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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 6/29/2018

This Single-Family in Lakeville, MA recently sold for $295,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


3 Keith Ave., Lakeville, MA 02347

Single-Family

$319,900
Price
$295,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Summer party is at your house! Inground pool with expansive patio, large rear yard and professional volley ball court! This nicely redone Colonial features updated kitchen and bath, flooring, huge fireplace living room with inset and 3 nice bedrooms updstairs. Lower level offers plenty of storage and semi-finished office. New roof install is in process. Perfect location - minutes to stores, highway and MBTA Commuter Rail.

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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 6/29/2018

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, it’s good to be close to a city that has all of the amenities and characteristics that you want out of life. However, recent economic growth and an increasing wealth divide has made some cities and their suburbs expensive and overcrowded.

Fortunately, there are several cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S. that are currently experiencing both job growth and a cultural rejuvenation. In this article, we’ll cover the top 10 up and coming cities to move to.

 1. Colorado Springs, CO

An hour drive from Denver and two hours to the mountains, Colorado Springs is a rising alternative to the Denver Metropolitan area. It is home to several high ranking colleges and the unemployment rate is low. Best of all, Colorado Springs is a highly affordable place to live.

2. Portland, ME

Portland is a small coastal city but is packed with restaurants and the arts. It’s proximity to the ocean and affordability make Portland a great place to move to. There’s also a thriving do-it-yourself scene, an emphasis on green living and repurposing old infrastructure.

3. Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis combines affordable living with in-demand amenities like shopping, professional sports teams, and highly sought colleges. It’s also home to the biggest sporting event in the country, the Indianapolis 500 auto race.

4. Nashville, TN

Nashville and its surrounding suburbs are experiencing growth and demand for their rich musical culture and history as well as their affordability and short commute times. Residents of Nashville often rank it as being a great place to live, and if you trust anyone it should be the people who are there 365 days a year.

5. Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids has the industry and infrastructure of a large metropolitan area but maintains the affable nature of a small, midwestern town. Grand Rapids is known for its large public waterway on the Grand River as well as its close proximity to Lake Michigan.

6. Houston, TX

Just an hour’s drive to great beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Houston boasts a beautiful skyline and a rich cultural heritage, especially when it comes to food. Houston is also the home to several national companies and homes in the area are relatively affordable since Houston wasn’t largely affected by the housing crisis.

7. Raleigh, NC

The Raleigh metropolitan area is home to several competitive research universities and the population is booming with nearly 80 people migrating to Raleigh each day. Affordable housing and a stable but increasing job market make the Raleigh metropolitan area a highly desirable place to live.

8. San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley shows no signs of slowing as major companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook, continue to expand. One problem residents of the area will face is growing real estate prices and a shortage of housing, but living in both a technological and a natural paradise might be worth it for the right people.

9. Sarasota, FL

Beautiful beaches and year-round warm weather attract retirees to Florida each year. But Sarasota also offers a large and growing job market in healthcare, tourism, and hospitality.

10. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is within driving distance of several national parks, holds close proximity to mountains, and is nearby Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere. Salt Lake City has a growing job market, a low unemployment rate (2.8%), and low average commute times.




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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 6/25/2018


548 Kingman St, Taunton, MA 02718

East Taunton

Single-Family

$379,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Hillside setting "amongst the trees". This beautiful bright and airy young colonial has been lovingly maintained by its owners. Features abound including huge country kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, formal dining room, master suite with private bath, nice size bedrooms, 2 story foyer, and finished lower level with 2 additional rooms. Walkout lower level also has additional storage room and garage under. This lovely home has 2 zone central air and fully fenced-in back yard surrounded by trees for added privacy. Minutes to Rts 24, 195, and 140.
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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 6/22/2018

This Single-Family in Middleboro, MA recently sold for $365,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


203 Miller St., Middleboro, MA 02346

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$365,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Nice sized Ranch set well off road in country location. Full length Farmer's Porch for enjoying quiet summer evenings, fireplaced living room, hardwood cabinet kitchen with dining peninsula, private rear deck, family room and huge unfinished basement with new boiler. Oversized 2-car garage is 30' deep and has additional rear garage door to rear yard with 2 oversized sheds. Private! Hurry on this one - it won't last!

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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 6/22/2018

If you're in the market for a new home, one of the first things you need to determine is how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can comfortably afford. A loan officer or mortgage broker can help you figure that out, based on your income, debts, and other information.

One thing they probably won't include in the equation is the cost of home maintenance and other essential services, like garbage collection.

Ultimately, it's up to the homeowner to build in enough "breathing room" in their budget to cover unexpected expenses. Although you can't predict exactly what those expenses will be or how much they'll cost, it's virtually guaranteed that they're going to occur. Whether you're planning to buy a new house or a mid-century dwelling, here's the short list of typical homeowner expenses that could crop up. While all these items may not apply directly to your situation, many of them eventually will.

  • Plumbing repairs: Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and broken plumbing fixtures are common problems in most homes. You may also need a plumber to fix or install a garbage disposal, repair or replace a hot water heater, or hook up a new refrigerator to your water supply.
  • HVAC services: When you combine the cost of semi-annual routine service calls and unexpected emergency repairs, the cost of maintaining your heating and cooling systems can really take a bite out of your household budget!
  • Appliance repair: The typical family depends on at least a half a dozen major appliances to prepare meals and keep their clothes and dishes clean. When one or more of those appliances break down, chaos can ensue! In many cases, it's more cost-effective and practical to call a repair service than buy a new appliance.
  • Exterminator services: Regardless of whether you live in the city or the country, unexpected and unwelcome insects, rodents, and other miscellaneous varmints can show up in your home and yard. Sometimes it's even necessary to call a wildlife control specialist to remove skunks, raccoons, and other intruders!
  • Electrical repairs and upgrades: Although electrical repairs are occasionally needed for safety reasons, most calls to electricians are more routine in nature. However, when light switches, electrical outlets, and ceiling lights stop working, it can be a huge inconvenience for you and your family. In some cases, you might even be desperate enough to pay extra for emergency electrical service on weekends!
  • Miscellaneous expenses: Garage door repairs, fireplace cleaning, swimming pool maintenance, deck repairs, rain gutter cleaning, professional carpet cleaning, landscaping, fence repair, home siding repair, and wet basement problems are a few of the many expenses that may require you to dip into your savings or household budget.
If you happen to be a first-time homeowner, you may also need to shell out hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for items like a lawn mower, yard maintenance tools, snow blower, vacuum cleaner, furniture, and interior painting supplies. While home ownership, decorating, and yard maintenance can give you a feeling of satisfaction and pride of ownership, it's necessary to earmark a sufficient amount of money to pay for those sometimes unexpected costs!