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Boston is the Most Gridlocked City in the Country! Move to a Commuter Town!

Boston, MA is the most gridlocked city in the country! It's hard to believe we outrank Washington D.C., New York City and Los Angeles for traffic congestion but according to a new annual global traffic scorecard by Inrix and reported by WGBH, we are at the top of the list! What can you do about it? Why not move to a commuter town? Ipswich, MA and many other northshore towns are home to the commuter rail. Let us help you make the north shore your home. Leave the city grind behind. 

Best Apple Picking on the North Shore & Beyond

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Best Sledding on the North Shore

Rumor has it, these are some of the best sledding spots on the North Shore!

Woodsom Farm - Amesbury

New England Sports Park - Amesbury

Ward Reservation - Andover

Lynch Park - Beverly

Beverly Golf and Tennis Club - Beverly

Endicott Park - Danvers

Stavros Reservation - Essex

Stage Fort Park - Gloucester

Bass Rocks Golf Club - Gloucester

Veasey Park - Groveland

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate - Ipswich

Cable Gardens Hill - Ipswich

Gannon Municipal Golf Course - Lynn

Essex County Club - Manchester

Seaside Park - Marblehead

Gatchell Playground - Marblehead

Ould Newbury Golf Club - Newbury

Maudslay State Park - Newburyport

Bartlet Mall - Newburyport

March's Hill - Newburyport

Brooksby Farm - Peabody

Evans Field - Rockport

Mack Park - Salem

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - South Hamilton

Jackson Park - Swampscott

Phillips Park - Swampscott

Wheatland Hill - Topsfield

Wenham Country Club - Wenham

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Buying Vs. Renting North of Boston

When does owning your home become cheaper than renting? There are plenty of pros and cons both ways but if we look at cost only, the gap continues to narrow, particuarly here in Boston, MA and North of Boston. Try this handy Rent Vs. Buy Calculator from Realtor.com to help you decide. Have questions about neighborhoods, schools, community services, home values, etc.? Speak with an experienced professional who knows the area! We do! 978-356-8922  

Municipal Restrictions on Short-Term Home Rentals? Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

TONIGHT the Town of Lynnfield, MA will hold a Town Meeting that will, if passed, affect the rights of its property owners. 

Take a look at Article 6 on Lynnfield's Town Warrant. This language would prohibit owners of single family homes from renting out THEIR PROPERTY, if the rental period is 30 days or less. No doubt what prompted the panic was the Lynnfield fatal shooting at a sprawling mansion earlier this year.

I can certainly see a homeowner's initial reaction being, "Why should anyone be able to dictate what I can and cannot do with my property?" However, there seems to be more to the story when you dig deeper. Sure, we have Little Neck, Great Neck, and Plum Island which come to my mind immediately; and all the weekly and seasonal short-term rentals that allow many of those owners to afford their slice of paradise. Many of my personal best vacations were the weekly rentals of beach-front and lake-side homes. Are vacationers ruining the fabric of the neighborhoods? One of the biggest opponents of Airbnb says exactly that about how Airbnb is hurting the neighborhoods of NYC. His (some say hypocritical) position is that it forces would-be long-term renters out for the astronomically high rents short-term renters are willing to pay. He does make a point there.

What do you think? 

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Oldest Historic Towns in Massachusetts

 It's no wonder, every time I travel, I find myself comparing the landscape, architecture, and feel to home. New England is bursting with charm, history, age, and most of all, roots; and that includes the people. Generations of folks rooted in their hometown right down to the family owned hardware store or donut shop where the 100-year-old floor boards creak and first-names are commonplace, create an energy, a vibe; it's palpable. Historic towns with historic homes and endless history will always be home to me. What town has more First Period homes than any other in the nation? That same town is on permenant exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. You know the one! Where are the oldest towns in Massachusetts?

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Real Estate Buzz

Swarming open house activity the past 3 weekends, multiple offers, bidding wars and sign-in sheets overflowing. I also noticed quite a few "back on market" listings this morning. So if you thought it was gone, you might want to check again. Are you thinking of selling? NOW is the time! The simple rule of supply and demand puts Sellers in a prime position right now. Buyers...make sure you are pre-approved for your mortgage if you want to be able to compete. Looking for a lender who can help you with a pre-approval? Here's our list of preferred providers who have a proven track record. Looking for an agent to represent your best interests, one you can trust, who will be your confidante, advocate and will negotiate on your behalf? The best team of real estate agents North of Boston is right here!

Here's What it Costs for a Family of Four to Live in Ipswich, MA

The Economic Policy Institute released its 2015 family budget calculator which measures the income a family needs for a modest living. Ipswich falls under the "Boston/Cambridge/Quincy, MA Metro Area". In fact, most North Shore towns seem to fall under this category. Five kids? No kids? Single adult? Live in Lynn, Manchester by the Sea, Winthrop, Marblehead? Here's the calculator, PLAY

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  1. Martin DeLorean on

    I think the amount for taxes is a little light. That implies a house assessed at about $315K or so. Family of 4 is probably going to need a larger home.