home buying

The Wizards Behind the Curtain

At least 42% of people begin their home buying process online, according to a report by The National Association of REALTORS® (a number that is bound to keep growing).

As a first step, this makes perfect sense.

You can get a feel for what’s out there, how much homes are going for, and how fast they’re selling – all while drinking tea in fuzzy slippers on the couch. Looking at data and statistics, bedrooms and bathrooms, schools and public transportation options can take up a better part of a day, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

When you go on the big sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com you get access to a lot of information right off the bat. This is great when you’re getting the lay of the land and a feel for what is out there. But when you’re ready to go beyond ‘zesitmates’ and get serious about buying a home, you want a person behind those numbers.

The person or team behind the website should be able to answer your questions in real time, back up the data with an in-depth understanding of local dynamics, and address your specific needs without gimmicks or smoke in mirrors.

When you visit www.YourHomeForSale.com, you’re not only getting some of the best search capabilities, fastest alerts and notifications, and local insight and updates that are out there, but you also have a team of professionals behind every click of the mouse when you’re ready to take that next step.

Real estate isn’t magic, but when it’s time to make a move, you want a team with brains, heart and courage who believes there’s no place like a great home for you.

Contact us today. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

*image via: Igor Mojzes, DollarPhotoClub

Did You Know That Spring has Sprung?

OK so maybe spring hasn’t sprung in a meteorological sense, but in terms of real estate it sure has.

Most people think that the spring real estate market coincides with the season, which is about mid-March through mid-June.  But Boston being the driven, ambitious kinda place that it is, it starts a lot sooner around these parts.

Buyers want to be competitive and beat out other buyers so the great home search of 2016 is well underway. And sellers want a head start over other sellers, so the listings are sprouting up sooner. Top that with the fact that winter has been particularly forgiving to us New Englanders this year, and the weather isn’t holding anyone back.

Voilà, spring has sprung.

There is still time to get in the market and beat the high-season rush. We have a number of new listings on the horizon for home buyers, and our team of trained professionals can get sellers ready and in the market faster than a crocus can bloom in March.

Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.

Home Sellers: Opt-in.

So maybe it’s been a while since you purchased your home in the Arlington area.  Maybe you’ve had thoughts of selling but you’ve heard about the low inventory, the competitive market among buyers, the frustration in finding a new home, and you’re opting to wait and see.

You’re not alone. Like many of our clients, you’ve thought about selling, but you’re concerned about finding a home to move in to. We understand. We’ve helped them and we can help you, too.

As a home seller in Greater Boston, you have many options – a strong market, low interest rates and one of the best real estate teams around, to start.

Opting in to the home selling process is the first step towards realizing what the sale of your home means to your future.

The second step is to contact us for a Current Market Analysis (CMA) of your home. The CMA will give you insight on the value of your home, potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions.

It’s up to you to opt-in and move forward. We’re ready when you are.

The Secret Sauce of Successful Home Selling (That No One's Telling You)

There are certain basic truths when it comes to successfully selling a home:Home Selling Secret Sauce

  1. Declutter
  2. Clean up the yard
  3. Price it right

These are all important steps. Decluttering the home enables buyers to picture themselves living there. Cleaning up the yard gives a positive first impression. Pricing a home correctly can mean the difference between selling it in three days or three months.

You know this, and most real estate professionals know this. But there are other criteria that are equally important and often overlooked – particularly by novice or part-time agents and FSBO’s.

And that is knowing the pool of buyers that are out there.

Here’s the thing. The only way to know the pool of buyers is to be out on the streets, viewing open houses, and talking to people every week and every month of the year. The pool of buyers is constantly changing, so to assume you know who’s looking for homes in Arlington Heights in the $500,000 range because you spoke to one family at an open house four weeks ago is to give false hopes to your sellers.

Knowing the pool of buyers is our crystal ball. It allows us to become the matchmaker, helping buyers find the home they’re looking for, and helping sellers understand who’s out there and how long it might take to find a fit.

There are no guarantees in real estate, but there is a secret sauce to successfully listing and selling a home. Our recipe has been serving satisfied home buyers and home sellers in Greater Boston for more than 30 years.

Contact us today.

781-645-0505

info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

Stop Wondering 'What If?' and Start Saying 'Why Not!'

There are a lot of variables when it comes to home buying, selling, downsizing or renovating. Is this the right time? What if I sell but can’t find a home to move into? Should I finally renovate that kitchen?

Knowledge is power, and knowing your options is a great start when making big decisions. If you have a real estate or home improvement question, we're pretty sure one of our vendors has the answer.

The Arlington Home Show has more than 50 vendors to fill you in on the where, when, how, what if and why not of moving to that next phase of life or tackling that home to-do.

Come see for yourself and turn that question mark into an exclamation point. Visit www.thearlingtonhomeshow.com for details.

 

What: The Arlington Home Show

When: Sunday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Arlington Town Hall

Who: More than 50 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions

Why: (see above)

 

Join Us for the 2018 Arlington Home Stroll!

Looking to buy a house in Arlington? This is the time to get in the market - and this is the event to attend!

Do you have questions? (How do I buy? Can I buy & sell at the same time? How can I finance a home?) We have the answers.

Join us for a sneak preview and “stroll” through Arlington with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team, including:

  • Single Families
  • Condominiums
  • Multi-Families, AND
  • 18+ New Construction Homes

We will take you on a tour of these fantastic homes, the neighborhoods, and we'll answer all your questions.

Contact us today to reserve your spot: 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com.

*This is an event for non-real estate professionals.*

The Wizards Behind the Curtain

At least 42% of people begin their home buying process online, according to a report by The National Association of REALTORS® (a number that is bound to keep growing).

As a first step, this makes perfect sense.

You can get a feel for what’s out there, how much homes are going for, and how fast they’re selling – all while drinking tea in fuzzy slippers on the couch. Looking at data and statistics, bedrooms and bathrooms, schools and public transportation options can take up a better part of a day, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

When you go on the big sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com you get access to a lot of information right off the bat. This is great when you’re getting the lay of the land and a feel for what is out there. But when you’re ready to go beyond ‘zesitmates’ and get serious about buying a home, you want a person behind those numbers.

The person or team behind the website should be able to answer your questions in real time, back up the data with an in-depth understanding of local dynamics, and address your specific needs without gimmicks or smoke in mirrors.

When you visit www.YourHomeForSale.com, you’re not only getting some of the best search capabilities, fastest alerts and notifications, and local insight and updates that are out there, but you also have a team of professionals behind every click of the mouse when you’re ready to take that next step.

Real estate isn’t magic, but when it’s time to make a move, you want a team with brains, heart and courage who believes there’s no place like a great home for you.

Contact us today. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

*image via: Igor Mojzes, DollarPhotoClub

Did You Know That Spring has Sprung?

OK so maybe spring hasn’t sprung in a meteorological sense, but in terms of real estate it sure has.

Most people think that the spring real estate market coincides with the season, which is about mid-March through mid-June.  But Boston being the driven, ambitious kinda place that it is, it starts a lot sooner around these parts.

Buyers want to be competitive and beat out other buyers so the great home search of 2016 is well underway. And sellers want a head start over other sellers, so the listings are sprouting up sooner. Top that with the fact that winter has been particularly forgiving to us New Englanders this year, and the weather isn’t holding anyone back.

Voilà, spring has sprung.

There is still time to get in the market and beat the high-season rush. We have a number of new listings on the horizon for home buyers, and our team of trained professionals can get sellers ready and in the market faster than a crocus can bloom in March.

Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.

Home Sellers: Opt-in.

So maybe it’s been a while since you purchased your home in the Arlington area.  Maybe you’ve had thoughts of selling but you’ve heard about the low inventory, the competitive market among buyers, the frustration in finding a new home, and you’re opting to wait and see.

You’re not alone. Like many of our clients, you’ve thought about selling, but you’re concerned about finding a home to move in to. We understand. We’ve helped them and we can help you, too.

As a home seller in Greater Boston, you have many options – a strong market, low interest rates and one of the best real estate teams around, to start.

Opting in to the home selling process is the first step towards realizing what the sale of your home means to your future.

The second step is to contact us for a Current Market Analysis (CMA) of your home. The CMA will give you insight on the value of your home, potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions.

It’s up to you to opt-in and move forward. We’re ready when you are.

The Secret Sauce of Successful Home Selling (That No One's Telling You)

There are certain basic truths when it comes to successfully selling a home:Home Selling Secret Sauce

  1. Declutter
  2. Clean up the yard
  3. Price it right

These are all important steps. Decluttering the home enables buyers to picture themselves living there. Cleaning up the yard gives a positive first impression. Pricing a home correctly can mean the difference between selling it in three days or three months.

You know this, and most real estate professionals know this. But there are other criteria that are equally important and often overlooked – particularly by novice or part-time agents and FSBO’s.

And that is knowing the pool of buyers that are out there.

Here’s the thing. The only way to know the pool of buyers is to be out on the streets, viewing open houses, and talking to people every week and every month of the year. The pool of buyers is constantly changing, so to assume you know who’s looking for homes in Arlington Heights in the $500,000 range because you spoke to one family at an open house four weeks ago is to give false hopes to your sellers.

Knowing the pool of buyers is our crystal ball. It allows us to become the matchmaker, helping buyers find the home they’re looking for, and helping sellers understand who’s out there and how long it might take to find a fit.

There are no guarantees in real estate, but there is a secret sauce to successfully listing and selling a home. Our recipe has been serving satisfied home buyers and home sellers in Greater Boston for more than 30 years.

Contact us today.

781-645-0505

info@yourhomeforsale.com