Author Archives: Ruth Lerner, Sales Associate, William Raveis Brookline

Helping Young Families Find the Perfect Home

Young families in search of a starter home are a large part of the market where I work as a real estate agent. Newlyweds and couples with small children find they are outgrowing their space very quickly and want to move to a more suitable home as soon as possible. But young families have specific needs, usually coupled with tight budgets.

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Top Five Questions for Buyer’s Agents: Avoiding Knuckleheads and Hiring Superstars

Last Sunday it was snowing, again, yet all the open houses were still open. I hosted my own open house in Newton, Massachusetts when a colleague of mine, Carl, came in to preview the house for his clients who were on a ski trip.

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Should I Do a Condo Conversion for my Multi-Family House?

Ruth Lerner is a Brookline REALTOR specializing in Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Brighton and West Roxbury, Mass. real estate. Since 2002 she’s represented both buyers and sellers with a post-transaction satisfaction rate of 97%. You can contact her on her website, and find her on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Should I Renovate or Sell As Is?

Ruth Lerner is a Brookline REALTOR specializing in Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Brighton and West Roxbury, Mass. real estate. Since 2002 she’s represented both buyers and sellers with a post-transaction satisfaction rate of 97%. You can contact her on her website, and find her on Google+FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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Bathroom Renovation Resale Value

Tight space, tight budget, and the fear of sinking money you won’t get back.  Bathroom renovation resale value is not always 100%.  When getting ready to sell your condo, you can make small inexpensive changes with a big impact.

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Tired of the Real Estate Frenzy? There is a Sane Approach to Home Buying

If you love bidding wars, paying over asking, and partaking in real estate frenzy, this post is not for you.  Is you are a homebuyer who is sick of the kick in the butt the real estate market is giving you, read on.

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Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market: 9 Tips for Success

Buying a home in a seller’s market can be stressful and pricey for the buyers.  It can be a frustrating process full of disappointments and you’ll probably want to forget the whole thing.  But with a bit of preparation and planning, it can be successful and rewarding: concluding in you enjoying living in a new home.

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Do Not Sell Your Home During the Holidays!

It’s that time of year again…when all real estate blogs are full of articles of why you should put your home on market during the holidays.  I agree with all of them, and I have my own thoughts about the topic of selling your home in Winter.

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Selling Your Home? How to Handle a Multiple Offer Situation

Hurray, multiple offers…. Not so fast!  Multiple offers are usually a good thing if you are a home seller, but knowing how to handle them is important.

Yes, two offers are better than one, three better than two, etc.  The sense of high demand for your home is great, and for the listing agent there is a satisfaction of a job well done. Continue reading

3 Signs It's Time to FIRE Your Listing Agent

Below is a guest post from Ruth Lerner, an associate in our Brookline, Massachusetts office.  You can follow more of Ruth’s thoughts on real estate by connecting with her on twitter, @BostonRuth.

Homes don’t sell by mistake.  If they did, real estate brokerages would not exist.  So if your agent is leaving your home selling up to chance, it’s time to question your hiring choice. Continue reading