House Hunters Blog

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: , |

When can the landlord come in?

Where is the line between taking care of the property and leaving the tenants alone? One of the sore-points for tenants is that some landlords are not respectful of the tenant’s right to “quiet enjoyment” of their space. A landlord may come in too frequently, may not give notice, and may not cooperate to enter

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: , , |

Tankless hot water heaters

“Don’t get attached to that hot water heater, it will fail on you.” We tell our clients this because direct-fire hot water heaters are unreliable appliances that are created with built-in obsolescence. Many have five, seven, or ten-year warranties. They will last five years and three weeks, or seven years and three weeks, or ten

By | 2017-06-02T07:26:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , |

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

Energy efficiency from Mass Save

Mass Save is not just about wall insulation. Mass Save also has 0% interest loan programs to improve other aspects of your house’s carbon footprint. Not only are you able to borrow for insulation, but you can also borrow for these improvements. High Efficiency Heating Systems Central Air Conditioning/ Air Source Heat Pumps Ductless Mini Split

Bidding wars and how they work

You are hearing the stories. I know.  “…there were ten offers on every property and everything sells for $50,000 above asking price.” “NO ONE is buying with a home inspection…” “If you don’t have cash, you can’t buy in (name the town here.” The stories are true, but they are not true. Some properties are

By | 2017-05-09T20:50:06+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Market data and conditions, Negotiating|Tags: , , , |

Bidding wars and better schools

Housing is all about the schools. This created the situation that springtime house hunters face in most areas around Boston. A little perspective: In the book The Two Income Trap, one of the ongoing tropes is that the pressure to send one’s children to “good” schools underlies the competition for houses in well-regarded schools systems.