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Simple Strategies Add Up to a Cooler Summer at Home

Prior to the widespread availability of central air conditioning, previous generations of homeowners learned to employ some simple strategies to keep as cool as possible during the long, hot, humid days of summer.  Now that we have all become more energy-conscious, reviewing some of those ideas can be beneficial.

Make Changes on the Home Front

Here are a handful of simple things you can do at home to ensure more comfort this summer:

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    Happy Spring!

    Happy Spring from Dwell360! We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day and cheering on those running in the Boston Marathon. 

    Farlow, Peter. (2010). Boston Marathon 2010 in Wellesley Photograph. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

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    Deciding to Downsize

    Whether retirement has arrived or the children have moved out to leave you with an empty nest, you may be considering downsizing your home.   Frequently, life events lead to the decision to relocate to a smaller home.  Some people choose this option to simplify life or reduce yard work. Whatever your reason for considering the move, answering some questions first will help you come to the right conclusion for you.

    Questions to Consider When Deciding to Down

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    Considering DIY Home Repair? Here Are The Top 6 Areas To Go Pro, For Safety Sake!

    Most homeowners enjoy the challenge of doing some of their own home maintenance and repair work. In fact, the DIY method can be a great way to save money on home repair bills while getting some exercise and developing your skill set. Projects like painting, landscaping, refinishing floors, and woodwork are well suited for the do-it-yourselfer, exuding significant savings for the sore muscles and splinters received along the way.

    Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista

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    Making the Move Easier on Kids and Pets

    Many adults find buying a home to be exciting and stressful.  With the long checklists of tasks to accomplish, how to minimize the impact of the move on kids and pets may be way down on that list.  However, following a few helpful tips will ensure a successful move with them.

    Moving with Kids

    1. Tell your children about the move early in the process.  As soon as the decision has been finalized, conduct a family meet

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    Houses Are Judged by Their Covers

    When a buyer is out with their REALTOR® l

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    Spruce Up to Sell: Boston Magazine's 10 Low Cost Tweaks to Help Your Home Sell

    As Spring sneaks over the horizon, so does the perfect time to sell your home. The market is already hot and houses are selling faster than they have in many years due to low inventory.

    If you’ve been considering putting your home on the market, taking some simple steps to spruce up the interior and exterior of your residence will help to ensure a short run before the buyers start lining up.

    B

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    Considering a Renovation? Contact Architect Michele Adrian

    Our good friend Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate has been designing cutting edge homes and offices for more than 20 years. 

    At Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, Michele works on architecture, resident

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    The Newton Real Estate Market is HOT!

    In 2013, the average price of a single family home in Newton broke the $1 million mark!

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    Boston Magazine's Best Places to Live 2014

    Moving up?  Take a look at Natick.  

    Power couple?  Consider Needham.  

    Just starting out?  Medford, Watertow

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    The Importance of Using an Attorney for a Real Estate Transaction

    Buying and selling real estate may not be as simple as some may believe. Most people should hire a real estate attorney to handle to a realty transaction from offer to closing. Contracts need to be written

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    Active Seniors Tap Home Equity for Lifestyle Changes

    It's difficult today to speak of real estate trends without touching on the effect Baby Boomers have on the buy and sell cycle. In many ways, it's a new world, and changing rapidly. The current cro

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    Do Finished Basements Increase a Property's Value?

    When looking at selling your home, you'll want to increase its value. One way to do this is by creating more livable space, if possible, such as by finishing the basement. But do finished basements inc

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    Which Home Renovations Are Homeowners Most Eager to Do?

    When getting ready to sell a home, many homeowners look to upgrade the property to add value. But what home renovations are the most enjoyable to complete and add the most value? Here are a few to consider

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    Breaking Down a Mortgage

    Let’s start with the basics. A mortgage refers to any loan that uses a highly valuable piece of property as collateral for a debt. The term mortgage is most commonly used to refer to a loan f

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    Talent Wanted - Administrative Assistant - Newton

    Dwell360, a boutique real estate brokerage, is seeki

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    Top Kitchen Renovations to Boost Property Value

    Any sort of home renovation is a huge undertaking--especially if you are hoping to remain in your home during the updating process. Kitchen renovations are no exception to this, but when selling yo

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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! Wishing you a year full of success and joy. 
     
    -From your friends at Dwell360

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    Budgeting Tips When Paying Monthly For A Mortgage

    Buying property usually means approval for a mortgage and maintaining those payments. It may be difficult for you to create a budget that not only looks good on paper, but also works well when appl

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    Happy Holidays !

         Happy Holidays! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and our warmest wishes.

    - From your friends at Dwell360

    Post-Inspection Negotiation Options for the Buyer

    The home-buying process can be an extremely trying one, so when you get to the point where you're actually on the verge of buying a home, you probably feel like you’re nearly home free. After submitting an offer on a home and successfully achieving a signed agreement with the seller, your next big move will be to have a home inspection done on the property.

    Having a home inspection done prior to signing the Purchase and Sale Agreement is key if you w

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    5 Ways To Make Your Winter Curb Appeal Pop

     

     As the weather gets cold, home owners often find it difficult to keep their homes looking as beautiful as they do in the spring and summer. Particularly if you are trying to sell your home during the winter, it is important to make your home stand out.  Here are five simple ideas to keep your home looking warm and inviting throughout the cold winter months. 

    1. Maintain Your Yard

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    How to Save on Winter Heating Costs with Proper Insulation

    Insulating your home is something you know you should do, but is often overlooked in favor of more visible upgrades to your home. In fact, most homeowners do not remember the insulation until there is a problem or issue. Your home should have all insulation points checked, replaced, and maintained each season to save energy and lower costs. In order to reduce your heating costs, consider updating and maintaining the following key areas.

    Windows and Door Frame

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    So Much To Be Thankful For

     
    We have so much to be thankful for at Dwell360. This year, we've been happy
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    How to Decorate Your Home For the Fall

    There's something about the Fall season that makes many people want to warm up their homes. Decorating your home for the colder months not only helps you create a welcoming vibe in your home, but it also allows you to add elements to your space that will help keep you and your family warm throughout the cold season.

    Showcase Fall-themed Art and Displays

    Art and sculptures can help bring the season into your home.

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    Now is Still the Time to Sell

    Now is still the time to sell your home. Inventoriy in markets throughout Massachusetts remain very low. The result: prices are on the rise and homes are spending less and less time on the market. Buyers are still actively looking, but with so few homes to consider they quickly find themselves in multiple offer situations. 

    There are simply not enough homes coming up for sale to meet the demand. The Boston Globe recently reported that one

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    The Most and Least Expensive Housing Markets in the Country

    Our local market is hot! 

    CNBC published a report today ranking the most expensive and most affordable real estate markets in the country, and three of our local towns topped the list.  

    Weston, Massachusetts ranks #9 with homes listing for an average of $1,229,000. Wellesley comes in at #16 with an average list price of $1,079,600. And at an average price of $912,745, Newton rounds out the top 25.

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    Happy Halloween from Dwell360!

    The air is crisp and the nights are creeping in early, so it’s time to enjoy the chills and thrills of All Hallows' Eve. Enjoy this spooky album from the comfort of your cozy home:

    31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

     

    We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

    - The friendly ghouls & ghosts of

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    Find Your Family’s Dream School

    Many families choose the town they call home by starting with one key factor: the school district. But everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing the best school for their children, and tracking down all of the data on different districts can be exhausting.

    That’s where the Dreamschool Finder comes in.  First, choose your Boston metro region and the grade level of your children. Then allocate 10

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    Big Success - Annual Open House at Dwell360 - 2013

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    For those of you who attended the e

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    A Great Article From Boston.com | "Home shopping? Be ready to move fast."

    By Jay Fitzgerald / Globe Correspondent / September 21, 2013

    Stephen Hussey, a Boston-area home inspector and real estate agent, sees it too often: home buyers blowing deals because they simply weren’t ready to compete in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.

    Up against five or more bidders for the same home, these slow-off-the-mark shoppers did not prepare well, and then blamed themselves or others for not nabbing the dream home

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    Newtonville Village Day - A Great Success!

    Newtonville Village Day was a great success this year!

    We gave away all of our "Free" houses, and two lucky winners will be receiving kid size cardboard houses. We were impressed by the artistic ability of the children who joine

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    Dwell360 Will Be Giving Away A FREE House at "The Newtonville Village Day"

    Dwell360 is proud to sponsor "Newtonville Village Day". We have some exciting activities planned so please stop by our booth!

    Rising prices and Tight Supply Complicate House Hunting

    A recent article in the Boston Globe spoke about the rising prices and tight supply of the current real estate market. In effect this has caused a competitive hunt for buyers, and much frustration. These scenarios are especially apparent in high demand areas, with little inventories.

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    Wellesley Rated Number 11 out of 25 for "Top Earning Small Towns"

    In the "The Best Places To Live" by CNN Money, Wellesley, Massachusetts was rated number 11 of 25 small towns in the US. It was selected as one of the "Top Earning Towns" for 2012. 

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    Three Towns In Massachusetts Voted Best Places To Live

    CNN Money placed three towns in Massachusetts on their "Best Places to Live - America's best small towns" list this month.  According to CNN Money they ranked 50 towns that are "not only thriving economically, they've also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community".  In previous years other Massachusetts communities like Newton, Milton, Brookline, and others have been ranked

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    Is Buying a Short Sale Property Right for You?

    Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high—and as a result, more sellers are looking to short sales as a way to avoid the impacts of foreclosures. Short sales can have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it.

    What Is a Short Sale?

    Short sales are now quite common in parts of the country where significant drops in home values have made it difficult to sell a home. In a short sale situation

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    5 Ways to Make Your Rental Property Your Own

    White walls, basic carpet, run of the mill appliances—this is the story of most rental properties. When it comes to living in one, you’ll have to make the most of the situation you are presented with. There is no rule that says you need to put your household personality on hold until you purchase a home of your own. By finding ways to express yourself in temporary formats you can have a lot of

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    Making the Decision to Buy or Rent

    The lease is just about up and it is time to make that yearly decision once again. Is it time to purchase a home, or are you content signing a lease for one more year. This is a pretty big question to face, and it is one that requires quite a bit of serious deliberation by all parties involved before a final verdict is reached.

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    Want to Break Into Investment Properties? Consider These Factors Before You Buy.

    Making money from a rental property seems like a quick and easy investment—but it’s about far more than putting down an investment and waiting for the money to roll in. If you own a home, you already know that home ownership involves maintenance, time, and personal energy.

    Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:

    • Property Management: You, your tenant, or a third-party p

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    Five Home Renovations That Will Help Sell Your Home

    Popular home renovations will almost always bring you a higher selling price on your home. Therefore, it's very important that you do your due diligence when it comes to researching the upgrades that are best for your home. Learn which ones will bring you the biggest return on your investment and which ones will not.

    1. Kitchen. A kitchen remodel will get a higher return on your investment than any other remodel item. Your kitchen upgrades could consist of a

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    Beat the Heat: Current Trends in Vacation Properties

    Vacation homes are a growing source of real estate activity. Vacation home sales rose by 10 percent in 2012, while the number of homes sold to investors fell. That's according to the National Association of Realtors' 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Review published in April of 2013. The publication tracks trends for both new and existing homes that enter the vacation and investors' markets.

    A strong stock market recovery combined with attractive prices on vac

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    Happy Fourth Of July!

    Go Green: Five Ideas for Creating a More Environmentally Friendly Home

    If you would like to learn how to create a more environmentally friendly home, here are five ideas for "going green" while making home improvements.

    1. Install a tankless water heater

    A tankless water heater contains coils that heat your water on demand instead of keeping a 50 gallon water heater hot twenty four hours a day, every day. Additionally, a tankless water heater will not run out of hot water.

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    Radon 101 for the Homeowner | Part 2

    Why worry about radon? In our two-part blog series on radon exposure in the home, we’re covering this sneaky gas—what it is, and why it matters. Last time we covered the basics on radon’s chemical makeup and health risks. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the details of radon testing.

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    Radon 101 for the Homeowner | Part 1

    Radon is a significant health risk. It’s enough of a risk that we’re actually going to take two blog posts to cover the issues relating to radon toxicity in the home. Today, we’ll have a look at the basics—what it is, how it can get into a home environment, and why it can be dangerous. Next time, we’ll cover potentially lifesaving information on radon testing.

    What Is Radon?

    Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, od

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    Make Your Home Picture Perfect For Sale

    One of the biggest deterrents for buyers who are viewing your home is the presence of clutter inside your house. There are a few negative effects of clutter that can keep consumers from making an offer. First, clutter makes the rooms in your home appear smaller. Boxes piled up along the walls in your house create a smaller total floor area. The eye evaluates the size of the room from the ground up. If there isn't enough room to get around, your house will feel much smaller than it actua

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    The Perfect Open House

    Before a buyer makes a decision on your home, he or she will likely want to attend an open house event. Here are a few steps you can take to make your open house a perfect marketing strategy.

    Stay Away During the Open House

    One important thing to remember when your real estate agent is hosting an open house is to stay away during the event. Nothing deters interested buyers from asking important questions or taking the time to explore the home thoroughl

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    How to Market Your “For Sale” Home

    Putting your house on the market can be frustrating and exhausting. Homes can stay on the market for months before an interested buyer takes notice. You can expedite the process, however, by employing a few basic marketing strategies.

    Why Market Your Home?

    Marketing your home is the most effective way to get the word out that you are a seller in search of a buyer. In some locations, the market may be flooded with homeowners attempting to sell their hom

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    Home Buyers & Sellers Impressed by Dwell360’s Real Estate Classes

    Dwell360’s Home Buying & Selling Classes on May 11 were a great success!

    Dwell360 Class Photos

    Participants were excited to cover the basics of home buying and selling, but also surprised to learn about the changes in the current market and some insider secrets as well.  They said they were impressed by how much they learned and now fel

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    Do's and Don'ts for First Time Home Buyers

    Buying a home for the very first time can be an exciting adventure that results in a quaint and charming dream home in which you will start a family, create a life, and build a successful future. Finding this charming house, though, often requires a not-so-charming process. If you are a first-time home buyer, consider this short list of do's and don'ts that will help you do the right things while avoiding common first-timer mistakes.

    Do Your Research

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    Dwell360's Classes for Buyers & Sellers

    Are you considering buying or selling a home?
    Curious how the market has changed recently?

     

    Attend our complimentary Real Estate Classes

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    9:00am    Home Buying - How Times Have Changed

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    We love our Boston

    Our thoughts go out to our friends, clients, and everyone affected by this Boston tragedy.  The Boston Marathon is an important event to the residents of Massachusetts and will always continue to be a special event.  We are proud of our first responders, our city, our world class medical facilities, and the people that are the heart and soul of this wonderful place we call Boston.  
     
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    Dwell360 Home Selling Guide

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    Creating an Impressive Foyer

    When your house is on the market, you'll likely try to have as many public viewings or open houses as possible. An open house is a pressure-free way for interested buyers to view your property and imagine themselves living in the space. An open house, however, is usually a very short event. Every single moment counts during an open house, and you need to be sure that your house impresses every step of the way. When you've perfected your home's curb appeal, the next step is to cr

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    Reimagining the Kitchen: Trends for 2013

    Today’s kitchen is a quick-change artist that adores families and loves simplicity.

    If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, we’ve got good news and bad news.

    First, the good stuff. According to trend experts Lita Dirks and Dominick Tringali, you don’t have to shell out major cash to add space. Instead, look to expand what you already have. Vault your ceiling, add windows, squeeze in clever storage ideas. Make the space work harder,

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    5 Home Repairs to Tackle Before Selling Your House

    Before you sell your home in the Boston area, it's important to make a few cosmetic fixes. These five inexpensive home repairs will get your home in tip-top condition before you put it on the market.

    1.  Wall Imperfections

    One of the first things you should do when preparing your house for the market is to repair wall imperfections. Cracks, chips, and nail holes are easy fixes. A touch of spackling and some sandpaper can restore a wall to its

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    Talent Wanted - Administrative Assistant - Newton

    Dwell360 a boutique real estate brokerage is seeking an Administrative Assistant for their Newton headquarters. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding for the importance that marketing, sales, and customer service play in the day-to-day operations of a fast paced firm. The candidate should be a well organized, self starter, personable, enthusiastic, and with clear sense of urgency. The administrative assistant will work closely with the company founders and will be responsible

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    Strong 2013 Indicated by Dwell360’s Boston Real Estate Market Report

    The real estate market in Boston is hot!

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    Real Estate Market Reports | Metro Boston | Dwell360 Real Estate

    At Dwell360, we keep our finger on the pulse of the real estate market in Metro Boston. To that end, we have produced 2012 year end market reports for more than 20 towns in the area. They contain residential market data and statistics for the sales of single family homes, condominiums, and multifamily homes over the past ten years.

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    Major Gains in the 2012 Newton Real Estate Market

    Last year Newton, Massachusetts experienced a rise in home sales, an increase in value, and a reduction of the number of days homes spent on the market. Enticed by the continued low interest rates, buyers came out in force after waiting several years until they felt confident we had reached the bottom. This resulted in numerous multiple offers, quick sales, and increases in prices, as our sale inventory remained low. All signs are pointing to recovery in the real estate industry, especially

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    Your Top Home Ownership Tax Questions Answered

    Which tax benefits do home owners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these questions and more before Tax Day.

    There are a lot of home ownership tax benefits — if you don’t forget to take them. To make sure you get your due, HouseLogic asked tax expert Abe Schneier, a senior technical manager with the American Institute of CPAs, for tax-filing tips.

    HouseLogic: What’s the mos

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    Donate a toy for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle!

    Drop off a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at our office by December 17th and you can enter to win an Apple iPod Shuffle from Dwell360!

     

    Stop by Tuesdays through Fridays 9am - 5pm 

    and on Monday December 17 from 10am - 5pm

    at 46 Austin Street in Newton.

    One raffle en

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    Dwell360 is a Toys for Tots Drop Site

    This holiday season, help us help kids in need by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at our office by December 17!  We are open 9am - 5pm Tuesdays through Fridays at 46 Austin Street in Newton, MA.

    Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  Each October, November, and December, they collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those them as Christmas gifts to needy children, age 0 to 14, in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The Toys

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    8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier

    As long as you’re remodeling, why not cut your utility bill and make your home a bit healthier?

    Saving energy wasn’t on the list of reasons we’re finally ripping out the kitchen in our mid-century home (green-veined, imitation marble laminate countertops figured much more prominently). But, a session at the recent 2012 Remodeling Show in Baltimore clued me in as to why adding a few simple tasks to our remodeling plan could lower our home

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    Dwell360's Fall Festival

    Thanks for attending our Fall Festival Open House on October 28th! 

        

    Our Open House (&q

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    Dwell360's New Office - A next generation office

    Dwell360 is proud to announce the opening of our new, state-of-the-art, real estate office in Newton.  We have created the next generation real estate office which has been designed with the tools and environment for productivity and innovation.  Commitment to paperless systems, flexible work spaces, and team collaboration are all at the core of this innovative work environment.  Our headquarters will better service our customers and support the continued growth as an indepen

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    Join us at Newtonville Village Day & Jazz Festival

    We hope to see you in our neighborhood on Saturday, September 29.  It looks like it will be a fun day with activities for the whole family, including rides and face painting for the kids and live jazz 10am-5pm.
     
    Visit Newton Co
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    5 Home Apps Worthy of the iPhone 5

    You can unleash the DIY powers of the iPhone 5 when it’s released soon with these handy home improvement apps.

    Like most home owners who love their gadgets, we’re eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone 5. To prepare, we’ve pinpointed 5 home apps we can’t wait to try on the new Apple toy. 

    FYI, these downloadable tools will work on your current iPhone too. 

     

    1. Take out the trash app

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    Dwell360 Has Moved to a New Office!

    Real estate’s home address has a new address!

    Dwell360 New Office

    We are excited to announce that we have moved into a beautiful new office space.  We have lots of windows, an open flexible work space, a resource area, four conference rooms/private work areas, and plenty of parking.
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    Some Home Improvement Projects Can be Cheaper in Summer

    Summer is traditionally the time when home improvement projects get done, but did you know that summer renovations can be cheaper, too? 

    MSNBC.com has a list of five home renovation projects that are cheaper or more efficient to do in the summer, and while some of them are obvious — landscaping and installing an in-ground pool, for example — others are somewhat surprising.

    1. Driveway paving: 

    Asphalt is easier to

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    6 Green Terms: Which Ones Can You Trust?

    Does “natural” mean organic? Should you buy anything labeled “non-toxic”? Here are the truth and eco-facts about many of the green terms you find on product labels.

    What’s really green? Soon you’ll have a little more confidence about green product marketing claims, such as “biodegradable” and “recyclable”: The Federal Trade Commission, which sets standards for the use of environmental claims in its Green Guides, is

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    Find the Home Loan that Fits Your Needs

    Understand which mortgage loan is best for you so your budget is not stretched too thin.

    The basics of mortgage financing

    The most important features of your mortgage loan are its term and interest rate. Mortgages typically come in 15-, 20-, 30- or 40-year lengths. The longer the term, the lower your monthly payment. However, the tradeoff for a lower payment is that the longer the life of your loan, the more interest you’ll pay.

    Mortgage intere

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    Is Your Kid at Risk for Lead Poisoning? New Guidelines Change the Game

    By lowering the acceptable levels of lead in blood, The Centers for Disease Control has renewed the assault on environmental lead, often found in paint in older homes.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new, stricter guidelinesfor assessing lead poisoning in children.

    The guidelines lower the amount of lead in the blood that’s considered “acceptable,” from 10 micrograms of per deciliter to less than 5 micro

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    When a Tree Dies, Do You Feel It?

    Have you ever lost a tree that was like a dear friend? Then prepare for heartbreak. We’re going to lose many dear friends to the emerald ash borer.

    If you’ve ever lost a favorite tree, you know that the emotional blow can rank right up there with any tough loss. Maybe not every tree in the yard tugs at our hearts. Some have that just-so shape and character -- the way they shelter the swing set or add a bit of majesty to the front of the house -- that makes t

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    Friday Five: Housing Markets, Buyers Adjust to New Normal

    Home sales rise, foreclosures fall, and the latest national flood insurance deadline looms.

    In our Friday Five roundup of top housing news, we look at a return to traditional home sales: With rents on the rise across the country, many are taking advantage of low prices and short sale opportunities to trade in their lease for a mortgage. Also this week, we begin the countdown for national flood insurance reauthorization, which is set to expire at the end of May 2012.

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    6 Curb Appeal Ideas to Make You the Star of the Neighborhood

    A few hours of exterior home and yard work can add thousands to your home’s value.

    April 28 and 29 marks Nationwide Open House weekend — the unofficial opening day of the spring real estate season. Since curb appeal strongly influences home values, it’s a great weekend to spruce up your own yard, especially if the neighbors are trying to sell their home.

    How much value can neighborhood curb appeal add? Having nice landscaping adds

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    Three Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Investing in real estate can seem overwhelming and reserved for the very rich.  In the current economic conditions and marketplace, it may even feel a bit too risky.  But if you’ve ever thought real estate investing may be right for you, this is a great time to learn about your options and how it can be done by almost anyone.

    Before we learn about our options, though, let me say that I bel

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    How Landlords Save the World

    The title of this entry is over-the-top, I admit, but I am just here to stick up for the landlords out there who are trying to do some good.  The word “landlord” in itself has some negativity associated with it, and the use of “lord” in this context is distasteful in our American sensibility.  In media, landlords are portrayed as misers ready to make a buck on the poor and take advantage of families.

    Please!

    Let me tell you

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    Top Three Reasons Why Property Investment Is King

    No one wants to hear this, but I’m saying it anyway.  Real estate is the best long-term financial investment.  Phew…that’s a relief.

    With the real estate market in the dumps for several years now, it is not easy to get back into the pro-property mind-set.  But, it is exactly at these times that you should be considering expanding your real estate portfolio.

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    Why Hasn’t Your Home Sold?

    In the market of exasperated and exhausted home sellers, I hear a lot of great stories about why homes are not selling.  They usually divide into two categories: the real estate agents not doing their jobs or the sellers are uncooperative.

    Either type of story leads to the same place: how are you marketing and showing the home?

    There are very few reasons why your home doesn’t sell.  There is no mystery here.  There are bad agents and unc

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    Are You Prepared for the Next Time the Earth Shakes?

    Like everyone else, we were stunned by the 5.9 magnitude 

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    Child-Proof Doors & Windows to Keep Toddlers, Elderly from Wandering

    If you have a toddler who thinks midnight is a great time to hit the playground without you, or a dad with Alzheimer’s who gets lost a block from home, you need to know when someone heads out the door (or a window) of your home. 

    Short of moving your family into a prison, your options for keeping everyone where they belong range from simple lock products to help child-proof doors and windows that cost about a buck to sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment cost

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    Announcement for Agents: Career Site from Dwell360

    Hello Massachusetts Experienced Agents,
     
    We have launched a careers website for experienced agents looking to explore what our borkerage, Dwell360, has to offer you.  Visit the site and let Ed and I know if you have any questions.
     
     
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    Fourth of July: Take a Step Toward Energy ‘Independence’

    From House Logic.

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    On Father’s Day, Actions Speak Louder Than Ties

    Father’s Day is Sunday. And you’re wondering how to thank the guy who taught you to wield a putty knife, and to shut the door and quit heating/cooling the outside — for crying out loud!

    You could buy him something. But how many World’s Greatest Dad mugs and barbecue mitts does a guy need?

    Instead, spend a little time. Do some chore that Dad would otherwise do. Finish a project he hasn’t had time to complete. 

    Yo

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    Testimonial, Chestnut Hill home purchase

    Our client wrote us a wonderful testimonial about our real estate services.  It can be read on here and on our Zillow profile.  We appreciate the kind words.

    John provided excellent professional service over a 9 month period while we relocated from the west coast to Newton. He kept us in the listing loop but did not push the process. When we did finally settle on "the House"

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    Real Estate Market Report - City of Newton, Massachusetts

    Dwell360 presents a market report for the residential real estate sales for the City of Newtonn Massachusetts.  It is always fun to take a look at real estate market data.  Take some time and look at this market report for the City of Newton.  The report reviews the residential real estate markets for the past 8 years.
     
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    Cambridge Massachusetts Real Estate Statistics

    At Dwell360 we have a wealth of real estate information at our finger tips.  Market reports are typically one of the most requested by our clients.  Click the link to view our real estate market report for Cambridge Massachusetts.  The report reviews the residential real estate markets for the past 8 years.

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    Worcester Massachusetts Market Statistics – Presented by Dwell360

    Real estate and the overall residential markets are the topic of conversation on a regular basis.  Here at Dwell360 we live and breathe real estate.   That is why we keep a close pulse on the market statistics for the towns in and around the Meto Boston area.  We have a number of reports on file.  So feel free to send us a result for a particular town.

    Below click the report on the Worcester real estate market for the past 8 years.  The information p

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    Dos and Don’ts of Homebuyer Incentives

    Homebuyer incentives can be smart marketing or a waste of money. Find out when and how to use them.  By: G. M. Filisko
    When you’re selling your home, the idea of adding a sweetener to the transaction—whether it’s a decorating allowance, a home warranty, or a big-screen TV—can be a smart use of marketing funds. To ensure it’s not a big waste, follow these dos and don’ts
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    Fielding a Lowball Purchase Offer on Your Home

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    Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It

    In 1860, J.W. Black took this photo from Samuel A. King's balloon while tethered over the Boston Common.  It is the earliest aerial photograph taken in the United States.  An interesting piece of history.  The photo is from the Boston Public Library's flickr page.  

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    24 of the Most Expensive properties listed in Massachusetts.

    Interested in knowing the most expensive homes listed in Massachusetts.  There are 24 properties currently on the market listed above $10,000,000.  These properties are spectacular and worth a bit of a look.

    The most expensive is a 9+ acre compound in Cohasset listed for $55.0m.  A home in the Back Bay of Boston on Dartmouth Street is listed for

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    "Town of Wayland remains on solid financial footing"

    “Moody’s Investor Services said the Town of Wayland remains on solid financial footing.”  It is comforting to read this in the article Wayland's $100m development on track, eyed as revenue boost from Boston Business Journal today.  Even though the current real estate market has required adjustments to the original plans

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    Review & Ratings on Zillow for Dwell360

    Zillow has just enabled real estate agent reviews and ratings on within the profiles of agents on their site.  I was surprised that already we have received a review from our past client Josh.  We have helped Josh through three transactions and are flattered with
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    Enjoy a snow day!

    We hope everyone is enjoying the snow today!  We are enjoying working from home today.  Keep safe and warm. 

     

        

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    Snow, snow, everywhere - except Florida

    According to CNN Florida seems to be the only state that has not gotten snow today.  "After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground –  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter."

     

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    Happy New Year! All the best in 2011

    We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.  We hope your 2011 is a wonderful year.  

    Warm Regards, 

    The Dwell360 Real Estate

    Happy Holidays!

    We wish our friends, family, clients, and colleagues the warmest and happiest holidays and prosperous New Year.   We are blessed to have such loyal and supportive friends – Thank you.

    Warm wishes from everyone at Dwell360.

    11 real estate Items to think about in 2011

    When you are considering selling and buying your home there are a few things to consider.  HGTV's FrontDoor.com creates a good list to consider in their article "Buying and Selling Your House: 11 Resolutions for 2011" By Geoff Williams, published: 12/21/2010. 

    The list of list of 11 items (noted below) are all items you should think about if you are lo

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    John Lynch Quoted in Survive and Thrive in Boston

    This fall my family and I spend a bit of time in the Boston Public Garden.  We always love visiting the garden and on this visit we had the camera ready in hopes to capture some good shots for our family Holiday card.  In addition to some great photos we ended up with a nice collection of photos of the Boston Public Garden that made it to a video that is on our YouTube channel. &
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving to our friends, family, past and present clients, colleagues & your familie

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    Newton Single Family Sold Price up 3.63%

    What would you say if I said the average price of a single family home in Newton Massachusetts is up?  It is true.  The average sale price is up 3.63% in the Garden City.  A client needed some real estate sales data and some of the figures we compare was 2009 and 2010 sales data in MLS for closings for each year for the time range of January 1 – November 15.

    For the time frame noted above, the average sale price in 2009 was $845,434 and in 2010 is $876,1

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    We are adding marketing tools like video

    As our real estate firm Dwell360 moves forward we have some great things in store for the world of real estate.  As we sit in our Newton office we have been planning the future of our firm and forecasting how the real estate market will develop in the coming year.  We also are paying close attention to how the industry itself will change. 

    VIDEO: Select Sold Single Family Homes

    Our fi

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    10 Factors that make an impact on your homeowners insurance

    One factor to consider when looking buying a home is the cost of insurance.  It is a topic that is often overlooked by buyers during the process of their home search.  But, the cost for insurance, average of $900, is with you for the life of ownership and you take time to consider the implications.  If you already own your home and it is vacant or unoccupied you should take a second look at your policy.

    Just a few years ago I received a quote for insurance that was leaps and... [MORE]

    Is Zillow’s property valuation the “Zestimate” accurate? No, It could be off by 20%.

    Property valuation websites have a lot of information to offer.  They provide details on properties, sale history, tax information, and estimate the value of the home.  As a result, they become a topic of conversation with our clients on a regular basis.  The only issue is we often find ourselves explaining to clients why the site is not always accurate.

    Today, at a Boston real estate conference, Agent Reboot, Zillow representatives talked about their se

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    We have an understanding of the customer of the future. Dwell360 & Real Estate

    What are we doing different? 

    This is a question that many have asked with reference to our new brokerage.  There is not just one answer to this question.  But, my favorite answer is –

    We have an understanding of the customer of the future.  We know what they need today, what they will need tomorrow, and what they will require in the future. 

    We have built a real estate brokerage, technology, and marketing that will be a pioneer i

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    Dwell360 is modern, simple, and progressive

    Life at the Dwell360 real estate brokerage remains exciting!   


    We are working hard to build a premier real estate brokerage based in Newton Massachusetts that will service the Greater Boston cities and towns.&nbsp

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    Interest rates are really low – 4.5%

    All we have been hearing lately from our past and present clients, our friends, and everyone else is how great of an interest rate they can get.  Our mortgage contacts and real estate attorneys have been super busy with the recent refinance boom.   We have heard people getting rates from 4 – 4.50%. 

    The rates

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    Just Listed: Wayland Luxury Townhome

    Dwell360 New Listing in Wayland!  $594,900
     
    Come visit our listing:  104 Willow Brook, Wayland, Ma 01778.
     
     
    This is a spectacular home nestled in a park like setting with wooded views that
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    Just Sold: 129 Monadnock Road, Newton, MA

    Just Sold 129 Monadnock Road, Chestnut Hill, MA --- $1,537,500


    We search long and hard for our buyer clients perfect home.  This past week we closed on this Newton Massachusetts home with more than 4,000 square feet of living.  The property is in the heart of Chestnut Hill just a short distance to Newton Centre, Bo
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    Money 100 Best Places to Live - Newton, Waltham, Brookline, & Weymouth, MA make the list

    People in Massachusetts really love their home towns.  They have energy and excitement when they speak about their community and there are some great places to live in the Commonwealth.  Four cities in Massachusetts made it to this year’s list of “America’s 100 Best Small Cities to Live” found in August 2010 issue of Money magazine.  The City of Newton took the third place on the list,

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    The average home sale price is up! | Brookline, Cambirdge, & Newton

    Single family homes in Newton, Cambridge, and Brookline Massachusetts for the period of 1/1/2010 - 8/15/2010 compared to the same period in 2009 has shown solid results.  The average sales single family price and total number of sales have increased. 

    The condos sold for the same period of 2010 compared to 2009 have also done well.  Cambridge did see a decline of in the average sales price by more than 7% but did see an increase of more than 35% in the number of condos
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    Strathmore Road, Brighton - Just Listed

    We have just listed a wonderful Brighton condo in the heart of Cleveland Circle.  Year to date, 1/1/2010 - 7/1/2010 we have seen 157 condos sell in Brighton with an average sale price of $295,724.  It has been an active time and is becoming a great time to get into the market.
     

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    Verndale - Just Listed - Coolidge Corner

    Brookline Massachusetts is an exciting town and great Boston neighbor.  The average sales price year-to-date (1/1/2010 – 7/1/2010) for a condo in Brookline is $526,176 with 291 condos sold.  Our newest listing 7 Verndale is a great opportunity to become a past of a great community rich in history with a strong real estate market.

    The Town of Brookline is an amazing pla

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    Quint - Just Listed - Allston, MA

    We are excited to present 61 Quint for sale.  It was about five years ago when we represented our client in the purchase of this great property.  It has been a great home and as great things happen it is time to move on.  We could not have been happier to get the call again to help sell the condo.

    This Allston condo is in the heart of the activity that surrounds Allston, Brighton, and Brookline.  This area is often perc

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    Dwell360 at Inman Connect in CA

    Just a few days ago Ed and I left William Raveis Real Estate to begin opening our new firm Dwell360 (Dwell Three Sixty.)  It has been an exciting few days.  At this has been taking place I picked up and flew to California to attend the Inman Connect an innovative real estate conference.  Ed has been powering all the progress back at headquarters.

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    Ed & John begin to launch Dwell360

    We are very excited to announce that we will be launching our own independent real estate brokerage here in Massachusetts.  Ed Johnston and John Lynch will be building DWELL360 a boutique brokerage that is focused on providing clients with the best possible service from well qualified real estate agents.  The towns of service will include Boston, Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Cambridge,

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    Just Listed: Wayland Town home, $619,000

    Come visit our new listing this Sunday at the open house from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  104 Willow Brook, Wayland, Ma 01778.
     
     
    This is a spectacular home nestled in a park like setting with wooded views that give you the sense of being i
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    New Listing & It is Under Agreement

    Just listed: Under Agreement!  62 Withington Road, Newtonville, MA - $1,049,000

    We are so excited to list this spectacular town home in Newtonville Ma.  It is a special home just a block from the Cabot school.  The first floor features separate living & dining rooms.  An open family room with eat-in-kitchen creates a perfect gathering place.  The yard has both patio & deck perfect for entertaining.&nbsp... [MORE]

    Sold - 45 Westbourne Rd, Newton - $1.288


     
    One of our listing has sold!  45 Westbourne Road in Newton Centre Massachusetts was on the market only for a few days and revived multiple offers.  It was a strategy we worked hard toachive and we did.  It is a spectacular home, details here, 45Westbourne.c
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    Just Sold - 287 Langley Road Newton - $1.4m


    The month of April was a bit busy with quite a few closings for John Lynch and Edward Johnston of the Johnston Lynch Group.  Our clients found some great home, have started to move, and we look forward to see how they get settled. 


    One fantastic property sold, a free-standing townhouse in The Terraces, and ex
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    Get the Fenway Big League Lawn @ Home

    I recently heard this on the radio and just found the site.  Scotts the grass seed and fertilizer company is providing the Fenway Park Grass Seed and Lawn Fertilizer.  If you can get your grass to look like Fenway Park that would be great.  Great to look at and great for your property value.
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    Big Mistakes Buyers Make

    Today, I came across an article from CNNMoney.com titled “6 biggest mistakes home buyers make.”  After taking a look at the list I thought the six items are noteworthy.  I am not sure if they are the biggest mistakes that a buyer can make.  But, the list is one worth review.

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    What is going on this month?

    It has been a busy few months.  Ed and I have put under a very solid number of properties under agreement in the last month.  It has been exciting and the activity stills continues.  We have put listings under agreement and buyers have secured properties.  But, there is more work to be done.

    As Ed posted the other day he took one client out to see 26 properties in three days.  A few days ago I took clients from the west coast out to see 32 prop

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    Is 26 too many?

    Friday there was 11, Saturday was 9, and Sunday finished with 6.  A combination of single family and condos in Newton and Brookline.  

    One month ago these relocation buyers had made a special trip from Chicago
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    Federal Aid Programs For Massachusetts Disaster Recovery

    It has been wet, very wet, here is Massachusetts.  To the point that FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This is a significant resource for the state to help correct the damage of these major rain storms.

     

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    Our Fancy New Website!

    Today, Ed and John are launching their team website, www.JohnstonLynch.com.  The new website is a new platform that will help us get information to our clients faster and be more effective in our marketing efforts. 

    The new website has an integrated blog and property search capabilities.  The site also integrated our listing websites so they are continuously featured to visitors of the site.  We have stream

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    Real Estate Service Providers

    Service Providers

    When you buy or sell a home you will need to retain the services of professionals.  The following names should complement other recommendations you might receive from friends and family.  Then choose the professional that fits your needs.
     

    Real Estate Attorney

    Laurance S. Lee
    Rosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein LLP
    246 Walnut Street –
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    Relocating to/from Boston suburbs and cities with Dwell360

    Relocation
    Our relocation agents have had extensive experience with clients moving into or out of the suburbs and cities of the greater Boston area.  We have been trained by top relocation companies and are certified to manage their clients.
     
    Moving Here
    Every year we have clients fly in, get in our car, and ask, “Where to?”
     
    People often
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    Buyer Plan

    As your REALTOR®, the Dwell360 team can manage every aspect of your quest to find the perfect home from the beginning of your search to the closing.  A buyer will be faced with a maze of forms, financing decisions, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating.  It only makes sense to work with a professional who knows well the Massachusetts communities and the process of acquiring a home.

     

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    Seller Plan

    We truly enjoy being REALTORS® and have the experience to prove it.  Our group has sold more than 150 properties in Massachusetts over the past few years.  Our experience is with "today's market" - a challenging time - but one in which we have found success.  We remain active visiting homes, working with sellers, and listening to buyers to refine our knowledge of the market every day.  
     
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