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What's it like to live in Hopkinton, MA?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 @ 02:19 PM

Hopkinton is a popular suburban community that's grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, due in large part to the high rankings of the town's public school system. The town offers a wealth of newly built homes to choose from, easy access to commuter rail service to Boston, and plenty of recreational and community activities. With two lakes, miles of wooded trails, and a state park, there's lots to do outdoors. 

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How much does it cost to live in Boston?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sat, Sep 9, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Boston Magazine released an article today highlighting the steep price of living in Boston. That's probably not news to a lot of people, at least if you've done any house hunting in the area. The high ranked schools, world-class hospitals, and plethora of jobs draw people from all around the world, and drive up prices along with it.

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Topics: Boston MA real estate

Three most popular home styles in Boston

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 @ 07:36 PM

Moving to the Boston area?

I thought I'd share a quick overview of the most common home styles you'll find here in the Boston suburbs.

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Topics: Buying a home in Boston suburbs

What's it like to live in South Natick?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sat, Dec 19, 2015 @ 08:15 AM

If you're considering moving to the Boston suburbs and aren't sure where to live, South Natick has much to offer. 

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Topics: Boston relocation

Choosing where to live in Massachusetts

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Moving to Boston but not sure where to live? You can find many resources to give you a good sense of Boston area public schools, Boston suburbs, commuting options, and more on the "Boston Relocation" section of our site. I also found a neat map that you may find helpful. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council created a map of Massachusetts that shows the demographic, economic, transportation, and land use characteristics of each town. (See pg 4 of the document. Although the document is a few years old, it's still a handy way to see at a glance what the characteristics are of each community.

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Topics: Boston area relocation

Find a vibrant Boston suburb

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

Newcomers to Boston often have a few things on their "wish list" for the new town where they'd like to settle. More often that not this includes top rated public schools, a reasonable commute to Boston -- and a vibrant town center.

The latter bit is something that's not common in much of our suburbs. However, here are three that fit the bill:

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How's the real estate market faring in the Boston suburbs?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

You've probably heard lots of news reports about the real estate market booming in Boston and other locales. The low number of homes for sale in some communities is driving home sale prices up. So how is the real estate market doing in your hometown? Here's a quick snapshot of how real estate values are faring across the Boston suburbs:

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Topics: 2014 Boston real estate values, Wellesley MA real estate values, Natick real estate values, Holliston real estate values, Hopkinton real estate values, Weston real estate values

Pet-safe lawn & garden care

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

We’d all like our lawn and gardens to be lush and beautiful, but how do accomplish this in a way that’s safe for our pets? There have been several troubling news reports recently about dogs becoming extremely ill from exposure to lawn chemicals. To prevent such tragedies, I’m pleased to share advice from area experts on pet-safe lawn and garden care.

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Topics: home care, pet-safe lawn care

Average tax rates across Massachusetts towns

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 09:03 PM

Property tax rates have increased in many Boston-area communities. On average, single-family property tax bills have increased by $507 since 2011. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently created this handy chart above to show a high-level view of the average residential property tax bills across the state.

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Topics: Wellesley real estate, Weston real estate, Massachusetts property taxes

Who is representing you in your home purchase?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 07:55 PM

Buying a home can be a confusing process, and it’s made even more confusing when you encounter a slew of different realtors along the way. It’s important to understand each realtor’s role in the transaction, and how to protect your interests when buying a home.

Here are a few common areas where confusion arises.
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Topics: home buyer tips