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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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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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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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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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The Spin is Hot Off The Presses

Dwell360 Spin: Latest Real Estate & Lifestyle News

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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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Are you on The Spin yet?

The Spin: Latest Real Estate & Lifestyle News


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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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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 Styles Series!

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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 r

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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.

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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. 

Dwell360 is a residential real estate firm based in Newton, Massachusetts, servicing the cities and subu

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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 search of food or

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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

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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

Often referred to as a rodent, bats actually have little in common with rats or m

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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.

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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?

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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 homeowners start their projects off on the right foot. In addition, your new photovoltaic (PV) system will be able to help

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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.

Solar energy is a grea

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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, Gloucester: Reviewers rave that Good Harbor Beach is one of the best around. White, clean sand compliment

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13 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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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

Just because an entire house is painted, doesn’t mean everything is painted with the same paint. As such, some places could be contaminated with lead while others can be clean. Each different surface sh

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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 Pa

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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?

Lead paint is a paint containing lead chromate or carbonate as

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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 Decembe

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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 p

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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 inspection?

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Delicious All Around: The Best Restaurants in Newton

It’s no secret that Boston is a great place to grab local eats. Delicious knows no prejudice, and as such, there is a wide array of superior restaurants in Newton to appeal to every palate and budget. 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

The last of the golden red leaves are falling off tree branches and mornings welcome cooler air where you can see your breath with each exhale. 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 fast approaches.

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a joyfilled and fruitful new year!

From Jennifer Mattson 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 Yourself Fr

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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 exposure is the key to maintaining healthy levels in your environment.

It has been determined that one out of every fifteen homes in the U.S. has a problem with excessive radon exposure. As such, it is extremely important to test and see if your home falls under this ca

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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, odorless, tasteless, and chemicall

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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, adults, and

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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!

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released it's 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, naming Massachusetts the overall best state for children!

The Casey Foundation has been tracking trends in the prosperity of our children since 1990, when it publish
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Creating Community Around Food: Where to Find Farmer’s Markets

We’ve all seen the bumper sticker; “No Farms, No Food”. A four word saying whose importance is often understated and mildly ignored, it could not be farther from the truth. While what you see in a grocery store is often imported from foreign countries with strong agriculture, it

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What is Mold? Part II: Detection and Removal

What should I look for when determining if I have a mold problem?

Testing for mold is not recommending, especially when evidence of growth is apparently present. There are, however, many signs of mold infestation to look for when determining if mold is a problem in your environment.

  • Pay attention to yourself! One of the first signs of mold could be health related symptoms before you even visibly locate the

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Where to See Fireworks in Massachusetts

The first big event of the summer is, of course, the 4th of July! So when and where can you watch 2014 Independence Day fireworks in Massachusetts?

When and where to watch 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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What is Mold? Part I: The Silent Infectant

Mold isn’t just white fuzzies growing on old bread in the cupboard; it can be a serious and damaging problem for homeowners. Being aware of what it is and what adverse effects it can have on one’s health is important. Read on to find out more!

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows naturally in the environment thriving on moisture and nutrients. Mold spores, similar to microscopic seeds, can be found anywhere suitable l

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Weigh the Facts Before Saying 'Yes' to a Pool

A backyard pool can be a tantalizing prospect. Deciding whether to opt for a pool, however, can be a difficult choice.

Whether you're looking for a new home or considering installing a pool at your existing residence, itemizing pros and cons can be illuminating.

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Termites 101 Continued: A Job for a Professional

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.

Termites thrive in warm, moist climates; they exist in all states of the country, except maybe Alaska!  Worldwide, termites

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Termites 101 - Everything You Need To Know To Protect Your Home!

As homeowners, we often find ourselves fully aware of the things going on around us, particularly in our own neighborhoods. We see the moving vans, service trucks, and even the utility repair crew as they move about among the neighboring houses. Despite this awareness, it can be very surprising to learn that most homes suffering from termite infestations have owners with no idea that a problem exists. 

What Is A Termite? 

In the United States

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Simple Strategies Add Up to a Cooler Summer at Home

Prior to the widespread availability of central air conditioning, previous generations of homeowners learned to employ some simple strategies to keep as cool as possible during the long, hot, humid days of summer.  Now that we have all become more energy-conscious, reviewing some of those ideas can be beneficial.

Make Changes on the Home Front

Here are a handful of simple things you can do at home to ensure more comfort this summer:

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    Top High Schools in Massachusetts

    US News & World Report recently released its 2014 rankings of Best High Schools, encompassing 31,242 public high schools across the country.

    Among the many Massachusetts schools in these national rankings, 22 were awar

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    Deciding to Downsize

    Whether retirement has arrived or the children have moved out to leave you with an empty nest, you may be considering downsizing your home.   Frequently, life events lead to the decision to relocate to a smaller home.  Some people choose this option to simplify life or reduce yard work. Whatever your reason for considering the move, answering some questions first will help you come to the right conclusion for you.

    Questions to Consider When Deciding to Down

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    Five Home Renovations That Will Help Sell Your Home


    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.

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    Top Kitchen Renovations to Boost Property Value

    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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    Considering DIY Home Repair? Here Are The Top 6 Areas To Go Pro, For Safety Sake!

    Most homeowners enjoy the challenge of doing some of their own home maintenance and repair work. In fact, the DIY method can be a great way to save money on home repair bills while getting some exercise and developing your skill set. Projects like painting, landscaping, refinishing floors, and woodwork are well suited for the do-it-yourselfer, exuding significant savings for the sore muscles and splinters received along the way.

    Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista

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    Is Buying a Short Sale Property Right for You?

    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.

    What Is a Short Sale?

    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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    Active Seniors Tap Home Equity for Lifestyle Changes

    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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    Happy Spring!

    Happy Spring from Dwell360! We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day and cheering on those running in the Boston Marathon. 

    Farlow, Peter. (2010). Boston Marathon 2010 in Wellesley Photograph. Retrieved from

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    Budgeting Tips When Paying Monthly for a Mortgage

    Buying property usually means approval for a mortgage and maintaining those payments. It may be difficult for you to create a budget that not only looks good on paper, but also works well when applied to the reality of your finances. If you are trying to find ways to budget for your monthly mortgage payment, here are a few tips to help you get started.


    Budget Weekly

    One way to make sure you have

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    Making the Move Easier on Kids and Pets

    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.

    Moving with Kids

    1. Tell your children about the move early in the process.  As soon as the decision has been finalized, conduct a family meet

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    5 Ways to Make Your Rental Property Your Own

    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 the Decision to Buy or Rent

    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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    Which Home Renovations Are Homeowners Most Eager to Do?

    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? 

    Here are a few to consider.

    • Added storage space, such as walk-in closets and built-ins: It always feels good to make the most of your home's space, such as adding large closets and built-in fixtures like bookca

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    Want to Break Into Investment Properties? Consider These Factors Before You Buy.

    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:

    • Property Management: You, y
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