Leaves change, kids move off, and real estate sells….

images-1SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – It’s as predictable as the changing of the leaves itself. As soon as the summer ends, and the homeowners return from vacations, the kids start school or move off to college, and people start thinking about selling their homes.

While most of my spring and summer home sellers are thinking of upgrading to a larger home, or relocating out of the region, the fall market is usually made up of people looking to downsize, as they send the last of their kids off to school.   In fact, those calls started coming in, even as parents were still out shopping for extra long dorm room sheets, and as soon as they were done moving their last one off to school, many of them were on the phone with me. In some cases it was just a cathartic experience, because the home was just physically too big with the kids gone. In other cases, it was a matter of not wanting to continue paying the high taxes that came along with raising their children in a town with amazing schools. Either way, the flood gates started to open in mid August and by mid September is was off to the races with fall inventory.

It made me wonder if perhaps there was a way to give back a bit to these special folks. After all, I’m one of them, and just moved my youngest off to school, so I most certainly know the feeling of rambling around an empty house, and wondering what to do with all of this space?

Well, after giving it some thought, I came up with a way to modify my Homeowners Blend program and put together a special incentive that may save some of these newly bred empty-nesters another few thousand dollars, in ADDITION to the already amazing savings of up to 50%.   I suppose I can’t stay in business doing that for too long, but I’ll tell you what – let’s make it available to the first 5 new clients who reach out this month, who are new empty nest families, with a child now off in college.   For you first five, I have a package that will really be nothing short of fantastic. Maybe you can put the extra money towards those tuition payments. I know that’s what I would do about now.

In terms of the overall marketplace, you can expect October to be a fantastic time to get top dollar for your property.   The spring market is always busy, but with the inventory at its highest point, it doesn’t always favor the sellers.   Likewise, as summer sweeps in, many of the Buyers seem to go into hibernation.   With the cooler temperatures of fall, however, and much of the inventory off the table, the pendulum can quickly switch to one of low supply, high demand, which means better sales prices for sellers.

To receive my newest FREE REPORT – 10 Tips for getting top dollar in the fall market, email me at reports@shrewsbury.net

To learn more about the “Empty Nester Discount Program,” email me at stevet@stevelevine.com, and I’d be more than happy to walk you through the process itself.

Either way, I hope you have a safe and happy fall season, and as I enter my 30th year serving the home buyers and sellers of Central Massachusetts, I thank you so much for putting your confidence in me.

Steve Levine has been recognized consistently as one of the top agents in the world, He is President of Steve Levine Inc, and an agent with REMAX Professional Associates, and can be reached at 508-735-4663.

 

About Steve Levine

Steve Levine, wears several interesting hats…

He is a President of Steve Levine Inc., which is an independent contractor and sales agent with RE/MAX Prestige, based in Central Massachusetts, and servicing Shrewsbury, Northboro, Westboro, and other towns in Worcester and Middlesex County. RE/MAX Prestige is the #1 RE/MAX Office in New England. Steve is currently the Top Selling Realtor there, and is also the Top Selling RE/MAX Agent in the 6 State New England Region 10 years in a row.

Steve is the cofounder and board member of the Massachusetts Children’s Fund, a 501c3 non profit, based in Shrewsbury Massachusetts that benefits children in need throughout Massachusetts.

Steve also does Relocation Consulting, which assists corporate transferees with handling many aspects of their inter-state move, from selecting an agent to market their home, to negotiating their relocation package with their company, to how maximizing their relocation benefits through the use of several proprietary methods. Steve works with these clients regardless of where there are moving to or from, not limited to only those in which Massachusetts is involved.

Additionally, Steve has been a “Developer,” recently purchasing a 14 lot Cul-De-Sac in Shrewsbury Massachusetts which was sold off as individually custom built homes.

Steve has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Agents in the World by RE/MAX International, from a pool of over 100,000 Top Producers.

He is a member of the RE/MAX International “Hall of Fame,” and in 1999 was awarded the most prestigious honor in the Real Estate Industry, the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He was also recently giving the “Chairman’s Club” award, recognizing the highest level of annual production in the REMAX system.

He has served on the Rules and Regulations Committee of the Multiple Listing service, and the Realtors Professional Standards committee, and has been instrumental in drafting a set of Internet Guidelines for agents in Eastern Massachusetts.

Steve has been featured several times in National Television Broadcasts, speaking on technology and marketing. He is currently authoring what will be his first full length book, a Marketing Guide for Realtors. he has been a featured seminar speaker at conferences throughout the United States.

According to data from an independent auditing firm, the average sales volume for agents in Massachusetts in 1998 was approximately 7 Homes Sold for the year.

The “Top Producers” were those responsible for approximately 20 annual home sales. These agents are a rare commodity in and of themselves. Many companies consider themselves fortunate to have even one agent at this level of 20 Home Sales Annually.

In past years, Steve Levine was involved in over 100 transactions….
To find a way to say that without it seeming like bragging is hard…but rest assured that there is a great deal of experience, intellect, and innovation behind the scenes of this web site.

By the way….a common question is “Is Steve too busy to provide us with the level of service we need?” The Answer is “No!” In 1999, of the 100 transactions Steve was involved in, many were referrals from past clients and business leaders. Each and every one of Steve’s clients is left feeling as though they were the only client he had, and the single most important he will ever see. If they weren’t treated that way… those referrals would dry up very quickly…..

The secret lies in Steve’s ability to surround himself with a team of Top Professionals and to have the market insight and innate foresight into his clients needs to find them the right home or help them sell their current home in as efficient a method as possible.

Preparing Your Shrewsbury Home For Sale, Don’t Forget Windows

From-Manse-kitchenSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – When preparing your home for sale it is important not to forget your windows.  Make sure your windows are clean operable and that the screens are in place and void of holes.  Windows are the eyes of your home, they showcase any views you may have, let in light and improve ventilation. Most of us would prefer to be outside as much as possible but certain times of the year can make this hard.  Windows allow us a glimpse of the outside regardless of the weather.  We can watch the sun rise, rain and snow fall, wind blowing, and leaves falling from the comfort of our homes, appreciating Mother Nature whether we are reading a story to the kids, cooking dinner, or relaxing by a fire. Buyers can picture themselves appreciating the view from every room in your home and it is of the essence to show this view off as much as possible.  If you do not have a view from a particular window a window treatment could make a big difference.  An attractive fabric or perhaps a shade that lets in light but blocks and unattractive view could be in the cards. Whatever you do to prepare your home for sale just remember that windows are your home’s segue to the exterior of your home. Click here to read “Prepping a Home for Sale: Simple Staging Tips for Inside and Out” from Realtor.org.

 

about Steve Levine

Steve Levine, wears several interesting hats…

He is a President of Steve Levine Inc., which is an independent contractor and sales agent with RE/MAX Prestige, based in Central Massachusetts, and servicing Shrewsbury, Northboro, Westboro, and other towns in Worcester and Middlesex County. RE/MAX Prestige is the #1 RE/MAX Office in New England. Steve is currently the Top Selling Realtor there, and is also the Top Selling RE/MAX Agent in the 6 State New England Region 10 years in a row.

Steve is the cofounder and board member of the Massachusetts Children’s Fund, a 501c3 non profit, based in Shrewsbury Massachusetts that benefits children in need throughout Massachusetts.

Steve also does Relocation Consulting, which assists corporate transferees with handling many aspects of their inter-state move, from selecting an agent to market their home, to negotiating their relocation package with their company, to how maximizing their relocation benefits through the use of several proprietary methods. Steve works with these clients regardless of where there are moving to or from, not limited to only those in which Massachusetts is involved.

Additionally, Steve has been a “Developer,” recently purchasing a 14 lot Cul-De-Sac in Shrewsbury Massachusetts which was sold off as individually custom built homes.

Steve has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Agents in the World by RE/MAX International, from a pool of over 100,000 Top Producers.
He is a member of the RE/MAX International “Hall of Fame,” and in 1999 was awarded the most prestigious honor in the Real Estate Industry, the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He was also recently giving the “Chairman’s Club” award, recognizing the highest level of annual production in the REMAX system.

He has served on the Rules and Regulations Committee of the Multiple Listing service, and the Realtors Professional Standards committee, and has been instrumental in drafting a set of Internet Guidelines for agents in Eastern Massachusetts.
Steve has been featured several times in National Television Broadcasts, speaking on technology and marketing. He is currently authoring what will be his first full length book, a Marketing Guide for Realtors. he has been a featured seminar speaker at conferences throughout the United States.
According to data from an independent auditing firm, the average sales volume for agents in Massachusetts in 1998 was approximately 7 Homes Sold for the year.

The “Top Producers” were those responsible for approximately 20 annual home sales. These agents are a rare commodity in and of themselves. Many companies consider themselves fortunate to have even one agent at this level of 20 Home Sales Annually.
In past years, Steve Levine was involved in over 100 transactions….
To find a way to say that without it seeming like bragging is hard…but rest assured that there is a great deal of experience, intellect, and innovation behind the scenes of this web site.

By the way….a common question is “Is Steve too busy to provide us with the level of service we need?” The Answer is “No!” In 1999, of the 100 transactions Steve was involved in, many were referrals from past clients and business leaders. Each and every one of Steve’s clients is left feeling as though they were the only client he had, and the single most important he will ever see. If they weren’t treated that way… those referrals would dry up very quickly…..

The secret lies in Steve’s ability to surround himself with a team of Top Professionals and to have the market insight and innate foresight into his clients needs to find them the right home or help them sell their current home in as efficient a method as possible.

Shrewsbury Fall Gardening, Time to Cut Back or Pull…

imagesSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Fall gardening, it’s time to cut back or pull up dead or dormant plants and flowers.  It’s hard to believe that Labor Day has come and gone and fall is here.  A favorite time of year for many, autumn is an in-between season that requires saying goodbye to summer while preparing for winter, a great time to take care of your garden and put it “to bed”. Whether you are looking at a vegetable garden or a flower bed if your plants are finished for the season cut back those that will come to life again next spring (perennials) and pull those that will not come back (annuals).  Cutting back the perennials will allow them to come back fuller and healthier next year and get rid of the dead life that may be an eyesore when you look at your beds. This is also a great opportunity to do your final weeding of the season.  The more clear your garden is now the easier it will be to tend to in the spring.  Putting your gardens “to bed” now is really the key to an easier start when weather starts to warm up again. Click here to read “How to Clean Up Your Garden for Fall & Winter” from House Logic, offering some great fall gardening tips.

Which Landscape Enhancements Will Increase Your Curb Appeal in Shrewsbury, MA?

images-1SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The answer is that most enhancements will do just that, but some do it more than others. Always beautiful, the following shrubs should be taken into consideration when you want to improve your home’s landscaping. These shrubs were found on almost every homestead owned by our grandparents. They have not fallen out of favor for any reason, only forgotten in the excitement that came with the many new cultivars that are now available. Take a look at these options to maximize your curb appeal!

  • Hydrangea: Tolerant of most soil types but sensitive to drought and hot sun, this shrub has many flower colors available and the newer ‘Endless Summer’ series bloom all summer long.
  • Spirea: Tolerant of most soils, these hardy deciduous shrubs come in many colors and show mounds of flowers come springtime that last all summer long.
  • Lilac: Hundreds of cultivars are available, but most prefer neutral soil and some shade. Known for their heady scented flowers, they make great vase cuttings.
  • Viburnum: With their beautiful springtime display, these smell wonderful and are favored by birds. If you do choose one, leave room for expansion as they tend to spread wider than their height.
  • Hibiscus:  Rose-of-Sharon never disappoint with their gorgeous late-summer flowers. They are very adaptable and easy to grow.

As always, feel free to reach out to me and I can give you some recommendations for my most trusted landscapers.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Selling Your Shrewsbury Home? Get in Spring Cleaning Mode

imagesSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – We are rapidly approaching Spring and if you are selling your home or thinking about selling your home, you might want to get into the Spring Cleaning mode.  There is no doubt about it, across the board clean homes sell better than messy or dirty homes do.  It is an unwritten, yet openly discussed, rule in real estate.  The main areas to focus on when cleaning, or examining your already cleaned home, are windows, walls, baseboards, bathrooms, closets and cabinets.

  • Windows should be clear inside and out.  Large picture windows should offer a clear, smudge-free view.
  • Walls should be clean, free of holes and have a fresh coat of paint if needed.
  • Baseboards should be free of dust and clean as well.
  • Bathrooms should sparkle.  Tile and grout should be clean, any cracked tiles should be replaced.  Toilets, tubs and showers should be stain-free.
  • Closets and cabinets should be cleared of clutter, organized and neat.  If there is a door or drawer the chances are good that a prospective buyer will open it.

The important thing to remember is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  The better condition your home is in and the cleaner it appears the more likely it is to make a good impression. I would be quite excited to provide an objective viewpoint if you would like an alternative opinion on the state of these focus areas. Shoot me an email and we can talk!

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Report #3 – The Top 10 Improvements you can make for return on investment

Hi everyone, and thanks so much for reading my third report in the series.  Today I will try to keep it somewhat short and sweet, which is very unlike me, as you know.  So often when I go to view a home as a potential new listing, the Seller goes through with me an exhaustive list of the expensive improvements they’ve done to the home, just in the last 5 years alone.  Upgrading the attic insulation, replacing the windows with high efficiency low-e glass, converting to a high efficiency heating systems etc.  In the end, the return on investment for those types of things is really near to zero, which I can tell you first hand is NOT what those people wanted to hear.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that you shouldn’t do those things.  In fact, I did many of those at my own home, from the 15K I spent on the heating system on down.  The key is that when you do them, you do them for YOU, and with no anticipation that one day they might help with resale value.

Instead, there are some very, very easy things you can do, most of them incredibly inexpensive, which will generate huge multiples of return.  When I come to see a potential new listing for the first time, I usually will look at the home with an eye for the following question: “What can I have my seller do to the property for $X that will get us five times $X when we put it on the market?”  Here are just a few of those things, mixed in with some of the larger long-term project you might consider as well.

As always, if I can answer any questions, or be of any assistance to you, your colleagues, or your friends, please feel free to reach out.  I bring to the table a track record of close to 30 years as one of the top Realtors in the nation, and 10 years as the #1 REMAX Agent in the 5-state New England region.   Real estate remains one of the few fields in the world, where a consumer can hire someone with that kind of experience, for the same price as one with no experience whatsoever.  I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been faced with that choice in my life, I’ve always chosen to go the route of the experienced professional in any field.

Without further adieu, here’s my list for you.

1. Cleaning and de-cluttering, and then doing it all one more time!    I’m a huge believer in the adage that less is more, and you can’t believe what a difference it makes to just get things out of there.  Rent a pod, rent a dumpster and then I’ll teach you some secret ways to make it all happen without lifting a finger.  The $800 you spend on that operation will probably earn you back $15-20K.

2. Lighten and brighten – I love conserving energy, but not when you’re selling your home. Now is the time to find bulbs that make your home seem like the surface of the sun.   Swap out the old brass lighting fixtures that came with the house, and grab some new ones at HD for under $50 each.  The whole house will just sparkle as a result.  Also get rid of any old dark window treatments, and just grab some sheers from Walmart.

3. Yard – Now’s a great time of year for fresh mulch, trimming back trees and shrubs, planting flowers, and all the things that make a house super special.  This includes repairing walkways and patios, painting the deck, and anything else that makes the home more appealing as you walk up to the front door.  $1000 spent here could be worth another 5-10K.

4. Plumbing and electrical – So many of our homes still have the same faucets, sinks, and toilet seats that have been there for decades.  The funny thing is that they’re often so cheap to replace. Last month I brought in my crews to a home that needed updating, and they sprayed the pink tub white, painted the pink tile, put in a new sink and counter, and a new lino floor.  It cost under $500 per bathroom and looked like a top dollar renovation.

5. Stop Smoking Please – If you don’t do it because one day it’ll kill you, then do it because when you smoke in your home the value drops, sometimes by 20-30K.  If you insist on smoking, go on a long, long walk (not on the back deck.)

6. Update kitchen and bath – Update kitchen and baths by dropping in new granite counters. Very cheap to do and adds a fortune in value.  Your only downside is that you’ll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner!  Some stainless steel appliances from the Sears outlet, a new backsplash, and even with the original cabinets it’ll look brand new.

7. Paint interior – I really should have put this as #1 on the list, because nothing costs less, or yields more than paint.  I have a painting crew that handles all of my new listings, and they’re just brilliant, as well as affordable.  They know their job is max return, minimum investment and they’ve never let me down.

8. Carpeting – Same thing with carpet.  When I bring in some of my favorite carpet folks and set them loose to make everything brand new neutral beige, it’s like nothing you can imagine. For a couple thousand dollars, again you may get 10k back in return.

9. Electrical – This isn’t so much an improvement, as it is saving you from bigger expenses down the road.  If your home is over 10 years old, or has had work done, bring in an electrician to go through the circuit breaker box and fix any issues, double tapped breakers etc.  That way you won’t have to deal with it later after the home inspection.

10. Last one is Me! – I hate to put myself last, but then it helps underscore my point.  While these are a few quick ideas, I have dozens more..from hitting up exterior trim with bondo, to dry-ice pellets in the attic.  No two homes are every the same, and so my top tip is to let me walk through sooner, rather than later, clipboard in hand, and work with you to put together a custom list of ideas to start with.  That way, we’ll all be on the same page, you won’t waste money on things that don’t have payback, and I’ll have an easier sale down the road.  Besides that, of course, I have my recommended vendors that will actually show up, which is more of an issue these days then you might think.

Thanks again for reading everyone.  Remember, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.  You can reach me by email at steve@stevelevine.com or on my cell phone (508) 735-4663

In the meantime, here’s a video with some more things you might enjoy.

 

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts. A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets. Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

 

Some helpful tips on selling your Shrewsbury, MA home in the Winter

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Few people realize that here in Shrewsbury, the winter market actually tends to favor the Sellers, in many cases largely just due to the lack of inventory.  The key, however, is to make your property show its best, regardless of the weather outside. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade, which you may want to consider.

Pick up any dead tree limbs.
Keep your driveway, steps, and walkways plowed, shoveled, and salted at all times.
Keep gutters clean so that no icicles have a chance to form.
Replace weather-stripping as needed to keep drafts away.
Keep all valves to outdoor spigots turned off to avoid burst pipes.
Holiday decorations should be put away as soon as possible.
Keeping a roaring fireplace during an open house this time of year is always a good thing.
>Keep lists handy for all potential buyers of all of your home’s energy efficiencies, i.e. wrapped pipes, extra insulation, new windows, etc.
Keep all windows clean to let in as much light as possible. Remove all screens to storage and take down any heavy drapes. This will let in that extra light that so many potential buyers will be demanding this time of year.
Keep as many lights on as possible during showings. If you cannot be there, set lights on timers and add motion sensors to walkways. You may even consider installing motion detectors for walk-in closets.
Keep photos around your home showing the house in all seasons. A nice shot of your blooming flowers and lush green shrubs will help potential buyers understand what is under all of that snow!

Remember, the winter is a fine time to sell, and the data backs that up time after time. You’ll be limited to only the serious Buyers, not the tire-kickers, and those folks will have far fewer homes to pick from; that alone will increase your chances.

If you’re interested in learning more about selling in the winter, just reach out to me anytime and we can chat.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your Shrewsbury, MA home are a necessary safety feature

co_detector_factsheetSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Most every person in this country and certainly in the Shrewsbury area knows the importance of installing and keeping their fire alarms properly maintained. You know…change the batteries when you change your clocks, etc.

Less well known, but equally important, is to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Every year in our country approximately two hundred people die from carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s impossible to stress enough just how imperative this is.

A few years ago, many states (including Massachusetts) modified the extant smoke detector regulations to include Carbon Monoxide Detectors on every floor of every home.  As such, if you are planning to sell your Shrewsbury property, I can stop trying to convince you right here, because you really have no choice – as it is a required element to pass your mandated smoke detector certification for closing.

Ways to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home:

  • Purchase a carbon monoxide detector to place within 10 feet of every sleeping area in your home.
  • Change the batteries yearly, when you change your fire alarm batteries.
  • Have your furnace and fireplace checked regularly by a professional.
  • Use your generators properly.
  • Avoid “warming up” your car if the garage is attached to your home.

For more general information on how to install a carbon monoxide detector see EHow’s Instructions at: http://www.ehow.com/how_4926_install-carbon-monoxide.html. That’s a really great overview at the national level, but here in Shrewsbury there are some more specific requirements that must be met at well. Reach out to me if you have any questions, and I can tell you some of what I’ve learned from a few hundred of these inspections.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Using Wood Composite Technology will help you build Chemical Free in Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Green energy, green building, green living, you’ve heard it all before. How can we achieve a lower carbon footprint, while getting benefits at the same time? Enter the world of composite technology.

Commonly used in exterior siding, and of course on the building of decks, these products are just fantastic! Sitting on a composite deck 10 years later, it still looks the same as it did the day it was installed. It doesn’t warp, chip, peel, or fade over time…and they haven’t found a termite yet that wants to chew through it.

Some of the features, at a glance…

  • Manufactured using ninety percent recycled content
  • Fire resistant
  • Slip resistant
  • Easy installation
  • Low Maintenance
  • Barefoot Friendly
  • Chemical-free

Many Massachusetts builders are now making it a standard construction element in homes in all price ranges, and whether you’re thinking of a new build, or renovating an existing structure, it’s absolutely worth checking it out in person.

If you don’t know anyone who currently has it installed, let me know, and I’ll make a few calls and arrange for you to visit one of my wonderful past clients in the Shrewsbury area to see for yourself.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Improving Air Quality in your home makes a great impression on potential Buyers in Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Believe it or not, the quality of air in your home while it is on the market can have a large subconscious impact on the impression potential buyers have of your home, as it is a concern to many buyers today. Homeowners today are ultra-conscious of the quality of air in their homes, since we spend so much time indoors. Here are some ways that you can achieve superior air quality while improving your family’s respiratory health.

  • Basement: Since the furnace is in this space, you must have it inspected and cleaned yearly to avoid leakage of dangerous gases. Also, many basements can be damp and therefore may grow mold. You must make sure your gutters are doing their job of keeping water runoff away from your home. Installing a dehumidifier or air conditioner can keep even the moistest basement dry.
  • Garage: Install a weatherproof door between this room and the rest of your home. It will keep gasoline odors where they belong. Your lungs and potential buyers will thank you.
  • Kitchen: If you have a gas range, you must have a hood fan that exhausts outdoor air. Turning on that fan, or simply opening a window while cooking will remove gas fumes. All fuel burning appliances must be professionally inspected to prevent possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Pet odors: These need to be kept to an absolute minimum, especially in wet weather. When in doubt, have someone else come take a walk through and give you an honest opinion. So often we get used to those odors in our homes, and don’t realize just how noticeable they are.
  • Family/Living Room: Dust accumulation can be simply eliminated with the reduction of clutter. Keeping toys, books and other items nicely stored away in closets is the way to go.
  • Bedrooms: Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Dust mites and allergens are also greatly reduced by washing bedding in hot water. Choose area rugs that are easy to wash. Also consider steam-cleaning rugs before showing your home, reducing any bad odor and improving the air quality in your home.
  • Bathrooms: Ventilation is so important in this well-used room. Exhaust fans work to remove moisture and chemicals that you clean with. Change your cleaning products to ones that have no pesticides or toxic ingredients. See http://grist.org/article/i-dont-want-no-scrub/ for a list of green bathroom cleaners.
  • Attic: Have your duct work inspected if it runs through an uninsulated attic. Why? Because humid air condenses and can cause mold and rust. Consider having your attic insulated.

Throughout your home always leave doors between rooms open for better air circulation Opening windows from time to time is also quite important to the overall maintenance of your home. Today’s homes have become, by design, so “tight” that the air can easily get stale. Yes, air conditioning is great, but it really is so great to just open the windows from time to time and let the house breath. Fresh air wins out with Buyers each and every time.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.