Finding the best Buyer Agent for YOU – 7 Questions

How do you find the best buyer agent for you? We recently wrote about what to look for in a buyer agent. We highlighted the qualifications that ALL BUYERS need in a buyer agent – whether they know it or not! Now we’ll go a step further, and show you how to sort through the good buyer agents to find the one who is the best buyer agent FOR YOU.

The key is – of course – FIT. In addition to being a highly qualified buyer agent, you’ll want to know how an agent fits your personal needs; how will it be for YOU to work with the agent. Below are seven fit-related questions that need to be answered. Some will help you clarify your preferences…what special qualities should your ideal agent have. Other questions need to be answered by the agent.

LEED (green) Certification for New Construction in the Boston Area

New construction gives builders the opportunity to use current technology so they can build green buildings. Wondering what “green buildings” are? Or what’s involved in LEED – the most popular certification for green buildings in the world? Want to know how LEED impacts Boston Area real estate? If so, read on!

Save energy and save energy costs in Massachusetts

Home owners in Massachusetts have high energy needs and costs. The extremely long and cold winters mean you use a lot of energy to heat your home. The spring and autumn seem to get shorter every year. And our desire for air conditioning in the summer continues to grow.

New construction takes advantage of the latest technology for energy-saving features. Of course, many Massachusetts homes are older construction. They were built with technology that has relatively high energy costs. And, even though some older homes have added energy-efficiency updates, there is always room for improvement. Even in new construction, there is usually room for improvement.

Open House Questions

An open house is an excellent opportunity to gather important information about a property. In a recent post we discussed do’s and don’t for open houses. And, we encouraged you to ask the agent questions. Here are suggested questions to ask the listing agent when you are viewing a house. In a future post, we will list suggestions for questions to ask when you are looking at condos.

Please note that MLS listing sheets have data fields for detailed information about each house. It’s a good idea to review the sheet carefully – either in MLS reports you get from your agent, or in the MLS sheet typically provided at an open house. That way, you won’t waste the limited face-to-face time you have with the listing agent asking for information that already you have in writing. The questions listed below are for items that aren’t covered in the standard MLS data fields.

Of course, if you don’t like the house and you wouldn’t consider buying it, no need to ask anything. But, if you go through the house and like it, ask the questions below about the physical condition and the neighborhood. And if you get past all that, and are still interested, ask the agent the suggested questions about the listing (i.e. the marketing and offer process). Knowing more about the listing can help you better position yourself to make an offer on the property that will be accepted, even if there are competing offers.

Your Home – price and price reductions

When it comes to pricing a home, or lowering the price of a home eventually, there are some comments and ideas that owners come up with over and over. Let’s look at some of the most popular ones.

NEW CONSTRUCTION vs. TRADITIONAL HOUSING

In the Boston area there are significant numbers of both new and traditional housing. There is also a hybrid of the two – old houses that have been gut-rehabbed. Understanding the key differences is helpful to buyers, sellers, and owners alike. Buyers can use the understanding to evaluate the trade-offs between the different types of housing. Sellers gain insight into the competition. And owners can use the information to make informed decisions about when, if, and how to invest in upgrades and renovations to their home with an eye towards the ultimate resale value.

Residential Real Estate Taxes in Boston and Nearby Towns

Real estate taxes vary from town to town in the greater Boston Area. We’re going to take a look at Boston Proper and some of the immediately adjacent municipalities to compare the tax rates. But first, we’ll answer some questions about the terminology.

Boston 2018 – Real Estate Roundup

Here are snapshots of real estate activity in selected Greater Boston Area communities for 2018: Newton, Needham, Roslindale, and West Roxbury. You can see how some key indicators in 2018 compare to 2017 activity. Specifically, there are graphs that show the number of houses sold for each of the two years, the average sale price, and the average days on market, We’ll also take a quick peek – before we close – at anticipated activity in 2019.