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What is the purpose of an appraiser?

So I pose the question to you – do you know when or why you would use an appraiser?

If you said that the bank uses an appraiser when they are going through the loan process, you would be right.

If you were paying cash for a property, wouldn’t you want to know that the property value is going to appraise for the amount that you are paying,.  You would want the purchase and sale to say that it should appraise at or above the accepted offer price.  Right?

What about when you are going to do some major renovations to your home?  Did you ever think about calling in an appraiser to review the intended renovation and make sure that it makes financial sense to the final anticipated value (after the renovations are made).  You may find that certain renovations, while you might think they are worth, really don’t add to the value.  It is an opportunity for a second opinion so to speak before you start paying money out of pocket.

If you need a referral for an appraiser, email me at

If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, or need a value for your insurance company, or perhaps for a divorce situation or an estate situation, email me at or by cell 978-376-3978

Joan Parcewski, Realtor and Notary at Woods Real Estate

Woods Real Estate   655 Boston Rd Unit 6A  Billerica MA 01821

O 978-262-9665    C 978-376-3978

MRP (Military Relocation Professional), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource), CDPE (Certified Depressed Property Expert), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), GREEN, E-Pro, GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute), CBR (Certified Buyer Rep)

YOU are my Top Priority. Investors, Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, Tenants, Vacation Properties. Let’s work together to open the door to YOUR dreams – Have You Done Your Free Energy Assessment

As a realtor I always suggest to a buyer that they do an energy assessment of their home as soon as possible after closing. 

According to their website MassSave (, “Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, The Berkshire Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, National Grid, New England Gas Company, NSTAR, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. The Sponsors of Mass Save work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.”

Why not take advantage of an opportunity to identify areas to save energy and in many cases get at least some assistance in doing the work necessary to ultimately save energy costs.  The following comes directly from their website:


After you schedule an appointment, an Energy Specialist will visit to assess your home’s current energy use and provide a custom list of energy-saving recommendations for your home, and will help you develop a plan to make your home more efficient. What you should expect:

  • A Home Energy Assessment usually takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • All key decision-makers should be present at the assessment
  • The specialist will help you develop an energy plan and explain applicable incentives

Your no-cost Home Energy Assessment includes:      Personalized report outlining recommended energy efficiency improvements     Installation of no-cost immediate savings measures such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), programmable thermostats, and water saving devices, as needed

  • Screening for eligibility for the ENERGY STAR® refrigerator rebate
  • Air Sealing and Insulation specification, if applicable
  • Infrared Testing, if applicable
  • Combustion Safety Testing

Learn about rebates and incentives     Generous weatherization rebates of 75%, up to $2000 towards the cost of the work, and other incentives are available to qualifying Massachusetts residents. Learn more     Get started today     Schedule your no-cost Home Energy Assessment with a Mass Save® Energy Specialist by calling 866-527-SAVE (7283). Or have a Mass Save Participating Contractor start the process for you.



cell 978-376-3978     office 978-262-9665

“Working with Buyers, Sellers, and Investors.   YOU are my Top Priority.  I believe that ongoing Education as well as Experience are important components of success both personally and professionally.  Let’s work together to implement the most current strategies to make YOU successful in your real estate journey, while building a lifetime relationship. ”  


Ongoing Education is Important to All Professions – Including Real Estate

Have you ever picked up a business card at an open house or perhaps were handed a business card by a real estate agent and wondered, besides the word “agent,” what do those other letters stand for (REALTOR, CBR, SRES, LMC……).  

Did you know that not all real estate agents are REALTORS?   According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics…..REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice” that includes all ethical requirements related to working with consumers and fellow agents as well as truth in advertising.

All agents are required to take a specific number of continuing education hours to renew their licenses every 2 years (the number of hours required is dependent on the state in which they are licensed). 

As any professional will tell you, it is important to stay current in your profession, be it a CPA, a Financial Advisor, a Realtor.  Rules change.  New laws are written.

The Real Estate profession is no different.  Agents need to know what the new rules are and how they affect their business and their dealings with with their customers and other agents.  A person with designations after their name has voluntarily made both  a financial investment and a time commitment to take the courses and obtain the designations that show their commitment to clients and their diverse needs (eg SFR – Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource, SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist, CIAS – Certified Investor Agent Specialist, CBR – Certified Buyers Representative). 

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary

GRI (Graduate Realty Institute), CBR (Certified Buyers Representative), SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource), LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), & GREEN

YOU are my Top Priority. I believe that ongoing Education as well as Experience are important components of success both personally and professionally.  Let’s work together to implement the most current strategies to make YOU successful in your real estate journey, while building a lifetime relationship.   

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