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Don’t Believe the Real Estate Hype Article, Spring 2022

In February, the Boston Globe published a hyperbolic article about the housing market and how it favored sellers. This is not news. This is advertising that justifies the continuation of seller-centered market practices.  I answered it on this blog. Sometimes I am terribly naïve. I thought that was the annual “scare the buyers” article. But,

By |2022-05-19T09:55:11-04:00May 18th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Finding a buyer’s agent: interview questions

What is an exclusive buyer’s broker and what is not When we say “exclusive buyer’s agent,” we mean an agent who works in a company that always supports buyer’s in their quest for the best property at the best possible price, without exception. Exclusive buyer’s agents, like us, never represent sellers who are trying to

Do you know what it will cost you to borrow at a higher interest rate?

As if this market isn’t hard enough on buyers, now you are getting hard-sell tactics about the rising interest rates. Buyers who are getting a mortgage to purchase need to pay attention to the interest rate that they are pre-approved at. Their buying power may go down, as interest rates rise. All mortgages are calculated

By |2022-05-01T10:09:37-04:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: Money and finance|Tags: , , |

Sexism in real estate

Sexism is alive and well and living among real estate professionals. It is hard to believe, but they still act the way that was reported in The Boston Globe recently. Real estate paperwork is marriage-based. Deeds refer to marital status because marriage confers rights to both parties on that deed. However, the language “as husband

By |2022-04-12T10:17:19-04:00April 27th, 2022|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , , |

Denied a mortgage because you are pregnant?

As a house hunter, you are under no obligation to tell your lender that you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant. Pregnancy is not a legal reason for a lender to deny you a mortgage, unless your income changes in a way that makes you no longer qualified for the mortgage. In 2008, when

By |2022-04-24T19:57:40-04:00April 13th, 2022|Categories: buying process, Fair Housing, Legal questions|Tags: , , , |

NPR, You Disappoint Me (and My Buyers) Again

It was only last August when WBUR published this story about home-buying. I critiqued it here. In short, the story encouraged buyers to do five things (in bold). A summary of my critiques is in italics after the “advice”: Prepare To Waive Contingencies. No, no. no, no, never. Check The Basement! Seller says you have

Molds at Home: 5 Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Do you suspect you have mold allergy? Guest blogger Elizabeth Shields writes about mold allergy symptoms and what you can do if you find out that you have a mold issue at home. Mold is a typical issue every homeowner has to deal with from time to time. They’re the slimy black, sometimes greenish, white,

By |2022-03-22T10:36:38-04:00March 30th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

Do you own a house that needs a big change?

Do you own a house that needs a big change? Do you know what you want to do, but don’t know how to get it done? Are you overwhelmed by the contractors you’ve interviewed? My cool client Holli Bassin met someone who she thought would be an asset to any client who is considering a

By |2022-03-14T16:09:04-04:00March 16th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|