Happy Home Ownership

Urban or Suburban: How to Choose

Because of Covid-19, people are changing the way they think about home life. City people are now starved for outdoor space. Suburban people feel more isolated. When house hunting, how high should outdoor space be on your list of priorities? Has being home 24/7 changed your mind about what is important?location City dwellers choose walkability

By Rona|2020-05-22T09:07:14-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: city, country, Covid-19, location, space, suburb|

Section 8: It just got better in Somerville

Lest it be forgotten in our virus-obsessed state, April in Fair Housing Month. I have been on the Fair Housing Commission in Somerville for seven years. This year, our events were cancelled. There are two things that need to be said: Fair Housing and affordable housing are interrelated in our communities. That is why I

By Rona|2020-04-14T17:36:12-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: incentive, landlord, rental season, Section 8, Somerville, SomerVIP, voucher|

After the storm, who pays the bills for fallen trees?

Yesterday's dramatic storm poses this question for homeowners: If a tree falls in a neighborhood, does it make a sound? You bet! It sounds like this: “@%@^#$” What happens if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house? Which insurance company will foot the bill? Damage to property from falling trees or branches Every time a

By Rona|2020-04-14T17:54:17-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: Homeowners insurance, Richard Vetstein, roof, storm, trees|

Modifying your home for older and disabled people

Here's the first of a series of guest posts from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. According to 2017 U.S. Census population estimates, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older, and by 2060, that number will surpass 98 million. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that older Americans experience

File this, save thousands on real estate taxes!

Residential exemptions make a big difference to property taxes in Massachusetts. While doing a comparative market analysis for a client, I noticed that half the condos were paying almost twice as much in taxes than other condos that were pretty much the same size and location. The difference wasn’t that some were renovated, thus worth

By Rona|2019-09-11T18:24:45-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Money and finance|Tags: real estate tax, residential exemption, tax exemption, tax forms|

Did you have April showers? Check out those downspouts and gutters

Why do we have downspouts and gutters? Partly, we have them so that when we step out of the house we don’t get gallons of rainwater on our heads. We also have them so that the downspouts can channel water away from the foundation of the house. Houses that are set on large tracts of

By Rona|2019-04-17T12:43:28-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: downspouts, gutters, ice dam prevention, water damage|

Shower me with warmth . . . .

Ron Rothenberg 4Buyers Real Estate I’ve had a new energy-saving device for over a year, and I love it, and it has more than paid for itself a few times over, and it only cost me  $20.00 at the Mass Save store website. It’s an Evolve showerhead, and it saves energy and  solves the problem

Homeowner surprise

My client writes: I am putting together better radon mitigations system and I was looking to run a vent pipe between the joists into the garage and then the roof. There is an area of my basement where they somewhat finished it. Shine the light and here it was. Q: What do you do if

By Rona|2016-12-28T14:01:09-05:00December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: gun safety|