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Get Your House Ready for the Spring Market!

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Spring is officially here!  Although it may not seem like it, now is the best time to get your house ready to sell! The Spring Market is ready!  Inventory is still low and now that the weather is starting to cooperate, it’s time to think about sprucing up your home and boosting its curb appeal.

Studies have shown that renovations that improve a home’s function may not be worth the investment. Small cosmetic changes that cost little may give you the best bang for your buck.

Many buyers do judge a book by its cover.  The front of your house is their first impression and many buyers will turn away and look elsewhere if they are not pleased with the look of the house.

While there are certain features you can’t change, there are some things you can do inexpensively to make your home look like the gem of the neighborhood it is.

A new front door, or simply painting the front door can add a whole new look to your home.   A fresh coat of paint on the house itself or powerwashing the shingles or clapboard can make a big difference.  You want your home to look clean and fresh.  Don’t forget the garage door too.

Check your mailbox.  Does it need some sprucing up or a coat of paint also?  You may even want to replace it if it’s in rough shape.

Landscaping can also make a big difference.  Although it’s not time to cut the grass yet, as the snow melts you may be able to clean up the flowerbeds of debris and weeds.  Soon it’ll be time for putting out some nice pots on the porch or front steps with some colorful annuals.  The key is to keep your yard as manicured as possible with freshly cut grass and mulched flowerbeds and shrubs.  If your yard lacks for color, you may want to plant some flowering trees or shrubs to help.

It’s also time to wash the front windows.  This will let the sunshine into the house and also make the outside look fresh.

Lastly, don’t forget the driveway.  Spray away the winter’s grime and oil stains with a powerwasher.  It will add to the clean, sparkly look of the house.

Now’s the time to spruce up and get your house on the market.  Rates are still low!  It’s a great time!

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and trends.

This blog was originally posted on www.agentrisng.com on March 26, 2015

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Old Rochester Boys Basketball State Champs!

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Old Rochester pulls away to win Division 3 boys’ basketball state titleOld Rochester's Jason Gamache (20) and Jacob Chavier celebrate with teammates after they defeated Hoosac Valley.

Old Rochester’s Jason Gamache (20) and Jacob Chavier celebrate with teammates after they defeated Hoosac Valley.

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By Eric RussoGLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 14, 2015
WORCESTER — Old Rochester coach Steve Carvalho wanted his players to work from the inside out. He didn’t want them forcing bad shots from behind the 3-point line.

But Carvalho did leave open the possibility of the Bulldogs shooting from downtown if the game warranted in the second half.
And when Hoosac Valley cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 2 late in the third quarter, Carvalho let his players loose. Old Rochester drained three consecutive 3-pointers to bury Hoosac Valley’s comeback bid and capture the Division 3 state title, 61-47, on Saturday at the DCU Center.

“We talked in the first half a little about not settling behind the arc,” said Carvalho. “I think they came in and felt we weren’t too much of a 3-point-shooting team. We do have 3-point shooters but it’s still a tough shot in a place like this.”

After Hoosac Valley made it 41-39 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, freshman guard Noah Fernandes stepped up to the arc and drained the first three. On the first possession of the fourth, senior guard Ryan Beatty made another, and after Hoosac Valley (17-8) converted two free throws, Fernandes ended the flurry with a three to give the Bulldogs a 50-41 advantage.

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Globe photos from Saturday’s state title games.

“That was the difference, when they hit a three and then another one,” said Hoosac Valley coach Bill Robinson, whose team trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half. “But I was super proud of my guys that competed here today. They just wouldn’t quit. We at least made them earn it today.”

Beatty (12 points) hit another 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter that put Old Rochester (23-3) ahead, 55-45, and sealed the Bulldogs’ first state title.

“I knew if I got my shot I was going to take it,” said Beatty.

Fernandes was a force for the Bulldogs, scoring a game-high 20 points — including four 3-pointers — and hauling in six rebounds.

Check out this great article on the Old Rochester Boys Basketball State Championship Win published in the Boston Globe.

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New Sellers Workshop!

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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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Marion, MA February Events!

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What is happening in Marion during the cold winter month of February?  Look no further! Here are some great events to keep you and the kids busy during the month of February.

Every Sunday  through the month of February at Tabor Academy, bring the kids for Public Skating from 12:00 PM thru 2:00 PM.  Also Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM  during vacation week.  All ages welcome! $5.00 per skater!Have your skates sharpened for $6.00.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and Hats and Mittens must be worn at all times.

Do You Have Questions about Facebook, Twitter or other Social Media or need Technology Assistance with an electronic device? Stop by The Elizabeth Taber Library any Sunday between February 8th and April 19th (excluding April 5) at 2:00 PM for one -on-one help with a Tabor Student.  Registration is not needed for this event.

SHS and COA Present: ” It Happened One Night”  Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00PM at The Music Hall, 164 Front St.

Marion Art Center Presents: ” A LOVE-ly Occasion”  Friday, February 13, 2015  and Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Marion Art Center,  80 Pleasant St. Marion.  The Occasion Singers will perform an Evening of Love Songs.  Tickets for the Cabaret are $12.50 for MAC members and $15.00 for general admission.  Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.

Marion Recreation Vacation Week Fun!  Tuesday – Friday  February 17- February 20, 2015.   Where?: Atlantis Drive Facility.    9:00 am to 5:00 pm.   There will be games, sports, ping-pong, air hockey, arts and crafts, and more.  Choose individual days.  No need to register for the whole week. Registration closes one week before program begins.  $40.00 per child per day.  For more information please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or info@marionrecreation.com

ETL: Ireland at 6:30 pm at the Elizabeth Taber Library on Thursday, February 19, 2015.  Tom Jaillett is a 48-year Marion resident and currently teaches at Tabor Academy.  Tom will talk about life in a small West Cork town in Ireland.

ETL: Canva Workshop. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Elizabeth Taber Library.  Join Eileen Lonergan as she walks us through how to create banners, flyers, interesting images for an event, social media, and more all on the website Canva.  http://www.canva.com

These are just some of the events Marion has to offer.  Check them out or visit marion.gov for more information.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate for some great propeties and more local events.

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Tri-Town Local Events!

 

BOLD MovesEven though winter is upon us and the days are short and cold, there are still some great events happening in the Tri-Town to keep us busy.

Old Rochester’s WINTER Farmer’s Market will continue on The Second Saturday of each Month from 10 am to 1 pm at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High Gymnasium.  The Market will continue until May. There is all kind of homemade goodies to keep you stocked throughout the winter including natural skincare and ceramics,cookies, fresh roasted coffee, and glycerin and goats’ milk soap to name a few.  Come check it out!

Local libraries are always a good source of activities through the winter months for the kids as well as a great place to get your latest publications and books.

Mattapoisett:  Here are some upcoming events at the Mattapoisett Library.  For more information, call, 508-758-4171

Read to Sadie the Listener Dog.  Sadie, the library’s listening ear dog, is coming back to hear young patrons on Saturday, January 31, from 11 to 11:45 am.  Children can sign up to read to Sadie who sits patiently and enjoys stories.  Signups are limited to 1o children.  Call the library to signup.

The Great Backyard Bird Count!  Join Jessica and Justin Barrett and other experienced Bird Watchers for a program on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11am.  This program is part of the tri-town libraries MOBY , My Own BackYard natural science program, supported with federal funds as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Kids can  be citizen scientists. by identifying birds and recording their findings.

Also, Feburary 7, 2015 is Take Your Child  to the LibraryDay!  All over the country, families can visit their local library to enjoy stories, crafts, and fun activities.  The event will be Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Also, check out the Harry Potter Club. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb.17  (school vacation week) from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  This is open to students age 7 and up.  Join other Harry Potter fans for fun, trivia challenge, crafts, snacks and more. Stop by the library to register or call 508-758-4171.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local events and stay tuned for more library events in Marion and Mattapoisett.

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Pop Warner Old Rochester Youth Football Cheerleaders Pee Wees are Going to Disney!

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The Pop Warner Old Rochester Youth Football Cheerleaders Pee  Wees are heading to Disney.  They won a spot at the Regionals in Springfield and will be joining their Jr. Midget Cheerleaders In Disney in December.  The two groups (about 22 girls) will be spending 5 days at the Nationals in Disney competing with girls from all over the country.  The girls have worked really hard for this honor and are raising money for their trip. Visit Sarah Holick on her facebook page for information on a Steak and Shrimp dinner fundraiser as well as a link to directly donate to the cause.  Help these girls and their families realize their dreams.

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Pop Warner Old Rochester Youth Football Jr. Midget Cheerleaders are going to Disney!

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Pop Warner Old Rochester Youth Football Jr. Midgets will be competing in the Nationals in DisneyWorld , Florida beginning Dec. 8th.  The girls competed in the Regionals this past weekend in Springfield, MA and placed second, earning them a spot in the National Competition in Orlando,  Florida.   The Regionals in Springfield included cheerleaders from MA, NH and RI.   The Nationals in Florida will include girls from all over the United States. This is a great accomplishment!  The Jr. Midgets will be at Disney approximately 5 days.  Sarah Holick, Michelle Saltmarsh and Iva Lajoie from Bold Moves Real Estate will be accompanying their girls on the trip and hoping to coach them to victory.

We wish the girls all the best in Disney and know they will give it their all, but also have a great time making memories they’ll never forget.

The girls will be holding fundraisers to offset the cost of the trip.  They will be selling holiday pies from Emma Jean’s and also will be holding a Steak and Shrimp dinner.  You can also donate money directly to their cause.  Click on the link below.  Visit Sarah Holick on her Facebook page for more info. on the Steak and Shrimp dinner and the pie sales or email her at sarah@boldrealtors.com.

Click HERE to donate to the girls!

The Pee Wee Cheerleaders will be attending their Regionals in Springfield this weekend.  Good Luck Girls in their quest to Disney!

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com

 

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Fall Staging and House Sales!

bold moves real estate diyFall is officially here and there is no better time to sell your house than now.  People are back to work and done with vacation mode and ready to seriously look.

Fall is the time of harvest and this can work to your advantage with  staging your home to look its fall best.  Flowers may not be as abundant blooming as in the spring but fall has its own special blossoms to take advantage of.  Mums in various colors can brighten up a front porch and replace the old blooms in your beds or planters.  Corn stalks are ready to be cut and are readily available at any farm stand.  Tie them up to your porch columns or lean them up to frame a doorway.

Another staple of a fall look is the bale of hay with some pumpkins on top.  These can also be found at your local farmer’s market or stand and the pumpkins can be carved later for Halloween.  You can set up a few displays with bales of hay and pumpkins or keep it simple with one depending on the size of your porch or front door area.  Sometimes less is more.  You can also add some colorful gourds in a natural basket for added color and decoration.

The weather is comfortable for house hunting and the buyers are out there looking.  Dressing up your outside look just adds to your house’s curb appeal and is a fun activity to do with the kids. You can even add a homemade scarecrow for a kid-friendly afternoon.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more ideas and a list of great houses for sale.

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Where Did The Summer Go?

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Where did the summer go?  A lot of people are  asking themselves this question.  The summer seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye and the recent gloomy rain and colder temperatures has added to the feeling that fall is on its way.

College kids are already back at school or on their way and most of the children will be heading back to school next week.   It’s a bittersweet time for parents, looking forward to their kids back at school and into a routine but also missing the carefree, fun days of summer with no homework or schedules.

Real estate sometimes gets put on the back burner during the busy, vacation days of the summer.  Buyers are away and not thinking of buying a house and sellers may want to wait to list until the fall when buyers may be more apt to buckle down and start looking again.

September looks to be a busy month for real estate.  People will be getting back into their routines and looking to buy and sell a house before, do I dare say it, the holidays are here.   Now is the time to put your house on the market or start looking again before the  rates go up.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for listings and information on buying or selling your house.

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Student Loans and The Housing Market!

bold moves real estate new yearsIt’s a sad but true story, student loan debt has tripled in size in the last decade.  There are more students and more debt.  Seventy percent more students are getting loans and the typical borrower is taking on twice as much.  This debt from school may payoff with higher wages for graduates, but today this wall of debt is preventing students from getting on with their lives.  Since student debt is concentrated among young adults who are likely first-time home-buyers, it’s devastating to the housing market.

Student debt can prevent some young buyers from taking on debt and student debtors tend to have worse credit scores.

The outlook isn’t that bleak though because investors are buying up distressed homes at a higher rate and all-cash-home purchases have grown to 50 percent of the market, the highest in record.

All in all student loans are depressing demand for homes, but only slightly more than the overall market for homes is already depressed for  various reasons, like under-employment, tighter lending standards, and a general shift away from ownership.

This may be bad news for buyers, but it’s still a seller’s market right now and a great time to put your house on the market.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a list of great houses for sale.