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What stays, what goes, when you buy a house?

What stays and what goes -- by law and custom -- in real estate in Massachusetts? Personalty or chattel is everything in the house that was not built into it or built specifically for it. Chattel includes washers, dryers, refrigerators, furniture, chairs, bookshelves, rugs, curtains, and such. Realty is everything that is attached to the house, wired

By |2021-01-24T10:32:26-05:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

What makes a real estate website accessible to vision impaired and other disabled people?

In July, last year, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® sent an advisory out that brokers were receiving demand letters regarding the inaccessibility of their websites. A group called Access4All, Inc notified Massachusetts and Florida Realtor® associations that having property information sites that were not accessible violated Fair Housing Laws, since blind, vision impaired, and other

By |2021-02-22T14:55:25-05:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

What’s Inside a Dead Hot Water Heater?

Happy New Year. Today, I am nerding-out on you about hot water tanks. The basics of hot water: Direct-fire tanks are typical in Massachusetts. These are the gas or electric tanks that run a flame under a tank of water. When you open your faucet, you use some of that 30- or 40- or 50-

By |2021-01-03T14:39:06-05:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , |

The Chimney, with Care

Santa has a hard time in eastern Massachusetts. So many of our chimneys are in rough shape. Some are no longer in use, but stick out of our roof lines, nonetheless.  In truth, the big guy couldn’t come down a modern chimney, even one in good shape. They tend to be two-foot square, at best;

By |2020-12-21T20:36:25-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

Direct Vent Heating Systems: What to Not Worry About

Direct vent heating systems are the ones that run so efficiently that they can vent through a PVC pipe instead of a chimney. Why does the efficiency matter? If the air coming out of the boiler is still very hot, it cannot travel through plastic PVC pipes. Newer high-efficiency boilers and hot water heaters use

By |2020-12-31T14:40:58-05:00December 17th, 2020|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |

Bedrooms in 2020: Health and Mental Health

Here at 4 Buyers Real Estate, the year 2020 will go down in history as the year when our summer, fall, and winter buyers chose to buy because they hate where they are living now. In normal times, purchases feel more optional. This year, they had a special urgency. After the lockdown in the spring,

By |2020-12-15T13:11:16-05:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , |

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: , , , , |