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The Window of Opportunity

The market is now predicted to stall.  This is a window of opportunity for downsizers. A high market (which is what we have now) means a good return on your current house. You can now buy more easily and still draw equity from your house that is now too big for your lifestyle; that's the

By |2018-11-13T17:13:46+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, thinking of selling?|

Good Time to Downsize

A rising market favors people who are downsizing because the higher the property value, the greater the sale of the more expensive, bigger property. This offsets the higher price of the downsized, smaller property, assuming both properties are rising at the same rate. Suppose you own a house that was worth $650,000 before the mini-bubble.

By |2018-06-28T17:33:15+00:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Market data and conditions, Money and finance, thinking of selling?|

Which Improvements Pay Off at Resale?

Improvements. Which ones pay off at resale? I get asked that all the time. Once our clients become homeowners, they start thinking like sellers. Some improvements pay back at a high rate at resale. Some only pay back in your enjoyment of the place (and may help you sell faster.) Here's a list from Groom

By |2018-06-03T19:29:35+00:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Buying trends, Problems and repair, thinking of selling?|Tags: |

Spring Market Might be Good for Buyers, says Wall Street Journal

How does a seller’s market end? A seller-favoring market exists when there is more demand for housing than supply. Since about 2012 or 2013, buyers found fewer properties for sale than they did during the recession (when foreclosures added to the number of houses and condos for sale.) Limited supply created the seller-favoring market we’ve

Do It Yourself or Hire Someone?

What projects should you take on, and which are better done by someone else? It's a personal choice. That choice changes, depending on your time and your health and flexibility. Jim Vogel from ElderAction.org has this advice: With all of the pressures of modern life, it’s easy to forget about your house. That’s too bad

By |2018-01-03T07:24:32+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair, Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , , , |

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

If I incorporate my art into my house, should I remove it before I sell? My clients, T. and E. are selling their house. They are leaving two stained glass pieces that T. made. They are also leaving a wallet holder that T.’s father made. He is attached to it, but it “belongs” in that

What is WRONG with those listing agents?

Buyer tip: A badly done listing sheet can save you money. Many buyers will reject a place based on bad pictures, or not enough pictures.  Some agents don't do their job. There's plenty of them. Enough to fill humor sites like Lighter Side of Real Estate, Bad MLS photos, Hooked on Houses, Terrible real estate photography,  Even

By |2017-11-28T21:39:24+00:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: House Hunting, Negotiating, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , |

Downsizing: Timing and Cost

A rising market favors people who are downsizing because the higher the property value, the greater the sale of the more expensive, bigger property. This offsets the higher price of the downsized, smaller property, assuming both properties are rising at the same rate. Suppose you own a house that was worth $650,000 before the mini-bubble.

By |2017-08-18T21:54:34+00:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , |

Sellers still making the same mistakes

In 2012, my old Boston.com colleague, Scott Van Voorhis, quoted me about house preparation for sellers. The article came directly out of my experience with buyers being turned off by sellers' house preparation, or lack thereof. This weekend, I showed some property and saw the same stuff. If the house is under-priced and set for

By |2017-07-17T11:02:09+00:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: thinking of selling?|Tags: , |

Senior Moves: Making a New House Feel Like Home

Today, a guest post from Jim Vogel: Your home is yours. Your children’s wedding photos line the walls, your grandmother’s tulips bloom in the front yard every spring, and you can still make out the faintest hint of marker where grandkids made the wall their canvas. But now that you’re moving to a new house

By |2017-06-18T22:52:03+00:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , |