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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.

You can see which Boston area cities and towns are:

  • Core metropolitan communities
  • Streetcar suburbs
  • Major regional urban centers
  • Mature suburban towns
  • Established suburbs
  • Country suburbs
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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

Three secrets to finding your new home

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

As I walked through a nearby café this morning, I heard a young woman lamenting to her friend that she found five homes listed for sale online that she liked but three of them were already sold. This is a common concern among today’s home buyers in the Boston area, who are battling for a slim number of homes for sale. According the Warren Group, “low inventory continues to plague the [real estate] market.” With the volume of homes for sale in our area at an eight-year low, it’s tough on home buyers. So what can you do to make the home buying process easier? Here are three quick tips.

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Considering downsizing from the Boston suburbs?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

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Topics: Boston real estate, 2014 real estate trends, downsizing in Boston suburbs

Wellesley public schools promote STEM education

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 04:39 PM





Newcomers to the Boston area often ask me what makes some of our public school systems stand out. From what I've seen, innovation, inspiration, and cooperation are at the heart of what makes public schools like Wellesley's a wonderful place to learn.

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Topics: about Wellesley MA, town of Wellesley, Wellesley public schools

Boston real estate by the numbers

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

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Topics: 2013 real estate trends, Boston suburbs real estate prices, home prices in the Boston area

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