Episode 2

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23rd Oct 2019

Real Estate and Renovations

Real estate and Renovations

Elizabeth Hayes is a realtor at Sotheby’s in Cambridge MA and she helps us understand what to look for if you’re hoping to buy a house that needs a major renovation. She also talks about how much to renovate in order to sell your house. 

Episode Recap

  • What to look for if you are hoping to find a fixer-upper
  • When should you not buy a house that needs a renovation?
  • Should you renovate before you sell your house?
  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly features are attractive to buyers
  • Vinyl might not be as desirable as it once was
  • Get your house checked out by a design professional before you buy it to get an idea of what renovations would be possible at the house

Learning from the mistakes of others

  • Spiral stairs are a renovation regret
  • Open plan might be a renovation regret

About return on investments- https://homeguide.com/costs

About this episode’s guest

Elizabeth Hayes has worked in real estate for over a decade. She first represented Boston area homebuyers, sellers and mortgage lenders as an attorney. Since 2006, she has focused exclusively on the sale and marketing of residential properties as a real estate broker. She brings a great deal of professional and personal experience to bear as she helps her clients successfully navigate the home buying and selling process. Elizabeth works hard to merit the trust her clients place in her and she strives to ensure that each transaction is as seamless as possible in this very competitive market. She has a reputation for negotiating with tenacity, tact and good humor, a skill she honed while serving as a Boston Assistant District Attorney for five years. And after having renovated and decorated a number of properties, Elizabeth has a wealth of first-hand knowledge and she loves helping her clients envision how they might bring out the best in the home they are contemplating buying or selling. Elizabeth is a graduate of Indiana University. She also lived in Paris and Strasbourg, France and is fluent in French. She currently resides in Watertown with her husband, Chris, and two terriers. https://www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com/agents/elizabeth-hayes

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About the Podcast

Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven
the professionals discuss all aspects of home renovations
Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.
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Katharine MacPhail

Katharine White MacPhail, Principal at dEmios Architects in Arlington, MA has been
working on residential projects of all sizes in the greater Boston area since 1996. She is
sought after for her ability to turn residential projects around quickly, and for her
competent yet light-hearted approach to architecture. Her specialty is transforming the
older homes so prevalent in Massachusetts, bringing them to the next level without
sacrificing their character. MacPhail shares her knowledge and experience through her
renovation seminars and now her podcast.
MacPhail is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a
Leed Accredited Professional. She received a Master of Architecture from Southern
California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in January of 1996. While at SCI-Arc,
she pursued projects and theory related to the study of the architecture of the
"everyday". Upon completing her MArch, Katharine was an adjunct studio instructor
for the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Katharine also holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College where she fell
in love with classical antiquities and later completed some graduate work in Historic
Preservation at Boston University before pursuing a career in architecture. MacPhail
has been involved with local politics for a number of years, and just finished 13
years of homeschooling her 3 children, plans parties and events for a number of
non-profit groups, serves as the Secretary for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club and
plays with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. She is the manager for the all-girl
Celtic string quintet Scottish Fish.