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Category Archives: Internet Resources

Looking to buy a home…?

Posted on June 29th, 2013 by adeangelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library


You may have noticed some changes around Kirstein in recent months.  Each month, we plan to make displays of books you can take home based on a theme.  Last month it was Marketing your Business.  This month we are focusing on home buying.

There are some free online resources too:

CNN Money 101: Buying a Home
Tips and tricks assembled by the CNN Money team on buying a home, financing a purchase, picking an agent and many other topics.

Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System
NMLS Consumer Access is a free service for consumers to confirm that the financial-services company or professional with whom they wish to conduct business is authorized to conduct business in their state.

MA HUD Portal
Find homeownership links to homebuyer classes, housing consumer education programs, mortgage advice, and other programs from around Massachusetts.

Boston Home Center
The Boston Home Center (BHC) provides homebuyers with educational courses and financial assistance, and markets homes developed for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers. This is a good place to start if you’re planning to place roots in Boston.

Also, if you want to learn more about the housing market in Greater Boston you should check out this post too.

And, as always, you can approach the reference desk and ask a librarian to help you.


Massachusetts Clean Energy Data

Posted on June 22nd, 2013 by gsmart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Did you know that there are now 71,523 employees working in clean energy throughout the Commonwealth?  Or that in 2012, Massachusetts was home to the most Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) grants per capita at 15 and the most Water Innovation Patents per capita in the country at nearly 120?

Find these stats and more via the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.


Monthly Housing Reports from GBAR

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by gsmart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

In need of local real estate data?  Check out news and market data from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors website.  Their reports include:

Real Estate Rewind 2013

  • Summarizes residential real estate market activity in the 54 cities and towns
  • Detailed data from the detached single-family home and condominium markets, including units sold, median price, average days on market, pending sales, and inventory levels
  • For the most recent quarter and the same three-month period one year ago

Local Market Update Reports

  • Follow key indicators of housing market performance, documenting data for each month on the calendar
  • Data on closed sales, median selling price, percent of original list price to selling price, housing affordability, the inventory of unsold homes/condos, pending sales, and average time on the market for sold property

2013 Monthly Housing Market Reports

  • Performance and longer-term trends within the residential (detached single-family home and condominium markets) and multifamily housing markets (2-4 family properties)
  • Monthly data reports for the residential market are available for the past five years
  • Multifamily housing market report back to 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s not over after 55

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by adeangelis in Internet Resources
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Are you 55 and over?

Courtesy of ReServe Inc.

ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise.

Do you want to give back to your community?

Are you looking for an opportunity to re-enter the workforce part-time?

Well, then you should check out ReServe.  ReServe  is a nonprofit that puts adults age 55 and up to work in schools, government offices, and community organizations.  It has been featured in the Boston Globe.

As a potential ReServist, you can be matched with an organization that needs your expertise. Most positions are between 10 and 20 hours a week and last for at least three months.  ReServists get paid a $10 per hour stipend for their efforts.

Organizations who have gaps in their staff can register with ReServe to get the talent they need, through the Give Back, Fill the Gap program.  Or through the Impact Initiatives program ReServists can tackle issues with the community and work one on one with clients who need your skills.

The Boston chapter, launched earlier this year, is operated by JVS Boston in collaboration with Discovering What’s Next.

JVS Boston specializes helping individuals find jobs and get the skills they need to become successful in the workplace and their communities.  Discovering What’s Next provides individuals over 50 with resources and programming and promotes community engagement.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

Neighbors Helping Neighbors meets every Wednesday at 7pm in the Kirstein Business Library.  FYI:  On April 3rd NHN will move up one hour to a 6pm start time.

Stop by the training lab on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:30 to learn about Job Searching Online.

Or you can swing by the training lab on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:30 to learn how to Create a Resume Online.


Quick Tip: Disaster Prep for you and your business

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 by adeangelis in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Satellite Image of Hurricane Sandy

Are you getting ready to hunker down for Winter Storm Q this afternoon? While the storm is predicted to be less severe than Nemo, it’s always good to be prepared.

The SBA  has assembled worksheets and resources to help you prepare your business for the next disaster.  Along with clean up, recovery, and disaster planning, the SBA has disaster specific information too, including:

  • Hurricanes
  • Winter Weather
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Cyber Security
  • Workplace Hazards & First Aid

It never hurts to prepare your home for a disaster, as well. has guides to help prepare you and your family for emergencies.

The site also showcases a unique map of historical storms and disasters. When you click on each state you can see what was happening the day before an incident as compared to the aftermath. If you have been putting off distaster planning for your home or business, this map might make you think twice.

Cheers and stay safe!