Jan. 27, 2020

Beat the Winter Blues

It's common to feel down and sad during the cold, winter months.  Night comes on quicker and the weather is colder, so you are spending more time inside. Some people experience (SAD), seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression which can be triggered by the winter season.

While some may need to seek professional help, lifestyle changes can be helpful in less serious cases.  Everyone experiences the winter blues every now and then.

Keeping active can help.  While it's harder to get out and hit the gym, exercise is a great mood booster.  Getting outside and doing winter activities can boost your spirits as well as yoga and meditation. Just getting outside and moving for a half an hour a day can help you get your Vitamin D and be uplifting.

Lighten up your home.  Put on cheery lights and chase away the gloom.  You can even buy lights that mimic natural light.

Count your blessings.  Take stock of all the good things in your life.  You can rewire how you think by focusing on positive thoughts every day.

You may be homebound more so take advantage of those quiet days.  Stoke up the fire, take out those board games or watch a favorite movie.  It's always nice to kickback and relax.

It's a great time of year to start a hobby or craft or a new project you've been meaning to do.

Host an evening get together or dinner for friends while everyone has more time to enjoy each other's company.

Talk to family and friends about how you are feeling.  Depression is serious. Seek help if you can't seem to find joy in your everyday activities.

Turn your winter blues into a season of replenish and rejuvenation.

BOLD Real Estate is here in these cold winter months to help with all your real estate needs.  We understand the stress of a real estate move and can help take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.

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Jan. 26, 2020

Why You Need a Real Estate Agent

In this day and age, buyers and sellers  have unlimited access to the web and all the real estate sites such as Zillow and Realtor.com, but it is still in your best interest to have a real estate agent working for you when you are buying or selling a home.

If you are a buyer, you can search for homes on many websites, but a real estate agent has access to MLS Pin and can set you up to receive emails with homes that specifically meet your criteria.  This weeds out many hours of searching yourself for houses that are not in your price range or suit your needs. For a seller, they can get your house out there and noticed and in the inboxes of buyers that are looking for houses exactly like yours.

A realtor knows the market and the neighborhoods and other realtors.  They are your go between.  They can arrange showings and open house appointments and save you lots of time.  They can handle all the showings for sellers, and eliminate the phone tag and missed showings which inevitably occur.

Your agent is experienced in negotiating.  Whether they are working for the buyer or seller, they are skilled in negotiating the best price for their client.  It pays to have your own agent working in your corner rather than relying on the seller's agent whose first loyalty is always to their client.

A real estate agent can connect you with the correct financial institution to handle the financing as well as an attorney to handle the paperwork. They can explain the ins and outs of the real estate contract and make sure you are informed every step of the way and comfortable.

Whether buying or selling, a real estate agent is invaluable to your piece of mind.

BOLD Real Estate are your community experts.  We live and work in the BOLDTowns we serve.  Let us help take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.

Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800 for all your real estate needs.

Jan. 23, 2020

Braydon Dion of Rochester

Rochester boy honored by Boston Celtics

Jan 21, 2020
BOSTON – Braydon Dion of Rochester was honored by the Boston Celtics as a Hero Among Us at their game against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 18. 
 
Inspired by his hero, Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, who tragically died in the line of duty, 7-year-old Braydon set out to honor Sean’s legacy and those who sacrifice themselves for our safety.
 
Braydon started a fundraiser that filled a fire truck with over 250 toys for children of fallen first responders in the hopes to bring them some joy during their time of loss.
What a great tri-town hero!
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Jan. 22, 2020

Empty Nesters and Real Estate

Empty nesters are getting used to having the house all to themselves.  They may find that the home is too large now and are ready to down-size. Many have paid off their mortgages and are ready to move on to the next stage.

This could be a total move to another part of the country or a local move in the same neighborhood.  

Condominiums may be attractive or apartments or maybe a move to live closer to children and grandchildren.

They could also be interested in new construction or maybe an in-law addition to a family member's home.

A realtor can be invaluable to offer advice for new neighborhoods and steer them toward the right financing. They can also help them find a great contractor if that is in their plans.

Maybe a tiny house on a trailer to travel the country is on their game plan.

Whatever your real estate needs, BOLD Real Estate has a great team ready to steer you in the right direction and take the worry out of your real estate transaction.  We are your community experts!

Call 508-999-9800 or visit www.boldrealestate.com

Jan. 20, 2020

ORR Business Club

New ORR business club means business

by Grace Ballenger
Jan 14, 2020

Though the Old Rochester Regional High School DECA club is barely a year old, and just attended its first district level competition, the fledgeling club did quite well, with 17 of 33 students                                                   that attended qualifying for States.

Ryu Hyuhn-Aoyama, a high school senior, is one of the business club’s

co-presidents. He used to

live in Wareham and always planned to join their team. When he

discovered that ORR didn’t

have a team he started trying to form one. But didn’t have enough

interest until this year’s

sophomore class started last year. 

The group practices every Friday after school with sample questions,

while Hyuhn-Aoyama,

his co-president Eddie Gonnet, the club’s advisor Alyssa Whitney, and its

Secretary Kinsley

Trout serve as judges.

At districts, Hyuhn-Aoyama placed third in entrepreneurship, one of the more competitive

categories.

He says he’s felt the entrepreneurial pull since he was in first grade, selling silly bands at

school for allowance money. “I definitely want to get into it as a career,” he said. 

Gonnet also did quite well, capturing first in principles of business management.

“I’m proud of the club and surprised at myself,” he said, in reaction to the results. 

Gonnet said he was drawn to his event because, “I like CEOs and running a business.”

He may prepare for the same event next year or find a more specialized niche within it.

For club member David Ditata, the performance and competition aspect of the group is,

“really nerve-wracking when you think about it at the beginning, but comes together

when you do it.

Trout described struggling on one of the questions that she was asked in competition,

but said she was able to work with her partner to figure it out.

“It makes you think outside the box more,” Trout said.

Kathleen Dunn gave some insight into what the questions were like. One of her problems

in the food marketing services categories involved a moral decision on whether companies

should market misshapen vegetables.

She said the question forced her to “look at the outside world and the way you market can

really affect everyone involved.” 

But the club goes beyond strictly business, bringing club members together around a common

interest that they might not otherwise be able to explore at ORR.

“Ryu and Eddie being co-presidents and their attitude definitely contributes to the club

being enjoyable,” Ditata said.

Brendan Burke joined the group because “a bunch of my friends were in it,” but also

because he hopes to go into business in college.

He appreciates the “community of being with friends and having fun times.”

Ditata also saw his school as a bit of an underdog. “I was really surprised when

that many people placed, seeing that we didn’t have business classes or years of

experience.”

DECA also seems to see the lack of a business class as a stumbling block for the group,

and allowed it to start on the condition that the school has to have a business class within

five years.

Though Hyuhn-Aoyama only gets a year and a half or so with the club that he founded

, he is also “happy to leave DECA club as my legacy. It will help prepare kids for

post-high school life,” he said.

Top three finishers for the event include:

Brendan Burke, 1st Place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series
Edward Gonet, 1st Place Principles of Business Management and Administration
Gwen Miedma, 2nd Place Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Sean Lund, 2nd Place  Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Samuel Harris, 2nd Place  Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Amaya McLeod, 3rd Place  Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Emily Dellicioppa, 3rd Place  Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Ryu Hyuhn-Aoyama, 3rd Place Entrepreneurship-
Theodore Carroll, 3rd Place  Hotel and Lodging Management Series

The qualifying members will head to the State competition in late February.

For community members who want to support DECA in its fundraising, the group

will hold two Feb. 12 spaghetti dinners in the high school cafeteria. Diners can be

served at 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale during school hours at the office.

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Jan. 17, 2020

Old Colony at Habitat for Humanity

Old Colony carpentry students are working at the Buzzard's Bay Habitat for Humanity house build project in Mattapoisett.

This year Old Colony carpentry students have teamed up with Buzzard's Bay Area Habitat for Humanity to help build a 3 bedroom cape style home in Mattapoisett. On their first  day on the job, senior class students learned how to install plywood sheathing and had a very productive day. On a later date, students finished framing the front wall and lifted it into place and installed the double top plate.

What a great way for the students to help out the local community and also get work experience at the same time!

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Jan. 15, 2020

Winter Staging Tips

Winter typically can be a slow time for selling a house, but staging can help!  Buyers are still out looking and a low inventory can work to your advantage.

Here are some staging tips to help put your home in its best light and get it sold.

Keep the heat up! Make sure the home feels cozy and warm.  If you have a fireplace, have a fire going to showcase the warmth of the home.

Be aware of winter smells.  In the winter, the house is closed up more and can smell a little stale.  Use simmering potpourri or bake some cookies for great home smells  Stay away from artificial sprays and unnatural air fresheners. Natural smells are best.

Be aware of your curb appeal.  Summer is an easy time to add flowers and color, but you can still work on your curb appeal in the winter.  Make sure your leaves are raked and your paths are clear in a snowstorm.  You can always add some color with hardy plants in pots on the porch.  Artificial plants are very popular and lifelike today.  You can always add some color inside and outside of the home.

Have mats outside to catch snow and dirt and keep it outside of the house.

Declutter and depersonalize. Your home will look bigger if you put a few pieces of furniture away for the time being.  Put away personal photos and possessions.  You want the buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home.

Lastly, consider lighting.  Days are shorter and darker.  Keep lights on and clean fixtures to make everything cleaner and brighter.  Washing windows can also make a difference.

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Jan. 14, 2020

Buying a Home in January

January can be a great time to buy a home.  The craziness of the holiday market is behind us and sellers are looking to sell.  January can be a great time to buy a house!  Why you ask?

Here are some great reasons to get house hunting this month.

Sellers may be more inclined to lower their prices at this time of year.  There are fewer buyers out looking during the cold, winter months and sellers do not want to lose the ones out there looking.

January median prices are at their lowest levels at the beginning of the year. Sellers are concerned that their home has been on the market for a longer amount of time and are willing to negotiate for a quick sell.

Whatever the time of year, it is always important to wait for the right time of year for the buyer to feel comfortable.  Are they preapproved?  Are they ready to take on the responsibility for first time homebuyers? Is there a reason that moving quickly is important? 

There maybe less inventory in January to choose from, but if this is the right time to start looking, a great deal  can be had.

It's always a great idea to work with a professional realtor who can help you assess the market and negotiate the best deal.  They have their pulse on the market and can help you decide what home is right for you.

Visit www.boldrealestate.com for all your real estate needs.  We are your community experts and can help take the worry out of your real estate move. Call us at 508-999-9800

 

Jan. 10, 2020

2020 Real Estate Market

2020 Real Estate Market Forecast 

What lies ahead for the coming year

A new month, new year and new decade is upon us. Resolutions have been made, goals have been set and the excitement for the adventures of 2020 abound. What lies ahead for the real estate market in 2020? While there is no proverbial "crystal ball" swirling with the answers of what's to come, there are some key indicators of another strong year ahead.

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A driving factor in predicting a strong real estate market in 2020 is mortgage rates. Experts at the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association and Freddie Mac are all forecasting that mortgage rates will remain stable, hovering in the 3.85% range. Stability in interest rates creates more affordable lending options for buyers looking to purchase in the coming year. As history has demonstrated, we are in a time of record low lending options. As an example, the average rate in the 1980s was 12.7%, 1990s at 8.1% and 2000s at 6.62%. The Fed has indicated no hurry to make adjustments in 2020, as job gains have remained solid and the labor market in a strong position. All of this points to opportunity for buyers to step into the market.

Home sales are forecast to continue to rise but at a much more moderate pace. It's been no secret that housing inventory has been an issue. In 2019, Bend's real estate inventory remained incredibly low, with an average 2.5-month supply. Supply is projected to remain tight in 2020—hence the moderate pace of sales growth in the coming year.

Home prices are also forecast to rise. Much like home sales, prices are forecast to rise at a more moderate pace. Many experts, including Matthew Gardner, chief economist for Windermere Real Estate, forecast that home prices will increase about 3.8%. He attributes this gain to the stability of low interest rates and more first-time homebuyers entering the market. Gardner also expects this growing number of first-time homebuyers to be a significant factor in the growth of the real estate market as a whole.

In the coming year, affordability will remain an issue, specifically in certain markets— Bend, Oregon being one of them. Year after year we've experienced significant increases in pricing. Bend began to see a trend midsummer that pointed to more moderate pricing growth, indicative of the more moderate price growth in the coming year. In years past we've experienced a seller's market; this trend of moderate price growth will help to bring it to a more neutral market, leading to a stable real estate market overall.

Things are looking good and it appears as though we're going to experience another healthy and solid real estate market for 2020. This bodes well for both buyers and sellers. Cheers to the new year and new possibilities!

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Jan. 9, 2020

BOLD Real Estate's Kate Lanagan MacGregor

Rochester resident named director for Realtor group

Dec 31, 2019

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, Rochester resident and broker associate and co-owner of BOLD Real Estate in Mattapoisett, will begin her second term as at-large director for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2020.

As At-Large Director, Lanagan MacGregor will serve as a state director and a voting member of the executive committee. 

A MAR Director since 2012, Lanagan MacGregor was named the MAR 2018 Realtor of the Year. She has served as a member of many of the group’s committees. Lanagan MacGregor is a 2010 graduate of the MAR Leadership Academy. 

She served as the 2018 President of the Realtor Association of Southeastern Massachusetts. This year, Lanagan MacGregor will serve her second term on the 2020 RPAC Participation Council.   

BOLD Real Estate is excited to congratulate our co-owner Kate on this great accomplishment! Kate is always ready to share her expertise and experience with our whole team of BOLDIES! 

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