Home Buyer Tips

September 24, 2009

How to get a good price on a home for sale in Massachusetts (MA) – part 1

You’ve finally found a home for sale in Massachusetts you really like.  Your next step is to make an offer; but before you can, you need […]
March 13, 2009

Low Offers: Why They Don’t Work

Buyers will occasionally ask me whether they can make an offer of 20%, 30% or even 40% less than a listing’s asking price.  The expectation is […]
February 22, 2009

Foreclosure Web Sites & Credit Cards Equal Trouble

Buying a home at foreclosure auction or from a lender post-foreclosure is a very hot topic these days.  And where there’s widespread popular interest in a […]
February 19, 2009

$8000 Tax Credit for 1st Time Buyers

When I looked on-line today, there were over 61,600 search results in Google about the search phrase “$8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers”. There’s […]
February 17, 2009

How to Safely Compare Mortgages On-Line

The Internet is a great source of information and makes it easy to compare products, services and prices. But you can encounter a hidden risk when […]
February 3, 2009

What Do “As Is” Home Sales Mean?

There’s seems to be some confusion about what the phrase “as is” means in practical terms in a real estate sale. You’ll see “as is” with […]
January 30, 2009

Why Short Sales can be Bad Deals

There are many “short sales” listed on the MLS in Massachusetts. Some buyers hear “short sale” and assume they’ll get an outrageously advantageous sale (as suggested […]
January 30, 2009

FHA Loans Allow Low Down Payments

You don’t need 20% down to buy a home, even with today’s tight credit standards. FHA loans (administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban […]