buying: To Sell or Not to Sell? - 02/04/21 09:56 AM
...That is the question.
Are you contemplating selling your home in 2021? Many are... but are not totally confident about what to do. That's why it's important to find a qualified Real Estate Professional to help you through the process of selling, buying, and negotiating a home sale or purchase. Remember, interest rates are low, inventory is low and demand is high. 
Below is a thumbnail sketch showing some high view information about the market last year, year over year. What you see may surprise you BUT believe it or not the market is hot and homes don't stay on the market for … (6 comments)

buying: Should I...?? - 01/08/21 08:27 AM
These days, The question(s) people are asking most are should I sell my house or wait? AND the other is... if I sell my house will I be able to purchase what I want?
Anyone who knows me knows that I believe any day is a good day to purchase or sell Real Estate. Your decision really depends on your situation.
What is important to accept is, Buyers and Sellers need to have a Professional Realtor® on their team to help them traverse this complicated Real Estate Market. 
The news remains the same; inventory is at record lows, interest rates are at record lows, … (9 comments)

buying: Real Estate for 2021... - 01/05/21 12:55 PM
No one has a crystal ball when predicting what the Real Estate Market has in store for us in 2021, BUT, there are experts that are able to look at statistics, mathematical algorithms, evaluate the trends, and provide a somewhat big picture look. NOW, all Real Estate Markets are local AND every market is different. That being said, below is an infographic forecasting the 2021 Real Estate Market for the United States.
For sure, wherever you are there will be people selling and buying Real Estate. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the 2021 market should you be up in the … (10 comments)

buying: Would You Believe... - 09/19/20 11:56 AM
...that the Real Estate Market, hot, hot? I don't need to tell Realtors® that cuz they're all scrambling looking for listings to satisfy the demand of buyers. Prices are up, Interest rates are down, down, down, and properly maintained and priced property is here today and gone tomorrow. Multiple offer situations are almost a normality, these days. 
So, what's a buyer to do? Be Prepared is the best thing and the next best thing? Be Patient, don't play games, make your offer your highest and best. Many buyers these days are foregoing home inspections (not something I recommend) but they are doing … (26 comments)

buying: Will The Rates Keep Falling or... - 08/19/20 12:10 PM
Holy Moly! In 1985 when we purchased our home I never would have thought or even believed the interest rates would be where they are today! I almost fell off my feet when one of our sons called and told me the interest rate he just locked in on a refinance of his home. 2.75% 30-year fixed!! We paid over 13% in 1985. I can remember asking my father why he wouldn't pay off his house, to which he replied "Where am I goin' find 6% 
Thus, ALL you folks considering the purchase of a home in 2020 NOW is the … (12 comments)

buying: Is It A Good Time? - 07/22/20 07:06 AM
People always wonder whether it's the right time to place their home(s) on the active market. I guess it would depend on your reason for considering that option. There are many reasons for selling. Job relocation, avoid foreclosure, downsize, upgrade, end of relationship, death, and so on. In my mind, whatever the reason you decide, it is the right time.
BUT, in this market of low inventory, high demand, and low-interest rates it may be easier to sell your home than buying another. Take that into consideration and be prepared to compete. 
Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right … (18 comments)

buying: The Road to Recovery... - 04/07/20 08:07 AM
Here we are in an area of Real Estate few of us have experienced! The COVID-19 Coronavirus has thrown a major curveball at our nation and how we do business. At one point, in Massachusetts, Real Estate was deemed to be a non-essential business. The State Association (MAR) worked with the State Legislature which resulted in the Governor reversing course and deeming us as essential. For some being declared non-essential was a blow to their psyche BUT that's better than being viewed as expendable (If you're a veteran you understand)  =:o)
Calendar year Q1 is over so I figured I'd share what … (10 comments)

buying: Alive & Well? - 03/07/20 09:07 AM
I was sitting here with thoughts of Spring and decided to take a look at the whole Georgetown, MA Real Estate Market. Mind you, Georgetown is a town of roughly 8700 with approximately 3000 households.
Here's a March 7 look at the Georgetown, MA Real Estate Market: There are currently: 6 Single Family residences on the Active Market 3 Condominiums 1 Multi-Family 4 Tracts of Land 2 Commercial Rentals Meanwhile, there are 16 properties currently progressing to closing. And 13 more properties have SOLD/Closed in the last 3 months (typically slow months) Diagnosis: The Georgetown Real Estate Market is Alive and … (2 comments)

buying: They're Out There... - 01/28/20 06:43 AM
You heard me...They're out there...Buyers, that is. In many areas of the country inventory levels are low and buyer demand is high. There are many 1st-time buyers AND the Millenial Generation is now entering the market. 
No matter whether you are a first-time buyer or seasoned veteran buyer I believe in using checklists. At our Keller Williams Realty office, we have checklists to follow to ensure we complete all the tasks necessary for the transaction. Today I have included a basic checklist for Buyers compiled by the folks at KCM. If you're in the market to purchase, you need to be ready … (25 comments)

buying: Finally!!!... - 01/24/20 02:27 PM
"REALLY" "It really happened, it really happened, Doug?"
My clients were beginning to believe they wouldn't be successful in finding their 1st home.
Truth is, they found several homes and we placed offers on 6 (six) of the properties only to be outbid. Their terms were always good, putting 10%-15% down but, multiple-offer situations drove the sales price above the top of their range. We had to stay within the immediate area they were looking since anything North, South, and West was too expensive. 
Just so you know, If we went East we'd be swimmin' with the fish.
We found a great place on … (24 comments)

buying: Considerations for 2020 - 12/12/19 07:12 AM
 A 365 Day Difference in Homeownership
  Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits. Here’s a look at three of them:
Refinance: If you already own a home, you may want to decide if you’re going to refinance. It’s one way to lock in a lower monthly payment and save substantially over time, but it also means paying upfront closing costs too. You have to answer the question: Should I refinance my home? Move-up or Downsize: Another option is to … (10 comments)

buying: Are You Moving... - 08/29/19 09:41 AM
...And Do You Have Kids? 
Moving is not one of my favorite things BUT, if you have kids it adds another dynamic to the move. The 2019 Moving with Kids Report provides information on the dynamics of moving with kids. 
Top Priorities When Moving With Kids   According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right size, location, school district, and more.
Recently, … (8 comments)

buying: The Time Is Now... - 07/31/19 08:10 AM
If You're Waiting For The Perfect Time You May Be Waiting Forever!!
It is always my belief that NOW is always the best or perfect time to sell or buy a home if you've made that decision to move forward. Inventory is low and may be headed higher, demand is high, interest rates are low and may be going lower! SO...get all your ducks in order and move forward.
Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Sell Your House  
As a homeowner, it’s always tempting to dream about the next big project you’re going to tackle. The possibilities are endless. Should … (2 comments)

buying: The Cost of Waiting... - 06/12/19 11:15 AM
I've burned myself several times in life by procrastination or thinking I was smarter than I actually am. In Real Estate, the market changes day by day. Waiting could cost you plenty of dollars OR you just might luck out. When Pam & I bought our house in 1985 the interest rates were at 13% and rising, as were prices, BUT, we knew the market and knew that rates would not remain high even though the rates went to 18% before correcting. On that one occasion, we did not hesitate/wait...We Bought!
My advice is Do Not Wait. My motto is "It's … (27 comments)

buying: Pricing, Pricing, Pricing... - 03/28/19 08:37 AM just as important as Location, Location, Location. Our youngest son recently looked at a NH home. The pictures looked great, the price was great yet the puzzling fact was it had been on the market for over 100 days. Hmmm...commercial zone, trailer park abuts the backyard, stoneworks company abuts the right side and the highway the let side. Even this house (used as a commercial bldg then renovated to a house) wasn't PTSI
      Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?  
In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for … (14 comments)

buying: Only 4??? - 03/11/19 09:51 AM
Good Morning, Afternoon, or Evening... That should cover I came across this article from the folks at KCM and decided to look at it because I could probably cite 40 reasons for buying a home this Spring. The 4 they mention are prime reasons to buy and those 4 ways can be inclusive of many more. When Pam & I were buyers we had been looking for some time AND interest rates were rising every week. We were hot to trot, had looked at many properties, got beat out of 3. We knew owning was way better than renting, for us. … (4 comments)

buying: R U Still Renting? Part 2 - 10/08/18 12:32 PM
 There are many reasons people can cite for renting vs buying, BUT, the article below from KCM does a good job outlining...
          The True Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home  
 Please take note of a link showing 5 benefits of owning  
  Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for the entirety of America’s existence. reported that:
“Buying remains the more attractive option in the long term – that remains the … (6 comments)

buying: R U Still Renting? - 10/08/18 08:59 AM
Rents are skyrocketing!
For many, renting is more expensive than owning!
Interest rates are still low.
Owning a home builds wealth AND I read someplace homeowners are healthier.
This is not a post to convince you to buy or rent BUT if you are considering taking the plunge...
Your Someday has arrived.
Contact me

buying: Easy Peasy or Is It? - 05/03/18 08:25 AM
Buying or Selling a home is supposed to be easy, right? Not necessarily. Sellers and Buyers can help themselves, greatly, by teaming up with a qualified professional Realtor®. An experienced Realtor® can remove much of the stress and emotion associated with the entire process. 
My son just made a purchase in VA where the combination agent/attorney for the seller was incompetent. The lack of negotiating and paperwork skills made this a very stressful transaction on all sides. This left the job to his agent and attorney to ensure the process held together.
I found this article online that gives 3 basic tips to … (2 comments)

buying: Do I Really Need 20% for a Down Payment? - 10/17/17 02:39 PM
I still run into people that believe they are required to have 20% of the purchase price for a down payment on a home purchase. I field this question from 1st-time buyers to older folks who are down-sizing and haven't purchased a home in a number of years. The answer to the question is...
No… You Do Not Need 20% Down To Buy NOW!  
The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The … (4 comments)

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