providence: TOP TIPS FOR BUYING A PROPERTY ABROAD - 06/06/19 11:25 AM
Everyone has a crazy aunt or uncle. When I was 18, I had the incredible fortune of my own aunt Pam sweeping my small group of former girl scout friends off to India for the Summer. Six extraordinarily different cities and four travel diaries later I was sold on the country. Leaving was a wretched affair, and my dramatic teenage crying as I departed my first foreign country is what gave my future adult self an insatiable attraction to the dream of investing in a home outside of the United States.
If your dreams of buying property in a foreign destination are … (0 comments)

providence: Introducting the Library Project - 10/22/13 01:50 AM
“We have to keep them all,” my 8-year-old self demanded.
My mother, slightly exasperated and attempting to get my bedroom packed up into boxes for moving day, sighed tiredly. “You have plenty of books. And you have already read these ones.” Adamant, I informed her: “When I grow up I am going to own a library with lots of books. So we have to keep them until then.” 
 
My mother will tell anyone we know embarrassing stories of the youthful beginnings of my overconfident ambitions. We never could have guessed that I would get that particular proclamation right. (I can … (0 comments)

providence: Full Disclosure ~ A Letter to Sellers (and their agents) - 05/28/13 03:16 AM
Being under contract is never dull. But one recent transaction that I was involved with highlighted one of the more concerning aspect of the home purchase process: the reliability of sellers’ disclosures.  Below are a few choice items that were missing from these particular sellers required disclosures, but that anyone who has ever read a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book could figure out at first sight of these clues:
·         When your family brushes their teeth and keeps all other toiletries in and around the kitchen sink, the bathroom plumbing is probably not working properly.
·         When termites swarm inside … (1 comments)

providence: What your Zodiac Sign Says about your Home Buying Mentality - 04/05/13 06:08 AM
 
Realtors well know that every Buyer approaches the home purchase process differently. Every transaction inevitably becomes a study in human behavior, and the best agents learn how to communicate effectively with every personality type.
In order to get a sense of where new buyers are emotionally as they embark on what is likely to be the biggest investment of their lives, we professionals ask them all sorts of preliminary questions in an effort to learn as much about them as we can in the short amount of time that we have with them. But there is one question that … (0 comments)

providence: The Elmgrove Avenue Project (Providence) - 01/21/13 01:12 AM
I am not ashamed to say that despite being raised in a family well respected in Massachusetts for its architectural and high-end construction building firm, I have turned up my nose at new construction since I was old enough to decipher the difference between historic hand blown glass windows and vinyl replacements. I have carried this distaste for any home built post-1945 into my adult years. Being a bit on the stubborn side, I have rarely made exception to this philosophy.
So those of you who have seen the “Coming Soon,” sign in front of the diamond in the rough on … (0 comments)

providence: FEELS LIKE HOME ~ PART 2 - 07/22/12 08:06 AM
“Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.”
– Abraham Vergese, Cutting for Stone
 
 
 
For those of you who read part one of this article a few newsletters back (I love you, return readers), I thought it might be a good time to address a key factor in a buyers home buying process. Where, and what, exactly, is “home?”
 
Our company deals with transient professionals and relocating homebuyers on a daily basis. Quite often, we work with young couples whose careers have led them into Rhode Island … (0 comments)

providence: Stories in the Walls - 07/18/12 05:56 AM
Stigmatized property disclosures and what realtors aren't telling you.
 
This past winter, a nearly skeletonized corpse of a man was found, gun still in hand, in a Milwaukee home. The home had recently been foreclosed on, and an unassuming realtor had the horrifying job of finding him during the initial inspection of the new listing. The man had been dead, and unmissed, for 4 years.
 
This really happened. And while such horrors may be hard to wrap one’s head around in the normal course of a normal day; suicide, and other terrible tragedies, are unfortunately much more common right here in our little state … (0 comments)

providence: It Feels like Home - 01/25/12 12:43 AM

 
 “This is the one. We want to make an offer!”
 
As a real estate broker, it is of course not unusual for me to hear these words. And while I usually have a good sense of which properties my client’s will be attracted to, I have on more than one occasion been completely thrown by some of the properties that left my buyers weak in the knees. Like parents struggling to accept their teenagers tattooed boyfriend, these transactions are often the roughest for my “I know better than you what’s good for you,” realtor mentality to come to terms with.
 
The “one,” … (2 comments)

providence: Crime and Punishment - 12/29/11 05:34 AM
"If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment-as well as the prison." - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
 
Today my office was yet again put in a position to draw a line between responsibility in disclosure, accountability, and our job description. Where the line should be drawn is still unclear.
 
As a full service brokerage, we oftentimes  represent lessors, matching and placing well-qualified tenants into their properties. Over the past few years, well-qualified has meant, at a minimum, job history and reference verification, credit check, and confirmation of rental/home history. Our … (0 comments)

providence: Nola’s first Day @ Bluff - 09/29/10 05:45 AM
Nola, my best friend Dawn's 13 month old daughter, is just about the happiest, most darling little thing when left to her own devices. She was in top form yesterday when Dawn came over to help me with the landscaping at Bluff. Problem was that "her own devices" meant crawling around through plaster-dusted rooms and splintered floors. So I got "Nola" duty, while Dawn began doing battle with the horrendously overgrown hedges in the front yard. We spent the afternoon walking up and down the porch stairs, Nola's hands in mine to keep her from touching anything. Surprisingly not boring. Shocking … (4 comments)

 
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