information: Map of Springfield - 02/17/14 04:46 AM
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My business is built on referrals from clients and people like you. If you know of a friend, family member or colleague who is thinking of selling or buying a home, I'd love to help. Please call or write me to arrange an introduction. I will provide professional, courteous service and knowledgeable guidance.
Call or text (339) 832-8487 or write me to sell your home, or to see any home for … (3 comments)

information: Who sells the highest percentage of their listings in Duxbury? - 02/14/14 11:59 PM
When you want to sell your house for the most money and in the shortest time, there simply isn't any alternative: choosing Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Duxbury is your best business decision, hands down.
Being able to leverage the unparalleled expertise, talents and resources of my office and the firm as a whole is the main reason I choose to work with Coldwell Banker in Duxbury. Size matters when you are looking for results, and there is no substitute for the best knowledge, support and cooperation in the area, and perhaps in the industry.
This chart illustrates the enormous chasm … (6 comments)

information: New Old Houses - 01/31/14 06:51 AM
A fun and interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about a new trend. Worth a click.
New Old Houses
 

 
 I love Turning Houses into Homes by helping people like you sell and buy homes on the South Shore
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My business is built on referrals from clients and people like you. If you know of a friend, family member or colleague who is thinking of selling or buying a home, I'd love to help. Please call or write me to arrange an introduction. I will provide professional, courteous service … (5 comments)

information: Duxbury home price appreciation - 10 year chart - 01/28/14 05:42 AM
Duxbury home price appreciation - 10 year chart
 
Here's a very helpful graph! It shows how Duxbury home prices climbed in the early years of the last decade, topped out in 2005, and then declined to their 2002 levels in 2010, and have remained in a narrow price band for the last three years.
What's important for homeowners to notice and, hopefully, take to heart, is that the prices home buyers paid between 2003 and 2008 were abnormally high. Even from today's price levels, the median price paid per square foot would have to increase 15-25% to begin to reach … (8 comments)

information: Miramar sledding hill, Duxbury Massachusetts - 01/03/14 04:00 AM
We've had a bit of a snowstorm here, in case you haven't heard. Some people are saying that, as a storm, it's a bit disappointing even: not really a snow "event"!  The sun has poked through here. taking the edge off of the cold. Driveways are getting plowed out, and the snow has stopped.
So the kids need to get out of the house! It's a school snow day. Mid-year exam schedules will be scrapped, but that's a worry for tomorrow. Today, it's time to go sledding!
Miramar is a religious retreat at the foot of Bay Road. The hill is … (13 comments)

information: Do you need to have flood insurance? Should you have flood insurance? - 11/23/13 11:20 AM
Do you need to have flood insurance? Should you have flood insurance?
Every homeowner should ask whether he or she needs or wants flood insurance.
Floods can happen on waterfronts, in low-lying areas, in mountainous areas and in areas that have never flooded before. Homeowners and home buyers should have a surveyor tell them whether their home is in a flood zone If you are a homeowner, do you want to take the risk of loss from a flood, or would you prefer to insure against that risk? FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mandates the terms of all flood insurance … (34 comments)

information: What happens to your flood insurance premiums after you make a claim? - 11/21/13 09:22 AM
What happens to your flood insurance premiums after you make a claim?
You might think that flood insurance premiums are like auto insurance premiums and that a claim you make for flood damage would greatly increase your cost of insurance, starting with your next payment.
Not so! Flood insurance premiums, like every aspect of flood insurance, are completely mandated and controlled by FEMA, the Federal agency tasked with the problem of insuring homes in flood zones.

FEMA decides what land is in or out of a flood zone. FEMA establishes the premium for each piece of property in flood zones, … (5 comments)

information: Who are we? The 15 types of communities in America - 11/13/13 11:25 PM
I hope you find this article from The Washington Post and the graphic as fascinating as I do:
Who we are: another way to explain - the 15 types of communities in the United States of America
From the African-American South to the Working Class Country, and from sea to shining sea, we live in some very diverse demographic areas.
I've moved around a lot, so I've lived in many of these different communities. Where have you lived? What is your community like now?

 
 
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information: Gender Identity Added to NAR Code of Ethics - 11/13/13 01:48 AM
Gender Identity Added to NAR Code of Ethics An article in the Daily Real Estate News, posted on NAR's RealtorMag site, reports that
Article 10 of the NAR Code of Ethics now reads as follows:
"REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall … (11 comments)

information: Real estate isn't a free lunch - The dish - 11/01/13 09:41 AM
Since the New Deal, several generations of Americans have come to expect that home price would rise over time. We have also been able to point to long periods of time when the gains have exceeded the rate of inflation.
Some measures even compare rates of return on residential real estate with stock market or bond returns, although the purported gains don't take into account the annual costs of maintainance, paying taxes and other costs associated with home ownership. 
The gains have not been automatic, of course. The expectation that we will be able to sell our houses at a … (12 comments)

information: Who says Coldwell Banker is the best? You do! - 10/29/13 04:47 AM
Who says Coldwell Banker is the best? You do!
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Massachusetts has sold more than five times as many homes in the first three quarters of 2013 than our nearest competition.
Get the marketing advantage that translates into a faster sale at a better price by hiring me and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage to help you sell your home and buy your next home. 

Source: MLS Pin 1/1/13-9/30/13. Top eight firms. The number of units sold list/sale transaction sides includes single-family, condominium, and multi-family homes.
 
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information: The best trick-or-treat Halloween neighborhoods in Scituate - 10/28/13 11:04 PM
The best trick-or-treat Halloween neighborhoods in Scituate

 
In Scituate, on All Hallow's Eve, start your trick-or-treating where everyone goes: the shops at Scituate Harbor!
The retailers put on an awesome Halloween party for the town. The harbor streets are closed to cars from 4:00 - 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. and all the storekeepers hand out candy.
If you haven't had enough by 6:00, it's time to troll a neighborhood. The consensus is that the best neighborhood for children to go trick-or-treating in Scituate is Minot.
 
Open the door and come on in, dear ones!

 
 
I love … (8 comments)

information: The best trick-or-treat Halloween neighborhoods in Duxbury - 10/28/13 01:22 AM
The best trick-or-treat Halloween neighborhoods in Duxbury

The votes are in!
The best neighborhood for children to go trick-or-treating in Duxbury is, hands-down, Weston Farms!
Open the door and come on in, dear ones!
Simmons Drive is the main road through Weston Farms. It has two entrances off Route 139, just west of Route 3A.
Simmons Drive presents some obvious advantages for candy gatherers.
Parking on the roadside is easy and safe. There are three cul-de-sacs on Rachael's Lane, Windy Hill Lane and Orchard Lane. The houses are fairly close together!! There are lots of friendly people at the houses! … (10 comments)

information: 7 Ways to Make Your Home Competitive - And Not Just to Buyers! - 10/08/13 11:22 AM
Fantastic. This says so many things that I suggest to my clients as well. Pat has a nice way of saying it! I would add that you want to list with a brokerage that has the dominant position in your area, and the most comprehensive ability to market your home. 
When your home is for sale, it becomes more than your home.  It's a commodity that has to compete with other homes in the complex real estate market place.  How can you make your home it's most competitive?  Well, you do the obvious to make buyers want it - have it looking great, … (3 comments)

information: Flood zones, FEMA maps and Massachusetts flood insurance - 09/22/13 11:02 AM
Flood zones, FEMA maps and Massachusetts flood insurance
There are a lot of scary stories floating around in the media these days about flood insurance and crazy increases in insurance premiums. Much of this is exaggerated because the media is into scaring and shocking people so they'll watch or read the news. Even a story like this one from the Boston Globe that tries to be balanced can, at this point, seem scary because people are either genuinely unsure about what will happen or flipping out about what they think is happening!

Still, this news needs your attention if you … (5 comments)

information: 5% overpriced is 5% too much to ask - 09/14/13 05:57 AM
Right now, in our market, the data is pretty darn clear: If you price your home 5% or more too high, you won't get a deal, and you may not get any offers.

Lots of homes are selling quickly for a sales price within 5% of their most recent asking price. Sometimes that asking price is for homes that are brand new to the market; sometimes that price is the last asking price after a price reduction. Either way, when a seller's price is within 5% of buyers' perceived value, the house sells. 
In competitive price ranges, buyers are showing … (13 comments)

information: Red Sox beard! Grow one! - 09/10/13 10:39 PM
Red Sox beard! Red Sox Nation! Grow one until the Red Sox win the World Series this year!
Any style! Even Napoli Gremlin/Hobbit
 

 
 
 Many of the Red Sox are sporting beards in this Napoli style this year. If it has anything to do with their success, it seems to be working!
 

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information: "Money bags" chain post explained and debunked - 08/12/13 06:24 AM
"Money bags" chain post explained and debunked
Someone you know may have posted or shared this ditty, or something similar. Of course, you would never fall for it. There are at least nine traps for the gullible in this small little bit of chain spam! It's time to put an end to this silliness, and then talk about the magic of the Gregorian calendar. Did you know that our 12-month calendar is really 14 different calendars? Read on!
The meme says: Good luck everyone. This year, December has 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 … (26 comments)

information: Coldwell Banker Duxbury is first in sales - 08/08/13 07:05 AM
Coldwell Banker Duxbury is first in sales You don't have to read the fine print to know that Coldwell Banker Duxbury is first in listings and sales in Duxbury and our service area.

 
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information: Trust in God, but tie your camel first - 07/14/13 06:20 AM
الثقة في الله ولكن ربط الجمل الخاص

Are you inclined to "go with your gut" on money matters?
After you see a professional sales presentation by an experienced negotiator who has done a complete job of preparing a thorough and insightful analysis of your house, the neighborhood and town, given you staging ideas and a time-tested marketing strategy, and helped you decide on the price of your real estate asset, do you choose another agent because that person is your friend or relative?
I go with my gut, too, but only after finding out the facts. My gut is … (8 comments)

 
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