House Hunters Blog

Real estate and the moving target of Covid-19

Friday morning, March 20. There are 470 open houses listed for this weekend. Friday afternoon. Several mayors issue statements and business guidelines intended to limit non-family interactions. This included limiting open house activity. Greater Boston Association of Realtors® adopted these guidelines. Saturday morning. There are 444 open houses listed as of 10:30. Monday morning. Real

By Rona|2020-03-26T10:55:35-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: buying process|Tags: 9/11, coronavirus, Covid-19, first-time homebuyer, recession|

Covid-19 and Real Estate

On March 10, I was sent the National Association of Realtor’s® statement about Covid-19, the coronavirus that has infected people around the world. Risks: For Sellers: Realtors® are encouraged to discuss the risks of holding open houses, or having appointments where buyers come to your house. … Speak openly and honestly with your seller about

“Team Buyer-Seller” is Bad for Buyers and Sellers

Open houses are the way to sell your house or condo, right? Wrong. Veteran listing agents report that open houses are not the best way to sell a property. Most agents find open houses more useful for getting additional business than for selling the house or condo. It is not uncommon for me to go

Why Pre-Inspections are Bad for Sellers

Eastern Massachusetts, and other areas, have experienced a long period of seller’s market. That’s when there are more buyers (demand) than houses or condos for sale (supply). Sellers and their agents have the upper hand. Because of this, sellers and their agents are trying ways to get the most advantage over buyers. But pre-inspections should

When a buyer’s agent buys a car (true story)

f Our life experience makes us better at helping buyers stay even-keeled during their house hunting and buying. Buying a house is the biggest purchase most people ever make, and most people do it a few times in a lifetime. As exclusive buyer’s agents, we do it all the time. It is humbling,

By Rona|2020-02-26T15:13:05-05:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: About 4 Buyers RE, Barbi, Brokers and Buyers|Tags: Barbi Harrison, exclusive buyers agent, sales tactics to scare you|

Who is watching at the open house?

Danger! Open house For sellers: It has long been obvious to us that open houses are not safe for the owners of the house. Agents for the seller cannot protect the house, were someone to come in with a notion to steal. Stealing is common at open houses. Since cameras became common, more are getting

By Rona|2020-02-19T09:43:06-05:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: buying process|

Home Modifications – Part 2

Here's the second of a series of guest posts on home modifications for accessibility from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. Toilets Technology has great potential to make lives easier, and that includes those who want greater independence at home – and especially in the bathroom. A popular project at the moment is swapping out the existing

Looking at Chimneys

Chimneys get no love. In the cities, they hardly get any attention, since they are hard to see. They sit up there, in all kinds of weather, in wind and rain and freezing. How chimneys age: Flashing: The most short-lived part of a chimney is where it attaches to the roof. When the roof is

By Rona|2020-01-30T11:30:00-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair|

Baby, it’s cold outside! What to do inside

Here are four things to do to make sure you and your house survive a frigid winter night. Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Close draperies on cold and windy nights to reduce the feel of drafts that invite you to raise your thermostat temperature. If you have insulated drapes

By Rona|2020-01-26T18:25:44-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair, sustainable house ideas|Tags: air duct, cold rooms, furnace, heating, prevent freezing pipes, radiator|