national: Map of Springfield - 02/17/14 04:46 AM
Springfield

 
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national: Luxury Homes For Sale and Sold on the South Shore - January 2014 - 02/06/14 12:11 AM
The luxury homes sector is up 26% year-over-year, based on the number of sales and, in January 2014, sales over $1.25 million doubled to 6 from last January's three.
The most significant transaction was 5 Bare Cove Lane, Hingham, which had been on the market for a year and a half. Originally priced for $10.8 million, it sold for $7.15 million.
Square footage, average sales prices and price per square foot were all continue to log very healthy, robust numbers, both year-over-year and in January. The sector is healthy and attractive to buyers. 
The luxury sector represents the top 10% of homes … (0 comments)

national: Well, I Never . . . - 01/31/14 11:22 PM
. . . and you never did, either.
Take a moment from your busy day to read about . . .
The Sloth's Busy Inner Life

 From the New York Times, January 27, 2014
 
 
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national: New Old Houses - 01/31/14 06:51 AM
A fun and interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about a new trend. Worth a click.
New Old Houses
 

 
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national: Telluride at Night - 01/29/14 04:38 AM
 

Telluride at Night
 Photo by Ryan Bonneau - Property of the Telluride Tourism Board
 
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national: Jerry Garcia at the Keystone, March 7, 1983 - 01/29/14 03:35 AM
 

Jerry Garcia at the Keystone, March 7, 1983
 by imcndbl
 
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national: Super Bowl Telluride: Planting the flag atop the mountains I love - 01/27/14 03:48 AM
These places and these faces are near and dear to my heart. The painter in the street, the horse rider and several others are the Telluride people. I'm no Broncos fan, but I love the spirit and imagination and talent the people of this wonderful, mystical, magical town in southwest Colorado have put to work in this piece of art. Summit!

 
Telluride Super Bowl
 
 
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national: DreamTown Finder: What's Your Massachusetts Dream Town? - 01/21/14 11:46 PM
 
Dream Town Massachusetts
from Boston.com

Everyone has a dream town: a place they long to live, a place they live already, or even a place they have yet to find.
The Boston Globe sought to match its readers with their dream towns with its Dreamtown Finder. The online tool asks users their priorities and then matches them with their ideal Massachusetts community based on a wide array of data.
Everyone has a different set of criteria, of course, but the factors we chose for the tool include the following: schools (SAT scores), fun (movie theaters, restaurants), hipster (number of colleges, Starbucks, … (10 comments)

national: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish - 01/19/14 12:16 AM
Dateline: Saturday night, Plymouth MA
Subject: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
These guys have been rocking the South Shore and the Cape and Islands for years!  I had no idea they were playing nearby last night until I walked past a sandwich board on the street in Plymouth announcing that they were playing in the back right then.  
I had to go in.  Had to.  So many good summer memories from those wistful days of youth. Brought it all back.  And it still feels good!
The dancing crowd was filled with kids from 20 to 70.
He's such a great … (8 comments)

national: Pretty cool Emerson chalkboard - 01/18/14 02:17 AM
I just showed a house that is being well-lived in. That is, there is stuff everywhere because the occupants are enjoying life. We looked past it, knowing why, and loving it. There's always something that grabs me in each place I go. This permanent piece of artwork was hung on the chimney. Such good words to hold.

 
 
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national: A 1% rise in interest rates will make your mortgage 12% more expensive - 01/15/14 01:01 AM
Many economists and market watchers are predicting that interest rates will rise in 2014. Generally, the consensus estimate seems to be that the average mortgage rate will increase from about 4.5% now to about 5.%% by the end of the year.
If it happens, that 1% rise would raise the monthly payment on a mortgage by over 12%.
The same increase, 1% higher than current levels, cuts your purchasing power - the size of the house you can afford to buy - by 10%.
Mortgage interest rates are trading around 4 1/2% 
At 4.5%, the monthly payment per $100,000 of principal loan amount … (23 comments)

national: South Shore Real Estate Tax Rates – FY 2014 - 01/14/14 02:48 AM
South Shore Real Estate Tax Rates - FY 2014
Rates quoted in dollars per thousand dollars of assessed value
 
Duxbury               $ 16.15
Carver                     17.01
Cohasset                 12.54
Halifax                    18.67
Hanover                  16.21
Hanson                   15.47
Hingham                 12.56
Kingston             … (0 comments)

national: 21 Forest Street, Duxbury - 12/02/13 02:18 AM
21 Forest Street, Duxbury

This Classic Colonial is located in a quiet, desirable Duxbury neighborhood. There is a spacious foyer, and formal living and dining rooms open to a custom kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The large dining area is great for casual family dinners, and it opens to a spacious family room with cathedral ceilings, a fireplace and a glass door to a large and beautiful play yard.
The private master suite offers a skylit office area, huge walk-in closet and master bath. There are 3 additional bedrooms with new carpeting and double closets, and … (4 comments)

national: Duxbury appreciation based on Price Paid per Square Foot - 11/26/13 07:44 AM
 Duxbury appreciation based on Price Paid per Square Foot
 
Here's an interesting chart. Duxury prices never went below their 2002 levels, on a per square foot basis, and have been meandering around that level for the past three or four years. Our town has a median price above $600,000. That's been pretty steady for the past few years also.
One thing this graph implies is that when you use a good Realtor in Duxbury, he or she will have quite a bit of reliable, steady data to inform your pricing decision. If you, as a seller, are willing to … (4 comments)

national: How to cook a turkey - 11/24/13 04:29 AM
How do you cook a turkey?

 
 
 
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national: Do you need to have flood insurance? Should you have flood insurance? - 11/23/13 11:20 AM
Do you need to have flood insurance? Should you have flood insurance?
Every homeowner should ask whether he or she needs or wants flood insurance.
Floods can happen on waterfronts, in low-lying areas, in mountainous areas and in areas that have never flooded before. Homeowners and home buyers should have a surveyor tell them whether their home is in a flood zone If you are a homeowner, do you want to take the risk of loss from a flood, or would you prefer to insure against that risk? FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mandates the terms of all flood insurance … (34 comments)

national: Where were you? - 11/22/13 05:12 AM
The two big "where were you? questions are JFK's assassination and 9/11. The moon landing was another, but it was different: it was the first national television-event shared experience where we all tuned in to watch a planned event. Until JFK, no one had asked that question before and been able to get an answer from everyone in the United States and in many other countries as well.
Where were you? I was two. I grew up in Washington, D.C. I don't remember the assassination, but perhaps my earliest memory was the backwards boots on the horse at the funeral. That … (5 comments)

national: What happens to your flood insurance premiums after you make a claim? - 11/21/13 09:22 AM
What happens to your flood insurance premiums after you make a claim?
You might think that flood insurance premiums are like auto insurance premiums and that a claim you make for flood damage would greatly increase your cost of insurance, starting with your next payment.
Not so! Flood insurance premiums, like every aspect of flood insurance, are completely mandated and controlled by FEMA, the Federal agency tasked with the problem of insuring homes in flood zones.

FEMA decides what land is in or out of a flood zone. FEMA establishes the premium for each piece of property in flood zones, … (5 comments)

national: Say hello with a hand knob - 11/20/13 12:33 AM
Say hello with a hand knob

 
 
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national: Eilean Donan Castle, ancestral home of the MacKenzie clan, Scotland - 11/19/13 03:20 AM
Eilean Donan Castle
Ancestral home of the MacKenzie clan
Scotland

Eilean Donan, the clan castle of the MacKenzies, sits at the meeting point of Loch Long, Loch Duich and Loch Alsh. It's origin is shrouded in the mists of time (okay, about 600 C.E.). 
The first fortified stronghold was established in the reign of Alexander II (1214-1250). In 1263 Alexander III gave the castle to Colin Fitzgerald, son of the Earl of Desmond and Kildare (later to become MacKenzies) as a reward for services in the Battle of Largs. The famous battle culminated in the defeat of the Norwegian King, Haco. Following … (4 comments)

 
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