House Hunters Blog

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

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|