By Bill Wendel

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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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By Gian Luca Fiori

Aquamarine gemstones in shimmering blue turquoise are as beautiful as the ocean is deep. While it may not be practical to cover walls, floors, or countertops with authentic aquamarines, Crystaline Stone offers an option that’s definitely doable - The  Gems Collection.

Literally translated as “water of the sea,” aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Tanzania, and even in the U.S. in Colorado and Wyoming. But it would take an awful lot of mining to create slabs such as this...


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By Bill Wendel

 

Musical Chairs

In the documentary, Inequality for All, former Secretary of Labor / public policy professor Robert Reich uses an animated graphic (not the cartoon above) to describe the chain reactions and interrelationships that fuel economic cycles, both virtuous and vicious.

Do homebuyers need similar diagrams or parodies to expose the “speculative cycle” that is likely to peak this year, and the role of conflicts of interest in real estate?  YES, particularly right now, before sensationalized media coverage...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Have you just begun a kitchen remodel, or do you have one on the horizon? If so, you won’t want to miss the Spring Seminar Series at the Clarke showroom in Milford, MA.

Clarke Appliance ShowroomsClarke Appliance Showrooms; photo via Houzz

We’ve partnered with Clarke, New England’s Official Showroom and Test Kitchen for Sub-Zero and Wolf, to help you learn everything you need to know to get started with your kitchen construction project. While our seminar will explain the differences between natural and engineered stone...


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By Avenue 3 Real Estate

 

Buying a home in MA, Living in Arlington MA, MA Real Estate, Buying a condo in MA

While Winter may seem too cold, or too snowy to go house hunting and your warm hot chocolate, your comfy slippers and your couch may seem more appealing.  Winter may actually be a great time to get out and find the property that is right for you!

1.FEWER COMPETITORS – The bad weather, the tough parking and the time to procrastinate keep other buyers home on their couches and out of the market.  Like Spring flowers, warmer weather brings buyers out in droves.  Get out there now while less c

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By Gian Luca Fiori

The short answer to this question is no. Soapstone is a relatively soft material, and it will scratch. But, there are some things you can do to minimize the appearance of inevitable scratches.

Soapstone countertopsSoapstone countertops by Frank Valdes; photo via Houzz

Soapstone is composed mostly of the mineral talc, which is the softest mineral there is. Once an igneous or sedimentary rock that’s been changed, through time and tons of heat and pressure, into a metamorphic rock, soapstone is softer than materials...


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By Bill Wendel

Don't Play Russian Roulette

BRAVO!!!  When money can buy political influence and the Colbert Report commands more respect than Congress, how refreshing to read that one government agency is chastising another for patronizing business practices based on a conflict of interest.

And no, it’s not a parody headline from The Onion; it’s the way our government was designed.

Checks and balances are built into our system to protect against abuses; and our legal code is built on the common law of agency, a Biblical truth not to...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

We love high-performing ultra compact Neolith surfacing. So we decided to attend the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) earlier this month in Las Vegas when manufacturer The Size introduced their new color collection, Classtone.

Estatuario from Neolith

Neolith island in Estatuario, part of classtone collection; photo via THESIZE

Inspired by the timeless look of marble, Classtone blends the classicism and elegance of marble with revolutionary Neolith Digital Design (NDD) technology.

The new colors include:

Pulpis from NeolithClasstone...


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Large Format Tile From Neolith

February 18, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

When it comes to tile flooring, all signs are pointing toward a trend in large format tiles. Besides offering a distinctive design aesthetic, there are a few other benefits to big tiles. And in the “big tile” category, no surface can come close to offering the benefits of Neolith.

Neolith Flooring

The Bresco Bakery in Barcelona, Spain uses Neolith for flooring

So, what exactly is Neolith? It’s a porcelain slab that’s made of 100-percent natural material including clay, feldspar, silica, and minearal oxide. Neolith

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By Avenue 3 Real Estate

Selling a home in MA, MA real estate, Living in Arlington MA, Selling your home
During late Spring and Summer months, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes.  When autumn turns to winter and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.
With multiple homes for sale in Arlington MA, Cambridge MA and Medford MA, you'll want your home to stand out. The good news is you can create striking winter curb appeal without expensive and/or complicated exterior changes. It just requires a little cr


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