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Living in Echelon Seaport

April 27th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|Tags: , , |

So, you’re thinking about moving to Boston and aren’t exactly sure where to begin in terms of neighborhoods or apartment options. No fear, it can be quite hectic trying to find a place in the organized chaos that makes up the city. There is always a lot of factors to consider when thinking about a new place to live; your job, how many bedrooms, things [...]

Proud to help spread the knowledge on how your home can be a reflection of your ECO-CITIZENSHIP!

April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Suzanne Sells Blog|

Thirteen years ago, I took my passion for sustainable living and combined it with my real estate profession and became a Certified EcoBroker. Nothing has brought me more joy in my career than participating and sharing in the knowledge of sustainability, particularly as it relates to your home and property. I serve you today, on Earth day 2020, like other everyday, as a resource on [...]

When is the best time to HOLD ON or LET GO of YOUR PROPERTY? 

January 17th, 2020|Categories: Suzanne Sells Blog|

When we are young, we so easily know when to hold on and when to let go. I can remember when my youngest son was a baby, he would stand up and hold onto the side of his crib playing and then rather suddenly he knew exactly the right moment to let go of the crib railing and lower his body down and fall into [...]

Wondering Whether Tom Brady Will Get a Contract Extension or Go to Another Team?

January 7th, 2020|Categories: Sellers|

Over the past 48 hours I have been reading articles and posts in which people in the media are making the giant assumption that Brady put his Brookline house on the market in October because he knew that his time in New England was coming to an end, and either retirement or a new team for our beloved quarterback would be inevitable. Since I've been in [...]

Winter House Hunting Tips

January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Buyers|

There are a few key reasons why it’s better to purchase your next new home during the winter months. While this season brings challenges with moving, the actual buying process is quite positive. You’ll find there are fewer people out shopping for a new home to compete with and sellers are serious about getting out of their current home. Working with an experienced real estate [...]

How to Improve Your Financial Situation in 2020

January 1st, 2020|Categories: Suzanne Sells Blog|

Are you wanting more #prosperity in 2020? Thinking about your #2020 New Years resolutions? For as long as I have been participating in New Year’s resolutions circles and listening to friends and colleagues it seems we always have the same #resolutions: weight loss, a better home situation, and more #financial stability. Where weight loss only includes exercise and diet changes which does not require professional help, improving your living [...]

Are You Wanting More Prosperity in 2020?

January 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

Are you wanting more #prosperity in 2020? Thinking about your #2020 New Years resolutions? For as long as I have been participating in New Year's resolutions circles and listening to friends and colleagues it seems we always have the same #resolutions: weight loss, a better home situation, and more #financial stability. How to Improve Your Financial Situation in 2020 Where weight loss only includes exercise [...]

Finding Boston Houses for Sale: The Most Sought after City to Live in Massachusetts

October 31st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

For the little state of Massachusetts, it’s relatively fair for a major U.S. city like Boston to acquire the most significant portion of its area. This city covers a total of about 90 square- miles; 54% of which is dry land. And even though almost half of its territory is on water, Statistics Records of Population shows that for the Region of New England, it [...]

Work with Boston Realtors to Find the Best Boston Houses For Sale

October 31st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

Boston Common is a small playground located in Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The place is ideal for picnics and any outdoor activities. You can go for a walk here with your pet or do some chitchats among your close friends. The park is very near to Boston neighborhood. Some people look for Boston Realtors especially the Boston Green Realty to search for Boston houses [...]

Five Keys to Successful Negotiation

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Your success in the realty market lies in how well you negotiate. But negotiation is a complicated matter. All the parties involved want things to go their way. Given these conditions, how can you make things work for your favor? How does one become a succesful negotiator? Based on experience, these five aspects determine a successful negotiation: What the market says Study the market. There [...]

Tips for Self Moving

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Self-move means that you take care of packing and coordinating with people who can help you move your things to your new place. Since you have to take care of all these on your own, it can be overwhelming. Below is a list of things you'll need to think about when you're considering self-moving along with tips you might find very helpful. Moving truck - find [...]

Buyers, Get an Edge During The Busy Spring Season

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Usually, spring and summer is the busiest time in residential real estate. Most families want to take advantage of the good weather and the children's summer break. However in most regions, spring is also when houses are most expensive. During this time, there are a lot of buyers and competition is tough. Here are some measures you can take that can give you an advantage [...]

Home Staging Helps Bring Top Dollar Sale

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

If you sell your house looking like a model home, chances are you'll sell it for a good price. This technique is called home staging. Sellers acknowledge the importance of home staging that it has become a fast-growing profession. "Staging is not decorating. Decorating is optional, staging is mandatory in order to sell the house for the most possible money in the shortest amount of [...]

Dressing Up Your Home

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Sixty seconds is all you have to create a good first impression. Here are detailed ways on how you can make your home attractive to potential buyers. Outside the house: Cut the grass and make sure it stays that way. Make the yard look neat by taking away clutter. Pull out the weeds and put fresh mulch to flower beds. Wooden fences must be painted [...]

How to Keep Good Seller Etiquette

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

When you put up your house for sale, you will come across different people - both pleasing and difficult to deal with. You will be meeting potential buyers, unqualified buyers, agents and unknown vendors. There is an unwritten protocol to how sellers, buyers and their respective agents interact. If you are having a hard time dealing with people, let your agent know so they could [...]

Five Key Areas to Pay Attention to When Buying a Home

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Looking for a new home is exciting and overwhelming. There are so many things and details to pay attention to. Focus on these five most important areas: electrical, foundation, plumbing, the attic, and landscaping. According to Don Walker, inspector and owner of Ace Home Inspections, these are the five areas in homes that he frequently reports problems with. Electrical Most people assume that if they [...]

12 Red Flags That Should Raise Concern

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

According to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in more than 390 cities in the United States and Canada, atleast fourty percent of homes in the market have at least one major flaw. Kathleen Kuhn, CEO and president of HouseMaster says, "Virtually every 'used' home needs some repair or improvement," "That's to be expected. But with today's high prices, you want to make [...]

Affordability Options For First-Time Buyers

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Most first-time home buyers are eager to have their very own home but it has to be at a price they can afford. Smaller homes, fixer-uppers and cheaper commutes to work are the best options to look into. The problem is, most firt-time home buyers expect more than what they can actually afford in a home. Coldwell Banker conducted an online survey with 150 of [...]

How to Set Your Selling Price

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

When you decide to sell your home, one of the things you'll need to do is to determine an asking price. This can be difficult because you need to find a balance between attracting good offers and getting a high profit. As you figure it out, you'll learn about fair market value, which means the amount that you and the buyer can agree on (can [...]

Seven Costly Mistakes Sellers Make

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

There are many good ways to invest in real estate. Hopefully you got some of your insight from us.  There are a lot of mistakes sellers can get into when they put up their house for sale. There was a seller in Virginia who had a half bath that was originally placed at the front of his house. He thought that it would be better [...]

Buying a House Together

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Buying a home is expensive. A lot of people want to have a home of their own but do not have enough cash or can't get enough funding to afford a mortgage. On the other hand some people are looking for ways to be able to take advantage of tax benefits from being a home owner. So they turn to co-buying. "Neither of us had [...]

Is It a Good Idea to Turn to Foreclosure?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Because of the crash of the housing bubble and the economic slump, many Americans find themselves with a home that costs way less than what they paid for. It's worse for families who are troubled financially on top of this. Foreclosure seems to be the most logical option. Let's discuss details and other options. During the housing bubble, many people were compelled to join the [...]

Make a Great First Impression

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Before you put up that "For Sale" sign, make sure that your house is ready for showing. First impressions are very important. You need to attract the buyers at first sight so you can catch their interest. You may think your effort won't be necessary especially if you're in a hot market. But a good first impression will get your house off the market sooner [...]

14 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

When you see a house that seems exactly what you're looking for, you'll feel the impusle to make an offer right away. A beautiful, airy and relaxing house can make buyers easily fall in love with it. But don't allow your emotions to make you forget about what's real.  Leslie Levine, author of "Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home?"  says, "Sometimes we want something [...]

Breaking Down the Offer

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

For a seller who has a house in the market for quite a while, it's exhilerating to get a call telling you that someone is making an offer. You go through a series of emotions - intitially you feel ecstatic, the next moment when everything sets in, you start to worry thinking that the offer may may not be as good as you were hoping [...]

Learn to Research for the Best Mortgage Deal

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Are you looking to finance a new home? Or are you finding the best mortgage rate to refinance your home? The first step is to shop around. But what does that really mean? Research and prepare. Take time to think and analyze different mortgage plans. You could save a lot by doing this. Take this for example: on a 30-year mortgage for a $300,000 house, [...]

Short Sale for Luxury Homes

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Some people are wondering if luxury homes can also be subject to short sales. The answer is yes. But it has to be done properly because it is sensitive. There are more factors involved. With the use of our technamicra and marketing strategies, we will find qualified buyers. A short sale can work to the advantage of any property. But they vary in terms of [...]

The 7 Roles of a Real Estate Agent

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Their major responsibility is to protect your interest as a buyer and as their client. Their main roles are the following: Educates you about your market. Negotiates on your behalf Analyzes your wants and needs. Guides you to homes that fit your criteria. Coordinates the work of other needed professionals. Checks and double-checks paperwork and deadlines. Solves any problem that may arise.

Smart Questions to Ask Your Realtor

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Do you work full time as a real estate agent? How long have you been working full time in this field? What professional associations do you have? By asking if they're working full time allows you to determine how commited you can expect them to be in your transactions. The length of time they've spent on this field can give you confidence knowing that they know [...]

Tax Benefits For When You Sell

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

When you sell your home, especially at a time when your taxes are due, you could get financial shelter. Thanks to The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the real estate sector can receive what is considered the best tax shelter through their homes. According to the federal tax law, when you sell your home, you can keep, tax free, capital gains of up to $500,000 [...]

A House That Looks Good Will Sell

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

They say that if you want to sell a house, it should have curb appeal. What it means is that you chould make your house look captivating enough that homebuyers who drive by your house should be compelled to stop and take down the contact information for your agent. According to the National Association of Realtors, curb appeal is the reason for the sale of [...]

New House or an Old One?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

When you think about buying a home, one of the first questions that come to mind is whether you buy an old house or a new one. A new house may be attractive because everything is new. Nothing has been used yet. The walls are clean, the closets have never been used before, they come with energy-efficient appliances and you won't have to spend on [...]

Should I buy a Condo or a House?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Buying a home is a big move. It leads to a series of things to think about.  One of them is whether you want to live in a condo or a single unit family house? Each choice comes with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Only you can determine what's best for you. Michelle and Kevin Millsom, 31 and 36, is a newlywed couple [...]

Exterior Improvements Give You More Bang for Your Buck

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

The outside of your home is the first thing that buyers will notice. It's what gets them interested in your home. If you're thinking about improving your home, you'll be getting your money's worth if you do a good job on the exterior. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2009-10 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, six out of the top ten remodelling projects were all related to [...]

1031 Exchanges

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

DefinitionA 1031 Exchange (Tax-Deferred Exchange) is One Of The Most Powerful Tax Deferral Strategies Remaining Available For Taxpayers. This allows the taxpayer to pay due taxes at a later date. In usual transactions, the landowner pays a percentage of his gain from the sale for taxes. But Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code allows the landowner to trade the property with another "like-kind" property. [...]

10 Summer Moving Tips

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Moving in the summer when a lot of people do can be such a challenge. But if you prepare well, moving will be definitely easier for you. Here are ten tips you can follow for an easier move: Think about this: Can I handle the move alone? or do I need to hire a licensed moving company for a full-service or partial-service move? The answer [...]

Why Home Inspection is Important

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

According to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in more than 390 cities in the United States and Canada, 40 percent of previously-owned homes have atleast one damage. Kathleen Kuhn, CEO and president of HouseMaster says, "Virtually every 'used' home needs some repair or improvement." "That's to be expected. But with today's high prices, you want to make sure that you are aware [...]

8 Steps Involved in Selling Your Home

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Take time to think about why you want to sell your home. It can be from a need to move to another place or you need to find a bigger home for your growing family. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish from this sale. As you think about this, you need to also define the time frame and profit margin that you have in [...]

Putting Your House on the Market This Winter?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

During the holiday season we think about a lot of things - family, food, decors, parties, shopping. Selling your house is probably not on the top of your list at this time. But the holidays actually be a good oppotunity to show your home to potential buyers. A home adorned with Christmas decors and lights add to its appeal.  Here are some important things to [...]

Think Like a Buyer

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

As a seller, your goal is to sell your home in the soonest possible time at the most favorable price. To achieve this, there are many factors involved. Some of these factors like the home's condition, asking price and marketing strategy are factors that you can control. However there are some other things that influence a buyer's decision in buying a house. When you enter [...]

Am I Ready to Buy?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Readines when it comes to buying a home takes more than just money. There are other factors involved - factors not involoving money but can be as important. People make decisions not just based on financial issues but on other things as well like your personality, abilities and values. Probably one of the most important consideration you'll have is the environment. What kind of place or [...]

Is Renting Better Than Buying?

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Being a homeowner has its perks and privileges but it also comes with a lot of responsibilities which all involve money. You need to think of repairs, taxes, insurance and maintenance. Not to mention city maintenance and repairs for streets, sewers, curbs and sidewalks near your home. If your house is in the corner of the block, these costs are doubled.  But don't let these [...]

Find the Perfect Neighborhood

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Finding your perfect home starts with searching for your kind of neighborhood. What is so important with a good neighborhood? The environment you live in affects your lifestyle and quality of life for you and your family. You may want to live near a park so you and your kids can often walk there and they could play with other kids. Others want to live [...]

How to Get the Best Deal

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Buyers are now in a better position when it comes to buying a house. Gone are the days when real estate is a hot market and you need to make an upfront offer as soon as a property is put up for sale. Competition has mellowed down in most areas. This gives buyers an opportunity to be able to deliberate on what is available and [...]

Helpful Tips for Showing Your Home

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

If you want to sell your home in the soonest time at a good price, you need to make your house look attractive and interesting to buyers. Here are twenty sure-fire tips to do this: Preparation The first thing you need to take care of is the outside since this is the first thing that potential buyers see. The lawn must be trimmed and free [...]

Contingencies Your Home Offer Should Include

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

When you enter into the buying process, you will be commited despite all the uncertainties involved. By adding contingencies clauses in the contract, the buyer feels a sense of protection from the unknowns. Contingencies clauses state things that need to be met before closing the sale.  The protection buyers get from mortgage contingenciesThis is one of the most common contingency. It provides additional security for [...]

Five Tips for Getting Your Home Appraised Before You Sell

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Determining the price of your home is crucial to the sale. Wrong pricing could either cause your house to stay longer in the market or could mean getting less from the actual value of your home. This is why sellers opt to pay $300 to $400 to have their homes appraised before putting it on the market, says Alan Hummel, past president of the Appraisal [...]

Fireplaces Will Help Sell a House

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

Buyers in general are more attracted to houses with fireplaces. They give a warm and cozy feel. They usually become the centerpiece of a room. Fireplaces add to the aesthetic appeal of a house. They also keep houses warm during cold times. Even though there are already other possible sources for heat, it can still come in handy when there is no power during storms. [...]

Clear the Clutter and Sell Your House

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

f you want to sell your house, aside from the washing and the scrubbing, you need to remove the clutter. This doesn't only mean taking taking out the obvious trash like, empty cans of paint or boxes of unused items that have been sitting in the garage for as long as you could remember. It also means removing personal items from the house. To you, [...]

Determining Your Net Profits

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

When you sell your home, you can't expect to take home all of the sale price. There are many fees to pay - commissions, taxes and miscellaneous and they can take out up to 7% of the sale price. How do you determine your net profit? When you receive an offer, your real estate agent will give you a Seller’s Estimated Net Proceeds worksheet, which [...]

Focus On Your Kitchen

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

If you're thinking of selling your home, prep up your kitchen. Homebuyers put a premium on the kitchen. Families do a lot of things in the kitchen - preparing meals, sharing meals, sorting through bills, and just hanging out. According to a recent survey by SieMatic Corp., 85% respondents said that the condition of a home's kitchen is a major consideration when making a purchasing [...]

Buying a Home With Loans from Family and Friends

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Asking for a home loan from a friend or family member is difficult; even if they are people close to you. The money involved is big and you probably see each other frequently or at least once a year. If they turn you down, you might feel uncomfortable with each other. But if you could show them how it could also work for their advantage, [...]

How to Price Right

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sellers|

The price you set for your home is very important. It will determine how long it will stay in the market and how much profit you will get. The knowledge of your real estate agent with regards to this matter is crucial. He or she should be able to inform you in terms of the current market condition, what sells and what doesn't. Your goal [...]

Creating a Good Checklist

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

When you go to a real estate agent, the first thing they'll want to know is what kind of property you are looking for? What are the things you want in a house? What are the things you don't like. For them to lead you to houses that are up to your standard, you need to be specific about the features and details you want [...]

Determine How Much You Can Afford

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

When you turn to lenders to acquire a house, they determine how much you can borrow based on computations. But do they really know your financial capacity? They can count your income and concrete expense but they don't know exactly how much you're regularly spending? You're the only one who knows if your income can support your lifestyle. Do you have enough to fund housing [...]

8 Good Questions to Ask An Agent

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

One of the keys to finding a good home without hassle is through a good agent. More than a good resume, they need to have a good track record and a good reputation. They should be effective as an agent. Here are eight good questions to ask an agent before hiring their services.  Why compelled you to become a real estate agent? Why would I [...]

The 7 Roles of a Real Estate Agent

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Their major responsibility is to protect your interest as a buyer and as their client. Their main roles are the following: Educates you about your market. Negotiates on your behalf Analyzes your wants and needs. Guides you to homes that fit your criteria. Coordinates the work of other needed professionals. Checks and double-checks paperwork and deadlines. Solves any problem that may arise.

10 Things You Should Keep In Mind When Investing In Real Estate

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

People have different goals and principles when it comes to investments. But here are vital tips that every investor needs to know to ensure success. Compare property rates.The best way to assess the value of a property is to find out the sale value of other properties in the vicinity. This is also how you determine the rental fee. Rental fees should be reasonable. Otherwise, [...]

Eight Steps Towards A New Home

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

1 - Decide to purchase. There are many good reasons why it's beneficial to buy a home. Wealth building is one of them; perhaps the most important. It is often considered an accidental investment. But it is actually a good intentional investment if it is done correctly. The financaial benefits of owning a home are: value appreciation, equity buildup, and tax benefits. Before you decide [...]

Find Out If You Can Really Afford a House

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Being a homeowner has its perks and a lot of responsibilities. So before you commit to years of paying for a house, make sure you understand what you're getting into. First, think about the costs. There are many costs associated with owning a house. You need to pay a downpayment, home insurance, and other fees needed to close the contract. When you move into a [...]

Co-buying a House

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Buying a home is expensive. A lot of people want to have a home of their own but do not have enough cash or can't get enough funding to afford a mortgage. On the other hand some people are looking for ways to be able to take advantage of tax benefits from being a home owner. So they turn to co-buying. "Neither of us had [...]

How to Get the Best Deal

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Buyers are now in a better position when it comes to buying a house. Gone are the days when real estate is a hot market and you need to make an upfront offer as soon as a property is put up for sale. Competition has mellowed down in most areas. This gives buyers an opportunity to be able to deliberate on what is available and [...]

Learn to Research for the Best Mortgage Deal

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Are you looking to finance a new home? Or are you finding the best mortgage rate to refinance your home? The first step is to shop around. But what does that really mean? Research and prepare. Take time to think and analyze different mortgage plans. You could save a lot by doing this. Take this for example: on a 30-year mortgage for a $300,000 house, [...]

Is Buying Sight Unseen Properties Worth the Risk?

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

For most people, the process of purchasing a house starts with finding what you can afford, finding a lender, finding a real estate manager, making a list of your requirements, checking out properties - a lot of them, making an offer, securing your mortgage and sealing the deal. Visiting and inspecting properties is time-consuming but a very important part of the process. Most people are [...]

A Few Tips About Interest Rates

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

The higher interest rates, the more it's going to cost you If it's your first time to invest in real estate and you don't know much about interest rates, here's something you should always remember: the higher the interest rate, the more it's going to cost you. When you borrow money, this means that you have to pay a lot higher than what you borrowed. [...]

7 Useful Tips for Newbie Home Buyers

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Are you excited to purchase a new house for the first time? Here are useful tips that are sure to help you in your new venture.  Do a research on how much comparable properties cost in the same area. There are websites where you can do this. Websites like National Association of Realtors allow you to search actual MLS listings in your area. Websites like Zillow and Homegain gives you an [...]

5 Tips to Get the Best House for the Best Price

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Buyers|

Aim for pre-approval versus pre-qualification If you are looking to get the best house at the most reasonable rate, you need to show them that you are in a good negotiating position. There are several factors involved in a transaction. Price is one of them but not necessarily the most important. What matters more are facotrs like the length of escrow and the buyer's buying [...]