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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|

What a seller’s agent can tell our buyers

Buyers (and buyer’s agents) get frustrated by the communication they sometimes get (or don’t get) from the seller’s side, during an offer situation. First, remember: The seller’s agent is duty-bound to follow the seller’s instructions. The seller’s agent may not disclose any information that is not approved by the seller. The seller’s agent’s goal is

By |2022-03-08T12:41:21-05:00March 9th, 2022|Categories: buying process|Tags: , , , |

What Buyers Learn from Multiple Listing Service Abbreviations

Real estate sites like Zillow use the data from local Multiple Listing Services (MLS), and then add additional properties for sale by people who are not using the MLS. If you are looking at Zillow, all the properties read, “(type of property) for sale.” That works. However, you then need to click on the property

By |2022-02-27T11:17:40-05:00March 2nd, 2022|Categories: House Hunting|

The annual “scare the buyers” article from The Boston Globe

The first week of February is too early for the annual “scare the buyers” article from The Boston Globe. I guess it was a slow news cycle in the real estate division. This annual tradition of throwing together statistics without context usually occurs a bit later in the year. In 2017, it was at the

By |2022-02-20T10:13:52-05:00February 23rd, 2022|Categories: buying process, Market data and conditions|Tags: , , , , |

Love for the house nerd

A thing of beauty is a joy forever! In honor of Valentine's Day, here is a guide to true love between a house and its buyer. Most people think about beautiful houses as those that have outstanding architecture, or high-end, well-chosen tile or other finishes. That kind of beauty speaks to everyone, at some moment.

By |2022-02-07T14:29:12-05:00February 16th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |