House Hunting

Seasons of real estate

Not every year is the same, but there’s a pattern. Spring The spring market begins when sellers start listing their properties in larger numbers. Look for these harbingers: No snow on walkways due to light snowfall or warmer weather. Easter has passed. (This year, Easter is April 12.) The spring market is driven by increased

Credit scores

If you are thinking of buying a house or condo, your credit score matters. A low score can Cause you to be unable to get a conventional mortgage. Drive up the price of your mortgage, because you are a higher-risk borrower. Sudden changes in your credit score, after you apply, can cause your mortgage to

Watching for a recession. What are the indicators?

What should you look for as an indication that the seller’s market is on the decline? How can you watch for a turn in uneven supply and demand balance in favor of buyers? As exclusive buyer’s agents, we’ve seen this before. But, because we are a small company who work with a small number of

The end of bidding wars?

The Boston Globe published an article about the possibility of a slow-down in local real estate. “... houses are taking longer to sell, and when they do, they’re more likely to sell below listing price than they did a year ago. Also, the number of homes on the market, particularly condominiums, is up. The market

What will the utilities cost?

When house hunters calculate their monthly costs, some overlook the cost of heating and electricity. However, it is difficult to get an accurate estimate of your future costs. Current usage cost: Electric and gas companies in Massachusetts will provide the current cost at a specific residence. Some listing agents will provide it. It is a

By |2019-08-14T13:48:35-04:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Energy efficiency, House Hunting|

Wedding bells and house hunting

June is a traditional time to get married. I recall one year, I had the pleasure of attending three weddings in a single season. Only one of the couples was seriously discussing buying a house soon. At 4 Buyers Real Estate, we often get calls from prospective buyers that require the immediate response “Congratulations!” They

By |2019-06-09T19:32:45-04:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: buying process, House Hunting|Tags: , , |

You have an accepted offer. Will the deal close?

“Did you know that if a seller receives only one offer on your property, that the probability that it will close is 90 percent. If a seller gets multiple offers, the probability that it will close is only 50 percent….” I heard this statistic in a negotiating training run by Bernice L. Ross. I queried

By |2019-05-31T10:21:41-04:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: buying process, House Hunting|Tags: , , |

Home Features for Eco-Conscious Buyers to Look for in Boston

A guest post by Henry Walsh Source With so much attention focused these days on how we can live more lightly, there's plenty to love about the current real estate landscape. More homeowners are making eco-friendly upgrades to their homes. And when those homes go on the market, you can benefit from these

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 |2019-04-17T12:43:28-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |