House Hunting

Accessible House Hunting: How to Find (Or Create) Your Dream Home

A guest post by Patrick Young When it comes to house hunting, everyone is working to find a home where they can live safely, comfortably, and happily. However, disabled people can have a far harder time with this than able-bodied house hunters. After all, most homes weren’t created to be accessible or with accessibility in

By |2021-04-04T18:19:24-04:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Noticing security features

Locks: what kind of lock adds to your security? I took this picture in a condo building. It was the kind of building that had one hall, with a front and back stairwell that led outside. There was an elevator in the middle of the row of units. My client was a single woman. As

By |2021-03-21T14:03:25-04:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

Vacation home shopping? Don’t get ripped off

After our (virtual) client appreciation party this year, I heard from one of our happy homeowners about their vacation home search. She wrote: We are working with the agent who previously helped us with a rental. He is absolutely not at the caliber of working with you and your team, but I think for second

By |2021-02-05T12:49:13-05:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Exclusive Buyer's Agents, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Fair Market Value, and how to know what’s fair

In every market, I run into buyers who do not look at Fair Market Value (FMV) when they decide what a property is worth. That's a mistake. To negotiate the lowest possible price for a property, a buyer needs a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the Fair Market Value (FMV). Properties sell for what

What stays, what goes, when you buy a house?

What stays and what goes -- by law and custom -- in real estate in Massachusetts? Personalty or chattel is everything in the house that was not built into it or built specifically for it. Chattel includes washers, dryers, refrigerators, furniture, chairs, bookshelves, rugs, curtains, and such. Realty is everything that is attached to the house, wired

By |2021-01-24T10:32:26-05:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

What makes a real estate website accessible to vision impaired and other disabled people?

In July, last year, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® sent an advisory out that brokers were receiving demand letters regarding the inaccessibility of their websites. A group called Access4All, Inc notified Massachusetts and Florida Realtor® associations that having property information sites that were not accessible violated Fair Housing Laws, since blind, vision impaired, and other

By |2021-02-22T14:55:25-05:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

The Chimney, with Care

Santa has a hard time in eastern Massachusetts. So many of our chimneys are in rough shape. Some are no longer in use, but stick out of our roof lines, nonetheless.  In truth, the big guy couldn’t come down a modern chimney, even one in good shape. They tend to be two-foot square, at best;

By |2020-12-21T20:36:25-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

Autumn Review: What’s happening in real estate?

There is high demand to buy housing. In 2020, people had months at home, learning everything they hate about where they live. So, when real estate started up again this summer, buyer demand was high. In the summer, the best sales were on empty houses, since neither buyers nor sellers were comfortable with showings of

By |2020-11-10T10:59:17-05:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Dave, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , |

House Hunting for Energy Efficiency

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 |2020-10-27T08:40:17-04:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |