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June 7, 2019

New Listing! 284 Prospect St Brockton - $460,000 - Open House Sat 11-1 and Sunday 1-12:30

New Listing! 284 Prospect St Brockton - $460,900

- Open House Sat 11-1 and Sunday 1-12:30

 

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Beautiful almost new colonial! This lovely home is not yet 2 years old, built in 2017. 4 bedroom 2.5 bath colonial with a great open floor plan, perfect for today's lifestyles. Great commuting location. On the first floor, you will find an inviting foyer leading to a beautiful living room filled with afternoon sun. Open shaker style kitchen with granite countertops, island with seating, gas range, large dining room area with a sliding glass door leading to a deck. The family room is open to the kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout the first floor. Nest programmable thermostats. First floor laundry room. Four bedrooms on the second floor including a spacious master suite with a full bathroom and large walk in closet, 3 additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with double sinks. The addition of a third floor walk up attic that could be finished into a game or family room is a great option to add additional living space. Beautiful yard with apple tree. Open houses Sat 11-1 Sun 11-12:30

 

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May 17, 2019

New Listing! 4 Wilson Rd Stoneham - $859,900 - - Open House Sunday 2-4pm 5/19

New Listing! 4 Wilson Rd Stoneham - $859,900

Open House Sunday 2-4pm 5/19

 

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Three years young! From the open floor plan to office and large second floor family room this layout is perfect for today's lifestyles. South facing and drenched with sunlight. The cherry kitchen with walk in pantry and island opens to the light and airy family room. The first floor office can also be used as a 4th bedroom. This tastefully designed custom home is situated on a fully fenced in corner lot. The meticulous lawn has been professionally landscaped and boasts an irrigation system. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The second floor has a large family room, master bedroom with spacious glass walk shower and walk in California Closet storage system. Gas heating and central air. Close to beautiful Spot Pond and 93. Great commuter location. Large basement with high ceilings for expansion potential. First showings to begin at the open house on Sunday from 2-4 pm.

 

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May 17, 2019

New Listing! 230 Poquanticut St N Easton - $554,900 - Open House Sat 12-2 and Sunday 10-12

New Listing! 230 Poquanticut St N Easton - $554,900 - Open House Sat 12-2 and Sunday 10-12

 

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Beautiful home inside and out! Designed by a local architect with recent addition and full remodel, including a spacious living room with soaring ceilings, gas fireplace, Brazilian cherry floors and floor to ceiling windows and a private master suite with a full bathroom, cathedral ceilings. Full of natural light this home boasts custom features at every turn. Built in mudroom storage leads to an open and airy white shaker eat-in kitchen with granite counters, peninsula seating, and a ample cabinet space. Dining room with a cozy wood fireplace. Upstairs are 3 good sized bedrooms and an office with french doors. Stone patio to enjoy your lovely private wooded backyard. Meticulously maintained grounds with irrigation, storage shed, and professional landscaping. Downstairs is a family room with a half bath, laundry, and custom cherry built in storage. Energy efficient Buderus heating system. Close to Borderland State Park with walking trails & ponds. Open Houses Sat 12-2 & Sun 10-12.

 

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April 26, 2019

New Ocean Front Listing! 173 Ocean St Marshfield - $939,000 - Open House Sat 4/27 12-2

New Oceanfront Listing! 173 Ocean St Marshfield $939,000 - Open House Sat 4/27 from 12-2

 

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Welcome to your peaceful, airy, oceanfront home! This beautiful one of a kind property is drenched with sunlight, almost 10' high ceilings. Large stone floor to ceiling double see through fireplace with an indoor grill. Oversized living room overlooking the ocean leading to the formal dining and kitchen room also with a fireplace. Hardwood floors, white shaker eat in kitchen with granite countertops leading to a family room with gorgeous ocean views! First floor master bedroom with barn doors and full bathroom. Feel the cool ocean breeze from the large covered porch. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms with hardwood floors and a full bathroom. The front bedroom has a sun/sitting room overlooking the ocean. On the second floor there is a massive unfinished room for expansion measuring 23x24. This home does not require flood insurance! Updated roof. Seller will provide a credit to buyers for new gas furnace. Equipped with a gas whole house generator. Rental income for 2018 $75k

 

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March 29, 2019

New Listing! 35 Pilgrim Village Rd U:103 - Taunton - $279,000 - Open House Sat 11-1 and Sunday 1-3

35 Pilgrim Village U:103 Taunton - Open House Sat 3/30 from 11-1 and Sun 1-3

 

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Beautiful and immaculate FULLY FURNISHED condo with 4 floors of living space! This unit has one of the best locations in the complex with a large, level backyard. All rooms have been freshly painted. This turnkey condo is drenched in sunlight. Featuring two bump outs for a dining room and kitchen table. The kitchen features newer refrigerator and range and a breakfast bar. Newly updated mudroom with a new window, paint, and tile. New solid surface deck that is fully paid for. First floor laundry. Partially finished basement. Most furniture is either brand new or under 2 years old and is included in sale. This exceptionally well run complex is FHA Approved and includes an inground pool, playground, gazebo, & function room. The master suite includes a 3rd floor loft area perfect for an office, sitting room, or 3rd bedroom with a large walk in closet and master bathroom with double sinks and a shower. 2nd Bedroom has a private bath with a Jacuzzi Tub. Open House Sat 11-1 and Sun 1-3

 

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March 16, 2019

New Construction - Open House - Sunday 3/17 1:30-3:30 pm - 5 Valley St, Canton $599,900

5 Valley Rd - Canton 

 

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Great Opportunity to own a Beautiful New Construction Colonial for under 600K in Canton. Features include 3 good size bedrooms, 2 full tile / granite baths - one on each level, an open concept floor plan boasting a beautiful custom kitchen with granite counter tops, oversize 8' island & stainless steel appliances, adjoining living room with slider to deck and a formal dining room. Other amenities include hardwood floors throughout, 2nd floor laundry, central air, vinyl siding, spray foam insulation, walk out lower level and more!.

 

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March 16, 2019

New Construction - Open House - Sunday 3/17 11-1 pm 1641 Washington St, Walpole $499k

1641 Washington Street - Walpole 

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NEW CONSTRUCTION in Walpole under $500k! Boyden school district! This townhouse is setback from the street on a large, level lot. Step inside your front door to a beautifully finished living room with gleaming hardwood floors, picture frame and crown molding. Kitchen has tiled floor, quartz counter tops complimented by white subway tile back splash, Samsung stainless steel appliances and large pantry closet. Dining area features slider out to deck and backyard. Enter through attached one car garage to tiled mudroom and main level laundry room with plenty of cabinet space and 1/2 bath. 2nd floor master bedroom has his and her closets and huge master bath, 2 more spacious bedrooms, lots of closet space and full family bath completes the 2nd level. Tasteful colors throughout, Anderson windows, gas heat, C/A, full basement with high ceilings ready for you to finish. Conveniently located near major routes and shopping.

 

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March 5, 2019

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest


Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax changes for 2019 change the landscape for homeowners.

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed — along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer be able to.

Stay calm. This doesn't automatically mean your taxes are going up. Here's a roundup of the rules that will affect homeowners — and how big of a change to expect.

Related: Are Closing Costs Tax Deductible?

Standard Deduction: Big Change

The standard deduction, that amount everyone gets, whether they have actual deductions or not, nearly doubled under the new law. It's now $24,000 for married, joint-filing couples (up from $13,000). It's $18,000 for heads of household (up from $9,550). And $12,000 for singles (up from $6,500).

Many more people will now get a better deal taking the standard than they would with their itemizable write-offs.

For perspective, the number of homeowners who will be able to deduct their mortgage interest under the new rules will fall from around 32 million to about 14 million, the federal government says. That's about a 56% drop.

"This doesn't necessarily mean they'll pay more taxes," says Evan Liddiard, a CPA and director of federal tax policy for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. "It just means that they'll no longer get a tax incentive for buying or owning a home."

So will you be able to itemize, or will you be in standard deduction land? This calculator can give you an estimate.

If the answer is standard deduction, you'll be pleased to know that tax forms are easier when you don't itemize, says Liddiard. Find instructions for IRS Form 1040 here.

Personal Exemption Repealed

One caveat to the increase in the standard deduction for homeowners and non-homeowners is that the personal exemption was repealed. No longer can you exempt from your income $4,150 for each member of your household. And that might temper the benefit of a higher standard deduction, depending on your particular situation. 

For example, a single person might still come out ahead. Her $5,500 increase in the standard deduction is more than the $4,150 lost by the personal exemption repeal.  

But consider a family of four with two kids over 16 in the 22% tax bracket. They no longer have personal exemptions totaling $16,600.  Although the increase in the standard deduction is worth $2,420 (11,000 x 22%), the loss of the exemptions would cost them an extra $3,652  (16,600 x 22%).  So they lose $1,232 (3,652 – 2,420).

But say their two kids are under 16, giving them a child credit worth $2,000. That offsets the loss resulting in a $758 tax cut.

The takeaway: Your household composition will probably affect your tax status.

Mortgage Interest Deduction: Incremental Change

The new law caps the mortgage interest you can write off at loan amounts of no more than $750,000. However, if your loan was in place by Dec. 14, 2017, the loan is grandfathered, and the old $1 million maximum amount still applies. Since most people don't have a mortgage larger than $750,000, they won't be affected by the cap.

But if you live in a pricey place (like San Francisco, where the median housing price is well over a million bucks), or you just have a seriously expensive house, the new federal tax laws mean you're not going to be able to write off interest paid on debt over the $750,000 cap.

State and Local Tax Deduction: Degree of Change Varies by Location

The state and local taxes you pay — like income, sales, and property taxes — are still itemizable write-offs. That's called the SALT deduction in CPA lingo. But. The tax changes for 2019 (that's tax year 2018) mean you can't deduct more than $10,000 for all your state and local taxes combined, whether you're single or married. (It's $5,000 per person if you're married but filing separately.)

The SALT cap is bad news for people in areas with high taxes. The majority of homeowners in around 20 states have been writing off more than $10,000 in SALT each year, so they'll lose some of this deduction. "This is going to hurt people in high-tax areas like New York and California," says Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA and expert for TurboTax in California. New Yorkers, for example, were taking SALT deductions around $22,000 a household.

Rental Property Deduction: No Change

The news is happier if you're a landlord. There continue to be no limits on the amount of mortgage debt interest or state and local taxes you can write off on rental property. And you can keep writing off operating expenses like depreciation, insurance, lawn care, and utilities on Schedule E.

Home Equity Loans: Big Change

You can continue to write off the interest on a home equity or second mortgage loan (if you itemize), but only if you used the proceeds to substantially better your home and only if the total, combined with your first mortgage, doesn't go over the $750,000 cap ($1 million for loans in existence on Dec. 15, 2017). If you used the equity loan to pay medical expenses, take a cruise, or anything other than home improvements, that interest is no longer tax deductible.

Here's a big FYI: The new rules don't grandfather in old home equity loans if the proceeds were used for something other than substantial home improvement. If you took one out five years ago to, say, pay your child's college tuition, you have to stop writing off that interest. 

4 Tips for Navigating the New Tax Law

1. Single people may get more tax benefits from buying a house, Liddiard says. "They can often reach [and potentially exceed] the standard deduction more quickly." You can check how much you're likely to owe or get back under the new law on this tax calculator.

2. Student loan debt is deductible, up to $2,500 if you're repaying, whether you itemize or not.

3. Charitable deductions and some medical expenses remain itemizable. If you're generous or have had a big year for medical bills, these, added to your mortgage interest, may be enough to bump you over the standard deduction hump and into the write-off zone.

4. If your mortgage is over the $750,000 cappay it down faster so you don't eat the interest. You can add a little to the principal each month, or make a 13th payment each year.

Written by Leanne Potts
Posted in Article, Tax Tips
March 2, 2019

Open House $1.35M 50 Beatrice Way Canton Sunday 3/3 12-2pm

 

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Exquisite custom built colonial with intricate and thoughtful details throughout the home. Located in desired Spring Valley, this better than new construction is an entertainers dream. Gorgeous gourmet chef's kitchen featuring state of the art appliances; Thermador Pro Grand Steam 48" range, Thermador Fridge, Freezer and Wine cooler, and a 48" custom built vent hood. The well-planned breakfast bar and added wet bar creates a huge space for entertaining. Step out your oversized slider onto the deck overlooking the beautiful abutting acres of private woods right off the kitchen. The top floor offers an ideal bonus space with a second wet bar designed for entertaining, a private deck and hot tub. In every room, you experience the unparalleled details, from the crown molding, coffered ceilings, and wainscoting, this home will surpass your expectations. Four levels of incredible living space, this home is perfect for entertaining all occasions. 

 

 

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Posted in Canton, Open House
Feb. 9, 2019

555 Chapman St Canton – Open House Sunday 2/10 12-2pm – $699,000

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555 Chapman St Canton - Open House Sunday 2/10 12-2pm – $699,000

Rare Opportunity to own a Young & Beautiful Custom Built Home that is located on desired Chapman St & is set far back off the street to provide exceptional privacy. Features include a grand foyer w/ bridal staircase, large granite eat in kitchen w/ vermont casting wood stove, desk area, Thermador stove & a butcher block island w/ prep sink, 2nd cooktop & grill, living room w/ slider to front farmers porch, master suite boasting a private full bath w/ jacuzzi tub, surround sound & w-in closet, 2nd flr accessory apartment w/ kitchenette, full bath & studio living area, 1st floor mudroom w/ built in's, 1st floor guest bedroom suite w/ private full bath, Other amenities include a 2 car garage, c/a, c/v, alarm system, freshly painted int & ext, recessed lights, pella windows, on demand hot water, water filtration system, walk out l/l w/ 9' ceilings & pre plumbed for kitchen & bath, storage shed & a large back deck that overlooks private yard that is only steps away from the commuter rail. 

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