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Marblehead, MA 01945

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These Trends Aren't Going Away

These Pandemic-Related Housing and Design Trends Aren't Going Away. Home trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home have ushered in a new way of life—and some of those changes have spurred home trends that are likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era.

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Sellers Can Make a Bundle in this Winter Sales Season

The coronavirus has changed real estate in a multitude of ways, and perhaps one of the biggest is the sea of buyers who put off buying during the first wave of the pandemic and are now slated to flood the market this winter.

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5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

Today’s competitive market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home, and a trusted expert can help you rise to the top along the way. Contact us to discuss the best plan for you.

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The Biggest Myths About Moving to the Suburbs—Busted

For generations, people have been drawn to big-city life by the irresistible lure of career opportunities, cultural riches, and many other social and career related reasons. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and suddenly, those tiny apartments, public transportation, and crowded public spaces lost their appeal.

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6 Modest Front-Yard Updates Home Sellers Should Never Forget

Home sellers know that a tidy, tasteful home will catch any buyer's eye. Many people put effort into fixing up and staging the interior of their home before putting it on the market but don't forget the outside!

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Building A Home? Here's What To Look For

Few things are as exciting as purchasing a newly constructed home. Everything is pristine and, presumably, will last for a very long time. However, just because a house is new doesn’t mean it’s free of flaws.

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8 Things You Really Should Do Before The First Frost

An early snowfall can cause a panic if you haven't finished cleaning up outside yet. We were lucky with our Halloween snow and there is still time. Hurry though - these items should be at the top of your to-do list to tackle before the forecast turns to ice and snow.

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16 Questions To Ask a Home Inspector Before, During, and After a Home Inspection

If you're buying a house, you know that your home inspector will check it out and make sure it's in decent shape. But if you want to get to know your home beyond its pretty facade, you should pepper your inspector with questions—a whole lot of them, in fact!

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Germs, Be Gone! 7 Simple Renovations To Coronavirus-Proof Your Home

One consequence of the pandemic is that our collective concern over cleanliness remains at an all-time high. Here are a few ideas on how to enhance your home and reduce the transfer of germs during the era of COVID-19.

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Do You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment?

Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge about the home buying process is keeping many motivated first-time buyers on the sidelines. Be careful not to let big myths about home buying keep you and your family out of the housing market.

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Buyer's Guide

Our guide breaks down the steps of buying a home so you can start the process feeling confident and prepared. From developing your budget to signing your name on the dotted line, you’ll find helpful tips right here. Plus, we are here to help every step of the way.

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First-Time Home Buyers - Beware!

Time was, the American plan went something like this: You work hard at your job. You bank some cash. You use a chunk of it on the down payment for your very first house, a reasonably priced starter in a reasonably priced neighborhood. You begin raising your family while building equity. Congrats! You're on a path toward financial stability. But these days, the script is being flipped.

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25 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process is complicated and fraught with unfamiliar lingo and surprise expenses. To make the first-time home buying journey a little less stressful, NerdWallet has compiled these 25 tips to help you navigate the process more smoothly and save money.

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Mortgage Rates Tumble to Yet Another All-Time Low

The double whammy of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn have led to the lowest mortgage rates in history. They fell to an average of just 2.86% for the most common types of loan, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, in the week ending Sept. 10, according to Freddie Mac. The previous low was 2.88% for the week ending August 6th.

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Is Now A Good Time To Move?

As a homeowner, you have a huge opportunity to move up right now. Whether you want to save more each month or get more home for your money based on your family’s changing needs, it’s a great time to connect to discuss the market in our area. Buyers are actively looking for more homes to buy, and you can win big by making a move if the time is right for you.

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What is an Escalation Clause?

In a competitive seller’s market, one popular strategy to help win a bidding war – when multiple offers are made on one property – is implementing an escalation clause. What exactly does that mean and what are the pros and cons of this strategy?

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My Brother's Table - Helping Out

Founded in 1982 My Brother’s Table, the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore, has provided over 4 million hot, free meals and outreach to men, women and children in need. Last year alone, MBT served over 200,000 meals.