Prices per Square Foot, the Truth for Home Buyers

A real estate appraiser’s perspective:  Buying a house based on the price per square foot is like paying for a car based on its miles per gallon; and yet to this day I see buyers, sellers, mortgage and real estate professionals discussing and using square foot price as a method for comparing homes to try […]

PMI Removal Appraisals

Have you given any thought to exactly what makes up your monthly mortgage payment?  If you purchased your home with less than 20% down payment, you are paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). PMI is an insurance you agreed to pay to compensate for the higher risk the lender took on your purchase.  With favorable market […]

How to Win a Property Tax Appeal

If you are a Massachusetts property owner and believe you are paying more than your fair share of property taxes you only have a limited amount of time to appeal, depending on your city or town.  Typically the appeal deadline is prior to the date of the first annual payment, although you still have to […]