House Hunting

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 |2021-01-22T07:20:34-05:00January 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: , , , , , |

Real Estate in the Summer of Covid-19: remember the bugs

Trending: Buyers seeking more space My colleagues on The Cape are getting inundated with buyers who are giving up on city living. They are buying their vacation homes first (or buying their second homes now). The logic? If work-from-home becomes acceptable to employers, why not live in a beautiful place and telecommute to Boston? City

By |2020-07-23T06:32:04-04:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are those flying ants or termites?

Is that a termite? Relax! That’s a flying ant. Flying ants don’t eat your house, but termites do. Here’s how to know the difference. Flying ants have a body shape like any other ant. Ants have three distinct sections. Their antennae do not come directly forward; they bend.           Termites, on

By |2020-07-02T12:00:29-04:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |