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Housing Market Indicators!


6 Recent Key Stats to Gauge the Market

Here’s a look at six main indicators from NAR’s latest housing report:
1. Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types was $234,000 in July – 5.6 percent above a year ago. “Despite the strong growth in sales since this spring, declining affordability could begin to slowly dampen demand,” says Yun. “REALTORS® in some markets reported slower foot traffic in July in part because of low inventory and concerns about the continued rise in home prices without commensurate income gains.”
2. Housing inventories: At the end of July, the inventory of homes for-sale fell 0.4 percent to 2.24 million existing homes available for sale. The inventory now is 4.7 percent lower than a year ago and at a 4.8-month supply at the current sales pace.
3. First-time home buyers: The percentage of first-time home buyers fell for the second consecutive month, reaching 28 percent in July – the lowest share since January. Last year at this time, first-time buyers comprised 29 percent of all buyers.
4. Days on the market: Properties stayed on the market for an average of 42 days in July, below the 48 days average from a year ago. Forty-three percent of homes were on the market for less than a month in July. Short sales were on the market the longest at a median of 135 days while foreclosures were on the market for 49 days and non-distressed homes sold in 41 days.
5. All-cash sales: The percentage of all-cash sales rose to 23 percent of transactions in July, down from 29 percent a year ago. The share of individual investors – who account for the bulk of cash sales – was 13 percent in July, down from 16 percent a year ago.
6. Distressed sales: The percentage of foreclosures and short sales declined to the lowest share since NAR began tracking it in October 2008. Distressed sales fell 7 percent in July month-over-month and are 9 percent below a year ago. In July, 5 percent of sales comprised foreclosures while 2 percent were short sales. On average, foreclosures sold for a discount of 17 percent below market value while short sales sold for an average discount of 12 percent.
This was posted on August 24,2015 in the Monday Morning Realtor from Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Realtors.
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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on August 25, 2015.
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Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2015!


Feast-goers of all ages are drawn by the wonderful aromas wafting through the air to our giant outdoor Carne de Espeto barbecue pit. Do it yourself!


Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746

101st Annual Celebration – July 30 – August 2, 2015


    The 2014 Feast of the Blessed changes history by adding hours.
For those who have stayed away from the annual Feast saying, “Oh,
it’s too crowded and noisy for me” . . . the Feast will now be open
on Friday afternoon from 12 Noon to 6 PM in additional to all other
hours. Feast committee members have dedicated even more time
to make sure all of the food and beverage outlets will be open and
serving the foods that make the Feast such a great success. With
Friday night feast goers still at work, parking will be easier, lines
will be short or none at all . . . and the live entertainment will reflect
a quieter atmosphere.


The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.

The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.


Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website  www.PortugueseFeast.com

Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion.  Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.  Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.

Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 3 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.

Visit www.PortugueseFeast.com for more information.

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Fresh from The Garden!

garden, BOLD Moves Real EstateIt’s a great time of year!  There are so many vegetables that are ready fresh from the garden right now. Buying vegetables in the right season is a good idea.  There are many local farmer’s markets which are brimming with summer vegetables.  Buying from your local farmer’s market will help the local farmers and will assure that you are buying vegetables that are in season and fresh out of the garden.

Right now zucchinis and summer squash are plentiful.  Cutting them into spears, drizzling with olive oil and parmesan cheese and grilling is a great way to enjoy these vegetables.

Tomatoes are also in season as well as green beans, cucumbers, lettuce and kale.  There is no better way to eat healthy than salads incorporating all these vegetables.   All kinds of peppers will soon be ready for harvest, such as bell peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, and chili to name a few.  Sweet corn is also a great treat that is available now and who doesn’t love watermelon.

The next stage of vegetables will ripen more toward the end of summer.  These include butternut squash, potatoes, gourds, and of course pumpkins.

Visiting your local farmer’s market will keep you well supplied with the vegetables and fruit of the summer as they become available.  It’s also a great idea  for gifts.  A basket full of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great gift for a family member or friend or even a client.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com  for more “fresh” ideas.


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Disclosing Energy Costs!

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When you are listing a house, revealing the energy costs could put you at an advantage.  According to Realtor Magazine, listings that disclose energy costs have a higher close rate, spend less time on the market, and sell closer to the asking price compared to homes that do not disclose this information.

A study was done by Elevate Energy of homes for sale in the Chicago area and found that attached homes either a condo or townhouse that disclosed energy costs spent about 25 fewer days on the market compared to homes that did not share this information.  Single-family homes spent eight fewer days on the market.

The City of Chicago became the first city nationwide to allow direct disclosure of residential energy costs, gas and electric, on the MLS listing service.

With the emphasis on going green for many consumers, the energy costs for a specific house being revealed is a win-win for everyone.  The buyer will know exactly what they are getting into in terms of costs to maintain the house.  This can be a great bargaining tool for sellers, especially when they have made improvements on the house concerning energy efficiency.  A more energy -efficient house will save buyers money in the long run and may encourage them to offer a higher price for the house.

The more a buyer knows about a house, the more apt they are to put in an offer.  It may be the new wave of the future.  Soon we may be seeing energy costs on a seller’s disclosure.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate trends.

This blog was originally published on April 27, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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Fairhaven/ Acushnet Broker Tour April 2 !


Broker Tour

 April 2, 2015

Please join us 

1st Thursday of every month
Includes:Current Listings in Fairhaven and Acushnet

Where: Tour starts promptly at 9:00 am at the first house scheduled on tour

*Light lunch served at last house on tour
Please submit 
listings by Tuesday March 31
Dave Garro
Looks like the Market is Off and RUNNING ….lets see those 


You can’t sell a house unless you’ve seen it!!!

Please join Dave at this week’s Fairhaven/Acushnet Broker Tour.  Tours are always full.  Professional brokers and agents only.  It’s a nice way to network and see what houses are available for your clients.

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St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy  St. Patrick’s Day!  Why exactly do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of St. Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration always held on March 17th, the traditional death of St. Patrick.  Saint Patrick is the foremost, patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christianfeast day in the early 17th century.  It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church.  It commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.  It also celebrates the culture and the heritage of the Irish in general.

The day is typically celebrated with public parades, festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.  Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking are waived for the day.

There is a lot of drinking, corned beef and cabbage and “wearing of the green” to celebrate the day.

BOLD Moves Real Estate appreciates all their clients and wishes everyone a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Dave Garro

New Sellers Workshop!


Come by and join Dave Garro,  home stager Laura Severino, and graphic designer as well as real estate agent Sonia Amaral for a new Seller’s Workshop!  This is a no obligation, informal, informational meeting to answer all your questions.

Buyers are not to be overlooked.  Stay tuned for Dave Garro’s Buyer’s Workshop coming soon..

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Beyond BOLD Media Has Great Cards for All Your Needs!

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Beyond BOLD Media has great, unique cards for any occasion for sale on their website.  The designers have created unique, original  cards for any occasion with new and appealing graphics.

There are many Thank You Cards which would be very helpful if you are involved in the BOLD  Day Challenge- 365 Days of Gratitude.  There are numerous inspirational  and motivational  cards.  Most are blank for you to write your handwritten message or you can contact Beyond BOLD Media and have them personalize your own cards with your distinctive Brand.

The Cards sell for $1 each.

The newest Cards are simple  with a single word printed on the front.  These include: Inspire, Grateful, Celebrate, and Solace.  They are printed on laid- 100lb. natural stock for an elegant look.  These can be used for any occasion. These cards are a higher quality and come with a matching envelope for $1.50 each.

Stay tuned, Beyond BOLD Media will be introducing some original St. Patrick Day cards as well as Mother’s Day Cards.  All the cards are designed in house by their graphic designers.

Visit them at www.beyondboldmedia.com for the whole menu of cards and other services they provide.  You won’t be disappointed.

This blog was originally posted on March 3, 2015 on www.beyondboldmedia.com

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