Squirrels in the house

It is baby squirrel season. Sometime this winter, squirrels find romance in attics and other indoor spaces. Babies start moving around in April or May. So, if you are hearing squirrels now, likely you have a family of squatters. What to do? Seriously, hire someone! We know a few good people in the Boston area.

By |2021-05-26T18:23:06-04:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

FAQ for Spring Market 2021

How much over asking price should I offer, on average? This seems to be the number-one question. It is a terrible question based on terrible assumptions. Don’t assume that asking prices are based on Fair Market Value. In reality, asking prices are a made-up number intended to get the highest number of offers, so that

By |2021-05-16T15:09:11-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: buying process|

Follow the Money: Fees, Deposits, and Escrows When You Buy Real Estate

There are times during a real estate transaction when you will be required to spend money. Some are deposits, some are fees, and some are refundable. At offer: When you make an offer, you will provide a deposit check for $1000 or $5000, depending on your price range. That check is not cashed unless your

By |2021-05-09T11:54:24-04:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: buying process|Tags: , , , , , |

What is the Best Offer?

Whose interests are being served by rushing offers and accepting offers that close the fastest? Some of the time, the seller wants and needs a quick closing. Some of the time, the seller’s agent is advising their client to take the easy deal, and not necessarily the best deal. Cash offers As the market heated

By |2021-05-09T10:08:01-04:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: buying process|Tags: , , |

Bidding Wars and Discrimination

Several times a year, my agents get feedback from the seller’s agent that our client’s offer was similar to another offer, but our clients got the house. Why? Because their letter identified them as the right people for the house. We have been able to tell the story of our clients--without demographic information that could

By |2021-04-25T13:11:46-04:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting, Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Tenants, Discrimination, and Fair Housing

Real estate agents are prohibited from taking any of these discriminatory actions: Refuse to rent, sell, negotiate for housing Make housing unavailable or deny a dwelling Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental Provide different housing services or facilities Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental Make, print,

By |2021-04-09T15:24:59-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

Accessible House Hunting: How to Find (Or Create) Your Dream Home

A guest post by Patrick Young When it comes to house hunting, everyone is working to find a home where they can live safely, comfortably, and happily. However, disabled people can have a far harder time with this than able-bodied house hunters. After all, most homes weren’t created to be accessible or with accessibility in

By |2021-04-04T18:19:24-04:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Realtors® and Housing Discrimination

National Association of Realtors® Apologizes for Complicity in Discrimination Throughout the 20th Century, Realtors® opposed Fair Housing regulation and participated in discriminatory practices. Since the adoption of the Fair Housing Act (1968), the Association accepted that Fair Housing was the law of the land, required members to follow the law, provided classes to prepare members

By |2021-04-15T15:15:12-04:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Legal questions|Tags: , , , , |

Noticing security features

Locks: what kind of lock adds to your security? I took this picture in a condo building. It was the kind of building that had one hall, with a front and back stairwell that led outside. There was an elevator in the middle of the row of units. My client was a single woman. As

By |2021-03-21T14:03:25-04:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |