House Hunters Blog

Urban or Suburban: How to Choose

Because of Covid-19, people are changing the way they think about home life. City people are now starved for outdoor space. Suburban people feel more isolated. When house hunting, how high should outdoor space be on your list of priorities? Has being home 24/7 changed your mind about what is important?location City dwellers choose walkability

By Rona|2020-05-22T09:07:14-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: city, country, Covid-19, location, space, suburb|

May, The Beginning of Rental Season

From May until September, tenants in the Boston area move around. Some live alone, but many share two, three, and four-bedroom apartments. How are you going to interview new roommates in the age of Covid-19? Know the risks. What increases risk is your cumulative exposure to the virus. The space: High risk environments are those

By Rona|2020-05-20T10:09:40-04:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Health and safety|Tags: Covid-19, housemate, roommate, tenant|

Fire Safety for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

April was Fair Housing month. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic led to cancellation of Fair Housing events throughout Massachusetts. Fair Housing laws prohibit landlords and sellers from not renting or selling housing to people based on prejudice against certain kinds of people (who have historically faced housing discrimination). Sometimes deaf people are discriminated against based on

Section 8: It just got better in Somerville

Lest it be forgotten in our virus-obsessed state, April in Fair Housing Month. I have been on the Fair Housing Commission in Somerville for seven years. This year, our events were cancelled. There are two things that need to be said: Fair Housing and affordable housing are interrelated in our communities. That is why I

By Rona|2020-04-14T17:36:12-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: incentive, landlord, rental season, Section 8, Somerville, SomerVIP, voucher|

After the storm, who pays the bills for fallen trees?

Yesterday's dramatic storm poses this question for homeowners: If a tree falls in a neighborhood, does it make a sound? You bet! It sounds like this: “@%@^#$” What happens if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house? Which insurance company will foot the bill? Damage to property from falling trees or branches Every time a

By Rona|2020-04-14T17:54:17-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: Homeowners insurance, Richard Vetstein, roof, storm, trees|

Can I Buy A House this Spring?

Below are the steps to closing on a real estate property. Most of these are affected by public health concern about Covid19. The Realtor® association, and individual attorneys, inspectors, lenders, and real estate offices are working to keep business going during times when we are restricted from face-to-face meetings. Moving services: Can you close when