Blog :: 06-2014

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Fannie Mae's Five Steps to Sustainable Home Ownership

As the last decade has shown us, it's not enough to get into a home of your own -- you have to be able to stay there comfortably and affordably, including having enough of a cushion to ride out rough [...]

Six Ways Your Home Can Improve Your Mood

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For many of us, the idea of being happy is tied to a feeling of comfort, love, security. Did you know you can create an environment of happiness in your home just by surrounding yourself with a few key things? Check out these six ways your home can improve your mood.

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Despite Increased Inventory, First-Time Homebuyers Deterred From Purchasing

After taking a direct hit in 2012 during the economic slump, and then rising gently in 2013, the national inventory of homes for sale has jumped 11.8 percent in May. However, most of the homes were in the top and middle thirds of the market. Homes in the most affordable price bracket, most favored by first time homebuyers, has been falling [...]

10 Boston Projects to Watch in 2014

Clockwise from Left: Millennium Tower, Fenway Center, Barry's Corner, Christian Science Plaza, Copley Place
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Boston is full of booming industry and improvement, from the ever-present construction on almost every bridge crossing the Charles, to the Government Center renovation. Here are ten projects in various stages of planning in the metro-Boston area worth watching in 2014.

The Millennium Tower in Downtown

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Massachusetts Named Safest Residential State

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According to WalletHub's newly released survey, Massachusetts is the safest state to live in, in the entire country. Despite it's rough-and-tumble reputation, Boston is hardly a nucleus of immorality, despite the violence that has

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Low Mortgage Rates Spell Bad News for Brokers

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As a result of the recovering economy and the Federal Reserve stimulus program that created an artificial cap, mortgage rates will inevitably rise. As this shift happens, homeowners who would usually consider selling their current homes to buy new homes actually hold onto them in order to keep their historically low mortgage rates, rather [...]

How to Win a Bidding War

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Contrary to what most people believe, it's not all about money. Sellers will sometimes take a lower offer, if it means less hassle.

"What sellers really don't want to do is waste time," says John Walsh, president of the Connecticut-based lender, Total Mortgage. This means having all the paperwork -

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Fail-proof Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

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First impressions mean everything, and when prospective buyers or realtors take their first look at your home, they'll immediately study your home's facade and front lawn. While an overhaul such as new siding can cost thousands, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to improve the look of your home.

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Newton's Wells Ave to Welcome 40B Development

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Cabot, Cabot & Forbes has applied to bring over three hundred units of rental housing are coming to 135 Wells Avenue. If built, the Manchester - the proposed 40B project - will be the largest of its kind in Newton history.

Chapter 40B is a state law designed to address the shortage of affordable housing

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