ABOUT THIS PAGE

This page was originally released on March 27, 2020. It was put together to be the go-to resource page for all things Real Estate as it is continually impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The page is constantly being updated and improved to make it easier for everyone to navigate this very challenging and unusual time in our history.

Anthony LamacchiaThe good news is the worst of this COVID-19 crisis seems to be behind us all.  It sure was a rollercoaster ride through late March and April but our Realtors and staff performed and served our clients in a safe manner the entire time.  We are slowly but surely getting back to business as usual and are excited to be doing so. Many sellers decided to hold off on listing their homes for sale until later in April and May, which is totally understandable to us, but it did cause the market to slow down for a few weeks in early April.  Fortunately, it has picked up since then.  Buyers are buying and sellers are selling and as well, tenants and landlords are renting so it is very busy again.  To monitor the progress of the market in Massachusetts visit our Real Estate Updates page or if you are in New Hampshire visit this page.  

As of May 18th, all of our branch offices are open and operating in a controlled and safe manner as we transition back to normal office operations by mid-June. All clients should know we are here to serve them and have been open for business the entire time. 

Below are blogs, a news story, and various videos I have filmed along the way to keep all of our Realtors, clients, and potential clients updated on the Real Estate market throughout this situation. We also included a section below for those who may be having trouble or are worried that they may soon have trouble affording their home and paying their mortgage. Several mortgage companies are offering to work with borrowers in many different ways including, in some cases, allowing payments to be delayed a few months. If you are a client of ours and you are having any trouble obtaining relief from your mortgage company, please let us know and we will assist free of charge. Take your time and review the whole page to find what you need.

Sincerely,
Anthony Lamacchia
CEO/Owner of Lamacchia Companies

Blogs & News

During this very fluid time, the Real Estate market is performing in unexpected ways.  Here are our recent resources to help you understand what’s happening, and what we think you can expect as information becomes available to us.

Making the Most of Virtual House Hunting

If you’ve been thinking about buying a house and finally decided that it’s the right time to take the next steps, congratulations! The home buying process can be overwhelming but it is so exciting, especially when it comes to looking at potential homes. With the coronavirus pandemic, the process of finding your forever home is …

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Myth Buster…Homes DO Sell During the Holidays – 2020

Quite often, too often, in fact, Realtors hear home sellers say that they want to take their home off the market for the holiday season.  Their concerns usually stem from the misconception that buyers are not looking during November and December because they’re halting their search for the holidays.  In many cases, this is not …

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Price Adjustments in 2020: Tis the Season

Though it never seemed possible this year, the market is slowly beginning to be less competitive for buyers.  Inventory is still lower than it ever has been, and as you can see in the chart below from our Massachusetts Updates page, the percentage of homes placed under agreement out of total inventory is higher still …

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Governor Baker & Administration Announce the Eviction Diversion Initiative

With the upcoming expiration of the Eviction Moratorium vastly approaching on October 17th, you may want to think before being too quick to evict! Governor Baker and administration announced a new $171 million initiative, named the Eviction Diversion Initiative, that will help keep people safely housed after the current Eviction Moratorium expires on October 17th. …

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If You Wait to Buy, You’ll Pay More!

Follow Warren Buffet’s words of wisdom It’s Fall again, and like clockwork despite the disruption of COVID-19, buyers are wondering what is wrong with homes that aren’t selling immediately!  It’s incredible how this happens every year, especially after buyers spend the first seven months of the year wishing homes would stay on the market longer …

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Condo Demand Decreases and Inventory Rises

The tectonic shift in normal housing trends as a result of COVID-19 has a new symptom: people are selling their condos and moving to single-family homes.  Shared communal living in condos is at least temporarily not something that as many people want these days. This makes total sense with the social distancing requirements that won’t …

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Historically Low Mortgage Rates Incite a Surge in Buyer Activity

For the first time in almost five decades, the average 30-year mortgage rate fell below 3% this week, even amidst concern regarding the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the average 30-year mortgage rate falling, the average 15-year mortgage rate fell to 2.48%, which is the lowest it has been in almost 30 …

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Supply of Homes for Sale Reaches Historic Low

The cold hard truth is that we are in the tightest market ever experienced; demand is higher than ever, supply is lower than ever, and there may not be an end to this for the rest of 2020.  The supply of homes for sale is determined by dividing the total number of homes for sale …

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Fire Inspection Bill Rescinded as of July 10, 2020

July 9, 2020 – Governor Baker recently signed the bill which rescinds the Fire Inspection emergency order put in place on March 20, 2020 stating that smoke and carbon monoxide inspections could be completed within 90 days after closing by the buyers, rather than the sellers. This order was put in place to assure that closings could move forward as scheduled and help …

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Don’t Worry Homebuyers, This Won’t Last Forever-2020

July 2020 – It’s no secret that being a home buyer over the last few years, especially the winter and spring has been very stressful for many and not very rewarding for some.  Recently due to COVID-19 pulling inventory way down, bidding wars have been even more rampant.  Sellers took a long pause on listing their …

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Are you a “Want-to-Be” Seller in 2020?

 Are you scared to list your home for sale because you don’t know where you would go if it sells before you find a new home? Are you searching for a home but cannot seem to find it? Worried about having to move twice? Worried about selling and buying safely? If you answered yes to …

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Bidding Wars:  Get Ready to Strike and Win in 2020

The housing market around the Greater Boston area has begun to endure a market climate never seen before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Inventory, though steadily climbing back to where it should be, dropped as a result of sellers pausing on listing their homes. As stay at home mandates are safely and incrementally …

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6 Steps for Safely Holding or Attending a Home Showing

Watch our new TV commercial! There are hundreds of reasons why people choose to buy or sell a home when they do. Some may like to anticipate and outsmart the market while others simply are left with no choice but to buy or sell immediately. Even during the COVID-19 outbreak, the same rules apply. Some …

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What Homeowners Should Know About Mortgage Forbearance

As millions of homeowners are facing unemployment and reduced incomes due to the coronavirus pandemic, making on-time mortgage payments has become increasingly difficult. With mortgage forbearance, homeowners that are facing difficulties paying their mortgage on time and in full due to the pandemic are able to pause or reduce their monthly mortgage payment without penalties. …

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Remote Notarization Now Allowed for Real Estate Transactions

Notaries public have long been utilized for witnessing the signing of documents and have been an integral part of closing out a home sale transaction. In a real estate transaction, the closing attorneys witness the signing of all the necessary sale documents and get your transaction closed out seamlessly. When the coronavirus pandemic really took …

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Anthony Lamacchia Featured in Milford Daily News Article

Anthony Lamacchia, Broker/Owner ofLamacchia Realty was featured in the Milford Daily News article, “Coronavirus outbreak slows typically robust spring real estate market” which discusses the buyer and seller response to the shift in an otherwise busy time for the real estate market. Click here to read the article!

This is NOT 2008.

Watch Anthony’s Live from 4/13/2020 About This Topic Here! There has been a lot of concern that the COVID-19 Outbreak will incite a real estate market nosedive similar to what happened in the 2008 Housing Crisis.  Though COVID-19 has certainly caused a massive slowdown in the market- mainly due to a lack of home sellers …

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Fire Inspections During MA COVID-19 State of Emergency 

In Massachusetts, it is legally required that the seller provide a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Certificate commonly referred to as “the smoke” at closing to the new buyer. There are general guidelines put out by the state and local cities/towns that can have additional requirements. Since they are mandated by law, smoke Inspections play a critical role in the Massachusetts home selling process. They can stand …

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Ideas to Stay Busy While You’re Socially Distancing

COVID-19 has changed the way the world operates these days. The majority of people are now operating from home and are finding creative ways to keep busy while still trying to safely connect with family and friends. Now more than ever, those at home are looking for new things to do to pass the time.  It’s also a great time to try new things and step out of your comfort zone!  Here …

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Anthony Lamacchia Featured on NBC – COVID-19 Crisis and Housing Market

Anthony Lamacchia, Broker/Owner of Lamacchia Realty was featured on NBC on March 24th discussing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the real estate market. To watch this video, click here!

COVID-19 and the Real Estate Log Jam

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected various aspects of life over a short period of time. It has single-handedly changed our daily routines in one way or another. Surprisingly enough, even with the quick spread of COVID-19, the real estate market has remained active. However, what this virus has undoubtedly done is began to pile up …

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Open Houses, the Coronavirus and Staying Clean

Note: As of March 23rd Governor Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory and we at Lamacchia Realty do not recommend that you perform open houses. We are recommending that people abide by the Governor’s order. Given the current set of circumstances with the Coronavirus, many home sellers are rightfully anxious about having an open house. As Anthony …

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Coronavirus and Its Impact on Buyers, Sellers and the Current Real Estate Market

The Coronavirus is consuming all social media platforms these days, not to mention day-to-day conversations and continuing to heighten fear amongst the world. It is now to the point where it’s affecting the day to day of businesses and individuals, even buying groceries. Our economy is still very strong despite the few recent dips and jobs …

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REAL SAFE Real Estate

You can buy, sell, and rent real estate safely in this environment.  Learn more here.

MASS Travel Order

Learn more about the travel order which begins on August 1, 2020.

MA & NH Real Estate Updates

To stay updated on how the Massachusetts and New Hampshire market activity of homes listed, pending and sold, click on the buttons below.

VIDEOS

Every Monday Anthony goes live on the Lamacchia Realty Facebook page and on YouTube to explain how COVID-19 is impacting the market, what everyone can do about it and what he sees coming in the future. Anthony is always honest and entertaining. See all the videos below.

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