RASEM RED EXPO

The REALTOR Association of Southeastern MA held their Expo at White’s of Westport on Thursday, May 3rd.  The RASEM R(REALTOR) E(Education) D(Development) was an all day event beginning at 9am and ending at 6pm.

The day included a BOM Forum, (Broker/Owner/Manager Forum) in the morning as well as Continuing Education Credits for a Code of Ethics Class.  

Ilona Robbins , Global Relocation Director, Jack Conway gave an inspiring Keynote Speech and a delicious buffet lunch was served.

The afternoon included more Continuning Education Classes including REALTOR / Personal Safety and Self Defense as well as two workshops on Cybersecurity Strategies for the Real Estate Industry and Cure your Real Estate A.D.D. and Get More Referral Business.

The informative and inspirational day ended with an Affiliate Cocktail Reception from 4-6pm with live entertainment and great appetizers.  

Local vendors were also on hand to share their services and expertise with the REALTORS.

BOLD Moves  Real Estate was well represented with RASEM President Kate Lanagan MacGregor, also broker/owner of BOLD Moves along with BOLDIES, Tracey Lee, Gysell Diaz, Kathy Song and Betty Tripanier.  They thoroughly enjoyed the day and the great team spirit BOLD Moves shares with all its team and clients.

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Must Have Home Features 2018

What are buyers looking for in 2018?  Past trends have included, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and open concept kitchen/living room.  While these styles are still popular, what do buyers want to see in their new home in 2018?

Here are some important must haves for today’s buyers.

Good exterior lighting.   Buyers are looking for good exterior lighting whether solar or traditional as well as lighting up the backyard for entertaining.

Spacious and designated laundry room.  First floor and second floor efficient laundry rooms with plenty of space for sorting, folding and even a sink for soaking.  Basement laundry rooms are losing popularity especially for the older buyers.

Open concept kitchens with islands and bars are still a must have for many buyers.  They prefer eat-in kitchens as opposed to formal dining rooms.

Energy efficient homes are also a great feature to attract buyers including solar and other ways to save on utilities.

Hardwood flooring is always more desired than wall to wall carpeting.

Updated bathrooms are always a plus as well as well as a home office and smart home technology.  Being able to control many features of the home with a smart phone is a big plus.

Garages are always popular with lots of storage  as well as good storage in the house such as mudrooms and walk-in closets.

And lastly, people are looking for good outside entertainment areas but also a low maintenance exterior.  Miles and miles of grass to maintain could be a deterrent.

Trends always change but these features could make a difference in how quickly a home sells.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on May 4, 2018.

 

 

 

Old Rochester Regional High School Softball

Softball team seeks victories as senior pitcher returns

By Andrea Ray | Apr 30, 2018

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Photo by: Andrea RayOld Rochester senior Ashley Soares winds up for a throw during an April 30 game against Dighton-Rehoboth.

MATTAPOISETT — With senior pitcher Ashley Soares back on the pitcher’s mound, Old Rochester varsity girls softball coach Don Dibiasio is hoping for—literally and figuratively—blue skies ahead.

“This weather is something else,” he said on April 30. A spitting rain fell as the team faced off against Dighton-Rehoboth. “We’ve been rained out quite a few times.”

April 30 marked Soares’ return to the pitcher’s mound—she was out with an injury for several games.

“Before [Soares] came back, I was playing a freshman pitcher,” Dibiasio said. “She was good, but she doesn’t quite have the experience that [Soares] does.”

With the younger pitcher on the mound, the team’s 2018 record was three wins, four losses. In the April 30 game, Dighton Rehoboth cruised to victory, 5-0, against the Lady Bulldogs.

Soares’ first game back might’ve been a loss, but Dighton-Rehoboth is always a tough team to beat, Dibiasio said. “[Soares] has been around for a long time, having her back will definitely make a difference in the future.”

The team’s ultimate goal, he explained, is to win 10 games, which will qualify the team to compete in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA) state tournament.

“Of course we’ve lost a few games this season, which means we need to beat some really good teams for a shot,” he conceded.

This year is also the year, Dibiasio added, to start solidifying new talent on the field.

“I have a few freshmen who are coming along well,” he explained. “I have a freshman catcher, freshmen outfielders. I have two freshmen pitchers, that’s huge. I have the opportunity to train them now, and then have three more really excellent years where those players will already be veterans.”

How to Age Safely in Your Home

Our homes are a huge part of our lives.  Whether we have lived in many homes or still in our first house we ever bought, our home is where our heart lies.  How can we keep the home we love safe and accessible as we age or for our senior family members?

There are many easy and cost-effective steps we can take to keep our homes safe.

Be sure all stairs have handrails whether inside or outside.  Make sure your landing is wide outside and consider getting rid of stairs outside altogether and landscape a gentle rise to the door.  Add lights down your outside walkway to keep falls to a minimum.

Do you have a downstairs room you can convert into a master bedroom if your current bedroom is upstairs.  Stairs can become difficult as people age and a downstairs bedroom can be a huge help.  If this is not possible, make sure the handrails are secure and consider putting non-slippery stair treads for secure footing.

Adjust the height of the bed for ease of getting in and out and make sure you have easily reachable lighting as well as a phone on the nightstand.

Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet are important to prevent falls.  Bath mats and bath seats can also help.

In the kitchen, whistling tea pots and loud timers can help seniors remember when they have something on the stove.

Another hazard is throw rugs.  They tend to bunch up and can easily cause a fall.  Make sure all doorways and halls are free and clear for easy access to the whole house.  Decluttering can go a long way.  It leaves much less hazards to trip or fall over.

We love our homes and this will help keep us in our homes as we age or as we add older family members to our household.

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BOLD Moves Real Estate in Your BOLDTown

BOLD Moves Real Estate is happy to volunteer at local events in our BOLDTowns.  May is a busy time in the Tri-Towns of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.  Check out these local events where you can see some of our BOLDIES volunteering or even participating.

The 12th annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5K Walk/Run will be held on May 13th, 2018.

Walk, run and raise funds to create economic security for all women. The Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA raises funds and takes collaborative action so that all women in the region have strong opportunities to earn a living wage and achieve economic stability. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Event Address
Oxford Creamery
98 County Road Mattapoisett, MA

Start Times
9:00 AM Kid’s Fun Run (3 years to 12 years old) 2 age group categories with a staggered start.
9:30 AM – 5K start

Parking
Parking provided at the sand pit and ORR with shuttle van service from ORR beginning at 7:00 AM. Runner drop-off at Oxford Creamery. CARPOOLING HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Kid’s Fun Run
Staggered start: 9:00 AM for runners aged 8 to 12. Runners aged 3 – 7 will begin at the conclusion of the first wave of runners.

For safety reasons, children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults participating with their children do not need to register for the Fun Run).

Registrants in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive medals!
Bib Pickup
Bibs may be picked up at Oxford Creamery on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5, or on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 am.

5K Runners/Walkers
T-shirts are given to the first 300 5K Registrants!

THANKS FOR HELPING US FUNDRAISE!

https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7902

Look for BOLD Moves volunteers at the water stop!

  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.

BOLDIES will be parking cars and Gysell Diaz has volunteered for registration.

The Annual Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  This year the race will be held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.  

The race begins at Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir in Rochester and ends at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.   Homemade boats are the requirements and it is a great family tradition.  Look for some BOLD Moves participants including our fearless leader, Kate Lanagan MacGregor.

 Registration for the race will be May 11 and May 18 at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Art  Benner at artbenner@comcast.net.

or 508-763-2024.

Stay tuned for more information as the race draws closer.

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Spring Has Sprung

The weather has been cold, rainy and even snowy.  Even though spring is here, the weather and real estate market does not seem to have gotten the memo.  Alas, better weather seems to be finally coming and the real estate market will follow. 

Many potential home sellers are holding back on putting their homes on the market.  Waiting for better weather and better spring conditions to show their home in the best light.  Homes usually look their best with spring flowers blooming and green grass.  

With the weather changing, the spring/summer market will start to boom with buyers looking and sellers finally ready to put their homes on the market.  It’s just a later start to the spring season but it will soon be upon us.

Now’s the time to get your home ready for the busy real estate market and call your local real estate agent to get your house listed and sold.

BOLD Moves Real is ready to help you with all your real estate needs whether buying or selling a home.  We are your community experts.  Let us take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.  We live and work in your BOLDTown!

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Old Colony Voke Spring Sports

Old Colony sports wishlist: sunshine, state success

By Zachary McMahon | Apr 08, 2018

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Courtesy of: Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolThe Old Colony girls’ lacrosse team is amongst those beginning their spring season.

ROCHESTER — Spring is coming, flowers are blooming and the cold will (hopefully) go away.

At Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, spring means the return of the baseball, softball and lacrosse seasons for students and coaches.

Old Colony’s Athletic Director Matt Trahan says that his hopes for the spring season include nice weather (we hope so too, Coach Trahan) and seeing Old Colony’s sports teams qualify for the league and state tournaments that will begin in May.

Some sports have already played their first game of the season.

One of them is the boys lacrosse team, which defeated Blue Hills Regional Technical High School, 9-6, on April 2. The team is coached by Old Colony science teacher William Trimble. Team members hope to play to the best of the team’s ability in every game. Trimble said part of the goal is to improve as a team and to improve as players in every game.

The team has nine seniors, including two who are new to the team this year: Liam Ashley, Tyler Bosse, Andrew Cox, Ronnie Frates, Jarred Gagne, Dylan Hanson, Joshua Kingsberry, Brad Plissey, and Ian Vezina.

Members of the girls lacrosse team are aiming to win the Mayflower League’s overall vocational championship, which would qualify the team for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament in May.

This years’ captains are Mya Medeiros, Rachel Baker, and Elana Sargent. The team won the Mayflower Championship and qualified for vocational and the MIAA tournament in its last season.

The lacrosse team played its first game on Monday, April 9 at home, against Middleborough High School, which they won 13-2.

Old Colony’s softball team is coached by Brandon Mendez, also the football coach. Mendez said that the goal for the team is to be competitive and win the Mayflower League, the vocational league division in which Old Colony competes. Mendez added that he and the team members would like to compete further, and win the State Vocational tournament as well.

The softball team started off the season with a bang, winning 16-1 against South Shore Vocational Technical High School on Thursday, April 5.

Last, but certainly not least, is Old Colony’s baseball team. The team is coached by Old Colony math teacher Craig Lincoln. Last year’s team won the Mayflower Championship and the vocational championship. The baseball team has six seniors: Paul Ashley, Cameron Nataly, Drew Sullivan, Kyle Sylvia, Joseph Weigel and Brandon Zakrousky.

The team beat Tri-County Technical High School 11-2 on April 9.

Zachary McMahon is a sophomore at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Visit www.sippican.villagesoup.com for more local news.

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12th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Walk/Run

The 12th annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5K Walk/Run will be held on May 13th, 2018.

Walk, run and raise funds to create economic security for all women. The Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA raises funds and takes collaborative action so that all women in the region have strong opportunities to earn a living wage and achieve economic stability. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Event Address
Oxford Creamery
98 County Road Mattapoisett, MA

Start Times
9:00 AM Kid’s Fun Run (3 years to 12 years old) 2 age group categories with a staggered start.
9:30 AM – 5K start

Parking
Parking provided at the sand pit and ORR with shuttle van service from ORR beginning at 7:00 AM. Runner drop-off at Oxford Creamery. CARPOOLING HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Kid’s Fun Run
Staggered start: 9:00 AM for runners aged 8 to 12. Runners aged 3 – 7 will begin at the conclusion of the first wave of runners.

For safety reasons, children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults participating with their children do not need to register for the Fun Run).

Registrants in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive medals!
Bib Pickup
Bibs may be picked up at Oxford Creamery on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5, or on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 am.

5K Runners/Walkers
T-shirts are given to the first 300 5K Registrants!

THANKS FOR HELPING US FUNDRAISE!

https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7902

Look for BOLD Moves volunteers at the water stop!

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for all your real estate needs.  We are your community experts.  We will help you through your transaction with the least amount of stress.

Springtime Staging

Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Even though winter is slow this year to leave, springtime weather inevitably will arrive.  Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.
 
 Whip your yard into shape
When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible.Hopefully the snow has ended for the year.   Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits.  Uncover all the spring flowers such as crocuses and daffodil ready to spring.
 
Do some spring cleaning. 
It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.  Declutter and don’t forget the windows.  Sparkling windows will make your home shine.
 
 
 Box up your winter wardrobe
Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.  Spring is always a great time to clean out your closets and donate clothes that you haven’t worn all year.
 
 
Spruce up the entryway
If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.  Consider painting or washing the front door if it is looking dull and dirty.  A few potted arrangements on the front porch can also add to the curb appeal.
 
 
 Bring spring aromas indoors
Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.

Bring out the bright colors

Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort. 
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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on April 7, 2018.

Plumb Corner in Rochester Celebrates Easter

Plumb Corner celebrates Easter with egg hunt, music, giant bubbles

By Tanner Harding | Mar 31, 2018

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Photo by: Tanner Harding
Adeline Yuska, 7 weeks old, meets the Easter Bunny for the first time.

ROCHESTER — For two hours on an idyllic spring Saturday afternoon, the Plumb Corner parking lot was full of kids chasing giant bubbles, taking photos with the Easter Bunny and having balloon art made.

There was also an Easter egg hunt, during which the Rochester Police Department was on hand to take non-perishable donations for a food drive to aid senior citizens.

Liz Ashley and Justin Gallagher make balloon animals for kids. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

The giant bubbles, courtesy of Chris Waters, were a big hit. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Chris Waters works his magic. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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