Full Disclosure: What You Need To Tell Buyers About Your Home – Sell – realtor.com

Realtor.com provides some sage advice for Sellers.  These tips are ever  more important in competitive markets, like ours.  It is vital  that sellers provide their agents and prospective buyers with the right information about the property.  If you have questions about the process, please get in touch with me.

 

Full Disclosure: What You Need To Tell Buyers About Your Home – Sell – realtor.com.

What Is Feng Shui? | Tips from the Pros at Real Simple

As our Spring market is about to unfold, here are a few ways you can spruce up your space- whether or not you plan to make a move!  Spring cleaning?  A few tips for making your space better. Or just need a little pick-me-up as Winter lags a little longer?  Try a few of there to lift your spirits!

 

What Is Feng Shui? | Real Simple.

UPDATED: Barn Roof Collapse at Eastleigh Farm; Animals Trapped Inside – Police & Fire – Framingham, MA Patch

This seems like a great example of how local news can spread so fast- as of this morning the farm was bursting with donation of blankets, towels and other items.  They were so appreciative of the outpouring of support.  Sadly, 4 cows were still struggling as of earlier today, but they were optimistic that they’d be ok.  I hope to see more updates from our friend, Susan Petroni at Patch.

 

UPDATED: Barn Roof Collapse at Eastleigh Farm; Animals Trapped Inside – Police & Fire – Framingham, MA Patch.

8 Shockingly Bad Staging Decisions And What to Do About Them | Trulia Pro Blog

In an effort to stay current on real estate trends, staging has been in the limelight recently.  There are many opinions on staging property for lease and for sale. My party line has always been to work with what you’ve got and make it shine! There is some useful advice here that may benefit you or anyone you know who is selling a property.  As always, I am here to assist you in your real estate needs.

 

8 Shockingly Bad Staging Decisions And What to Do About Them | Trulia Pro Blog.

Scam Artist: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It’s Probably a SCAM

Do you receive multiple emails each day telling you that “you’ve won the lottery” or “click here for your cash or check”? How about those addressed, “Dear Madam or Sir”? Do they ever catch your attention?

I learned long ago that if something sounds too good to be true, there must be some problem. Things are not always as they appear. I’d like to share a real experience with you so you can be aware and tell others to be aware of similar scams.

I recently listed a home for sale in the area. Note that it is for SALE not for RENT. About a week ago my phone began ringing with inquiries about the $700 house for rent. Clearly, I had no idea what the caller was referencing, but as an experienced sales agent I was able to extract a lot of information from the caller. I learned that someone had posted my listing photos and description, along with my phone number (but NOT my email) to Craig’s List as a rental property. They had used mostly accurate data and the sellers name in email correspondence.

The scammer also created this story:

“My wife and I just moved to West Africa for a program called FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION FOR RURAL YOUTH PROGRAM, the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe,Africa, UK . We will be away for 4 to 5 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.”

Now, this sounds a bit suspect, right? But hey, for only $700 a months maybe it’s all quite honest. You begin to second guess yourself and continue the email exchanges. When asked why there was a SALE sign on the front lawn the scammer responded with the following:

“TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOUSE FROM THE OUTSIDE OR
WALK AROUND THE SURROUNDINGS,BUT IF YOU DRIVE BY THE HOUSE YOU MAY SEE
A SIGN THERE,YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT BELONGS TO OUR
PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND YOU
DON’T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE HOME
ANYMORE!”

Now, I must state that in this industry we have nothing more to go on besides integrity and reputation. If I ever faced a situation where I was no longer listing a property you can rest assured my sign would promptly be removed. I cannot speak for anyone else, but if you drive or walk by my sign and call me I am going to give information straight up. I may collect a bit of information too- but that’s standard protocol.

If you think you are facing a questionable situation, I encourage you to check with a professional in the business. It is never a waste of my time to assist you or take calls. I am really glad the consumer thought to check in with me as she saved herself a great deal of aggravation, time and money.

These types of scams are widespread, since this occurred I have learned of similar ones in other states. The only way to stop this behavior is to report it, act on it and use your common sense.  After all, if it seems too good to be true- it probably is.

 

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*note that this was reported to Craig’s List and other local and state authorities

1172 Edgell Rd Framingham MA 01701 – REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West

I rarely post my real estate listings here, but since there is so little inventory at the moment I thought I would take a moment to share this one.

If you or someone you know is considering a move, please let me know.  I welcome your referrals and am happy to assist in any moves!

New listing-

1172 Edgell Rd Framingham MA 01701 – REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.

Framingham, MA Patch – Local news, community, sports, shopping, restaurants, things to do

Hemenway sign

Hemenway sign

Sometimes we have to read beyond the headlines to truly understand the full scope of any news report.  This one is no different.

I want to applaud the teachers who truly give 110% each and every day.  They are consistently teaching, nurturing and assisting in our children’s growth.  While test scores are just one small measurement of schools, there are so many other amazing things occurring on a much smaller scale.  If you have a story to share, please feel to add it to the comments below.

http://framingham.patch.com/groups/schools/p/framingham-supt-on-districts-2013-mcas-results

 

 

All around the town: TRAFFIC ALERT: Expect Delays on Edgell Road – Government – Framingham, MA Patch

As if getting around town was not a challenge before all the road and construction projects began, now it is even trickier to plan your route.
This was posted in the Framingham Path today letting readers know about all the detours and projects.  Good luck in your travels!

TRAFFIC ALERT: Expect Delays on Edgell Road

Framingham Public Works division has issued an alert for state and local road construction and bridge work. The information below is provided by Framingham DPW.

Framingham Public Works division has issued an alert for state and local road construction and bridge work. The information below is provided by Framingham DPW.

Construction crews will begin roadway reconstruction activities on Edgell Road between Central Street and Oak Street. Construction activities will require lane shifts to the existing traffic patter, expect delays and use caution while travelling in this area. Construction activities are schedule to take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

Grant Street/Pond Street Area: Water main construction activities are schedule to take place on Kendall Street and Bishop Street, between Clinton Street and Howard Street. Traffic will be managed thorough the work zone utilizing a one lane alternating traffic management plan. Construction activities are schedule to take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

North Concord Street – Detour: To facilitate deep gravity sewer main construction and pipe jacking underneath the Sudbury River Levy, a detour all northbound traffic on Concord Street in Saxonville is currently in place. All northbound traffic travelling on Concord Street will be detoured from Concord Street to School Street, from School Street to Cottage Street, from Cottage Street to Danforth Street and from Danforth Street back onto Concord Street; southbound traffic travelling on Concord Street will continue south on Concord Street. Click here for the detour map.

Wickford Road Bridge: Wickford Road Bridge is temporarily closed for rehabilitation by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). It is anticipated that the Wickford Road Bridge will reopen once construction is complete in the late Fall of 2013. Click here for detour map.

Winter Street Bridge Over the Sudbury River: The Winter Street Bridge over the Sudbury River will be is temporarily closed for rehabilitation by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). It is anticipated that the Winter Street Bridge Over the Sudbury River will reopen in the Fall of 2013. Click here for detour map.

Department of Public Works Highway Division Projects

“A” Street: Sidewalk construction will continue on “A” Street. Traffic will be managed thorough the work zone utilizing a one lane alternating traffic management plan. Construction activities are schedule to take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

Lincoln Street: Roadway construction activities will continue with layout work. Traffic will be managed thorough the work zone utilizing a one lane alternating traffic management plan. Construction activities are schedule to take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

Vernon Street and Oak Street: Roadway construction activities will continue with removal and resetting of curbing. Traffic will be managed thorough the work zone utilizing a one lane alternating traffic management plan. Construction activities are schedule to take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.daily.

Police detail officers will be present to ensure safe vehicular and pedestrian travel.

via TRAFFIC ALERT: Expect Delays on Edgell Road – Government – Framingham, MA Patch.