Tips & Tricks

April 7, 2021

How to Make Sure Your New Home is Smart Tech Ready

Let’s say you bought a new home – or you’re considering one – and you wish to upgrade some devices to smart ones. It’s not just a matter of having your smart tech delivered and then installing it; the process is more complex than that. 

First, you have to ...

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Dec. 1, 2020

Buying a Home in the Winter

If you've lived in the Greater Boston area, or done research on the housing market here, you will notice that it is incredibly seasonal in nature.  The conventional wisdom is that you shouldn’t buy your home in the winter because no one wants to buy a home and ...

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April 9, 2020

Forbearance is Not Forgiveness: Navigating Your Mortgage

The COVID-19 virus has appeared to have infected us in many more areas of our lives these days, other than as a profound illness. The economics of the virus has led to millions of layoffs, company shutdowns, and therefore the loss of immeasurable jobs. This burden is requiring many homeowners ...

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April 2, 2020

Negotiating Home Repairs with a Seller

Buying a home is rarely a simple and entirely stress-free process, and one piece of the process that potential buyers agonize over is the home inspection.

Unless a buyer is agreeing to buy a home “as-is,” many will want to have a home inspection completed prior to making ...

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March 26, 2020

Seniors: Here's How to Make Downsizing a Breeze

If you’re in your retirement years, downsizing can be both exhilarating and stressful. It can be an exciting time because you’ve decided to move on to a new chapter — you’ll meet new people, settle into a new place, and spice up your daily routine. It’s also a huge undertaking ...

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March 19, 2020

What does 'Pre-Approval' Entail?

Finding a mortgage became easier when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began mandating that lenders provide a new, simplified disclosure form to help consumers compare home loans, but the process is still no walk in the park!  Before you offer on a home, a seller will want to have certain ...

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Nov. 28, 2019

Clean Up After the Holidays in No Time

The holidays are a time for reflection and love--surrounding yourself with your chosen family and creating new memories.  But for many hosts and hostesses the holiday season also comes with the unwanted quality of stress.  Check out these tips that’ll make your kitchen cleanup faster and easier when ...

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Nov. 21, 2019

3 Ways to Lower Your Winter Energy Bill

Cozying up in a warm house is my most beloved winter activity, but long after the holiday cookies are gone, I'm left with soul-crushing energy bills. The average monthly residential electricity bill in Massachusetts is $94, which is actually one of the lowest in the country. It's certainly ...

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Nov. 14, 2019

How to Tell if a Home Has Good Bones

The term “good bones” has become synonymous with opportunity when it comes to buying a home in Greater Boston. A house with good bones is a solid structure with good systems that allows a buyer to renovate the interiors and make improvements to create the ideal living space. However, the ...

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Oct. 24, 2019

To Stage or Not to Stage: Why Staging and Professional Photography is a Game Changer

A few weeks ago, The Boston Globe published an article decrying the overuse of staging in the Boston real estate market, and in doing so portrayed agents who express the importance of staging as nothing more than uncreative monkeys just parroting quick one-liners like "buyers have no imagination".

But here ...

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