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Newton-born Gracie Gold proud of her Olympic experience

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Gold competes in women's free skate at the 2014 Sochi Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Feb.

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How to Protect Your Home This Winter

 

 
With winter in full swing and the holidays behind us, school vacations are coming up. Many of us plan vacations that will leave our homes unattended for several days at a time. In order to protect your home and its contents while you are away, please keep in mind the following five step security check.  If you don't have vacation plans, [...]

Should You Wait to Make an Offer on a New Listing?

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While buying a home is a major decision, you may miss out if you wait too long to make an offer.  If you have gotten your mortgage preapproval letter, researched the neighborhood and market, and find a home that you like, it’s best to make an offer as quickly as possible.

If a house has

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New Housing Opportunities For Young Adults with Student Loan Debt

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“The prescription to the American Dream has always been working hard, saving money and investing in yourself, often by getting a great education. What has changed in recent times is that the third step – getting a great education is more expensive than ever.”

7 Questions You Have To Ask Before Buying a Home

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Before you make an offer on a house, it's important to make sure all your questions are answered. But, more importantly, you need to be asking the right questions. Though the answers may surprise you or scare you off, they can also help you feel confident in your decision to move in on the right home.

 

Wheel Estate: Bike Paths Lift Home Values

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Bicycle-friendly amenities are contributing to a surge in property values  for communities everywhere, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. At its core, the bicycle boom is about people choosing a lifestyle that gives them more options and requires less dependence on motor vehicles. Through supporting bike infrastructure, real estate professionals who influence the built environment [buildings, neighborhoods and streets] can play a significant role in creating healthier, more sustainable communities.

New Home Sales Soar Higher

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New home sales data released this week showed that sales were 16.6 percent higher than March when comparing the seasonally adjusted annualized rates, and 23.8 percent higher than last year.

This news comes from estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Most Common and Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

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A new home is one of the biggest purchases people will make in their lifetimes. Regrettably, costly mistakes can be made by anyone involved in the transaction - builders, remodeling contractors, or even the new homeowners themselves. Knowing a few of the common mistakes homeowners make can prevent future confusion and save you lots of time, headaches and most importantly, money.

Beautiful Tuscan Mansion atop Carter Hill

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Over 11,000 square feet of meticulously constructed improvements custom designed to embrace the spectacular setting atop nearly 100 peaceful, private acres. Amid the acreage are a main house, guesthouse, gatehouse, infinity-edged saline pool and pool house, gardens, and even a small vineyard.

Exceptional Pinnacle Peak Estate

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Scottsdale, Arizona - Tucked under Pinnacle Peak and crafted with exceptional attention to detail this estate in Estancia offers every imaginable amenity. The oversized Great Room serves as the focal point of the home and is open to the gourmet kitchen with a wood burning pizza oven.

Massachusetts Named 2nd Safest State In Country

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With 6.8 million residents, Massachusetts was named the second-safest state by WalletHub. Here's a breakdown of the stats.

The Best Beaches Near Boston

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You don't have to drive all the way to Cape Cod to find a good beach. These North Shore beaches are all around an hour from Boston and all incredibly beautiful.