By Gian Luca Fiori

When our stone experts in Italy came across these gorgeous, uniquely sized Calacatta Marble Original slabs, we knew this was one opportunity we couldn’t pass by!

Large Calacatta Original

 Rare and uniquely sized Calacatta Marble Original; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.

These extraordinary slabs, measuring 154-in. by 74-in. are in stock now at our showrooms in Westwood,MA and Milford,CT, while supplies last.

Featuring a pure white background with warm grey veining, the slabs are polished on one side and honed on...


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Tile Style

March 25, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Natural stone tile is an incredibly versatile and popular choice for surfacing these days. From kitchen floors, backsplashes, and shower walls in the home to bathrooms, lobbies and restaurants in commercial locations, natural stone tile offers a way to uniquely express a distinctive personality or theme. We’re often asked: “What’s in style with tile?” So, here’s a summary of the latest trends we’re seeing at Marble and Granite, Inc.  

 

Bianco Carrara tiles

Bianco Carrara on floors by Don Foote Contracting; photo...


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Made in America

March 20, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

You know that some of the most exquisite marble in the world comes from Italy. And Brazil has historically produced some of the most gorgeous granites available. But, did you know that there are some pretty amazing natural stones that are quarried right here in the United States?

Eureka Calacatta Danby

Quarried in the USA, Eureka Calacatta Danby; photo via Vermont Quarries Corp.

Although stone is formed everywhere around the world, it’s not always economically feasible, or possible, to quarry it. Some stone may be...


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By Avenue 3 Real Estate

 

Open Houses, Open Houses in Massachusetts, Open Houses in the Greater Boston Area

So, you are armed with your list, your map/gps, and you are ready to go Open House shopping.  Open houses are a great way to see a good number of houses in one afternoon, but even the most dedicated Open House looker can get caught up in a crowded open house and miss the most important details. Ones that you really may not want to miss!

If you are looking at multiple homes, it is easy to get them confused with one another when you sit later to review – was that the one with the purple bathroom? ...


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By Bill Wendel

Excerpt from broker facing MLS:

Named Exclusion

Concerned that the housing market this Spring could become irrational again, Boston.com’s real estate blogger raised questions today about the risks / rewards of waiving contingencies:

A buyer’s most foolish move

Yesterday, one of Real Estate Cafe’s DIY buyers received a conference call from a seller and their listing agent saying their offer was

the lowest of five competing buyers,

one had no financing contingency,

another had no inspection contingency.

However, the buyers...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Now that we’ve finally “sprung ahead” and the days are a bit longer, you’ve no doubt got warmer weather on your mind. Maybe you’re even thinking about some outdoor projects that will let you enjoy the open air more freely as the temperature rises. If so, you’re not alone. The outdoor living and landscape sector has grown into a $60-billion per year industry—and not just in the areas that are warm-year-round. No matter where you live, you can design a beautiful outdoor living space that will last—...


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Why Marble and Granite, Inc.?

March 13, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

You probably already know that Marble and Granite, Inc. offers first-class surfacing materials like granite, marble, limestone, onyx, slate, travertine, soapstone, quartz, Neolith and more. But it’s equally important to us that you understand who we are, how we’ve grown, and what we value. As it’s these core elements that have made us New England’s largest natural stone wholesaler.

Paul and Jason in Brazil, 2005Paul Cocciardi and Jason Guidi on a buying trip; Brazil 2005

Since starting out in a sixth floor warehouse in East...


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By Bill Wendel

 

Misled 2008 NYTimes

Rising prices and games real estate agents play have Home buyers feeling blue, according to recent national surveys. Thankfully, Boston.com’s blog post this morning provided stats from Zillow and Redfin, even if it’s a bit confusing to compare and make sense of them.  Regardless, the direction is obvious:

“Only 25 percent of house hunters across the country think it is a good time to buy now, compared to 40 percent last year, Redfin reports.”

Compare those numbers Trulia’s Real Estate Regrets Survey...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

A few weeks ago, we blogged about how quartz surfacing is way more than a passing fad. As consumers, designers, and architects learn more about the versatility and durability of this material, its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds—with it now second only to granite as the top choice in countertops today. It’s interesting, however, to look back over the past decade to see how the industry itself has evolved, not just the technology.

Tub Surround in Frosty Carrina

Tub surround and vanity top in Frosty Carrina Caesarstone;...


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By Bill Wendel

 MAgentMap_080912

Too many real estate agents?  Here’s one way to answer Boston.com’s question:  a map showing the distribution of real estate agents across Massachusetts courtesy of Matt Carroll, a former Boston Globe real estate reporter:

http://bit.ly/REAgentMap (click to search interactive map)

Beyond that simple question is a family fight between appraisers and agents about the lack of regulatory oversight and consumer protection. PLUS this complaint:  The appraisal industry took the brunt of the hit for...


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