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Fresh and Inventive Theater, Education and More Await at American Repertory Theater Fresh and Inventive Theater, Education and More Await at American Repertory Theater

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

As the creative and inventive professional theater on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, American Repertory Theater, also known as A.R.T., pushes boundaries of theater to make audiences a central part of the performance experience. Whoever says theater participation is on the decline doesn't realize that A.R.T. has a larger subscriber base than ever in its over 30-year history with many sold-out shows.

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Teaching Self-Dependency and Spiritual Integrity and Through the Martial Art Discipline of Aikido Teaching Self-Dependency and Spiritual Integrity and Through the Martial Art Discipline of Aikido

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Forsaking competition and embracing self-dependency and spiritual integrity, Aikido is a martial arts discipline based on Japanese battlefield techniques created in the 1950s to bring world peace. Shobu Aikido in Somerville has been bringing people together in harmony for 35 years by teaching Aiko techniques to all ages and genders.

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Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa: A Pampered-Pet Paradise Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa: A Pampered-Pet Paradise

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Your pet can happily swim, play and sleep at the Boston Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa: a 43,000 square foot facility in Dorchester, MA.

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Generations Come Together for Food and Fun at the Boston Bowl Generations Come Together for Food and Fun at the Boston Bowl

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

All ages can ramp up the fun at the Boston Bowl, which brings generations together for food and fun.

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Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center: Over Fifty Years of Improving Lives through Tennis and Education Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center: Over Fifty Years of Improving Lives through Tennis and Education

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Grab your family and a few racquets and head to the expanded Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester. Find out how they mesh tennis with after-school learning to help inner-city youth succeed in school and life.

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QCAP: 50 Years of Reducing Poverty through Housing and Education QCAP: 50 Years of Reducing Poverty through Housing and Education

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) works to reduce poverty through fair housing and homeless prevention counseling, as well as emergency and rapid re-housing assistance.

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Pine Street Inn: Ending Homelessness by Fostering Independence Pine Street Inn: Ending Homelessness by Fostering Independence

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Since 1969, this South-End based organization has worked to end homelessness through permanent housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter, and street outreach

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Urban Winemaking Meets Massachusetts Grapes at Travessia Winery Urban Winemaking Meets Massachusetts Grapes at Travessia Winery

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Travessia means "the journey of life" in Portuguese. That's exactly what happened to Travessia Winery Owner and Winemaker Marco Montez after arriving in America from Portugal to make his brand of artisanal wines using Massachusetts-grown grapes. Sniff, sip and take your own journey.

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100 Years Transforming Lives through Music: The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra 100 Years Transforming Lives through Music: The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

After 100 years, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra still delights concert goers and kids alike with their engaging performances and amazingly creative educational programs. Come to a season performance at The Z and hear why so many along the Southeast Coast come back year after year.

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Give Your Hair The Give Your Hair The "Green" Treatment: Featuring Verde Boutique Salon In Braintree

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Think sustainability and environmentally friendly are far from fashionable in the world of beauty? Think again, as there is a whole new wave of salons that believe in putting the green into makeup and hair design, including the five-star reviewed Verde Boutique Salon in Braintree.

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Bathroom Flooring Types: Ceramic, Tile And Vinyl Bathroom Flooring Types: Ceramic, Tile And Vinyl

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Options for bathroom floors must be durable and able to withstand high moisture. Add in affordability, and that leaves ceramic tile and vinyl flooring as the two best bathroom flooring choices. Inside, we'll feature these two flooring types to give you a better perspective on which type to choose.

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Winter Lawn-Care Tips Winter Lawn-Care Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

What you do before heavy snow falls will determine how your lawn looks in the spring. We all know how good greenery looks after a long Northeast winter. Use these winterization lawn-care tips and avoid the brown this spring.

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Massachusetts Architecture: Colonial, Ranch, Victorian Massachusetts Architecture: Colonial, Ranch, Victorian

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Massachusetts has a wealth of architectural styles, some brought over from European and adapted to area needs and resources. With over 400 years of architectural history, learn about some interesting home styles and be better informed the next time you go house hunting.

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Salem's Spookiest Places Salem's Spookiest Places

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Salem is known as "Witch City" based on its past. The city celebrates Halloween the entire month of October with many incredibly scary places that will leave you chilled to the bone. Here are some of the spookiest places in Salem to get your Halloween scare on.

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Jamaica Plain At A Glance Jamaica Plain At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

JP as the locals call Jamaica Plain is a happening, hip area of Boston that used to be part of Roxbury. Its population brings a cultural blend to its many restaurants and neighborhoods. Inside, we'll learn exactly what makes Jamaica Plain the place to be.

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Selling A Home During Halloween Selling A Home During Halloween

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It's the time of year when spooks and goblins rule the night, while candy ruins the stomach. How will potential buyers take your home seriously when your kids insisted on decorating for the Halloween holiday? Don't scare buyers away. Use these smart ideas to sell your home during Halloween.

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5 Important Things To Do Before You Sell 5 Important Things To Do Before You Sell

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Your home just may be your greatest asset. Be prepared before your home hits the multiple-listing service. Here's how to sell your home for the best price in the quickest amount of time using these five amazing sales tips

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5 Crucial Questions To Ask Before You Rent A Home 5 Crucial Questions To Ask Before You Rent A Home

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

You viewed a rental home and are ready to rent it. Details about the property were told to you. But were they the right details? Inside, we'll learn 5 crucial questions to ask before you sign that rental lease and why they are so important.

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Green Up Your Interior Paint Green Up Your Interior Paint

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Paints are going green, and it's not about the color. From low-to-zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to avoidance of toxic pigments, it's a fact that greener paints are better for the environment and your health. Inside, we'll learn about greener primers, paints and sealers and where to get them.

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Change The Lighting, Set The Mood Change The Lighting, Set The Mood

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With all the different types of lighting available, how do you choose what is best? Light bulbs, fixtures and uses of the room all play a part in both the functionality and mood of a room. See what you've been missing with these lighting tricks.

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5 Traits To Look For In A Real Estate Agent 5 Traits To Look For In A Real Estate Agent

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Choosing the right real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home is no easy task. The wrong agent can cost you time and money. When interviewing potential agents, make sure they have these five important traits that separate the powerful agents from the mediocre ones.

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3 Tips To Make A Rental Property Pay Off 3 Tips To Make A Rental Property Pay Off

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether purchasing a single-family home, duplex or other multi-family complex, you have to make it pay off. In other words, you have to treat the purchase just like a business. Inside, we offer three ways to make certain your investment property will pay off.

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Land-Buying Strategies 101 Land-Buying Strategies 101

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

So, you want to buy a piece of land to build a custom home. That's great, but do you know what you are doing? Think it's easier than home buying? Not necessarily, as many different factors arise. Use these land-buying strategies to ensure you purchase the right parcel for your home.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Home 5 Ways To Keep Your Home

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Over the past few years, the real estate market has slowly improved. Don't be fooled. Prepare yourself to sustain your home through the bad times and not fall victim to foreclosure or catastrophes. Use these five tips to help keep your home for life.

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Checking Crime Rates When Buying In A New City Checking Crime Rates When Buying In A New City

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Moving to a new city can be stressful. Where should you rent an apartment or buy a home? Will it be a safe spot for your family? Take the burden out of wondering about an area by using these tips to check crime rates before moving.

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Creating A Home Exercise Room On A Budget Creating A Home Exercise Room On A Budget

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Small or large rooms or spaces can be turned into functioning areas to get into that fitness groove. Get in shape while you save some dollars. Purchase these essential exercise items that even those on a small budget can afford.

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Deciphering Real Estate Agent Designations Deciphering Real Estate Agent Designations

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It's all a jumble of letters. Those strange acronyms shown after a real estate agents name on their business card or website. Those letter jumbles have real meaning, as designations earned by an agent show a higher level of real estate knowledge. With over 50 designations, we'll learn about a few of the more popular ones in residential sales, and find out what it takes to obtain each one.

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Organizing Your Kitchen Organizing Your Kitchen

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Kitchens can often be a disaster to behold with items spilling out of cabinet and little counter space for food preparation. Get organized and save your kitchen. Here, we'll show you some simple and inexpensive tips to "reinvent" your kitchen space.

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Above Pars and Handicaps: A Scorecard To Golf-Course Living Above Pars and Handicaps: A Scorecard To Golf-Course Living

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Home developments centering around golf courses became popular in the 1980s. Some communities cater to golf enthusiasts, while others are simply beautiful places to live. Add up your scorecard showing above-par figures or handicaps before you purchase golf property using the questions inside.

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5 Great Towns For Young Couples In Berkshire County 5 Great Towns For Young Couples In Berkshire County

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Rural Berkshire County encompasses the far western section of Massachusetts running the length of the state. Bordering Vermont to the north, Connecticut to the south and New York to the west, there is an abundance of small towns with scenic beauty. Here, we'll showcase five terrific towns for active young couples.

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5 Reasons To Live In Boston 5 Reasons To Live In Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

So, you are deciding if you should make the move to Boston, a city of 646,000 inhabitants. Beantown is a happening hotspot whether you live in the city proper or Greater Boston. Here, we discuss five realistic reasons to move to Boston right now.

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3 Great Towns For Young Couples In The Merrimack Valley, MA 3 Great Towns For Young Couples In The Merrimack Valley, MA

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located between the Massachusetts and New Hampshire borders, the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts has both urban and rural towns and cities. Inside, we highlight the Valley's top three places for young couples to live.

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Foxborough At A Glance Foxborough At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Its proximity to both Boston and Providence, as well as its well-known Super Bowl champion NFL team (New England Patriots) make Foxborough, Massachusetts a high-profile town. Here, we'll find out how the town retains its rural community feel amid the onslaught of stadium visitors.

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History And Culture Of Salem History And Culture Of Salem

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Settled as a fishing village in 1626 by leader Roger Conant, Salem is as prosperous today as it was in ancient times, when the site was a prehistoric Native American trading center. From the infamous Witch Trials of 1692 to a famous seaport to tourism, learn the history of Salem and find out why its past has helped define its present.

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5 Best Towns For Investors Along The North Shore 5 Best Towns For Investors Along The North Shore

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The real estate market on the North Shore is mixed from beach communities for the wealthy to working-class communities. Buy into the action and become a real estate investor. Inside, we highlight five hot spots for getting the most bang for your investment bucks.

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Newton At A Glance Newton At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Surrounded on three sides by the Charles River, Newton has a population of about 85,000. Located seven miles west of Boston, the city is easy to access by public transportation or personal vehicle and is known worldwide for the Boston Marathon. Take a look at what The Garden City of Newton has to offer.

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Essential Kitchen Remodel Checklist Essential Kitchen Remodel Checklist

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Remodeling an older kitchen adds new design elements for a fresh appearance. The kitchen is a functional part of the home where a lot of time is spent cooking and eating. Nowadays, it is also part of the living space. Check out these essential kitchen remodeling tips and get the comfortable kitchen you want.

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Kitchen Decorating Tips Kitchen Decorating Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From new paint to novel door pulls, there are lots of ways to redecorate a kitchen and give it that "new" look that will wow your friends. Here are some dazzling decorating tips to breathe new life into an older kitchen

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Decorating Your Finished Basement Decorating Your Finished Basement

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether you did it yourself or hired a contractor, your once-unfinished basement is now a finished room. Proper decorating is the next step to adding value to your home. Check out these savvy decorating tips to turn that plain basement into a family game space, home office or man-cave getaway

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Essential Finished Basement Checklist Essential Finished Basement Checklist

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A basement can be so much more than storage. Expand the livable space in your home by finishing your basement. The extra square footage will add value to the home, too. Follow this essential checklist and turn your basement from messy storage space to a room you'll want to hang out in.

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Maximizing Space In A Smaller Apartment Maximizing Space In A Smaller Apartment

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Do you live in a small or even micro apartment? There are many tricks to making a tiny apartment your home from decorating to give a more spacious feel to optimizing space. Learn to live comfortably in a small place. Try these tasteful tips to help make the most of your small apartment.

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Understanding Short Sales (And Why They Take So Long) Understanding Short Sales (And Why They Take So Long)

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

In the two decades before 2008, short sale listings were few and far between. Today they make up the bulk of home sales throughout the U.S., and Massachusetts is no exception. Inside, we'll highlight exactly what constitutes a short sale and why they often take so very long to close

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Roslindale At A Glance Roslindale At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Six miles south by southwest of Boston lies Roslindale. More families and young professionals are moving into the area today. Find out why Roslindale was once called "the garden suburb of Boston" and how it's dealing with the influx of new residents.

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Belmont At A Glance Belmont At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A Boston suburb for residential commuters, Belmont is located 8 miles to the northwest and on the western border of Cambridge. From farming to "hothouse" growing, see what makes this town of 25,000 people tick today.

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Tips For Making A Home Accessible Tips For Making A Home Accessible

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Mobility-accessible homes are in demand and quickly sell, especially if ADA standards are used. Here are some less expensive ways to make an existing home more accessible for those with mobility impairment.

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Malden At A Glance Malden At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Malden is located less than 6 miles from Boston in Middlesex County, Massachusetts with a population of 60,000 residents. Inside, you'll find out why Malden is recognized as the "Best Place to Raise your Kids" in Massachusetts

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Top 5 Schools In Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley Top 5 Schools In Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Merrimack Valley of northern Massachusetts has a number of public schools. Based on national rankings, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing and student-to-teacher ratios, here are the top five public schools on the Massachusetts side of the Merrimack Valley.

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Home Preventative Maintenance Agreement Home Preventative Maintenance Agreement

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Similar to a home warranty plan, a maintenance plan provides for seasonal mechanical system checks that are critical to proper system functioning. Inside, find out what systems are covered and why a home preventative maintenance agreement is worth the price for homeowners throughout Massachusetts

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Top 5 Places To Live In The Merrimack Valley Top 5 Places To Live In The Merrimack Valley

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located between the Massachusetts and New Hampshire borders, the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts features both urban and rural towns and cities. Inside, we highlight the top five places to live throughout the Merrimack Valley

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Rebuilding Lawrence Rebuilding Lawrence

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Once a thriving industrial city, Lawrence has been plagued in recent years by crime, corruption and drugs. Making matters worse, corruption has abounded in high places, making it difficult to spark reform. But Lawrence residents are persevering. Inside, learn what is being done to put Lawrence on the path to redemption

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Milton At A Glance Milton At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The sometimes "sleepy" suburban community of Milton lies within a 15-minute drive to Boston. From its Puritan beginnings to today, find out why Money magazine named Milton, Massachusetts one of the best places to live.

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Organizing Your Move Organizing Your Move

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It's almost moving day. Are you packed and prepared? Ease stress and follow these organizing tips to ensure a smooth move to the Massachusetts home of your dreams.

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Questions to Ask at an Open House Questions to Ask at an Open House

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A smart buyer views open houses with their real estate agent with whom they have signed a buyer-broker agreement. When viewing an open house without your agent, ask these top questions so crucial to a successful home purchase.

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5 Must-See Landmarks On Nantucket 5 Must-See Landmarks On Nantucket

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A group of three seaport islands, Nantucket's historic past dates back to the 1600s. Although many structures were lost in the Great Fire of 1846, numerous structures still stand telling a story of whaling ships, the seamen who sailed in them and the businesses the whaling industry spawned. Inside, we spotlight five awe-inspiring Nantucket landmarks you need to see

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Nantucket At A Glance Nantucket At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Nantucket's island along with the islands of Tuckernuck and Muskegat form Nantucket, Massachusetts. With over 82 miles of beaches, this area has a long history from Wapanoag natives and whaling seaman to today's tourism industry. Inside, we spotlight historic Nantucket and its rich culture.

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Smart And Easy Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home Smart And Easy Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Driving in snow and ice, it's hard to believe spring is just around the bend. Start preparing ways to clean out the winter dirt today. Plan ahead and use these easy cleaning tips to freshen up your home come spring.

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Smart Real Estate Investing For Retirees Smart Real Estate Investing For Retirees

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

For those with the resources, real estate may be a good investment in your retirement years. Inside, we look at why real estate investing makes sense for retirees, and offer some sound investment tips.

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Pros And Cons Of A Pocket Listing Pros And Cons Of A Pocket Listing

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

What is a pocket listing? Is it a gimmick real estate agents use to attract sellers, or is it a bonafide marketing strategy for those seeking discretion and privacy? Find out the pros and cons of a pocket listing inside.

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Massachusetts Home Improvement Grants And Loans Massachusetts Home Improvement Grants And Loans

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

There are several organizations throughout Massachusetts that offer residential home improvement grants or loans to homeowners. All programs require that applicants meet income requirements for funding, with interest rates as low as 1%. Here we'll learn about home improvement funding in Massachusetts.

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5 Must-See Boston Landmarks 5 Must-See Boston Landmarks

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Boston is a city full of history, from the American Revolution to modern day sporting success and technology advances. Take a tour of these 5 Boston landmarks and view the city's history from different angles.

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Understanding The Secondary Mortgage Market Understanding The Secondary Mortgage Market

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Did you just buy a home and soon after get a letter that your mortgage was being transferred or sold to another investor? Welcome to the secondary mortgage market. Inside, we highlight what this market is, and how it effects homeowners.

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Cambridge At A Glance Cambridge At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge today is a prime area for academics, high-technology and pharmaceutical companies. But it wasn't always that way. Take an informative glance at Cambridge, Massachusetts and learn why it's called the "City of Squares."

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Buying A HUD Property In Massachusetts Buying A HUD Property In Massachusetts

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homes are homes originally bought with FHA loans and taken over in foreclosure. Conveniently listed online, find out how to purchase a HUD home in Massachusetts and reap the savings.

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Energy Conservation Tips Energy Conservation Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Winter energy bills can be costly. With energy prices rising, your energy bills won't decrease unless you take action to lower them. Use these easy tips to decrease energy costs in your home.

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Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance In Massachusetts Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance In Massachusetts

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required of any residential homebuyer who has a non-government-backed home loan with a down payment of less than 20% of the sales or assessment price. Find out how PMI works in Massachusetts and just who it benefits.

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Top 5 Towns For Young Couples In The Metro West Top 5 Towns For Young Couples In The Metro West

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Made up of numerous towns and cities and known as the "Arc of Innovation," the Metro West is an ideal area for young, educated couples to live and work. Find out which five Metro West towns are the best to live in.

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Monitoring Your Credit Monitoring Your Credit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Identification fraud can happen to anyone. Inside, we offer some simple monitoring tips to keep track of your financial history, so you won't find yourself unable to get a loan the next time you're hunting for real estate.

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5 Best Towns For Renters In Greater Boston 5 Best Towns For Renters In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

When it comes to culture, history and education, Boston is the true Hub of the world. Inside, we highlight five great towns within the Greater Boston area that are prime spots to take up residence.

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5 Best Towns For Investors in Greater Boston 5 Best Towns For Investors in Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The real estate market in Boston is heating up. Looking to jump in on the action as an investor? Inside, we highlight five hot spots for getting the most bang for your investment bucks.

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Top 5 Places To Live In Greater Boston Top 5 Places To Live In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Boston is one of the world's premier cities, with many diverse areas to choose from when deciding on where to live, work and play. Inside, we highlight five smart locales to call home in the Greater Boston Area.

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Top 5 Upcoming Towns In Greater Boston Top 5 Upcoming Towns In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With lovely homes, top-notch schools, world class restaurants, and ample public transportation, the Greater Boston area is an ideal place to reside. Inside, we highlight five towns that are on the rise.

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Top 5 School Systems In Greater Boston Top 5 School Systems In Greater Boston

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Greater Boston area boasts several top-notch school districts. Use our guide to learn more about these areas and their schools, gain a better understanding of what they offer, and perhaps find an area that could be the perfect fit for your family.

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How Long Is The Appraisal Good For? How Long Is The Appraisal Good For?

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A property appraisal does not last forever. Learn the factors that determine how long an appraisal is good for and why this is important to you.

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Rental Lease Breaking in Massachusetts Explained Rental Lease Breaking in Massachusetts Explained

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Looking to get out of your apartment or house lease agreement before the lease is over? Read on to find out how breaking a lease in Massachusetts is possible.

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Homes Sold Homes Sold "As Is"

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Every bank-owned foreclosure property is sold "as-is." Some private sellers offer their home this way as well. Inside, we look at what it means to purchase a home in the exact state you viewed it in.

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Home Down Payment Made Easy Home Down Payment Made Easy

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The days of no-money-down home loans have given way to an era of foreclosures. Use these tips to save for your down payment and closing costs and build equity in your home as soon as you close the deal.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien is a Staff Writer at Mass Realty.

Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate agent, consultant and writer. Her expertise encompasses buying and selling homes and investment properties, property management, REOs, short sales and loan modifications.