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As huge flakes of heavy wet snow blanketed central Massachusetts on Wednesday, my heart sank.  I feared that, coupled with the impending year-end holidays, it would be a knockout blow to the residential real estate market in my small rural towns for the rest of 2014.  Indeed, the MLS has for week...
Barbara Corcoran won't take "no" for an answer. Speaking at the Greater Boston Associaton of Realtors' Roadshow, Conference and Expo yesterday in Norwood, MA, she recounted the story of how, just days before she was to fly to California to sign a contract securing her role as one of the star entr...
Got horses?  If so, you'll be right at home at 215 Podunk Road in Sturbridge, MA, a three-acre horse haven with a 4-stall barn, fenced grassy paddocks, and an outdoor riding area illuminated by floodlights, so you can ride after work, even if it's getting dark.  It's located less than three mile...
I've lost two very nice listings in the last month because my realistic Market Analyses suggested prices that the sellers refused to accept.  In each case, the listing went to an agent who priced it at least $100,000 (20-25%) higher than even the most optimistic market assessment would have indi...
One of the most hurtful kinds of feedback sellers can get is that their home "doesn't smell very good." Buyers aren't always referring to the obvious offenders, such as cat urine or dirty laundry or rotting garbage; they may just be reacting to an indescribable "something in the air" that puts th...
When I was a brand new agent, back in 1998, I started out working for a boutique firm that specialized only in horse properties.  I am a lifelong horse lover, and used to breed and race thoroughbreds, so this spot seemed like a natural for me.  I soon learned, however, that buyers for these kinds...
With 10 homes having sold in the last month and another 15 under agreement, the real estate market in Harvard appears to be humming along.   The price of the homes that closed during the last 30 days ranged from $320,000 to the $775,000 for 21 Depot Road, which brought $45,000 more than its origi...
There is little that infuriates sellers as much as a buyer's agent who makes an appointment to show their home, and then never comes, having made no effort to cancel, either by contacting an automated showing service or by calling or texting the listing agent to let her know that for whatever rea...
You don't have to spend a fortune or go to elaborate lengths to stage your home.  In yesterday's "Market Ready" article on how to prepare your home for sale when you've got young children, New York Times design writer Tim McKeough was asked, "What's the bare minimum we should do?" McKeough elicit...
"Don't be afraid to give the appraiser information about the house down the street that sold for $10,000 less," advised Gary Bourque, president of Central Mass Appraisals, during a recent continuing education class hosted by the North Central Association of Realtors.  Bourque said there is usuall...

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