Category Archives : Real Estate

Tax Benefits of Owning A Home

The biggest reason to purchase a home is because you want a place that is yours, without the worry of a landlord raising the rent or asking you to move out.  Tax benefits shouldn’t be the major reason why you decide to become a homeowner, but they are a nice extra benefit that can help […]



Listing Inventory and Sales Performance

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing an agent to work with to sell your home.  A recent study called How Many Listings are too Many? Agent Listing Inventory and Sales Performance  by the University of Central Florida and Longwood University analyzed 10 years of real estate sales to determine if the amount of listings an agent is working with has any affect on the likelihood of the property selling and its sales price.  As you can see in the video above, it does make a difference.  Just like in the story of Goldilocks, sellers who choose to work with an agent who has too few listings (1) or too many (15 or more homes for sale), end up taking longer to sell and sell for less money.  To help maximize the amount of money you get for your house and to sell in the least amount of time, choose an agent who has a medium level of inventory.  Goldilocks found a bed that was not too soft and not too hard and you can find an agent who handles enough sales to have the experience that you need without going to a mega-agent and being lost among all of the homes they are selling.

Don’t Overprice

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard that the real estate market is strong with a shortage of houses and condos for sale and prices have been increasing.  This is great news if you are a seller.  Many homeowners in Medford and the surrounding cities are no longer underwater.  Sellers in places that have […]


Who Moves to Medford?

Have you ever wondered where people moving to Medford come from? I’ve just found this interesting information from compiling the most common out of state cell phone numbers found for people living in Medford. I’ve been helping people sell their homes in Medford for over 20 years and I still found the info to […]

Medford Mass Map


Fire Safety

85% of all deaths by fire occur in the home. Since most of these deaths are from inhalation of smoke or toxic gas, it’s very important to make sure you have the proper smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and that they are functioning properly. Fire Safety Tips Use a photoelectric smoke detector within 20 […]

What’s An Agent?

Being someone’s agent is an important role.  It creates a fiduciary relationship where the agent must work in the best interests of their principal.  Often a homeowner refers to the person they bought their insurance from as their agent. It sounds reasonable but it’s not accurate. That person is the agent of the insurance company. […]


Selling Your Home? Don’t Overprice It

The housing market is coming back nicely, especially here in Greater Boston. What, if anything, could slow down the current momentum? We believe it may be sellers’ over exuberance when it comes to pricing. House prices have appreciated over the last twelve months, however, with both the inventory of homes for sale and interest rates […]


Mortgage Rates Projected to Rise

We can all agree that mortgage rates have been phenomenally low for a long time.  The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae and the National Association of Realtors have all projected that the 30-year mortgage rate will be at least 4% by the end of 2013. Historically, 4% is still an amazing interest rate!  When I first started […]

Cut Refinancing Expenses

Refinancing (especially at today’s low rates) can be fabulous just make sure to keep an eye on the cost to refinance.  Many people tend to ignore the refinancing costs because these expenses are rolled back into the new mortgage. Many people figure that if the new payment is lower than what they’re currently paying and […]

MLS Change

Soon properties will no longer be allowed to remain “Active” for sale but “flagged” as having an offer accepted. Having houses that are not for sale show as still active has been confusing for buyers and has messed up statistics in the area for the last few years. “ I’m very pleased to see our […]

Fixed Rate Mortgages

You might find this hard to believe but 30 year fixed-rate mortgages haven’t always been the standard. As part of FDR’s New Deal in 1934, the Federal Housing Administration was created to help Americans purchase homes with affordable terms. Prior to then, many loans had an amount due at the end of the term called […]


3.8% Medicare Tax

Are you concerned about the new 3.8% Medicare Tax going into effect on January 1st? Watch this video to see how it might affect you, especially if you’re considering selling investment property and will have a capital gain. Download this free brochure for more information regarding the 3.8% Medical Tax. Let me know if you […]