March 24, 2023

Everything You Need to Know about Slab Basement for Houses

When a listing says the basement is a Slab, what does that mean?

I get asked often about what a "slab basement" is when it appears in search listings.  A Slab basement is another way to say that there is no basement.  The home was built on a "slab" of ...

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May 16, 2020

Spring Real Estate Newsletter 2020 Heisler & Mattson Properties

Spring 2020 Real Estate Newsletter 

I hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and well. It certainly has been an interesting spring to say the least, so far, and I'm getting a lot of questions about what is going on in the market, so I thought I would take a ...

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March 7, 2017

How do I file an Abatement in Massachusetts

The Abatement Process in Massachusetts isn't overly complicated.  Let's talk about what they are, and what to do if you're thinking the town is asking a bit too much from your wallet.  As always, this is not legal advice about what to do, as I am not ...

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Jan. 29, 2017

Trump Impacts: Predicting the Trump Effect on Real Estate

President Trump and his Expected Effect on Real Estate

President Trump has been inaugurated and has immediately made his presence felt in several areas under the Federal Government's Jurisdiction, with changes to immigration policy, foreign policy, and trade policy happening all in his first week.  It remains unclear, at ...

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Posted in Massachusetts
Jan. 5, 2017

Security Deposit Reminders for Landlords in Massachusetts

Landlords Need to Know the Security Deposit Statute

Did you know?  The Security Deposit Statute in Massachusetts isn't just complicated - it has major teeth for the unwary landlord. 

It is SO complicated, that I must highlight the following:

This is -- NOT LEGAL ADVICE -- and I am not an ...

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Posted in Massachusetts
Dec. 11, 2016

Home Price Update -Metrowest

How the Prices Moved in 2016 across Metrowest


Those who follow the blog know I update a periodic segment of how prices have changed across the area.   (Want to see the history?  Here's where I keep them: )


Anyway, here's the latest data:

Housing in Natick ...

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Posted in Massachusetts
Sept. 6, 2016

Top 10 Things To Know About Condos

What you should Know Before Making an Offer on that Condominium.

Here's my top 10 list for what you should know when researching condos.

The fee isn't all bad! Here's what you might get:

I know, I know, everyone hates condo fees.  But much of the fee ...

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July 15, 2016

PokeStops in Massachusetts

Got Pokemon Fever?  While Metrowest is not exactly a hotbed of Pokemon activity, we do have some.


If you're looking for away to charge up your gameplay, I thought I'd keep track of the PokeStops that I found in the area. PokeStops, for those who are curious ...

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June 24, 2016

MA Property Taxes:Tax Rates from Most to Least

Massachusetts Tax Rates from Most to Least-2015 Preliminary Rates, 2014 and 2013 actuals


Here's a link to the list alphabetically....


Here's a link to last years version of this list.


These rates are reposted from the websites.  They are sorted by Residential rate ...

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June 24, 2016


Passed Title V, Title V In Hand


A passed Title V means that the septic system has been recently inspected by a licensed septic inspector, and that the inspection indicated that the system has passed current standards, which are set by the state.

Title V is important - unless you ...

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