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Rochester, MA Troop 31 New Scouts Crossover!

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Rochester Boy Scout Troop 31 welcomed two new Boy Scouts on Friday night.  Pack 30 Cub Scouts held their annual Crossover Ceremony and Blue and Gold Banquet at the First Congregational Church in Rochester.  The boys were treated to a special Crossover Ceremony by the New Bedford Troop 24.  This is an important ceremony for the Webelos Cub Scouts.  Eli MacGregor and Tyler Souza received their Arrow of Light, which is the highest Cub Scout Rank and the only Award they are allowed to wear on their new Boy Scout uniforms.

The Crossover Ceremony is only performed by a small number of Boy Scout Troops and New Bedford  Troop 24 provided an impressive Ceremony in full regalia which involved the boys lighting candles to represent the meaning of the Scout Law and crossing over the Bridge to Boy Scouts.

Rochester Troop 31 Boy Scouts were on hand to receive the Boys into their troop and present them with their new Boy Scout Handkerchief.

Eli and Tyler worked very hard to earn their badges and receive their Arrow of Light.  Eli started as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade and Tyler joined as a Webelos Scout.

The Cub Scout Master, Roger Poulin, presented the boys with their new Boy Scout Handbook. The Crossover was held in conjunction with the Blue and Gold Banquet which is held every year as a birthday party for Cub Scouts.  Pizza and salad as well as special cupcakes made the night a complete success.

As the Den Leader for the boys since they were Tiger Cubs, this was a bittersweet moment.  I am very proud of the accomplishments they have made but will miss the den meetings and the family atmosphere of the Cub Scouts.  They are now on their way to Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

Congratulations to Eli and Tyler!

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This blog was originally posted on www.destinationhometown.com on March 4, 2015

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New Bedford Celebration Day in Fort Myers, Florida!

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New Bedford Celebration Day in Fort Meyers, Florida occurs yearly and always draws a huge crowd.  Snowbirds and natives  of the Southcoast flock to this event in  Fort Myers each year to celebrate their native city.  This event   always draws close to 1,000 attendees.

WBSM will be there with PHIL Paleologos and Kasey Silvia broadcasting live from Fort Myers on March 10th and March 11th as well as from the New Bedford Day event on March 10th with live call ins during the afternoon.

BOLD Moves Real Estate will be the featured business along with Dave Garro of BOLD Moves. There will also be 40 Live and Recorded promotional announcements the week leading up to broadcast  Starting March 3, 2015.

Dave Garro, a real estate agent at BOLD Moves Real Estate is excited to be part of this event and invites everyone to listen in.

Dave Garro, along with BOLD Moves Real Estate will also be hosting another Seller’s Workshop on March 16th  at Flour Girls in Fairhaven, MA.  Stay tuned for more information.

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This blog was originally posted on March 2, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

 

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Historic Snows Causing Headaches for Real Estate Industry!

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

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By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press1 day ago
A "For Sale" sign pokes out of about 4 feet of snow in the front yard of a home listed in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Real estate agents say purchase closings are being held up because of the heavy snow: Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out.© AP Photo/Charles Krupa A “For Sale” sign pokes out of about 4 feet of snow in the front yard of a home listed in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
BOSTON — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house.
The storms that have dropped an epic 8 feet of snow are causing grief for the real estate industry.Some real estate agents have had to cancel nearly a month of weekend open houses because of the poorly timed snowstorms. Others have had to brace prospective buyers about to tour homes showing the ravages of winter, including leaky walls and ceilings caused by a buildup of ice on the roof.

Agents complain that deals are being held up because inspectors are unable to get a look at roofs, septic tanks and other features buried under mounds of snow and ice.

Kevin Thompson, left, and Dave Garro of Bold Moves Real Estate dig a real estate sign out of the snow pack in the front yard of a property on Crestfield Street after its sale, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Mattapoisett, Mass. Real estate agents say purchase closings are being held up because of the heavy snow: Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out.© AP Photo/Stephan Savoia  Kevin Thompson, left, and Dave Garro of Bold Moves Real Estate dig a real estate sign out of the snow pack in the front yard of a property on Crestfield Street after its sale, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, i…

 

And sellers are grumbling about how difficult it is to move out of their homes in the treacherous weather.

“Honestly, every day is a new issue,” said Kate Lanagan MacGregor, a real estate agent in Mattapoisett, as she rattled off some of her recent struggles. Her latest: trying to empty a newly sold house of the furniture her company had used to “stage” the place for prospective buyers.

“Usually, you can just run up and grab your furniture. Now, the driveway’s not plowed, there’s no path shoveled and you can’t physically get your stuff out the door,” she said.

Homeowner Abbie Cregan recounted her ordeal moving out of her longtime home in Fairhaven just days earlier.

“We were literally pulling washers, dryers, furniture sets out of the house with a dolly and a strap and dragging them through the snow,” she said from her new home in snow-free Phoenix, Arizona. “I still have bruises from it.”

Jeremy Madore said he and his wife are closing on a four-bedroom home in Leominster that they found just weeks ago, in the throes of the snowstorms. He said a home inspector had to clear away a chunk of the snow-covered roof to assess its quality.

Now they’re watching to see how the barn’s roof holds up under the weight and what happens to the basement when the snows finally melt.

“It was definitely more aggravating home shopping in this weather,” Madore said. “We climbed over snowbanks and icy, slippery steps. I brought my snow pants and boots to make sure I wasn’t deterred from making a full circle around the property.”

Corinne Fitzgerald, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, said she won’t have a clear picture of the effect on home sales until figures come in around mid-March. But February, she noted, tends to be the slowest month anyway.

Nationally, sales of existing homes fell slightly in January, in part because of the severe cold and snowy weather in New England and other parts of the country, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, a market forecasting firm. He said February data should show further declines.

Real estate agents said many sellers appear to be waiting until the weather clears to put their homes on the market, meaning a potentially busy spring. But winter can also hold certain opportunities.

“People are taking advantage of the fact that there are also really no buyers out there,” said Ryan Schruender, an agent in North Andover. “If you look around, you can get a good deal.”

This article was created by the Associated Press and has been published in 1,900 different news outlets.

BOLD Moves owner Kate Lanagan MacGregor and BOLDIES Kevin Thompson and Dave Garro were featured in the article.  BOLD Moves goes above and beyond to give you the personal touch and attention to detail you are looking for in a Real Estate Company.  Laura Severino,  Home Stager, and Real Estate Agent at BOLD Moves staged the house beautifully for the Holiday Season and now that the house had sold had the arduous task of taking out all the Home Staging Decor through the mounds of snow.

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Trash and Recycling Update!

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How is everyone doing with the new Trash and Recycling Program now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to implement it?  I for one have been trying to figure out how to get the large Recycling Cart up  our long driveway through the snow and ice.  I took the empty Recycling Cart and placed the handle on the trailer hitch ball on the back of my car.  I put all my Recyclable in the bins in the back of my car  and drove up the road.  It worked pretty well. The Cart only fell off once when it hit a mound of snow in the road.  I put it back on and made it to the top of the road and then dumped all my Recyclables from the bins into the Cart.  I plan on leaving the Recyclable Cart at the top of the road and bringing my Recyclables to it.  I think I’ll do the same for the Trash Receptacle. The Cart held all my Recyclables from 3 bins.  It might work for you!

The majority of the feedback I have been receiving, especially from the older folks, is the bulkiness of the Carts and dragging them through the ice and the snow to the road.  Also, they were a little confused about the new Recycling and Trash Schedule.  Some may opt to petition the town for the smaller Receptacles.

Many people have mentioned that they have been Recycling all along but are finding themselves more diligent in their sorting and referring to the brochure that came with the Carts to make sure they are Recycling everything they can.

And What about the Caps?  In the past, the caps from bottles were always tossed in the trash but now they seem to be Recyclable. As with any new venture, there is always a learning curve and soon this will all be second nature.

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Cabin Fever!

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Cabin Fever?  With all the snow and snow days and now the kids home from vacation, you can feel a little overwhelmed.  We have definitely had our share of snow and days where we feel we’ve been stuck in the house a little too much.  But take heart, Spring is not that far away and it makes sense to try and capitalize on the coziness and quiet of a snowy day.  Soon the warm weather will be here bringing with it more activity and crazy schedules.

Winter is a great time to reconnect with your kids and step back from the hectic schedules.  Kids, of course, love the snow and have a great time playing in it.  Try to take some time to spend time in the snow,  When was the last time you made a snowman or a snow fort?  This is a great time to try out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.  Just strap them on and get out to enjoy the beauty the snowy day affords.  Just take a walk and listen to the quiet of the early evening.  Sledding with the kids is always a fun time.  Then it’s time to come in for snacks and hot chocolate.

You can also put a family movie in and spend time watching it together or take out a board game you haven’t seen in awhile.  Put away the video games and i-pads and spend some quality time together. Curling up with a good book can also be a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.

For the brave of heart, there is always crafts to do with the kids.  Buy some cheap canvases and paints and let them make a masterpiece or how about syrup and snowcones.  If you run out of ideas, simply jump on Pinterest and you won’t believe all the ideas they have

Sometimes, we fret and complain about the large quantity of snow, but it’s all part of living in New England and sometimes it’s best to simply step back and enjoy the view.  The beauty of an ordinary day should never be overlooked.

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Real Estate Designation and Certification Courses!

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The National Association of Realtors encourages members to increase their professionalism, proficiency, marketability and income through pursuing of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.  Besides the many professional benefits and quality education these courses offer, many of these courses have already been approved for continuing education credits.

Here are some of the Designation Courses:  Accredited Buyer’s Representative  Designation (ABR)

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC)

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)

Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)

NAR’s Green Designation

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

These are Certification Courses:

At Home With Diversity

BPO’s: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process

e-Pro Certification Program

Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP)

Resort and Second-home Property Specialist (RSPS)

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

These are all great courses to help you in your real estate career and many offer CEU’s

Visit learning library.com for more information.

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This blog was posted on January 16,2015 on www.agentrising.com

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New Agent Training Webinar!

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The Massachusetts Association of Realtors hosted a Webinar on New Agent Training with Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner of Bold Moves Real Estate, Agent Rising Real Estate School and Beyond Bold Media.

The Webinar ran Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 10am-11am.   Over 90 people enrolled to watch the Webinar and there was great participation.  New agents as well as seasoned agents attended and found it very informative and enlightening.

The 10 Strategies to Success Highlighted in the Webinar:

Serve, Start, Systemize, Support, Stay, Strengthen, Sell, Say Thank You, Significance, and Surprise.

In 2013, Kate chaired the New Agent PAG for Massachusetts Association of Realtors and Presented on this topic at the MAR Annual Conference and Trade Show.

The Webinar is an update on those 7 Strategies to Success

In Kate’s words:

“I believe in a strategic and comprehensive approach to developing  yourself, your brand and your business.These 10 strategies ensure that your actions are with purpose, and directed toward the success you want for yourself.I cover topics from good old fashioned thank you notes to how  to use Big Data and The Internet of Things to your benefit.

I am passionate about helping enhance the professionalism of all REALTORS®, new agents in particular.

As owner and operator of  BOLD Moves Real Estate, Agent Rising Real Estate School and Training Center, and Beyond BOLD Media, I believe that owning the 3 companies acts like a ‘3 legged stool’. Sales, Education and Marketing are all important in your success, and I tie them together in my  ‘think outside the box’ way to bring you the most relevant and positive Strategies for your Sales Success.

Have you had questions about branding, time optimization, database generation and social media? We cover those in a system that is very easy to follow!

Please join me! Whether you are a new agent, an agent wanting motivation or training a new agent, I offer a fresh perspective on what success looks like!”

If you missed the Webinar, don’t despair.  You can watch it on www.marealtor.com and click on the link with archived webinars.  You can watch the whole webinar.

Make it a BOLD Day!  Questions?  Call Kate at 508-728-3648

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This blog was originally posted on February 13, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is upon us.  Many of us partake in the ritual and go out and buy our loved ones a card or maybe some candy.  There are other unique ways to celebrate the holiday.  How about making some homemade cards.  You can head out to your local craft store and buy some card stock in all kinds of Valentine prints, some ribbon, a pretty heart punch and maybe some decorative stickers and make your own cards.  This is a great way to express your creativity and show someone how much you care.  You can also get the kids involved and they can  make their own cards instead of buying the store ones for their friends at school.

Flowers or jewelry can also be great Valentine Day Gifts.  These are always appreciated by the woman in your life.

Candy,  of course, is always a great Valentine’s Present too.

Valentine’s Day is a great day to take your someone special out to lunch or for a great dinner.  We should treat everyday like it’s Valentine’s Day and let our loved ones know how much they mean to us.

Valentine’s Day is a warm day during a cold season. It can bring a little cheer to a cold and snowy winter and remind us what is important in our lives.  The copius amount of snow may be bringing many of us down, but it does make for a beautiful landscape.    Valentine’s Day reminds us to take the time to enjoy life and tell those around us how much they mean to us.

So take the time to make a handmade gift or card and spread some warmth in a cold season.

Visit us at www.lovethemtellthem.com and see how reviews can help your business.

This blog was originally posted on www.lovethemtellthem.com on January 12,2015

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Meeting with the Mattapoisett Building Inspector!

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On Thursday, February 5, 2015, The Mattapoisett Building Inspector , Andrew Bobola, along with Kathleen Costello, head of the Assessors Office, held a workshop for local real estate agents. About 25+ Agents attended  included Kate Lanagan MacGregor and company from Bold Moves Real Estate, Dawson Real Estate, Jack Conway, Seahorse Real Estate, Alferes, just to name a few.  The meeting was held at the Library since there were so many in attendance.   The meeting was initiated to educate and assist realtors in performing their jobs.  According to Kate Lanagan MacGregor,   “Their commitment to us to be the best realtors possible and that service will trickle down to our consumers.

Andy Bobola talked about FEMA Maps online.  He is a  “show person”.  He likes to show laws or have you show him.  He will return your calls within 24 hours.  He talked about building codes and how this has affected flood plains and also talked about the Biggert Waters Act in a way that made sense.

He also talked about new construction and the 50% rule. They consult the book and 3 years starts on construction and first permit visit.

Kathleen Costello talked about Assessments.  Under 3000 square feet, they use sales comparison for commercial building.  Over 3000 square feet, they use income approach.    Four apartments and higher they use income approach and 3 and below sales comparison approach.

By the water, they value the land first and then add house onto it.  They use an appraisal company.

Assessors have a new GIS System with great information and overlays including flood.  Statistics not a fee appraisal.

Tax Rate is 13%.  Town at 100% assessment rate.  She really stays at 94%. They go into house every 9 years and they do 666 houses per year.  This is how they stay in compliance.

She also talked about new construction and how they use a formula for that.  Also a consumer may hire architect or engineer to look at.  Liability is shifted to the engineer rather than the town or homeowner.

Solar panels are exempt. She is finding process.  Had to make 125% electric back to grid.  She doesn’t know of anyone selling residence back to grid.

Also talked about sign placement.  Leading edge of sign 8 feet from edge back from hardtop. Open House signs should be put out the day of the Open House.  Off premises signs need approval from the Board of Selectmen.

It was a very helpful and informative meeting.  According to Kate, “The initiative of our town employees shows just how special Mattapoisett is!”

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This blog was originally posted on February 9, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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Rochester Man is Founder of Brotherhood of the Kilt!

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What is involved in wearing a Kilt?  According to Kevin Thompson, Business Development Manager for Beyond BOLD Media in Mattapoisett, kilt-wearing has its own mystique.  The first question people always ask is “What’s Under Your Kilt?”  It’s not recommended to check yourself but simply ask.  According to Kevin, there are a variety of answers.  As a father of two who resides in Rochester, MA, Kevin has founded the Brotherhood of the Kilt and is the author of “Kiltology” a book of quips and tips “for the kilted world.”

Kevin started wearing a kilt about 10 years ago.  A Marion native, Kevin moved to Oklahoma for college and attended his first Scottish festival.  A fan-of-the-kilt was born and he ordered his first kilt in the family’s tartan. The new “kiltie” as they are sometimes called started his website, The Brotherhood of the Kilt, selling kilt-related t-shirts.  The website now has a following of 650 paying members and offers all kinds of advice, tip, stories, and experiences for kilt-wearing.

Kilts have definitely come a long way.  Traditional kilts are made from wool with a tartan plaid but there are lots of new fabrics now such as duck canvas and kilts for construction workers, Boy Scouts, even branches of the military.  Kevin, himself, owns about 30 kilts.  The only rule is to wear the pleats in the back.  He encourages people to have fun in kilts.

Kevin wears kilts on a daily basis but sometimes due to weather conditions, pants are a better choice. According to Kevin, “when it’s cold, it’s cold and nothing’s going to change that.”

For his book, Kiltology, Kevin has compiled “words of wisdom” that he first posted on his website.  You can find the book on his website www.kiltsrock.com.  Stay tuned for  “Kiltology 2.”

The Brotherhood is a positive group.  Kevin hopes it will stem the negativity surrounding kilt wearing.  No matter what kilt he is wearing, it sure brings attention, which is not necessarily a bad thing in his line of work.

It definitely helps with the networking.   A man in a kilt is always a source of endless conversations

Visit www.beyondboldmedia.com for more information.

This blog was originally published on February 6, 2015 on www.beyondboldmedia.com

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