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...

5 Reasons not to Hire a Family Member as Your Real Estate Agent

Should you hire a family member as your real estate agent

So I just arrived back at the office from a showing where I heard, I have a "family member who is a real estate agent" they will be handling the transactions.  This article discusses 5 reasons why you should not hire a family member as your real estate agent. This woman spent a half an hour on the phone with me saying her and her husband are downsizing and they don't know where to start.    I layed out the steps for her that made sense for their individual circumstances.  She was so thankful … Continue reading...

New Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation (SRES)

Seniors Real Estate Specialist

I an your new SRES®.  I just completed training to become a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). By partnering with an SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) like me during your new home search, you'll gain the help and expertise of a REALTOR® specialized in meeting the needs of home buyers and sellers aged 50 plus. Not only do I have the experience of 13+ years in real estate, I have now have the education to help the 50+ community with their unique wants and needs when purchasing or … Continue reading...

Keep the Walks and Drives Shoveled

Selling your home keep stails and walks shoveled

If you are listing your home in the winter, remember to keep those walks and drives shoveled and clear of ice and snow.  You never know when you will have a showing.  Yes, too many of you this may seem silly but invariably, every winter I am showing homes where the walkways and drives have been untouched or been very poorly kept. Buyers can be out at anytime looking at houses and if they feel an urgency to buy, a snow storm will not slow them down.  I have shown homes during big storms or the … Continue reading...

Pay Now or Pay Later- Building Permits and Selling your Home

selling your home without building permits

As a real estate agents that has been in thousands and thousands of home and been involved in hundreds and hundreds of real estate transactions, I see many levels of home renovations that may or may not require a building permit.  Now, more than ever, between the high cost of homes, home inspections and buyers working with buyers agents, home buyers want to know the work was done properly and will quite often check on building permits or ask the seller to provide the completed building permits … Continue reading...

Selling Your Home with Solar Panels

Selling a home with Solar Panels

This past year I have run into solar panels both as a buyers agent and a listing agent.  It is important to understand what impact solar panels will have on selling your home.   So far solar panels have not been completely embraced by home buyers.  The thought of being green and saving money can actually create headaches and cost you money. If you are currently a home owner that is contemplating the installation of solar panels, take a step back and think about it.  … Continue reading...