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First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy Posted on Jun 2

First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

If your largest purchase or expense to date has been a security deposit for an apartment or car payment, deciding to buy a house can be scary. Fortunately, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) resources   …Continue Reading First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home Posted on May 1

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Simple safety tips from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and regular home maintenance can reduce the risk of electrical fires, keeping you and your family safe.

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts! Posted on Mar 27

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Whether it’s a few dollars in your coat pocket or change in an old piggy bank, everyone loves finding forgotten money. The Commonwealth is currently holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property, and according to the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division, under the Office of   …Continue Reading Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips Posted on Mar 5

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating is essential for a better quality of life, and following proper nutrition guidelines can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, and reduce your risk of certain diseases. With these five tips from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS)   …Continue Reading Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

4 Tips for Donating Posted on Dec 24

4 Tips for Donating

Lending a helping hand to someone in need is a great way to pay it forward for the small comforts in your own life—a roof over your head, food on the table, and your loved ones around you. You can help those less fortunate by donating to one   …Continue Reading 4 Tips for Donating

Tips for Black Friday Shopping Posted on Nov 26

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

With bellies still full from Thanksgiving dinner and the excitement of scoring an amazing deal on the horizon, many people ready themselves for Black Friday shopping the next morning. On this overwhelming day, it’s easy to lose sight of your shopping goals and become careless   …Continue Reading Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of year for both children and adults. Whether you plan on trick-or-treating under the moonlight or hosting your own spooky haunted house, it’s important to stay safe. With advice and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) you   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

Winter Energy Saving Tips Posted on Oct 24

Winter Energy Saving Tips

When temperatures drop in the winter, many folks turn up the heat and hole up indoors. As a result, people often see a spike in their heating bills. Fortunately, there are many simple and effective tips Massachusetts residents can follow to reduce their heating bills   …Continue Reading Winter Energy Saving Tips

The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program Posted on Aug 19

The Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program promotes speedy, efficient, and fair resolutions to disputes between homeowners and registered contractors and/or subcontractors regarding home improvements. It is part of the Home Improvement Contractor Act, which became Massachusetts law in 1992. Is Arbitration Right for You? Ask   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program