Don’t bury your head in the sand

When the market shifts from a seller’s market to a buyers market, the sellers can feel the greatest impact. Let’s say you have an identical home to your neighbor, but their home sold only 12 months ago for $50,000 over the asking price in a multiple offer situation, it’s only understandable that you should expect…

Don’t play hard to get with your home

In most recent years, with the previous market red hot for sellers, we’ve seen more and more people choosing to list their homes as “off-market.” While I’m not the biggest proponent of this strategy, I can understand the appeal of a homeowner taking this approach. You test out a high price, expose your home to…

Shift with the shifting housing market

There’s something happening in Boston real estate right now, and it’s more than just the seasonal holiday slowdown. To put it bluntly, the market is shifting. It’s settling down. It’s taking a breather, so to speak. And as famous economist Herbert Stein once said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” A market shift can…

Hello Agent, Goodbye Stress

One of my agents recently worked with buyers, the proverbial empty nester couple, who were selling their home in the suburbs to buy a new home in the city. Let’s call them Sue and Bob.   Sue and Bob, unfortunately, had a very bad experience just before meeting my agent. They had gone to an…

Squashing the Stereotype

Let’s face it, the real estate industry has less than stellar reputation. Believe me, we’ve witnessed it firsthand. The reality is, not all agents are professional, polished and truly committed to client service. And, as with all industries, it’s a small few that often color the reputation of the group overall.   We understand the…

When is the best time to sell my home?

We are asked this question often, and the answer is fairly straightforward: the best time to sell is when it’s best for YOU.   Yes, there’s certainly a seasonality to the real estate cycle. We might not recommend putting your home on the market the day before Thanksgiving or July 4th. In general, holidays are…

Selling with a Move in Mind

When you’ve lived in your home for 30, perhaps even 40, years, trying to visualize your next home can feel next to impossible.   Selling a house after so much time and so many memories is no small undertaking. There are the logistics of preparing for the sale, the decluttering, the small repairs, and the…