is helping our clients

Q: How does monetary control policy in China affect buyers in Boston? A: Strict control of cash leaving China has slowed or stopped the flow of money used for down payments by Chinese people buying international properties. This is good news for our buyers. Source Since the Great Recession in America (2008), one of the

That break for FHA mortgages just disappeared

It took the Trump a New-York-minute to start making it harder for moderate income American to buy a house. On Friday, he revoked a reduction that was set to begin on January 27, 2017. The reduction would have lowered the annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) that borrowers pay on FHA loans through HUD.  The premium

By | 2017-01-27T10:03:28+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Mortgage matters|Tags: , , , |

Creating an effective house-hunting search

The most common mistake that consumers make when setting up an MLS search is to limit their search too much or too little. The ideal search yields properties that are closer and closer to the goal. Bad searches yield either too few options or properties that don’t work, in the same way, over and over.

By | 2017-01-23T08:46:52+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Categories: buying process, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Choosing a town. How far is too far?

How do I choose a town to buy in when I don’t live there? That is one of the most frequently asked questions by prospective buyers. They live in an apartment now. They know it is too small for their long-term use. They want a yard. But, where? It is both common sense and neuropsychological

By | 2017-01-18T08:19:12+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

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, National Nest Box Week is and organization that encourages people to create nesting places for local birds. Their habitats are being threatened by building, and landscaping that eliminates the places where

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:57+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: sustainable house ideas|Tags: , , |

Forecast 2017 for buyers

General: most of the number-crunching services are predicting that housing prices will be stable. This means they will increase, but at a slower rate than we have been seeing over the past three years. Deregulation will loosen mortgage requirements. This is a positive for first-time buyers who are on the brink of purchasing. Some will

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:57+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Categories: Buying trends, Market data and conditions, Mortgage matters|

2016, the year in real estate

How well do exclusive buyer’s agents do, in the face of a tough seller’s market? Here are results for the hardest seller’s market we have faced, ever! Our report card for 2016: Total amount under original asking negotiated: -$188,359 Total amount negotiated after inspections: -$35,000 Total paid over asking price in bidding wars $229,300 Towns

Snow shoveling — who is required to do it?

Winter. Yes, the days are short now. Soon we'll see (and be shoveling) snow. Will we see white stuff like last year, or the year before? I get asked questions about snow removal, as a real estate agent. Since they are legal questions, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general