Blog :: 09-2014

Best Places to Live 2014

tenbestThis year, MONEY set out to find the nation's top small CITIES with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. Here North of Boston, in Essex County particularly, most TOWN populations are less than 50,000. MONEY promises a look at small TOWNS next time around.

I love the fact that MONEY actually sent reporters to visit the 35 top-scoring places, "looking for a sense of community".   2 Massachusetts CITIES DID make the cut...see the full list of Money's BEST places to live 2014 here!  You can also tour the  most expensive home in the best place to live here!

Who has the BIGGEST Tax Bill in Massachusetts?

snoopyShopping for a home? The list price isn't the only consideration when looking at affordability. What is the annual tax bill? Did the real estate agent provide the most current year's assessment and tax amount? What is the monthly cost? My taxes are $5,000 which adds $420 per month to my mortgage payment. That's a car payment for a lot of folks. Here's are the cities and towns with the biggest property tax bills in Massachusetts. Use this tool to search your town or the town you are considering moving to.

Fall Bulbs = Spring Delight


Pumpkins, Mums, Fall decorations, corn mazes and Halloween costume catalogues arriving in the mail mean you're not exactly thinking about next year's garden. But wait! Here are some great 'Unsung Bulbs for Fall' from Houzz! They make it sound so easy and you will be delighted in April when these beauties poke their way through the remnants of winter.