Home Purchase & Education Go Hand in Hand

For many families, schools are an essential consideration when searching for a new home. However, most property searches only offer property related criteria such as price, beds, baths, and square feet. As such, locating properties that meet the criteria for your family and your child’s education can be challenging, especially when you are less familiar with an area. For this very reason, this website provides you with the ability to incorporate school ratings directly into your property search as a primary criteria.  Additionally, you’ll have access to detailed information and statistics on local schools and neighborhoods on every listing detail… Read More

How to Track Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner. This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home… Read More

Become an Expert on New Homes Hitting the Market

Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a powerful advantage, especially in tight real estate markets. Those who find properties first gain an edge by being the first have a chance to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, this first to market knowledge pays off. This post will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria. It’s important to first point out that this website offers… Read More

Choosing the Right Home

Looking for the right home can be a daunting process for first-time buyers and seasoned vets alike. From the style of the house to the type of appliances, there are countless factors that can go into such a big purchase. The following short checklist outlines the most important things you should think about when you’re on the hunt for a new home. 1. Define your budget: It’s never fun to fall in love with a house that you can’t afford. Avoid the heartbreak by taking the time to analyze your financial situation before you begin the search. Start by reviewing… Read More

Why List Today?

The #1 Reason to Put Your House on The Market TODAY!   The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that home sales declined 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.38 million in June from 5.41 million in May, and are 2.2% below a year ago. Some may look at these numbers and think that now is a bad time to sell their house, but in fact, the opposite is true.   The national slowdown in sales is directly tied to a lack of inventory available for the buyers who are… Read More

Good Bones

Does Your House Have Good Bones? By Susan Mogren Over the years, clients and potential homebuyers turn to realtors for help to determin if a particular house has the potential to meet their needs. They want to know if the house has “good bones”. We’ve all heard the term, but what does it actually mean?   My definition is a house that has the basic framework necessary to meet the needs and desire of my clients.  The key features are: solid and well built, good flow, open space, character, and natural light.   Quality construction – A house with good bones is… Read More

A Single Woman’s Guide to Home Ownership

A Single Woman’s Guide To Home Ownership Almost twice as many single women are purchasing homes than single men, and almost one in five homes purchased today are purchased by single women. So why are single women making up such a large part of the housing market, and what are the special considerations single women should make when purchasing a home? What Women Want The demographics of single women buying homes are quite diverse. All ages, young professional women in their 20s-40’s, middle age professional women,  divorced mothers,  down sizers, and snow birds, there are really no TYPICAL single women… Read More

Most Forgotten Items During a Move

Most Forgotten Items During A Move When moving day arrives, there’s nothing quite like the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something. Don’t leave anything behind! A good rule of thumb is that the LAST things that you use,  are likely to be those that are forgotten, so make sure to do a final check through the house before leaving.   Based on my experience #1 Forgotten clothes in the dryer #2 Dishes in the dishwasher #3 Medications #4 Lawn Mower, because it is out of sight #5 Bathroom plunger, it doesn’t look out of place. #6 Fire-Resistant Security Box #7 Bills to be paid… Read More

Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware Most buyers are unaware that in Massachusetts, with a few exceptions, the rule of Buyer Beware is still alive and well.  That is why the vast majority of transactions, buyers choose to have the property inspected by a licensed home inspector.  And it is also why there is a contingency in the offer, giving the buyer the right to opt out of the agreement they are not satisfied, or if there are defects or serious issues cannot be overcome. Caveat Emptor is an old common law rule which means “Buyer Beware”.  In plain English, it means that home… Read More

Tax Return Creativity

Get Creative With Your Tax Refund Experts will tell you to use your tax refund to pay down some debt or to tuck away into your savings. But, if you’ve already done both of those things — you might want to take a different approach: Using your refund to change your life. Research shows that putting your money into something that saves you time will actually increase your overall happiness. For example? * Consider hiring someone to do something that stresses you out (and saves you time) like cleaning your house. * Maybe you want to switch careers but need to… Read More