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Throw Some Shade

Insulated window shades and curtains are effective in lowering heating and cooling costs. It’s common sense! Just think about how much cooler it is under the umbrella in the summer instead of being directly in the sun. When the sun shines into your windows, heat passes through the glass into your house. It then rises

By |2022-07-26T11:04:20-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |

Buying Decision. How Important is a Porch?

The porch made a strong comeback in American home architecture. In 1993, 42% of new houses were designed with a porch. By 2005, more than half of all new construction had porches. In east south central America (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) 89% of newly constructed houses have porches. Why does America have a love

By |2022-07-20T09:08:35-04:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Buying trends, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Applying for a mortgage pre-approval and your credit score

Mortgage pre-approval is needed in order to make an Offer in our area. Anyone without one appears disorganized, at best, and is likely to be written off by a seller as not worthy of consideration, at worst. The first question from a seller or seller’s agent about an offer is “How much?” The second is

By |2022-07-06T10:10:44-04:00July 13th, 2022|Categories: buying process, Mortgage matters|Tags: , |

The Big Company Recruiters Don’t Get It

A few times a year, a real estate headhunter calls me to ask if my team wants to join their designated agency company. (I’ll explain “designated agency” later). Recruiters are mostly very good at their job, not just reading a script. Their job is to get my team to move with me to their company

By |2022-07-03T10:43:52-04:00July 6th, 2022|Categories: Exclusive Buyer's Agents, Market data and conditions|Tags: , , |

Buy a Condo for a College Student?

Boston is a college town. In June and July, I get calls from parents who are thinking about buying a condo here, so that their college-aged child can save on rent. This is known as a “kiddie condo.” Sometimes, it makes sense. Most of the time, it does not. Condo Pros: If the mortgage is

By |2022-06-27T10:00:29-04:00June 29th, 2022|Categories: condo issues, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

Indoor Plants That Can Improve Air Quality

As houses become more energy efficient, they circulate less air with the outdoors. We used to call that “leaking air”, as if it were a bad thing. But the downside of energy efficient houses is indoor air pollution.  Can plants help keep your indoor air cleaner? Yes, they can! As allergy season (hopefully) wains and

By |2022-06-07T12:42:22-04:00June 15th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , |

Property Tax, Interest Rates, and Your Monthly Payment

What can cause your pre-approved mortgage to fail, last minute, in 2022? Property tax and interest rates. If you are borrowing the full amount of your pre-approved mortgage, you need to check the total monthly cost of a property before you make an offer. Your lender pre-approved you based on a typical property tax and

By |2022-06-07T09:37:11-04:00June 8th, 2022|Categories: Money and finance, Mortgage matters|Tags: , , , , |