By Avenue 3 Real Estate

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In a market such as this one, it is not uncommon to find yourself in a multiple offer situation.
While no strategy can guarantee success, here are three mistakes to avoid in order to increase your chances of being successful in buying a home in the Greater Boston Area.

1) Assuming you will have a second chance.  If you find yourself in a multiple offer situation, it is wise to make your offer a “best and final” version.  This will give you the best chance of being the one to purchase the home. ...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Looking to add sparkle to your seating? Want to add a bit of the exotic to your egress? Or maybe you’re looking for something bold in the bath? Whatever unique statement you might be looking to make, Crystaline Stone can help.

Crystaline Stone

Backlit chairs made of Crystaline Stone at Marble & Granite, Inc.’s Westwood, MA showroom, add the right amount of sparkle for a festive atmosphere.

An example of a striking focal point that’s also functional is this seating made of Crystaline Stone. Created for the recent...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Since it’s made of 93-percent crushed quartz (one of nature’s hardest minerals), the flexural strength of ColorQuartz Stone is four times more than that of natural stone. And since it’s available in a vast array of color choices, it’s the ideal fusion of beauty and strength—making it an excellent choice for virtually any surface, from residential to commercial.

Pewter from ColorQuartz

Island and countertop done in Pewter; photo via ColorQuartz

Leading the movement towards cleaner, safer surfacing materials, ColorQuartz...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Looking to make a unique statement with a surface that’s out of the ordinary? Come check out our new striking supply of Corteccia Quartzite. A beautiful combination of greens, beige, blues, and even a hint of lilac, Corteccia breaks quartzite’s common color standard, which is usually a very neutral pure grey, beige, and white.

Corteccia Quartzite

Now in stock, striking Corteccia quartzite from Brazil; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.

The lively color and pattern on this Brazilian quartzite brings warmth to the...


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POSTED FROM THE MARBLE AND GRANITE BLOG

Neolith: Fact versus Fiction

June 10, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Just like with any new product to any market, Neolith ultra compact surfacing from THESIZE has its share of misconceptions and misconstrued facts. Though it’s touted for its strength, functionality, and versatility, some remain skeptical. Let’s see if we can help separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to Neolith.

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Neolith ultra compact surfacing; photo via THESIZE

Neolith is durable enough for use both inside and outdoors— FACT
Neolith is as great a choice for architectural exteriors...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Q: I’ve heard there is soapstone that’s quarried in central Virginia. What can you tell us about it? We love the idea of a great domestic product.

A: Yes, you’re talking about Alberene Soapstone, a quarry located in Schuyler, Virginia. Polycor, the largest and most diversified granite and marble group in North America recently purchased this quarry. Not only do they offer a particularly beautiful product, but also many end-users love the fact that the domestic product offers many earth-friendly...


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Where did my stone come from?

June 03, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

This is a question lots of our customers ask. The answer, however, varies from stone to stone. Natural stone comes from all around the world. But, there are a few countries that have developed strong quarry industries.

Bianco Statuario Marble from Italy

Bianco Stauraio Marble from Italy; photo via Houzz

Originally, Italy was the source of the world’s best stones. Since its early stages, it was a genuine industry. They had a few marble quarries, such as the Carrara, the Travertines, the Botticinos, and the Serpegiantes. They began...


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How to Care for ColorQuartz?

May 29, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

You’ve heard about the virtues of our new quartz surfacing product, ColorQuartz, including the fact that it’s virtually maintenance free. But, you may be wondering what care the surfacing does need and just how minimal the maintenance is. We’ll explain…

Since ColorQuartz surfaces are non-porous, they are highly resistant to stains, as well as penetration of spills into the deeper layers of the surface. That’s the biggest reason that ColorQuartz is so easy to clean and maintain.

ColorQuartz in Seashell

ColorQuartz c...


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By Bill Wendel

Click on icons above for details of homes sold $100,000 or more over asking price from April 1 to May 15, the first six weeks of 2Q2014 in Cambridge, Boston & Somerville.

As Cambridge goes, so goes Lunenburg.​”​​  Really?  When a credible news source like the Boston Globe publishes statements like that, it’s time to ask what role the media has been playing in the return of self-perpetuating bidding wars in Boston and beyond?  Thank God, others — including at least one member of Boston.com team,...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Q: I adore my new granite countertop! It really is the centerpiece of our new kitchen. I know it’s a durable surface, so do I really have to cover it with an ugly cutting board when I work? Can I just slice and dice right on the granite surface? 

A: One of the great things about granite, in addition to its timeless beauty, is that it’s an incredibly hard and durable material. In fact, it’s harder than your knife’s edge. So while you can cut and chop directly on your granite surface, unless you...


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