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Interest Rate Snapshot as of June 14

Mortgage Rates

Happy House Hunting!

As you search for your next abode, here is an updated snapshot of mortgage interest rates.  This information is provided by M&T Bank, our trusted mortgage partner. 

The first half of June has featured a slew of news impacting mortgage rates.  Last week’s strong jobs report showed that the labor market remains resilient.  This Wednesday we received a softer-than-expected inflation report [...]

Festive Happenings in Harvard Square

It is the season of lights and they are burning bright in Cambridge this year. As the famous movie claims, it is the most wonderful time of the year and the city of Cambridge leans into the celebration with many festivities to [...]

Cabbages, Candles, and Community

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You'll find them all at a Cambridge Farmers Market

Farmers' markets used to be more limitedfresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, salad makings, a few vegetables, perhaps a kitchen-table bouquet of flowers. Today, farmers' markets Cambridge style are a go-to source for a huge variety of organic produce, fresh eggs, and pasta, humanely raised meats, just-caught fish and just-roasted coffee, local honey, and artisan cheeses. The city's ethnic and food diversity is on display as well, with everything from homemade tamales to Turkish pastries. And that's just the food. You can also buy sustainable kitchen wares, plants, and gift certificates, for instance.

Here's a snapshot of Cambridge farmers' markets, all of which have EBT, WIC, SNAP and HIP programs to make healthy, organic food available to more people. Specific days, hours, upcoming start dates, and vendors are on the market websites.

Central Square Farmers Market, 76 Bishop Allen Drive

Davis Square Farmers Market, Davis and Herbert Streets, Somerville

Charles River Farmers Market, Charles Hotel (Eliot and Bennet Streets), and Morse School (40 Granite Street) Cambridgeport

Kendall Square Farmers Market, 350 Kendall Street, Canal District South Plaza

Harvard University Farmers Market Harvard Science Center Plaza (Oxford and Kirkland Streets). So if you are looking for House in Cambridge Talk with Cambridge Real estate Agents. Closely aligned to farmers' markets are CSAs, community-supported agriculture programs. These subscription-based organizations let you sign up for an entire season of fresh, organic food, either delivered or ready for you to pick up weekly. There are lots of CSAs with lots of options for frequency, types of food, size of the share, pick-your-own, etc. Here are just three: Farmer Dave's, Redfire Farm, and Siena Farms.

There are lots of reasons to shop at your favorite Cambridge farmer's markets. Fresh, nutritious, usually organic food tops the list, but there are other compelling reasons. Supporting local agriculture, predominantly family-owned farms, enables these hardworking people to sell without middlemen eating into their profits. This is true for other market vendors as well, people selling artisan bread, homemade pasta, street food, or crafts.

CSAs provide even more support for local growers. By signing up for the entire season, you enable them to plan what and how much they grow, and you share the risk, such as prolonged drought and resulting in a smaller harvest. (Of course, you're just as likely to share the extra bounty of a really good season.)

Cambridge has a full complement of grocery stores, specialty food shops, and convenience stores. Wonderful as some of them are, shopping there is not the same as at a farmer's market. Cambridge farmers' markets are about meandering past stalls, chatting with vendors, trying new foods, and running into neighbors. This is what community means, and there is no better place to see Cambridge's unique multi-national community in action than at a nearby farmers' market. Farmers' markets feed your soul as well as your body.

Bridge Loans 101

Bridge Loans 101


You're moving. You've found the house of your dreams, but you can't buy it until you sell your current home. If that sounds familiar, you have lots of company. The phrase "bridge loan" is also probably familiar. Most people have heard of bridge loans but knowing their ins and outs, pros and cons, is definitely in [...]

Another Reason To Live In Cambridge: It's Bike Friendly

Another Reason To Live In Cambridge: It's Bike Friendly

Cambridge was the first American city to mandate protected bike lanes. As that suggests, we take cycling seriously. Whether you ride, would like to, or wouldn't be caught dead on a bike, if you're thinking of buying a home in Cambridge, you should know that promoting cycling is just a current trend; it is integral to Cambridge's planning for [...]

Understanding The Cambridge School System

Understanding The Cambridge School Systemx

Choose Your Home, Then Choose Your School

There are so many reasons why people want to live in Cambridge and, for prospective homeowners with school-age children, its excellent public school system is definitely one of them. It certainly was a factor in my decision to live in Cambridge. I think the Cambridge school system is amazing, but [...]

Reduce Your Property Tax

Reduce Your Property Tax

We already know that living in Cambridge has many perkstoo many to list here. But did you know that Cambridge has the 8th lowest tax rate in Massachusetts? On top of the low tax rate the city also offers a residential [...]

Sell Your House Quickly: How to Prepare

Sell Your House Quickly: How to Prepare

It is so important to make sure that your home looks welcoming and beautiful from the outside.

What Are Important Items to Maximize Your Property Value Before Putting It on the Market?

You get one chance to win your buyer, so as we like to say, the first impression is the only impression. No matter how nice the inside of your home looks, as [...]

How to Save on Your Closing Costs for Buyers

How to Save on Your Closing Costs for Buyers

Understanding and budgeting them will smooth out the final stretch of your home-buying process.

Purchasing a home is a lot of work, but sometimes, doing a little bit extra can save you money! While some closing costs are fixed, some of them you can shop for. Closing costs are the collection of fees, expenses, and charges associated with [...]

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