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Who knew we had a Newton native on the hit sitcom "Friends?" A.R.O.
07/28/2014
Real estate listings service Zillow has purchased Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock, the companies announced in a joint statement. What does this mean for the industry?   When consumers see that their agent-friend down the street hasn’t sold a house in six months – they will hesitate. The Zillow a...
07/28/2014
I had a vacation planned for this summer.  Because of politics overseas a government which I don't wish to mention made me re-think my plans.  Sometimes it feels like I am the only one working.   I have launched new businesses with my extra time, listed some new construction properties includ...
07/23/2014
MSN Money posted this article the other day: http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/post--are-real-estate-agents-an-endangered-species     On our national real estate talk show tomorrow, "Real Estate On Sunday", we will be handling calls from Realtors who want to address this subject.  The sho...
07/23/2014
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 favore...
06/25/2014
This is the intro for the new Castles magazine TV Show:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2y0n6Yp9Dw&feature=youtu.be   The show will be up on the web this week!   The show will feature the best luxury real estate that is currently on the market!!   The show covers an international array of ...
06/23/2014
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 recently swept through Dorchester and a few other neighborhoods. I...
06/18/2014
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 th...
06/17/2014
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 paperwo...
06/17/2014
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...
06/16/2014
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