Covid-19

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: , , , , , , |

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Urban or Suburban: How to Choose

Because of Covid-19, people are changing the way they think about home life. City people are now starved for outdoor space. Suburban people feel more isolated. When house hunting, how high should outdoor space be on your list of priorities? Has being home 24/7 changed your mind about what is important?location City dwellers choose walkability

By |2020-07-23T07:00:20-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |