Appraising a Home for Buying or Selling

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​The most common method that real estate agents use in appraising a home is through a CMA. CMA is Realtor-speak for Comparative Market Analysis. In formal appraiser language, it's the Sales Comparison...
Low Inventory or too many buyers?

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Everyone asks me if the current market situation is due to too many buyers or too little houses. In an up-and-coming brokerage like ours, it's easy to conflate the constant growth we're seeing in house with...
Our 4th Annual Art Show Fundraiser!

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Every year at Lembu Real Estate we host a winter art show fundraiser where we highlight local artists and a local charity or cause. This year we had a variety of local painters and artists sell their work,...
When is Spring Market?

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Spring market is generally April-May, check out the chart below to see it for yourself! In Cambridge we'll typically see 130 or 150 new listings in spring months, but only 50 in the off season months.
Negotiations in the Off Season

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Here's a recap of my negotiation tips from the day, whether you’re selling your car or your house.1. Do your research/homework. Know every number there is to know.2. Be the source of the source. It helps to...
Dealing with Financing

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As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the...
Preparing to Sell

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Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.Repair. Just...
Relocating to the Big City

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Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.Research before you move. It’s important to...
5 Things to Think about when Buying a Home

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Looking to purchase your first home? Or investment property? Maybe you're a soon-to-be empty nester looking to downsize and move closer to Harvard Square! Here are five tips for making the process as smooth...