buying process

As-is House Listings

Turned off by “as-is” listings? If so, think again. “As-is” does not mean that you are about the throw your rights away and buy a money pit. The National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents explain how to protect your rights when buying an “as-is” property in a recent blog post. What is “as-is”: Simply put,

By |2019-02-18T17:10:07+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

Wrong Agent

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ken and Barbie. I know you wanted your dream home, but failed. Where did you go wrong? You chose the wrong agent. In the hands of this agent, you fell in love with the pink appliances. Or did you get too focused on getting a garage? How did you overlook the lack

By |2019-02-14T12:22:28+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: buying process|

House hunting on line

Here’s a quick primer on house hunting on line. Our clients get a customized search in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). That is the primary database, which shares property information with consumer sites, like Zillow.  Our searches aim to be specific.  The raw data is out there, so some of our clients enjoy seeing it all.

By |2018-12-30T13:56:00+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: 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|