Smart Home Technology

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What is a smart home? Many people have been talking about “Smart Home Technology”. Although it’s an industry that started long ago, it is rapidly expanding and the products that are available and continue to be developed is growing with increasing speed and diversity. The term “Smart Home” has become a common phrase but until recently there was no working definition. CNET and Coldwell Banker have worked together to create a definition that has offered consistency that consumers and professionals can work with. Coldwell Banker has also supported CNET in creating a Smart Home home in Louisville where they are able to test out Smart Home products and technologies.

Coldwell Banker has just attended the consumer electronics show, CES 2017, and has been reporting on many of the the new smart home products we will be seeing in the market place. It won’t be long before we see Smart Home products in homes as frequently as we see common household appliances and features like central air conditioning and vacuums.

As we watch the rapid flood of products enter the marketplace we advise really thinking about what benefit any particular product will provide and how they work with each other. There are so many types of products to choose from.

We are now both certified as Smart Home agents. Contact John & Cindy Farrell for guidance and to answer questions about Smart Homes. 978-468-9576

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Mobile Real Estate Search

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Have you tried out our mobile real estate search?

When you are out with your mobile phone pull up our website. Scroll to the bottom and click where it says “Mobile Real Estate Search” and the nearby houses that are on the market will come up on a map. You can then pull up the information for each one that you are interested in, and get the data and photos that are available.

It works on your desktop and tablet as well. On those devices just click on the link in the bottom right hand corner that says “Mobile Real Estate Search”.

Add this link to your home screen and when you come across a for sale sign as you are traveling about, you can look up the price and information while you are in front of or near the property. It’s so easy! Read More →

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276 Highland Street Hamilton, MA

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276 Highland Street, MASold July 27, 2015 for $255,000. See homes currently on the market in Hamilton and Wenham, MA

Beautiful setting looking out over Essex County Greenbelt property. Enjoy the fabulous morning light in this peaceful location. Also very close to Bradley Palmer State Park. This ranch style home is set on .25 acres. Great home to renovate or the possibility of rebuilding. This five room, two bedroom, one bath home is in need of extensive renovation. The home is 968 square feet and the septic system is in the process of being designed. Read More →

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Rent or Buy a Home?

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – John & Cindy Farrell

Beverly MA - Rent or Buy a Home

The New York Times has a great interactive calculator that shows at what point to think about whether it is better to buy or rent. It has the ability to input many factors.

There are also other points to consider including what type and style of a home do you want to live in? What locations do you prefer? What type of rentals are available? Do you know how long you plan to be in your home? We represent and advise buyers with the potential purchase of a home. Contact John & Cindy Farrell 978-468-9576.

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Home buyers in today’s market and real estate trends

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – John & Cindy Farrell

The National Association of Realtors have prepared this presentation showing an “Overview of Home Buyer Data” taken from surveys. This is great information to have if you are buying or selling real estate. We can assist you! Contact John & Cindy Farrell 978-468-9576.

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Interpreting Real Estate News and Data

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John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker

Interpretating Real Estate News & Data

Trying to understand the Real Estate News on the North Shore. There is a lot of information and reporting about the low inventory of homes available to buy. We have many buyers that are just waiting for homes to come on the market. Many sellers are concerned about selling their homes, afraid they won’t be able to find a home to buy once they have sold the one they have.

See the video with Pat Villani, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage discussing the current market on WGBH Greater Boston.

There are many factors that contribute to our real estate data. Situations like this have the potential to effect the sales data we will be hearing about in the future. Not enough homes for the buyers that are wanting to buy means lower numbers of home sales will be reported. See the News Release by the National Association of Realtors, “Pending Home Sales Slip on Constrained Inventory.” Read More →

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How Much Value Will Renovations Add To Your House?

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John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker

Value of Renovations - Real Estate North Shore of BostonPreparing to sell a home on the North Shore of Boston. Have you been wondering how the renovations you have done or plan to do to your home will impact the value? Remodeling Magazine has put out their cost vs value report for 2014. This is an interactive report that breaks it down by type of project and region. They also have graphs that show you how things have changed over the years.

Remodeling Magazine explains what the numbers mean. There are many factors that can contribute to differences.

The numbers shouldn’t be applied to an individual home or project without exploring all the available information for a specific home. If you are considering selling or if you are planning a renovation project we can help you early in the process.  John & Cindy Farrell 978-468-9576

“© 2012 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.”

Update February 5, 2014

Houzz.com has a great calculator to research what people are paying for remodeling projects in different locations. You just put in your zip code and type of renovation. This is a great tool! Here is the link.

 

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