House Hunters Blog

Why does the ceiling look like that?

A house hunter asked me, ….I wanted to ask your opinion... about something I saw recently. So if you saw a building with a basement ceiling like this, what would you think? So, I answered: Basements used to all have to have plaster ceilings, for fire prevention. That regulation was abandoned as different fire safety

By |2021-02-21T07:40:57-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vacation home shopping? Don’t get ripped off

After our (virtual) client appreciation party this year, I heard from one of our happy homeowners about their vacation home search. She wrote: We are working with the agent who previously helped us with a rental. He is absolutely not at the caliber of working with you and your team, but I think for second

By |2021-02-05T12:49:13-05:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Exclusive Buyer's Agents, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Fair Market Value, and how to know what’s fair

In every market, I run into buyers who do not look at Fair Market Value (FMV) when they decide what a property is worth. That's a mistake. To negotiate the lowest possible price for a property, a buyer needs a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the Fair Market Value (FMV). Properties sell for what

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, the British Trust for Ornithology has been running a National Nest Box Week since 1997. The organization encourages people to create nesting places for local birds. Their habitats are being threatened by

By |2021-02-05T10:41:23-05:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |

What stays, what goes, when you buy a house?

What stays and what goes -- by law and custom -- in real estate in Massachusetts? Personalty or chattel is everything in the house that was not built into it or built specifically for it. Chattel includes washers, dryers, refrigerators, furniture, chairs, bookshelves, rugs, curtains, and such. Realty is everything that is attached to the house, wired

By |2021-01-24T10:32:26-05:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

What makes a real estate website accessible to vision impaired and other disabled people?

In July, last year, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® sent an advisory out that brokers were receiving demand letters regarding the inaccessibility of their websites. A group called Access4All, Inc notified Massachusetts and Florida Realtor® associations that having property information sites that were not accessible violated Fair Housing Laws, since blind, vision impaired, and other

By |2021-02-22T14:55:25-05:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

What’s Inside a Dead Hot Water Heater?

Happy New Year. Today, I am nerding-out on you about hot water tanks. The basics of hot water: Direct-fire tanks are typical in Massachusetts. These are the gas or electric tanks that run a flame under a tank of water. When you open your faucet, you use some of that 30- or 40- or 50-

By |2021-01-03T14:39:06-05:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , |

The Chimney, with Care

Santa has a hard time in eastern Massachusetts. So many of our chimneys are in rough shape. Some are no longer in use, but stick out of our roof lines, nonetheless.  In truth, the big guy couldn’t come down a modern chimney, even one in good shape. They tend to be two-foot square, at best;

By |2020-12-21T20:36:25-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |