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  • Posted 02/28/2012 02:20:32 EST

    even the new high-efficiency condensing GAS boilers and furnaces need a lot of service - it is due to the very high acidity of the condensate that is produced in squeezing that extra few percent from more »

  • Posted 02/28/2012 01:08:23 EST

    In praise of awnings from my frugal/sustainable home ownership blog: Where are the awnings of yesteryear. By Ron Rothenberg, 4Buyers Real Estate Shade: nature's own energy saver. When I was a boy in t more »

  • Posted 02/27/2012 06:48:57 EST

    I have been replacing 3-10 windows in my house each year for the last five years. Replacing the windows has made only a small difference in the heating bill. I started by replacing the worst windows, more »

  • Posted 02/27/2012 06:41:36 EST

    I agree with Jima that the biggest problem is air infiltration, particularly from the counterweight compartment. I have to disagree with nZone - installing a higher efficiency boiler should not be don more »

  • Posted 02/27/2012 06:37:28 EST

    this is a case where the energy savings can be large if the job is done correctly, but it is really done correctly. Doing the job right almost never means putting the same windows on all sides of the more »

  • Posted 04/12/2011 04:25:35 EDT

    >>>"Royal Archer Williams<<<

    Paulo, I think you are thinking of Royal Barry Wills, a famous Boston architect who designed simple, elegant and lovely homes. more »

  • Posted 03/18/2011 12:58:59 EDT

    Listing prices really just determine who looks at a house, so it's really an invitation for people looking in that price range. Every search I do for clients has an upper price bound on it, so if a ho more »

  • Posted 02/16/2011 04:05:29 EST

    Forget the transaction costs. If you want to see major expenses, Look at my Home Depot charge card. Moving to a new house usually also requires buying new furniture, new supplies, new equipment. A new more »

  • Posted 02/09/2011 06:04:03 EST

    The zestimates not that bad, but it is way off on multifamily homes, and homes that are in particularly good or bad condition. more »

  • Forum Post: Towns Near Waltham

    Posted 02/03/2011 03:16:38 EST

    dear MD37 the two houses on Marrett rd  in Lexington are under agreement or sold.  257 Cross, Winchester is under agreement. 57 Pleasant in Belmont is under agreement. Only 58 Harding Road  in Lexingt more »

  • Posted 02/03/2011 03:04:24 EST

    Lance! Isn't that illegal for the seller and agent not to disclose a known defect? I'm shocked that you would think such a thing would happen. As I always tell my buyer clients -- the wild card in any more »

  • Forum Post: Towns Near Waltham

    Posted 02/03/2011 02:55:14 EST

    I have to go with Watertown or Belmont -- Watertown for the great  public transportation to everywhere, and the prices and improving schools; Belmont for the schools. A traditional and now underused r more »

  • Posted 12/22/2010 04:21:07 EST

    the seller did not allow the tree-cutting to proceed. This was done without the seller's permission. more »

  • Posted 12/21/2010 04:25:22 EST

    I have to put in a really good word for energy audits. These days they come with infrared guns, so you can see what is going on with the insulation on your outside surfaces. I learned a lot. It was fr more »

  • Posted 12/21/2010 04:01:40 EST

    almost reminds me of a movie or tv show I saw once. The agent would improve the buyers "negotiation position" by damaging the house -- punching holes in the wall and such. more »

  • Posted 12/20/2010 05:34:46 EST

    Hi Sam, Just when you thought you had a non-controversial topic: I am getting a full education on heating systems trying to replace my 82-year old oil-fired boiler with a new boiler. I thought I knew more »

  • Posted 12/02/2010 04:43:31 EST

    is your question "will it add value?" or will it add 100% of its cost to the value of the house? The answer to the second question is almost always "no," with a few exception - some paint jobs, adding more »

  • Posted 12/01/2010 07:14:07 EST

    I have seen both good- and awful-looking cabinet refacing.  If it's done well, with good doors and hardware, it can be indistinguishable from new cabinets. bests, -rsr- Ron Rothenberg Exclusive Buyer more »

  • Posted 11/24/2010 07:10:48 EST

    Some of that info you may not want to know -- I would never ask birthdate, etc., as it might open you up for an age discrimination lawsuit -- bank account numbers, etc., require special handling in Ma more »

  • Posted 11/19/2010 04:53:09 EST

    There are at least two distinct types of seller: mandatory sellers and optional sellers. Optional sellers can dream with prices all they want, but those who HAVE to sell, due to relocation, divorce, d more »

  • Posted 11/19/2010 12:43:25 EST

    exuberant markets have existed at times when interest rates were high - I bought my house in a bidding war when interest rates were at 13 5/8. There's not a direct correlation. People buy when they fe more »

  • Posted 11/17/2010 05:54:42 EST

    In Response to Re: Do sellers have to sign the property disclosure form?: Scitu8,       Without signing a SSPC, the buyers would be purchasing the property as-is, correct?  If that's the case, what wo more »

  • Posted 11/17/2010 05:48:36 EST

    ReMaven makes a few good points. I will never understand why people choose agents by Hobson's Choice - they choose whomever is standing there at the open house, and rely on them for good advice. I lik more »

  • Posted 11/17/2010 05:42:51 EST

    How did  it take so long to get sick of this agent? I have to agree with REMaven - mostly they're a waste of time.  The only person who benefits is the broker who sits there and prospects for new cust more »