All units at Winslow Green have now been sold! Should you be interested in similar properties or looking for guidance on buying a new home, contact Marie Flaherty for additional information.
You’ve taken the time to prepare your home and have it professionally staged, the photographer just left… now what?To preserve your investment in professional staging and ensure it’s on-point not just for photos but for upcoming showings too, it helps to make a plan to keep your home show-ready. Here are some tips I’d suggest: […]
Last minute showing request? They’re in the neighborhood now, looking at the house down the street? Yikes! Here a few quick dos and don’ts for concealing clutter and achieving show-ready condition… fast. DON’T: –Stuff everything in closets. This may work for last-minute company; but showing your home is a different ball game. Buyers will open […]
When preparing your home for sale, some stagers will recommend that you completely neutralize your environment, removing all family photos, taste-specific items, collections, etc. And for a lot of home sellers, the thought of going through that process sounds terrible. Here’s my philosophy on the issue: while it is important to create an environment […]
The photos look great. The stage is set. Pillows are perfectly fluffed and chopped. Showing requests pour in, and you anxiously await the first offer. But then… crickets. Showings are frequent but seem to move fast, and the feedback is vague and unhelpful. What might be happening here? It could be that a hidden […]
It’s true – when showing a home, the kitchen is almost always the showstopper. And it makes sense – it’s both the most functional room in the house, and the one people tend to gather in. The kitchen has a lot going on. And because of the function, form, and durability that must be […]
While selling during the holiday season is not on the top of most homeowners’ lists, there are still many reasons you might choose to, or need to, list your home for sale this time of year. As a holiday gift, we’re sharing 12 tips from Marie Flaherty to make your home show-ready in any season. […]
For most new home buyers, the journey to finding that perfect property begins with a list of must-haves and deal-breakers. For some, it’s a mental list; for others, it’s a dashed-off email; and for a few overachievers it’s a multi-tabbed spreadsheet (which may or may not involve a points system). I often sit down with […]
In Southern Maine, late spring to mid-summer (April to July) is the busiest season for home sales, making March the month when many buyers begin to search for homes. Sellers who list in March tend to fare well, thanks to low competition and a full buyer pool – but many hesitate because they feel their […]
It’s one of the first questions I ask of new house hunters. Immediate lifestyle and long-term plans play a role in how they answer, with resale value often top of mind as well.
For people on the fence, this Wall Street Journal article from last month makes the point that while raw census data shows …
We love Khan Academy (if you haven’t heard of it, read this article in Forbes) and we were so excited to see that they’ve begun posting real estate tutorials (the great majority of their classes are math & science). Check out their 8-minute Making an offer on a Home video below. It’s universal and therefore a […]
In her book Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, author Susan Cain spends a lot of time discussing one of my favorite topics: real estate.
I like to think Portland, Maine was destined to hit this trend out of the park.
We’ve been rewarding recycling for decades (does anyone else feel proud to see “ME Refund” on a bottle while traveling?)
In this month’s version of Marie’s Residential Report, we learn why two savvy Falmouth homeowners insisted on brick.
Things are heating up in the market! Check out these tips from Forbes Magazine on how to come out on top in a bidding war. All great tips – we can say from experience that they work. Here’s the link: Bidding Wars are Back!
When considering a home purchase, the most sobering question is usually “how much will I need to put down?” There are some other upfront costs involved in a home purchase, but those can usually be minimized, financed, and/or …
When the Wall Street Journal highlighted the best scenic routes that pilots take to give their passengers a treat, the approach to Portland International Airport (PWM) over Portland Head Light made both the cover page of the Personal Journal section and the teaser on page A1 of the paper
The Wall Street Journal ran this article Saturday on the front page of their Weekend Investor section. It’s good and timely reading – not just about sales numbers and prices, but also about becoming a landlord, the renewed appeal of REITs, and whether it might be time to take another look at buying stock in […]
As the positive news about gains in Greater Portland’s housing market begins to spread, more homeowners are thinking for the first time in years about putting their home on the market. When considering whether a sale is worthwhile right now, it is important to consider four factors: The three most comparable homes that have sold […]