buying process

How to read the MLS and other real estate listing sites

Here’s a quick primer on how to read the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and alternate real estate listing sites. Most of my clients “web around” to sites like Trulia and Zillow to look at images of properties for sale. We create customized searches with our database, but the raw data is out there for everyone

By |2019-04-11T10:18:34-04:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: buying process|Tags: , , , , , , |

What’s different about the spring house hunting market?

In real estate, not every year is the same, but there’s a pattern. By July, the number of new listings has declined, but demand also goes down. Then, in September – normally -- some more properties come up for sale because sellers try to sell in the fall, before the “dead” winter season. The spring

By |2019-04-11T10:06:56-04:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: buying process|

How is a house like a used car?

In the process of choosing a house or condo to buy, house-hunters find themselves in a lot of old houses with old and recent repairs. Every house has a component that is worn out, unless you are looking at something that just got a down-to-the-studs renovation. Like a car, a house will have something that

By |2019-04-03T08:17:33-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: buying process|

Data You Need to Know, Data You Should Ignore

More data is not better data. I advise my clients to look for indications of negotiation points, like comparable sales, the seller buying another property, and neighborhood issues that are chasing the seller from their property (this is common if a building project is nearby or the taxes just went up… that kind of thing.)

By |2019-03-20T11:54:30-04:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: buying process, House Hunting, Market data and conditions|

Our clients get home inspections, because they matter.

Did your buyer's agent tell you to waive home inspection in order to be more competitive? We don't recommend that, ever! We want you to know what to expect, in terms of care and maintenance on this high-priced investment you are making. With average sales well over $600,000 in most areas we work in, we

By |2019-03-14T14:05:53-04:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: buying process|

Even Before House Hunting, Choose Your Attorney and Inspector

We recommend that house hunters choose an attorney and an inspector--and a back-up for each--early in the house hunting process. That way, when you find a house and start making an offer, you are not scrambling to interview attorneys and inspectors during a busy week. You need to know what they are going to be

By |2019-03-11T12:07:59-04:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: buying process|

Getting to Closing

Massachusetts uses two contracts for home purchases. The first one, "offer to purchase" is a short-term document that sets the parameters for the more extensive "purchase and sales agreement" which defines the quality of the Deed and Title and how funds will be exchanged.  Once a buyer and seller sign a Purchase and Sales Agreement,

By |2019-02-21T11:01:49-04:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: 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 |2019-02-18T17:10:07-04:00February 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 |2019-02-14T12:22:28-04:00February 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 |2018-12-30T13:56:00-04:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: buying process|