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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
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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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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!

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This blog was originally posted on on March 26, 2015

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Gymnast Nicole Pruchnik, Athlete of the Week!

Former ‘Kaleidoscope’ gymnast Pruchnik wins school’s Athlete of the Week, to compete in Nationals

Source: University of Southern Connecticut State UniversityNichole Pruchnik, a former student at the Kaleidoscope of Dance and Gymnastics in Wareham, won Athlete of the Week for the second time this year at Southern Connecticut State.

Former Kaleidoscope of Dance and Gymnastics gymnast Nicole Pruchnik has been named Southern Connecticut State University’s Co-Athlete of the Week after helping the Owls set a new team score record of 191.875 points at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.

Pruchnik, a junior, received the same award earlier this year, and will compete at USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals at the University of Pennsylvania for the third time beginning on April 9 in the beam, floor exercise, and vault.

The Rochester native matched the school’s record with a score of 9.9 on the floor exercise, which she also tied last year. She was the runner up in the event, and she also finished third on the beam with a score of 9.75.

Led by Pruchnik’s efforts, the Owls came in second place to the University of Bridgeport, who won the title with a score of 195.225.

“This season has been a lot of fun and I am so privileged to be able to do gymnastics with the girls I get to do it with,” said Pruchnik. “Winning athlete of the week is a huge honor and I can’t thank Southern (Connecticut State) enough for thinking I am good enough to get the honor.”

The former Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year’s gymnastics career started as a four-year-old at Kaleidoscope in Wareham, where she still works out in the offseason and volunteers helping younger gymnasts.

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Spring Real Estate Market!


BOLD Moves Real EstateSpring Real Estate Market!  What will it bring?  The predictions for a busy spring have been delayed by all the snow and bad weather of the winter.  While prices have been steady and interest rates haven’t taken a significant rise, the For Sale Inventory has been low this winter and  the start of Spring.

Many homeowners have decided to wait until all the snow is gone to put their house on the market.  They don’t want to deal with all the shoveling and work it takes to show their house for an Open House.  In Boston, the parking is still an issue.  There is still a lot of snow on the side streets which makes parking hard to find to attend an Open House.  Lawns are still covered making putting up signs difficult at best.

Even though, the inventory is low and many real estate agents are encouraging sellers to put their house on the market now, many sellers are hesitant to do so.  They want to wait until the ice dams are gone and they can freshen up the outside.  They feel their house will look more inviting with green grass and flower beds blooming, rather than snow, ice and even mud as the snow melts.

Many sellers did well during the snowy months, taking advantage of the low inventory and presenting the warm and cozy side of their home.  If sellers are close to listing their house, now is the time to do it before the market is inundated with new listings.

The advantage could shift to the buyer as new houses come on in the spring.  It’s unclear whether the market will catch up this Spring.  Getting more sellers to list and bring up inventory will help.

All in all, Spring has arrived and the snow will soon be a memory.  People will once again be out in full force looking for their dream home.

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Budgeting Tips for First Time Home Buyers!

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Buying a House for the first time can be nerve racking, but with better budgeting, First Time Home Buyers can get into a house that suits their family as well as their budget.  There are many extra expenses that can go into purchasing a house that the buyer does not anticipate, but with a good real estate agent guiding them as well as their mortgage lender, they can buy a house with confidence.

Mortgage calculators are readily available online to help buyers calculate their mortgage payments including interest, insurance and taxes.  Keeping within their budget is important to avoid being house poor.  Calculating their budget now and keeping within it along with some savings for unforseen circumstances can give them a good idea of what kind of house they can afford.  Their mortgage broker can also help them with this  and have a wealth of ideas on which type of loan would suit them better.

There are some extra costs which should be factored in.                                                                                                Home Inspection:  Having a home inspected by a licensed Home Inspector, while not mandatory , is critical to making sure you know everything about a house prior to owning it.  They usually cost around $500 but are well worth the money to ensure there are no costly surprises waiting around the bend.

Closing Costs:  These average around $5000.  These include all the fees associated with buying a house such as lawyer,appraiser, title and recording fees.  They should be included in the budget.  Sometimes, closing costs can be included in the offer to be paid by the seller but generally the offer must be higher to take this into account.

Monthly bills:  Monthly utility bills for the house may be different than what they are currently paying.  The realto may be able to give a rough estimate what the monthly bills are for the house so that they can be budgeted in.

Maintenance:  Home owners know there is always maintenance to be done.  The Home Inspection will give an idea of what will need to be done in the near and distant future and can be included in the home budget.  A good idea is to set a weekly amount in a separate account to take care of home maintenance.

Purchasing a home can be exciting as well as scary but proper preparation can make the process much smoother and keep the anxiety down and make it the exciting and satisfying experience it was meant to be.

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This blog was originally posted on on March 20, 2015

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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.

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Old Rochester Boys Basketball State Champs!

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.



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!


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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Millennial Buyers!

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Who are the millennials?  Basically they were born from the early ’80s through the late ’90s, have accrued student loan debt and  have lacked the financial ability to buy their own homes.  Even 30-year-olds were as likely to be stuck in their childhood bedrooms as owning their own home according to a recent Report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Things may be turning around for this generation.  While they are still carrying large amounts of student debt, home ownership may be in their future.

This generation has struggled in the job market.  Unemployment rate was high for this group between 2007 and 2010 but the outlook is improving.  Unemployment is coming down and they may see rising wages over the next couple of years.  About one quarter of them possess a bachelor’s degree which accounts for the student debt, but will help them in the job market.

New household formation which dived during the recession is back up.  They are actually stating to move out of their parents’ house.

Mortgages are becoming within reach.  FHA and USDA loans require little or no money down and rates are still low.  Mortgage insurance premiums are also more affordable.  With the housing market crash, many were staying away but they are starting to think about home ownership and saving money to buy a home.

Time will tell but it looks like the tide is turning toward home ownership for millennial buyers.

Source: March 6, 2015

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Old Rochester Bulldogs Win State Semi-Finals!

Bulldogs pound Pentucket on path to state championship

Photo by: Nick WaleckaORR senior guard Jordan Menard looks to defend his opponent.

The last time the Old Rochester Regional High School boys basketball team played in the Division III state semifinals was in the 1988-1989 season, and that team lost to North Cambridge Catholic.

The 2014-15 team is headed to the state finals.

The South Sectional champion Bulldogs once again put forth a complete team effort. Tough defense and rebounding sparked a successful up-tempo offense, leading ORR to a 61-48 win at TD Garden Tuesday afternoon against the North Sectional winner Pentucket Regional High School.

“Defense — defense is always our main focus,” said ORR junior forward Evan Santos. “Even if we’re having a bad shooting day, we’re going to make theirs a worse shooting day. That’s pretty much our motto.”

Up 12-2 after the first quarter, Old Rochester (22-3) never trailed in the contest. The Sachems were able to trim the lead to as few as six several times, including in the fourth quarter, but in the end, the Bulldogs were just too tough.

A 7-0 run about midway through the fourth quarter put Old Rochester up 47-36. The scoring spurt was keyed by a big three-pointer from senior guard Ryan Beatty. It was followed by a layup from junior forward Will Santos off a Jordan Menard (senior guard) steal.

Beatty had seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

“They’re a confident, loose group right now,” Head Coach Steve Carvalho said following the game. “They’re very loyal to each other. We call ourselves ‘Brothers in Arms.’ Their mindset is confident.”

Pentucket’s leading scorer, the 6’3” sophomore forward Patrick Freiermouth, had 18 points, but no other player on the Sachems (17-6) was able to muster up double digits.

Santos and brother Evan, who split defensive duties on Freiermouth, both wore Martin Luther King-inspired socks to the game. Though their dream of winning a state championship is something they share, the twins had different emotions coming into the game.

“It was crazy,” said Will, who led ORR with 16 points, including eight in fourth quarter. “At first I was really, really nervous. But as the game went on, I got used to it. It was awesome.”

Initially, his brother Evan felt the opposite way.

“I think I was maybe a little too calm,” he said. “I think if I was a little more nervous, I would have come out stronger.”

Still, playing in the same building as Boston Celtics legends left a lasting effect on both brothers and the rest of the ORR squad.

“It’s crazy,” said Will. “It’s awesome because you watch it on T.V. and see it from the stands, but it’s nothing like actually being on the floor level.”

Freshman point guard Noah Fernandes (nine points) also played well for ORR, as did Menard, who finished with 13 points.

Old Rochester Regional will face the winner of a matchup between Uxbridge vs. Hoosac Valley, who face off Wednesday evening. The final game will be at the DCU Center in Worcester at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I’ll be going out to Springfield tomorrow to take a look at them,” said Carvalho. “I certainly like our chances. I think we’re the team to beat, but who knows at this point? We’re going to have to play excellent basketball. We’ll be well-prepared.”

“We’ll just keep playing our game,” added Will Santos. “We’ve gotta see what this other team looks like first.”

The Bulldogs celebrate their victory at half-court of the TD Garden. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

ORR senior guard Ryan Beatty flies toward the hoop during the Bulldog’s 63-49 win at the TD Garden Tuesday. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

ORR Coach Steve Carvalho talks to his team prior to the game. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

ORR’s mascot flexes on his opponents. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

(Photo by: Nick Walecka )

ORR’d “Dog Pound” was loud and proud at the TD Garden Tuesday. Nine buses filled with students reportedly traveled to the game, including students from both the junior high school and the high school. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

Evan Santos looks to drive while brother Will sets a screen. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

Freshman guard Noah Resendes drives to the hoop for two of his nine points on the night.(Photo by: Nick Walecka )

Some ORR fans got into the spirit Tuesday night. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )

An ORR fan proposes to a potential prom date at Tuesday night’s game. (Photo by: Nick Walecka )
Center Matt Valles drives to the hoop. (Photo by: Nick Walecka)This great article was published in the Sippican Week on March 11,2015
We love the enthusiasm and spirit of the Tri-Town.  Nine school buses left the junior high and high school with excited fans to watch the game in Boston.  Upwards of 500 students and fans attended the game to cheer the Bulldogs on and the team was treated to a police escort home.
What an accomplishment.
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