Don’t Let the Pests Take over Your Home

Don’t Let the Pests Take over Your Home

There are many types of pests that you do not want to invade your home and cause damage. The damage these pests cause can be expensive and dangerous.

Types of pests

You know the saying, “Don’t let the bedbugs bite” well it is true.

Bed bugs do bite; unfortunately, it is often mistaken for spider or mosquito bites, and the bite itches just like other insect bites. It is extremely rare, but in some instances, a person can have a severe allergic reaction to a bed bug bite.

Other types of pests include;

  •    Termites which weaken the structure of the home
  •    Ants
  •    Fleas
  •    Ticks which can carry Lyme disease that is harmful not only to humans but our pets such as dogs and cats
  •    Spiders some of which can be dangerous
  •    Cockroaches
  •    Rodents carry disease conditions as well as fleas

Not all pests are insects so do not forget pests such as snakes, raccoons, birds, and other wild animals.


How to control and get rid of pests

First you will need to determine what type of pest you have; apparently, some are more difficult to spot than others. If you are finding rodent droppings, you apparently have a problem. You canset traps or poison out to get rid of the problem; however, if you have children or pets you should probably stay away from the toxins. Don’t like removing the rodent from a trap? There are now traps that lure the rodent in, and you throw the trap out with the rodent inside so you never must see or touch the rodent. Ant traps work similarly, however; they have poison in then so do keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Control PestsOften it may seem like you are losing the battle when it comes to some of the household pests such as ants and roaches; this is the time to call in pest control. When you call a pest control company, they will come in and do an inspection first. They look for signs of activity, to see what it is you have in your home. Based on that inspection they will recommend ways to control re-infestation once they problem is gone. Once the type of pest has been determined, they will use the proper products and equipment to rid your home of the pest. Depending on the problem you may have to leave your home for a day or two.  

If you are concerned about the effects of the products they use on your children or pets, speak to them to find out how long before it is safe for your children or pets to be on the floor, etc.


Things you can do


  • To keep mice and roaches out of your house do not leave things that they can find to use as a source of food or nesting materials such as cardboard boxes sitting around.
  • Do not store things such as food in bags, purchase plastic containers with airtight lids to save things like cereal, sugar, flour, etc. in the pantry.
  • Keep counters and sink washed and clean of crumbs, grease, and other food sources.
  • You may use your vacuum at least once a week to prevent food crumbs off the floor that could attract things like ants or mice.
  • Keeping things clean does not mean you will never find pests in your home, but it does reduce the number of infestations.
  • Every couple of months, inspect the areas under your sinks, around your toilets and tubs, or appliances such as washers for water leaks that could cause puddles to form in the basement or under your home which could be a water source for insects or rodents.
  • If you do not leave food or water sources for pests, they will move on quickly.

Get Rid of Pests Before Listing Your Home

Nothing will kill a real estate showing faster than the potential home buyer seeing insects or rodents when viewing your home.  Make sure to get rid of the issues well before listing your home for sale.  In addition, make sure that any dead bugs or carcass are removed before putting the house up for sale.  Although this sounds like very basic information, countess homes are put up for sale with dead bugs around after the home has been treated.

About Boston Real Estate

About Boston Real Estate

All About Boston Real Estate

Looking for a home in Boston? You may want to look elsewhere. The Boston real estate market is broken for many of its potential buyers. Inventory is tight and there is not nearly enough entry level homes. It seems to be that fewer homeowners are trading up. Add in the fact that cash bearing investors and foreign buyers dominate the market which is wonderful for sellers by its often miserable to the ordinary homebuyers.

Boston’s real estate market is only normal when it is compared to other popular areas such as New York and Silicon Valley. The need for a reasonably priced home market for next generation workforce has yet to be found in Boston. The invisible hand of capitalism has not been able to meet entry level demand. Instead developers prefer to build luxury units instead catering to another class of home buyers were more money can potentially be made.

Boston is aware they have a problem on their hands but the issue never rises to a level of urgency that inspires any political action. Quietly we may enjoy watching our home prices escalate without considering the consequences of torturing a new generation of would be homeowners. Really what possibly could be the problem in having one’s home equities rise by $100,000 in 2 years?

Boston Real Estate Market

The real estate market is not considered broken to the current homeowner it’s broken for the home hunters competing in the unforgiving front lines of the real estate market. Old rules are being changed for new ones. Potential buyers are being pre-qualified, while also willing to bid higher than the asking price, and also buyers are willing to waive the mortgage contingency, meaning they would remain on the hook for buying the property if the financing falls through. Lastly buyers are willing to waive the inspection contingency, committing to the purchase of the home no matter what the inspector finds.

The question is the difference between winning a bid they placed or not. Imagine being a first time home buyer and facing the biggest purchase of your life and feeling pressure to make your decision on blind faith alone. Victories do come to persistent first time home buyers, but is it really worth the price you ultimately pay.

Boston’s Growth

Boston continues to lose population to places like Atlanta, Denver and Dallas. The Boston area has lost jobs due to the lacking population. Because of the high prices associated with Boston real estate, many have moved to the outskirts of Boston purchasing homes in Quincy MA and Cohasset MA.  Maybe if homes were more affordable people would move their families here and businesses would come to the area to expand in growth.

The board at a zoning appeals don’t seem concerned with the job problem in Boston, but their decision on zoning are. They regularly turn down multi-family projects and feel justified in the decision because we lack the transportation infrastructures to support them.

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There are signs of hope for housing in Boston. A bill passed in senate last year requiring cities and towns to create multi-family zones. All though the bill has yet to be used, the issue of tackling zoning to permit more housing creation is starting to pick up.  

With all of that being said, Boston continues to gain ground as one of the hottest places to own property. Housing prices are way above the national average in the last year. The median home price for the Boston area real estate has an astonishing $378,500 compared to the national average of $215,767. While very appealing to Boston investors and homeowners, even better is places like Beantown where home appreciation rates remain some of the best in the nation. This trend seems very promising for the year to come.

The Boston and real estate market have seen mild gains in home appreciation within the last year. The appeal for home buyers and Boston real estate is found in equity gains which have exploded in the last couple of years.

Bostons Real Estate Market Is Booming

Homes purchased in Boston’s housing market a year ago have appreciated an average of $10,187. While the national average was $15,781 over the same year. Over the past three years Boston real estate began to overthrow the national average which saw gains of $64,281. For homeowners and Boston investors they get the real advantage around year seven of home ownership when total equity gains reach their full potential. Over all price appreciation and principal payments have boosted total equity growth since the recession.

As of June 2016 there currently are 779 properties in the Boston area in some type of foreclosure. According to Realtytrac the number of Boston foreclosures in the month of June was 9 percent lower than the month of May and 8 percent lower than the same time in 2015. In addition the number of REO properties decreased 37.5 percent from the previous month while decreasing 50 percent from the same time last year.

If busy city living, great food, and great sports teams interest you, Boston, MA is the place to call home. If you’re willing to make some crazy offers in this competitive market you have found the right place.


Buying a Waterfront Home? What You NEED To Know

Buying a Waterfront Home?  What You NEED To Know

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What to Expect When Buying a Waterfront Home

Are you searching for a new home? Why not consider purchasing a home or property on the water? There are many benefits and luxuries associated with waterfront living, and homeowners who purchase homes near the water live a different lifestyle than typical homeowners.  Living on the water can even reduce stress and provide a healthier lifestyle!  If you are in the market for a new home and want to know more about what to expect when buying a waterfront home, this article is for you. Read further to find out more about what waterfront living will look like for you.

Life on the Water

If you’re thinking that living in your dream home near the water would be a fun and relaxing experience, then you are correct! Living near the water comes with many advantages. For one, you have nonstop access to the water and all of the water-related activities you can think of.

You can kayak, paddleboard, swim, fish, ski, snorkel, take out your boat, and more!  In some cases, you can even keep your boat and kayak on your own personal dock. You will be able to enjoy all that the water has to offer without the inconvenience of parking fees, dock fees. etc. You can simply walk out your door and step right into the water! And think of the views! You can enjoy your water view without the high price tag of a luxury waterfront hotel. Enjoy beautiful sunsets and sunrises right from the comfort of your own home.

You can also expect a sense of tranquility and peace by living near the water. The air quality is naturally cleaner near the water as well. You can also expect more privacy with your waterfront home, as part of your home will face the water instead of someone else’s backyard.

You likely won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors or dealing with new homes being built and ruining your view. Waterfront homes often have the added benefit of enjoying the outdoors in general. From hiking the woods in a lake residence to strolling the beach in an oceanfront home, if you love the outdoors, waterfront living is for you.

Maintenance for Waterfront Homes

wrightsville-beach waterfront homesYou can expect the maintenance for waterfront homes to be a little more extensive than that of homes that are not located near the water. For example, you might want to consider adding in additional maintenance checks and precautions depending on where you live. If you live near the ocean, the salt from the ocean can do damage to certain materials, so preparing for that prior to building or purchasing is essential. Of course, flooding can occur, high winds, etc. While the upkeep might be a little more taxing, most waterfront homeowners find the extra work well worth it.

Finding the Right REALTOR

Just like with anything, you are better off when using an expert.  In this instance, we strong recommend using a real estate agent that has a specialty in waterfront properties. With all of the unique aspects of the sale that come with buying a waterfront home, having a real estate agent with experience in representing buyers for this type of property is critical.

For instance, many waterfront homes for sale have a bulkhead installed – this is the man-made barrier where the water meets the land.  Bulkheads can get extremely expensive to install or repair – we are talking up to $500 per linear foot – your agent should be able to connect you with the proper home inspector for such a project.  Bulkheads are just one example of the uniqueness of purchasing a waterfront property, there are many things that an agent who specializes in waterfront properties will be able to help with.

Insuring Waterfront Homes

The insurance for waterfront homes is typically more costly than other homes as well. This is due to the increased risks such as flooding, hurricanes, etc. that are often associated with waterfront living. Flooding, hurricanes and other storm-related damage are not usually covered in general homeowners insurance. And by living on or near the water, your home is more susceptible to these types of risks and damages. Therefore, you will likely be required to purchase wind, flood, and general homeowners insurance for a waterfront home.

Finding out the price of these insurances before choosing a waterfront home will help you understand how much you can afford as far as a monthly payment is concerned. Chances are the insurance could push you over the limit you set for yourself for mortgage payments, so that figure is important to know beforehand. As with the maintenance and upkeep for waterfront homes, most homeowners find the extra cost of insurance for waterfront property to be well worth the investment.

Beachfront Homes

Owning a beachfront home is generally something that most people consider to a factor of the Lifestyles of the Rich ad Famous.  Truth is, if you want to own your own little piece of beachfront real estate, a condo may be a way to make your dream come true.  Condos can be a very cost-effective way to live not only on the water…but on the beach!

Affordability of Beachfront Condominiums

When you purchase any condominium, you are buying into “shared ownership” with the other condo owners.  This lets the major costs of living on the beachfront be shared with your neighbors.  The bulk of the cost in living on the beach is the land itself – which in the instance of a condo, is split between all owners.  This means that owning a beachfront condominium is by far the most cost effective way to have a beachfront abode.  Of course there are unique aspects to purchasing a condo, so once again, we recommend a condo expert. One of the biggest differences between buying a condo and a single family property is the reviewing of the condo documents.   One of the hottest and most affordable destinations for beachfront condos is Panama City Beach  With the huge influx of tourists who travel to #PCB for vacations and Spring Break – many people rent out their condo’s and turn them into Vacation Rentals.

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Waterfront Homes Are Always in Demand

Another benefit that you should consider when purchasing waterfront property is the resale value. If you think about it, there are only so many waterfront properties available, and because of this limited supply, the homes located on waterfront property are much more valuable and desirable. If you ever consider selling your home or even renting it out as a vacation home, you will probably bring in top dollar for it. So in the grand scheme of it all, your waterfront property could serve as a great investment for the future.

If you are looking for a waterfront property, consider all of the benefits that waterfront living has to offer. Now that you know more about the waterfront lifestyle, you can begin your search for the perfect waterfront home!


New Orleans Real Estate Market

New Orleans Real Estate Market

New Orleans Home Prices Begin To Level Off

The cost to own or rent a home in the City of New Orleans, LA has been rising for years, but the trend of being priced out of the city is beginning to change.

Prices have been rising since the revitalization after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.  After the catastrophic hurricane, the homes that were renovated, and ready to live in were at an all time low in supply.  If they were not destroyed in the Hurricane, they were in high demand. New Orleans natives were scooping them up at whatever cost just to stay in their city. The prices rose.

As new construction soon began popping up, more homes were available.  Still, getting back into the City was pricey for natives eager to return.  Builders knew the supply and demand conditions would be a big payoff for them for a few years after Katrina, and they capitalized on that.

Shortly after the hurricane, you would find single, shotgun style homes that were going for shotgun house$300,000.  That runs about $300.00 per square foot. Too costly for most natives to return home, coupled with the rise in crime, it just didn’t make sense to move back.  Until now.

Bringing The Price Back To Affordability

Looking at the prices of 2016, we have seen the cost of Real Estate in New Orleans neighborhoods starting to level off, and it was due to flatten out and go down a little.

2016 showed a slow down in the oil and gas industry, and the capping off of the film tax credit did cause some Louisiana jobs to move elsewhere.  Also, typically during a presidential election year, things slow down on the Real Estate front as a whole.

There appears to be a little bit of an oversupply and that will put pressure to moves prices downward some.  This oversupply will also cause rentals and sales to stay on the market a little longer in some neighborhoods of New Orleans.

Higher Priced Neighborhoods Affordable Again

The Uptown, and the Warehouse District are higher priced markets that too will see price drops, and some will be significant.  This is not to go as far as to call it depreciation, or a “Buyer’s Market”, but can be viewed as a slow down on appreciation.  This will help natives to move back into the cities higher end neighborhoods they once fled after Katrina.

Recovery Still Going On

There are still parts of New Orleans that have not recovered.  Homes are gone, but the land where they once sat remains.  Real Estate experts in the area predict these areas will again have homes built that are affordable.  As with any catastrophic event in Real Estate, there comes a time that prices level back out, and people can come home.  That time appears to be now, and all eyes are on the prices for 2017.  This will only be measured by the amount of people returning to the City.


2016 Fourth Quarter Gains In Existing Home Sales

2016 Fourth Quarter Gains In Existing Home Sales

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Home Sales Are Ticking Up

The National Association of Realtors® shows the fourth quarter of 2016 showed an up tick in home sales across the United States. It is expected to slow down some during the winter months, but if this is a sign of things to come in 2017, we are in for a good year.  Real Estate Agents, Lenders, Home Sellers and Home Buyers are all keeping a hopeful, and watchful eye that this trend will continue going forward.

National Increase By Region

Southern Regions

Existing-home sales in the South rose by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter and are 5.4 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2015. The median existing single-family home price in the South was $210,500 in the fourth quarter, 7.9 percent above a year earlier. Picayune, MS is seeing this rise in existing home sales, as well as other cities across the south. Real Estate Agents in Picayune, MS report that their phones haven’t stopped ringing heading into 2017 as well.  New Orleans, LA has also seen tremendous growth in their existing home sales.  The Lakeview area of New Orleans has surpassed other metro areas within the city, with some of the strongest gains in the country.

The Rest of The Nation

Existing-home sales in the Northeast had gains of 10.5 percent, the Midwest boasts existing-home sales climbed 2.3 percent, and in the West sales gained by 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter. With the Northeast showing the largest gains, we must keep in mind that sales in places like the South had not dropped off as drastically as other part of the nation during the mortgage meltdown, so the South did not have as far to climb back up. The United States (U.S.) subprime mortgage crisis was a nationwide banking emergency that contributed to the U.S. recession of December 2007 – June 2009.

What Does This Mean To Sellers

You sometimes hear this is a “Buyers Market” or this is a “Sellers Market”, I believe it can be the best of both worlds, and the data of the last fourth quarter proves it. If you are wanting to list your home for sale, there are plenty of buyers out there. If you are in the market to buy a home, there is plenty of inventory to choose from.

Be Prepared When You Are Ready To Buy

Those looking to purchase a home in 2017 will benefit from more inventory to choose from. This increase in inventory creates a balance in the housing market.

This shift in supply and demand, to a more balanced market, will give home buyers more options and opportunity to negotiate for the purchase of their dream home. No longer will buyers of existing homes for sale have to settle.

Do your homework on what price home you can afford.  Keep in mind your expenses outside of what a lender may consider, so that you have a comfortable mortgage payment for you and your family.

Get pre-approved with a reputable lender after you decide a comfortable monthly payment, and have on hand your supporting documentation such as pay stubs, bank statements and identification.

Always remember not to make any large purchases prior to applying for your home loan.  Your lender can guide you on what you should, and should not do that may affect your credit.