buying process

Houses that don’t belong on the land

There are some houses that never should have been built. You can't even level them and build a better house on that lot. Either the lot is too small to build on — by current standards — or the land is not fit to hold a house. I have seen both. Potentially unsolvable problem, type 1

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

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: , , , , , , , |

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

Mouse!

This was the “Thanksgiving of the mouse.” Two out of three of the households we visited had uninvited squatters of the rodent variety. I ended up being the hero this week. My niece, who is a tall, strong woman turns into a ten-year-old at the thought of a mouse. Well, not entirely. The day before

Change in smoke detector laws. Will it save lives?

As of December 1, this year, all houses built before 1975 will need to be equipped with 10-year smoke detectors. Current law requires that smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years, but most people don’t do it. The new rule, detectors will have sealed 10-year batteries. When the battery squeaks, it is time to replace

Who is watching at the open house?

Danger! Open house It has long been obvious to us that open houses are not safe for the owners of the house. Agents for the seller cannot protect the house, were someone to come in with a notion to steal. Recently, an incident was reported to the police in Weston, where drugs were stolen from

Save money, buy a smelly house

One of my pet peeves about houses for sale is that many of them are unpleasant because they are dirty. Houses collect hold odor in the heat of the summer and in the dead of the winter. Sellers, ventilate. Sellers, clean your homes. Sellers, don’t cover it with perfume! It’s little wonder why some places

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:58+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Categories: buying process, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

More about musicians, condo/two-family living, and pianos

Here’s more about sound-proofing and housing grand pianos. When I first published my blog about musicians in 2012, I was writing for Boston.com/RealEstateNow (which has since been taken off the web.) I got some great feedback that I share now about what musicians need to know to live happily in eastern Massachusetts: Part I: Building