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Test of iPhone app

January 3, 2009

Testing new iPhone app. Makes for very boring post.

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Be The Third Real Estate Agent First

December 6, 2008

It was overheard in our sales meeting this week, that it’s best to be “the first girlfriend, the second wife and the third real estate agent.” The theory being supposedly that at those certain points in time, you get the best of the other person involved. First girlfriends are doted over, second wives get a guy who learned from his mistakes and third real estate agents get sellers who have finally come to see the light of the reality of the market and are willing to listen to their agent’s professional advice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Friday Real Estate Deal in Norfolk, MA

November 26, 2008

Please visit 8HunterAve.com for more details.

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Sometimes, You Just Nail It…

November 15, 2008

money-house

As both an appraiser and a real estate agent, I can safely say that appraisers often get a bad rap among the real estate community. Heck, on my really bad days, I’ve even been known to rip myself apart a little (sounds like someone needs a little more quality time on the couch, Doc…). But once in a while there is a magic moment when the planets align and the Real Estate Gods smiling upon the appraiser. Today was such a day. Can I get an “Amen” people? Read the rest of this entry »

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20th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament (Hopkinton, MA)

November 11, 2008

Erika Paul, owner/broker of Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty, and two Realtors in the office, Suzanne Hart and Mary Ellen Wasielewski teed it up for charity at the 20th annual Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA on October 20, 2008. Luckily they make their livings in real estate, not golf! FORE!

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First Open House: Sunday, October 26th, 1-4pm

October 25, 2008
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Is Fall a Good Time To Sell Your Home?

October 13, 2008

Fall is certainly a gorgeous time of the year here in New England, but a question I get from a ton of my clients is:

Is Fall a good time to try and sell my home?

My answer is enthusiastically, YES! And before you discount that response as typical Realtor-speak (as in, “It’s ALWAYS a good time to sell your home!”) let me explain why I feel this way.

1. Less Competition
A good portion of my colleagues seems to coast from now through the end of the year. It’s almost like they assume it’s the “slow” time of the year and they kind of turn on their auto pilot settings. They relay, whether consciously or unconsciously, this belief to the clients, and therefore it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and less homes get listed on the market. Less homes = less competition. Would you rather have your buyer presented with 20+ similar properties to choose from along with yours, or just a couple others? Your home will stand out to buyers purely because there are less homes to look at.

2. Serious Buyers
Let’s face it, the Fall and ensuing holidays are a busy time for everybody. Anybody who is out looking at homes between now and the end of the year tend to be serious buyers who HAVE to buy something. There’s usually a strong motivation for these buyers. This time of the year tire kickers and looky-loos spend time at the mall, not at open houses and showings. So although the QUANTITY of showings may decrease over the next few months, the QUALITY should be primo!

3. Fall Homes Show Well
Nothing is more attractive to buyers than a walkway scattered with a few vibrant leaves, leading to a beautifully decorated New England home with a gentle fire crackling in the fireplace. There’s usually a pile of apples in a bowl on the kitchen table and maybe a pumpkin or two. Fall in New England is the perfect backdrop for staging a fantastic home for sale. The sights, sounds and smells of Fall in New England paint a wonderful picture in the buyers minds. And buyers make purchasing decisions based on those pictures in their minds.

So the next time someone tells me, “We’re thinking about waiting for the Spring market to list”, I remind them that (1) you will be up against a lot more competition as far as other listings, (2) you will have a harder time identifying the truly serious buyers and (3) that Christmas tree and warm pumpkin pie in the oven will not have the same effect come April.

IMHO, from now until New Years truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy.