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2007 

I have had the pleasure of guiding a client through the infinite hoops and hurtles of The Countrywide Mortgage "Hope Department".  And what an eye-opening experience it is.First of all I tried to help with getting their sub-prime mortgage rate lowered.  With appraisals on the property coming in l...
11/30/2007
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Chestnut Hill is a wealthy suburban village located six miles west of downtown Boston, Massachusetts.  Chestnut Hill is not an incorporated municipal entity, but rather encompasses parts of three separate towns/cities: the city of Boston, the town of Brookline and the city of Newton, Massachusett...
11/27/2007
Now is a great time to remodel your home or even have one built.  Because of the housing slump, the cost of almost everything used to remodel or build a house has gone down in price.  You can also get things done much faster than during the heyday of the housing boom. Not only are materials less ...
11/24/2007
Newton, MA is not only a great place to live, it is a safe place to live. Every year Morgan Quinto Press, an independent research publisher, located in Lawrence, Kansas, publishes a list of the 100 safest and 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.  They look at 371 cities.  For the last five years...
11/23/2007
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An offset loan is a type of lending arrangement, usually a mortgage, in which a borrower also maintains a savings account with the lender.  Instead of receiving interest on the savings account, the interest payment due on the loan is calculated only on the net balance of the loan less the savings...
11/23/2007
 A reverse mortgage is a loan, with your home as collateral, that you do not have to pay back for as long as you live there. With a reverse mortgage, you can  receive cash without to repay the loan each month. The cash you get from a reverse mortgage can be paid to you in several ways: in a singl...
11/23/2007
 I read the news everyday and I can't believe how often the same articles are being written.  "Forclosures Are Up", "Housing Starts Are Down", "Housing Prices On The Decline"...you know what I'm talking about.  But maybe I am crazy when I see the positive in everything. I had my sales manager run...
11/17/2007
It wasn't my dream for him but I figured he would get his license while he was going to college, do some rentals and sales every summer and then maybe catch the "bug" and work with his father...well...I guess his dream was a different one.While not quite through with school yet his rock band seem...
11/17/2007
West Newton is one of the thirteen villages of the City of Newton, Massachusetts.  It is one of the oldest of these villages.  Like all of the villages in Newton its boundaries are not firmly defined, but the Zip Code 02465 roughly matches the village limits. West Newton is located  in the north ...
11/17/2007
 Newton is a great place to live.  I have lived in Newton for 22 years.  It has a great school system and has many great amenities.  It is served by excellent transportation, includiing the MBTA green line, commuter rail and many buses. The buses include express buses to Newton Corner to downtown...
11/17/2007
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