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James Spader Buys House in Marion

Actor James Spader buys house in Marion

Feb 01, 2016

Photo by: Matthew BernatA home on Fraser Way was recently purchased by actor James Spader for $1.1 million.

MARION — Actor James Spader, the star of NBC’s “The Blacklist,” has purchased a home on Fraser Way for just over $1 million.

Spader, a multiple Emmy award winner, bought the house from the Fraser Way Indenture of Trust in January for $1,174,133, according to Plymouth County Registry of Deeds documents.

Spader is listed as a member of the Fraser Way Trust along with two other individuals, according to county records. The price includes the purchase of Meadow Island, which is located just off shore from the property in Sippican Harbor. Fraser Way is located off of Point Road, near The Kittansett Club.

County records also state that Spader’s mother, Jean, deeded a home on Fraser Way to her children in 1997. Jean and her husband Stoddard, both now deceased, retired to Marion after careers in education. Spader has long ties to Marion, where he spent summers as a child and also worked in the Marion General Store.

Spader was born in Boston and attended private schools in Massachusetts before moving to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

Spader’s movie credits include “Pretty in Pink,” “Wall Street” and “Stargate.” For his television work on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice” he earned a total of three Emmy awards. He’s also been nominated for 10 Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and three Golden Globes.

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Real Estate Trends

 

real estate trends 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Dominate 2016

This year may have marked the best for housing since 2007, but the market will likely get even rosier in 2016, according to a recent real estate forecast by realtor.com®. One of the main drivers behind the brighter 2016 is the projection that employment will continue to grow, which will add to consumers’ wallets and allow them to purchase their first home or upgrade to a new one.

Realtor.com® highlights the following housing predictions for 2016:

1. ‘Normal’ is coming.

Expect a healthy growth in home sales and prices – at a slower pace than in 2015. “This slowdown is not an indication of a problem—it’s just a return to normalcy,” writes Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “We’ve lived through 15 years of truly abnormal trends, and after working off the devastating effects of the housing bust, we’re finally seeing signs of more normal conditions.” New construction and distressed sales are expected to return to more historical levels, and home prices are expected to follow at “more normal rates consistent with a more balanced market.”

2. Generational buying trends shape up.

Young adults’ presence on the housing market has been largely predicted for years, but 2016 may finally be the year they make a move in a larger way. Millennials represented nearly 2 billion sales in 2015 – one-third of home buyers. They are expected to continue to be a major buying pool in 2016 with the majority of buyers between ages 25 and 34 expected to be first-time home buyers next year. But two other generations will also have a big presence in 2016: financially recovering GenXers and older baby boomers who are entering retirement, realtor.com® notes. “Since most of these people are already homeowners, they’ll play a double role, boosting the market as both sellers and buyers,” Smoke notes. “Gen Xers are in their prime earning years and thus able to relocate to better neighborhoods for their families. Older boomers are approaching (or already in) retirement and seeking to downsize and lock in a lower cost of living.”

3. New-home construction focuses more on affordability.

Builders have been faced with higher land costs, limited labor, and concerns about the demand of the entry-level market. As such, they have shifted to constructing more higher-priced homes, which has caused new-home prices to rise significantly faster than existing-home prices. In 2016, they likely will shift to more affordable product to cater to the entry-level buyers. “We are already seeing a decline in new-home prices for new contracts signed this fall,” notes Smoke. “In addition, credit access is improving enough to make the first-time buyer segment more attractive to builders.”

4. Higher mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates will likely be volatile in 2016. But the recent move by the Federal Reserve to guide interest rates higher should push mortgage rates higher in the new year than the historical lows they have been at for years. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will likely end 2016 about 60 basis points higher than today’s level. “That level of increase is manageable, as consumers will have multiple tactics to mitigate some of that increase,” Smoke says. “However, higher rates will drive monthly payments higher, and, along with that, debt-to-income ratios will also go higher.” The markets with the highest home prices will see the effects from the higher rates the most.

5. Rents to go up even higher.

Rental costs are skyrocketing, and the costs are likely to only go up in the new year. More than 85 percent of the nation’s markets have rents that exceed 30 percent of the income of renting households. “Rents are accelerating at a more rapid pace than home prices, which are moderating,” Smoke says. “Because of this, it is more affordable to buy in more than three-quarters of the U.S. However, for the majority of renting households, buying is not a near-term option due to poor household credit scores, limited savings, and lack of documentable stable income of the kind necessary to qualify for a mortgage today.”

Source: “The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2016,” realtor.com® (Dec. 16, 2015)

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on February 4, 2016.

ORR Boys Basketball

ORR Boys Basketball Eyes on the Prize

ORR Boys Basketball

BOYS BASKETBALL: Old Rochester (12-0) closing in on another South Coast Conference title
The defending state champion Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs find themselves in a familiar position entering the final month of the season.

By Adam Ellis
aellis@wickedlocal.com

Posted Jan. 27, 2016 at 5:38 AM
Updated Jan 27, 2016 at 5:42 AM

MATTAPOISETT – The defending state champion Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs find themselves in a familiar position entering the final month of the season.
After 12 contests – each played inside the South Coast Conference – the ORR boys basketball team remains unblemished. The Bulldogs flawless mark is the best in Division 3 South by a half-game over Rockland (12-1), and two games better than Apponequet (9-2, 8-2) and Bourne (11-2, 9-2 SCC) inside the conference.
Old Rochester finished a season sweep of the Canalmen with a 67-61 home win this past Friday. The Bulldogs also ran rampant over Case, 74-54, collecting their 28th consecutive SCC win on Tuesday – the team’s 37th victory in its previous 38 league contests.
Ever one to keep his eye on the prize, Carvalho pointed towards a pivotal matchup looming in Lakeville this Friday night (Jan. 29). Apponequet has won six straight games following a Bulldog blowout (61-38) on Dec. 28.
“By no means is this over,” Coach Steve Carvalho cautioned. “We’ve got [four games] left against some quality opponents. We’ve still gotta go to Apponequet. We’ve still gotta go to D-R. And we also have two ballclubs left – Wareham and [Greater New Bedford] Voke – that can give anyone a run for their money on any given night. So when you look at the bigger picture, in no way are we out of the woods yet.”
ORR pulled out what Carvalho called “a character win” against Bourne, overcoming an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to rally past the visitors.
Shorthanded due to injury, juniors Grant Reuter and Jacob Cafarella got a chance to shine as starters for the Bulldogs. Reuter replaced Matt Valles (lower back) at center, while Cafarella stepped in as shooting guard for Jason Gamache (concussion).
After missing Tuesday’s win over Fairhaven, Valles came off the bench, seeing his first action in seven days following a brutal fall in Seekonk. He remained efficient and effective, scoring a team-high 17 points, as his minutes were monitored closely.
“I thought Matty Valles played a real gutsy game,” the coach said.
Valles protected the rim and kept the visitors off guard with a steady diet of mid-range jumpers.
While he did most of his damage away from the basket, Reuter provided a nice inside-out combo. With the game tied at 48, Reuter single-handedly tossed the team on his back, spurning a 10-0 run in the fourth with three crucial baskets inside the paint.
“Grant Reuter gave us some great points when we needed them,” Carvalho said. “He’s working on being a true post player and, with what was at stake, this was his biggest moment. This is Grant’s first high school season and he’s only going to get better.”Cafarella, who has been coming on strong, also had his finest performance of the season. The reserve guard scored 14 points, going 4-for-5 from the field and knocking down a pair of trifectas. He also splashed all four free throw attempts in the closing minutes.
“Cafarella gave us some big moments tonight,” Carvalho said. “He certainly played great defense. He’s a true point guard and he got his hands in the passing lanes all night.”
“This was the biggest game of his career,” the coach added. “He was another ball-handler for us and was the glue for our defense.”
Asked if he’d spend the weekend on Cloud Nine, Cafarella’s father interrupted with a jovial laugh, explaining he’d be in the driveway with a shovel cleaning up the remnants of Winter Storm Jonas. The youngster laughed and said: “Yeah, but I’ll have smile on my face doing it!”
“This is definitely going to give me a lot of confidence moving forward,” said Cafarella, who drew high praise from Bourne Coach Scott Ashworth. “In the beginning of the year, I was really struggling. But my captains [Evan and Will Santos] have been awesome. They told me to keep my head up and keep playing hard. And lately, I’ve been able to turn the corner.”
Old Rochester has now won 19 consecutive contests – a streak that dates back to February 19, 2015 (345 days).
With four league games left, the Bulldogs maintain a two-game lead in the conference, holding the tiebreakers over each of the trailing teams. A win over Apponequet, which still has two games with Bourne remaining (Feb. 9 and 23), would place ORR on the doorstep of a second straight SCC title.
“Our destiny is in our hands,” Carvalho said. “We’re very proud of where we are and what these boys have been able to accomplish over the first 12 games.”
They may not be out of the woods yet, but it’s become evident that Old Rochester is starting to see the forest for the trees.

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This blog was posted on www.destinationhometown.com on February 3, 2016.

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Old Rochester Regional Girls Track Team Captures Title

track teamTRACK AND FIELD: Old Rochester Regional girls capture title at Division 5 State Relays

By Adam K. Ellis
aellis@wickedlocal.com

Posted Jan. 13, 2016 at 6:46 AM

MATTAPOISETT – The Old Rochester Regional girls indoor track team has spent the past four seasons sharing a front-row seat to the greatness of Ursuline Academy (three state championships, one runner-up).
If Sunday’s Div. 5 State Relays were any indication, the Lady Bulldogs aren’t just ready to get the proverbial monkey off their backs. Come this February, it might be a shot put launch.
ORR received record performances from its top competitors en route to a dominating victory. The Lady Bulldogs accumulated 63 points, with the rival Bears placing a distant second (36 points).
“They were very excited,” Head coach Cindy Tilden said. “They had some pretty fantastic performances today.”
Seniors Zoe Smith, Lexi Afonso and Morgan Middleton won the team high jump with a meet-record 14 feet, 10.25 inches. The terrific trio also claimed the long jump with 45-5.75 and later joined junior Brooke Santos to set a meet and school record of 29.58 seconds to win the shuttle hurdles.
Old Rochester also took second in the 4×400 (Nicole Mattson, Madisen Martin, Rachel Demmer and Nina Bourgeois) with a time of 4:17.00, while Martin, Bourgeois, Sam Ball and Rachel Scheub were third in the 4×800 (10:12.3).
Coach Tilden led the school’s cross country team to a state title in the fall and is hopeful this team, which consists of many of the same athletes, can replicate that feat. The Lady Bulldogs won the Division 4 State Championship in 2011. ORR has since dropped down into Division 5, where Ursuline has been dominant. After finishing second to Norwell in 2012, the Bears have reeled off three consecutive state titles. On each occasion, the Lady Bulldogs were within striking distance, finishing third, fifth and second, respectively.
Meanwhile, on the boys side, the Bulldogs finished fourth with 27 points. North Reading (50 points), Newburyport (37) and Littleton (29) finished 1-2-3.
The efforts of Will Hopkins, Eli Spevak, Harry Smith and Danny Renwick netted the Bulldogs 10 points. The trio ran a meet and school record of 27.47.
Renwick, Gavin Fox and Owen Gleasure took second in the high jump (15-8.50). Jarrett Johnston, Andrew Nadeau and Evan Portelance took fourth in the shot put (114-2.25) while Nick Elkalassi, Smith, Renwick and Will Garcia came in fifth in the shuttle dash (23.63).

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Old Rochester Regional High School Boys Basketball

  • |Grant Reuter, Old Rochester, football. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-TIMES/SCMG

    Grant Reuter, Old Rochester, football. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-TIMES/SCMG

    • By Bill Abramson
      Contributing Writer

      Posted Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM

      MATTAPOISETT — When you’re a bench player on a basketball team, you play a supporting role.

      When you get the chance to start for the first time, you have to move out of the shadows of the starters and into the spotlight.

      Juniors Grant Reuter and Jake Cafarella got their chance to start for the undefeated Old Rochester boys basketball team in its biggest game of the season and each stepped into a starring role.

      Reuter scored six of his 11 points during a 10-0 run that broke a 48-48 tie and propelled the Bulldogs to a 67-61 South Coast Conference victory over second-place Bourne Friday night.

      Cafarella shared top billing with six fourth-quarter points among his 14 to go with sterling defensive play.

      “This was a character win for us,” Old Rochester coach Steve Carvalho pointed out. “The Bourne kids came in here on a mission.”

      The victory gave Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 SCC) a two-game cushion in the SCC race over Bourne (10-2, 8-2 SCC) and was the 27th straight SCC win for the Bulldogs, who have won 36 of their last 37 league games.

      After the game was tied for the ninth time when David Laine gave Bourne its 48th point with 4:32 to play, Reuter and Old Rochester went to work.

      Reuter bulled his way to the basket for a lay-up, Evan Santos scored on a lay-up, Reuter converted a strong inside move, Will Santos made both ends of a one-and-one and Reuter converted his own miss by grabbing the offensive rebound and scoring from five feet.

      “Some players on the team do a lot of things,” Carvalho said. “Grant Reuter (a 6-foot-5 center) gave us some great points when we needed them. He’s working on being a true post player and, with what was at stake, this was his biggest moment.

      “In that 10-point run, he did a lot of good things. This is Grant’s first high school season and he’s only going to get better.”

      Cafarella only took five shots, but made four, including two 3-pointers, and was 4-for-4 from the line in the closing minutes.

      “Cafarella gave us some big moments tonight,” Carvalho said. “He certainly played great defense. He’s a true point guard and he got his hands in the passing lanes all night.

      “We went a long way on Cafarella’s back. This was the biggest game of his career. He was another ball-handler for us and was the glue for our defense.”

      WHAT IT MEANS: Old Rochester is two games ahead of the pack with five league games to go. … Bourne is still in the race, but needs lots of help to catch ORR.

      CARVALHO: “Our destiny is in our hands. I was expecting a wire-to-wire battle and we got it.”

      BOURNE STATS: The Canalmen won the free-throw battle, going 12-for-12 from the line.

      OLD ROCHESTER STATS: After shooting a pedestrian 6-for-13 from the foul line in the first three quarters, ORR was 12-for-15 in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.

      Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 South Coast Conference)

      Evan Santos 6, Will Santos 5, Russ Noonan 14, Jake Cafarella 14, Grant Reuter 11, Matt Valles 17.

      Bourne;18;12;14;17 — 61

      Old Rochester;10;18;16;23 — 67

      3-point goals: ORR-Jake Cafarella 2.

      Next: Old Rochester is at Case on Tuesday.

      This is a great story concerning Grant Reuter, the son of our own Denise Higgins Reuter of BOLD Moves Real Estate.  We live and work in the communities we serve.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more community news and find out how you can buy or sell a home in our local communities.

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    Agent Rising Real Estate School Gratitude

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    Agent Rising Real Estate School just finished their 4 Day Intensive Training for aspiring Real Estate Agents and Brokers.  The class was a huge success and a testimonial to Kate Lanagan MacGregor and her team at BBM.

    Margot Stone attended the class last week.  She already is a real estate agent but wanted a refresher course  to become immersed in real estate again.  Here is her sweet testimonial along with a picture of the beautiful flowers she presented to Kate and Marie.

    Dear Kate and Marie,

             I want to reiterate my gratitude for providing me with such a positive experience last week at your Agent Rising Real Estate School.  You supported and helped me in so many ways! Not only did you teach me a great deal, but you also allowed me to reach my goals and get back into real estate.    I am so appreciative of the time, energy, kindness and spirit that you devoted to all of us.  I feel as if I have made two special friends!

             Fondly and gratefully,

                 Margot

    Agent Rising Real Estate School is truly a unique and individualized setting to help you achieve your real estate goals whether it involves becoming a real estate agent or helping you achieve your goals to better your real estate career.

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    This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on January 21, 2016.

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    Agent Rising Real Estate School Scavenger Hunt

    Agent Rising Real Estate School held their 4 Day Intensive Training Classes last week.  Included in the lectures and classes, students were sent on a scavenger hunt to the tri-town town halls to see first hand how town hall employees are an integral part of the process.   Plot plans and deeds, and septic plans can all play a part in buying or selling a home and these can all be found at the town hall.  Town hall employees are  always willing to lend a hand.

    Watch this video and testimonial as students take part in the scavenger hunt on their way to the Rochester Town Hall.  Their excitement is contagious.

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

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    Technology Trends for 2016

    technology30 DEC 2015
    TECH TRENDS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2016

    394 Laying the foundation for whats to come.

    BY LEWIS LEONG

    As 2015 winds down, let’s take a look forward at the technology trends we can expect to see in 2016. In many ways, 2015 didn’t see many groundbreaking innovations but companies are laying the foundation of what’s to come.

    Here are the tech trends you can look forward to seeing in 2016.

     

    Mobile payments will finally take off

    Android Pay
    Mobile payments finally began taking off in 2015 and we’ll likely see much wider adoption in 2016. Beyond the convenience of paying for purchases with your phone, mobile payments add a layer of security with tokenization. In short, tokenization replaces your actual credit card number with a throwaway number that can’t be reused. This mean even if hackers got ahold of that token, it’ll be useless to them.

    But mobile payments will continue to have growing pains as businesses will have to replace their old terminals with new ones. For many businesses, this will be prohibitively expensive. Samsung Pay has a clever technology to work around this called Magnetic Secure Transmission, which allows the company’s newer phones to make mobile payments on older terminals. It sends out a magnetic field with a tokenized credit card number to an old checkout terminal, which treats it as a regular card swipe.

    Expect to see Samsung Pay expand to new devices like the upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note6 phones. Also expect more stores to begin accepting Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and newcomers to the mobile payments space.

    The Internet of Things will become less fragmented
    2015 was a mess for the Internet of Things (IoT). The idea of having an intelligent home is more compelling than ever, but fragmentation has kept the Internet of Things from maturing. Let’s hope 2016 is a better year for this emerging technology with companies rallying behind a common standard. Apple and Google both have their own software platforms for home automation but both companies haven’t taken the IoT seriously yet.

    Beyond controlling your thermostat from your smartphone, expect your electronics to begin talking to one another to learn your habits and automate things around the house for you. As novel as it is to schedule your lights to come on at a certain time, your lights should learn your habits and adapt on its own. Expect to see home accessories to get smarter, if companies can rally behind a standard.

    We find out if virtual reality will be a hit
     The Oculus Rift is one of the most anticipated releases for 2016 and for good reason. Its head and hand tracking with the use of the Oculus Touch controllers is insanely accurate. I’ve been blessed enough to have hands on time with the Oculus Rift’s many variations over the years and have always left wanting one.

    Consumers got a taste of virtual reality this year with the launch of the Samsung Gear VR. It’s not nearly as sophisticated as the VR headsets coming out in 2016 but for $99, it’s a killer deal (if you have a supported Samsung phone). Everyone I showed the Gear VR was blown away by it, and I can only imagine how they’d react to the Oculus Rift.

    2016 will bring many different types of virtual reality and augmented reality, from the Rift to PlayStation VR to the Microsoft Hololens. It’s still an infant product but we’ll see if consumers find it compelling enough to use as another computing and entertainment platform.

    Smarter Artificial Intelligence
     How many times have you been frustrated when Siri or Cortana didn’t understand one of your commands or questions? That’ll change in 2016 as artificial intelligence gets smarter. Google has been constantly improving its machine learning algorithms to make Google Now smarter. This year, the search giant introduced Now On Tap, which scans anything on your phone’s screen and provides relevant information about what it detects. It’s far from perfect but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes indispensable.

    These virtual assistants will not only get smarter on our phones, but on on wrists as well. Since smartwatches are powered by our phones, the smarter our phones get, the smarter our watches get too. Look forward to speaking to your phone like an actual human being and having it understand. AI won’t be perfected in 2016, but it’ll get a lot smarter.

    Beyond the phone, artificial intelligence will slowly make its way into our cars, coinciding with the development of autonomous cars.

    Better batteries
    One of the biggest problems plaguing technology right now is battery life. Phones have gotten slimmer and slimmer, sacrificing battery life for thinness. Some companies like Samsung and LG have adopted quick charging, but it’s really a band-aid on a bigger problem: battery technology.

    One company, StoreDot, claims to have solved the problem with a concept smartphone battery that can be fully charged in 30 seconds. While that’s undoubtedly convenient, I’d like to see more power-dense batteries that can last several days inside a phone, instead of quick charging batteries that still require you to lug around a charger when you’re out of juice.

    Hopefully 2016 is the year someone solves the battery life problem for tech.

    4K screens become the norm
     2015 saw the proliferation of 4K televisions. In 2016, 4K screens will take over as the new standard, supplanting 1080p (aka Full HD). There are already tons of 4K TVs and computer monitors, but we’ll see more 4K screens on our phones as well. Sony already has a 4K screen on its Xperia Z5 Premium, but we’ll see a lot more manufacturers jump on the 4K wagon.

    Although phone screens are already boasting high dots per inch (DPI) screens, having a 4K screen makes supported content look even crisper and will make virtual reality more immersive. Samsung’s phones already have high resolution screens but you can still see the individual pixels while using the Gear VR headset. With 4K, VR will be crisper than ever.

    We lay the groundwork for autonomous cars
     Google has been testing its autonomous vehicles for years now, but we might actually see them in use in 2016. Ford and Google are working on a driverless car and has already gained permission for testing in California.

    Cars have gotten more and more autonomous technologies over the years with pre-collision mitigation and lane departure assists. As of right now, these autonomous features are optional extras when purchasing a car, but will become standard soon.

    2015 saw the Tesla Model S get its autonomous driving feature activated via a software update, but results were mixed. Some owners expected a hands-off experience with the Model S, but videos of close calls show that autonomous driving tech isn’t 100% ready yet.

    2016 will be a big year for self-driving cars, and we may see Google’s cute koala-looking autonomous cars driving around soon.

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    holidays

    Home Buying at the Holidays

    Why it’s Smart to Buy a Home during the Holidays

     Lower interest rate

    Rates going up at the end of the year can make mortgages more expensive and also spell doom for those who are already at the top of what they can qualify for. Getting preapproved now to lock in a lower rate can save you even more on your new home.

    Faster closings

    The time of the year may also play in your favor if you want to close on your home quickly. “Generally, all parties involved have incentive to complete transactions toward the end of the year,” said CBS News. “Lenders want to close their books, real estate agents want to receive their commissions before the year closes, sellers want to move on to their new home and settle in for the holidays—and just like the sellers, you want to settle in as well. Since all parties are motivated and there are fewer transactions taking place during this time, it should be easier to put everything in place for a smooth and rapid closing.” If you’re not able to close before the end of the year, rest assured that the real estate market doesn’t spring to life as soon as January hits. You should be able to have a clear path to homeownership for a few months before the spring thaw hits and the hot buying season begins.

    The potential for a great deal

    There’s an assumption that anyone selling over the holidays, and thereby taking time away from family get-togethers and Christmas shopping and is selling because they have to, not because they want to. That assumption tends to be true. And it can payoff for buyers. “Sellers tend to avoid the end of the year due to the short days, wintry weather and conventional wisdom that says buyers are otherwise occupied, says Tim Deihl, associate broker at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Boston,” said Bankrate. “But those who do choose to sell at year-end are often under pressure and highly motivated to cut a deal. And that’s why the year-end might be a smart time to buy: Determined house-hunters can take advantage of sellers’ urgency.”

    Lower prices

    Experts say that homes listed over the holidays may have a lower sales price. If you’re looking for a deal, braving weather conditions and skipping out during a football game to see a listing might make sense.

    Less competition

    A smaller buyer pool during this time of year means less competition for homes that are on the market. That can give you great negotiating power beyond the listed sales price. And, it can take some pressure off what is already a high-stress situation.

    “Less competition from other buyers during the holiday season might mean you’ll be able to negotiate a favorable price for a home you want to purchase,” said Bankrate.

    Added CBS News: “Holiday home sellers often have to adjust their price downward or make other concessions if they want to sell. Keep this in mind as you search for homes. Bargains may be available, and listed prices may be more open to negotiation.”

    More money for Christmas presents

    If you’re selling an existing home and walking away with money, you’ll have more to spend on others—especially if you factor in the delayed first house payment on your new place.

    Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and information on how you can become a real estate agent.

    This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on December 17, 2015.

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    20 Things to Do This Weekend

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    20 Things to do this Weekend (Dec 11 – Dec 13)

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    Maintaining the theme of the past few weeks – some rather unusual weather for this time of year. We’ll hover around an average temperature of 60 degrees, almost the middle of December. Even the lows will not be that low: averaging 45 degrees in the morning and overnight. Enjoy it while you can, because you know what’s coming! The great news is that it makes this the perfect weekend to hit the road, grab your Christmas Tree, or perhaps do a little Christmas shopping.

    As always, click on the title for more or detailed information on the event. Most of the events were pulled from our event calendar where you can find hundreds of local area events each month. The event calendar is FREE, so if you are a local business, and not taking advantage of FREE publicity, shame on you! Are you a local business and want to sponsor this high traffic, weekend guide? Contact info@newbedfordguide.com for more details. Have an event to add? Add it here. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!


    Friday, December 11th

    Cove Street Neighborhood Group Tree Lighting (5:00pm-6:00pm)
    Join the community and spread holiday cheer at the annual neighborhood group tree lighting. Loretta Bourque Park – Ruth Street and Salisbury Street , New Bedford.

    Marion’s Annual Holiday Shop (6:00pm-8:00pm)
    Both galleries will feature one of a kind and limited edition gifts. Ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, toys and more. Holiday shop is open through Dec. 18. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (508) 748-1266. marionartcenter@verizon.net. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion.

    Winter Holidays – Celebrations of the World (Fall River) (8:00pm)
    Non-juried art exhibit, Dec. 4-30. Reception, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17. AHA! Night. Cherry & Webb Gallery, 139 S. Main St., Fall River.

    Saturday, December 12th

    Saturdays at The Sawmill: Winter Wildlife Shelter Building (Acushnet) (9:00am-12:00pm)
    Come visit the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s restored Acushnet Sawmill on Saturday mornings in November and December. The Hawes Family Learning Center will be open from 9am-12pm. At 10am, join us for one of these hands-on family activities: Winter Wildlife Shelter Building. 32 Mill Road, Acushnet.

    Fairhaven Town Hall Shops (10:00am-4:00pm)
    Non-profit and church groups have booths to sell holiday related items, baked goods, holiday greens, and more. There are raffles and silent auctions, face painting and craft making for the children. Some of the organizations with tables are: VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Church of the Good Shepherd, Fairhaven Improvement Association, Fairhaven Lions Club, Shining Tides Quilters, and others. Entertainment provided by Fairhaven music students. There will also be a drop boxes for new, unwrapped toys to be given to the area’s needy children and for the United Way food drive. Free. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@aol.com.

    Don’t miss the Christmas classic – two special shows at 2:00 & 7:00 at the “Z.”

    Fairhaven Old-Time Holiday (9:00am-8:00pm)
    Holiday marketplaces and crafts fairs, luncheons and an old fashioned community sing-along are among the ways to enjoy the season of good cheer. For children, there are cookie decorating, craft making and face painting opportunities, and some chances for photographs with Santa or Father Christmas. More details can be had by clicking the event title. A full day of events from morning into early evening are scheduled in the historical town center.

    Special Holiday Events at the Marion Art Center (10:00am-12:00pm)
    Starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12, Timothy Wade, local sand and ice sculptor and painter, will give an ice carving demonstration on the patio outside the Art Center on the Pleasant Street side. Meanwhile, inside the Art Center, local pastel artist Kim Weineck will give a pastel painting demonstration. Visitors are invited to come and watch both artisans as they transform ice into sculpture and apply pastels to paper to create beautiful portraits and landscapes. The Marion Art Center is one of the stops on the Sippican Women’s Club House Tour and visitors are cordially invited to come inside and find that one of a kind gift that will be for sale in both galleries.

    Winter Farmer’s Market (10:00am-1:00pm)
    In the Junior high school gymnasium, every second and fourth Saturday, running until spring. Old Rochester Regional High School, 135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett.

    Annual Holiday Fair (10:00am-2:00pm)
    Lunch and snacks, bake table, craft vendors, quilt raffle. Free Holiday concert by VOX A Cappella at 2 p.m. (508) 994-9686. First Unitarian Church, 71 8th Street, New Bedford.

    Spread some Christmas cheer by helping out some less fortunate kids!

    Annual “Fill the Bus” Toy Drive (10:00am-7:00pm)
    The New Bedford Police Department, Neighborhoods United of New Bedford, and Tremblay’s Bus Company would like to invite residents to participate in the 5th annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive.” Unwrapped gifts can be donated to anyone of the four police stations. Also on December 12, 10AM- 7PM, gifts can be dropped off directly at Police Headquarters where a Tremblay’s bus will be. Gifts donated will be distributed accordingly to local school aged children from New Bedford. We thank you for your support!
    Police Station One: 572 Pleasant St. Police Station Two: 168 Cove St. Police Station Three: 781 Ashley Blvd. Police Headquarters: 871 Rockdale Ave.

    A Christmas Carol the “Z” (2:00pm)
    The beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life in stunning detail by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. As the tradition grows with each year, The Z’s audience continues to celebrate this heart-warming and joyful production. Join our ever-growing Zeiterion family for a matinee or evening performance and experience the joy of the season!

    24th Annual Holiday House Tour at Wamsutta Club (4:00pm-8:00pm)
    Feel the presence of the past as you visit private historic residences, all beautifully decorated for the season. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, which are as diverse as the owners. Tour tickets are $23 at the door. Advance tickets ($19) can be purchased online or at ticket sites in Greater New Bedford through December 11 only: Arthur Moniz Gallery, New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta, New York Shoe Repair and The Surrey Shoppe; in Dartmouth at The Ultimate Touch Nail Salon; in Fairhaven at Periwinkles; and in Marion at the Marion General Store. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed to you but will be waiting for you at the ticket table at the Wamsutta Club. Call the society office 508-007-6425 or visit http://www.nbpreservationsociety.org/eventscalendar.html

    Marion’s Annual Holiday Shop (6:00pm-8:00pm)
    Both galleries will feature one of a kind and limited edition gifts. Ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, toys and more. Holiday shop is open through Dec. 18. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (508) 748-1266. marionartcenter@verizon.net. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion.

    Bullard Street Neighborhood Association Tree Lighting (6:30pm)
    Location: Riverside Park on the corner of Belleville Avenue and Tallman Street.

    A Christmas Carol the “Z” (7:00pm)
    The beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life in stunning detail by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. As the tradition grows with each year, The Z’s audience continues to celebrate this heart-warming and joyful production. Join our ever-growing Zeiterion family for a matinee or evening performance and experience the joy of the season!

    Sunday, December 13th

    Nasketucket Bay Bird Watch (8:30am-10:00pm)
    Join the Coalition and the Paskamansett Bird Club to look and listen for birds along the Shaw Farm Trail. We’ll walk along the trail into the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. Binoculars will be available or you can bring your own. Please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Shaw Farm Trail, Shaw Road, Phoenix Bike Trail, Fairhaven.

    Breakfast With Santa (9:00am-11:30am)
    Catered breakfast, free pictures with Santa. 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 29. $10 adults, $6 children. Under 3 free. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Bedford. (508) 789-3138. New Bedford YMCA, 25 Water St., New Bedford.

    Second annual crafts fair for a cause (9:00am-3:00pm)
    50 plus local vendors, holiday items, jewelry, Chinese auction, and more. Entertainment by The Showstoppers, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission and free door prize entries. (508) 717-8715. Gifts To Give, 1 Titleist Drive, Acushnet.

    Don’t miss the Cove Street and Bullard Street tree lightings on Friday and Saturday!

    24th Annual Holiday House Tour at Wamsutta Club(1:00pm-5:00pm)
    Feel the presence of the past as you visit private historic residences, all beautifully decorated for the season. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, which are as diverse as the owners. Tour tickets are $23 at the door. Advance tickets ($19) can be purchased online or at ticket sites in Greater New Bedford through December 11 only: Arthur Moniz Gallery, New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta, New York Shoe Repair and The Surrey Shoppe; in Dartmouth at The Ultimate Touch Nail Salon; in Fairhaven at Periwinkles; and in Marion at the Marion General Store. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed to you but will be waiting for you at the ticket table at the Wamsutta Club. Call the society office 508-007-6425 or visit http://www.nbpreservationsociety.org/eventscalendar.html

    Far North End Neighborhood Association Tree Lighting (6:30pm)
    Location: Fire Station # 5, 3665 Acushnet Avenue

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