Beaches on the South Shore

Beaches on the South Shore of Massachusetts have long been known as a major benefit of living in nearby coastal communities south of Boston such as Hingham, Cohasset, Norwell, Hull, Scituate, Marshfield, Hanover, Duxbury, Braintree, Weymouth and Quincy. There are a multitude of choices when it comes to deciding which beaches on the South Shore to visit. Some beaches are for residents only and you need a summer parking sticker, some are hidden gems with no parking at all and some are too well known as the place to go for city dwellers looking to cool off. But with so many choices, there is plenty of sand and waves for all to enjoy. I’ve lived on the South Shore all my life and have been to all of these beaches at one time or another. They all have their own unique features that make people fall in love with them. Get out and enjoy the weather and the beaches on the South Shore no matter what time of the year it is.

This is a list of Beaches on the South Shore of Massachusetts:

1. Nantasket Beach, Hull: This is by far the most popular and largest stretch (3.5 miles) of Atlantic Beaches on the South ShoreOcean beach on the South Shore. Nantasket Beach was recently voted the cleanest (water) beach in Eastern Massachusetts and I can attest to that. This beach has mostly hard packed sand as it has a very low tide, which is great for little kids wading in the water. There are lifeguards, bathhouses and an arcade (circa Paragon Park). There is a 1,000+ car parking lot, which is not enough on hot summer days. Everyone seems to have a secret spot they like at this beach for both parking and swimming. I love this beach late afternoon from 4 PM to 8 PM when the mass of sunbathers head home and the sun isn’t too high. There are plenty of fast food and snack eating options as well as family-style sit down restaurants and finer dining establishments like Jake’s Seafoood, LaDalat, Bridgeman’s, Mezzo Mare, The Red Parrot, Saporitos, and Schooners. I think it’s one of the best beaches on the South Shore!

2. Sandy Beach, Cohasset: This is a small but beautiful sandy beach offering resident only parking. Try heading to this beach after normal beach hours when the parking lot empties and non-residents can sneak in.

Beaches on the South Shore3. Humarock Beach, Scituate: Some people think this beach is in Marshfield, but once you go back over the bridge, you’re on the Scituate peninsula, which was washed away from the mainland years ago. This is one of the more popular beaches on the South Shore offering a long stretch of beach with fine hard packed sand. Parking is limited and many of the beach-goers own homes and cottages along this stretch of ocean. There are eating and drinking options like the Bridgewaye Inn and Sands End Cafe. The Fourth of July is lots of fun on this beach.

4. Pegotty Beach, Scituate: This is a small half-mile long beach with hard packed sand just outside of downtown Scituate Harbor, which is walkable. You’ll find some surfers here when the wave action is good.

5. Minot Beach, Scituate: This is a well known Scituate beach, mostly for it namesake and views of Minots Ledge Lighthouse. You’ll either have to live near the beach or know someone that does to access the beach.

6. Egypt Beach, Scituate: This is a small private resident-only beach in the North Scituate section of town.

7. Rexhame Beach, Marshfield: This is one of my favorite beaches on the South Shore. It’s a long Beaches on the South Shoresandy stretch of beach in Marshfield that is just perfect for a hot summer day. I think it’s one of the best beaches on the South Shore. There are limited non-resident parking spaces, so get there really early if you’re planning on a long family beach day. Did I already say this is one of my favorite beaches on the South Shore!

8. Brant Rock Beach, Marshfield: Brant Rock is a well-known small local hangout beach. Typically people that own or rent homes in the area frequent this beach due to its convenience. It’s rocky like many of the beaches on the South Shore and it has very limited parking.

9. Green Harbor Beach, Marshfield: Lots of people think this is one of the best beaches on the South Shore. It offers a good sandy beach with minimal rocks. Public parking can be tough on hot summer days but there’s parking available at the local lobster pound. Like anything, plan accordingly and either leave for the beach early or go later in the afternoon when others have had their fill of the hot midday sun. Green Harbor is a lot of fun at night with plenty of restaurants and watering holes.

Beaches on the South Shore10. Duxbury Beach, Duxbury: When it comes to best beaches on the South Shore, this is one of the state’s most popular beaches with 4 miles of beautiful sand perfect for the summer. Yes, there are rocks and pebbles, but remember we’re in New England not Cozumel. This beach includes sand dunes, ample parking (on the beach with a sticker), a bathhouse and concession stand with the typical beach shack menu items. Get there early on summer days, it gets packed quick. The beach extends out to Saquish Neck and Saquish Village, a peninsula which actually is part of Plymouth. The large sand dunes provide a great backdrop for beach goers. Duxbury Beach is also home to piping plover nests throughout the warmer months of the year so be careful. Parking is about $15 for non-residents unless you buy a summer beach sticker. If you don’t want to pay the parking fee, find the entrance to Powder Point bridge a few miles south. This is the entrance to the resident area where there is a small free lot. If you pack light and are a good walker, you can enjoy this beach for free! You just have to walk the bridge, as all of the parking over the bridge is for residents. This is truly one of the most beautiful beaches on the South Shore.

11.Hingham Bathing Beach, Hingham: This is a small stretch of man-made beach sand in Hingham Harbor. Not a great beach for sunbathing and swimming as it is an inner-harbor stretch of sand with no wave action. Many visitors use it for a picnic or a place to read a book in the adjoining shade-filled park. It’s a great place to watch the Fourth of July fireworks or have a picnic with the family! When I first entered the real estate business 18 years ago, I remember reading my study materials for the real estate license test under a nice shady tree overlooking Hingham Harbor. This is a nice and peaceful place to visit.

12.Wessagusset Beach, Weymouth: Wessagusset Beach has had a revival over the years. Once a beach you would not even consider, it is now a place that is not only convenient, but attractive and safe to swim in. There is newer sand and lifeguards. Bring a cooler with lunch and drinks. Plenty of parking.

13.Wallaston Beach, Quincy: If you’ve traveled to or from the City of Boston to the South Shore and Beaches on the South Shoretaken the alternate coastline route, you’ve probably driven down Quincy Shore Drive (aka Route 3A) and have passed Wallaston Beach. Over the years, this beach has undergone several major improvements including new sand and most importantly, cleaner water as part of the massive Boston Harbor water cleanup project started 20+ years ago. Today’s Wallaston Beach offers beach-goers 2.5 miles of fairly clean sand and plenty of room to spread out for a game of volleyball or football. There are on-duty lifeguards and free public parking. Most people don’t think of Wallaston beach as a place to swim because of its history and being off-limits so much, but people say the water is clean and okay for swimming. Lots of people just choose to sit on the wall and people watch or work on their tans. It’s a popular beach for walking and jogging after some excellent fried clams and crinkle cut french fries at the local eating establishment like the famous Tony’s Clam Shop, the Clam Box and the long established Beachcomber Irish Bar, featuring live bands and performers for over 50+ years. Another popular spot, just down the street is Quincy’s Marina Bay, offering fabulous views of Boston and the Boston Harbor. This is a destination point for many people during the summer months and weekends.

14.Gray’s Beach, Kingston: This is a small resident-only sticker beach near the Rocky Nook section of town. It’s easy to get to just off Route 3 and Route 3A.

These are not all the beaches on the South Shore but some of the best.

There are some very small private and resident-only beaches on the South Shore, too many to name, as well as lots of beautiful beaches in Plymouth so you don’t have to get stuck in traffic with all the tourists visiting Cape Cod. But this should give you a decent choice of beaches to think about visiting. If you’re thinking about moving, want to be close to the beaches on the  South Shore and need to buy a home, please consider using my professional buyer-agent Realtor services. For more information, please contact Realtor George Jamieson with Capital Residential Real Estate at 781-659-2005 or by email at george@capitalresidential.com. Oh, and if you’ve enjoyed the last 25, 30 or 40 years in your South Shore home near our great beaches on the South Shore and think it’s time to pass it on to another family, please call me. I have buyers who are waiting for the perfect home on the South Shore.

The 3 Big Buyer Mistakes That Turn Off Home Sellers

turn off home sellersBuyer Missteps That Turn Off Home Sellers

Current real estate conditions and low interest rates do make for favorable conditions for home buyers, but there are still a few buyer mistakes that turn off home sellers and can kill a real estate deal under any condition. Don’t miss out on the house you love. Avoid these home buyer mistakes that turn off home sellers.

3 Buyer Missteps That Turn Off Home Sellers

Home buyers may feel a false sense that all transactions come down to them, but home sellers can certainly pick and choose who they do business with. Here are the biggest missteps home buyers make that turn off home sellers.

LOW BALL OFFERS. A low ball real estate offer is not only insulting, it’s an easy way to turn off home sellers. Of course home buyers want a good deal on the house they are buying, but offering well under home appraisal probably won’t get you far in the deal.
Solution? Home buyers should work with an experienced Realtor who can compile market comps and current real estate transactions in the area to see how homes are selling in that market. At Capital Residential we work with home buyers to give them a more precise sense of offers turn off home sellersthat match real estate inventory based on our comprehensive market reports.

CRITICISM. Very rarely does a home buyer love everything about a home, but some home buyers take their criticism of a home a little too far. Buyers with an overly critical eye can turn off home sellers and sour the deal. The mural or backsplash that one home buyer finds horrendous may have been a labor of love for the current homeowner. Hurt feelings are sometimes just enough to turn off home sellers.
Solution? If the home seller or their agent is in earshot refrain from negative comments about décor or taste. These things are subjective, and harsh comments coupled with sensitive home sellers can wreck the transaction. Speak up if there’s a legitimate concern about the property, but keep comments about the home seller’s style to yourself.

LOAN ISSUES. So a home buyer has made an offer, the home seller has accepted, and then the loan falls through. It happens, and when it does it will turn off home sellers, and create dissatisfaction for everyone. Home buyers want to work with qualified home buyers so that when an offer comes in and the home is taken off the market, they can be certain the transaction will take place.
Solution? Get preapproved for your mortgage. This will put your mind and the home sellers you interact with at ease. At Capital Residential we help home buyers through the paper process, and ensure that they aren’t taking missteps that could threaten the deal or turn off the home sellers. Sometimes actions that seem insignificant can have huge implications on the deal. Just buying a refrigerator or washer before the ink is dry can ruin the real estate transaction. Once preapproval occurs, would-be home buyers should refrain from making large purchases on credit, so as to not affect their buying status.

How Working with a Real Estate Agent Can Avoid These Pitfalls

turn off home sellersAt Capital Residential our goal is to successfully guide home buyers through the home buying process. We are aware of what will turn off home sellers, and help our clients position themselves to be qualified, home buyers that sellers want to work with. If you are looking to buy a home, please contact me, George Jamieson at Capital Residential in Norwell, MA. I can be reached by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839.

6 Seller Mistakes That Turn Off Home Buyers

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The last thing a seller wants to do is turn off home buyers. The entire real estate process of selling a home is doing everything to maximize exposure to interested home buyers and attracting home buyers to your property. But, sometimes seller interaction can turn off home buyers and lead to no sale. Don’t let this happen to you.

The List of 6 Seller Missteps That Turn Off Home Buyers

Buying and selling a home can be an emotional roller coaster. It’s a big decision on both sides, and it’s easy for buyers and sellers to take missteps that affect the outcome. Here are the biggest mistakes home sellers make that turn off home buyers.

OVERPRICING. Every seller wants top dollar for their home, but inflated pricing can turn off home buyers. What’s worse, it can turn off home buyers before they even walk through your front door. In a sea of home listings, home buyers often select potential properties by size, bedrooms, location, and price. And you may be pricing your home out of the range for qualified buyers. But, don’t undervalue your home either.turn off home buyers

Solution? Work with an experienced realtor who can compare your home to similar homes that have sold in the area, and help you determine an appropriate listing price. At Capital Residential we study home sales trends by South Shore community, so that we can give our clients the most current and comprehensive guidance when listing a home for sale. Rather than turn off home buyers, our agents do everything to position your home for a sale.

MESSY HOUSE. The easiest way to turn off home buyers is by listing a cluttered, dirty, sloppy home. Sellers should list a home that is in the best condition it can possibly be in. Your home should look its absolute best. A clean home with no clutter is essential. But more than that, home buyers are watching for fresh carpet, newer paint, and upgrades. Homes that aren’t “move-in” ready often turn off home buyers. Especially in an age of HGTV and home design shows, home buyers expect a tidy, organized, pleasing home. Home sellers will turn off home buyers without this preparation.

Solution? Don’t turn off home buyers with a messy house. Clean, repair, spruce up your home before listing. Work with an experienced agent that can help direct your work efforts. At Capital Residential we understand the expectations of home buyers, and work with clients to present a home that brings in home buyers and offers. We also have a great pool of resources such as cleaners, stagers, and contractors to put the finishing touches on your listing.

LINGERING SELLERS. Of course home sellers are interested in how home buyers react to their house, but to stick around for showings and open houses is one big way to turn off home buyers. It’s hard for home buyers to relax when you, the seller, is there. It can turn off home buyers when their first impression is to be guarded. You want potential home buyers to feel free to explore and consider the possibilities of living in the house, and it’s hard to do that when the current homeowner is standing by.

Solution? You won’t turn off home buyers if you’re not there. Out of sight, out of mind, is a good thing during an open house. Plan to be out of your home whenever a potential home buyer is coming for a tour. It can be an inconvenience, but it’s well worth it when it leads to an offer.

MISLEADING INFORMATION. As a home seller you absolutely want to accentuate the positives of your home, but it will turn off home buyers if you inflate the truth about your home. If you are willing to stretch the truth about some things, potential home buyers will wonder what else you’ve hidden. It will turn off home buyers and can damage you and your home’s reputation. Be honest about the home so that when interested home buyers come for a tour the home will live up to their expectations, and maybe lead to an offer.

Solution? Be straightforward about the home’s positives. If the seller is concerned that the home has little to attract buyers then consider ways to improve the home’s appeal. Touch up the paint, take care of minor repairs, bring in a professional home stager. At Capital Residential we work with our cients to accentuate the positives in a home. Don’t turn off home buyers with misleading information. Instead, work on making your home the best it can be.

NO PHOTOS. These days, many home buyers conduct their searches online for home listings. Not only does it turn off buyers, but it is a such a turn off home buyerslost opportunity, when a home seller does not add photos of their home to their listing. Square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other details are helpful to home buyers, but nothing compares to a visual of the home for sale. Many home buyers will skim right over the listing when there are no photos, leaving the home seller with a reduced number of viable leads. No photos of your listing will also turn off home buyers because it is an indication that maybe the house isn’t attractive.

Solution? Take photos of your home before you list the house. It is part of making a good first impression, and it is equally important that the photos are done well. At Capital Residential we take professional-quality photos of each of the homes we list. We know how important photos are to attracting home buyers. Most of the time, photos are the first visual home buyers have a property, and they need to trigger enough interest for home buyers to take the next step and tour the house.

POOR UPGRADES. Nothing puts a smile on a home buyers face than an unexpected quality upgrade in a home, and nothing will turn off home buyers more quickly than a poorly-executed upgrade. Most of the time good intentions are there, but often home sellers will pick and choose what they upgrade and how much they invest in it, and this can turn off home buyers. Making some upgrades in the kitchen or bathroom without carrying over those upgrades, can draw attention to problem areas, and upgrades that are done on a budget can detract as well.

Solution? Before a home seller invests in an upgrade, take a closer look at how much value it adds to the house. At Capital Residential we provide clients with professional consultation regarding ways to increase a home’s value. Some upgrades make sense, others don’t, and all upgrades should be done with the goal of adding to the home seller’s bottomline while providing value to the home buyer.

turn off home buyersHow Working with a Real Estate Agent Can Avoid These Pitfalls

At Capital Residential our goal is to attract qualified buyers to home sellers. We are aware of what will turn off home buyers, and help our clients position themselves and their homes to sell at top dollar. If you are considering selling your home, please contact me, George Jamieson at Capital Residential in Norwell, MA. I can be reached by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839.

What Today’s Home Buyers Want

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Today’s Home Buyers Want Upgrades, Space, and Efficiency

The spring market is heating up on the South Shore, and today’s home buyers want to find the right house. So how do you make the house your selling a must-have for today’s home buyers? To compete in the spring market you have to know what home today’s home buyers want.

Today’s Home Buyers Want Value

Some things don’t change, and today’s home buyers are no exception. Today’s home buyers want a good deal. That’s not to say that home sellers have to undervalue their home listing, but it does mean that sellers should accentuate the positives about the home and give buyers every reason to pay top dollar. Show off the space. Remember the 50% rule and try to remove half of your items in each room. According to Realtor Magazine, 62% of home buyers are looking for one additional bedroom and bath in their next house, and 76% are looking for additional storage.

Home Buyers Want Upgrades and Quality

Today’s home buyers want practical amenities and good construction. Radiant flooring, energy-efficient appliances, modern fixtures and hardware, and high-end appliances top the list of today’s home buyers wants. Hardwoods and fireplaces are excellent features, but can detract from the home if they are not in great condition. Have hardwoods sanded and polished, and service fireplaces so they are in good working order.

Don’t Forget about the Outside

Today’s home buyers are as concerned about the exterior living space as they are of the interior space. Decks and outside entertainment areas go a long way with buyers so maximize the appeal of your exterior space. Freshen up older decks with stain, add flowers in ceramic pots, and clean the deck furniture. If the space seems uncared for it will be reflected in the buyer’s offer so take the time to make the backyard look tidy and maintained.

Home Buyers Want Useable Space

Today’s home buyers want useable space, and they are turned off by space that serves no function. Take a look at your house with fresh eyes. Arehome buyers want there spaces that seem to be a collect-all zone? Or is there an area that would be better served with different furniture? Some of these fixes are easy. If you’ve turned a bedroom into an office or playroom, turn it back into a bedroom. Bedrooms sell, and you want buyers to see the space set up as a bedroom. Other instances require imagination. Make small nooks into efficient office spaces or storage areas.

Priorities buyers have for their next home according to Realtor Magazine:

  • Affordable price: 78%
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling: 68%
  • Energy Star rating: 61%
  • No wasted space/smart design: 56%

What are some of those extras that buyers dream of?

  • A separate laundry room: 80%
  • Additional storage: 76%
  • Outdoor grilling living area: 63%
  • One additional bedroom and bath: 62%

 

10 Simple Ways to Get Your House Ready to Sell

get your house ready to sellWhat You Need to Know to Get Your House Ready to Sell

Every seller wants top dollar, but the deciding factor is most often what’s been done to get your house ready to sell. Just because two homes are the same square footage or in the same neighborhood doesn’t mean they’ll sell for the same amount. It comes down to buyers and how they react to the homes.

Get Your House Ready to Sell Checklist

So what can you do to get your house ready to sell? Start with this checklist to get your house ready to sell.

Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer.

Use a critical eye to evaluate your home and property. Get your house ready to sell by looking for the flaws outside. Cracks in the driveway or pathways, peeling paint, missing window trim, broken gutters. These eye sores indicate to buyers that the home has not been cared for. They can be easily remedied, and will go a long way in first impressions with buyers.

Don’t make it personal.

You probably have wonderful memories of the home, but to get your house ready to sell you need to let the personal part go. Remove the family photos, the mementos and knick-knacks, and all of the other personal items that can be distracting to buyers. You want them to imagine owning the property, not being reminded that it belongs to someone else.

Be neutral.

You may love magenta walls and orange-striped pillows, but your taste may not coincide with the average buyer. To get your house ready to sell neutralize the design and décor. Cream and beige tones are good choices because they are not offensive. Some buyers have a hard time seeing past a color they don’t like. Make it easy on them by creating a completely neutral palette.

get your house ready to sellDwell on the details when you get your home ready to sell.

It’s easy to overlook a small crack on the wall especially if it’s been that way for years, but when you get ready to sell your house you need to notice those details. Just because you learned to live with it doesn’t mean the next buyer is willing to. Address the cracks, fill the holes, smooth the wall surfaces. Fix the door that sticks, the step that creaks, the light switch that doesn’t work. And don’t rely strictly on a fresh coat of paint. Take care of wall imperfections before touching up the paint.

Clean out the closets and drawers.

It can be a big task, but to get your house ready to sell you need to purge. Buyers open doors and drawers, and you don’t want them to be a mess. Stuffed drawers and bursting closests tell buyers that the house doesn’t have adequate space. Pack clothes up and put them in the storage if you have to. Streamline the closets so they look functional and neat. Do the same with drawers in the bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. Buyers can imagine themselves in a neat, efficient space.

Organize the kitchen.

Get your house ready to sell by removing everything from the counter. It may not be what you are used to, but buyers like to see every inch of counter space. A tidy kitchen is an efficient and more spacious kitchen. Organize cupboards and pantries, and remove clutter.

Less is more.

Generally every space looks better and bigger with less furniture and items in it. To get your house ready to sell minimize what you have. You’ve likely grown out of your house or are downsizing anyway so take the time to get rid of old furniture and items you don’t want anymore. Donate or toss them. Remove at least one piece of furniture from every room. Try to narrow bedrooms down to just bed, bureau, nightstand. Remove everything else. Clean out under beds and give everything a thorough cleaning.

get your house ready to sellFocus on finishing touches.

Niceties go a long way when you get your house ready to sell. Add the little features that buyers appreciate. Update older kitchen cabinets with contemporary knobs, fill vases with fresh flowers, stack potted plants on decks and back steps, and place nice bath soaps in a dish with fresh hand towels in the bathroom.

Make surfaces sparkle.

Every surface needs attention when you get your house ready to sell. Everything from your front lawn to kitchen floors need to look like new. When surfaces look dingy the buyer assumes they’ll need to replace it and this comes off the listing price. Buyers are more willing to pay top dollar when everything looks pristine and new. Sand and refinish hardwood floors, regrout tile in the bathroom, wash tile floors and windows, trim the grass, and steam vacuum carpets. Some sellers invest in professional cleaning services on an ongoing basis during the home selling process to maintain maximum cleanliness.

When you get your home ready to sell, choose an experienced real estate agent.

get your house ready to sellOnce you get your house ready to sell it’s important to work with a real estate agent that is familiar with your neighborhood and real estate market. Capital Residential specializes in home selling and buying on the South Shore. Our agents work and live right in the community. We watch and study the trends, and understand what both buyers and sellers want in this market. Wondering how homes are selling on the South Shore? Sign up for our free market reports to receive the latest real estate numbers for Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Marshfield, and other surrounding towns. If you’re thinking of selling your home, contact me, George Jamieson at Capital Residential in Norwell, MA. I can be reached by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839.

FSBO? How To Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

What Does it Take to Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

It’s a big temptation for sellers: should we sell a home without a real estate agent? In today’s real estate market sellers are considering FSBO (For Sale By Owner) more and more as a means to cut cost and increase their bottomline. But the risks are high, and it may end up costing you more in the end when you sell a home without a real estate agent. It’s not a decision to take lightly, so before you decide to sell a home without a real estate agent consider these questions.

Do I know How to Price My Home to Sell?

Seems like an easy question. But, in today’s market setting the right listing price can mean the difference between selling a home or being left with an expired listing. Even worse, setting the wrong listing price can lead to selling the house for less than you could have.

To sell a home without a real estate agent, sellers must research data and reports of recent sales in the area to determine how much comparable homes, or “comps,” are selling for. This requires analysis of market conditions, timing, days on market, listing price versus selling price, and a load of other factors. Deciding to sell a home without a real estate agent is a huge time investment. And unfortunately FSBO time spent doesn’t always equate into dollars.

When you sell a home without a real estate agent you run the risk of listing the home too high, leading to little interest, or an interested buyer who can’t secure a loan. Prospective buyers using a bank loan rely on bank appraisers to assess the home’s worth, and if this comes in less than you’ve asked for it’s likely you won’t be able to sell at that price. This is where the right realtor makes a difference. For example, in addition to synthesizing local real estate market reports daily to know the selling trends in Norwell, Hingham, Hanover and other South Shore communities, Capital Residential provides a third-party appraisal as part of our value-added service to clients. It gives our clients a sense of security knowing that the listing price matches the home’s true worth, and is the first step in securing solid offers

Am I Prepared To Take on the Role of Realtor?

When you sell a home without a real estate agent you are, in essence, taking on two roles: home seller and realtor. Before you decide to sell a home without a real estate agent ask yourself if you’re prepared and willing to perform the following tasks as a FSBO:

Paperwork:

  • prepare and provide documents, forms, and disclosure packets to interested buyers and their agents
  • answer questions about documents

Show the House:

  • arrange individual walk-throughs of the property
  • provide a lockbox
  • take interested buyers with no real estate representative on tours of the home
  • coordinate open houses including weekday open houses for real estate brokers and weekend open houses for the buyers
  • order and arrange exterior signs, set the home for the tour

Screen Buyers:

  • check that interested buyers are pre-approved to purchase the home (this is extremely important. Banks are requiring proof of higher salaries and sizeable down payments before giving pre-approval on mortgages). Even if it’s uncomfortable, when you sell a home without a real estate agent, you must be willing to ask interested buyers for proof (a reputable pre-approval letter) of their ability to buy the home

Negotiate:

  • review offers on the house from interested buyers
  • evaluate offers for acceptance, rejection, counteroffer
  • actively secure backup offers
  • negotiate with the buyer’s agent until the purchase contract is complete
  • coordinate with the buyer’s agent throughout the escrow period, making the house available for inspections and appraisals
  • consider reductions in purchase price due to repair issues revealed during inspection
  • work with buyer’s agent to determine the percentage of the home sale the agent will receive (buyer’s agents expect a percentage even though you’ve decided to sell a home without a real estate agent)
  • attend the closing

There’s a lot of leg work, paperwork, running around, and details that have to be managed when you sell a home without a real estate agent. And with so many factors at play and people involved, issues pop up that need to be addressed. The advantage for seller’s to work with a qualified realtor is that the seller doesn’t have to worry about any of these details or how to work through issues when the arise. At Capital Residential we’ve been through the process countless times, we know what to expect, and when issues come up we are prepared to deal with them professionally and always in you, the seller’s, best interest. There’s no second-guessing along the way because this is what we do. We have years of experience working with sellers, buyers, agents and attorneys, and will guide you through the process, start to finish. We’ll take care of the details, so you can concentrate on the move.

Do I Know How to Market a House When I Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Part of a realtor’s job is marketing, and when you sell a home without a real estate agent all of the selling strategy falls on the FSBO. Direct mail, newspaper advertisements, MLS listings, web listings on the major online home search sites are just a few of the facets of marketing that realtors use when listing a house for sale. It requires home staging, taking quality photos of the interior and exterior of house, submitting the home and its details to MLS (which costs a fee,) working with the newspaper to produce and run ads, and more. Today’s buyers expect to find out a lot about a home for sale right at their fingertips so if your home has little marketing prominence chances are you’ll get zero interest. There’s a lot of competition among sellers and a weak marketing plan really lowers your shot at a sale.

Often when sellers work with realtors some of these marketing aspects are part of the service. At Capital Residential we customize a complete marketing strategy for selling your home. It’s a robust campaign that combines traditional advertising and the latest social media platforms so that your home has a prominent and strong presence with potential buyers. We stage and design your home, we take professional photos of your property, we shoot video of your home to upload as virtual tours online, we submit MLS listing, we feature your property on all the major home search sites, we run ads in papers, we network with buyer agents and encourage tours with well-matched buyers, we promote your listing on our capitalresidential.com web site, our facebook page, and twitter, and more. There’s no end to the marketing we do for our clients.

So Should I Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

The process to sell a home withouth a real estate agent is an extremely time-intensive undertaking, and there’s no guarantee the house will sell. And even if it does sell, there are many instances in the process where the seller can lose out on money if the deal is not negotiated well. It’s risky to sell a home without a real estate agent, and in this real estate market it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take that chance. Selling a home with a qualified real estate firm such as Capital Residential provides security that your home will be listed at the right price and promoted actively and professionally to buyers. And when qualified buyers make solid offers, you can be confident that we’ll manage and negotiate the closing process.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, contact me, George Jamieson at Capital Residential in Norwell, MA. I can be reached by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839. I am happy to answer your questions and work with you to set a real estate strategy for selling your home in today’s South Shore market.

Why Won’t My House Sell? The 4 Top Strategies for Selling a Home

selling a homeHow to Go From Selling a Home to Sold

Once you’ve started down the real estate road of selling a home, it’s discouraging when offers don’t start coming in. There’s a lot of preparation and decision-making that goes into selling a home: everything from finishing up projects inside and outside the property to scheduling to be out of the house during open houses. With all this hard work it’s understandable that home sellers get frustrated when the process of selling a home results in no sale. While there is no perfect answer, and timing is a huge factor, there are 4 key strategies for selling a house that I share with my clients. Following these tips will help your home stand out against the competition, and improve your chances of selling a home in this real estate market.

Why Price Matters When Selling a Home

Pricing a home to sell can be a sensitive issue, but it’s likely the most important aspect in selling a home. What a home sells for can vary by decade and sometimes even from year to year. So what your neighbor received as an offer last summer on their home may not be indicative of what you’ll get on your home this year.

It’s important to price your home according to current market conditions. The best way to do that is to follow market reports that list recent sales and selling prices in your area. The ones that I provide to clients are market reports specific to South Shore communities including Norwell, Hanover, Hingham, Scituate, Cohasset, and Marshfield. The market reports are emailed weekly and are free of charge, and contain current real selling a homeestate data and trends for the South Shore. These market statistics are very helpful in determining pricing for selling a home. Sign up now forcustomized market reports from Capital Residential.

However, it’s not enough to just look at sales price on recently sold homes in the area. You should compare your home to similar homes in terms of neighborhood, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and lot size. Pricing can change dramatically if your home sits on a busy street or has 4 bedrooms.

Another factor to consider when pricing and selling a home is days on market. Take a look to see how long it took for homes to sell in your area and how often and by how much the listing price was reduced during that time. The number of days on market provides key insight into how challenging it may be selling a home in your town or neighborhood. The ideal time for selling is within the first 3 weeks of listing. After that, interest usually slows, and sellers are left to consider reducing the asking price on their home. Success in selling a home starts with setting a listing price that matches the supply and demand in your town and neighborhood.

Marketing Your Home To Sell

Selling a home is competitive whether it’s a buyer’s market or seller’s market. And marketing is key in getting the attention of buyers and real estate brokers representing buyers. Start with signage. Be sure that your home has a for sale sign out and visible as soon as the listing goes on the market. This is important in creating interest that you are selling a home.

Have open houses for both buyers as well as real estate agents. Be sure that your home is impeccable and it never hurts to put out light refreshments. It leaves those who tour your home with a good impression, which in turn may result in leads from home buyers.

Concerned that your home isn’t impeccable? Consider working with a home staging professional. Usually a few simple steps can make a huge difference in home presentation. Clear clutter from all counter and table surfaces. Keep photos and wall hangings to a minimum. Remove toy bins, totes, and extra furniture, so that rooms and furnishings fit to scale.

Get word out that your selling a home. Utilize direct mail options such as oversized postcards and list your home in the real estate section of the local paper. Visibility is important in selling a home, so be sure that your listing agent runs a robust marketing campaign and gives you a written guarantee that your home will be featured for sale on Realtor.com, Trulia.com, Homes.com and Boston.com to name a few. If they are not highly visible as a listing agent, then it is likely your home won’t have much visibility as a listing with them.

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words: Selling a Home with Photography

selling a homeBuying a home is as much visual as it is a logical decision. Photos are absolutely essential in selling a home. Online searches for home listings are very common in the buying and selling market, and listings that offer few or no photos are less likely to produce any interest. With online listings everywhere your home can be listed in multiple locations with dozens, even hundreds of visitors looking at your listing. With all of those opportunities to be seen, it’s important when selling a home that your property attracts visual interest.

Exterior and interior photos that are of high quality are a necessity. A photo of the front of your home is standard, but be sure to have the photo taken when there’s good lighting. Wait for a bright day, clear any debris from the yard and path, trim hedges, hang a wreath on the door or add flowers to outside pots, take the shot from an angle, and avoid extraneous items such as cars or neighboring homes. If you have a deck, pool, or backyard, take photos of each area. Again making each shot as attractive as possible.

Inside the home, photograph each room. Open blinds and turn lights on so that the images are bright. Tidy bedrooms, make beds, and remove all items from nightstands except for essentials like clocks and lamps. Try to include as much of the room as possible in the photo to show dimension. In the kitchen remove all items from counters, place a vase of flowers on the table, and clean appliances so they shine in the photos. If you have areas of visual interest such as hardwood floors, a fireplace mantle, or detailed wood trim take photos of them as well.

Selling a Home Starts with Choosing the Right Agent

With so many real estate agents to choose from, it can be an overwhelming decision for home sellers. But, it’s a decision that can mean the difference between successfully selling a home or being left with an expired listing.

Not all real estate agents are the same, and all real estate is local. Be sure that the agents you are considering are knowledgeable of buying and selling conditions in your town. Capital Residential specializes in home buying and selling in Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset, Marshfield and surrounding South Shore communities. We research, study, and analyze the real estate transactions in these South Shore communities on a daily basis. We know what the trends are and we relay that information to our clients to give them the best chance of a successful home sale.

Also, find an agent that markets well. If your real estate agent does a good job marketing their services, it’s likely that agent will market your property well when selling a home for you. At Capital Residential we promote an active online and print presence that includes the major real estate search engines as well as the local newspapers and direct mail efforts. We also utilize the latest social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to promote active real estate listings on the South Shore.

Choose an agent that is experienced. Home sellers want a seamless, hassle-free process, and while there are hiccups that can occur in the home selling process, it makes it easier when you are working with an experienced, professional real estate agent. At Capital Residential, our goal is to provide our home selling clients with an experience that they can confident in and delivers results.

selling a homeSelling a Home? Contact George Jamieson at Capital Residential

In the beginning stages of selling a home or left with an expired listing? Contact George Jamieson at Capital Residential in Norwell, MA. I can be reached by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839. I am happy to answer your questions and work with you to set a real estate strategy for selling a home in today’s South Shore market.

New Home Listings on the South Shore

new home listings on the south shoreNew Home Listings on the South Shore for the Week of January 23, 2012

Just in time for the spring market, there are quite a few new home listings on the South Shore. From Scituate to Hanover, sellers are preparing to start the new year with a home sale. The new home listings on the South Shore are excellent news for home buyers looking in Hanover, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Cohasset, and Marshfield. The inventory of new homes listings on the South Shore is a great mix of style, size and price. Search new home listings on the South Shore now.

new home listings on the south shore103 Farrar Farm Road, Norwell, MA

$734,000
2,632 sq. ft., 1+ acre
This 3 bed, 3.5 bath colonial is in a great Cole School district neighborhood, and one of several new home listings on the South Shore this week. Listed by Keller Williams Realty, it’s a great fit for a family moving into Norwell or a Norwell family looking to upsize. For more information about this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

Welcome Home! This beautiful colonial features a large eat in kitchen with tile floors which opens to family room with vaulted ceilings & a brick fireplace. An updated half bath, mud room, formal living room, & dining room, all on the first floor. Hardwood floors throughout. Master suite has a large walk in closet, hot tub in full bath, &second floor laundry. Two finished rooms in basement with full bath and storage. Meticulous acre + lot located on a private way in a wonderful neighborhood.

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new home listings on the south shore31 Wanders Drive, Hingham, MA

$811,000
2,484 sq. ft., 1.2 acres
Among the new home listings on the South Shore this week is this lovely traditional colonial in Hingham with sizeable yard and 4 bedrooms. Great move into a nice neighborhood. For more information about this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

Picture perfect four bedroom in highly desired neighborhood! This home boasts a beautifully renovated kitchen with hardwood floors, granite, stainless steel appliances and a spacious eating area. Owners have maintained, updated and expanded this well loved home. Sit comfortably by a roaring fire in the family room or relax in the sunroom and observe nature through it’s huge custom windows. So much more to see! Open House Sunday, January 22nd, 12:00-2:00. Listed by Coldwell Banker.

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new home listings on the south shore

97 Lawson Drive, Scituate

$479,900
1,800 sq. ft., 0.49 acres
This unique construction comes with 3 beds and 3 baths, and is one of a few new home listings on the South Shore this week. One floor living and lots of potential for entertaining and family living with its open floor plan. For more information on this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

1950′s Frank Lloyd Wright Style Home. This spacious stone and redwood home,sits on a hill in the historic Lawson Rd area. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. The living and dining rooms boast a beautiful stone peninsula style fireplace and large expanses of glass that open the rooms up to spectacular wooded site. The discrete sleeping wing has a Master Bedroom with ensuite bath, 2 Bedrooms and guest bath. This is one level living at it’s best. Short ride to Train and Beaches. Listed by Coldwell Banker.

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new home listings on the south shore1003 Broadway, Hanover, MA

$484,900
2,143 sq. ft., 0.72 acres
Great opportunity to get the best of everything: antique charm, large living space, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, large yard, in-ground pool, modern upgrades. All for under $500k. For more information on this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

Classic Cape has been lovingly updated, blending original antique charm – wide pine floors, beams, fireplaces and moldings – with today’s amenities. This spacious and inviting home features granite and stainless kitchen, sundrenched family room with brick floor and skylights, large first floor master with updated private bath, additional 3 bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Beautifully landscaped grounds offer a large private yard, patio,inground pool and 2 car detached garage. Listed by Coldwell Banker.

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new home listings on the south shore72 Danforth Street, Marshfield MA

$439,900
1,920 sq. ft.
Be the first owner of this traditional colonial in a quiet and popular family neighborhood. Among the new home listings on the South Shore this week, this new construction has plenty of room with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. For more information on this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

NEW CONSTRUCTION. FANTASTIC LOCATION overlooking Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary is quiet and private, with awesome views, yet offers all the advantages of an established neighborhood where neighbors walk their dogs and kids play outside. Close to Green Harbor, Brant Rock and Duxbury beaches; marina and town pier. 3 miles to center of town, 4 miles to Rte 3 at Ex 11, and on commuter-bus route to Boston. All the suburban conveniences in a pastoral setting. Act now and be in by Spring. Listed by Clancy Realty Group.

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new home listings on the south shore
14 Oak Street, Cohasset, MA

$799,900
2,528 sq. ft.
Great location close to Cohasset Village, and everything a family could want. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen with upgrades, deluxe master, and a wrap-around porch. For more information on this home or to schedule a tour at your convenience, please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005.

Beautiful Colonial just a stroll away from Cohasset Village! Amazing craftsmanship is seen throughout this home with no details spared. The gourmet kitchen is perfect for entertaining and features a two sided fireplace. Separate pantry room for extra storage. Large master suite with jacuzzi bath. The mahogany deck extends around the house leading to hot tub with latice for privacy and serene backyard! Must see! Listed by The Goldie Group.

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For more information about these new home listings on the South Shore please contact Realtor George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate in Norwell MA at 781-659-2005. Search all of the new home listings on the South Shore.

 

Ready to Sell? 7 Tips for Selling a House in the Spring Market 2012

selling a house in the spring marketSelling a House in the Spring Market on the South Shore

With snow on the ground it’s hard to imagine the daffodils and crocuses budding, but they are coming, and so is the time for selling a house in the spring market. And it starts early. On the South Shore, the spring real estate market actually begins just after February vacation, so there’s really just a few weeks before we see houses listed and the spring market cycle begin to take shape. Selling a house in the spring market depends heavily on preparation and timing. The stronger listings, the ones carefully evaluated before coming to market, tend to do better.

7 Tips for Selling a House in the Spring Market 2012

Planning is key for success when selling a house in the spring market. And now is the time to enhance and position your property for a sale. Consider these tips before selling a house in the spring market on the South Shore:

Schedule Contractors Now.

Whether you need roof or chimney repairs, exterior or interior painting, or a top coat on the driveway, now is the time to line up the contractors. Schedules fill up quickly as other homeowners prepare their properties for sale. Start the process now so you have plenty of time to get projects complete before selling a house in the spring market 2012. If you need a referral, contact me or visit my local business page.

Finish the “Little Projects.”

There are always a few small things that homeowners wish they got to before selling a house in the spring market. It might be a leaky fawcet, a hole or dent in the drywall, or maybe just a lightbulb that has blown, but whatever that little project is, now is the time to complete it. Too often homeowners look past the little things until it’s time to list the house for sale, and then the pressure is on. Reduce the stress by finishing the projects now.

Add to Your Home’s Best Features.

Take a look at your house and put yourself in the home buyer’s shoes. What parts of your home are the most attractive? Try to lengthen that list by boosting your home’s curb and interior appeal. Paint the front door. Clean the windows and drapes. Freshen the paint on woodwork and trim.

Clean the closets and drawers.

Storage is always a top priority for home buyers, and open houses inevitably lead to a closet or drawer being opened. And a messy, cluttered appearance gives the impression that the house lacks adequate space. Clean the utility drawer and organize the closets. Showcase the functionality of your house.

Declutter.

Now is the perfect time to sort through totes, storage bins, and closets and figure out what you don’t want or need to bring to your next home. Drop household items to the Salvation Army on Route 53 in Hanover, drop a bag of clothes in the St. Vincent de Paul bin behind St. Helen’s Church, drop gently used clothes, coats and toys to the Closet located at Norwell Town Hall. Removing these items now will save you time when you go to move, and it will make your home neater for open house. Buyers are able to visualize themselves and their furniture better when less of your belongings are visible.

Clean the Yard.

Home buyer first impressions are based on the exterior of your house, and selling a house in the spring market is competitive. Tidy the yard, pick up fallen branches, toss old pots and plantings from last season, and shovel and salt walkways and driveways.

Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent.

It’s not too early to start the process of selling a house in the spring market 2012, and the first step is to find the right real estate agent to list your house. Home sellers should look for an agent knowledgable of the local real estate market. Capital Residential specializes in the South Shore towns of Norwell, Hingham, Cohasset, Hanover, Marshfield, and Scituate and surrounding communities. We keep up-to-date on the the real estate market here on the South Shore, and therefore can help our clients determine appropriate listing prices, stage their homes for buyers, and market their homes effectively.

If you’re thinking of selling a house in the spring market 2012 on the South Shore, contact me. I’m happy to answer your questions about the South Shore real estate market and selling your home. And sign up for my free market reports so I can email you the latest numbers for homes sales and trends in your town.

Pricing Starter Homes on the South Shore

Comparing Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset, and Marshfield

Looking at starter homes on the South Shore? The good news is that there are a lot of options from town to town depending on what must-haves are high on your list. Inventory quantities vary quite a bit from Cohasset to Marshfield, but all of these South Shore towns have options for buyers looking for a house in the under $300,000 price range.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell

starter homes on the south shoreThe current real estate market in Norwell offers eight homes under $300,000. This antique cape is a nice choice for a buyer looking to get into a move-in ready house in Norwell at a reasonable price. With three bedrooms and a nice yard just yards away from Cole Elementary School, this starter home on the South Shore has a lot to offer.

$289,900
147 High Street, Norwell
This home looks like something out of Better Homes and Garden! Pride of Ownership. Entertaining kitchen, 2 full baths on the first floor. Gleaming Hardwood floors, a large flat lot and plenty of room to entertain. A detached garage for car or storage. Some newer windows and much more!

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hingham

starter homes on the south shoreHingham has a few 2-bedroom homes priced under $300,000. However if you’re in search of a 3-bedroom starter house in Hingham you’ll be looking at prices well into the $300k and $400k range. This Hingham starter home has great appeal. With 3 bedrooms and more than 1,500 square feet, it is a pleasing introduction to Hingham and to starter homes on the South Shore.

$385,000
11 Cliff Road, Hingham
Great Opportunity to Live in Hingham. Bright and Sunny 24×16 Fireplaced Living Room. Spacious eat-in Country Kitchen. Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths. Beautiful Hardwood Floors. Wonderfull Neighborhood. Great Schools. Close to Weir River …Enjoy Fishing, Boating and Kayaking.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hanover

starter homes on the south shoreHanover has eight houses priced under $300,000, but buyers should be prepared to pay more than that for a floor plan over 1,500 square feet. This 2-bedroom cape is a buyer’s opportunity to get into Hanover for under $300k. The upstairs bedrooms are not finished so it will require some work for the new owner.

$290,000
80 King Street, Hanover
They don’t build them like this anymore. Unfinished up cape with lots of updating. 2 large bedrooms up are partially drywalled and an A dormer for roughed in bath. Live in Hanover at a reasonable price and finish the upstairs at your own pace.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Scituate

starter homes on the south shoreScituate has a quite a few homes on the market priced under $300,000, varying from beach cottages to cape and ranches. This home in Scituate comes with a few surprising bonuses such as an in-ground pool, 3 bedrooms, and central air, and is priced well for first-time buyers. Hard to find starter homes on the South Shore with amenities at this price point.

$299,900
76 Country Way, Scituate
Welcome to this very special property! 7 rm, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath split w/finished lower level on landscaped lot w/fenced-in in-ground pool & shed. C/Air, hardwoods, huge kitch, cathedral ceiling screened-in porch access by french doors off the kitch to the backyrd w/pool. Hooked up to town sewer, Anderson windows, quality workmanship throughout. Fresh paint inside&out, newly finished hrdwd floors, newer bathrms. Close to commuter rail & waterfront! Being sold as-is.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Cohasset

starter homes on the south shoreThis house is one of two homes listed on the market under $300,000 in Cohasset. With 3 bedrooms and nearly one acre of land, it’s move-in ready for the buyer eager to get into Cohasset at an affordable price.

$295,000
143 Beechwood Street, Cohasset
Taken directly out of the pages of “Cottage Living”, this sunny and happy 7-room,3-bedroom,1-bath farmhouse is both charming and practical in a very convenient location close to shopping, transportation and even a pond for winter skating. Every room is light, bright and airy and the porch is the perfect venue for easy summer living, dining and entertaining. Set back from the road on nearly an acre of scenic land, this is the ideal Cohasset starter or retirement home in move-in condition!

Starter Homes on South Shore: Marshfield

starter homes on the south shoreMarshfield currently has a large inventory of starter homes on the South Shore with a selection of ranches and capes priced under $300,000. This neat cape is move-in ready with 3 bedrooms, a private yard, and family room with fireplace.

$259,000
305 Plain Street, Marshfield
Open floor plan welcomes you to this classic Cape that is conveniently located near the school complex, shopping and Rt 3. Set back off the street, this home offers large kitchen-dining area, family room with fireplace and sliders to deck overlooking private rear yard,. Living room/office could be 4th bedroom. Updated 1/2 bath on 1st level, 3 good size bedrooms and full bath are on second level. Full walk-out basement, great house for the money.

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