buying process

Changing things in a house. What costs too much?

When I wrote for Boston.com, I got this question: How does a buyer figure out which problems common in “compromise” houses are fixable and which should signal the call “run away! How can buyers in a price bracket (say $50k wide) maximize their housing purchase – are there solutions to problems that are common in

By | 2018-03-08T11:06:40+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

House Repairs. When to run away.

A problem is not infinite if the house could be torn down and rebuilt.  But who wants to do that? Some house problems are not finite; but “infinite” is not the right term. What would be an infinite problem?   There are some houses that never should have been built. They cannot be leveled and another

The home inspection

Did your buyer's agent tell you to waive home inspection in order to be more competitive? We don't recommend that, ever! We want to you know what to expect, in terms of care and maintenance on this high-priced investment you are making. With average sales well over $600,000 in most areas we work in, we

By | 2018-02-08T11:59:32+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

How to choose an attorney and inspector before house hunting

We recommend that house hunters choose an attorney and an inspector (and a back-up for each) early in the house hunting process. That way, when you find a house and start making offer, you are not scrambling to interview attorneys and inspectors during a busy week. You need to know what they are going to

Snow shoveling. The law.

Snow season! Here we go. As a real estate agent, I get asked about who is responsible to shovel -- the landlord or the tenant? Since that's a legal question, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general legal questions. He keeps an eye on legal changes that affect homeowners. Here

By | 2018-01-07T13:14:59+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Legal questions, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Why This Mid-Century Modern Feels Like Home

What is in a house affects the way you feel about it. That’s the reason that staging is used to seduce buyers into purchasing. Staging is the practice of setting out furnishings in houses for sale in order to give the impression of livability and high fashion. Our agents scratch the surface of this façade;

By | 2017-11-21T12:33:01+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: buying process, Buying trends|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: , , , , |

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

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|