Should I Take My Home Off The Market For The Holidays?

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Come the end of October and the beginning of November home sellers start wondering "should I take my home off the market for the holidays?". There wisdom is there are more buyers in the spring and there is usually a slight uptick in home prices in the spring.  While yes there are more buyers there is also more inventory to choose from. As far as waiting another 4-6 months to relist your home no one knows what the future holds there are three things that can happen.  The market … Continue reading...

Depersonalize Your Home for Sale- Take The Home Out of Your House

Horrible Home Decor- Time to depersonalize your home

I ran across an article on the HGTV site about 10 Best Kept Secrets to Sell Your Home. Tip #4 was "take the home out of your house."  I love that phrase. Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia … Continue reading...

Five Top REALTORS Around the Country Discuss Pricing Your Home Right

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I have compiled a summary and links to 5 REALTORS discussing pricing your home right and the impact it has on you, the seller.  As one of the REALTOR points out and I agree wholeheartedly, is "no amount of marketing will sell an overpriced home". Pricing your home properly based on market data is the most important aspect of selling your home. Bill Gassett, Hopkington MA- Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home Bill has an excellent article, Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home. In … Continue reading...

The Verbal Offer- Seller Beware

Sellers beware of verbal offer.

After showing a house I am listing I received a verbal offer on the property.  The buyer insisted I present his verbal offer. As a seller, there are few things you need to know about verbal offers.   It is important to know why you should slow down and insist the offer is in writing.  Here in Massachusetts, an offer is a loose term.  A home buyer usually submits a contract to purchase.  Along with the contract the buyer will also submit any supporting documents like a pre-approval or proof of … Continue reading...

A UHaul Move, A Good Experience

Uhaul moving

I recently helped a friend make a semi long distance move.  My friend was moving a 4 room apartment into storage into a garage about 150 miles away.  We ultimately decided that doing a UHaul move would be the most economical choice, as my friend would shortly be moving again and would have to pay for two moves would be costly. I started by getting quotes from various companies about doing the entire move. Being a REALTOR, I called my go to movers, Bresnanhan's Moving out of … Continue reading...

Deferred Showings- A Powerful Marketing Tool

Deferred Showings

        Recently a fellow REALTOR and friend of mine, Bill Gassett who specializes in the Hopkinton MA Real Estate market and the surrounding area wrote about The Pro's and Con's of delaying showings as a marketing tool. I myself will often use deferred showings as a marketing tool to gain exposure on my seller's homes.  Bill's article prompted me to write about my take on deferred showings. What is a deferred showing? Deferred showings is where a home … Continue reading...

UCC Solar Panel Advisory

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Previously I have written an article about solar panels, Selling Your Home with Solar Panels.  Before signing a lease and installing solar panels or having a lease agreement transferred to your name, their are a few things to consider.  One point that was brought up  in this article, is that most companies will file a lien or an encumbrance against your home.  Register John O'Brien, from the Southern Essex Registry of Deeds has issued a UCC Solar Panel advisory. Check out this article from … Continue reading...

Podcast- What is Wrong with Zillow?

I have been a frequent guest on Keeping it Real Estate on North Shore 104.9.  The show airs every Saturday at 9 a.m.  One of the topics this week was "What is wrong with Zillow". You can listen to this past Saturdays podcast: So What is wrong with Zillow? Zillow is wildly popular among home buyers and home sellers.  It definitely has some good information to impart.  So what is wrong with Zillow? Zillow is in the business of making money.  Yup thats it.  They are wildy popular … Continue reading...

The First Showings of Your Home are Online

your homes first showings are on line

The past 10-15 years have definitely changed the dynamics for home buyers and home sellers.  The primary difference is the internet.  What home sellers need to understand is that the first showings of your home are online. What do you mean The First Showings of your Home are Online? I have been a full time agent since early 2002.  By 2005 most home buyers were using the internet as their main tool of identifying homes for sale.  Lets look at some information: 87% of home buyers found the … Continue reading...

Good News for Home Sellers, New Home Buyers Entering the Marketplace

TransUnion is estimating that millions of "boomerang buyers" will hit the real estate market in the next several years, providing good news for home sellers sitting on the sidelines. TransUnion defines a boomerang buyer is a homeowner that experienced a financial crunch and may have lost a home to foreclosure or short sale, had serious late payments on their mortgage, or went through a loan modification. These homeowners have not been in a position to buy a home because of their credit.   As … Continue reading...