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Hiring the Right Contractor, Masters Touch Design-Build V1-E37

 

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Hiring the Right Contractor V1 E37 Masters Touch Design-Build.  In this PODCAST Chris Previte of Masters Touch  Design-Build shares with us today the right and wrong way to find, secure and redo your home the right way. Choosing your contractor is the simple matter of knowing what to ask and being focused on finding the right person for your needs. Communications, vision, follow through are big parts. Caring about your needs and having a willingness to focus on those needs is critical. Listen to how one company does it right.

Over the many years I have been in the real estate industry I have been in thousands of houses and hundreds of housing sites being built.  Nothing is the same, all have their unique aspects.  Builders use different materials, different crews, different timing and most of them have recommendations from people who like them. I always want to know about the times things went wrong and how they were fixed.  The biggest issue is always  communications. Since there are so many details in any design-build it is critical there is one place were all information and changes can be reviewed. Masters Touch uses a system that keeps it all in line.

Chris Previte is who you will connect with first. He is the one who comes out to look over the home and give you some ideas on what can be done and for what cost and in what timing. From there it goes back to the shop and put into the system so all can be informed.  Designers, builders, plumbers, electricians etc all see the same files and their work is coordinated through the system. In this manner a lot of the problems can be averted or at least deals with at the time it feels like a problem. Hiring the Right Contractor, Masters Touch Design-Build V1-E37

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It is easy with easy steps and you can win today

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It is easy, do the right things. It is easy, write down what you need to do. It is easy, fake it ’til you make it. It is easy, believe in yourself. It is easy eat well, sleep well, stay focused, that’s all. It is easy.

Or is it?

There is nothing easy about commitment. There is nothing easy about discipline. There is nothing easy about, faking it. There is nothing easy about, There is nothing easy about,taking care of yourself and getting things done .

Or is there?

Easy is a muscle, you have to build it.  Easy is a mindset, you have to let go. Easy is today when you get things done.

It is easy with easy steps and you can win today.  

Bits and Pieces from this time of pandemic, Covid-19. The plague, the dark ages the time creating butt marks in our sofa’s and couches. If this gets us at least those other things that we thought would get us, won’t. We got that going for us. Gallows humor is a better past time then blame and finger pointing. If your church is open this Easter remember God is everywhere but science tells us not to congregate. Pray alone, your God will hear you. What I know deep in my heart is, this is serious and there are serious people working on it. As I am kind of a glass half full guy I feel optimistic. Don’t hate me for that, I am also an early riser, and I am quiet.

Real estate market has not ground to a halt. In my state the Governor and Mayor are working to clear the red tape with accepting e-signatures and virtual closings. The fire certification inspection can be done as long as 90 days after the closing, so you can close without that form. The Open House as it was in the olden days is no more. Virtual opens and private showings are now the norm. Technology become even more important as a skill the Seller/Agent must have.

It is easy with easy steps and you can win today.

 

 

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Not living in fear, perspective, hope and caring

Not living in fear, perspective, hope and caring in this time of Covid-19, the offical title for the corona virus pandemic that is sweeping the world right now.  People all over the world are living with this new reality. A virus that is fast moving and very contagious has made it from China, through Italy and now here in the US. There was political maneuvering from the Oval Office that promises to make it worse in the states.  Federal response has been slow and plodding. Fortunately the individual State officials are stepping up in the wake of the response to protect their citizens. Here in Massachusetts our Governor has already taken strong actions.

Later today we are doing a podcast on Broker-Talk.com with a Luxury Agent from Milan, Italy. He will share with us what his country and his business has been doing over the last month of this pandemic in his country. There are so many questions here and it is now a time for action to protect yourself and your family. Washing hands, cleaning surfaces, limiting time around people in public is the beginning of protecting yourself.

Real estate industry continues to go on. People are still buying and selling homes and now they are using new approaches.  Live video tours are taking the place of open houses. Private showings are replacing group showings. If you are sick, STAY HOME.  That should be easy because most business have already been shut down due to the pandemic. Schools are closed, restaurants have no seatings and are only doing take out.  At this point it is less than a week since the Federal Government even admitted there is an issue and this is months after they were made aware. Now is not the time to be making or loosing political points, it is a time for Americans to show our extraordinary resolve and spirit. Stay well. Not living in fear, perspective, hope and caring

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Running Out of Toilet Paper and Loosing my Mind

Running Out of Toilet Paper and Loosing my Mind is a perfect description of this historic day. CoronaVirus, Covid-19 is on the upswing, the Fed just cut it’s rate to zero and there are actually agents out there who don’t know the relationship with the Fed Rate and the Interest Rates banks charge for mortgage loans.  The running out of toilet paper is this moments true craziness. For some reason people are hoarding toilet paper and the thoughts that come to mind for why are just too horrifying to consider without disinfectant.

There are still lots of buyers who are looking for homes and not near enough homes on the market to satisfy the need. On the other side of that is price, with scarcity comes increased prices, but with the threat of life altering pandemic the desire to get out makes the price negotiable.

With Stock markets in jittery free fall and the bond market being artificially propped up with federal dollars it just may be the time to put your money into real estate. While we can not predict what will happen we can look to past performance (which is not a prediction of future performance) I am just saying that it might be a very good

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time to buy good properties and get a great interest rate. It is possible the stock market will rebound after the global pandemic crisis runs it’s course. Buying real estate, choosing a longer range investment strategy is worth considering.

 

There has never been a time in history when working with a professional who understands the market and the process is more important for the best bottom line in real estate. Trusting to a person without experience and inside knowledge is sure to bring a diminished return. Running Out of Toilet Paper and Loosing my Mind

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Rent America The Show Michael Thomas Broker-Talk v 1 E 33

 

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Rent America The Show Michael Thomas Broker-Talk v 1 E 33, was just published this morning on our Broker-talk.com real estate podcast.  Michael Thomas is an innovative, seasoned loan professional working across America creating affordable rental home projects. Rent America The Show is where you can view one of the completed projects.

Finding affordable rental housing has grown more difficult. Rent costs have gone up over the last 10 years while most wages have been stagnant or grown at a much slower rate than rental costs. It used to be a renter/owner would spend a third of the income on rent/mortgage and now that percentage is pushing up to fifty percent. With gas, food, insurance and all other costs going up the average American is struggling in this economy no matter what you are hearing from Washington. American families are struggling to make ends meet.

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Michael Thomas, a VA-HUD certified lender through Gershmann Mortgage, has started actively looking for development partners across the US and particularly in the West and Southwest to finance projects. Taking existing rental units or starting over from the beginning the process is longer than traditional lending because of the HUD process, but  the projects get done and the communities are better served because of this opportunity to have a lending partner on your project.

Broker-talk is a weekly show discussing all matters of real estate. The rising costs of housing is staggering for many people and this is particularly true in places like San Francisco, Boston and New York. New York is trying to get rid of the rental commission fee which will take out agents wanting to spend time with renters. Boston is also considering this measure as well as rent control in Somerville and a transfer tax paid by both the buyer and seller of a property in the Boston area. If you like this show please share. This is Rent America The Show Michael Thomas Broker-Talk v 1 E 33

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Newton MA Single Family Market Report Jan 2020

Newton MA Single Family Market Report Jan 2020. From the MLSPIN system I gather these statistics, they are a snapshot of all that is going on with Newton MA single family real estate market has been up to. There were 155 properties in the market during this time.

Single Family New Listings: 6 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 3,961 Median List $: $1,597,500 Median List $/SqFt: $417 Median DOM: 1.5

Single Family Active Listings: 60 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 3,880 Median List $: $1,849,500 Median List $/SqFt: $475 Median DOM: 111.5

Single Family Price Change Listings: 1 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 4,500 Median List $: $2,425,888 Median List $/SqFt: $539 Median DOM: 117

This is a lot of active homes, price changes traditionally happen after the first month.

Single Family Contingent Listings: 11 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 3,242 Median List $: $1,495,000 Median List $/SqFt: $440 Median DOM: 14 Median DTO: 11

Single Family Under Agreement Listings: 25 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 2,352 Median List $: $1,050,000 Median List $/SqFt: $436 Median DOM: 21 Median DTO: 7

These properties above that are contingent and UAG are next months sales. Notice the days on market is very small. Good houses sold at a reasonable price go quickly. If your house is hanging on the market without offers, either your price is not attractive, or your agent is doing a poor job and getting the right people to see the property.

Single Family Sold Listings: 30 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 2863.5 Median List $: $1,294,000 Median List $/SqFt: $447 Median DOM: 52 Median DTO: 41.5 Median Sale $: $1,232,500 Median Sale $/SqFt: $434

Single Family Temporarily Withdrawn Listings: 4 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 3,127 Median List $: $1,377,000 Median List $/SqFt: $434 Median DOM: 101

Single Family Expired Listings: 12 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 3,857 Median List $: $1,672,000 Median List $/SqFt: $445 Median DOM: 74

Single Family Canceled Listings: 6 Median Liv. Area SqFt: 2,085 Median List $: $870,000 Median List $/SqFt: $397 Median DOM: 85.5

We are in a Seller’s Market with not enough inventory. If someone wants to sell at the market rate they can do so, asking the informed public to pay more than the comps is not a winning strategy. This has been the Newton MA Single Family Market Report Jan 2020