The Landlord is Selling!

The landlord’s point of view: 2020 was a hard year for landlords. Vacancy was higher than normal. It was difficult to keep apartments full. Tenants had legitimate problems being unable to pay the rent. It was difficult to get repairs done, since workers were heavily booked and tenants were reluctant (legitimately) to let them in…

By |2021-07-25T12:04:31-04:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Sellers who want to sell, but can’t

Where are all the sellers? 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

Heating and cooling, with or without an air conditioner

Summertime, and you can fry an egg on the street! Last week’s heat wave led to this most-asked question: “Do you have air conditioning?” In the house, with no air conditioner I ‘fessed up to people, this year, that I did not grow up with air conditioning. I did not get one until years after

Real Estate Karma: 2021

I believe in real estate karma. Even in 2021, I am seeing good things happen for our clients. This year, sellers have the upper hand in negotiations, big time. This is the worst seller-favoring market I have ever seen. Even so, our clients are getting the right house for them. Many seller’s agents are acting

By |2021-06-23T12:03:12-04:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: buying process|Tags: , , , , |

Fire!

Summertime is when Massachusetts heads outdoors. Sometimes, this leads to tragedy. A fire in Arlington reminded me that smoking on the porch is not a foolproof way to keep your house safe from fire. Smoking can set a house on fire Smoking is a major cause of fire in residences in Massachusetts. It’s not so

By |2021-06-21T14:15:06-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , , |

What Does it Cost to…

What should a house cost? When we see properties in the Metro Boston area, it is impossible to judge their value without considering the cost of repairing and maintaining them. That’s why electronic valuation programs are so wildly wrong; they can’t tell the difference between a not-renovated house, a badly maintained house, or a maintained-but-not-updated

By |2021-06-08T10:24:10-04:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

Which Improvements Pay Off at Resale?

Improvements. Which ones pay off at resale? As a buyer's agent, I get asked that all the time. Surprised? Once our clients become homeowners, they start thinking like sellers. Some improvements pay back at a high rate at resale. Some only pay back in your enjoyment of the place (although they may help you sell