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BUY WORCESTER NOW! - 03/30/11 04:58 PM
There's no better time to buy a home in Worcester! Especially with the help from the "Buy Worcester Now" program. Worcester was named recently in the Forbe's Magazine for being one of America's liveable cities. Alittle over three years ago, City Mayor, Michael O'Brien, had a vision. His vision was that housing in Worcester would grow again by local lending institutions offering buyers special incentives. The Buy Worcester Now initiative also has local employers offer their employees to buy and live in the city that they work in. Local legal firms have also pitched in to waive closing costs through tis (1 comments)
IMPORTANT... FDIC Just Approved New Rules on Mortgages - 03/30/11 10:14 AM
John Saari of Home Savings of America recently posted this important information about the newly approved rules on mortgages. Thank you John for keeping us up-to-date on these important changes! Via John Saari (Home Savings of America): FDIC Chairperson Shiela Bair headed a rules committee to redefine the current mortgage security model that can be sold as an investment in the form of a security.
This comes on the heels of the Dodd/Frank legislation to tighten up the mortgage industry and their lending guidelines and the amount "skin in the game" the banks have when writing mortgage loans. The securitized loan (6 comments)
Video: 30 Under 30 - Me & Hailey Say Thanks Supporters! - 03/29/11 10:20 AM
Please support my friend Kathleen this week by voting on her link below! I have known Kathleen for over a year now and she has inspired me to blog on Activerain. THANK YOU AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU KATHLEEN! Via Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-RE/MAX, SRES, REALTOR®: Video: 30 Under 30 - Me & Hailey Say Thanks Supporters! Hailey and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our awesome supporters out there!!! You guys ROCK! Keep up the voting push. 6 more days to go! You can vote by going to www.VoteForKC.com Please share with your Facebook friends (1 comments)
MUSIC ON MONDAYS ~ THOSE WERE THE DAYS BY NICOLE LUPARELLI - 03/28/11 09:01 PM
Nicole Luparelli sings at a local bar here called Nick's on Millbury Street, Worcester. I really enjoy her musical style. Her voice sounds like Patsy Cline. She has a huge fan base in this area and watching this video, you can see why! ENJOY! (7 comments)
CIRQUE MECHANICS BOOM TOWN AT THE HANOVER THEATRE - 03/26/11 08:56 PM
Sponsored by the Fallon Clinic, Cirque Mechanics Boom Town is a journey back into the old west! This newest production will bring you into the 1865 mining town, Rosebud where an unlikely discovery will take place. The show is full of talented acrobatics and one show not to be missed!Shows are on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and April 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Full price tickets are $25, $35, and $45, depending on seating location. Discounts for members and large groups. Please call the box office at 1-877-571-7469 for more information. (5 comments)
GRAND OPENING! HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE METROWEST/GREATER WORCESTER - 03/26/11 08:40 PM
GRAND OPENING APRIL 1 and 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.A unique resale stoer for new and gently used building materials and home furnishings.Location:Gold Star Boulevard/11 Distributor Road, WorcesterPhone:(508) 799-9259Website:www.habitatmwgw.orgEmail:firstname.lastname@example.org Items for sale:lamps, hardware, cabinets, chairs, office furniture, appliances, housewares, windows, flooring, interior doors, plumbing, sinks, couches, artwork, unique home accents
WORCESTER COUNTY IS GROWING! - 03/24/11 09:29 AM
WOW, Worcester County is growing! As shown in this photo above, population has grown 6.34% since 2000! Another area that has shown growth is Nantucket and Dukes county at 6.85% and 10.3% respectively. Those areas are close to the Atlantic Ocean and on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The areas in Massachusetts that showed a decrease were Barnstable at -2.85%, Franklin at -.23% and Pittsfield at -2.3%. Barnstable County is on the Cape but the other two counties, Franklin and Pittsfield are in Western Massachusetts. The good news? Worcester is growing!!!Looking to buy or sell a home in Worcester? Give me a call at (2 comments)
MUSIC ON MONDAYS ~ HEARTBREAKER, PAT BENATAR - 03/21/11 07:58 AM
Can't get this song out of my head! Pat Benatar was one of my favorite artists back in my teens. Pat Benatar, born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski was a four time Grammy winner. Some of her top singles were "Love is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with your Best Shot" and "We Belong". But "Heartbreaker" was my all time favorite. ENJOY! (11 comments)
WEEK ONE OF MY 40-DAY CHALLENGE - 03/17/11 10:04 AM
Thanks to fellow rainmaker, Christine Pappas of Keller Williams in Ohio, I started the 40-day challenge last Wednesday! Here's the first week of activities for the challenge. WEDNESDAY: attended staff meeting, lunch and learn with a loan officer, place ad for open house, Facebook, blogging, emails, gymTHURSDAY: E-Edge, set up new voicemail, Evernote, showing, Facebook, blogging, emailsFRIDAY: Met with new loan officer, picked up book for office bookclub, Facebook, blogging, emails, met with new agentSATURDAY: showings, Facebook, blogging, emails, more EvernoteSUNDAY: Open house, Facebook, blogging, emailsMONDAY: Walk through, meeting with agents in office, book club, Facebook, blogging, emailsTUESDAY: Technology workshop, CLOSING, Facebook, (11 comments)
MUSIC ON TUESDAY IN MEMORY OF NATHAN ROBINSON - 03/15/11 01:33 PM
I know that I usually post my music on Mondays but needed to send this today in memory of Nathan Alden Robinson. Nathan passed away yesterday, March 14, 2011 at the young age of 15 years old from pneumonia and influenza. Nathan was a gifted boy who loved math and music. His first instrument was a Casio keyboard and had asked his father, Donald to teach him how to play. Every morning he would get up just to play before heading off to school. Nathan, not only musical, was a straight-A student. He loved reading books, sometimes more than one a (9 comments)
CREDIT CRISIS 101 - 03/13/11 11:14 AM
Someone just sent me this video on the explanation for the credit crisis that we have been a part of the last few years. In a nutshell, it explains how we got into this mess in the first place. Hopefully we will all see an end to this in the next few years. What do you think? I welcome a discussion here among my fellow Rainmakers. THANK YOU! (3 comments)
MAKING OF A JAYCO TRAILER IN MINUTES! - 03/12/11 08:44 PM
If you ever wondered how a travel trailer was made, just watch this short video by Jayco. This one trailer was made in 6 hours time! This video is under 5 minutes! AMAZING! Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy (5 comments)
CELTIC 5K ~ SUNDAY, MARCH 13th at 11:00 a.m. WORCESTER - 03/12/11 08:59 AM
My husband has been training to run since last summer and had mentioned that one of his goals would be to try running a 5K race. On Sunday, March 13th, at 11:00 a.m., he may have his chance! The Celtic 5K will start and finish at Elm Park on Park Avenue in Worcester. Runners can go today to Fiddler's Green Irish Cultural Center to register. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fiddler's Green is located on 19 Temple Street, Worcester. The entry fee on Saturday is $30. If you register on Sunday, it is $35. All runners will get a Celtic 5K race (3 comments)
EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN - 03/11/11 10:00 PM
Today as many of us were heading to either work or school, the people in Japan were faced with disaster. Please pray for them all. (4 comments)
St. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE ~ SUNDAY, MARCH 13th, WORCESTER - 03/11/11 02:19 PM
The annual St. Patrick's Day parade is this Sunday, March 13th and starts at 12:00 noon on Mill Street, Worcester and ends on Highland Street, Worcester.There will be floats, bands and various groups marching in the parade celebrating the Irish heritage. For more information, visit http://www.stpatsparade.com/ Looking to buy or sell a home in Worcester County? Call me direct at 508-365-3580.
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR DRIVING HABITS BECAUSE OF RECENT GAS HIKES? - 03/10/11 09:20 AM
I'm seeing gas prices go higher and higher at the gas pumps and I don't like it! I use to be in the office every morning but now I am working from my home office more to save gas. We budget our gas week to week and $40 is filling up my gas tank less and less as the weeks progress. Today I am doing all my errands in the same area and rethinking all of my trips out now. Do you also think this is affecting brokers luncheons or open houses? What about showings? Are you changing your driving habits? (10 comments)
40-Day Challenge ~ ARE YOU GAME? - 03/10/11 09:12 AM
I recently read a blog post this morning from my fellow Rainmaker, Christine Pappas. Wanted to repost her challenge. The challenge is not a weight loss challenge but a wellness challenge and she outlined several tips each day to focus on. Hope more of us can hop on the train of good mental, physical and spiritual health. THANK YOU CHRISTINE!TAKE 5-10 MINUTES EACH DAY AND MEDITATE SET YOUR INTENTION FOR THE DAY AND STICK TO IT ENERGIZE YOUR BODY WITH HEALTHY FOODS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY JOURNAL YOUR SUCCESS (7 comments)
BOOK REVIEW: THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK, TIMOTHY FERRISS - 03/10/11 09:01 AM
Since last year, I have been a part of a wonderful book discussion group started up by fellow agent, Danielle Dustman. Danielle is a member of the ALC in our Keller Williams office and began this group on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. Each month we begin reading a new book and brainstorm our "Aha" moments from week to week. Once each book is completed, we celebrate by having a pot luck lunch. This month, we are reading "The 4-hour work week" by Timothy Ferriss. Here are just some of the "Aha" moments I have learned from reading this book. (0 comments)
2011 WORCESTER SPRING HOME SHOW - 03/09/11 08:12 AM
Spring is just around the corner and if you are looking to do major home improvements, the 2011 Worcester Spring Home Show may be your one stop shop! Exhibitors from all around Worcester County will be there on hand to answer any home improvement questions you may have. The 2011 Worcester Spring Home Show is a 3-day event and starts this Friday, March 11th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular admission is $6.00 and children under 12 are FREE. Look for FREE (4 comments)
Just wanted to share this exciting news I just read from Mark Hall of Vancouver, Washington's blog. Keller Williams' CEO, Mark Willis recently announced that Keller Williams is now the #2 largest Real Estate company across the United States! So glad to be a part of this amazing company! (3 comments)
Many agents simply don't realize the power at their fingertips. In the past, businesses paid thousands of dollars to other people or companies to make them look good. Now, you can do it all yourself on one platform called Facebook (in as little as five minutes per day). Here are 4 ways you can use your Facebook page as your PR department: 1. Generate goodwill - Post interesting local "Groupons", coupons, and deals to inform your sphere about discounts they'll love. Giving away tickets and gift cards works too! 2. Manage your professional reputation - Post testimonials, success stories, and (13 comments)
MUSIC ON MONDAYS ~ WHY, NICHOLE NORDEMAN - 03/07/11 07:53 AM
I thought this song would be appropriate for this week since it's the beginning of Lenten season. Nichole Nordeman is a very talented singer who has been blessed with a beautiful voice. ENJOY!
READ ACROSS AMERICA ~ MARCH 2, 2011 - 03/01/11 11:20 AM
As a former librarian, I have seen the importance of reading in both of my children. I took them to the library every week and we would always bring home bags of books for my husband and I to read to them later on. Now, my 18-year old son is an avid reader of non-fictional books about music, astronomy and cars. My 21-year old daughter loves her fictional books on mysteries or psychological thrillers. I particularly love reading alll non-fiction books regarding just about anything. My husband enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, specifically on genealogy and war.Tomorrow, March 2nd is "Read Across (4 comments)
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