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.

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.

Why First-Time Buyers with Talent May Want to Consider that Fixer-Upper Shrewsbury Property

 

beforeafterIn several recent studies a trend has emerged among first-time home-buyers who indicate that they are not as likely to consider the “fixer-upper” as they had been in years past. Surveys show that while many first-time home-buyers state that “affordability” is their number one concern, at the same time also consider the “move-in condition” of the home to be very important as well. This puts the fixer-upper in a poor position, and as you would expect, only seven percent are considering the smaller, fixer-upper home.

It’s important to make the point that I’m not talking about homes that need major renovations, but rather may only need basic face lifts such as fresh paint, carpet, landscaping or even just window treatments. Properties like this can come with very large savings, fulfilling the priority of “affordability.” Experts now strongly suggest purchasing that fixer-upper as a way to build equity over time, and then later moving up to a second-stage home, which may then meet “move-in condition” expectations.

A benefit included in purchasing a fixer-upper is that many sellers of this type of home are generally more interested in selling quickly than in making a huge profit. Furthermore, when you get those cosmetic things done yourself, you at least know that you’re going to get just what you want for your personal tastes. Also, savings may be found in homes that have been listed for over 180 days, homes owned by long-term owners, and house-flipping investors that may be eager for a sale.

As your agent, I am often able to find out additional information for you that would be of help, so while move-in ready homes are obviously awesome, don’t write off that fixer-upper just yet. Just let me know what you’re looking for, and I’ll be able to give you some insight as to what’s out there for sale publicly, and what other homes I might get the inside scoop on for you.

 

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.

Have You Considered “Gifting” Your Home Away?

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Passing along a property to a loved one as part of your estate planning is an invaluable gift. That said, in order to avoid being taxed unnecessarily, you want to consider what’s known as a “QPRT” or Qualified Personal Residence Trust. Real estate values in the Greater Boston area have come way down since the real estate recession in 2010 and combined with this trust, lower property values could save you significant money on gift and estate taxes.

QPRTs offer the opportunity for people to move a home out of their estate, while still allowing them to live in it for a time. This arrangement is ideal for a parent gifting a property to their child, and timing could not be better to consider this, as you would be removing the home from your estate at a time when property values are low. You will not pay estate taxes on it, and down the road you and yours will enjoy the benefits when its value increases, instead of paying a giant estate tax bill on a home that has increased in value over the same time period. In other words, you are guaranteeing yourself a lower gift-tax amount.

Here’s what happens: you move the asset out of your estate and put it into a QPRT for say, ten years. Those ten years can be spent living in the home exactly as you always have. You will file a gift-tax return the first year, which through a very intricate IRS formula could even prove to be profitable from a discount. After ten years has passed, the home transfers to your children or beneficiaries, and they legally own the home, meaning it will not be subject to estate taxes! Do note however, that if your desire is to continue living in your Massachusetts home after this period you must pay your beneficiaries fair-market rent, or risk trouble with the IRS. In the event of your death, your beneficiaries would not have to pay inheritance taxes on the home. This is a great option for many Southborough, Marlborough, and Grafton homeowners. It may be something to consider for your Massachusetts home!

I came across a good article on QPRTs on the Bank of New York website.

 

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 .

Before Listing Your Massachusetts Home, Take a Look at these Tips for a Successful Open House!

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Even in this day and age of marketing your home on the Internet, there is occasionally some value remaining in holding a basic open house, but often not in the traditional manner you may think. There are many ways to make your open house a success, but first and foremost, let’s talk about some of the different types of open house events.

First, you have the traditional open house where, regardless of when a home came on the market, you announce that on a particular day, it will be “open” for tours without an appointment, during a particular time period.

Next, is what I call a “pseudo-open-house.” In this type, it is merely a virtual open house, meaning that it is available for agents to show to their Buyers, without a predefined appointment, during a particular time frame, but all Buyers need to make an appointment through their agent.

Lastly, is a Brokers open house, usually held during the week. For this, agents are invited to preview the property during a time frame, occasionally with the list agent providing a luncheon, but without Buyers coming along.

Regardless of which type we do, as your agent I need to work hard to get the news of your open house out ahead of time. I have a host of different means for doing this, from inter-office emails, to social media, direct mail, and even the age old method of getting on the phone and calling people to invite them personally.

Of course the most important aspect of your open house lies in properly preparing the home, as this is the only opportunity to make a first impression on prospective buyers. They may be indifferent to the properties they are viewing based on the online description, so take this opportunity to show them why they will love your home!

Some feel that by getting immediate feedback from a wide array of Buyers and Agents, we will come up with a few ways to improve your listing, and make it more salable. With many agents, that is most certainly the case. Personally, I feel that after having been through this process as many times as I have, I have a really great eye towards home staging and preparation – enough so that by the time that first Buyer crosses the threshold, we’ve already taken care of anything that they could have commented on.

Of course, I do tend to learn something new from time to time, and that’s why when it comes to the sale of your Massachusetts home, we can’t leave a single stone unturned.

 

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 .

Have You Ever Pondered What the Average Life Expectancy is for Your Appliances and Other Home Systems?

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Having worked with thousands of Buyers and Sellers here in the Massachusetts Real Estate market, I know first hand that many first-time home-buyers are so excited to realize their dreams of home-ownership that they often overlook the many small details of owning their home. These details can at times be costly, especially if you have not familiarized yourself with all of the things in your home that will need replacing at some point. The following is an estimated guide of how many years each appliance or home system will perform for you in your home.

  • Roofs
    Selvage or Asphalt Roll last 12 to 20 years, Wood Shake and Shingle last 15 to 20 years, Asphalt lasts 15 to 20 years, Fiberglass lasts 15 to 20 years, Asbestos Shingle lasts 30 to 50 years and Slate lasts an amazing 40 to 75 years.
  • Plumbing
    Gas Hot Water Heaters last 8 to 12 years, Electric Hot Water Heaters last 10 to 15 years, Private disposal systems such as Septic Tanks last from 15 to 25 years and Galvanized Water Pipes last 30 to 50 years.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
    Warm Air Furnaces last 8 to 12 years, Heat Pumps last 8 to 12 years, Air Conditioning Compressors last 8 to 15 years, Gas Chillers last 8 to 15 years and Hot Water Boilers last 30 to 50 years.
  • Gutters and Downspouts
    Galvanized Gutters and Downspouts last 15 to 20 years, while Copper Gutters and Downspouts will last a lifetime, provided that the home is well-maintained.
  • Appliances
    Dishwashers can last anywhere from 5 to 12 years, Disposals last 5 to 12 years, Washers and Dryers last 8 to 12 years, Water Heaters last 8 to 12 years, Refrigerators last between 15 to 20 years and finally, Stoves can last anywhere from between 15 to 20 years.

Of course, when any of these systems are well constructed you may expect that they could last a long time, closer to the upper end of these estimates. Make sure to take a close look at the construction of these systems when we are viewing potential future homes for you to purchase.

 

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 .