Selling Your Home in the Snowy Weather

How to Sell Your Home in a Snowstorm—and Other Wonderful Winter Advice

 | Nov 23, 20157

We won’t lie: Selling your home in the winter is a whole different experience than during the easy, breezy summer months. Rain, snow, or other crappy weather has a way of obscuring your home’s best attributes (such as a lush lawn or amazing in-ground pool) while also highlighting its flaws (roof leaks, anyone?). Still, that doesn’t mean you should just throw in the towel until spring. Here are some Realtor®-approved tactics to pique the interest of plenty of home buyers during the winter months. Try a few to jolt your home selling out of its deep freeze.

Adjust how you spread the word

A winter home can sell, but it requires a different promotion strategy—both online and in person. Sven Andersen of The Andersen Team suggests increasing the frequency of your Facebook advertisements, targeting different groups and income ranges. He also recommends jazzing up “For Sale” signs with balloons to make them more visible (and festive) to passers-by. Make sure your Realtor has a strong, winterized marketing plan in place.

Prepare for unfortunate revelations

During winter, it’s crucial to consider what could go wrong with your home due to the elements—perhaps puddles in your lawn or a leaky roof. While the obvious solution is just to fix these problems ahead of time, if you can’t, it doesn’t mean all is lost. For instance, if grading and drainage issues are plaguing your yard, get a few quotes about how much it would cost to fix them. You can then decide with your Realtor how much of that cost you would be willing to pay during the closing process. That way, if a potential buyer points out the problems, you have a ready response to keep the momentum rolling rather than letting it grind to a halt.

Provide photos of your home during sunnier times

It’s hard for buyers to imagine how beautiful your home and yard look in summer when it’s currently covered in winter snow. So why not show them photos? Images of your home during the warmer seasons should be front and center—not only in your listing but also printed on fliers at your open house along with your floor plan and other materials. Ideally, Andersen says, if you have the luxury of foresight, “Have your home professionally photographed by a real estate photographer while the grass is green.” Or if it’s too late for professional photos, personal pictures will do the trick.

Warm up your open house

During the winter, homes that exude a cozy, comfy ambiance are especially attractive. And there are plenty of ways to create that vibe for potential buyers, starting from the moment they walk through the front door.

“Things can be muddy and mucky outside when it rains,” says Realtor Tara Moore of Orlando, FL.

That means you’ll probably want visitors to take off their shoes or boots before walking through your home. One way to do this with flair is to set out a basket of booties or slippers alongside a note asking visitors to swap out their muddy footwear. You will keep your home cleaner while making your guests feel cared for.

Got a fireplace? Throw a log on it, even if it’s not ablaze. If baking cookies feels too cliché, consider a more seasonably appropriate swap such as apple cider doughnuts. (Delicious!)

Clear a path to your front door

While there are plenty of ways to make your landscaping pop in winter, if you have the time, there’s one rule you can’t ignore no matter how busy you are: You have to shovel the walkways and driveway. Yes, it sucks, but someone’s gotta do it. You could even pay your neighbor’s kid to do this.

“Some people are, like, ‘Oh, it will be fine,'” says Andersen. It’s not. “Make sure they’re clean and safe for people that are coming.”

Because, nothing makes selling a home in the winter more of a headache than a lawsuit. And even if you escape that particular pain, cleaning up your front walk only serves to make your home look polished and presentable—and far more worthy of purchase.

Jamie Wiebe writes about home design and real estate for She has previously written for House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Veranda, and more.
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This blog was posted on on March 21, 2018.

Easter Happenings on the Southcoast

It’s the first day of Spring and we still have snow on the ground and the Fourth Nor’easter knocking on our door promising more snow.  Winter really does not want to quit.  Nonetheless, Easter is less than two weeks away and it’s time to think Spring.  Here are some of the local Easter activities in the Southcoast.

Plumb Corner Mall will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31st from 12-2 pm.  Activities include DJ Howie, Bubble Guy and more.  Start your Easter holiday and bring the kids out for this fun event.

The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council of Aging will be having an Easter Pie and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 am to noon at the American Legion Hall, 3 Depot St. Mattapoisett.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt : Friday, March 23rd.  7:30 pm.  Rain/snow date, March 30th.  Bring a flashlight and basket to search for eggs and prizes in the dark.  Ages 2-12.  $5 members, $7 non members at the Gleason Family YMCA Charge Pond Rd. Wareham. Limited to the first 200 to register.    ymcasouthcoast

Mattapoisett Lions Club’s Annual Egg Hunt:  March 31st at 11:00am sharp. Veteran’s Park, Ned’s Point Lighthouse.  Free!  All ages welcome.

Family Easter Egg Hunt:  Saturday, March 24th, 2018. 11:00 am sharp.  rain date: Saturday, March 31st.  Prospect Park/ Bandshell.   Come early for a pancake breakfast at Marc Anthony’s from 9-11 am.  $5 adult, $3 children.  

Usher in Spring with these great events.  Maybe the weather will follow.  

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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.

BOLD Moves Real Estate appreciates all their clients and wishes everyone a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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New Weekend Warrior Course at Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School is happy to announce that there will be another Weekend Warrior Course.  The last Weekend Warrior course was such a success, we decided to offer it once again.  Visit the website and see the testimonials from our last group of students.   Are you ready to start your real estate career?

The Weekend Warrior course is a great way to get ready for your real estate exam and get half of your hours done in one remarkable weekend.

April 7-8 from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.  Join us for a great two day course including guest speakers, loads of information, and great teachers.  Jump start your real estate career.

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This blog was posted on on March 13, 2018.

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Tour de Creme

Bonne DeSousa came to BOLD Moves Real Estate on Monday to talk to everyone about the great Tour de Creme.  The Tour de Creme bike event will be held on May 20, 2018.  The Tour de Creme combines a 75 mile bike ride along with delicious stops at some of the best local ice cream shops in the area.  It truly is a community event.  It is a fundraiser for the partnership of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

Last year there were 150 riders and 3 routes.  They hope to double that this year.  Seven states were represented.  They are always looking for volunteers and BOLD Moves Real Estate will once again be a sponsor and volunteer at the event.

There is a family friendly registration fee and riders are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  There are fun prizes for levels of money raised all in support of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.  Plans are in the works to further expand the bike path and truly connect the Southcoast.

Registration opens on March 15th.  Visit the Tour de Creme Facebook page for more information.

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Nor’easter Riley Causes Havoc on the Southcoast

The weekend was a particularly trying time for the Southcoast and Cape Cod as Nor’easter Riley slammed into the area on Friday.  The rain was constant and the winds were howling all day long as well as on Saturday.  By Friday night, power outages were through the roof and trees and wires were blocking many of the roads throughout the area towns.  Just trying to get home on Friday night was a challenge.  Most of the roads were blocked and trying to get anywhere involved huge detours and driving by scary looking downed trees and wires.

With the saturated ground, trees went over by their roots landing on vehicles, houses, and buildings.  The police and fire departments in area towns worked overtime putting out fires, cutting up trees to make roads passable, moving wires, pumping out flooded basements and a myriad of other emergencies.

Facebook was full of frustration for  days without power, updates on the storm and outages, as well as people helping each other to cut up trees, check on elderly neighbors, pumping out basements, lending out generators, offering food, shelter, showers, and heat to those without.  

All this truly shows the special BOLDTowns we live in and our special communities where people care about their neighbors and town.  The site of the Eversource, Verizon, and various company trucks, (who came out to help) were a welcome site and power is still being restored as we speak.  To towns that had almost 100% power outages and the number continues to drop.  Eversource is hoping to have everyone restored by Wednesday or hopefully sooner.  We all gave a cheer as the bucket trucks approached our homes, knowing we would finally have power on.  Huge shout out to all the dedicated, police, fire, and energy workers working 24/7 to keep everyone safe and back on the grid.  People helping people is what it is all about!  Makes you truly appreciate your lifestyle and that morning cup of coffee.

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Melissa Bergeron Passes Real Estate Exam

Agent Rising Real Estate School is excited to announce that Melissa Bergeron has passed her real estate exam and is ready to start her real estate career.  Melissa attended the Weekend Warrior Program.  Twenty hours of training accomplished in one weekend gets you started to finish your 40 hours of training.  The weekend is filled with fun, information, guest speakers and a great way to start your real estate hours and finish online.

Melissa took advantage of this program a couple of weeks ago and was very prepared to take her real estate exam and pass.  It’s a great jumpstart to your real estate career.

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This blog was posted on on March 2, 2018.

Spring Real Estate Market 2018

In 2017 Americans learned to expect the unexpected, whether it be politics, weather or housing. Driven by record low inventory, little about the housing market went as forecast last year. “We thought there would be some things to take the pressure off,” reflects Skylar Olsen, senior economist at home search site Zillow. Interest rates would rise. Construction would pick up. Price growth would moderate. “That did not happen at any impactful level.”

Instead the market got hotter: inventory tightened, prices rose, mortgage rates barely budged and, though new home construction picked up at the end of the year, it was not at the starter price points where new inventory is needed most. Like the soaring stock market, the housing market often seemed disconnected from the tumult in Washington and natural disasters elsewhere. Observes Javier Vivas, director of economic research for “We saw the economic growth and the economic momentum function as an override for a lot of external forces.”

With few clear signs of supply relief and the impact of the new tax law still being digested, reading the housing tea leaves is particularly challenging this year, but here are six things experts expect to happen:


1. The pace of sales will slow early in the year—but not for long.

Several provisions in the tax bill signed into law by President Trump last month will directly impact housing. These include changes to the mortgage interest deduction and to property tax deductions. Other changes will impact how much money people have, requiring decisions on how to spend it. Experts anticipate households will take some time to do the math on how the tax plan impacts them and the value of their home before making any big moves. Nevertheless underlying demand should remain strong after the best year for wage growth since the recession. Pent up demand from renters who have been unable to find suitable homes to buy also means the lid won’t stay on for long.

Read more on how the new tax law could impact housing here


2. Inventory will continue to be a drag.

A crippling lack of inventory remained the defining trait of the housing market in 2017. At the start experts believed the crunch that characterized 2016 would bottom out; instead it grew worse. According to Zillow, housing inventory declined 10.5% in the 12 months ending in November. Data from brokerage Redfin shows that in November 2017 there were 653,347 homes for sale across the country. In November 2010 there were 967,604. Low inventory, says Olsen, “drove all the dynamics that we saw, from bidding war in the hottest U.S. housing markets, to the incredibly fast home value appreciation” across the country.

Looking to 2018, the general consensus is that inventory will pick up slightly. The biggest reason for this modest optimism is that the current situation is unsustainable. Prices cannot rise faster than wages forever. Plus, life events will eventually force reluctant sellers off the sidelines. Home search site Trulia found that 31% of Americansbelieve 2018 will be a better year then 2017 to sell a home, far more than the 14% who this it will be worse. (Though only 6% of homeowners say they plan to sell.) Another positive signal? New construction has started to swing away from apartments, typically built to rent, to single-family homes, which are built to own.

However, it has become clear that the typical assumption that demand and strong prices will entice construction are not holding true this cycle. There are structural reasons builders aren’t building: the high cost of land, skilled labor and building material, lack of buildable space and local regulations against density. Recently, however, builder sentiment has been brighter than consumer sentiment.

For a sign of how bad things have gotten, Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin, points to the aftermath of hurricanes and wildfires that wreaked havoc last year. Following those tragedies construction resources went to the places where it was needed most. This was necessary, but it “flat lined growth” elsewhere, says Richardson. Meanwhile, in the debate about the tax plan lawmakers indicated inventory woes are not top of mind, suggesting no policy relief on the horizon.

3. Price growth will slow—but not stop.

National home prices have climbed for 23 consecutive months. From January through October 2017 the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index increased 5.92%, on track for the biggest gains since 2013 when the market was finally recovering from the bust. The hottest markets last year were western cities like Seattle and Las Vegas where closing prices rose 12.7% and 10.2% respectively. Experts say prices will continue their march higher in 2018, but the rate of increases will slow. “Underlying the rising prices for both new and existing homes are low interest rates, low unemployment and continuing economic growth. Some of these favorable factors may shift in 2018,” noted David Blitzer, head of the Index Committee at S&P in the most recent release of the monthly reading.

4. The rent versus buy equation could tilt toward renting in costly markets.

Thanks to the new tax law, it just got more expensive to own a home in high tax and high price places. For some people the changes, combined with rising prices, may mean renting makes more financial sense than buying. “Since home prices are rising faster than wages, salaries, and inflation, some areas could see potential home buyers compelled to look at renting” particularly in expensive West Coast cities, noted Blitzer.

“We begin 2018 with a frigid cloud of uncertainty surrounding the impact of the new tax bill that restricts State and Local tax deductions, both very high in states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Illinois,” noted Leonard Steinberg, president of brokerage Compass, in an e-mail with his quarterly report on the New York’s luxury market. “Will uncertainty lead the consumer to become a society of renters with diminished incentives to buy?” He thinks not.

Nevertheless, high rents and student debt loads have also made it difficult for young households to save up a down payment even if they can afford the monthly mortgage. Moreover, with prices rising so fast even a small increase in mortgage rates can put people over the edge on affordability. (Also read: Millennials Get A New Way To Clear The Down Payment Hurdle To Homeownership)

5. Mortgage rates will hover around 4%.

In December the Federal Reserve bumped short term interest rates 25 basis points to between 1.25% and 1.50%. Historically, movement from the Fed has had a corresponding effect on mortgage rates, but three hikes in 2017 and two in 2016 only moved the cost of a home loan slightly higher, casting doubt on just how much of a difference the three hikes Fed policy makers have projected for 2018 will have on housing.

Experts tend to agree mortgage rates will finish the year between 4% and 4.5%. That’s a touch higher than the rates for most of 2017 but still historically low. What they disagree on is how we’ll get there. Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, for example, expects a slow and steady rise. Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at, anticipates volatility with rates “dipping below 4% at least once, spiking above 4.5% and closing the year around 4.5%.”

6. Millennial demand for housing will keep climbing.

After a decade of decline the homeownership rate finally ticked up in 2017. By the third quarter, 63.9% of households were occupied by owners–up from a low of 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016. McLaughlin says 2017 will be remembered as “the year the bleeding stopped and the healing started.” As Millennials age this trend is expected to continue. The generation of adults born after 1980 were slow to enter the housing market, but as a growing share of them get married and have kids they are buying homes at rates equal to their parents. In fact, single millennials are more likely to own a home than prior generations of singles.

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This blog was posted on on March 1, 2018

Rochester Elections in April

Two races shape up as Rochester nominations close

By Andrea Ray | Feb 22, 2018


ROCHESTER — Rochester voters have two election races on their hands when Town Elections are held on April 11; three candidates are vying for a seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, while four residents are looking to secure two seats on the town’s Planning Board.

Election nominations closed on Wednesday, February 21.

While the candidates have until Friday, February 23 to officially withdraw from the race, should they decide to do so, Rochester’s current candidate field is official.

Board of Selectmen

Three people are seeking the seat of Selectman Naida Parker, whose term expires this year:

  • Paul Ciaburri
  • Cathy Mendoza
  • David Arancio

Ciaburri is the director of Rochester’s Emergency Management Committee, and recently retired from a longtime career at Moran Towing in New York. Mendoza has a long-term background in real estate and marketing, while Arancio is a Field Safety & Risk Manager at Dellbrook in Quincy, as well as a member of Rochester’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Finance Committee.

Planning Board

The four candidates for two Planning Board seats are:

  • Ben Bailey
  • John DiMaggio
  • Bill Milka
  • David Shaw

Bailey and DiMaggio are incumbents; they are seeking to return to their seats as their terms expire this year. Milka is the owner of Reliable Excavating in Rochester, while Shaw is currently a member of the town’s Cemetery Commission.

In other election news:

Town Moderator Kirby Gilmore, Tree Warden Jeff Eldridge, Board of Health Member Dale Barrows, Park Commission member Kenneth Ross, Water Commission member Michael Conway, Rochester School Committee members Tina Rood and Robin Rounseville, and Old Rochester School Committee member Cary Humphrey are all running unopposed to return to their seats, pending the possibility of a write in campaign.

Neither Noelle Johnson nor May Patricia Ruocco took out papers to return to the Plumb Library’s Board of Trustees. Instead, new candidates Gloria Vincent and Jordan Pouliot will take their seats, unless any candidate wages a successful write-in campaign.

A seat on the town’s Cemetery Commission will remain vacant pending a write-in campaign, as incumbent Veronica Lafreniere did not take out papers to return to her position.

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Weekend Warrior at Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School held their Weekend Warrior class this past weekend at the BOLD Moves Welcome Center in Mattapoisett.  The classes were held Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6:30 pm.  There were 15 people who attended the fun filled, informative weekend.

Kate Lanagan MacGregor led the classes along with Marie Greany and Dawn Devlin.  It’s a great way to jump start your real estate career.  Guest speakers included Elise Bare of Residential Mortgage Services who helped the students navigate and understand the financial side of transactions.

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