SHORT SALES

Most real estate companies do not typically obtain short sale listings unless they have been in the short sale game for some time. And, some companies use an outside third party to negotiate their shorts. These third party negotiators typically charge either the buyer or the seller a fee.  This fee along with a lack of personal attention further reduces the likeliness of the short sale being approved. This is because not many agents know the short sale process or even care to complete a short sale. Shorts are a ton of work for agents and sometimes these sales are not very lucrative for the agent because they can take so much time. Thankfully for our short sale clients, we know what we are doing and have an amazing track record.

We have been working with short sales before they were termed ‘short sales’. Our company does specialize in them. However, we also work on conventional sales and foreclosures.

If you feel as though it is necessary to short sale your home, please get in touch with me.

Check out additional reading here on our company page, for further information regarding short sales: http://shortsalesinma.com/

 

 

Our New HGTV Show, Restoring Salem

 

Its been quite the adventure filming our HGTV show, Restoring Salem. Mike and I are thrilled and so happy and humbled to be featured! We had many long days, and nights filming and working on the house and are so excited about the results! See HGTV’s clip of the reveal here:

 

Here’s what Boston.com and Wicked Local had to say:

http://realestate.boston.com/buying/2017/10/04/restoring-salem-makes-hgtv-debut/

http://beverly.wickedlocal.com/news/20171006/north-shore-residents-make-hgtv-debut-on-restoring-salem

We will continue work and restore like we normally do. We hope to see everyone around town!

STAGING HOUSES TO SELL

 

9 out of every 10 buyers view photos of homes online FIRST, before stepping foot into a home. What does this mean? It means the home better look stellar in photos so you get the foot traffic you need to sell your home!  It is critical for house photos to look gorgeous!

So why don’t all real estate agents professionally stage their listings? Professionally staged homes sell over 50% faster and on average for 6-10% more.  When you think of carrying costs on an un-staged property, that a whole lot of money!

Selling your home fast and for more money, is a no brainer. I offer this service to my clients who are selling their homes with me. Why? Because I want to sell your home fast and for more! You only get one opportunity to go on market.

 

Salem MA- the 1900’s Restored Gem

From demo day to the final touches, its finally complete! Its been a busy year with this 3-unit condo conversion in Salem MA. The entire building was completely rehabbed. From design/layout to plumbing and electric, and kitchen and bath renovations and custom lighting, its going to be hard to part with this one! I am crushed to sell it as i’ve seen this project develop from an old and worn distressed property to a restored beautiful gem. I knew from the moment I saw this property that it would be a diamond in the rough and today,  it sparkles.

My favorite rooms in this restored conversion are the half baths in units 1 and 2.  I would not allow any of my employees to touch the original kitchen pantries during demo and construction and we protected them. You see, the half baths were originally connected to the kitchens as pantries that were used for storage. Today you can’t find pantries like this – from the detailed finish work and the woods that were used to the amazing 1900’s hardware that still works on all the cabinets and drawers!  We added plumbing to both pantries and created what you see today – half baths with vessel sinks that look amazing! We also painstakingly restored the original pocket doors in units 1 and 2 and restored those gorgeous fir hardwood floors!

Loved this project for its character and charm and love it now for how beautiful it has become! It will forever be one of my faves.

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Renovations and Flips!

It has been an incredibly busy 6 months! My business partner and I renovated a single-family home in Salem MA and sold it to a wonderful couple. This summer we also renovated and sold a 3-unit multi family as condos and the place turned out spectacular! Amongst all this, I have renovated a 3000 square foot home that needed extensive work in the Beverly Cove area. This truly distressed property has become a gorgeous jewel! Here are some pics of the properties we have renovated in the past 6 months!

 

De-bunking Short Sale Myths

I called a gentleman yesterday as I heard his house was vacant. Turns out he is going through a short sale process on his home in Danvers but did not want to speak with me; he was already working with an attorney. I also mentioned I had a buyer for his property. But still, he couldn’t get off the phone fast enough. I’m not sure if he was embarrassed, caught off-guard  or his attorney told him not to speak to anyone regarding the matter. Here’s the thing, if you think you need to short sale your home, please keep an open mind. Here are a couple things you may want to know:

  • If you are working with a reputable short sale company there should be NO COST to you for services. That’s right, not even attorney’s fees. Some people pay an attorney a retainer! Its maddening-don’t do it and don’t waste your money.
  • Your real estate agent should only get paid if they successfully short sale your home. If your agent does not succeed they will not get paid or receive a commission.
  • The bank pays your real estate agent- not you!
  • The short sale process can be daunting at times and the process often fails when attorneys and realtors who don’t specialize in short sales attempt it. Each passing day the home owner becomes closer to foreclosure.
  • Foreclosure kills your credit, if you short sale your home you can purchase again in 2 years. With a foreclosure you need to wait years.
  • With owner occupied properties, we obtain relocation money for you (our sellers/clients) – funds PAID TO YOU at closing.
  • Last but not least, if you need to short sale, don’t leave your home. Stay in it!

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