How Do You Calculate the Square Footage of Your Home?

Calculate square footage on your home accurately

The square footage of your home plays a large role in how to market your home and the buyers that will be attracted to your home as well. In this article we will be discussing How Do You Calculate the Square Footage of Your Home? Obviously, a 1200 square foot home will function much differently than a 4000 square foot home.  The cost of construction alone will be quite significant. The square footage of your home plays a fairly large role in determining the correct price of your home … Continue reading...

How Do You Determine Your Homes Value?

How to Determine Your Homes Value

When it come time to list your home the first question your going to ask "how do you determine your homes value?" There is nothing more critical than determining the correct price on your home.  There are serious consequences to overpricing your home and letting it linger on the market unsold. Three Ways NOT to Determine Your Homes Value First lets take a look at three ways that home sellers use to try and determine their homes value.  But, in no way are these three methods … Continue reading...

What to do When Your Buyer Requests Home Inspection Repairs

what to do when your home buyer makes home inspection repair requests

You have prepared your house for the market as best as you can, priced it accordingly and have your property under agreement.  Now you are nervously waiting the home inspections results.  The buyers have a long list of repair requests.  You are wondering what to do when your buyer requests home inspections repairs. Prevent Buyers From Requesting Repairs After A Home Inspection The best defense is a good offense.  When your preparing your home for the market go through … Continue reading...

Selling and Buying a Home at the Same Time- Lessening the Stress

lessen the stress when buying and selling a home at the same time

Ahhhh, to be a first time home buyer again, and only having to worry about buying a home.  Now as a move up buyer or a someone downsizing their home, now you need to worry about selling and buying a home at the same time.  It certainly can be stressful to balance the two simultaneous real estate transactions. When you are selling and buying a home at the same time there is certainly a balancing act to be achieved.  Ideally it would be perfect to sell your home and move into … Continue reading...

Should I Have an Open House to Sell My Home?

do open houses sell homes

Every home seller at some point wonders "do open houses sell homes"? For some sellers open houses are just an inconvenience.  The house needs to be cleaned, the kids and dog need to be packed up and they need to find something to do for a couple of hours for a few, potentially unqualified buyers to maybe come thru their home. For other home sellers, especially as their house sits on the market with few to no showings, it is the chance of selling their home and be able to move on to a … Continue reading...

I Need to Sell My Home But It Is Too Inconvenient To Show It

denying home shoings what is it costing you

Let's face it, showing your home to potential homeowners can be inconvenient.  You have to straighten up, pack up the family, take the dog and vacate your home.  And the longer your home is on the market, the more burdensome it becomes. Sometimes the timing is just plain bad. But think twice before denying showings of your home. Denying home showings is one of the big mistakes a homeowner can make when selling their home. I Need to Sell My Home But I Don't Want to Let You In to See … Continue reading...

How to Blow Up Your Home Sale in 7 Easy Steps

7 Common Mistakes the Home Sellers Make

You may laugh at the title, yet everyday home sellers will do something to blow up the sale of their home with one or more of the common mistakes home sellers make. The seller is the reason why the home didn't sell. Often times a seller is quick to blame the real estate agent for there home not selling where often it can be the seller sabotaging their own home sale.. As we hear news of the real estate market improving, I think it is important to note that in Essex County approximately 20% … Continue reading...

The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Handling Multiple Offers (Mostly Good)

The good the bad and the ugly of handling multiple offers

Recently I was in a multiple offer situation with a buyer looking to purchase a home in Chelmsford MA.  Which is what prompted me to write this article.  Current market conditions with low inventory and good homes moving quickly can see a Massachusetts home seller having multiple offers to review at the same time.  Following is a guide on how to handle multiple offers. The Givens When Handling Multiple Offers The first thing to remember when you are wondering how to deal with … Continue reading...

Staging Your Kitchen for Maximum Profits with Hot Insider Tips

Staging Your Kitchen

When it comes time to sell your home usually the kitchen is the room that gets the most scrutiny from home buyers.    Staging your kitchen can help you maximize your profits from the sale of your home. Think about it.  The kitchen will get so much attention from home buyers for two reasons.  First it is the most costly area of the home to remodel.  Secondly, for many, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  When buying a new home, buyers want to love their … Continue reading...

Escrow Monies- What Happens To Your Deposit in a Real Estate Transaction?

Deposit Money is a good faith deposit, or earnest money deposit that is tendered on the purchase of real estate which is then kept in an escrow account.  You will sometimes hear your deposit called escrow monies as well. The term escrow monies are used because most likely your deposit money will be kept in an escrow account. Massachusetts is a two contract state, typically a contract to purchase is signed (often called the offer) with a good faith deposit of typically $500 to a … Continue reading...