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Market shift puts renovators in the driver's seat when hiring contractors

Laura and Neil Robbins of Maynard were prepared to spend $110,000 to renovate their 1905 Victorian. Laura and Neil Robbins of Maynard were prepared to spend $110,000 to renovate their 1905 Victorian. (Ellen Harasimowicz/for The Boston Globe)
By John Dyer
Globe Correspondent / August 24, 2008

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When Laura and Neil Robbins began remodeling their Maynard home last year, they entered with a mindset that would have been laughable during the housing boom: They expected contractors to be responsive and willing to compete for their job. (Full article: 1189 words)

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