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2010 

Face it, there is not much existing in 2010 which existed 25 years ago. Computers and cell phones and Facebook have changed everything. Well, maybe not EVERYTHING. You can still get a great haircut and great conversation at Aidan's Barber Shop, 2267 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester Lower Mills   Sho...
03/31/2010
Long before I thought the Dorchester Lower Mills area had anything special to talk about, I knew about Ice Cream Smith on Dorchester Avene. Friends and acquaintances would "rave" about the homemade ice cream and the simple, unpretentious settinf in Dorchester where it was distributed. For some re...
03/30/2010
Meetinghouse Bank has had a branch on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester Lower Mills for as long as I have lived in Milton, which is the adjoining town. Meetinghouse Bank is your typical community Bank, and it services its depositors well. Anthony Paciulli is the President of Meetinghouse Bank. Anth...
03/29/2010
This restaurant opened without much fanfare. The word spread  around restaurant-starved Milton, Massachusetts that a new restaurant had opened on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester Lower Mills, not exactly a  well-known spot for culinary excellence. Prior to the opening of The Ledge, the higher numb...
03/25/2010
Since I didn't grow up in Boston, I will never be a "native". That is OK with me even though I came to Boston when I was 18 years of age and basically never left. So 49 years counts for nothing, and that is the way Boston works. The Dorchester                   section of Boston is about as eclec...
03/24/2010
These immortal words from Chad and Jermey (for all you baby Boomers) got me thinking about the radical changes which have taken place in the real estate industry, since I started representing Massachusetts Buyers, Sellers and developers in Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-eight. The computer chip and i...
03/23/2010
Again, this really happened!! A client of mine with good great credit and enough money to close applied for a mortgage on a property that was "FNMA Approved" and with respect to which many, many  conforming mortgages had been issued. In the case involving my client, the Lender was using an invest...
03/21/2010
There is a lot of food for thought in this context. I thought some of you would enjoy what one Realtor has done to turn things on their head.Yes it’s true ... Short Sale Sellers Can Turn Into Short Sale Buyers Within Months! This afternoon, I followed up on the progress of one of my Short Sellers...
03/20/2010
When I first started practicing real estate law in Massachusetts, in 1968 if you (or I) can believe it, the rules for getting business were rigid. Attorneys were expressly forbidden from advertising; the best you could hope for is that you would sit in your office, and the phone would ring. Oh ye...
03/20/2010
My post yesterday about the "rest of the story" elicited the most solid commentary I have experiencedsince I joined ActiveRain. These comments had some teeth in them, and I took issue with a lot of the statements that the people in the Nation made. There is nothing better in my life than a debate...
03/18/2010
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