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Posted by Highland Group on 4/12/2021

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Have you received your 401K packet? It probably had some selections to make, such as a list of investment options to choose from. A small choice like this makes a big difference down the road. Whether you own a 401K, need to fund your own retirement, are putting a down payment on a home, or have some money left to you by a relative, there are some basic investment principles.

Stocks Are Still Your Best Bet

Every decade or two, the stock market tanks, everyone panics and some people say stocks are just a gamble. And if you get excited and buy in heavily while the Dow is nearing its peak, you will have a problem when the inevitable downturn comes. But consider this: since 1957, when the S&P 500 (an index of the top 500 stocks, a more accurate all-around market measure than the Dow) was established, its issues have returned around 9 percent a year. That’s despite a decade-long slump in the 70’s, the dot.com bust of 2000, and the “Great Recession” that started in 2008. If you’re in the market for another 20, 30 or 40 years, these setbacks are merely a dip in your long-term, upward progression.

Some other pointers:

  • Dollar cost average by buying small amounts regularly over time. If you’re in a 401K, this is automatically done for you. Don’t “buy high” by jumping on board when the market’s hot.

  • If you have a 401K, try to make the maximum contribution. If your employer matches, you’re turning down free money if you don’t.

  • Don’t get excited about what’s hot today. When stocks are low, some people say gold is a no-lose choice. It’s not. It will come down. In the late 90s, day traders were bragging constantly about their latest coup, investing in startups that had never made money and never would. It came to a screaming halt in 2000. 

  • Be careful of picking individual stocks. Few people beat the market average. Even professionals who manage funds don’t do well. Favor index funds. An S&P 500 index fund buys every stock in the S&P 500. It doesn't try to outguess the market. 

  • Financial advisers may come to you suggesting their favored investment. Be leery of anyone who presents a solution before understanding your situation.

Stick to a sound, steady plan and don’t get rattled by the noise around you, and you can build a comfortable nest egg over a lifetime.




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Posted by Highland Group on 4/9/2021

Cape Cod's little sister! Welcome to Point Shirley in Winthrop. Oceanside living at its very best. Come visit this exciting 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath single with seaside ocean view veranda, a yard that invites entertainment with platform deck with built in fire pit area, plenty of off street parking and garage. This home sparkles and shines with loads of major updates. All very well maintained! Open floor plan invites in natural lighting. Gorgeous new maple/quartz kitchen with new appliances including Fisher & Paykel refrigerator. New luxury vinyl flooring, updated central air, custom wood blinds, skylighted renovated double sink bath, fireplace, new vinyl fence, outdoor shower, newly paved driveway. Walking distance to beaches. If you want a move in condition home, then this is the home for you!

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Posted by Highland Group on 4/8/2021

HERE IS AN OCEANFRONT OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME.......A HIDDEN ESCAPE, IN WINTHROP BY THE SEA, JUST MINUTES TO BOSTON! This unique property offers over 8,000 Sq. Ft. of land with a pretty country setting leading to a sweet vacation-style home set high on a hill overlooking the ocean. The first level has lots of large window to capture those amazing views from every room, literally walls of windows! Enter into a bright, eat in kitchen to one side and on the other, an open dining room/living room with wood floors, beam ceilings and a gas fireplace for cozy gatherings and personal enjoyment. There is plenty of off street parking (3+cars) and easy access to Boston by car, ferry and close to the T. Enjoy the incredible sunrises while having your morning coffee and live every day as if you are on vacation. Showings by appointment and ***COVID-19 GUIDELINES REQUIRED.

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Posted by Highland Group on 4/7/2021

Superb east side location, pet friendly building within walking distance to the East Broadway restaurants, cafes, shopping, and M Street Beach. Truly the best of all worlds!! This bi-level home boasts 3 generous bedrooms and 3 full newly renovated bathrooms with stone counter vanities and high end spa like finishes. Oversized crown moldings, golden oak flooring, whole house audio, smart thermostats, ring alarm, private outdoor space and parking highlight this spacious city abode. Natural light pours into the main living area where an open floor plan provides for a sumptuous entertaining space capped off with a gas fireplace. Additional upgrades include a brand new Bosch dishwasher, custom closet systems, all freshly painted rooms with new hardware throughout. A private laundry area and your own storage provide single family type amenities, while professional management, trash and snow removal offer you all of the conveniences of condominium living.

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Posted by Highland Group on 4/5/2021

A yard sale offers a valuable opportunity to get rid of items before you sell your house. As such, it is important to promote your yard sale effectively; otherwise, you may miss out on a chance to declutter and earn extra cash at the same time.

Ultimately, there are many quick, easy ways to stir up interest in your yard sale, such as:

1. Post flyers in your city or town

Old-fashioned flyers can help you promote your yard sale to large groups of people in your city or town. That way, you can create a buzz around your event and increase the likelihood of selling your stuff.

If you use flyers to promote your yard sale, be sure to include essential information like the location, date and time of your event. Also, using bright, vibrant paper and colorful markers may help your flyers stand out.

Ensure that all of your yard sale flyers are legible, accurate and easy to understand. This will help minimize the risk of miscommunication with potential event attendees.

Of course, it never hurts to ask business owners for permission to post flyers at local companies, either. The more flyers that you post, the more likely it becomes that your yard sale will be a resounding success.

2. Create an online posting

An online posting makes it simple for you to provide details about your yard sale to large groups of people.

Putting an online posting on Craigslist or local community websites may prove to be worthwhile. And in some instances, you may even be able to include photos of items that you plan to sell at your yard sale.

In addition, invite friends on Facebook and other social networks to attend your upcoming yard sale. By doing so, you can boost your chances of stirring up substantial interest in the days leading up to your event.

3. Select the right date and time

Oftentimes, Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to host a yard sale, and for good reason. Many people don't have to work on weekends, and as a result, may have free time to attend your yard sale.

After you know which day of the week that you want to host your yard sale, consider the date and time of your event closely.

Take a look at the holiday calendar, and you should have no trouble selecting a yard sale date that works well for most people in your area.

Think about the time of your yard sale too. And remember, if you host a yard sale that coincides with local community events, it may be difficult for some people to attend.

Lastly, if you need extra help stirring up interest in your yard sale, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent. This housing market professional may be able to share details about your upcoming yard sale with clients and colleagues.

Generating buzz in a yard sale can be easy, and with the aforementioned tips, you can stir up plenty of interest in your event.




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