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Is Natural Stone Within My Budget?

April 17, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

How much does natural stone cost? This is typically the very first question that homeowners have for us. And we understand. Naturally, you need to know ballpark figures before you get too far in your planning process. Depending on your budget, this is a pretty big deal. So, what, exactly, can you expect to pay for your granite countertop or marble shower?

Marron Brown Tub Surround

 Marble tub surround and vanity top by LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo via Houzz

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By Avenue 3 Real Estate

Buying a home, real estate contracts, MA real estate

Buying a home in MA is not the easiest thing to do.  First you have to find a home to suit your needs and then you need to navigate the buying process.  Unlike other states, buying a home in Massachusetts is a multi stage process.  First, you put forth your Offer to Purchase, then comes the Home Inspection, then, the Purchase and Sale Agreement , Mortgage and Closing.

Along the way you will be asked to sign many forms and contracts.  Some of these are issued by the State of Massachusetts, like the...


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By Bill Wendel

48 Whitehall Zestimate 10yrs

 

Yesterday, the Boston Globe did it again — fanned bidding war fever in the region with another headline that read, Tight housing market drives rising bids:  Tight market drives escalation clause use.  Thankfully, the reader comment that has attracted the most LIKES may reflect a growing “bidding war backlash.” @Chrissie78 wrote:

“And in a year or two we will be hearing about how these people can’t afford their mortgages and that their mortgage is more than their home is worth…will we get to bail them out because

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ColorQuartz: A Brief History

April 15, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

ColorQuartz may not yet be a household brand name, but at Marble & Granite, Inc., we’re confident that as you learn more about this dynamic material, you’ll agree that it's a great choice for all of your quartz surfacing needs. Here’s a little bit of history about the company to help you understand our choice to bring ColorQuartz to the New England market.

Calypso Brown ColorQuartz

ColorQuartz in Calypso Brown; photo via ColorQuartz

About 40 years ago, the owners of ColorQuartz came to the United States from Taiwan....


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By Bill Wendel

Cambridge Inventory 04/11/14 vs 2013

The headline, “Home buyers face tight inventories, rising prices this spring” followed a predictable script for the past two years, but the level of sensationalized reporting in the Boston Globe’s recent story may have crossed a line.  First a cash bidding war in Newton was reported without context, and second an alarming statement about inventory in Cambridge does not stand-up to cross-examination:

“In Cambridge, where listings plunged 65 percent from a year ago, …”
http://bit.ly/InventoryGate...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

In their efforts to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible to our industry, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has recently commissioned two new studies on the relationship between granite and radon/radiation. So, reflecting “our” goal of keeping you, the consumer, informed of the very latest in the natural stone world, we’d like to share the results of those studies with you.

Bross Black from Marble and Granite, Inc.

Bross Black Polished; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.

Basically the two studies measured...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Here at Marble and Granite, Inc., we’re exceptionally proud to be New England’s only distributor of ColorQuartz® Stone surfaces. And we’re excited to share with you all of the reasons that we love this product.

First of all, what makes ColorQuartz so special? Well, in a nutshell, it offers the same high performance benefits as other more widely known quartz products (including heat, scratch, and stain resistance) but also offers the advantages of availability in larger slabs (124-inches by 62...


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By Judy Conley

Tax 1031 Exchange, MA Real Estate, Selling a Home   Yes and it's called a 1031 tax-deferred exchange for Real Estate.

What is a 1031 Exchange? A 1031 exchange allows investors to sell property and reinvest the proceeds in another property without having to pay taxes that would otherwise be recognized gain from the sale (capital gains tax).  The payment of such capital gains tax is deferred.

(Example:  selling your 2 family income property in Arlington MA and purchasing a single family rental property in Osterville, MA)

A tax-deferred exchange

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Introducing: ColorQuartz

April 01, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

About 14 years ago, Marble and Granite, Inc. first introduced quartz surfacing to the New England marketplace when we began marketing and selling Caesarstone. At that time, quartz was essentially an unknown product. We saw back then that the features and benefits that this innovative material provide, and we felt confident that it was a surface consumers would soon come to trust.

ColorQuartz PewterColorQuartz surfacing in Pewter; photo via ColorQuartz

Over the years, the industry has evolved. So has the technology...


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By Bill Wendel

Cluster bid, under development at stealth location in Cambridge, seeks to transform runaway bidding wars into a "Force for Good"

CLUSTER BID under development at stealth location in Cambridge seeks to transform runaway bidding wars into a “Force for Good”

Tired of losing bidding wars, innovative DIY homebuyers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the few cities in the world to have it’s own Peace Commission, are using the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard Business School today to leak information about a “killer app” they are developing –

a cluster bomb designed to win bidding wars.

Last year, behavioral scientists...


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