Real Estate

The Best Real Estate Agents in Plymouth

The Best Real Estate Agents in Plymouth

Each year, we at the Chubb Homes Team meet with a lot of homeowners as well as potential home buyers who are thinking about Buying or Selling a home in Plymouth. If you don’t know where Plymouth, MA is, then you probably were not listening during American History Class! And because so many people know our thoughts and feelings on all things “Real Estate”, they often ask who are some of the other top Real Estate Agents and competitors we have in the Plymouth.

Since we are never ones to shy away from being blatantly honest with respect to competition and we want our customers to be the best informed… Here is a list of some other top Real Estate Agents in Plymouth who will also do an amazing job representing you in the purchase and/or sale of your Plymouth House. So for those that asked the question of "Who are the Best Real Estate Agents in Plymouth?, here is the answer! 

And yes… I guess we are a little crazy! We want to ensure that the clients who choose to work with us are the best-informed consumers out there! And in order to do that, we have no issues pointing out our competitors. We love what we do!

1. Shawn Costa
Shawn is a team member of the Seagate Properties Team and is one of Plymouth’s top agents. He is a lifelong resident on the South Shore and is an active member in the community.

2. Beth Tassinari
Having more than 30 years of experience in Real Estate, Beth is a broker/owner of the local Century 21 office. She is a second-generation real estate agent specializing in Residential sales.

3. Michael Mulligan
Michael who works with Coldwell Banker is one of Plymouth’s top agents helps both buyers and sellers with their Plymouth Real Estate...

Who Are the Best Real Estate Agents in the Back Bay?

Who Are the Best Real Estate Agents in the Back Bay?

Each year, we at the Chubb Homes Team meet with a lot of homeowners as well as potential home buyers who are thinking about Buying or Selling a home in the Back Bay, a Boston Neighborhood. And because so many people know our thoughts and feelings on all things “Real Estate”, they often ask who are some of the other top Real Estate Agents and competitors we have in the Back Bay.

Since we are never ones to shy away from being blatantly honest with respect to competition and we want our customers to be as informed as possible… Here is a list of some other top Real Estate Agents in the Back Bay who will also do an amazing job representing you in the purchase and/or sale of your Back Bay Home.

And yes… We are crazy. We have no issues pointing out our competitors. We love what we do and we want to ensure our clients are the best-informed clients out there!

1. Tracy Campion
Tracy Campion has been one of Boston’s top selling Real Estate Agents for closing in on decades. Tracy has been named as one of the most 50 Powerful Women in Boston and is ranked in REAL Trends as well as the Wall Street Journal.

2. Beth Dickerson
Beth has been selling real estate for nearly 30 years and is one of Boston’s top selling Real Estate Agents. She has received national acclaims and has represented some of Boston’s most prestigious residents and properties throughout Massachusetts.

3. Robert Cohen
If you know Back Bay Real Estate, then you would know that Rob is one of the more familiar names on the Back Bay Real Estate scene. With more than 20 years of market knowledge, he is considered one of the top agents...

What is a Pre-Commitment & How Can it Help Me?

A Pre-Commitment can make an offer to a homeowner more attractive and thereby increase the chances of getting your dream home!

In this video, Jeff & Jason talk about the power of the Pre-Commitment and what it could mean for you and the seller. While it is often very hard to compete with a Cash offer, an offer with a Pre-Commitment will give you a fighting chance.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, then Jeffrey Chubb of the Chubb Realty Group and Jason Bonarrigo of RMS Mortgage can help guide you through the process. Give Jeff a call at 617-480-2600 or send hi an email at [email protected] You can reach Jason at 617-413-5038 or by email at [email protected]

Transcript:

- Hi, I'm Jeff Chubb with the REN network, and today we're here with Jason Bonarrigo of RMS mortgage and we're talking about the pre-commitment. Now there's a difference between pre-qualification, pre-approval and then this pre-commitment. That's where we really want to dive in today. Ultimately, why should I get a pre-commitment? Who is it for? So, tell me what is a pre- commitment?

- Well, first of all, it's just a little bit more extensive than your normal pre-approval.

- Okay. Which is obviously just kind of not a quick certification, but we can do that pretty quickly. We can do that in 10 minutes sometimes or in 24 hours.

- And you're doing that? It's just, you?

- It's just me. No, exactly. Great point. So the difference between obviously the pre-approval and the pre-commitment is we're actually taking the time and we're sending it into the underwriting department to truly have it underwritten and stamped.

- Right....

Business Spotlight - Cohasset Learning Studio

Small Business Spotlight - The Cohasset Learning Studio

On this episode of the Business Spotlight on the REN Network, Jeffrey sits down to talk with Abigail Sullivan of the Cohasset Learning Studio.

Abigail discusses how she is making a difference in the community by helping kids learn how to read, write and do math. She is able to recognize any possible issues a child may have before they become an issue and work on closing the gap while it is easier and more natural for a child to learn.

Abigail offers private and semi-private tutoring, group classes and even zoom classes and tutoring.

Visit the Cohasset Learning Studio by clicking herehttps://cohassetlearningstudio.com/

Transcript of Video:

- Hi, I'm Jeff Chubb with REN Network. On this week's business spotlight We're at the Cohasset Learning Studio with Abigail Sullivan talking about everything she does to help kids in the community. So Abigail, tell me. So how did the Cohasset Learning Studio, how did it start? I mean, how did you get here today?

- Well, I'm a former public school teacher and I'm adjunct faculty at a couple of colleges in Massachusetts. So I have a lot of experience in education and the theory and best practices and actually what's happening in the public schools and what isn't happening in the schools. After my first daughter was born I started my private practice in Cohasset and Hingham and supported kids working...

Home Upgrades that Don’t Pay Off

home upgrades that don't pay off

 

Thinking of selling your home?  Renovating your kitchen or adding a spare room can seem like a good idea when it comes to home improvements, but there are some upgrades that end up costing you more than what you’ll get in return.  If you plan on being in your home for a while, then you probably don’t mind losing out on a little money in order to get your dream home. When it’s time for you to sell, though, you want to get the best bang for your buck.  You also want to keep in mind that just because you upgrade your home, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a profit when selling your home. It would be best to consult a realtor and plan how much money to spend on making home upgrades and how much money to spend on marketing your home. Here is a list of some home upgrades that could break the bank:

 

Major Kitchen Remodel 

The kitchen is one of the focal (and selling) points of the home.  (Everyone loves food!) Of course, it would make sense to remodel it to be up-to-date and trendy.  However, this upgrade only has about a 60-65% return value. On average, you can expect to spend about $60,000 for new appliances...

Milton, MA - Everything you Want to Know

milton ma

People looking to buy a house near Boston often pick one of the bustling communities near the town center. Milton MA is an established nautical suburb offering homeowners posh living within easy reach of premium amenities and urban benefits.

Niche gives the city an A rating saying the community is vibrant, diverse, and rates the schools with the highest ranking. Visitors and residents often enjoy the rich history, culture, fine dining, exquisite artwork, and a multitude of events while in the area.

Search Milton MA Active Real Estate Listings

General Information about the Massachusetts Town

This upscale suburb sits in Norfolk County. The population is around 25,000 residents according to the 2010 Census. The city holds just over 13.3 square miles with just about all of it being land. The town is in the middle of the Blue Hills and the Neponset River.

Affluent neighborhoods flank the city with Quincy on the south and eastern borders, Mattapan and Dorchester to the north, and the infamous Hyde Park area to the west. At one time, the city was part of Dorchester.

As an agricultural community, this town brings forth a rich culture and history. The Milton MA area was a first for creating several mills offering unique goods for travelers along with fresh vegetables, grains, and fruits. One of the most fascinating facts about this...

What happened in September in Massachusetts....

What happened during September of 2019 in Massachusetts....

And What it means to local Real Estate Prices.

The real estate market in the month of August provided for many shifts in the market place when comparing the local markets year over year. 

For much of the year the story has been increasing inventory and decreased sales. August had some major pullbacks that could shift the market dynamic as we look to close out 2019. 

  • Inventory throughout Massachusetts shifted rather dramatically in both the Condo and Single Family markets.
  • The two largest cities in Massachusetts (Boston & Worcester) continue perform on opposite sides of the spectrum.
  • Spot checking markets throughout the state, we see some markets actually depreciating.
  • Different towns throughout Massachusetts are performing at different levels. Even neighboring towns will have major swings making real estate more hyper local then ever before. 

If you would like to learn more about the current market conditions whether buying or selling a home throughout Massachusetts, reply to this email, give us a call at 617-480-2600 or visit us online.

We look forward to being your real estate resource. 

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Improvements to Make Before Selling

Improvements to Make Before Selling your Massachusetts Home

One of the most asked questions is “Should I make improvements before selling my home”. The correct answer is maybe.

I wanted to share with you you today what improvements if any you should make when putting a Massachusetts house on the market.

The reason that the answer is ‘maybe’ is because each situation is different. For example, it most likely will not make any sense or return any value to refinish the hardwood floors for a house that will most likely be completely renovated.

So what should the golden rule be when it comes to making improvements before putting a home on the market in Massachusetts? You should only make an improvement if it will provide you a return over what you are investing or an improvement that will come up in a home inspection.

But even with possible Home Inspection Issues, I have to say that you must be careful. I can often times negotiate an amount less then what it would actually cost.

A recent example is a client of mine in Boston had a furnace that was at the end of its life and had asked if he should have it fixed. This process would end up costing my client in the $15k range and would not have offered any additional value to a buyer when the property is on the market. We were able to negotiate an amount of less than half and buying a home warranty.

The smaller stuff that you know about like broken window seals, loose cabinet doors or maybe plumbing or electrical issues are generally areas that you will want to address. Other areas that you will...

How to Keep Up with the Real Estate Market

how to keep up with the real estate market

Are you looking to sell or buy a home? Keeping up with the property market can be frightening especially in such a crowded market space. For a buyer or seller, timing is decisive. It can be the difference between a great deal and an average transaction. Such timing is dependent on the quality of information someone has about the specific market.

Having the information is half the battle, harnessing the data into usable intelligence is the other half.

There are two reasons why you need to stay on top of the real estate trends

  • You can make informed decisions

  • You can create a sound investment strategy

Valuable information on the property market is available on the following platforms.

Annual Real Estate Reports

Some of the top websites and research organizations feature annual and quarterly industry reports. An avid investor can subscribe to such data. They can cost a small fortune sometimes. However, such companies invite media to sample the information. You can get valuable insight from news related to such industry reports.

If a company releases a new report, earlier reports become cheaper, and they have roughly the same content. However,...

Eight Reasons Homeowners Call in a Contractor

Eight reasons homeowners call in a contractor

Whether you are buying your first house, or you are a seasoned property investor, contractors are one group of professionals you will contact at some point. Property owners call these experts for many things from new projects to expansions and upgrades. We talk about eight times when you know you can leave the job to a specialist to save you time, hassle, and maybe money in this post. 

Custom jobs from built-in shelves to new home builds

Adding a stunning feature can help a property investor sell a house quickly after buying to make it easy to flip. Custom shelves or an organizer for walk-in closets are small yet significant features in many buyer's opinions. Knowing the type of heating system, and whether it may be necessary to upgrade to propane heat or natural gas is paramount. When you have a busy schedule, hiring a specialty contractor is an affordable way to get quality work in your time frame. Contract firms can do small jobs like these, or they can oversee the construction of a new home or business. A project manager is the person who oversees the various specialists and organizes the team to complete the assignment efficiently. ...

Alternative Properties in Real Estate

alternative properties in real estate

Alternative Properties in Real Estate

Alternative properties are not something a lot of people even realize are an official part of the real estate market. The words themselves sound like a marginal or miscellaneous aspect of the commodities market. Upon searching for alternative properties on the web you will find many similar blogs and articles that tackle the subject, but not in-depth. Many give broad and similar strokes that offer little information. This is due to the fact that alternative properties vary greatly in cost and ROI.

Billboards

Amongst the more surprising to see listed on several of these blogs, billboards are a legitimate piece of the real estate market. Certainly, of no interest to someone who needs a roof over their head, or office space, they can be a lucrative investment.

The Numbers

  • Average Buy-In: Varies greatly, between several hundred dollars and millions of dollars, depending heavily on location, size, and condition of the billboard.

  • Average ROI: $1800.00/mo. (For one billboard)

Data Center

A hot ticket in the current alternative properties market is ...

4 Things To Check When House Hunting

4 Things To Check When House Hunting

4 Not-So-Obvious Things To Check When House Hunting

One of the most important purchases in life is buying a house. But even though picking a new home is exciting, it can be a daunting and anxious process. Often you will get over excited and end up thinking with the heart instead of the head.

Well, the exhilaration is a natural feeling that can plunge you into a serious time and money sink if you’re not taking everything into consideration.. With a real estate agent on your side, the process of picking the right house which suits your needs is simplified.

Of course, you contemplate several factors in making the decision. The features most people narrow down first are the size of the house, the location, the neighborhood, and the condition of the house itself.

As there are many aspects to cover, it’s easy to overlook checking into some not-so-obvious features that could adversely impact your stay in the house. These house hunting tips will help you gain a clear eye when scrutinizing homes for sale.

The Home’s Age

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What Does A Listing Agent Do?

What Does A Listing Agent Do?

What Can A Listing Agent Do For You

For many of us buying a home was the biggest financial decision we’ve ever made. Now that it’s time to sell your home you want to make sure that you get the best price possible, as quickly as possible.

There are a lot of moving parts to selling a house and the first thing a savvy home seller should do is hire a reputable real estate agent. The best way to ensure that the sale of your most valuable asset goes smoothly and to the highest bidder is to put it in professional hands.

The Skills A Listing Agent Can Offer

In particular, those selling their home for the first time may not fully understand exactly what a good listing agent can do for them. So let’s go over some of their skillsets: First and foremost a real estate agent will have knowledge about the housing market in the neighborhoods and surrounding area, and have access to sales data that will enable you to know exactly what your home is worth in the current market.

A listing agent will have complete access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a database of homes for sale. Their first task will be to ...

For the Shopaholic - Hudson vs. Concord

For the Shopaholic - Hudson vs. Concord

For the Shopaholic - Hudson vs. Concord

For installment two of the Boston Magazine comparison, we jump to the towns that they have identified that are perfect for the ‘Shopaholic’. Boston Magazine highlighted Hudson, MA and Concord, MA as two perfect towns for homebuyers that ‘enjoys lovely boutique-lined streets’. Lets dive into the numbers and see what the current market conditions and real estate trends are for Hudson and Concord, MA.

Overall Heath Of Boston's Market

To calculate the overall health of Boston's real estate market place we look to the months of inventory on the market. In Hudson we have had 83 homes sell in the last 6 months making for an average of 13.83 per month. This is compared to the same time period last year when we saw 65 homes close for an average of 10.83 per month.

This means that today we currently have 1.08 month’s worth of inventory this year compared to 1.10 months of inventory this time last year. In other words, the Hudson Market is still a hot seller’s market that has seen statistically no change in the market conditions year over year.

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Boomtowns Around Boston

Boomtowns Around Boston

Boston Area Boomtowns – Chelsea, Lowell, Everett, Newton, Watertown

 

We look at the “Boomtowns” in the third installment of comparing the towns that Boston Magazine lists as the Top Places to Live Around Boston Right now in its March 2019 issue.

I think some additional gray hairs came in with this 5-way grudge match. But none the less, let's take dive into the numbers and see what town is performing better in the current real estate climate. To keep as apples to apples as we can, we will examine the market type that has the most sales.

As an example, in Chelsea there were 133 condos that sold in 2018 vs. the 28 Single Family Homes. In this case, we will be examining the condo market in Chelsea as the larger data set will give us a better idea of the current market conditions.

As we dive into 5 different towns throughout Massachusetts, it is important to remember that year over year the amount of Single Family Homes currently on the market in Massachusetts has grown by 15.96%.

Meanwhile year over year in the Massachusetts Condo Market we have seen an increase in the available inventory of 32.84%. These numbers will help us in creating a better baseline for the performance of these 5 individual towns.  

chelsea boston...

Hull vs. Manchester by the Sea - For the Beach Bum

Hull MA vs Manchester by the Sea for Real Estate

For the Beach Bum

Hull vs. Manchester by the Sea

In the March 2019 issue of the Boston Magazine, they looked at different towns for the home buyer looking for city alternatives.

For the ‘Beach Bum’ buyer, Boston Magazine put up Hull, MA and Manchester by the Sea as two towns for a buyer to put on their list. Comparing the two towns is like comparing an apple to an orange, but none the less Boston Magazine put them up as two choices for the beach bum category… So let’s dig into the numbers!

Hull MA Real Estate Statistics 

The Hull Real Estate Market is shifting quicker than the Manchester market. Year over year we have seen an increase of inventory throughout the state of Massachusetts by 15.96%. This represents an increase of 1,330 Single Family homes. On April 10th, 2018 there were 8,334 homes on the market compared to 9,664 on the same day in 2019.

The Single-Family market in Hull has increased far above the rate we have seen for Massachusetts as a whole. Today we have 42 Hull Single Family Homes on the market vs. the 20 homes in 2018. This represents a 110% increase year over in the amount of the homes available...

Monthly Existing Home Sales Reach Four-Year High

Monthly Existing Home Sales Reach Four-Year High

Home Sales Rebound In February, 2019

A report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows existing-home sales rebounded strongly in February 2019 with the largest month-over-month gain experienced since December 2015. The report showed that the completed transactions for single-family homes, town-houses, and condominiums, increased by 11.8 percent over January.

This was an adjustment in the seasonal annual rate of 5.51 million in February. Completed home loan transactions continue to remain 1.8 percent below sales figures from a year ago when the adjusted annual rate was 5.61 million for February 2018.  

NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, believes that there are several aspects that contributed to the increase in home sales February, 2019. "A powerful combination of lower mortgage rates, more inventory, rising income, and higher consumer confidence is driving the sales rebound."

Lawrence Yun believes the market could greatly benefit in 2019 with additional new housing.

 

An Increase In Existing Home Prices

In February the median existing-home price across all housing types was $249,500, which is a 3.6 percent increase over...

Older Homes vs. Supply & Demand

Older Homes vs. Supply & Demand

Supply & Demand vs. Older Homes

  According to a study by NAHB, National Association of Home Builders, the nation's residential housing inventory is getting older and new-home construction is falling behind the current demand rate.

The NAHB says this could add up to a severe housing shortage and there is a growing concern that older homes do not meet current safety and energy standards. In NAHBs, Eye on Housing blog, Laurie Goodman of the Urban Institute estimated that the supply of new homes in 2017 fell about 350,000 short of the number needed to meet demand allowing older homes to stay on the market longer.

Only 6 of every 1,000 homes built prior to 1970 are removed from the housing stock each year, according to the NAHB report. “In the long run, loss rates as small as this are not sustainable, of course, as that would imply half of new homes built in some regions last 1,000 years,” NAHB notes in the post. “But in the medium term, it may be possible to keep removal and production rates as low as they are right now.”

Older Homes May Not Pass New Standards

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Six Boston Neighborhoods For Luxury Dream Homes

View of the bay overlooking Boston

LUXURY DREAM HOME NEIGHBORHOODS IN BOSTON

Whether homebuyers are moving to Boston because of a job transfer, or they are a second generation inhabitant, luxury home shopping begins with knowing where to look.

There are 23 established neighborhoods across the city. These areas break down into over 80 communities around Boston. We give you an overview of six of the grandest places to find your Boston dream home below.

Back Bay

This community is a historic destination. The entire area is full of vintage homes and shops where residents can spend the afternoon window shopping or sipping a glass of tea with a friend. From high-end hotels to the Public Garden and the waterfront Esplanade, this portion of the city has unique experiences and innovative events.

Visitors will recognize the area immediately upon seeing the Prudential Center, the Boston Public Library, and the John Hancock Tower. Rows of Victorian homes line the city streets of Copley Square, Newbury Street, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall area of Back Bay.

Beacon Hill

This neighborhood is another historic area in Boston. The two primary areas are the Massachusetts State House grounds and Louisburg Square. The old Colonial space is west of the city center. Most businesses and events are on Charles Street.

The neighborhood...

2019 Real Estate Market Trends

2019 Real Estate Market Trends

Today’s Real Estate Market Trends

 

  The real estate market is known for its rapid changes, and this can present a challenge to anyone who is involved in real estate transactions. Understanding the various forces that shape the market is helpful when performing initial research.

The fluid nature of the market often causes buyers and sellers to juggle multiple issues at the same time. Adaptation is more likely when you have access to useful information about the trends that shape the market as a whole. Examples of adaptations are helpful for anyone who is learning how to navigate this challenging environment.  

Staying curious about the latest market trends is key to maintaining a good perspective within a rapidly changing landscape. New information is critical when you are dealing with a situation that can shift quickly within a short period of time.

Planning is affected by perception, so learning new things is a great way to react during the inevitable times when you might be feeling overwhelmed.  

Trend Analysis Techniques

  Some of the most effective techniques are also obvious ones. For example, people who are looking to ...