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How to Find the Right Person to Sell Your House

Your guide to hiring the listing agent who can set you up for success.

Your home is where you’ve lived and loved, where you’ve laughed and cried, where you’ve huddled and snuggled. You’re the pea, your home is the pod. And you’ve been through a lot together.

Now that it’s time to put it on the market, you’re likely experiencing some sadness, plus plenty of anxiety. Because really: How often does your future depend on selling your past? If you’re a little overwhelmed, we don’t blame you.

But there’s also good news: You don’t have to go it alone. 

A listing agent has your back when it comes to the financials, like setting a listing price and marketing, staging, and making repairs to your house. He or she can also help you navigate more personal issues, such as your timeline, and what you’re hoping to achieve with the sale.  

For all of those reasons, it’s important to find an expert who is right for you and your specific situation, and who can help you get what you want. Here’s how.

Know What a Listing Agent Can Do for You

Before you start interviewing prospective agents, have a clear sense of what you want to get out of the selling process. When so much money is on the table, it’s crucial to know what your goals are, so that you can find an agent who really speaks to them.

Then, it helps to understand what a listing agent does (other than sell your most valuable asset — no big deal).

The listing agent will: 

  • Work with you to price your home
  • Market your home (we’re talking pretty pictures, social media promo, cute staging — the works)
  • Negotiate with home buyers
  • Usher the home sale through inspection and closing

Now, let’s break all of that down . . .

Pricing your home. This is the BIG question, right? How do I set the price? The short answer is you’ll need to trust your agent to recommend a smart listing price. 

So how can you tell whether an agent — a relative stranger to you — is choosing the best price for your home? You need to do two things:

  1. Know, generally speaking, what your property is worth. Do your own research on the prices of local comps, (but understand the limits of online property sites). Run your info by your agent for an informed perspective. 
  2. Ask the agent for pricing information on homes he or she has recently sold.Specifically, what the differences were between their listing prices and how much the homes ultimately sold for. 

When it comes to the agent’s pricing history, you’re looking for accuracy. Anyone could suggest a high price for your home, knowing it’s what you’d like to hear. But nobody (especially you) wants to have a house languish on the market, or to reduce a price repeatedly.

Marketing your home. The listing agent will also get the word out that your house is on the market, using a combination of old-school (but powerful) marketing techniques — such as direct mail, signage, and open houses — and the modern methods we know and love, like social media. Savvy agents will post pics of your house on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and any other platform that can get likes plus the attention of other real estate agents who can bring buyers to the table.

Negotiating with buyers. When offers start pouring in, your agent will negotiate with prospective buyers on not only the sale price but also on what contingencies (aka special circumstances) are attached to the contract. As with any negotiation, there could be some stressful, fraught moments with the buyers. You’ll want an agent who can step up for you, and who has a negotiation style that you’re comfortable with.

Closing the sale. Once you’ve signed a purchase agreement with a buyer (woo-hoo!), your agent will help you navigate the sale’s remaining steps. This includes negotiating home repair requests post inspection and dealing with any last-minute surprises before closing.

The average listing agent does all of the above. A great listing agent does all of the above, while also inspiring your confidence — that they’re getting the best price for you, and that they’re representing you and your home in the best possible light. 

So, let’s talk about how to find and hire that kind of agent.

Ask These Questions to Find a Great Listing Agent

Here, time is on your side. Aim to hire a listing agent six to eight weeks — or more — before the day your house is listed on the market (also known as the “go-live date”). You’ll be grateful for the cushion, especially if the agent you ultimately hire recommends that you make repairs or upgrades to your home before it’s listed. (That wouldn’t be unusual.)

To find prospective agents, start with your network. Ask friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues for recommendations. Word-of-mouth endorsements, as always, can be priceless.

You can also turn to another trusted friend: the internet. Property websites such as realtor.com® have directories that let you search for agents in your area. These databases can clue you into important details, such as an agent’s years of experience, number of homes sold, and past client reviews.

Three out of four home sellers only contact one candidate before picking their listing agent, according to a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® report. While that may be the norm, it’s smarter to shop around. Interview at least three agents before deciding on the one you want to work with. 

During the interviews, ask these questions to help assess whether an agent is the right fit you:

  • Do you work as an agent full-time? As in most professions, work experience doesn’t guarantee skill. That said, much of real estate is learned on the job.
  • How long have you been in the business? Generally, the more experience an agent has, the more they’re tapped into the local market. 
  • How many homes have you sold in my neighborhood in the past year? You don’t need to find an agent who specializes only in your community, though that would be ideal. You do want someone who has recently sold at least a few homes in your neighborhood and knows the local and hyper-local inventory.
  • What’s the typical price range of homes you sell? Most agents work across multiple price points, but you don’t want an agent who has never sold a home in your range.
  • What’s your fee? An agent should be able to articulate their value and explain their commission rate.  
  • How will you market my home? You don’t want to hire someone who’s just going to stick a For Sale sign in your yard and call it a day. The agent should present a comprehensive marketing plan for your listing. This should include strategies for staging your home, taking professional photographs of your home, promoting the listing on social media, marketing to other brokers, and scheduling open houses.
  • Will I be working with you directly, or with a team? Some agents lead or work as part of a sales team. The lead listing agent shares client responsibilities with other agents. Where one agent may handle private showings for a listing, another may host open houses. A benefit is that for the same fee, you get many people working for you. But if you want the sole attention of the listing agent, you may want to stick to a one-on-one arrangement. 
  • Will you provide one-on-one service? Whether you’re working with one agent or a team, ask how responsive they can be to you, your timeline, and your goals.
  • How long on average are your listings on market? Your average sold-to-list price? This can help you suss out whether the agent is a solid marketer and negotiator. These are real estate stats that the agent can pull from your local multiple listing service, or MLS. 

The bottom-line: It’s in your best interest to pick an agent who understands your goals, fits your personality, and can get your home sold for top dollar. When you meet someone who can offer all of the above, congratulations — you’ve found your listing agent.

First Thing: Know What You’re Signing up For

Now that you know what you’re getting when you find the right listing agent, let’s make sure you know what you’re committing to when you sign that agent’s “representation agreement.”

The most common type of representation agreement is the exclusive right-to-sell agreement — a legally binding contract that states you’re going to use that agent to sell your house. Under this agreement, you’re giving the agent (and the agent’s brokerage) the right to sell the home for a mutually agreed-upon time period and compensation. IOW: You get peace of mind that you have a dedicated agent; the agent gets peace of mind that you’re only using their services. Other common terms include the agent’s duties to you, like marketing, and a dispute resolution plan.

There are other types of representation agreements, where agents don’t have exclusive rights to sell the property — meaning multiple agents can try to sell the home and compete for the commission. However, when agents know a listing is exclusively theirs, they’re fully invested in selling the property (which, again, should also give you peace of mind).

Every contract has an expiration date, but the length of the contract can vary. Some are three-months; others six months. It all depends on what you and the agent agree upon. If the contract expires before your house is sold, you can re-list your home with another agent. 

Of course, there’s a chance you sign an exclusive listing agreement but just aren’t satisfied with the job your agent is doing. To protect yourself, make sure the representation agreement has a cancellation or termination clause that lets you void the contract before the expiration date without any financial penalty.

Understand How a Listing Agent Gets Paid

So  . . . at the end of the day, how do listing agents get compensated for their work? 

Real estate commissions — including the listing agent’s commission — are typically charged as a percentage of the home’s sales price. For example, on a $300,000 house, a 6% commission would cost $18,000. Commissions are negotiable. The commission is usually split between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent as well as their respective brokers. 

A caveat: If an agent represents the seller and the buyer, the agent becomes a dual agent and earns both sides of the commission. In dual agency, you may have more room to negotiate the rate — just keep in mind that you’re not being represented exclusively as you are in single agency. You may want to hire an attorney to review documents and help you negotiate.

The listing agent’s commission fee often covers the cost of professional photos, marketing and marketing materials, and any administrative fees charged by the agent’s brokerage. 

Also, consider this: Great agents — with their pretty photography, HGTV-worthy staging tricks, and marketing smarts — earn their keep. 

So, if you’ve read all of the above, you’ve done your homework to find a great agent. Now you’re ready to sell that house.

For a full listing of Molisse Realty Group agents, CLICK HERE.

Original content written by: HouseLogic

How to Acclimate to Your New Neighborhood After a Move

This is part of Molisse Realty Group's new, guest blog series designed to provide outside, expert perspectives for helping you find your dream property, settle into your new space, improve your home, or just simply enjoy the little things in life.

If you are moving to a new house, you likely have a long to-do list. If you are not only moving to a new home but also an entirely new town, that checklist gets even longer. In addition to dealing with packing, organizing, and cleaning, you also have to figure out the basic essentials of daily life—like finding a plumber to call when emergencies strike or figuring out which supermarket near you offers the best deals. We at Molisse Realty Group hope these pointers help you on your transitional journey as you get settled in your new neighborhood.

Do your local research before you make the move

A successful move starts before you've even packed the first box. Before you arrive, start researching your future neighborhood. Pinpoint basic needs like schools, banks, dentists, and doctors as well as emergency services from electricians to plumbers. If you are moving across state lines, you may need new car insurance because requirements vary by state. 

Start with the essentials when unpacking and then move on to aesthetic touches

When you pack for your move, set aside one box with essentials you will need on the first night, and make sure these items are easily accessible. Include items like a small vacuum, toilet paper, toothpaste, and prescription medications. Use color-coded sticky notes to easily label boxes based on which room they belong in, and ask the movers to place them in the according rooms once you arrive. Finally, before you settle in for the first night, do a safety check and ensure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Once these basics are taken care of, you can go on to deal with aesthetic touches like color coordinating your interiors.

Ensure that kids and pets are making a smooth transition

Whether it's an animal or a child, you will have to ensure their comfort both during and after the move. If you have a dog, for instance, help them transition to a new home by making sure they have access to familiar sights and smells like their favorite dog bed and their food bowl. Let them sleep near you in their crate if they are having anxiety following the move. 

When it comes to helping your kids settle in the new area, reach out to neighboring families to see if they have children in the same age range. You can also encourage little ones to find playmates by getting them involved in activities like sports or art classes.

Make the extra effort to get social and meet new people

Finally, for your entire family—from yourself to your children and your pets—a big part of a successful move is about connecting with the community. Check out your local coffee shop and visit the area visitors center or library to discover events you can participate in. Take your dog for a walk, and you're sure to meet other dog-owners and their canines—or bring your child to the park to meet new parents with kids. Meet your neighbors and invite them over for a barbecue to introduce yourselves. Before hosting, pick out a new grill, spruce up your patio, or build a DIY fire pit. Such interaction is part of what will allow you all to feel comfortable in your new community. 

Keep in mind that you won’t feel “at home” overnight after your move. Give yourself time to transition and acclimate to your new surroundings. WIth the above tips to help you, you can get settled and make new friends. Socializing not only allows you to feel connected, it’s also shown to make you happier overall.

At Molisse Realty Group, we understand that moving to a new location can be fraught with challenges, and we hope the above tips can help you settle into your new home. 

On the other hand, if you’re just now looking to relocate to Massachusetts, let the experts at Molisse Realty Group help you find the perfect home for your family. Reach out today to get started!

To read more great insights by Natalie Jones, visit homeownerbliss.info!

Buying Strategies in an Age of Multiple Offers, Bidding Wars, and Above-Asking Sales

We are in the midst of a very unique time in real estate. The pandemic has led to lower interest rates, homeowners are hunkered down in the comfort of their own homes – opting to stay put –  while long-time-city-dwellers are looking to escape the close proximity of the city for the renewed comfort and safety of the suburbs.

That means it’s an attractive time to buy, financially. There is low inventory availability, and there’s exceptional demand for properties outside of the city.

Bottom line: It is a complicated time for buyers!

Homes are selling fast, with multiple offers, for as much as 20-30% over asking price.

As a realtor, the first thing I do when working with prospective buyers today is set expectations. By setting expectations about the reality of the current environment, we mitigate the potential for frustration while helping the buyer understand how they can best position themselves for success when the right property comes along.

There are a number of guidelines that can help make buyers more attractive to sellers, especially if they are looking at a multiple offer situation.

1.  Plan ahead and get a pre-approval with a well-trusted, local bank.

As a realtor, I look favorably at local banks and lenders that are trusted by realtors and the local community. Ask your realtor who they trust, and if your comfortable doing so, ask other realtors and friends within the community.

Using a reputable, local lender, with a good reputation in the community can help move the process along faster, with fewer approval and closing date delays. This can give you an edge in a multiple offer situation.

2.  If you can do a pre-inspection before making an offer, do it!

Personally, I would never recommend that my clients waive a home inspection. That can be a risky proposition, but you may be able to do a home inspection prior to making an offer!

In the current real estate market, many sellers are delaying reviewing offers for days, which may present an opportunity for buyers to conduct a preemptive home inspection. Essentially, this is a home inspection before the offer is made, and this allows you to waive the home inspection when you make your formal offer.

If a seller won’t give you permission or access to the property to do this prior to making an offer, you can schedule your home inspection prior to the offer deadline, meaning you could make it happen faster than the typical 10 days. Sometimes, cutting this down to 5 days can be attractive to a seller giving you a potential upper hand.

3.  Have your realtor find out what’s important to the seller.

Maybe the seller wants to stay in the house for 4 months. Maybe they would rather not be bothered by having to clean out the contents of the shed. Have your realtor try to find out what would make the sale and transition easier for the seller. There may be small things that you can do, if you have some flexibility, to make you a more attractive buyer.

4.  Don’t get caught in the feeding frenzy.

Homes are selling quickly and for over asking prices. You don’t have to get caught up in that frenzy. This, too, shall pass.

If, however, you find the property of your dreams and you’re prepared to really go after it, make sure you are fully informed. Determine what the house is worth on paper by talking to your realtor and reviewing comps to justify the price. Then, determine what the property is worth to you! Because we’re in the midst of a unique time in real estate, knowing what the house and worth, and what it’s worth to you personally, is essential to make an educated decision about your offer.

If you’re going to make an offer above asking, do it for your own reasons, not simply because you feel like the market demands it, and you have to.

5.  Hire an experienced, full-time realtor.

When things are selling quickly, you need a full-time realtor who is always available, ready to move fast, and is on top of all of the important details. 

Realtors, who have been at it for a long time, also have other tricks of the trade. They may not publicize their trade secrets – but experience brings knowledge and strategies for making things happen. When you are considering a realtor, ask if they have any strategies or tactics that they employ to help their buyers look more attractive to sellers.

6.  Pick up the phone. 

Yes, texting is convenient, but it never paints the full picture. Be prepared to speak to your realtor as frequently as needed to ensure you are working together to execute a flawless search and attractive buying strategy.

Following these steps can help put any buyer in a more attractive position in this unusual real estate market. Be diligent, thorough, and don’t get frustrated.

If you’d like more information, reach out to Jessica Tully at jessica@molisserealty.net or 978-835-3879.

 

55+ Active Adult Communities on Massachusetts' South Shore: Boston's south coast offers something for all tastes

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Active Adult Communities began to spring up on the South Shore about 20 years ago. This beautiful area is now home to over 35 communities with close to 2,500 residential properties. 

People often wonder why these lifestyle homes have become so popular in recent years. The number one reason that my clients give me is that they are looking to eliminate the exterior maintenance that comes with traditional home ownership so they can free up time to fully enjoy their retirement years. It’s also appealing to move into a community where people are at the same stage in life which creates a seamless transition by offering the opportunity to make new friends easily – with shared-interests – and, again, to take full advantage of the retirement years. 

The South Shore’s Active Adult Communities have a lot of things in common. Most have everything you need on the 1st floor so that you can age in place. These amenities include 1st floor master bedrooms and laundry rooms. Most homes have at least a 1 car garage, central air, gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring and granite kitchens and baths. In addition, a good number of homes also include a 2nd floor that houses a guest suite and loft or a second living area. 

One of the questions I get most often is “why do the builders put 2nd floors on these 55+ homes?” The answer is twofold. First, the builders can build more homes and therefore make them more affordable by building vertical rather than horizontal. A builder can fit more homes on the land if each home is 2 stories instead of having all the living space spread out on one floor. The second reason is that most buyers want an area for their visitors, especially out-of-towners, – family, friends, kids or grandkids – to spread out in a private space without impinging on the main living area. 

Some of our South Shore communities do offer strictly one floor living. Most of the communities have homes that are attached in duplex or triplex buildings, but there are some communities that offer detached homes. 

What else sets this area’s communities apart? The most diverse qualities include the size of the community, the price range, the number of group amenities that are offered, and the size of the homeowners’ association fee.

For the purposes of this article, I am going to highlight four of the active adult communities on the South Shore. If, however, you are interested in learning more about any or all of the communities, please feel free to reach out to me anytime. 

Plymouth | Great Island by Del Webb 

If activities are important to you, then Great Island located within The Pinehills in Plymouth is definitely the place to be!

 With 600 homes located within the woodland beauty and towering pines of this community, Great Island also boasts a 12,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a full time activities director, an indoor pool, fitness center, pool tables, activity rooms, gathering rooms, kitchen, grand ballroom, outdoor patio with grills, bocce courts and tennis courts. In addition, there are miles of walking trails and two ponds for canoeing and kayaking. Residents also have access to the amenities within the Pinehills including two championship golf courses. 

There are a dozen different floor plans to choose from, and there are attached and detached models as well as some homes that are one level only. Alas, this community is all sold-out for new construction, but with such a large community, there are usually some resale homes available at any given time. Lately, resales have been selling anywhere from the $400s to $600s, depending on the size and features of each home. 

Weymouth | The Village at Weathervane 

Are you looking for a community closer to Boston? Then, look no further than the Village at Weathervane in Weymouth. 

This stunning community is one of the South Shore’s best kept secrets. This community offers beautifully designed, detached homes that are bordered by a nine-hole golf course. Many of the homes overlook sweeping fairways while other homes enjoy views of the luscious landscaping. 

You don’t have to be a golfer to live here as golfing is separate, but you do get to enjoy the views regardless! Prices at The Village at Weathervane are at a premium with recent resales commanding from the mid $600s to the low $700s. 

Marshfield | Spyglass Landing 

Looking for a neighborhood location in the seaside town of Marshfield? Spyglass Landing is a beautiful community located on Telegraph Hill. 

These 84 townhomes are ringed by wooded views, and the high vistas allow for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Although there is no clubhouse, make no mistake, there are activities if you desire them. This community is very well organized and there are tons of opportunities to get exercise, to socialize, and to stay active and involved. 

The location affords you access to all of the beaches in Marshfield, as well as being close to the highway for those getaway trips to the Cape, Boston and skiing up North. 

Oh, and the homes are lovely! 

Designed by the award-winning builder, Pulte, every home was thoughtfully designed and contains all the bells and whistles that you won’t be giving up for retirement living. Resales here are generally in the low to mid $500s. 

Plymouth | Sawyers Reach 

Do you have your heart set on new construction? This is a beautiful community currently under construction in an ideal location in Plymouth. 

Situated just behind the Colony Place shopping complex, you will have access to an abundance of nearby options for groceries, retail, restaurants, recreation and healthcare. It is also convenient to the Rt 44 extension connecting Routes 3 and 495. The Cape or Boston or Rhode Island are all within easy reach. 

In the words of the builder, “Prepare to be wowed by our contemporary sophisticated condominium homes inspired by the Back Bay.” 

There will be 224 homes upon completion. This community offers traditional townhomes or condos that are located in a building that is serviced by an elevator. That is a great option if stairs are not your thing. And, the community will have a large clubhouse containing a saltwater heated pool. 

Homes here are selling in a very broad price range of $300s to $600s depending on whether you are purchasing a condo or townhome. This community will offer something for everyone! 

About the author, Mary Mabey:

Mary Mabey, Molisse Realty Group’s resident Active Adult Community Expert, has been with MRG since our inception in 2008, and she took an interest in 55+ communities right from the start. She would be thrilled to answer your questions and help you find the right home for your needs. You can reach Mary at 617-688-0358.

The Massachusetts' Spring Real Estate Market is Booming – Despite Coronavirus

I think we can all agree that this is shaping up to be a challenging time all around the world.

While the global markets struggle to make sense of Coronavirus, how to address it, and what its longer-term impact may or may not be, we are still seeing a great deal of positive news coming out of the Massachusetts real estate market.

We already know that recent Fed rate cuts have had a positive impact on mortgage rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 30-year fixed rates fell 10 basis points in the week ending March 6 to 3.47%, the lowest since December 2012. The group's refinancing index, meanwhile, surged 78.6% to 6,418.9 points, the highest since April 2009, as Americans rushed to re-set their home borrowing rates. 

Closer to home, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors just released their home sales report for February 2020, and the numbers are strong!

Single-family home statistics for Massachusetts:

  • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 4,383 – this represents a 25.2% increase over February 2019
  • The median price of a single-family home in February 2020 was $396,900 – that’s 4.7% higher than February 2019.

If you’re more interested in the Massachusetts condominium market, those numbers are equally impressive:

  • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 1,806 – this represents a 18.6% increase over February 2019
  • The median price of a condominium in February 2020 was $395,000 – that’s 13.2% higher than February 2019’s number of $349,000.

If there’s any drawback to this data, it’s simply that demand is outpacing inventory. But there is a silver lining: if you are looking to sell, low rates and high demand mean that you will get top dollar for your property. If you’re looking to purchase, my team of experienced, service-focused agents have unmatched access to properties on Massachusetts’ North and South Shores and beyond.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at bmolisse@molisserealty.net or by phone at 781-831-4754.

Molisse Realty Group 2017 Top Agent Awards Luncheon

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What a busy year this has been in 2018! We moved to two new office locations in Scituate Harbor at 164 Front Street and Manchester-by-the-Sea at 17 Beach Street, Suite D. Celebrated our 10 year anniversary in business. Announced our brand's new campaign messaging which gets back to the core of the brand objective – fulfilling dreams! Broker/Owner Brian Molisse has been busy building a strong team of agents, and for the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

We finally had a day to take time and honor those agents that make Molisse Realty Group a great company to be a part of.  These real estate professionals have been dedicated, focused and exceeded their own expectations in 2017.  They all exemplify our brand’s commitment of extraordinary service.  All our top agents from 2017 enjoyed a fabulous lunch and award ceremony at The Fours in Norwell. We applaud their achievement!

Congratulations to our top producers of 2017!

TOP TEAM AWARD $3,000,000+ Sales Volume: M+M Realty Team (Marshfield) (L to R) Fran-Marci Glenn, Lizanne Moffat

 

SILVER AWARD $4,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Liz Roosevelt (Scituate) and Gerri Predella (Marshfield)

 

GOLD AWARD $5,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jeanne Mulvaney (Weymouth), Jackie Braga (Scituate), Pamela Vigneau (Marshfield) and Red Giovanucci (Scituate)

(Margaret Maher Sheahan, Manchester-by-the-Sea, not shown)

 

PLATINUM AWARD $7,000,000+ Sales Volume: Mary Mabey (Marshfield)

 

DIAMOND AWARD $9,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jessica Tully (Manchester-by-the-Sea) and Marian Duksta (Marshfield)

 

PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR SALES EXCELLENCE 2017 #1 Sales Volume: Michael Molisse (Weymouth)

Molisse Realty Group Names Mike Molisse Top Agent for August 2018

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Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Mike Molisse has been named top agent for the month of August.

Mike Molisse is a lifelong resident of Weymouth with large family roots in town and strong ties to the local community, currently serving as Councilor-At-Large for the last 19 years. As town councilor, Mike has always focused on being Committed, Dedicated, Determined, and Accessible to the residents of Weymouth. As your REALTOR, Mike carries these same principals over to his business; fully committed and dedicated to his clients who are buying and selling homes on the South Shore and across Massachusetts, always accessible and fully determined to negotiate the best deal possible.

“Thank you to my clients, couldn’t thank them enough for the referrals that they send my way. My clients are very important to me and I truly believe in a hands on approach”, says Mike Molisse. “My clients always come first. Whether buying or selling my client is my top priority.”

“Mike is a dedicated listener, able advisor, and a strong advocate for his clients. He follows the real estate market trends so that he can be able to make well-informed decisions for his clients,” says Brian Molisse. “He focuses on looking out for his clients’ best interests above all. He is happy to serve not just the South Shore, but all of Massachusetts real estate needs.”

Mike is truly redefining relationships one client at a time. He is the epitome of a servant leader and does not hesitate to lend a helping hand. His past clients speak to the level of confidentiality, professionalism and humor that he is able to bring with him no matter the situation. With compassion and integrity, Mike Molisse is truly paving the way for others and is always in search of the next client to demonstrate his “Dedication and Hard Work.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Mike Molisse can be reached at 781-331-4339 or mmolisse@molisserealty.net. His office is located at 636 Middle Street in Weymouth.

7 Reasons to Own A Home

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7 Reasons to Own A Home

  1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
  2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The recent housing crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
  3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.
  4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
  5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
  6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
  7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity. 

Molisse Realty Group Names Red Giovanucci Top Agent for July 2018

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Scituate, MA– Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Red Giovanucci has been named top agent for the month of July. Red has consistently been a leader in sales on the South Shore since she became a REALTOR almost five years ago. She loves what she does and is always educating herself on the ever changing real estate environment.

Red Giovanucci has been a native of the South Shore for over 50 years and currently resides in the beautiful seaside village of Humarock with her husband Jack. Red is a master at multitasking and organization, a key component to her success. She loves to meet and connect with people and has the natural ability to talk with folks from all walks of life. She has a strong belief that customer service is the cornerstone of any successful business and will always go above and beyond for her clients.

“I am very proud of Red, she had an exceptional month,” says Brian Molisse. “Her continued dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients make it clear why she continuously delivers unparalleled service.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Red Giovanucci can be reached at 781-710-5906 or rgiovanucci@molisserealty.net. Her office is located at 164 Front Street in Scituate.

Molisse Realty Group Voted “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore

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For the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

This year there were a record-breaking number of reader surveys through the magazine’s annual online poll. The annual "Best of the South Shore" contest encourages readers to cast ballots in many categories to pick their favorite local service providers.

“We’ve got such a wonderful group of agents at Molisse Realty. When I go into our offices the energy is amazing, because of our staff and agents, who love what they do.” Brian Molisse says, “Our agents are family to me and I couldn’t be prouder for all they do. To receive the highest accolades from the readers of South Shore Living two years in a row is amazing. I am so proud and deeply appreciative of the support of our community! This is such a huge honor for us and thanks to our staff and agents for always putting their clients first and their passion to help.”

The “Best of the South Shore” award winners were announced in a special section of August’s issue of South Shore Living. Check out the list of top businesses and services in the region voted by readers, as well as favorite editor picks.

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Molisse Realty Group is driven to help our clients maximize their investments and realize their long-term goals. Molisse Realty Group helps both those buying and selling homes, to fulfill their goals of achieving home ownership.

Molisse Realty Group is the only independent brokerage with offices spanning both the North and South Shores of Massachusetts. Molisse's boutique-size firm enables us to be truly flexible, we help our clients with a marketing plan that helps get their homes sold quickly. We customize the perfect plan to meet the unique needs of every customer while maintaining the resources and network necessary to ensure premiere access to the best homes and targeted buyers. We are with our clients from beginning to the end and we build lasting friendships.

 

Molisse Realty Group has over 80+ agents, an in-house marketing department and a staff that are there to answer any questions. Brian Molisse is the sole owner of Molisse Realty Group and believes honesty, integrity and hard work are the keys to our success! For more information, visit www.molisserealty.com.

At Molisse Realty Group, we believe in big dreams.