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Real Estate Search Strategies #plainspokenagent

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Milton-June-2014-Town-Churches

Real Estate Search Strategies #plainspokenagent for the Buyer start from 30,000 feet, for the Seller they start on the world wide web.  Let me explain, when searching for your next real estate purchase whether it is your first home of fifth the where is important.  You want to start wide so that you don’t miss the true sweet spot (by various criteria like price, condition and location) and that is a process.  Follow the process and get more of what you want for less money and hassle.  This is not a sprint, for the most part.

Newton MA real estate
Newton MA real estate

For the Seller you start on the web.  You want someone who can communicate your property to the right audience and with the right frequency and creativity to draw them to your listing. The more people who look at your property both on-line and then through the showing the better the outcome plain and simple.  The most critical days are the first 30 is common knowledge and the truth is the 30 days before the first 30 are the most important. That is when the story is created, shaped and set to be delivered to the market on the first 30 days.  If your agent doesn’t have those steps down, the competition will win and you will suffer.

Boston Back Bay
Boston Back Bay

Search is always a process.  Map it out first and then adjust the plan as information is brought in.  For the Buyer you get closer and closer to the desired property because you have systematically narrowed the field down.  For the Seller all your work is before you hire the professional to help you shape your story, your first step is to look at your competition on-line and see who is doing the best story getting real people in the door.  These strategies are true in all kinds of markets.  Real Estate Search Strategies #plainspokenagent

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Townhouse in Quincy on the Bay

Marina Bay Quincy townhouse for sale
Marina Bay Quincy townhouse for sale

Townhouse in Quincy on the Bay, Marina Bay real estate condo sale.  Living on the water, near the water is a dream for many people.  Quite often first time home buyers do not think they can achieve this goal right out of the box.  They are wrong.  Marina Bay just south of Boston along our harbor is a complex that provides a variety of options open to winning this lifetime goal.

224-Marina-Drive-Kitchen
224-Marina-Drive-Kitchen

Whether you are a first time home buyer, or looking for that down sized townhouse that gets you a wonderful move in ready transition from your large home Marina Bay has options.  224 Marina Bay is a second floor unit that is perfect in many ways important to home purchasers today.  An excellent kitchen with wonderful appliances and lots of beautiful wood cabinets built in.  There is open space that connects all the social spaces, kitchen-dining room-living room and balcony.  There are two large bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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224-Marina-Drive-Chapman Beach

If you have been living in the city you will love the fact you can come home and pull right into your garage that is detached from the unit, but always waiting for you. There is also a seconded deeded spot for you as well.  2 guaranteed parking spots are a welcome comfort for anyone driving around looking for a place to park so you can get into your home and finish your day.

In the last 30 days there are 7 active units for sale in Quincy, 4 of them are in Marina Bay.  There are 5 under agreement listings and 3 of them are in Marina Bay.  Finally there are 3 sold listings in the last month and 1 of them is in Marina Bay.  This is a Seller’s Market from these statistics, but today agents are smart about this process. Each unit must be priced in comparison to the other units available at the same time.   224 Marina Drive is situated in the sweet spot in every way. It is in fabulous condition, it is close to shops, dining and wonderful healthy walking paths.  Come see this townhouse if it remains on the market through the week. Townhouse in Quincy on the Bay.

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes

Last week, the inaugural “Homebuyer Insights Report” was released by the Bank of America. The report revealed the reasons why consumers purchase homes and what their feelings are regarding homeownership.

Consumer Lending Executive, D. Steve Boland, explained:

“Homebuyers today are motivated by both emotional and practical reasons. Nearly all want more space, but a majority of homebuyers, especially those purchasing their first home, are also looking for a place to call their own, put down roots and make memories. They value the emotional benefits of owning a home as much as the financial ones.”

The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes| Simplifying The Market

Boland went on to say:

“The path to homeownership is a journey and can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. For many people, this is the single most significant financial transaction they will ever make.”

This was evidenced in the report when they asked today’s homebuyers to define homeownership. Their answers tell the whole story.

The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes| Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Homeownership has always been a part of the American Dream and survey after survey confirms this will always be the case.

The process of home buying and selling demands some rigor.  Not all agents are created equal, but most agents share the ability to schmooze with you.  Most agents will want to speak mostly about themselves and their agency. How they are better, smarter, more hard working but have no ability to quantify that for you.

Your real estate professional handles one of the most important transactions in your life.  Not only is it this a great deal of money involved, it is also a place where you will live and build your life for a period of time.  Your home is a place you will create and make memories. Great real estate professionals understand that the buyer and the seller are not only looking for the best deal for their clients, they are also looking for the best outcome for you in the long run. Not all agents are the same, find a great one to work with. These are the top ten reasons Americans buy homes

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Real Estate is a Process and best practices will guide you.

Kilmer School West Roxbury
Kilmer School West Roxbury

Real Estate is a Process and best practices will guide you.  This seemingly easy process can be very stressful if you don’t know what to expect.  Each season and each year can be different.  This is clearly evident if you consider the market in 2010 and the market now.  In 2010 our economy and our housing market that drives our economy was in the dumps.  Driven there by greedy Wall Street and the banking industry the real estate market was collapsing. Today is much different.  The market has come back to it’s levels of before the crash and the inventory of houses to buy is not keeping pace with the people who want to buy houses.

Milton MA real estate
Milton MA real estate

Lack of inventory to buy coupled with lots of buyers creates incredible competition for the good properties.  If you are a Seller and your house was priced correctly to draw in lots of potential buyers you can expect a spirited level of competition and bidding for the property.  If you are overpriced, the market will leave you sitting even with low inventory.  Today’s consumer has access to information about pricing, they will not overpay in most situations. This is especially true if the Seller is clueless to the need to respond to the market and make adjustments.  The longer on the market, the more Buyers feel there is something wrong with the house.

real estate burn out
real estate burn out

If you are a Buyer and you have been in stiff competition for some properties that you did not win it is frustrating and can cause burnout.  Right now as we move into the second stage of the Spring Market 2016 the craziness of the first phase is winding down. Those driven Buyers willing to overpay for a good property now have that property.  Normal competition begins after these people are out of the market.  Whew.

Whether you are buying or selling, or even both at the same time is is very important to remember Real Estate is a Process and best practices will guide you.

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Ready Fire Aim Hiring a best real estate agent for today’s market

No Bullshit real estate
No Bullshit real estate

Ready Fire Aim Hiring a best real estate agent for today’s market. This is not the best way to hire the most qualified agent for your needs. National Association of Realtors (NAR) statistics show that most people only talk to one agent.  This is really not the way to get the best qualified agent either.  No two agents are created equal and so you should always be talking to more than one agent.  You should google your agent to see what they are doing on the internet.

The internet now drives the real estate industry. There is so much information out there and much of it is conflicting or inaccurate.

375 Westfield Dedham MA 02026
375 Westfield Dedham MA 02026

The large companies like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com are trying to cut out the agent, but it is the qualifed agent, not the internet that can get what you want for the price you will love.  Discount brokerages like Redfin dangle their low commission rate while they deliver truly discounted services.  Agents who work for places like these are often new or lazy agents who are happy to give you a little service to earn their discounted rates. This is truly a ready, fire, aim approach to the process.

Interview more than one agent
Interview more than one agent

Your home is often the largest transaction you will do in your life.  Your home purchase is quite often the best investment you will make in your life.  You would not trust your children to a discount pediatrician, would you?  When you have a toothache are you really searching for the discount dentist?  If you are in legal trouble do you want the discounted attorney?  It has been proven over and over again that discounted brokerage with discounted service delivers lower prices. That is why a 4% commission agent will get less for your home on average than a 5% agent.  What you want to do is work with the best people who deliver well beyond a discount service so that you can get the most for your money in the shortest time with the least amount of effort.  Do not use a method like Ready Fire Aim.

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Downsizing by the Bay, Marina Bay Condo for Sale

224-Marina-Drive-living-kitchen
224-Marina-Drive-living-kitchen

Downsizing by the Bay, Marina Bay Condo for Sale. 224 Marina Drive, Quincy, MA 02171, MLS #71969288 $555,000 2 bed, 2 bath, 1448 Sq Ft, deeded garage with additional parking, gas fireplace, Balcony deck right south of the Boston city limit in Quincy, Marina Bay.  This community nestled into the neck from Boston to the Cape along Route 93 minutes from downtown on a usual day.

This is an active community with a diverse population.  Marina Bay is a quiet collection of townhouses and high rise living.  Also available is some shopping and many

224-Marina-Drive-master-bath
224-Marina-Drive-master-bath

dining opportunities.  The harbor is often filled with pleasure boats also enjoying the view of the city and far from the crowd.

Along the residential paths you will see many families who have chosen Marina Bay as their next stop after selling their much larger home, after the kids left. 224 Marina Drive is a second floor townhouse. Warm, dark wood is throughout this unit along with the deep carpeting in the two bedroom areas.  Two full bathrooms, one is within the Master Suite.

The lifestyle at Marina Bay would have to be considered quiet and comfortable. There is ample outdoor space to walk, jog, run, or shop along the paths and streets inside

224-Marina-Drive-Master
224-Marina-Drive-Master

Marina Bay.  These condominiums have also attracted the young and up coming professionals.

Young professionals who have city jobs but don’t like the city hassles.  A deeded garage is a must for these professionals.  People who like the city, but just don’t want to live in the city. Marina Bay is minutes from down town Boston on normal days and times. (There is no way to predict Boston traffic.) People who love the water and love the New England air. Marina Bay is a choice location.  Open Space Living, Dining, Kitchen which connects to an outdoor deck through sliding glass windows makes it perfect for cozy living and entertaining.

For more information larry@lawfer.com Downsizing by the Bay, Marina Bay Condo for Sale