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Brockton Real Estate Stats

Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts with a population of about 95,000 people.  It is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers

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To Dos: Your January Home Checklist

January may be cold and dark, but it can also be a time for bold beginnings. Make the most of your month by clearing space in your home, boosting warmth and dreaming up plans for the year ahead.

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New Year's Home Improvement Resolutions!

Here are our five picks for the best home improvement resolutions for the new year and how to achieve them:1: Streamline the stuffOne of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about

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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday!

Sure, you love the holiday season--but just not so much of it! This year, you're hoping to cut the crazy out of Christmas: to trim the celebration back to one that is sustainable and calm.Question,

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Revere Real Estate Update!

The City of Revere is situated in eastern Massachusetts (Suffolk County) and borders Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea to the south, Everett and Malden to the west, Saugus and Lynn to the north and

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Making a Move During the Holidays

Moving during the "most wonderful time of the year" is anything but wonderful. At a time when people look forward to cozying up at home, the last thing most of us want to do is pack boxes, clean,

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Real Estate Update for Weymouth!

Weymouth is the second oldest township in the Commonwealth, dating back to 1622.  For almost two hundred years the town was a fishing and agricultural community, evolving into a manufacturing

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Brockton Real Estate Update

Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts with a population of about 95,000 people.  It is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers

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Braintree Real Estate Update

Although officially known as a town, Braintree adopted a municipal charter, effective 2008, with a mayor-council form of government, and is considered a city under Massachusetts law. 

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Randolph Real Estate Update!

Located fifteen miles south of Boston, at the intersection of Routes 128 and 24, Randolph's location has been an important factor in its economic and social history. Formerly one of the nation

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Real Estate Update for Holbrook, MA

The Town of Holbrook is a suburban New England town in Norfolk County.  At the time of the 2010 census, the town population numbered 10,791.  When the town was incorporated, 

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Happy Halloween - Stay Safe!

Halloween is right around the corner - here are some tips for a safe and fun night!Walk SafelyCross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.Look left, right and left again

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Hang On! 6 Things People Later Regret Decluttering From Their Homes

We normally don't rue chucking unused kitchen gadgets or an old pair of shoes. But in the big push to do some high-impact decluttering, many people get rid of things they later wish they'd kept. For

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Real Estate Update for Revere!

The City of Revere is situated in eastern Massachusetts (Suffolk County) and borders Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea to the south, Everett and Malden to the west, Saugus and Lynn to the north and

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Weymouth Real Estate Update

Weymouth is the second oldest township in the Commonwealth, dating back to 1622.  For almost two hundred years the town was a fishing and agricultural community, evolving into a manufacturing

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Real Estate Update for Brockton

Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts with a population of about 95,000 people.  It is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers

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Braintree Real Estate Update!

Although officially known as a town, Braintree adopted a municipal charter, effective 2008, with a mayor-council form of government, and is considered a city under Massachusetts law. 

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Randolph Housing Update

Located fifteen miles south of Boston, at the intersection of Routes 128 and 24, Randolph's location has been an important factor in its economic and social history. Formerly one of the nation

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Fall Home Maintenance

Right now is the ideal time to clean up all the grime summer left behind and prep for the cooler temperatures to come. Trust us: Gutters are way easier to clean when they're not clogged to

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What is MIP?

If you're a first-time mortgage borrower, you might be asking yourself, "What is MIP?" Home buyers considering getting a loan from the Federal Housing Administration will find MIP, or mortgage

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Getting Organized for the School Year!

Seeing old friends, meeting new teachers and saying goodbye to summer (waah!): The beginning of the school year is a flurry of activity and mixed emotions. Make this transition as smooth as possible

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Is My Property In A Flood Zone

"Is my property in a flood zone?" That's a question that concerns both homeowners and home shoppers —and not just those near large bodies of water.In fact, there are a little over a dozen flood

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Is Home Staging Worth The Cost

What Home Stagers Do       A home stager is similar to an interior decorator, with expertise in planning and choosing colors, fabrics, and furniture, and arranging them all in a

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Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home

Buying a home is overwhelming for most first-time buyers. It’s the biggest purchase most people will make in their lives, and the process is like no other financial transaction.  Because of

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Summer Garden Checklist

Mulch  Spreading a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch over your soil is one of the best things you can do for your garden. The mulch blankets the ground, shielding the soil from the sun. This

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How To Keep Your Home Cool In The Hot Temps

Puzzling out how to keep your house as cool as possible during these hot summer months? Trying to remember the conventional wisdom but not quite sure how it goes? Those window fans, for example,

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Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home

If you've ever gotten ready to sell a home, you know that in order to fetch top dollar, you need to get your place in good shape. But that costs money—hiring contractors, painters, and other—

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Selling Your Home Do Not Forget Maintenance

If you're a homeowner, you already know that keeping your property in tiptop shape requires dedication and patience for ongoing maintenance. But what if you've put your home on the market, or

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Summer Decor Ideas You Can Do On The Cheap Or Even For Free

Need some summer decor ideas to freshen up your home? It's easy to do, and doesn't need to cost much—or sometimes anything at all. It's all about shedding layers and brightening your look.For

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EXIT Realty All Stars Agent Spotlight

Q. Tell me a little about yourself and background?Born and raised in the City Of Boston, I've always had a passion for real estate and learning all about it. One thing you need to know about me is

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Six Home Renovations That Return The Most At Resale

Whether you plan to stay in your house a long time or just a few years, it’s smart to know which home renovations add the most value to your place.  “Remodeling,” a magazine for the

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Ten Best Kept Secrets To Buying A Home

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It IsIt’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big

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11 Tips For Hiring Quality Movers

With millions of moves every year in the United States, it’s a minor miracle that most of them go smoothly, with no issues whatsoever. Hiring quality movers is a must, of course.  But even

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Get Your Home Ready For Summer

Clean the walkwayPressure-wash the walkway, then replace damaged pavers or bricks, or just flip them over. If any pavers are sticking up too high, raise them, remove a little dirt, and drop them

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Fighting Multiple Offers On A Home You Want

Fighting multiple offers on a house can be a nightmare for buyers: It basically means that you've found your dream home, but everyone else also wants it. Unless you go to the mat

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Strategies For Lowering Your Closing Costs

The bill for closing costs is the final hurdle between home buyers and their new homes, and it can represent a surprising chunk of money. Closing fees run between 3% and 6% of the mortgage;

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Why You Should Hire A Realtor When Buying A Home

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder, and rightfully so if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the

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Best Mortgage Tips For April 2018

The housing market typically heats up in the spring, but with squeezed inventory, the outlook is not entirely promising, especially for entry-level buyers. The lack of affordable housing will

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Things To Know About Your Home Inspection

Let’s back up to right before you schedule your home inspection.Chances are you just signed a contract, which means the lender, realtor and lawyers are probably already approaching you with

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How To Afford Your First Home

Becoming a homeowner can be a daunting process for anyone, especially young adults or those without experience making such big purchases. Rushing through this long-term, multi-step financial

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Spring Cleaning Is Here

With the sun finally peeking out after a long, cold winter, freshening your house with a deep spring cleaning can feel really good. If you’re ready to go beyond the basic vacuum-and-mop weekly

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Do You Need A Reality Check For Your Home

We get it—you spent years turning your house into a cozy home. And everything from that perfect shade of gingham blue you painted the cabinets to the quirky old chair rail you preserved

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5 Ways Home Sellers Can Get Ready For The Spring Market

If you're a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale.Start packingIt may sound crazy to start packing months in advance of your move, but

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Buyers And Agents Need To Have Each Others Backs

It can be all too easy for over-eager shoppers to waste a well-intentioned agent's time. Here's what both sides should know.Searching for a home and engaging with a real estate agent today is not

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Does The Stock Market Affect The Housing Market

Macroeconomic variables, such as the stock market, building permits and housing starts, fluctuate in patterns that repeat themselves in predictable ways. As the economy pulls out of a recession,

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Should You Buy A Fixer Upper

For people who love old houses — and love to work on them — the notion of buying a fixer-upper can be irresistible. Just think: You can snag a rundown place in a good neighborhood for way below

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Buying A Home In 2018

If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2018 now is the perfect time to “warm up” for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running this year.1. Check your credit score.A credit score is

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Reasons To Buy A Home In Winter

So real estate wisdom tells us that spring and summer are the prime seasons for house hunting and moving. People are more likely to get out and shop when the weather is nice. It is a more

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Put Your House On A Diet In The New Year

The signs of post-holiday bulge are everywhere. There are all those shopping bags in bedrooms stuffed with holiday presents. Coat closets are jammed with puffer coats, muddy boots and vacuum.

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New Year Resolutions

We've all been there. It's so easy to get carried away by the promise of a clean slate and jump into the new year with a running start ... only to burn out by February. Whether you are hoping to

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Holiday Safety Tips

This holiday season, don't let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else,

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Tips For Managing The Holidays

Sleigh bells are ringing, the candles are lit, everyone is awash in holiday cheer. But you're not feeling at all like one of Santa's little helpers. In fact, you're starting to feel like the Grinch.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Home Inspection

A home inspection is a lot like a test-driving a new car, only better. Instead of just punching the accelerator and a few dash buttons to see what they do, during a home inspection you’ll have a

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What Happens If I Have A Lien On My Home

"What happens if I have a lien on my house?" is a question you might face when it comes time to sell your place. Basically, it means that before this transaction can go through, you

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For The First Time Home Buyer

A lack of savings for a down payment, credit problems, or uncertainty about the home-buying process -- such as where to find the best mortgage lender -- can all make it seem impossible to go from

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Is Your Home Ready For Winter

It's November and you know what that means - it's time to winterize your home!When the weather turns chilly, your house needs to button up, too. And the way to do that is to learn how to winterize

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Halloween Safety Tips

Pumpkin CarvingEveryone loves pumpkins this time of year, and children really enjoy making jack-o-lanterns. But remember these safety tips when your family gets together to create pumpkin

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How To Prepare Your House For Sale

Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce

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7 Essential Tips For VA Home Buyers

Veterans and military members understand the power of preparation better than most.That’s good news considering most home buyers still lack a solid grasp of what it takes today to land a home

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Choosing The Right Mortgage

It’s time. You’ve decided to bid farewell to renting and embrace the many benefits of homeownership.Shopping for a home loan often begins by reviewing mortgage rates. If you’re considering a-

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist*Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you do live

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Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

It breaks my heart to see all the damage caused by hurricane Maria to my beloved island of Puerto Rico. Talking with my dad last night about the unbelievable devastation to our isla, my dad was

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Buying Your First Home

Buying Your First Home8 Basics Steps to Finding and Purchasing Your First HomeBuying your first home is one of the biggest financial steps that you will ever make. It is important to take this

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Get A Jump On The Fall Market

The Fall Real Estate Market!The real estate market is open 365 days a year - yes, even on holidays - but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on

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Getting Your Offer Accepted In A Competitive Real Estate Market

Across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, homes are sellling faster and for higher prices than they were the same time last year.  Meanwhile, inventory remains tight.  The National

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