House Hunting

Do You Want to Make a Lowball Offer?

With the market changing, should you prepare to lowball and get a bargain house? Putting in a low offer without the research is futile and likely to ruin your credibility as a buyer. If you are thinking about making an offer well below asking price, there are some things you need to find out first.

By |2022-10-04T12:59:28-04:00October 5th, 2022|Categories: House Hunting, Market data and conditions|Tags: , , , |

Buying Decision. How Important is a Porch?

The porch made a strong comeback in American home architecture. In 1993, 42% of new houses were designed with a porch. By 2005, more than half of all new construction had porches. In east south central America (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) 89% of newly constructed houses have porches. Why does America have a love

By |2022-07-20T09:08:35-04:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Buying trends, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Buy a Condo for a College Student?

Boston is a college town. In June and July, I get calls from parents who are thinking about buying a condo here, so that their college-aged child can save on rent. This is known as a “kiddie condo.” Sometimes, it makes sense. Most of the time, it does not. Condo Pros: If the mortgage is

By |2022-06-27T10:00:29-04:00June 29th, 2022|Categories: condo issues, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

What Buyers Learn from Multiple Listing Service Abbreviations

Real estate sites like Zillow use the data from local Multiple Listing Services (MLS), and then add additional properties for sale by people who are not using the MLS. If you are looking at Zillow, all the properties read, “(type of property) for sale.” That works. However, you then need to click on the property

By |2022-02-27T11:17:40-05:00March 2nd, 2022|Categories: House Hunting|

Love for the house nerd

A thing of beauty is a joy forever! In honor of Valentine's Day, here is a guide to true love between a house and its buyer. Most people think about beautiful houses as those that have outstanding architecture, or high-end, well-chosen tile or other finishes. That kind of beauty speaks to everyone, at some moment.

By |2022-02-07T14:29:12-05:00February 16th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

What is a “captured room”?

In real estate a “captured room” is a room that can only be accessed by going through another room. Captured rooms can make the house less usable, thus less valuable. Does it matter? Whether a captured room matters, for value, depends on whether it changes the way people can use the room. Types of captured

By |2022-01-25T14:02:58-05:00January 26th, 2022|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Exploring Community Style: Elfland

One of the hardest things for prospective buyers to figure out is what town to house hunt in. This is especially true for relocating buyers and buyers who are making a lifestyle change, such as urban condo to suburban house or vise versa. Before Covid, I recommended that people “test drive” their potential new town.

By |2021-12-03T11:35:29-05:00December 8th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Winter House Hunting

Who wants to buy a house in the winter? People who want to be in a house before the spring. People who hate the hoopla of the competitive spring market. People who want to save money. Since August, 2021, 4 Buyers Real Estate has been rocking it in the softer, less competitive market. I am

By |2021-11-28T11:24:19-05:00December 1st, 2021|Categories: buying process, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Moving: Life’s Real Estate Decisions

Are you thinking of moving? Planning is key to any successful move. Some decisions are economic. Others are purely personal. Today, I share some examples of how to create your own plan for identifying your next housing search. Selling your primary residence while buying your next property is more complicated than your first-time purchase. Please

By |2021-11-05T15:38:04-04:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |