lakeville: Let's Just Get those Smoke Detectors Up. - 01/07/13 11:09 PM
     If I had a nickel for every time that I had a home seller tell me that the smoke detectors work fine, I wouldn’t be rich but I would have a whole bunch of nickels.  Sometimes it is just better to skip the ion/photo speech and go to the how they work if there was a real fire and everyone was asleep mode.
    What if you kept setting off false alarms near the kitchen or bathroom, and one of the kids took the battery out because it annoyed them, or alerted the family that they had spent too much time … (4 comments)

lakeville: The Origins of Brookfield Heights in Brockton, MA - 01/03/13 09:51 AM

  Brookfield Heights is a section of Brockton, MA that is nicely located in the Northeast part of the City, bordering the towns of Abington and Holbrook.  From about 1958 to 1962 the Campanelli Brothers built several thousand houses designed to appeal to the young, first time homebuyer. Nearly all of the designs featured an eat-in-kitchen,a family sized living room, three bedrooms and one bath.  It also included an attached garage, which was often modified into living space(s).
     At the time, the demand came from young men and women who had grown up during the … (2 comments)

lakeville: 'Santa Hat Day" in Brockton (MA) This Sunday!!! - 11/15/12 12:05 AM
The City of Brockton will be holding its' 'Santa Hat Day" this Sunday, November 18th in the downtown section in an attempt to break its' own mark in the "Guiness Book of World Records" for having the most people gathered in one place wearing Santa Hats at the same time.  This year they will be teaming up with the Town of Mullinger, Ireland in an attempt to set the record for greatest number of people in two continents wearing Santa Hats at the same time.
     Registration will begin at 10am in front of the Parking Garage and the Official Tally … (3 comments)

lakeville: Rocky Marciano Statue Arrives in Brockton - 09/13/12 12:41 PM
     The long awaited statue of World Heavy Weight Champion Rocky Marciano has been delived to the City of Brockton MA.  The massive 22 foot tall image of the "Brockton Blockbuster" was delivered this week from Mexico City in six seperate pieces, which need to be assembled by a team of experts.  The pose is of the famous Rocky punch that leveled the great 'Jersey Joe' Walcott in their 1952 title fight.
    Brockton is making preparations to host a long list of luminaries on September 23.  Former Champions Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes have already been confirmed but, they are … (2 comments)

lakeville: Brockton (MA) High School Set to Unveil Rocky Marciano Statue - 09/04/12 10:51 AM
     Brockton High Schools Marciano Stadium will be presented a 22' tall Statue of the Brockton Blockbuster on September 23rd.  A gift to the city by the World Boxing Council, the $250,000 sculpture has been on display in Mexico City. Rocky Marciano was born in Brockton, the son of immigrant Italians who were lured to the city by the opportunities for work in the bustling shoe factories.
     Rocky's love of sports eventually led him to the boxing ring where he rose to become the Heavy Weight Champion of the World, and retired as the only undefeated Champion in history with a … (0 comments)

lakeville: Brockton Junior Golf at D.W Field GC. Starts Tuesday, June 26 - 06/25/12 10:48 AM
     The 2012 Junior Golf season begins this Tuesday with the start of the Tuesday Night League. We are hoping to build a traveling team this year, with the help of Head Pro Brian Mattos.  He is trying to arrange a 'home and home' series with a couple of other courses in the area.  This is not as easy as it seems.  Whereas Tuesday is a slow night at DW Field GC, it could be a busy night at some other courses, so the away matches may have to be on a Wednesday or Thursday. 
     One of our young golfers … (0 comments)

lakeville: Value Range Pricing You Can Believe In. - 02/02/12 02:31 PM
     In perusing some older blogs of the best and brightest of the AR Community, I happened upon a piece by Broker Bryant on his opinion of Value Range Pricing in which he was in favor.  In the many comments that followed he was praised, villified, called a genius, and threatened to be publicly thrashed in the Town Square at noon.  Of course, I figured, he must be on to something good, so I gave it a try.
     It worked!!!  Perhaps it was just beginners luck, but this tiny bungalow that has been fully rehabbed brought a string of showings that … (0 comments)

lakeville: Brockton MA Sales for 2011 - 01/04/12 02:48 PM
According to data from the MLS the following facts of record will show that:
in the first six months of 2011:
  243 homes sold with an average List Price of $170,270 and a final sales price of $164,408
in the last six months :
  268 homes sold with an average List Price of $174,352 and a final sales price of $$169,401.
These are statistics for single family homes listed and sold in Brockton MA in 2011 through the Multiple Listing Service.

lakeville: It's Easy Being Green, If You Were Like My Aunt Emma!! - 01/02/12 01:19 PM
   Everything that I know about conservation I learned from my Aunt Emma.  She and my Uncle Cyril made their way in the world during the Great Depression.  He built a solid, though crooked, house in the early 1930's that still stands today.  Most of the back yard was a vegetable garden, and what they couldn't eat Auntie would store in Mason jars, and enjoy during the cold months.
     Liquids were served in glass or metal containers so that they could be cleaned and used again, she would be appalled by our use of disposible plastics.  Old clothes and towels, when used up, … (4 comments)

lakeville: Brockton Farmers Market Starts Friday - 07/04/11 04:51 PM
     Want to support your local farmer?  The annual Farmers Market returns to City Hall Plaza this Friday, July 8 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Fresh produce,plants, flowers, poultry products and dairy products will be on sale by local growers from all over the local area. Here is an opportunity to eat fresh and healthy food at affordable prices. 
     City Hall Plaza is located at 45 School St. in Brockton, and farmers from Midddleboro, Lakeville, Fairhaven and other local towns will be on hand.  The Market is a weekly event that runs through October 28, rain or shine. 

lakeville: 8 Clayton Rd. Middleboro, MA Open House Sun.5-22 from 12-2. - 05/21/11 04:13 PM
Stop by and check out this nifty ranch right near Rt. 44 at the Raynham line.  Nice quiet home off the beaten path, yet minutes to Rts. 24,44, 495 and less than a mile from the Middleboro Rotary.  Shopping, medical and fine dining are just a few of the nearby  amenities.
Inside the house is a well designed layout of function and practicality for everyday living and entertaining. the sellers' are fussy and have already done the upgrades.  Meticulously cared for, and inviting to both first time home buyer, or anyone looking to downsize without the restrictions and fees of a … (1 comments)

lakeville: A "Home Audit" Home Run!!! - 04/30/11 03:39 PM
     On a recent "Seller Home Audit" , a free service where I view a home through the eye of a buyer, the most striking change was to remove an old wall to wall carpet to expose an oak hardwood floor.  The carpet was old, soiled and a turn off.  The Oak floor was actually in good shape and just needed a good cleaning, which the owners did themselves. 
     This was in the living room, which was the first room that a buyer would see.  The natural beauty of the floor actually enhanced the look of the fireplace and mantel … (1 comments)

lakeville: Does Anyone Have Golf Homes For Sale? - 01/20/11 04:26 PM
     As we get ready for the arrival of yet another snow storm in Plymouth County MA, and on my driveway in Brockton, I think of all of my golf buddies who sold their homes and moved to Florida, the Carolinas' and other points south of the Mason/Dixon line.  An old fourball partner who still works for the city, picked up a condo in Myrtle Beach and is always asking when we can go there and play some of the courses.  His wife likes the beach and will take friends and family while he minds the store here.
     Another friend who … (2 comments)