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Jon Gorey

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Associate Editor at TheStreet. Rants, ramblings, RTs and opinions do not represent the views of my employer. (My musician self is @jongorey.)

Rocked by skyrocketing home prices, buyers eye 495

Rocked by skyrocketing home prices, buyers eye 495
bostonglobe.com — In the early 1950s, my grandfather built a house from scratch in Northborough. The endeavor was partially an act of love for my grandmother, whom he'd met and married while stationed in England during World War II. He was determined to build her an English-style cottage to ease her homesickness.

What is it like to live in Scituate?

What is it like to live in Scituate?
bostonglobe.com — Sixty years ago this week, the Etrusco , an Italian freighter, washed ashore in Scituate. No one knew it then, but the spectacle of the shipwreck, stranded for months near Old Scituate Light, sparked a growth spurt in the small South Shore town.

You want me to welcome summer? It’s not even spring yet!

You want me to welcome summer? It’s not even spring yet!
bostonglobe.com — By next weekend, you'll start seeing Sam Adams Summer Ale arrive in local bars and package stores. That news won't faze the guy down the street who inexplicably wears shorts all winter and drinks iced coffee in a snowstorm, but I find it a little early to be heralding the arrival of summer when it's officially winter until March 20.

Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad

Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad
forextraderprofits.com — Millennials, many of whom are burdened with huge student debt loads, have been slow to buy their first homes - holding up the housing economy to some degree. And so Quicken Loans is making an overture to them with its new Rocket Mortgage app, promising the ability to apply for a mortgage in just a few minutes from your smartphone.

Is that renovation really worth it?

Is that renovation really worth it?
bostonglobe.com — Every homeowner has a to-do list, from the have-tos (leaky roof) to the hope-tos (new kitchen). And when your house is an old one - in Boston, it usually is - that list grows quickly.

Smart Money? Colleges Divest from Fossil Fuels, Dodge the Oil Bust

Smart Money? Colleges Divest from Fossil Fuels, Dodge the Oil Bust
thesimpledollar.com — Last year was the hottest year ever, handily beating the previous record - set in 2014. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have happened in the 21st century. That's why, in 2011, environmental activists at a handful of college campuses began advocating for divestment, demanding that their schools purge fossil fuels from their investment portfolios.

What is it like to live in Northampton?

What is it like to live in Northampton?
bostonglobe.com — When Jordi Herold cofounded the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton in the late 1970s, the city was dusting off decades of decline. His Main Street apartment had been a boarded-up hotel just a few years earlier. But when his grandmother came to visit, she noticed something he hadn't: From his third-story window downtown, all you could see was mountains.

This winter, consider a culinary and cosmopolitan weekend in chilly Montreal

This winter, consider a culinary and cosmopolitan weekend in chilly Montreal
bostonglobe.com — IT'S FRIGID OUTSIDE, even in the sun, and we're shivering as we wait patiently in line . . . for bagels. But not just any bagels. Montreal bagels. There's barely room to move as we inch through the doorway and into the yeasty storefront of Fairmount Bagel, where the line weaves around loaded bakery carts like an odd theme-park attraction.

Paying Boston rent solo. Getting a roommate. Which scares you more?

Paying Boston rent solo. Getting a roommate. Which scares you more?
bostonglobe.com — ONE AFTERNOON DURING MY senior year at Syracuse, I came home from class and found something frightening in my room. Taped to my guitar were three letters cut out from a magazine, like a ransom note: D-I-E. I knew who put it there, but that didn't make it any less disturbing - he lived right upstairs in our eight-bedroom house.

Are solar panels worth it?

Are solar panels worth it?
bostonglobe.com — You've seen them on your neighbors' roofs. Solar panels are popping up everywhere now, and so are the ads for them. It's no wonder - harnessing energy from the sun appeals to everyone from carbon-cutting environmentalists to grid-wary doomsday preppers. But the real growth has been driven by average homeowners with a much simpler motive: saving money.
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