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Posted on 02/27/2021
Private Mortgage Insurance
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay In general, if you have less than 20 percent of a down payment for the house you want, you will have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). This insurance is a cost to you to protect the lender if you default on the loan. In most cases, it’s better to save the 20...
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Posted on 02/20/2021
Things to Consider When Moving a Great Distance
Photo by Erika Wittlieb via Pixabay Have you ever made a move across the country? While this is a huge step, it can be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re moving for a job or you just want a fresh start, the whole process can be stressful and very expensive. However, there are some tips to consider that can help...
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Posted on 02/19/2021
Top Choices for Takeout North of Boston
Top restaurants for takeout north of Boston 18 places to pick up a great meal in Somerville, Gloucester, and other communities north of the city. Chef-owner Rachel Miller of Nightshade Noodle Bar in Lynn.BARRY CHIN / GLOBE STAFF Project Takeout Amonth ago, The Boston Globe launched Project Takeout, encouraging you to get food to go that you can...
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Posted on 02/13/2021
Tips for Homebuyers: Make the Most of Your Time and Resources
Let's face it – most homebuyers have limited time and resources at their disposal. As such, it is crucial for buyers to do everything possible to optimize their time and resources throughout the property buying journey. Because if a buyer maximizes his or her time and resources, this individual can boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful homebuying experience....
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Posted on 02/08/2021
Boston Communities Improving Pathways to Homeownership
Boston Redirects Some Police OT Funds to Help First-Time Home Buyers The city is offering up to $5,000 in grants to help first-time home-buyers The city of Boston on Monday announced it is offering up to $5,000 in grants to help first-time home buyers handle down payments or close on new homes. Mayor Marty Walsh said in a...
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Posted on 02/06/2021
Eliminating House Clutter Will Help Sell Your Home
Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family. When your home is actively being shown,...
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Posted on 01/30/2021
How to Create a Moving Checklist
Photo by Heung Soon via Pixabay A moving checklist won't take all the stress out of moving, but it can relieve a lot of the pressure once you have everything accounted for. To give yourself a little extra sanity and peace of mind, we'll sketch out what a reasonable timeline should look like. 8 Weeks Before Nearly two...
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Posted on 01/26/2021
Design Trends for 2021
5 Hot Home Design Trends for 2021 From cozy vibes to statement lighting, find out what's trending in the new year. Photo courtesy No Vacancy Home Staging What popular home trends can we expect in the new year? Life in quarantine has really allowed us to take a step back and reevaluate our homes from a new perspective(link...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Need a little design inspiration for your window-seat?
20 Cozy and Comfortable Window Nook Designs Open floor plans have made working and schooling from home these past 10 months a little bit tricky. Families are adding desks to living rooms, turning dining rooms into study spaces, and building walls in attic offices. They’ve also taken advantage of ready-made places like window seats that perhaps didn’t see...
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Posted on 01/23/2021
How To Improve Your HVAC's Energy Efficiency
Photo by Skitterphoto via Pexels Keeping your home comfortable when the weather gets cooler can have a significant impact on your energy bills. In fact, your HVAC system is one of the biggest sources of energy usage in your home. You could end up spending more than you planned to on heating, especially if the weather turns colder...
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Posted on 01/16/2021
Recipe: Carrot & Black Bean Soup
Photo by Bence Balla-Schottner on Unsplash Herbs, onions, celery and garlic infuse the carrots and beans in this soup with remarkable richness and character. This soup can be made with canned black beans, but we highly recommend using dry beans, cooked up with a clove of garlic and a dash of tamari. The beans will be splendid, filling...
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Posted on 01/09/2021
Financing with a Credit Union
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Property buyers today may think of a credit union as an alternative form of lending and ultimately meant for people who don't fit the stereotypical borrower. But this assumption may a little unfair once you learn the facts. Credit unions present several unique opportunities that you simply won't find anywhere else. We'll...
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