House Hunters Blog

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|

Avoiding a Big Mistake and Still Being A Competitive Buyer

One really big mistake the house hunters are being talked into is waiving your home inspection. Why you need an inspection If you have a buyer’s agent from our company, you have the backing of people who, collectively, have seen thousands of houses and been to hundreds of home inspections. We spot problems for you,

By |2020-09-21T20:34:48-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

What’s in your attic?

If you are lucky enough to have insulation in the floor bays of your attic, what is it made of? If you are really lucky, you could have cellulose – stuff made of old newspapers. Cellulose insulation looks like dirty cottony paper-pulp. You are also lucky if you have fiberglass (that pink cotton-candy-looking stuff.) These, fortunately, are

By |2020-07-23T06:28:37-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , |