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Choosing a Kitchen Sink

If you are choosing a sink think beyond color, material and finish and consider your life style. I say this because right now I have a perfectly beautiful double bowl, white enamel sink that has a fatal flaw (for me).  I do a lot of cooking that requires oven sheets or broiler pans. I’m a…

This unique exhibit in The National Museum of American History - (Part of the Smithsonian) displays not only the architecture of a historic home from Ipswitch but also the construction.

Old House or New House?

Which is better, an old house or a new house? I was working with a client on Cape Cod yesterday and she wanted to know what the town center was like. I told her that after the showing she should drive around to best get a sense of it. Later she called to say that…

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Important Home Features That Get Little Press

You want to buy a home. You may be upsizing, downsizing, getting your first home or even a vacation home. The number of bedrooms you are hoping for, whether you want an open floor plan, whether you prefer antique or new, condo or a freestanding single family home are decisions you have likely already made. Some of…

Usually on my blog I feature images of current or past property listings. This time I thought I'd share a photo from my recent visit to Mt. Vernon.

Multiple Offer Situations

Things have changed a lot in one year. Last year if my buyers found a house they liked they could put in an offer and if the seller turned it down they could resubmit a higher offer or if the seller countered they could re-counter until a price agreeable to everyone was reached. If the…

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In the Trenches – VA Loans

Recently there was a situation where a buyer was making an offer on a property using VA financing. During negotiations it was made clear that the price the seller would accept would take into account the fact that VA and FHA loans frequently hold properties to higher standards and there would very likely need to…

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Calculating Square Feet in a Home

In the last few days I have been to two listing appointments where it was obvious that the actual square feet was much more than the assessors office had in its record. In one case the property was listed at about 900 square feet and my measurements brought it to over 1300 square feet. That’s…

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Internet and Surround Sound

More and more of us are working from home whether full time or just the work that overflows to nights and weekends. We are also spending  more time on the internet researching, spending time on social media, reading the news and making purchases. This makes a fully wired home tremendously attractive and fully wired homes…

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The Short Basement

Yesterday I was conducting a house tour for a Realtor and his client. The Realtor obviously knew a lot about construction and I have to admit I learned a lot from him. “I always try to start in the basement he said. You learn a lot about the construction of a house that way.” He’s…

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Septic Systems and Title 5

In the last two weeks I’ve had two very different properties tested for Title V fail. The first one was an early 1800’s house and that is rarely a surprise. Unless that same property passed hands recently and has undergone a septic upgrade you can almost expect a fail. One property I sold this past…