Getting to Green. By making older homes and buildings more energy efficient, you make a smart investment. Buildings that save energy sell faster and for more money. They cost less to run--cutting your utility bills. They are healthier and more comfortable to live in--with less mold and fewer allergens...preventing drafts and hot and cold rooms.
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Tale of two houses on the market: House #1 was a clean, dated "granny house." It needed new kitchen, bath and updating, but it was a nice property at a realistic price. Easy to show on lockbox. No notice. It sold and settled in 3 weeks. One block away, House #2 had comparable sq footage with upda...
I LOVE electronic signatures. Alas, the listing agent just told me that Chase Bank would not take them. I'm not sure if I believe him. Has anybody run into this?
"No showings during the week because of the dog." Are you nuts? I had some great cash buyers from out of town who gave me one day's notice to set up some showings. The house that met their needs exactly could not be shown because the owners were at work and their dog was home alone. Those sellers...
I know it is a pain to have your house on the market, but we can't sell your house unless we can show it!!!! Seems obvious, I know. Beautiful summer day. Maybe you are at the Farmer's Market? Or off to the beach? Lots of buyers call us at the last minute. It is a buyers' market. Buyers are king. ...
http://bo.st/Kh3brJ Link to an article in today's Boston Globe. Frustrated seller has the same mustard-colored carpet upstairs that was there when she bought her home. She's put $25,000 in improvements and she's asking basically the same price as when she bought her house. She has a credit for n...
My listing is in the PA countryside in the tiny town of Durham, 70 miles from the Holland Tunnel, in a scenic, rural small town in Bucks Co. PA. My beef with NY Times is that if people don't know the name "Durham"--which most people don't, and they aren't searching the zip code, how can they find...
This is a side view of the main house at Sunrock Farm, circa 1790, in Durham, PA, near Rieglesville. It is 70 miles from the Holland Tunnel, 1 hour from Center City, Philadelphia, 17 miles from the Frenchtown bridge to NJ. In addition to the 4 bedroom, 2 bath house, there is an exquisite PA Ban...
Things come in waves. My buyers are all asking for 1st floor powder rooms. In the average, 60-year-old houses that I sell, some have them and some don't. I get it that some people have elderly relatives that need them, but these days it seems everybody wants one. I don't think they make sense unl...
Ihttp://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/house-watch-to-boost-resale-value-consider-the-quality-of-your-insulation/2012/01/17/gIQAkMrvDQ_story.html f you don't believe me, read the article in the Washington Post.
Here is the debate that I am having with my seller: He has a beautiful, 200 year old stone Colonial farmhouse on 4 acres that has been on the market for more than a year. I'm the 3rd agent in. In olden days, many Colonial homes were built right next to the road. His is no exception. The view of h...