Willard Realty Group, Inc.

Willard Realty Group, Inc.
1953 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 400775
Cambridge, MA 02140-0777
617.921.4758

Home Energy Audit, MassSave, Home Insulation

Featured, Home Energy Audit Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Thermal image of a single family home

This could be a picture of your home taken by an infrared thermal imaging camera. It looks really cool until you realize that the red spot on the roof is an area where heat is escaping your house for lack of proper insulation, and same goes for some of the areas near the front door and windows of the home. One picture speaks more than 1000 words when you can visually see $$’s leaving your house in the manner of heat loss. What can you do to keep that heat in your …

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North Bank Bridge connects Cambridge and Charlestown

Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, Featured Friday, November 8th, 2013
Willard D. Cunningham

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The Globe is correct on this coverage of the bike path over from E. Cambridge to Charlestown.
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Read more about the North Bank Bridge.
Bike to the future
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July 08, 2012 | Peter DeMarco, Globe Correspondent.

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Bike paths, bike lanes, bike racks, and cycle tracks. Bike this and bike that. Cities and towns across Greater Boston are peddling cycling construction projects this summer like never before: If it isn’t a Newton city committee proposing 30 new miles of bike lanes, it’s Malden and Everett converting downtown railroad beds into a multiuse path, or Charlestown …

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All Cash Online Real Estate Buyer Scam(s)

Boston, Buyers, Featured, Investor Saturday, October 19th, 2013
The Scammage Done

 

 
 
 
Mortgage fraud was rampant in 2005-2006 at the height of the United States housing bubble. Conduct a Google search and you will see find stories where mortgage fraud and house flipping schemes were perpetrated by mortgage loan officers, real estate appraisers, real estate agents. Sometimes, there would be a combination of all three, working together.
 
More recently, we have seen online scams where a foreign “cash buyer” contacts a real estate agent to buy an expensive property “site unseen” and want to close fairly quickly. An excellent source of the stories …

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Lead Paint Law, Renting, Tenants, and New Landlords

Featured, Landlords, Rentals, Tenants Thursday, August 16th, 2012
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It is 2012 and the multifamily market is red hot with investors and owner occupants competing against each for the move-in condition properties in decent locations and in decent condition. Along with all of these new purchases of multifamily homes comes a new wave of landlords who are untested and will have to deal with finding tenants and especially with complying with tenant rights and being in compliance with health, safety, and lead paint laws.
See Attorney Richard Vetstein’s piece of the renting and the Lead Paint Law:
 
In 2011, the Attorney …

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Rental Price Trend Continues Upward: Boston metro

Boston, Buyers, Cambridge, Featured, Investor, Landlords, Rentals, Somerville Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
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Two questions continually come to mind when I read stories about the rental market in the Boston metro area.

1.) it makes sense why I am working with and seeing so many “investors” looking for sensible property to purchase and take advantage of the rental yield; 2.) more fence-sitting buyers should really consider buying a property (condo, single fam, multi-family) rather than paying the high prices for rentals in the Boston metro area.
 
 
In the City of London, I read a story about how dear (costly) the rental and property markets (for a purchase) have …

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Rental Income and Property Investing

TransUnion is one of the 3 credit reporting agencies who determine your credit score. On the TransUnion blog, there was a post (see below). In this blog piece they give some tips for investing in rental properties and becoming a landlord. They make some good, and obvious points.
 
“They say everything has a bright side, and you can even find one in the recent real estate collapse. With widespread foreclosures and unemployment, more Americans are renting rather than buying. Is rental property a good investment? Now that mortgage rates have dropped …

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