Walking to Work

Maybe you noticed. We had a large snowstorm come through on Friday. Hopefully by now you and your street are shoveled out. Many people remain stuck though. Help them if you can. Be neighborly. There was plenty of advance warning that the storm was coming, but of course no one really knew just how much snow we would get. Most agents realized that showings on Saturday would be a waste of time, so if they

One Tank, Two Tanks

What’s worst than signs of a single in-ground oil tank? Thinking that there might be two in-ground oil tanks at the same property! I was beside myself as I saw this sight on the way into the home. Fortunately, once we got to the lower level we could see that there was actually basement space under the front porch (very unusual) and that these pipes fed the two tanks in that space. Whew!

Inspecting the Laundry Area

Home inspection after home inspection reveals a few common problems with laundry areas. They’re not big problems, meaning that buyers usually don’t ask the seller to do anything about the issues, but a couple key things are flagged with surprising frequency. 1. Your washer should connect to the hot and cold water supply using steel braided hoses. The rubber hoses that are commonly observed are vulnerable to weakening over time and can potentially rupture. 2.

January Listing Activity

Well that stunk. January is in the books and it seemed really slow. It takes a couple days for agents to get all their negotiated contracts into the MLS, so we still don’t know just how much slower it was than recent years. Hopefully we can get that data up by the end of the week. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of the listings for the first month of the year. Overall, the number