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Oct. 15, 2017

Why you need to be cautious when purchasing 1 bedrooms for investment or personal

One Bedroom Apartments

Ah, the one bedroom.  When you're on a budget, as an investor or just for yourself, the one bedroom looks like an attractive place to go.  It's cheap!  Sure, it's not big, but you don't need a lot of space ...

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April 28, 2017

How can you buy a property in auction when you don't have the cash?

How can you buy a property in auction when you don't have the cash?


In real estate, like other industries, sometimes the vocabulary gets in the way.  It is not uncommon for many real estate advertisements to say "cash only".  Sometimes, that means what it says, but most ...

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March 7, 2017

How do I file an Abatement in Massachusetts

The Abatement Process in Massachusetts isn't overly complicated.  Let's talk about what they are, and what to do if you're thinking the town is asking a bit too much from your wallet.  As always, this is not legal advice about what to do, as I am not ...

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Feb. 20, 2017

When Should I drop Contingencies in my Home Purchase Offer

It's a Competitive Marketplace - Is dropping a Contingency a Way Get My Home Offer Accepted?

In a competitive market, buyers are always looking for an edge.  It's not uncommon for the most popular properties to have multiple offers, with 2-5 bidders.  That's great for the seller, but ...

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Oct. 10, 2016

Top Five Tips for Attending an Open House - Without Your Agent

Top Five Tips for Attending an Open House

I try very hard to be at as many open houses with my clients as possible.  But sometimes, it's not possible - after all, there's only one of me!  In that case, you'll be at the open house with the ...

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Sept. 6, 2016

Top 10 Things To Know About Condos

What you should Know Before Making an Offer on that Condominium.

Here's my top 10 list for what you should know when researching condos.

The fee isn't all bad! Here's what you might get:

I know, I know, everyone hates condo fees.  But much of the fee ...

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July 9, 2016

The Rise of the Heat Pump in Residential Homes, A/C and Heat all in one!

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can heat a controlled space, or be reversed and cool the same space. Typically, there are two components to a heat pump system: an indoor unit called an air handler (which circulates air in the ...

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June 25, 2016

Should I Buy A Home with Knob and Tube Wiring?

Is Knob and Tube Wiring a Reason Not to Buy a Home?


If you're looking at antique homes, you may come across Knob & Tube wiring, which is something not many of us are familiar with. An excellent Wiki is here. But as far as purchasing a home ...

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June 25, 2016

What are Typical Closing Costs?

Closing Costs Types: Loan Fees and Pre-Pays

Whenever you're talking about Mortgages, there's really two types of closing costs. It's easy to get confused, so I thought I'd write this post to keep it clear. First up are what we could call mortgage related closing costs ...

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June 25, 2016

Pre-Paid PMI: A good option for Buyers faced with Primary Mortgage Insurance

What is PMI?

PMI, or Primary Mortgage Insurance, is one of the ugly little parts about buying real estate that most people learn about only after they've applied for a loan.  Not everyone pays PMI.  When you put down a substantial down payment, 20% or more, you do not ...

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