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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: , , , , |

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 | 2017-11-28T21:39:24+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: House Hunting, Negotiating, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , |

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: , |

Sellers still making the same mistakes

In 2012, my old Boston.com colleague, Scott Van Voorhis, quoted me about house preparation for sellers. The article came directly out of my experience with buyers being turned off by sellers' house preparation, or lack thereof. This weekend, I showed some property and saw the same stuff. If the house is under-priced and set for

By | 2017-07-17T11:02:09+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: thinking of selling?|Tags: , |

Senior Moves: Making a New House Feel Like Home

Today, a guest post from Jim Vogel: Your home is yours. Your children’s wedding photos line the walls, your grandmother’s tulips bloom in the front yard every spring, and you can still make out the faintest hint of marker where grandkids made the wall their canvas. But now that you’re moving to a new house

By | 2017-06-18T22:52:03+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , |

Apartments for sale

It's starting. My phone is ringing because landlords are notifying their tenants of their plans to sell the apartment. Some will renovate, some will just sell. When a seller puts an occupied apartment on the market, it takes some diplomacy to make it work. Someone lives there, and it's for sale: Showing rented houses and

By | 2017-04-18T13:17:36+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: Buying trends, Market data and conditions, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , |

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

Exclusive buyer’s agent know listing agents

Q: What does an exclusive buyer’s agent know about the work of a seller’s agent? A: Almost everything. What does a good agent do? Pricing: In the current — seller-favoring – market, housing that is slightly underpriced is getting the highest sale price. It takes a skilled agent to find that asking price. If it

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:03+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Categories: thinking of selling?|Tags: , , , , |