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Greater Boston Real Estate Market Update

Greater Boston Market Update First Half 2020In this episode of Dwell360's special series Real Estate Answers in Uncertain Times we explore what has happened in the real estate market in the

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Newton Real Estate Market Update

Newton Market Update First Half 2020How have home sales in Newton been impacted by the pandemic?

In this episode of Dwell360's special series Real Estate Answers in Uncertain T

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Utilizing New Techniques During the Covid-19 Pandemic

At Dwell360 we're always working to improve our processes, communication, and marketing. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our team has finetuned our state-of-the-art marketing and added some new tricks as well! Here's some of the ways we've responded to the changing environment.

Serving Home Buyers

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What Happened This March In Real Estate

Episode 1, Real Estate Answers in Uncertain TimesIn the first episode of Dwell360's special series Real Estate Answers in Uncertain Times we explore what happened in the Massachusetts real estate market in March

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Stay Safe & Shop Local!

Updated 4/23/2020 - This year we celebrate our 10th year as an independent real estate brokerage! We couldn't have done it without your support, and neither can all the other local businesses in our area.

It's so important that we all continue to support the businesses in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help, we've compiled this list of 20 of the many local businesses who have risen to the challenge of this strange new

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Happy Holidays!

As we begin our 10th year as an independent real estate brokerage serving greater Boston, we would like to thank all of our friends, clients, family, and colleagues for their trust and support.

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Thank you for celebrating with us!

When it comes to real estate, even edible real estate, Dwell360 has got you covered!

Dwell360 Gingerbread House Party!

We had so much fun celebrating the holidays with our clients, friends, and family at our gi

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Luxury for Lease

Edward Johnston at 9 Oak Hill Street, Newton

Ed Johnston and John Lynch are proud to present this sophisticated home for lease in the amazing Newton area of Oak Hill.


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3 Reasons to Invest in Roxbury

Martika Jenkins on location in RoxburyThe Roxbury neighborhood of Boston is a great place to purchase real estate. Dwell360's Martika Jenkins will provide you with three great reasons why you shou

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This Might Be the Best Year to Sell Your Home

If you're considering making a move in the future, here are 4 reasons why 2019 might be the best time to sell.

Primary Mortgage Market Survey

1. Interest rates are still hist
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New Short Term Rental Law in MA!



The state of Massachusetts now has a law regulating and taxing short term rentals. To help clarify what the law covers and applies to, we’ve outlined the pertinent information you’ll need below and

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Dwell360 Guide: Welcome to Jamaica Plain

Lovingly referred to as ‘JP’, Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is abundant with local restaurants, green spaces, and a diverse community that makes it a wonderful place to live or visit year round.

Interesting Facts

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Dwell360 Guide: Welcome to Cambridge

Just north of Boston is one of Eastern Massachusetts’ most historic and innovative cities: Cambridge.

Interesting Facts

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No More Waiting: The Market Report Is Here!

We know we've kept you waiting, but we PROMISE it was all worth it! Dwell360 is proud to present the 2017 Year End Market Report, featuring single family, condominium, and multi family data for Newton, Needham, Brookline, Wellesley, Cambridge, Beacon Hill, West Roxbury, Charl

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March into the Spin

The Spin March 2018

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The Spin: Just listed in JP!

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 7 - John Lynch

We are proud to present the final episode of Meet Dwell360 with our very own John Lynch! Find out about our co-founder in this can't-miss interview!

Miss any of the other episodes? C

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 6 - Martika Jenkins

We are thrilled to introduce the newest member to the Dwell360 team, Martika Jenkins! Watch to learn about her unique experiences and what she likes to do for fun!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 5 - Sandra Siciliano

Dwell360's Sandra Siciliano has an interesting history and a beautiful family - don't miss learning all about her in the latest episode of Meet Dwell360!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 4 - Jennifer Mattson

You might recognize Jennifer's bubbly personality from a recent listing video but do you know about her favorite restaurant? Find out in our latest episode!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 3 - Loretta Kelly

You won't want to miss HEARING from our admin, Loretta Kelly! Check our Episode 3 of our Meet Dwell360 Video Series below!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 2 - Edward Johnston

You know one of our founders, Edward Johnston, is a great REALTOR, but do you know about his favorite sports team? Find out in our latest episode of Meet Dwell360!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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Meet Dwell360 - Episode 1 - Alerica Aylward

Tune in for the first of our Meet Dwell360 Video Series, where we help you get  to know the agents and staff that make up our real estate brokerage.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team! 

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The Summer Spin

The Spin July 2017

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Dwell360 Guide: Welcome to Needham

Welcome to Needham, a popular suburb of Boston alive with continuous growth. Great schools and a strong sense of community keep this local town among the area’s most desirable places to live. As more buyers flock to purchase homes, we’d like to invite you on a virtual tour of this charming town.

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Thank You for Supporting Dwell360 - Relay for Life 2017


We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this year's local Relay for Life. With help from our friends, family, clients, and community, we were able to raise over $9,500 for the American Cancer Society. Watch the video above to see more fun from the event!&nbsp

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Mitigating Moving Headaches

This blog was written by Jennifer Mattson, a Dwell360 REALTOR® and Relocation Specialist. 

It’s no secret; I enjoy moving. Since the age of 18, I have relocated my primary residence no less than 15 times. Perhaps it’s the change of scenery or the

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Dwell360 Guide: Welcome to Newton

Just a short distance from Boston, the city of Newton, Massachusetts is regarded as a bustling area complete with high quality schools, friendly faces, stunning homes, and a vibrant community. Wi

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When to Break Up with Your Real Estate Agent

Starting a partnership with your real estate agent can often elicit similar emotions evoked by a romantic relationship. It starts out exciting; the beginning moments full of anticipation of the life changing events still to come. As some romantic interactions can go, however, n

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Insta-piration: Dwell360’s Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a revamp of your own home’s design, or just like drooling over the swoon-worthy rooms, these Instagram accounts are sure to please with their flawless style and impeccable taste. Follow one or follow them all!

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Guest Blog: Office Design Success in Sudbury

Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, written by Leonardi Aray Architects

In 2014, Dr. Gomez and Dr. Infante opened GLAD their "dream dental practice" to provide pediatric,

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Northland Investment Corp. Proposes Big Changes for Newton Upper Falls

The beautiful city of Newton continues to grow with a recent proposal from Northland Investment Corp. to transform Newton’s Upper Falls.

The Newton-based developer unveiled plans that propose a complete overhaul of 30 acres off Needham Street, cha

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Dwell360 Visits California

Dwell360’s John Lynch recently had an opportunity to attend two conferences in California: The &THEN DMA Annual Event and the Inman Luxu

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Trending Design: Refresh Your Dining Room

Casual Dining-Coastal Farmhouse

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Fire Prevention and Safety for Homeowners

You might be diligent about locking your doors, but dangers can lurk inside the home as well. House fires impact hundreds of homeowners each year so it is important to have a safety plan for your family in case of an emergency. In addition, there are many steps that can be taken

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Dwell360's Big Annual Open House: October 2, 2016

Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain, Dwell360's Big Annual Open House Party went off without a hitch this past weekend! 

Heritage Food Truck served up delicious eats from pulled pork sliders to deep fried macaroni and cheese balls to gazpacho and portabella mushroom

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Superior Marketing Strategy Dominates Newton Real Estate

With a so many buyers searching for their perfect home, it is supremely important that any home for sale is marketed properly to ensure success for the seller. At Dwell360 Real Estate, we reach above and beyond normal measures to ensure our listings reach every possible buyer. 

Our most recent listing was a set of Newton, Massachusetts condos. Two Philadelphia style units, each newly renovated real estate, were a gorgeous setting for two videos that helped showcase the prope

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Dwell360 MythBusters: Working With a Real Estate Agent

When you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the agent who will represent your interests. As in any other profession, there are many misconceptions about real estate agents. We wanted to set the record straight and clear up

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Dwell360 Leads Local Real Estate Industry with Video Marketing

Videos are the future of marketing, especially in real estate, and we are constantly striving to stay at the forefront of innovation to best serve our clientele. By leveraging video and social media, Dwell360 is reaching a wider audience than ever before.

For a recently listed property in Charlestown, John Lynch broadcasted live from the Bunker Hill Monument and inside the property to give viewers an exclusive look at the property before it went to market. 

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Buying a Second Home: The Time is Now!

Have you ever wanted an oasis next to the beach or a cabin in the mountains? You’re not alone; many people have or desire to own a second home. For whatever the use, a second home can be a sound investment.

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12 Best Dog Parks Near Boston

Dogs love to get outside and play especially in nice weather, but not all of us have yards or space for Fido and friends to run. Here we’ve assembled a list of Boston and surrounding areas’ best dog parks, perfect for walk or tossing a frisbee.
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10 Uniquely New England Day Trips

Just have one day to devote to your vacation? We’ve got some ideas that are sure to fit any family’s needs.

*Mystic Seaport,

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8 New England Weekend Getaways

Grab your suitcase and hit the road; New England has plenty of fun summer destinations to offer.

Acadia N

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14 Boston Spots to Get Your Ice Cream On

Looking for a place to satisfy your ice cream craving? Here are some of Dwell360's favorites (in no particular order):

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Bathroom Trends and Ideas for 2016

Brunswick Home - Ensuite Bathroom 2015

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Solar Energy Infographic: Updated!

Check out Dwell360's infographic about solar energy including both national and local statistics. To view larger, click here. 

Check out some of Ed's other blog posts her

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Newtonville Plans Neighborhood Makeover

Newtonville is set to receive some substantial upgrades. Two major development projects are due to be introduced to the area, starting with sizeable plans for Austin Street.

28 Austin Street

The same street where Dwell360 is located, many know Austin Street as the turn you make to get to the Star Market over the Mass Pike. By Summer of 2018, however, the landscape of Austin Street will have changed significantly. Ap

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Dwell360's Local Garden Center & Farm Picks

With thoughts of chill and snow vanishing in the distance, our minds turn to warm weather and what the outdoors have to offer in springtime. As such, the season makes for the perfect time to spruce up the yard. Below find our list of great local places for you to pick up anything your yard might need. New to gardening? Check out our list of 10 Easy Plants to Increase Your Curb Appeal.

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    Spring Is Here! 17 Things to Do in April

    Spring is here, and with it comes many events throughout Boston and surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for an evening of music or to sample local cuisine, the list of April events below presents a bounty of opportunity to engage citizens of any age.

    Big Apple Circus - Grand Tour: March 24 - April 24, 2016: The latest tour from the Big Apple Circus takes its audience back to the 1920s! Ships, trains, autom

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    11 Upcoming Kitchen Trends for 2016

    10 Things to Do When You Move to a New City

    The moving truck pulls away and you look at the vast sea of boxes before you; you’ve done it. You’re here in your new abode, city, and life. Unpacking all those boxes aside, how does o

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    Average Home Price in Needham Soars Over $1 Million!

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    Boston Condo Prices Continue to Dominate

    Nearly every Boston neighborhood saw increases in 2015 as the Massachusetts real estate market continues to flourish. Click here to read our full Boston Market Report including single fam

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    Natick Market Continues to Climb

    In 2015, the average price of a single family home in Natick rose to over $606k!

    Last year Natick, Massachusetts experienced another year of gains in the residential real estate market. The number of single family homes sold only slightly increa

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    Newton Market Reaches All Time High!

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    Residential Mortgage Update for 2016

    Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friend Bryan Kurzman, Senior Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Strategist of Leader Bank in Needham, MA

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    12 Things to Do Around Boston During the Winter

    During the summer, warm weather makes it easy to make plans or find things to do. Colder temperatures certainly make our avoidance of boredom more difficult. Rest assured, Dwell360 is here to help! Browse our

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    Home Styles Part III: Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic highlighting all the styles dicussed in our recent blog series. To view larger, click here. 

    Don't miss the other parts of our Home S

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    Home Styles Part II

    Let’s continue with our series by touching on a few more house styles!


    The term ‘Tudor’ is mildly historically inaccurate; one might assume that it refers to the typical buildings found during the Tudor Dynasty in 1500s England. In reality, Tudor house style is in reference to the tudor revival or medieval revival structures popular in the United States. The term is certainly more broad than other h

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    Home Styles Part I

    It’s no news that homes exist in many shapes and sizes. The varying features can help categorize properties into existing styles that help differentiate one from another. Each style has their own notable highlights as well as things that may attract or deter prospective buyers.


    Said to be one of the most popular home styles in the United States, the Colonial home first came to existence around the 1700s. Colonists emigrating fr

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    What to Do About Those Damn Ice Dams!

    With winter snowfalls just around the corner, we can’t help but remember the power packed storms that rolled through Massachusetts last year. To avoid damage to your home this year, be prepared for one of winter’s major hazards: ice dams. The icicles hanging off the sides of your home may be pretty, but they could spell out disaster.

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    Dwell360's Food Drive

    With the holiday season nearly upon us, we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate and what we can do to make a difference. Dwell360 is happy to announce that again this year we will be collecting food, toiletries, and monetary donations to benefit the Newton Food Pantry.&nbs

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    Dwell360's Annual REALTOR Continuing Education Class

    Dwell360 would like to cordially invite any REALTORS in need of credits to attend our Annual REALTOR Continuing Education Class! See the flyer below for more information. 

    Edward Johnston with Dwell360 is a REALTOR® who ser

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    Fireside Chat: Get Your Chimney Ready for Winter

    With the crisp air of winter settling in, the temperature of the home becomes of more concern to homeowners. Thermostats will be turned up, heavy blankets taken out of storage, and firewood lit. In order to ensure safety when snuggled up indoors this winter, special attention should be paid to the chimney and fireplace to prepare for the cold season.

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    Dwell360 Household Pests Guide

    Enjoy access to our free Household Pests Guide. 

    With our Household Pests blog posts completed, we are happy to offer this comprehensive guide. Inside you'll find all parts of the series: Termites,

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    Pests Part V: Household Pests Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic about household pests and the dangers they can present to homeowners. To view larger, click here. 

    Don't miss the other parts of our Pests Series! 

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    Pests Part IV: Rodents, Sliders, and Vermin

    Bugs aren’t the only pests that might visit or inhabit your home; there are various other creatures that can cause problems.

    Mice and Rats

    Various types of mice and rats can be found in homes, often entering in sea

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    Pests Part III: Buzzers and Crawlers

    There are many little pests that can be a nuisance to homeowners. To protect your home from damage, it is important to learn about their habits so that elimination can occur stress free.

    Carpenter Bees

    Unlike the more wid

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    Pests Series Part II: Bats

    Another unwelcome guest that you might find in your home is bats. While an important animal to our ecosystem, they can have no place in our homes.

    About Bats


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    Pests Series Part I: Termites

    Being a homeowner is a worthy investment of money, time, and energy. Crafting a house into becoming a home can be such a rewarding task. This isn’t to say, however, that there are no bumps along the way. Among many challenges, pests like termites can be an issue. Knowing about what they are and the potential for harm they cause can be the first step in eliminating problems hopefully before they even begin.

    What Is A Termite?

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    Changes to Residential Mortage Lending: Understanding TRID

    Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friend Bryan Kurzman, Senior Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Strategist of Leader Bank in Needham, MA

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    A Buyer's Guide to Septic

    You may have heard the term ‘septic tank’ before, but do you know what owning a septic system entails? Find the answers to many frequently asked questions below.

    What is a septic tank?

    A septic tank is a sewage waste system that is designed for containment of waste from a home. While designs can vary, the mos

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    4 Reasons Not to For Sale By Owner

    For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transactions certainly seem appealing; it can appear that it is easier to sell without help and that you can maximize your profit by not having to pay an agent’s commission. The truth is, in fact, the opposite.

    1. You Net More Money When Using an Agent: A recent study of the 2014 Real Estate Market by the National Association of REALTORS® show that a typical house sold by a homeowner s

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    Dwell360 Solar Energy Guide

    Enjoy access to our free Solar Energy Guide. 

    With our Solar Energy blog posts completed, we are happy to offer this comprehensive guide. Inside you'll find all parts of the series: About Photovoltaic Systems,

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    Solar Energy Part III: Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic about solar energy including both national and local statistics. To view larger, click here. 

    Check out some of our other blog posts here! 

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    Solar Energy Part II: Financing Your PV System Project

    It may be overwhelming to think of installing a solar energy system in your home, but rest assured that Massachusetts as well as federal credits, incentives, and financing options are available to help homeown

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    Solar Energy Part I: About Photovoltaic Systems

    As time goes on, more and more people are becoming concerned with earth conservation and renewable energy. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming; what difference can one person or home make? Truth be told, the impact may be larger than you think.

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    What Are You Wading For? Massachusetts’ Best Beaches

    It’s no secret that summer means beach season for many residents and tourists to Massachusetts each year. Here’s where you can find some of the best beaches to explore:

    • Good Harbor Beach, Glouce

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    Dwell360 Lead Paint Guide

    Access to our free Lead Paint Guide!

    With our Lead Paint blog posts completed, we are happy to offer this comprehensive guide. Inside you'll find all parts of the series: Exploring Lead Paint and Poisoning,

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    Lead Paint Part III: Removing Lead from the Home

    Once lead is found on your property, it is imperative to remove it as required by Massachusetts Lead Law if children under six will be living in the home. Landlords are required to comply with the law if children or pregnant women will be tenants in their property. For more information on tenants' rights and the Lead Law concerning renting, please consult the Lead Paint Transfer Notifica

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    Lead Paint Part II: Testing for Lead

    In order to determine lead levels, the home in question should be professionally tested by a licensed inspector. As there are many ways to be exposed to lead, there are varying methods with which to test.

    Testing Paint for Lead


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    Lead Paint: Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic about lead contamination and poisoning that can occur in the home. To view larger, click here. 

    Don't miss

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    Lead Paint Part I: Exploring Lead Paint & Poisoning

    As a buyer, seller, current or prospective homeowner, renter, or landlord, it is imperative to learn about lead paint and the effect it has on our homes and health.

    What is lead paint?

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    10 Easy Plants to Increase Your Curb Appeal

    Spring is here so you may already be thinking about what plants will best highlight your home and enhance its curb appeal. In New England, we’re very lucky to have a bounty of flowers and shrubbery that flourish in northern soil. We’ve picked out ten easy to maintain plants that would make any garden shine.

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    Aquinas Acquisition the Key to the Future

    Mayor Setti Warren announced that the city of Newton has recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the former Aquinas College property on Jackson Street, subject to approval and a vote to fund the purchase from the Board of Aldermen. With the Angier School Project set to be completed in December and Zervas and Cabot not far behind with renovations, this purchase is the key to relieving overcrowding and other issues at several local elementary schools.

    The Aquinas p

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    Dwell360 Home Inspection Guide

    Access our free Home Inspection Guide!

    With our Home Inspection Series blog posts completed, we are happy to offer this comprehensive guide. Inside you'll find all four parts of the series: How to Prepare,

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    Home Inspection Series Part IV: After the Inspection

    You’re in the final stages of the home inspection process! With most inspections, this is the time where negotiations begin. No home is perfect, so there are bound to be issues that turned up during a hom

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    Part III: Home Inspection Mistakes Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic about common home inspection mistakes that are best avoided. To view larger, click here. 


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    Home Inspections Part II: During the Inspection

    By now you have chosen your inspector and scheduled a time for them to come examine your home or the one you're considering purchasing. When the inspection begins, what should you do?

    While not required, we always recommend that the buyer be present during a home inspection. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask direct questions, and fully understand the condition of the property being purchased. Furthermore, it is important to have knowledge of the home&rsq

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    Home Inspections Part I: How to Prepare

    Congratulations! If you’re preparing for a home inspection, you’re on your way owning a new home.This is a crucial part of the home buying and selling process, so it is important to be well informed and know what to expect.

    What is a home

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    Delicious All Around: The Best Restaurants in Newton

    Dwell360's family and friends love eating locally; here is a list of our thirteen favorite establishments!

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    Prices Are Up Across the Boston

    Prices are UP across the city! Nearly every Boston neighborhood saw increases in 2014 as the local real estate market continues to flourish. 

    The positive changes in the market will continue to be true in 2015, but will require sophisticated navigation to ensure success.

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    The Natick Market is HOT!

    In 2014, the average price of a single family home in Natick rose to over $574k!

    Last year Natick, Massachusetts experienced another year of gains in the residential real estate market. The number of homes sold dropped as inventory reached a low, but this furthe

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    Average Prices Soar in Newton!

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    An Architects Perspective: Building an Addition Part II

    Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friends Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and Leonardi Aray, AIA, NCARB of Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, MA. 

    Earlier this year Leonardi Aray Architects (LAA) met with Dwell360's team. We are very grateful for such a productive conversation. We learned more about their clients as well as Dwell360's current, real-life e

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    Heating Types: Exploring the Pros and Cons

    As you walk into your home, you want to make sure it is warm and cozy, ready to keep you and your family comfortable as winter envelopes us.

    There are many different ways to heat a home, all of which have different advantages and disadvantages for a home owner. Below we&r

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    Happy New Year!

    Wishing you a joyfilled and fruitful new year!

    From Ed Johnston and your friends at Dwell360

    Dwell360 Radon Guide

    Access our free Radon Guide!

    With the completion of our Radon Series, we are happy to offer this comprehensive guide. Inside you'll find information on What Is It, Protect

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    Radon Part III: Testing & Remedies

    Radon is a serious issue plaguing homeowners. If an overwhelming presence of this element takes hold of a home, it can put the residents at risk for issues such as lung cancer. Finding radon and limiting exposur

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    Radon Part II: Protect Yourself From Radon Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic for some quick facts about radon in the home. To view larger, click here.

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    Radon Part I: What Is It?

    Radon. At first thought, one might imagine an evil villain from an after school special. This name however bears no such identity, though it can be considered the secret villain hiding in an unsuspecting homeowner’s abode.

    Radon is a colorless, odorles

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    An Architect's Perspective: Building an Addition

    Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friends Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and Leonardi Aray, AIA, NCARB of Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, MA. 
    Property owners and those seeking to buy a home often consider building an addition to increase the number of bedrooms, expand the living area or to build that well-needed second bathroom. A
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    Dwell360 Food Drive

    As we approach the holiday season, our thoughts often turn to how we can help those less fortunate. This year, Dwell360 is happy to announce its Food Drive benefiting the Newton Food Pantry. 

    The pantry's most needed items are:

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    Feeding Neighbors: Making a Difference Locally

    When we think of hunger, it’s natural that our minds often imagine tattered third world children with huge eyes like those portrayed in relief organization commercials. Some might not even consider that hunger lies right in our own neighborhoods, affecting children, a

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    Purple pride shined at Newtonville Village Day!

    Dwell360 was proud to be a gold sponsor of the Newtonville Village Day again this year!

    We brought the purple pride to Walnut

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    Mass Save Part III: Financing Opportunities

    After reading our Mass Save Series Parts I and II as well the informational infographic, it is clear that taking advantage of the offerings by the Mass Save program is a good choice. Not only will your home become more energy efficient, but you’ll end up saving money on your bills because of the changes made.

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    Mass Save Part II: Homeowners’ Experiences

    Last week we introduced you to the Mass Save home energy efficiency program and the potential savings for homeowners like you. To give an idea of what a Mass Save experience could be like, we consulted with two homeowners near and dear to the Dwell360 family who have made upgrades made to their homes through this program.

    Alerica Aylward, a resident of West Roxbury and the Director of Operations of Dwell360, recently made renovations to her home using Mass Save:

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    Improving Energy Efficiency Infographic

    Check out Dwell360's infographic below for tips on how to save energy all year long. Improving your home's energy efficiency is helpful not only to the environment, but also to your bottom line! To view larger, click here.

    Improving Energy Efficiency Infographic by Dwell360

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    Mass Save Part I: What to Expect

    How your home uses and distributes energy can have a substantial effect on what your bills look like. What if you knew you were not only paying too much, but that there was a low cost way to ensure a future of savings?

    Mass Save, an initiative sp

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    Dwell360 Moving Guide

    Access our Free Moving Guide!

    As our Moving Series Blog posts are completed, we are happy to offer this comprehensive Moving Guide. Inside you'll find all three parts from the Series, Hire a Mover

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    Moving Part III: It’s Moving Day!

    You’ve chosen a moving company using our helpful tips in Part I of our series, and you’ve packed up your belongings using the organization system in Part II. After much anticipation, moving day has arrived! It is finally time to bring everything to your new home. As much as your mind may be scattered, there will be some

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    Moving Part II: Planning & Packing

    You’ve now chosen a moving company to assist with the big move to your new home using everything you learned in our Moving Series Part I: Hiring a Mover. With moving day approaching, there are still a few things to consider. Will you need storage for the move? What sort of packing system is best? On the day of the move, will there be any special considerations for parking? It all can be overwhelming, b

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    Moving Part I: Hiring a Mover

    Making a successful move to your new home is reliant on the mover hired to get you there. With so many aspects to consider, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is best, or even how to approach choosing. By breaking everything down, further examination of an individual company doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

    First, you’ll need to establish your individual needs.

    Where are you moving?

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    Massachusetts Ranked the BEST State for Children!

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    The mere mention of termites can strike fear into the hearts of homeowners.  Most people know that termite infestation can cause severe damage to a home's structure. It can also cost thousands of dollars to eliminate the pests and repair any damage, requiring application of topical poisons that can be unpleasant as well as worrisome.

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    What Is A Termite? 

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      Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista

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      Many adults find buying a home to be exciting and stressful.  With the long checklists of tasks to accomplish, how to minimize the impact of the move on kids and pets may be way down on that list.  However, following a few helpful tips will ensure a successful move with them.

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      1. Tell your children about the move early in the process.  As soon as the decision has been finalized, con

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      When looking at selling your home, you'll want to increase its value. One way to do this is by creating more livable space, if possible, such as by finishing the basement. But do finished basements increase a property's value enough to make a difference and return the investment put into them? Yes and no, because the value of your home is

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      • REALTORS® have industry tools, local resources, market insight, and a professional network to broaden your search results.
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      • REALTORS® have industry tools, local resources, market insight, and a professional network to help you find the right tenant for your property.
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      • REALTORS® can assist you with appropriately pricing your property in the highly competitive rental market of metro Boston.
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      It's difficult today to speak of real estate trends without touching on the effect Baby Boomers have on the buy and sell cycle. In many ways, it's a new world, and changing rapidly. The current cro

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      When getting ready to sell a home, many homeowners look to upgrade the property to add value. But what home renovations are the most enjoyable to complete and add the most value?

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      Buying and selling real estate may not be as simple as some may believe. Most people should hire a real estate attorney to handle to a realty transaction from offer to closing. Contracts need to be written

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      As the weather gets cold, home owners often find it difficult to keep their homes looking as beautiful as they do in the spring and summer. Particularly if you are trying to sell your home during the winte

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      There's something about the Fall season that makes many people want to warm up their homes. Decorating your home for the colder months not only helps you create a welcoming vibe in your home, but it also allows you to add elements to your space that will help keep you and your family warm throughout the cold season.

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      Our local market is hot! 

      CNBC published a report today ranking the most expensive and most affordable real estate markets in the country, and three of our local towns topped the list.  

      Weston, Massachusetts ranks #9 with homes listing for an average of $1,229,000. Wellesley comes in at #16 with an average list price of $1,079,600. And at an average price of $912,745, Newton rounds out the top 25.

      It should come as no surprise that California clai

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      Find Your Family’s Dream School

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      Newtonville Village Day was a great success this year!

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      Dwell360 is proud to sponsor "Newtonville Village Day", we have some exciting activities planned so please stop by our booth!

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      The lease is just about up and it is time to make that yearly decision once again. Is it time to purchase a home, or are you content signing a lease for one more year. This is a pretty big question to face, and it is one that requires quite a bit of serious deliberation by all parties involved before a final verdict is reached.

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      Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high—and as a result, more sellers are looking to short sales as a way to avoid the impacts of foreclosures. Short sales can have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it.

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      Short sales are now quite common in parts of the country where significant drops in home values have made it difficult to sell a home. In a short sale situation

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      White walls, basic carpet, run of the mill appliances—this is the story of most rental properties. When it comes to living in one, you’ll have to make the most of the situation you are presented with. There is no rule that says you need to put your household personality on hold until you purchase a home of your own. By finding ways to express yourself in temporary formats you can have a lot of

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      Making money from a rental property seems like a quick and easy investment—but it’s about far more than putting down an investment and waiting for the money to roll in. If you own a home, you already know that home ownership involves maintenance, time, and personal energy.

      Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:

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      Why worry about radon? In our two-part blog series on radon exposure in the home, we’re covering this sneaky gas—what it is, and why it matters. Last time in Radon 101|Part 1 we covered the basics on radon’s chemical makeup and health risks. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the details of radon testing.

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      Radon is a significant health risk. It’s enough of a risk that we’re actually going to take two blog posts to cover the issues relating to radon toxicity in the home. Today, we’ll have a look at the basics—what it is, how it can get into a home environment, and why it can be dangerous. Next time, we’ll cover potentially lifesaving information on radon testing.

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      Beat the Heat: Current Trends for Vacation Properties


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      Popular home renovations will almost always bring you a higher selling price on your home. Therefore, it's very important that you do your due diligence when it comes to researching the upgrades that are best for your home. Learn which ones will bring you the biggest return on your investment and which ones will not.

      1. Kitchen. A kitchen remodel will get a higher return on your investment than any other remodel item. Your kitchen upgrades could consist of a

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      Happy Fourth Of July!

      Go Green: Five Ideas for Creating a More Environmentally Friendly Home

      If you would like to learn how to create a more environmentally friendly home, here are five ideas for "going green" while making home improvements.

      1. Install a tankless water heater

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      Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:

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      Stay Away During the Open House

      One important thing to remember when your real estate agent is hosting an open house is to stay away during the event. Nothing deters interested buyers from asking important questions or taking the time to explore the home thoroughl

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      Marketing your home is the most effective way to get the word out that you are a seller in search of a buyer. In some locations, the market may be flooded with homeowners attempting to sell their h

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      1.  Wall Imperfections

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      The front of your home is the first element that interested buyers see when they come for a visit and tour. This is often referred to as "curb appeal." If your home doesn't have good curb appeal, consumers may make a negative decision about their intentions before they even cross the threshold.

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      Dwell360's Classes for Buyers & Sellers

      Are you considering buying or selling a home?
      Curious how the market has changed recently?

      Attend our complimentary Real Estate Classes


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      One of the biggest deterrents for buyers in the Boston area who are viewing your home is the presence of clutter inside your house. There are a few negative effects of clutter that can keep consumers from making an offer. First, clutter makes the rooms in your home appear smaller. Boxes piled up along the walls in your house create a smaller total floor area. The eye evaluates the size of the room from the ground up. If there isn't enough room to get around, your house will fe

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      Any sort of home renovation is a huge undertaking--especially if you are hoping to remain in your home during the updating process. Kitchen renovations are no exception to this, but when selling your home, a kitchen renovation might be worth the trouble.

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      Turn your kitchen remodel bright green with these six resource-conserving tips.

      1. Salvage nontraditional items for new kitchen storage.

      Reuse is the gold standard for green remodeling, and a little creativity goes a long way. Banks of old school lockers or lab cabinets, for example, are a hot salvage item for retro-flavored kitchen storage.

      2. Reuse stuff from your old kitchen.

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      Gardening and cholesterol-lowering drugs cut death risk in high-cholesterol adults.

      Gardening not only is good for your soul, it’s good for your heart. 

      That’s the conclusion of a new Veterans Affairs Medical Centre study that shows combining cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) with moderate exercise (gardening) lowers the chance of premature death more than either drugs or exercise alone.

      The study, conducted with mor

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      Consider before you ignore or outright refuse a very low purchase offer for your home. A counteroffer and negotiation could turn that low purchase offer into a sale.

      Check your emotions

      A purchase offer, even a very low one, means someone wants to purchase your home. Unless the offer is laughably low, it deserves a cordial response, whether that’s a counteroffer or an outright rejection. Remain calm and discuss with your real estate agent the many ways you can

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      Here are a few surprising and simple ways to cut your energy bill this season.

      Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter. 

      Switch to a laptop: If you’re reading this article o

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      Fall Landscaping: How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

      Fall landscaping preparations ready your yard for a long winter and glorious spring.

      Spread mulch

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      Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees. Taft warns home owners to avoid using free mulch from mun

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      4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can Afford

      By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that home ownership will fit in your budget.

      1. The general rule of mortgage affordability

      As a rule of thumb, you can typically afford a home priced two to three times your gross income. If you earn $100,000, you can typically afford a home between $200,000 and $300,000.

      To understand how that rule applies to your particular financial situation, prepare a family budget and list all the cost

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      Do-It-Yourself Home Security Check: 5 Essential Steps

      Conduct a do-it-yourself home security check by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in.

      1. Keep your home well-maintained on the outside.

      Burglars want an easy target. Stand on the street outside your house and ask yourself: Does my property look neglected, hidden, or uninhabited? A front door or walkway that’s obscured by shrubbery offers crooks the perfect cover they need while they break a door or window. T

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      Welcome to Edward Johnston of Dwell360's website

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