Home Buying

May 22, 2018

Buying Now, If I Want To Resell Later?

That’s a good question! You want to purchase a home that will give you a good resell value later on. To do this, look at the type of home you’re planning to purchase that may be attractive to future buyers. When you’re looking to purchase […]
May 8, 2018

Buying and Selling Real Estate: Ten Tips

Real estate is changing hands in ways that make headlines. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, here are some tips to help you make the best deal. BUYING: So you want to buy a house? In this market? Are you nuts? Actually, it depends on […]
April 23, 2018
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Some Things You May Not Know About Mold

Here is the issue: A Lot of people are going to great lengths to ensure that there is no mold in their homes. Now alone, that is a good thing, but there is a problem. Not every inspector is going to be able to correctly […]
March 1, 2018

Should I Use My Friend As My Real Estate Agent?

When deciding to buy or sell a home, many of us have friends or family that are already in the real estate business. We have cousins and uncles and brothers and sisters and neighbors and third cousins of your mom’s friends or whatever, that are […]
February 10, 2018

It’s Your Time To Buy

I’ve been hearing this for years. It’s everywhere, in reading articles and different information pieces and different content marketing shared in a variety of places. They all say that same kind of things: “It’s never been a better time to buy!” “Now is the time […]
January 31, 2018

This Is OUR Team: The Russell Realty Group

This blog is for all of my broker friends: When my friends in and around North Reading ask me, “Hey, Evan, tell me about your business,” I always reply with a standard and honest response. I simply say that we have a local North Reading […]
September 30, 2017
Don’t Be Fooled By Home Staging

Don’t Be Fooled By Home Staging

  According to a report just out, it is too easy to be fooled by home staging. Home staging is a term that we are gradually becoming familiar with. It is the idea that we try to create the best impression of our home when […]
June 24, 2016

Calling On A Real Estate Yard Sign

    We have become an increasingly technological society, so we already know that there are a variety of different websites on which you can find homes. For example, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, your local agent’s site, our ERA site, the Boston MLS to name just […]
April 26, 2016

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

    Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it: Today, buying the home of your dreams is easier than ever before. Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in […]
April 23, 2016

Investment Property – Leveraging Rental Property Equity

  Owning investment property is a tremendous wealth building strategy. Thousands upon thousands of individuals have amassed great wealth by investing in rental properties. Unfortunately, few investment property owners learn how to leverage equity in a way that maximizes tax deductions while creating and locking […]
April 22, 2016

Buying A House With Resale Value

The most important three factors are: location, location and location It’s one of our biggest investments and some of us are doing it more than once during our life. Like many things in our life that have changed dramatically, so did our habitation practices. Most […]
April 20, 2016

What An Agent Can Ask From His Buyers

The best outcome will result from close and efficient cooperation between a buyer and his agent. Following are five suggestions to facilitate the ideal outcome in the search for the perfect home. Note that all five emphasize clear thinking, concise communication, and open-minded listening. 1. […]
April 20, 2016

Manage Your Money

  Irregular income can make planning difficult, but it is not impossible. The word “budget” can be intimidating but the concept is vital for those who work on commission. It is important to plan carefully so you are prepared in the event of an income […]
April 20, 2016

Avoid Bad TV Advice When Purchasing Real Estate

You should not expect to duplicate a TV experience when you’re purchasing real estate. Use the suggestions below to avoid pitfalls of following TV advice when you’re purchasing a home. You’ll likely have seen real estate TV shows that show Realtors explaining to homeowners how […]
April 20, 2016

The Truth About Flipping Houses

The truth about real estate flipping is that everyone seems to have the desire to do it. Most people who want to get into the game of property flipping think it is easy, simple, and quick. I can give you six good reasons that this […]
April 20, 2016

Sleep On It

We live in a society of instant gratification. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Nothing can happen fast enough. You know how it feels when you have to sit in the drive through for one extra minute to get your cup of coffee… you start to get antsy, […]
April 20, 2016

Truth about flipping real estate?

Would You Like to Make Money Flipping Real Estate? Many beginning real estate investors get started by flipping real estate to make quick cash. If you would like to make more money by investing in real estate, you need to know a few essentials. What […]
April 16, 2016

Why So Much Paperwork?

Why is there so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today? It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application […]
April 10, 2016

Top Ten Tips For Home Buyers

  More than seven million American homes are sold every year. If you want to become a homeowner, there are 10 tips you should know:   About You Pay your bills on time. This makes you a lower credit risk and, therefore, a better candidate […]
April 10, 2016

Homeowner’s Insurance

  If you need a loan to buy your home, you will be required to purchase homeowner’s, or hazard, insurance. The reason is simple, lenders want to know that you are protecting their investment from harm. Even without the mortgage requirement, you should carry homeowner’s […]
March 25, 2016

Why Would a Lender Do a Short Sale?

There are many ways to lose a home but signing away ownership in a manner that destroys credit, embarrasses the family and strips an owner of dignity is one of the hardest. For owners who can no longer afford to keep mortgage payments current, there […]
March 24, 2016

Earnest Money – What You Need To Know

  You include earnest money with an offer on a house to show the seller that the you are serious about purchasing the house. It becomes part of the down payment if the offer is accepted, is returned if the offer is rejected, or is […]
March 18, 2016

What’s the Truth About Flipping Real Estate?

  Would You Like to Make Money Flipping Real Estate? Many beginning real estate investors get started by flipping real estate to make quick cash. If you would like to make more money by investing in real estate, you need to know a few essentials. […]
March 13, 2016

Tips for Single Homebuyers

  In the last few years, homes have became increasingly owned by single homeowners. Many single people are realizing that there are many benefits to owning a home that aren’t just for married couples. Single homebuyers face unique challenges in buying. They have to compete […]
March 12, 2016

5 Changes to Consider Before Swapping Zip Codes

  Before moving to that community next door, are you aware of all the changes that come with that new zip code? Prepare now by looking into these 5 details to help you make an informed decision:   New Laws of the Land Local governments, […]
March 4, 2016

9 Home Repairs You Need to Know About Before You Buy

  If you have ever purchased a home, you know that saving for that down payment is tedious. After budgeting and making financial sacrifices, the last thing any new homeowner wants to worry about is expensive home repairs. But unless you are prepared to ask […]
February 28, 2016

Warranty Deed vs. Quit Claim Deed

  When you’re in the process of selling (or purchasing) a house, you will most likely, encounter several kinds of documents: all with different names and with different uses and functions. Two of the most misunderstood documents are the warranty deed and the quit claim […]
February 26, 2016

Understanding REO Properties

  If you are getting involved with real estate you may have heard the term REO without really knowing what it refers to and how it could play a part in your current or future investments. REO is actually just an acronym that stands for […]
February 24, 2016

Buying: Knowing The Area

  One of the most important aspects of any home that you move into is, without a doubt; the area. Homes may look fantastic online, but there is always the possibility that the area this fantastic home is in may be less than desirable. Before […]
February 20, 2016

7 Tips For Moving With Pets

  If the process of moving to a new home is stressful for you, imagine what it must be like for your pets. Follow these tips to make your move safer and less stressful for you and your furry friends.   Switching Vets? Consider a […]
February 15, 2016

“Needs Work”

  I am confident that during the course of a home or property search that at some point or another a potential buyer has stumbled across the term “needs work” within a property description. Or how about in conversation asking one friend who might also […]
February 7, 2016

Gift Money For Home Purchase

  Purchasing a home in today’s economy can be a bit tricky; in particular, the securing of an adequate down payment which typically runs from 10% to 20% of the price of the home. This could seem to be a daunting task of saving up […]
February 4, 2016

Tips On Buying A Home After Bankruptcy

  Experienced bankruptcy lately? You may wonder if you will still be able to get a home loan. You may also be wondering if buying home after bankruptcy is a good idea for you. While bankruptcy can make your mortgage loan approval difficult, it is […]
February 2, 2016

Don’t Let Emotions Ruin Your Purchase or Sale of A Home

  Buying and selling real estate undisputedly has an emotional element. If you let emotions run you, there is a very good chance everything will fall apart. One of the biggest stumbling blocks in the sale of a home is the emotional reactions of the […]
January 29, 2016

Is An Old Home for You? The Pros

  If you prefer a home that is unique and has character, you probably are giving some thought to buying an older home. Before buying, it’s a good idea to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of owning the home. In this article, we cover […]
January 29, 2016

Understanding Cape Cod Architecture

  Americans have always loved a good Cape Cod home. In 1938 when Life magazine asked families to choose their ideal place to live, the Cape Cod design was among those few selected, even when compared to an original modern home by renowned architect Frank […]
January 28, 2016

Is An Old Home for You? The Cons

  So you think you might like to buy an old home? Perhaps even something old enough to be historic? It’s a good idea to carefully evaluate the pros and cons before you decide. There are plenty of both. Will the pros be valuable enough […]
December 23, 2015

6 Reasons Why You Should Buy Real Estate in December

  December and New Year’s Day give you the perfect occasion to buy real estate. Not only can you pick up a bargain property from a motivated seller, you can save on your purchase expenses.   Home shoppers put off looking for a home because […]