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Dreary, Rainy Day Showings

rainy dayRainy Day Showings!  It’s a miserable day and the rain is coming down and the last thing you want to do is show a house, but showings in the rain do have some advantages.

If someone is willing to come out in the rain to look at a house, you know they are pretty serious  and very interested in the house.  They are able to see how the house operates in the rain.  Is the cellar wet?  Are the gutters clear? Does the roof leak?  Do you get drenched at the door?  This can be very helpful to a buyer.

What about the seller?  What are the advantages of showing your house in the rain?  Well, for one, the house looks very inviting and homey and that is exactly what a buyer is looking for.    Take advantage of that.  Turn on a lot of lights so the house is inviting and a drastic change from the dreary outside.  Put the heat up so the home is warm and inviting.  Open the windows a tad if you can to take away some of the stuffiness and smells.   Soft music and a warm fireplace can also add to the homey feeling.   You want them to feel at home and picture themselves living there.

A dreary, rainy day is never the best situation, but you can turn lemons into lemonade and show off your house to its advantage.

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Back to School in the Southcoast

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It’s that time of year that parents rejoice and kids dread.  Back to school!  Newspapers are already sending out ads for back to school supplies and kids are relishing their last two weeks of freedom.

Some area schools are heading back before Labor Day and a few after the holiday.  Here are some local school start dates and links for bus schedules:

Old Rochester Regional School District:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Design_Resources/Bus_Routes_2015-16

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNcW44Q1lNWlR2Q2c/preview?usp=drivesdk

Ford Junior High:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNM2pJN0RUSEQyazA/preview?usp=drivesdk

High School:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNUllLY2s4SldYY2M/preview?usp=drivesdk

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.fairhavenps.org/Bus%20Info/BusSchedule%202016%20Color.pdf

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

https://www.warehamps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=27&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=43&PageID=1

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

http://newbedford.ss16.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66938/File/Departments/Transportation/PDF_Combined_STREET_LIST_2017-2018.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.gnbvt.edu/student_resources/bus_routes/bus_routes.htm

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 15, 2017.

 

buyers

Common Buyer Misconceptions

buyer misconceptions

Working with buyers is usually a pleasure as they search for the perfect house, but there are many common misconceptions they cling to which can hurt a transaction.

One misconception is the thinking that they don’t really need an agent to simply make the appointment and show them a house.  They don’t realize the power of having someone on their side to explain the process, write the contract, negotiate on their behalf, and guide them through the whole process.  The seller has an agent working for them and the buyer should do the same.

Also, some buyers want to see everything on the market in their price range.  They don’t realize that many times, the first house they see may be the one.  Many buyers have looked at many houses and then gone back to the first house to put an offer in.  While it is important to look at a variety of houses, it’s a good idea to have a “must have” list, and make sure the house they want to see has many of these attributes.  It makes no sense to look at house after house which do not meet their criteria.  A drive by to check out the exterior of the house and the neighborhood is always a good idea before a showing appointment is made.

The day of the buyer’s market is gone and the seller’s market is here.  There is more competition for houses and less inventory, so the days of the lowball offer are pretty much gone.  Houses are being sold at market value and the lowball offer on a well-maintained home won’t work.  Losing a house you really want because of an extremely low offer can be very discouraging.  Multi-offers are common today and most houses, if priced right, are going quickly at or above asking price.

Another misconception a buyer may have is that they can look at houses and then get preapproved, but if they are waiting for a pre-approval from their lender they may lose the house to another offer.  It’s best to do all the work for a pre-approval ahead of time.  This way they know what they can afford and when they find their dream house, it’s just a matter of calling to get a copy of their written pre-approval to send with the offer. This can be done fairly quickly if they’ve already done all the paperwork ahead of time.  Houses are going quickly today and a buyer should be prepared to put an offer in the day of the showing or Open House.

The road to buying a new house can be pretty bumpy but having a realtor in their corner can smooth it out.

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This blog was posted on August 10,2017 on www.agentrising.com

ORRHS

Police Association Assists Bulldog Booster Club

Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police DepartmentOfficer Kyle Pavao, Officer Justin King and School Resource Officer Matthew McGraw hold the letters purchased by the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association.

When the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club sought new signage for the side of the school, the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association stepped up in a big way.

The association funded the purchase of giant letters spelling “ORR,” which begins the phrase “ORR Bulldogs,” now hung on the side of the school.

The signage will “remind opposing teams where they are,” the Mattapoisett Police Department noted on its Facebook page.

Officers posed with the large letters, which arrived at the school late last week.

The finished product. (Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police Department)
For more local stories in the tri-town, visit www.sippican.villagesoup.com
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This blog was posted on August 8, 2017 on http://www.bbmpros.com
fall

Selling Your Home in the Fall

fallFall Home Selling Tips

How to sell a home in the Fall:

Fall is a great season  for selling a home.  The hot, oppressive weather makes going outside more enjoyable than in the summer.  People are returning from vacation and getting into a more serious schedule and may be ready to put their home on the market.   You may have more competition in the fall, but buyers are also returning from the summer feeling and being more serious about looking for a home.

What should you do to get your house ready to sell?  Here are some tips:

Take a look at the yard.  The leaves are going to be falling and certain plants are going to start dying off as the first cold weather hits.   It’s important to rake and  keep up with the leaves. While it is ok to have some leaves for the fall feeling, huge piles of leaves and accumulations around the porch and walkways can give the home a detrimental look.   Check your flowerbeds and pull errant weeds and dead flowers to give it a maintained look.  Potted mums can go a long way to add color and a fall look to your summer flowerbeds.

Decorate for the Season

Fall is a great time to make the home feel more inviting. Halloween and Thanksgiving both offer opportunities for decorations and fall colors.  Stay away from the Halloween gore and focus on pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales and fall flowers to add color.   Even a little touch here or there to remind buyers of the holidays can help sell your home.

Keeping your decorations in tune with the holiday  is a great idea.  It can be much easier for buyers  to see themselves and their families enjoying the holidays in their new home.

Bake goodies or have fall potpourri simmering.

Fall and winter both are great times to bake some cookies or other treats for buyers seeing the home.  This serves a dual purpose.  Buyers love treats at an open house and it makes the home smell, well like home.  Scented candles are also a great idea or homemade, spiced apple cider on the stove.

Fall is almost here.  Make sure your home is ready for the fall buyers.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on August 3, 2017.

 

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair Coming Soon!

Rochester Country Fair 2017

The Rochester Country Fair is coming soon!  Events begin Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20th at 65 Pine St. in Rochester, MA.

Friday’s Events include a Woodsman’s Competition, Cow Milking Contest, Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, Tractor Pulling, Lego Contest,  Plymouth County 4-H and Live Music by Back in the Day

Saturday brings Tractor Pulling, Children’s Events, Corn Shucking Contest, Fiddle Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Professional Wrestling and Live Music by The Responders

The Fair ends on Sunday  with Truck Pulling, Man vs. Food Challenge, Pie Bake-Off, Live Auction, Reptile Show, Parade, Cow Chip Bingo, Go Kart and Spring Races, Lawnmower Drag Races and Rochester Fire Department- Jaws of Life Demo.

More information on events and times are available at www.rochesterma.com or if you would like to lend a helping hand.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 1, 2017.

Ashley Hennessy is First ScholarSHARE Winner

Agent Rising Real Estate School is proud to announce that Ashley Hennessy is their First ScholarSHARE winner.

Agent Rising SOAR program has decided to Pay it Forward and Give away a free Online Real Estate course to a deserving student each month.  The deadline for the applications is the 15th of each month and the winner will be announced at the beginning of the next month.

This month Agent Rising was excited to receive 10-11 applications and picked Ashley out of all the deserving applications.

What is Ashley’s story?  Ashley is a single Mom with 2 beautiful daughters and 2 jobs.  She is looking to “better her life for herself and her girls.”  She has always been interested in real estate but didn’t think she had the time for the training.  With the online course, she can work at her own pace and learn in “chunks” of time.   What is Ashley’s advice for her listeners?  “Just Do It!”  “You may not think you have the time but you can fit it in.”

Visit www.agentrising.com and click on the ScholarSHARE link to apply for the ScholarSHARE Program and tell us your story.

Sacred Heart Home Blood Drive

Sacred Heart Home Blood Drive

Sacred Heart Blood Drive

Sacred Heart Home Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, July 25th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  It will be held at the Sacred Heart Home Auditorium and sponsored by the American Red Cross.  Every drop counts to save a life.

Contact: Bridget Sherrod  508-996-6751  Ext. 121  or bridgets@dhfo.org

Sacred Heart Home

359 Summer St.

New Bedford, MA 02740

Come on out and support a good cause and help save lives. Give blood and save a life.

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This blog was posted on wwww.bbmpros.com on July 18, 2017.

summer

Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer

Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer

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When the weather is hot, how can you tell if your lawn and garden are getting enough water?
First, it’s not necessary to water lawns and plants every day. As a general rule, more plants are killed through over-watering than under-watering.
Second, understand the properties of the soil in your area. Water penetrates and behaves differently in differing types of soil — e.g., sandy or loose soil vs. clay. Check with your local nursery for watering tips for your local area. Set up a system that allows effective watering with penetration of 6″ to 8″ below the ground surface.
The basic fact is that you’ll need to find out how deeply the water is penetrating into the soil. To do that, all that’s needed is a shovel. Pick an inconspicuous spot where you’ve been irrigating. About 30 minutes after watering, dig a small hole and use your hand to check how deeply the water has penetrated. In most lawn and garden situations, it’s best if water is penetrating 6″ to 8″ beneath the surface of the soil.
Check several locations to see if irrigation is even throughout the yard. If there are dry spots, you may need to modify your irrigation techniques.
Watering systems are not always uniform in how they disperse water. Even if you water regularly, you may find that there are wet spots and dry spots around your yard. To check whether your watering system is working evenly across your yard, here’s a trick you can use to test it. Take some plastic cups and place them around your yard before you water. You can place a few coins in the bottoms of the cups to prevent them from blowing over.
Once the cups are placed, turn on your sprinkler system. Water will collect in the cups as you water.
After watering for about 30 minutes, compare the level of water in each of the cups. You may discover that there is more water in some of the cups than in others. Frequently, areas within close proximity to the sprinkler receive less water than areas several yards away. You may need to check the directions that come with your sprinkler to make it apply water more uniformly.
For watering shrubs and beds, there are techniques and tools that are more effective than ordinary lawn sprinklers. Dripper systems use a hose attached to a faucet and timer. Small holes are placed at appropriate locations along the length of a polyethylene hose. Tiny adapters are inserted into the holes to allow small 1/4-inch hose branches to be installed along the length of the hose. Water emitters of various types are attached at the ends of the smaller branches.
Water emitters — such as small spray-heads — can be placed strategically beneath individual plants to deliver water exactly where it’s most needed.

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Another useful tool is the soaker-hose system. Like the dripper system, the soaker system uses a timer and a main hose to which smaller branches are attached. In this case, the smaller hoses are manufactured with “weeping pores” that allow water to soak out all along their length. Once the porous branches are attached to the main hose, and placed strategically at the bases and root systems of plants, the water is turned on. The soaker hose allows moisture to soak gently into the soil.Visit www.diynetwork.com for more do it yourself ideas.

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Mattapoisett Harbor Days

Harbor Days in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Harbor DaysMattapoisett Harbor Day sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club will be held this year starting July 9th through July 16th.

The week is always a huge success and a great tradition in Mattapoisett.

Here is a schedule of the events starting July 9th.

★ July 9 — Triathlon begins at Town Beach 8:00 a.m.

★ July 9 — New this year! “Shopping at Shipyard” featuring moms who run businesses from home. 2:00-4:00

★ July 12 — Mouthwatering strawberry shortcake makes its debut at 7:00 p.m. during the concert. It will also be available throughout the weekend until sold out!

★ July 13 — Painting with a Splash under the tent 7:00 p.m.—$35.00/p.p.

★ July 14 — “Oxford Creamery” Fish Fry 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent. Enjoy dinner prepared by local favorite Oxford Creamery!

★ July 15 & 16 — Vendors will have their wares available for purchase! Clothing, crafts, jewelry, toys, pottery and more! U-Pick-’Em Auction both days!

★ July 15 — Lobsterfest 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent

★ July 16 — Pancake breakfast.

Come on out for a great time.   Visit http://www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org  for more information and how to sign up for the various events.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on July 11, 2017.