House Hunters Blog

Realtors® Take Stand on Hate Speech

Is someone who participates in discriminatory speech (or hate speech) in their social settings trustworthy to practice Fair Housing Laws? The National Association of Realtors® says, “No.” There’s a new standard of practice being added to the Fair Housing Section of the Realtor Code of Ethics. It prohibits discriminatory or hate speech by Realtors®. How

By |2020-11-29T08:08:22-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , , |

Is multigenerational living coming back into fashion?

It has long been a truism in real estate that the number one retirement home location is “where the grandkids are” followed closely by “where the kids live.” According to recent research by the National Association of Realtors®, where the kids and grandkids are is exactly where the older generation wants to be. Apparently, multigenerational

By |2020-11-22T14:48:06-05:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Autumn Review: What’s happening in real estate?

There is high demand to buy housing. In 2020, people had months at home, learning everything they hate about where they live. So, when real estate started up again this summer, buyer demand was high. In the summer, the best sales were on empty houses, since neither buyers nor sellers were comfortable with showings of

By |2020-11-10T10:59:17-05:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Dave, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

House Hunting for Energy Efficiency

When house hunters calculate their monthly costs, some overlook the cost of heating and electricity. However, it is difficult to get an accurate estimate of your future costs. Current usage cost: Electric and gas companies in Massachusetts will provide the current cost at a specific residence. Some listing agents will provide it. It is a

By |2020-10-27T08:40:17-04:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |

Winter House Preparation

What does your house need from you as winter approaches? Before the first frosty night, do these things: Close and lock all your windows. They seal better when they are locked. Turn off your outdoor spigot. If you don’t, it might freeze and break. It’s easy. Find the shut off in your basement. Turn it

By |2020-10-22T11:35:37-04:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , |

Are you Making a Mistake by Refinancing?

Given the historic lows for interest rates, it’s a good time for homeowners to review their mortgage information.  It’s easy to get excited by low rates, but everyone should evaluate a new loan based on their current financial situation as well as their long-term goals. Do the math to make a better decision on refinancing

By |2020-10-14T10:50:03-04:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Money and finance, Mortgage matters|Tags: , , , , , |

Eviction: Covid Edition

Massachusetts has a halt on eviction until October 17. There is a Federal halt on eviction until the end of 2020. The state rules to qualify for a halt on eviction are not the same as the federal rules. Since the Massachusetts halt on eviction is scheduled to end in a few weeks, people who

By |2020-10-04T13:59:37-04:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|