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  • Decoding Real Estate Listings - A Short Guide to Lingo and Acronyms

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wellesley, Home Selling in Wellesley, Property Q&A in Wellesley  |  July 26, 2011 8:22 AM  |  1,116 views  |  No comments

    Decoding Real Estate Listings - A Short Guide to Lingo and Acronyms

    Real estate ads are usually full of acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to first-time buyers. Here's a cheat sheet to let you in on the lingo.

    4B/2B: four bedrooms and two bathrooms

    assum fin: assumable financing

    bedroom: usually a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition varies in different places

    bathroom: There are three types of bathrooms: a full bathroom is a room with a toilet, a sink and a bathtub; a three-quarter bathroom has a toilet, a sink and a shower; a half bathroom or powder room has only a toilet and a sink.

    closing costs: the entire package of miscellaneous expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when the real estate deal closes. These costs include the brokerage commission; mortgage-related fees; escrow or attorney's settlement charges; transfer taxes; recording fees; title insurance and so on. Closing costs are generally paid through escrow.

    CMA: comparative market analysis or competitive market analysis. A CMA is a report that shows prices of homes that are comparable to a subject home and that were recently sold, are currently on the market or were on the market but did not sell within the listing period.

    contingency: a provision of an agreement that keeps the agreement from being fully legally binding until a certain condition is met. One example is a buyer's contractual right to obtain a professional home inspection before purchasing the home.

    dk: deck

    expansion pot'l: expansion potential means that there's extra space on the lot or the possibility of adding a room or even an upper level, subject to local zoning restrictions.

    fab pentrm: fabulous pentroom, a room on top (but under the roof) that has great views

    FDR: formal dining room

    fixture: anything of value that is permanently attached to or a part of real property. Fixtures include installed wall-to-wall carpeting, light fixtures, window coverings, landscaping and so on. Fixtures are a frequent subject of buyer and seller disputes. When in doubt about who will have ownership of fixtures, get it in writing.

    frplc, fplc, FP: fireplace

    gar: garage

    gard: garden

    grmet kit: gourmet kitchen

    HDW, HWF, Hdwd: hardwood floors

    hi ceils: high ceilings

    in-law potential: potential for a separate apartment, subject to local zoning restrictions

    large E-2 plan: one of several floor plans available in a specific building

    listing: an agreement between a real estate agent and a home owner that allows the agent to market and arrange for the sale of the owner's home. The word " listing" is also used to refer to the for-sale home itself. A home being sold by the owner without a real estate agent isn't a " listing," it’s called a FSBO (for sale by owner).

    lo dues: low homeowner's association dues. Do your research to find out just how " low" the dues actually are compared to other dues in the area.

    lock box: locked key-holding device affixed to a for-sale home so real estate professionals can gain entry into the home after obtaining permission from the listing agent

    lsd pkg: leased parking area; it may come with additional cost

    MLS: Multiple Listing Service. An MLS is an organization that collects, compiles and distributes information about homes listed for sale by its members, who are real estate agents. Membership isn't open to the general public, although selected MLS data may be sold to real estate listings Web sites. MLSs are local or regional. There is no MLS covering the whole country.

    nr bst schls: near the best schools

    personal property:movables, such as appliances and furniture

    pot'l: potential

    pvt: private

    pwdr rm: half bathroom or powder room

    real property: real estate is legally called “real property”

    REALTOR®: a real estate agent or sales associate who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.

    title insurance: an insurance policy that protects a lender's or owner's interest in real property from assorted types of unexpected or fraudulent claims of ownership. It's customary for the buyer to pay for the lender's title insurance policy.

    upr: upper floor

    vw, vu, vws, vus: view(s)

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  • Recognizing and Controlling Moisture in the Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Wellesley, How To... in Wellesley, Property Q&A in Wellesley  |  July 14, 2011 8:31 AM  |  884 views  |  No comments


    Recognizing and Controlling Moisture Buildup in the Home

    When warm air from the tropics encounters a cold front, the results are often thunderstorms. When warm moist air from indoors makes its way into cooler walls and attic spaces, the result is condensation which leads to mold, rot and rust. And there is no time when this is more prevalent than early spring.

    While everyone talks about the weather and can do nothing about it, moisture in homes can be controlled. The way to deal with it is to determine if there is a problem, understand where it comes from and then learn to control it.

    Where Moisture in Homes Originates

    Typically, moisture in the form of excess humidity is produced in homes just by the act of living in them. Taking a shower, cooking a meal, even breathing all add moisture to indoor air. You don’t necessarily need a leaky roof or seepage from masonry surfaces to create excess humidity, although they will certainly contribute to the problem.

    When moist inside air contacts cold exterior surfaces the moisture in the air condenses to form water. Once this water is released from the air it can do its damage. For example, if a bathroom fan exhausts warm moist into the attic (instead of outside as it should) the air will mix with the cold air in the attic. When this happens the moisture in the air will either condense on attic surfaces or worse, create its own mini weather system complete with a small rain shower in your attic.

    To a lesser degree this same effect can happen in exterior walls, around single pane windows, on the side of a refrigerator or anywhere inside air meets the cold outside air.

    Symptoms of Moisture Problems

    If you suspect moisture problems look for the following signs:

    • mold, fungus or mildew on interior surfaces
    • efflorescence (salt deposits) on both interior and exterior surfaces
    • flaking paint and peeling wallpaper
    • corrosion on metal surfaces including metal surfaces in basements and attics
    • condensation on windows and walls
    • warped, cracked, or rotted wood
    • chipped or cracked masonry surfaces
    • ice dams in gutters and on roofs
    • dank and musty smells

    Controlling Moisture

    The best way to control excess humidity is to stop it at its source.

    • Fix all leaks, roofs, pipes and radiators.
    • Control seepage through masonry by applying waterproofing treatments.
    • Keep moist air away from cold surfaces by plugging holes in walls and sealing fixtures and outlets.
    • Seal leaks in ventilation systems.
    • Make sure that exhaust fans, such as those in bathrooms and kitchens, vent outside.
    • Consider upgrading poorly insulated windows and doors.
    • Adjust your heating system to take in at least 10 percent of its air from outside. This will improve indoor air quality.
    • Turn on fans and open windows when showering or cooking.

    Treating Moisture Damage

    Finally, once excess humidity is under control, it is important to treat and repair all moisture damage promptly. Moldy areas should be scraped clean and washed with bleach. In most cases, damaged wood should be removed because rot will often continue even after the source of water has been removed.

    Don’t delay repairs. Spores from mold and other fungi can be released into the air and can lead to various respiratory illnesses.

    To determine whether you have solved your moisture problems, you may want to test with a moisture meter or have a professional tester check for you. Inserting the moisture meter probes into plaster, wood or other building materials lets you test in areas you cannot see. If the levels are too high, then you have a problem. If not, then you can rest easy.

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  • Buying Real Estate Step 1: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Dover, How To... in Dover, Property Q&A in Dover  |  June 7, 2011 9:45 AM  |  804 views  |  No comments

    Buying Step 1: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    Knowledge and experience are the keys to successful real estate transactions. The Internet is an enormous library of valuable real estate related information. Doing your research to gather knowledge as well as working with local REALTORS®, whose expertise and experience can interpret and guide you through the information, can be essential to your success in buying a home that is right for you.

    Planning is one of the keys to making the home buying process easier and more understandable. With research and planning, you'll be able to anticipate requests from lenders, lawyers and other professionals, and you’ll move more easily through the home buying process.

    Do You Know What You Want in a Home?

    Whether or not you are a first-time home buyer, you need to ask why you want to buy. Do you need to move, or is buying an option and not a requirement? What property features do you want that you do not have now? Do you have a purchasing time frame?

    Whatever your answers, the more you know about the real estate marketplace, the more likely you are to effectively define and achieve your real estate goals.

    Once you get an idea of what you want in a home, it is very helpful and practical to talk to an experienced REALTOR® who knows the local markets, current market conditions and the many facets of the complex business of real estate. An agent can answer your questions, give you a realistic picture of the market and help you clarify your real estate goals.

    Do You Have the Finances to Buy a Home?

    It is important to get prequalified for a mortgage before you begin your house hunting quest. This way, you will only view homes you can afford and get excited about.

    Homes and financing are closely intertwined. Financing is the difference between the purchase price and the down payment and is commonly referred to as debt or the mortgage. There are a many different kinds of mortgages and different lenders, so be sure to shop around to make sure you get the mortgage that best meets your needs and at the best price.

    In addition to a down payment, purchasers also need cash for closing costs (the final costs associated with completing the transaction). Some mortgage programs not only allow the purchase of a home with no money down, but also underwrite closing costs.

    While some people purchase with little or no money down, it means higher monthly mortgage payments, so most homebuyers choose to put down some cash.

    As for closing costs, in buyer’s markets, it may be possible to negotiate an offer that requires the owner to pay some or all of your settlement expenses. Speak with a REALTOR® for details.

    Get Your Financial House in Order - Establish Your Credit

    You need good credit to get a mortgage. For at least one year prior to purchasing a home, you should assure that every credit card bill, rent check, car payment and other debt is paid in full and on time.

    Prepare yourself for the complex adventure of buying a home: do your research, work with a REALTOR®, plan ahead, know what you want, what you can afford and establish your credit. This will make your real estate experience run more smoothly.

    Evan Walsh



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    Evan Walsh grew up in Dover, MA and currently resides in Medfield. He joined The Walsh Team in 2003 after a nine year sales and management career in the golf industry, at the Wayland Country Club. He is considered by many to be the leader in the Real Estate industry for  integrating technology, Social Media and blogging as part of his day to day marketing efforts. In 2009 he was named the Social Media Consultant for William Raveis Real Estate and has received a host of awards and recognitions.




     
  • Cut Your Electric Bills Painlessly

    Posted Under: Going Green in Medfield, How To... in Medfield, Property Q&A in Medfield  |  June 1, 2011 12:44 PM  |  561 views  |  No comments

    Cut Your Electric Bills Painlessly

    Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 6-10 times longer.

    When Mom told you to turn out the lights, she was thinking of saving energy dollars, not rolling blackouts and bankrupt utility companies. Electricity rates are going up everywhere, and these few simple tricks can save you a bundle.

    Besides switching off lights that you are not using, there are several other painless methods to conserve energy and save money on your electric bills.

    General Tips

    • Unplug all infrequently used electrical and electronic devices, e.g., calculators, rechargers, alarm clocks, TVs and VCRs.
    • Lower thermostat temperature a few degrees.
    • Increase air conditioner start temperature a few degrees.
    • Use ceiling fans for cooling and turn them off when you leave the room.
    • Use power bars for computer systems and entertainment systems so you can power off the entire system with one switch.

    Dishwasher

    • Fill up your dishwasher before running it.
    • Air dry dishes by propping open the door after the cycle is finished. If you have a heat dry option, switch it off.

    Stove and Oven

    • Turn off ovens and electric stoves a few minutes before the end allotted cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more electricity.
    • Cook with pot lids on.
    • Use an electric kettle for boiling water; it is more efficient than using a pot.
    • Use the right size pot and cook on an appropriately sized element.

    Washer and Dryer

    • Wash clothes in cold or warm water.
    • Rinse clothes in cold water.
    • Remove dryer lint after every load.
    • similar weight fabrics together: separate loads into light-, medium- and heavyweight items.
    • Air dry clothes on a clothesline, clothesrack or hangers.

    Refrigerator

    Refrigerators deserve special attention because they use more power than any other appliance in the home. Rushing out to buy a new refrigerator may not be in your budget, but it is important to know that new models are more efficient and use as little as half the electricity of older units.

    • Full refrigerators run more efficiently than partially-full ones.
    • If you have two refrigerators, or an additional freezer, decide whether the extra expense is really worth it. Cram as much as you can into your primary refrigerator or consider disposing of two older refrigerators and replacing them with one larger, newer and more efficient model.
    • Make sure the refrigerator door seals are tight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment or the seal may need replacing.
    • Store food and liquids in airtight containers. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
    • Move the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum its condenser coils yearly unless you have a noclean condenser model. Refrigerators will run for shorter periods with clean coils.
    • Maintain a consistent temperature in the refrigerator and freezer. Recommended temperatures are 37-40 degrees F for the fresh food compartment and 5 degrees F for the freezer. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0 degrees F.

    Lighting

    • Turn off lights that are not being used. Consider installing timers or photo cells on some lights. And instead of constantly nagging the kids, try occupancy sensors that turn on and off automatically when someone enters or leaves a room.
    • Rather than brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops
    • Consider dimmer switches and three-way lamps. These provide low light levels when bright lights are not necessary.
    • Consider using linear fluorescent and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 6-10 times longer. Although fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.

     Evan Walsh (508) 341-4904


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  • Six Easy Steps for Planning an Addition

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Medfield, How To... in Medfield, Property Q&A in Medfield  |  May 25, 2011 11:29 AM  |  577 views  |  No comments


    Six Easy Steps for Planning an Addition

    It pays to plan ahead when making an addition to your home.

    Are you running out of space in your current home, but don't want to move? Perhaps it’s time to consider an addition, such as an extra room or an extension to an existing room.

    Plan ahead to make the job flow smoothly. Although planning takes time and includes many mundane tasks such as getting permits and financing, the benefits are immeasurable both in time, money and frustration saved.

    Individual plans will vary depending on the scope of the project. Steps overlap, and sometimes a change in one aspect of your plan forces changes in others. Almost every plan will include at least the following six steps:

    1. Dream Your Concept

    Make sure your concept for the addition blends with the existing house materials and design: adding on a Cape Cod family room to a 50s ranch style home would look silly at best. Look around your neighborhood - has anyone else added on and how attractive is addition? Will your addition stand out in an attractive way or an unappealing way? Some additions are too big for the lot and appear overbuilt for the neighborhood.

    Do a quick sketch of your addition even before consulting with a builder or designer.

    2. Put Together a Design

    If your plans require the removal or alteration of a supporting wall, contact a building engineer or architect to find out if your idea will affect the strength of the existing structure. Major structural changes may increase the time and cost of your project. A consultation may provide you with alternatives.

    Consider whether a small add-on of about two to four feet will be sufficient for your addition. This may allow you to cantilever the floor joists and eliminate the need for excavation and foundation work. If possible, be careful not to extend beyond the roofline so you do not have to add a new roof to your job.

    3. Budget for Your Expenditures

    Establish a budget for this project and determine where the money is coming from. Will you get a home equity loan? Refinance an existing mortgage? Do you already have money saved? The money available will impact the scope of the project.

    Allow 20 percent of your budget to account for unforeseen contingencies, changes and problems.

    Remember that anything not included in the original contract will cost extra. It's tempting to start making changes and expanding the original plan, but try to control yourself, or you might be adding hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars that will shatter your budget and your timeline.

    4. Check Codes and Get Proper Permits

    Don't attempt an addition without permits. You’ll be asking for trouble.

    If you've hired a local contractor or architect, he or she should be able to tell you if your idea will pass the building inspection. (If not, find someone else who can give you this information.) A professional should be able to handle the entire permit process, from drawing up plans, applying for the permit and scheduling inspections.

    If you're doing it yourself, visit your planning department and research the codes that pertain to your project. If certified plans are required, you may still have to consult with an architect or engineer who can provide them.

    5. Decide Whether to Do It Yourself or Not

    Decide early on the role you will play in the project. How much can you do yourself? Know your limitations. Will the money you save by doing it yourself be worth losing vacations and weekends? If you're going to hire a professional, give yourself extra time at the start to find the right one.

    Because additions usually require major structural modifications to your home, you will probably need to consult a professional to draw up or approve your plans.

    6. Schedule the Project

    Establish a time frame for the project. Much of an addition is exterior work and will need to be done according to the seasons. Your start date should be the date you actually begin construction, so make sure your financing is in place before this date.

    Your timeline needs to take into account who is doing the work. If this is a do-it-yourself project, your time will probably be more limited because of work and family commitments. If you estimate that the job takes eight full days to complete, and you can only work weekends, it will take you at least four weeks. Consider whether the money saved by doing it yourself is worth the extra time it takes to complete the project.

     Evan Walsh (508) 341-4904


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  • Buyers: How to Choose a REALTOR

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Medfield, How To... in Medfield, Property Q&A in Medfield  |  May 13, 2011 10:19 AM  |  554 views  |  2 comments

    Buyers: How to Choose a REALTOR

    Not all agents or brokers are REALTORS - there is a difference.

    As a prerequisite for selling real estate, real estate professionals must be licensed by the state in which they work, either as an agent/salesperson or as a broker. Before a license is issued, minimum standards for education, examinations and experience, which are determined on a state-by-state basis, must be met. After receiving a real estate license, most agents join their local board or association of REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the world's largest professional trade association. They can then call themselves REALTORS.

    The term "REALTOR®" is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of NAR and who adheres to its strict Code of Ethics (which in many cases goes beyond state law). In most areas, it is the REALTOR who shares information on the homes they are marketing, through a Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Working with a REALTOR who belongs to an MLS will give you access to the greatest number of homes.

    What Are an Agent’s Obligations to You?

    A real estate agent is bound by certain legal obligations. Traditionally, these common-law obligations are to

    • put the client's interests above anyone else's
    • keep the client's information confidential
    • obey the client's lawful instructions
    • report to the client anything that would be useful
    • account to the client for any money involved

    A REALTOR® is held to an even higher standard of conduct under the NAR’s Code of Ethics.

    In recent years, state laws have been passed setting up various duties for different types of agents. When you first start working with a REALTOR, ask for a clear explanation of your state's current regulations, so that you will know where you stand on these important matters.

    Seller’s Agents and Buyer's Agents

    Suppose you sign an offer to buy a home for $550,000. You really want the property and there's a chance other offers are coming in, so you tell the agent that "We'll go up to $560,000 if we have to. But of course don't tell that to the seller."

    If you're dealing with a seller's agent, he or she may be duty-bound to tell the seller that important fact. In most states, the seller's agent doesn't have any duty of confidentiality towards you. Honest treatment might require that the agent warn you that "I must convey to the seller anything that would be useful so don't tell me anything you wouldn't tell the seller."

    If you're dealing with seller's agents, it’s a good idea to keep confidential information to yourself.

    These days many home buyers prefer to hire a buyer's agent, one who owes the full range of duties, including confidentiality and obedience, to the buyer. A buyer's agent is often paid by the seller, regardless of the agency relationship.

    Evaluating a Real Estate Agent

    In making your decision to work with an agent, there are certain questions you should ask when evaluating a potential agent. The first question you should ask is whether the agent is a REALTOR. Here are other questions you should then ask the agent:

    • Do you have an active real estate license in good standing? To find this information, you can check with your state’s governing agency.
    • Do you belong to the MLS and/or a reliable online home buyer’s search service? Multiple Listing Services are cooperative information networks of REALTORS that provide descriptions of most of the houses for sale in a particular region.
    • Is real estate your full-time career?
    • What real estate designations do you hold?
    • Which party do you represent - the buyer or the seller? This discussion is supposed to occur early on, at "first serious contact" with you. The agent should discuss your state's particular definitions of agency, so you'll know where you stand.
    • When I commit to working with you, how will you help me accomplish my goals? Will the agent show you homes that meet your requirements and will he or she provide you with a list of the properties you’ve been shown?
     Evan Walsh (508) 341-4904


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  • Buying Step 5: Offers, Counteroffers and Negotiation

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Medfield, How To... in Medfield, Property Q&A in Medfield  |  April 27, 2011 12:32 PM  |  458 views  |  1 comment

    Buying Step 5: Offers, Counteroffers and Negotiation

    When you are ready to buy, you will need to make a written offer. REALTORS® have standard purchase agreements and will help you put together a written, legally binding offer that reflects the price as well as terms and conditions that are right for you.  Your REALTOR® will guide you through the offer, counteroffer, negotiating and closing processes.

    How Much Should You Offer?

    You sometimes hear that the amount of your offer should be x percent below the seller's asking price or y percent less than you're really willing to pay. In practice, a successful offer depends on the basic laws of supply and demand: If many buyers are competing for homes, then sellers will likely get full-price offers and sometimes even more. If demand is weak, then offers below the asking price may be in order. Your REALTOR® will help you determine a suitable offer price and terms.

    Terms and Conditions

    While much attention is given to offering prices, a proposal to buy includes both the price and terms. In some cases, terms can represent thousands of dollars in additional value for buyers - or additional costs. Terms are extremely important and should be carefully reviewed; they may include an escrow deposit, contingency deadlines for inspection and/or mortgage approval, payment of closing costs, etc.

    Contingencies and “Subject to” Clauses

    Buyer offers often contain contingencies or “subject to” clauses that must be met before the contract is considered binding. This gives you time to take care of final details. Contingencies can include the following:

    • approved financing
    • buyer selling an existing home
    • satisfactory home inspection report
    • test results for environmental factors including radon, mold and water quality
    • termite inspections
    • easements
    • liens

    Work with your REALTOR® to determine which contingencies you should include for your home buying situation. You will likely be required to include a time clause, also called a kick-out clause, which limits the contingency to a short time period (say 12, 24 or 48 hours) should the seller receive another acceptable offer.

    How Do You Make an Offer?

    When a home is made available for sale the owner is essentially making an offer to buyers: for a given number of dollars and other terms you can acquire this home. Buyers, in turn, can respond with several options:

    • accept the offer
    • decline the offer
    • make a counteroffer

    The process of making offers varies around the country. Typically, you complete a written offer that the REALTOR® will present to the owner and the owner's representative. The owner, in turn, may accept the offer, reject it or make a counteroffer.

    What is a Counteroffer?

    A counteroffer is nothing more than a new offer with different terms. Offers and counteroffers reflect the back-and-forth activity of the marketplace. It's a common, efficient and practical process, but also one that may contain tricky clauses and hidden costs. Because of this, and because counteroffers are common, it's important for buyers to remain in close contact with a REALTOR® during the negotiation process so that any proposed changes can be quickly reviewed.

    How Do You Negotiate?

    No aspect of the home buying process is more complex, personal or variable than bargaining between buyers and sellers. This is the point where the value of an experienced REALTOR® is clearly evident because he or she knows the community, has seen numerous homes for sale, knows local values and has spent years negotiating realty transactions.

    Real estate bargaining typically involves compromises by both sides. It's not war; it's not winner-take-all. Instead, negotiating should be seen as a natural business process: buyers should be treated with respect, and owners should never lose sight of either their best interests or their baseline transaction requirements, which must be met before the home can be sold.

    There are a lot of considerations, not just price, in making and negotiating offers. This is where the working with an experienced REALTOR® can guide you to a win-win negotiation.

     Evan Walsh (508) 341-4904


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