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2008 

The Suburban Boston Home Show will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1,2 and 3, 2008.  It will take place at Shriner's Auditorium at 99 Fordham Road in Wilmington, MA.  This is about 1/2 mile off of I-93 at Exit 39. The following are the hours for the show:                      ...
01/31/2008
An interesting and informative workshop on "Insulating Your Older Home" will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2008 from 1 to 4 pm at the Newton History Museum at  the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton, MA.  The workshop will be presented by the Green Decade Coalition and the Newton Hi...
01/30/2008
The city of Newton, MA has a First Time Homebuyer Program  and a Newton Connection Homebuyer Program that offer up to $115,000 toward the purchase of a home.  The programs are open to applicants who live or work in Newton or have children in school in Newton.  The family income cannot exceed fede...
01/24/2008
We recently had a presentation in our office by a Home Inspector on how to prepare a home for the buyer's home inspection.  I thought it would be useful to present his suggestions:Exterior DoorsAll exterior doors should be made accessibleBe sure all door locks are operableThe keys for all locked ...
01/23/2008
What is the difference between pre-qualification for a mortgage and pre-approval for a mortgage?  Many times these two terms are confused with one another.  They really are very different.Pre-qualification for a mortgage is simply an estimate of how much mortgage you qualify for.  Many times it c...
01/22/2008
One of the mortgage brokers we deal with recently sent us a flyer about some drastic new changes that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac just recently made  in the pricing of rates for borrowers with credit scores of less than 680 and LTV's greater than 70%.  I thought I would report on these new ch...
01/20/2008
This would seem to be a great time to buy a house - prices are low, inventory is high and mortgages are at a 2 1/2 year low.  This is according to a Freddie Mac's survey.  The national average interest rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 5.69% this week, down from 5.87% las...
01/18/2008
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Remodeling magazines 20th annual "Cost vs. Value Report" was reported on in the December issue of Realtor magazine.  It shows that exterior projects bring in the biggest return. On a national basis, all but one project that had recovery rates of greater than 80%, were exterior remodelings.  That ...
01/18/2008
A training course for landlords and property managers on Fair Housing Basics will be held from 9:30 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, January 30, 2008.  It will be held in Room 202 at Newton (MA) City Hall at 1000 Commonwealth Ave.  The curriculum of the course is as follows:Applicable laws: protected ...
01/17/2008
$5,000 BUYER INCENTIVE toward Closing Costs! Wonderful 1 bedroom condominium in Coolidge Corner! This lovely unit is located on a tree lined street. Enjoy the high ceilings, hardwood floors, lovely mouldings, eat in kitchen and large bedroom. Each room has tall windows. There is laundry in the ba...
01/15/2008
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General information on real estate. Also, general information and real estate information on Massachusetts and Middlesex County and on Newton, MA and towns and cities in the area. These include Brookline, Needham, Wellesley, Watertown, Weston, Waltham, Dedham, etc.