buying process

Cold Windows

The good news is that winter house hunters will know how good their windows are; spring, summer, and autumn house hunters have to guess.Windows are surprisingly expensive to replace. They cost $300-500 each, or more, per window, with installation. Even the best windows don’t keep all the cold out. Winter house hunters, here is the

By |2018-11-14T20:06:11+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

New Construction Gone Wrong

It is a mistake to think that a newly built house is a perfect house. There are some houses that should never be built. They are too close to high ground water. They are on peat, clay, or other unstable soil. These houses have chronic problems with water or foundation cracks. The biggest problem with

By |2018-11-14T13:03:56+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

Dining Room

Some of our clients specifically request to see only properties with a dining room. Why? So they can host Thanksgiving dinner. Does that sound like you? When you think about Thanksgiving Day, does an image come to mind as your mental picture of Thanksgiving? Does that image take place in a dining room? Is it

By |2018-11-16T11:33:24+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: buying process, sustainable house ideas|

The Window of Opportunity

The market is now predicted to stall.  This is a window of opportunity for downsizers. A high market (which is what we have now) means a good return on your current house. You can now buy more easily and still draw equity from your house that is now too big for your lifestyle; that's the

By |2018-11-13T17:13:46+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, thinking of selling?|

Removing Oil Tanks

If you are thinking of converting from oil to gas heating, one of the tasks ahead of you is to get a professional to remove the old oil tanks. This seems like a daunting task. It’s not. There are companies that do this. They do it all. They get the permits for removal and disposal;

By |2018-11-01T14:33:49+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|

What Does it Cost to…

When we show properties in the metro-Boston area, it is impossible to judge their value without considering the cost of repairing and maintaining them. That's why electronic valuation programs are so wildly wrong; they can't tell the difference between a not-renovated house, a badly maintained house, or a maintained-but-not-updated house and a fully renovated one.

By |2018-07-30T14:18:48+00:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

Good Schools, Expensive Houses

House hunters with children, or hypothetical children, almost always ask about schools. Parents want good schools for their kids. Immediately, they run into the brick wall: houses and condos in high-scoring school districts cost more than houses and condos in lower-scoring towns. Why is that?   There are two factors:  Education is funded mainly by

By |2018-07-22T15:32:27+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Buying trends|

Choosing a School District

So, what do you do to get the best education you can afford for your children? Public information: The Department of Education publishes district profiles. To open a report card, write the town or district into the box for “Search for your Report Card.” Then use the hyperlinks below that to see the information. Within

By |2018-07-22T15:11:45+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: buying process|

Bad Location and Compromise

Some houses only sell in seller’s markets. That is when buyers are willing to do their deepest compromises. Buyers who are considering entering the market need to know that we are still in a seller’s market. When buyers get desperate, they look at seriously location-impaired houses. I am talking really impaired! Under the highway entrance

By |2018-08-01T18:17:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: buying process|