Two Incomes and Your Mortgage: Covid Edition

Women who leave the workforce From March to June 2020, children were going to school via Zoom in most towns and cities in Massachusetts. Someone had to supervise children doing remote learning. Someone needed to be home, if the children were home. That someone was their mother, more often than not. Women who worked essential

By |2022-01-03T19:30:34-05:00January 5th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Money and finance|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our real estate advice through the end of 2021

Many of our clients read The Boston Globe for real estate news. In an October 4, 2021 article, entitled “(Some) good news for buyers in Boston’s (slightly) cooling housing market,” Zoe Greenberg gave some hope that the post-lockdown housing boom is showing signs of going back to the seller-favoring conditions we have had since the

By |2021-12-18T13:00:15-05:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Buying trends, House Hunting, Market data and conditions|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

Bedrooms in 2020: Health and Mental Health

Here at 4 Buyers Real Estate, the year 2020 will go down in history as the year when our summer, fall, and winter buyers chose to buy because they hate where they are living now. In normal times, purchases feel more optional. This year, they had a special urgency. After the lockdown in the spring,

By |2020-12-15T13:11:16-05:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , |

In a recession, why are home prices rising?

"America is in a recession, so why are home buyers so optimistic and house prices rising?" I answer questions on Quora sometimes. I choose ones that either interest me personally or professionally. This one is a question that I have been hearing professionally, so it was one I considered answering. When I read the first

By |2020-08-27T11:42:00-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Market data and conditions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pod people in 2020

Creating a Pod During this pandemic, extended families of blood or affinity are forming. The term “pod” is being used to describe small groups of households who are sharing tasks like shopping and childcare. Modern pods are usually neighbors or parents of school-chums. Being in a pod involves a good deal of trust that the

By |2020-08-07T14:32:08-04:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Health and safety, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |

Asking the Right Questions about Schools: Covid-19 Edition

Parents and their children are in limbo this summer. Some schools may still reopen, in some form, come September. But how can parents make good decisions about what is best for their child? Working parents (especially mothers) are bearing the brunt of the burden created by closing schools and day care centers in 2020. What

By |2020-08-07T06:54:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Schools|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: , , , , , , |