Fall Real Estate Market

We are almost ready to enter the second half of the year! How is the housing market looking and what do the experts have to say about the fall market?

This year so far has been an improvement for home buyers, especially millennials and first-time home buyers.  The rise in housing prices has started to slow and there has been a significant dip in mortgage rates.   The year will continue to be a seller’s market, but buyers may find there is less competition and frantic home searching, and more time to consider their options and take a little time when deciding to put an offer in on a home they love.

Millennials will still continue to be a majority of the buying population.  Inventory may rise slowly but not fast enough to satisfy all.

Experts predict that prices may still rise slowly but mortgage rates should stay low. Without the pressure of rising interest rates, buyers will face less competition and more time to carefully consider their options.

Of course, some areas will be more beneficial to buyers than others, but the frantic pace seems to be slowing down at the present moment.  Good news for every buyer, young or old.

BOLD Real Estate is here to help you with your real estate transaction. We are your community experts and can help take the anxiety out of your real estate move.  We are changing everyday to better serve our clients and new services are being added daily to help our buyers and sellers alike.  Stay tuned for more news on the changes we are rolling out this fall!

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EEE in the Tri-towns

Rochester, Marion hit ‘critical risk’ for EEE

Tri-town continues preventative measures
Aug 14, 2019

A Rochester man has contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which has placed some area towns, including Rochester and Marion at “critical risk “ for human exposure to the virus and impacted many town events.

Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne confirmed the diagnosis at an Aug. 13 meeting, and said the man is in a coma. This is the first human case of the virus in Massachusetts since 2013.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is rare but serious, and can lead to the swelling of the brain and death. Those under the age of 15 and over the age of 50 are most at risk.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 14 the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services has listed the towns and cities of Marion, Rochester, Wareham, New Bedford, Acushnet, Lakeville, Freetown, Middleborough, and Carver at critical risk for EEE. A critical risk classification means that a person in the area has been infected. To prevent infections in a critical risk area, residents should cancel or reschedule outdoor activities to avoid peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn).

Mattapoisett and Fairhaven remain at high risk for the EEE virus. This means that conditions likely to lead to infection are occurring in the area. Under these conditions, residents should adjust outdoor activity to avoid peak mosquito hours, and avoid outdoor camping, especially near freshwater swamps where EEE activity is most likely.

The Mattapoisett Board of Health said that although a person in the county is an indicator of the “critical” stage, Mattapoisett remains at the “high risk” stage because the number of mosquitoes that have been detected with EEE are fewer than in Marion and Rochester.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 14 Marion had 15 mosquitoes that tested positive for the disease, Rochester had 9 and Mattapoisett had 3.

All three Boards of Health advise residents to use mosquito repellent when outside, and wear long sleeves and pants, to prevent mosquito bites.

Residents should also drain standing water from containers like buckets and tires, as these provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Woody Hartley, of the Rochester Board of Selectmen, apologized for the communication delay in his town at an Aug. 12 meeting.

“Communication wasn’t as good as it could have been,” he said, adding that he planned to work with the Board of Health and safety committee to see “what we can do better next time.”

Plymouth County began aerial spraying on Aug. 8 to reduce human risk and continued spraying through Sunday, Aug. 11. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will now conduct a second round of testing to see where mosquitoes are most impacted and follow up  with a second round of spraying. The dates for that spraying are still to be determined. For a map of areas that were sprayed in the first round, visit: https://massnrc.org/spray-map/ 

All three towns are now closing all town beaches, parks, and events on town property after dusk due to the risk of EEE. This ban will likely last until the first frosts in November kill off most of the mosquitoes.

This ban has impacted a number of activities across the tri-town. The Rochester Country Fair suffered a significant setback in the number of events and funds that it took in, since it had to cancel some of its most popular evening events and could not hold the fair Thursday and Friday.

The Marion Town Band has moved its concerts to Sippican School for the rest of its season, to avoid concertgoers being outside after dusk.

The Marion Town Party, however, might be the hardest hit, after it was entirely cancelled due to the risk of mosquitoes after dark. Organizers said they considered moving the party’s hours earlier, but realized that the party does not work as well if it is held earlier.

The Marion Harbormaster’s office also planned to host a Bird Island Lighthouse fundraiser outside, but had to move it to the Marion Music Hall due to the town land closures.

The increased risk after dusk will also likely impact school and youth athletic programs in the tri-town area, though Sippican Week was unable to reach athletic coordinators to determine how they plan to address the risk.

Only 5 to 10 cases of EEE are reported each year in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control

Approximately one-third of those infected with EEE die, while survivors typically develop mild-to-severe brain damage.

There is no specific treatment for EEE. According to the CDC, no anti-viral drug to treat EEE has been discovered, and antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Those who are diagnosed with EEE are typically treated to manage symptoms, and can be hospitalized or receive respirator support, IV fluids, and treatments to prevent other infections.

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Tri-Town at High Risk for Triple E

Tri-town at high risk for EEE

Aug 2, 2019

The state Department of Public Health announced that Rochester, Mattapoisett and Marion were all at high risk for eastern equine encephalitis, more commonly known as EEE.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. The disease occurs sporadically in Massachusetts.

The Department of Public Health will work with the local communities, local Mosquito Control Projects and other mosquito control experts to coordinate surveillance and discuss appropriate public health response.

The Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project plans to use a truck to spray in Marion and Mattapoisett on Monday morning from 2 a.m. to half an hour before sunrise. Mattapoisett has suspended all activity on town beaches, parks and ball fields from dusk to dawn until further notice.The Department of Conservation and Recreation has also suspended evening programs in Mattapoisett’s Nasketucket Bay State Reservation to lower the risk of participants being bit.

With the “high risk” status, the board recommends that residents take all of the precautions for low and medium risks, adjust outdoor activities to avoid peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn), and avoid overnight camping, especially near swamps.

To avoid the virus in a low risk area, individuals should wear mosquito repellent, and long sleeves and pants between dusk and dawn. They should also use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens. A “moderate risk” condition indicates that EEE has occurred in a given area within the last year and/or mosquitoes in the area currently have the EEE virus. In addition to the low risk measures, individuals in these areas should avoid areas with obvious mosquito activity, and wear repellent whenever outdoors.

Other tips to mosquito-proof homes include getting rid of any standing water where they could lay eggs, and checking to make sure that screens are secure.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health three mosquito samples in Mattapoisett tested positive for EEE on July 23. The virus has also been detected in nine mosquito samples collected in Marion this year

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Events in the Tri-Town This Week

There’s a lot to do in the tri-town this week. For a full itinerary, visit sippican.theweektoday.com

Thursday, Aug. 1

Do yoga.

Heather Hobler from Anchor Yoga in Mattapoisett will lead an outdoor yoga session at the Elizabeth Taber Library from12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Parents are welcome to attend. Sign up at the library and bring a yoga mat.

Picnic at Munro.

The Fourth Annual Great Community Picnic, featuring live entertainment, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and oysters at Munro Preserve (next to the Town Wharf) starting at 5:30 and lasting until 8:30 p.m. The Mattapoisett Museum and Mattapoisett Land Trust jointly host the event.  Participants should purchase a table for four at $120, for six at $180, for 8 at $240 or for 10 at $300, and bring their own food, plates and utensils. Purchase tickets at the Town Wharf General Store (10 Water Street), or by calling the Mattapoisett Museum at 508-758-2844

Friday, Aug. 2

Hear jazz.

At 10:30 a.m. jazz musician Sagit Zilberman will perform for families and children at Rochester’s Plumb Library. All ages are welcome, but registration is required.  Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor show at the Plumb Library Gazebo. Otherwise, the show will be held in the First Congregational Church Hall.

Celebrate summer reading.

The Mattapoisett Library will celebrate summer reading with an interactive music concert with Roger Ticknell for kids of all ages. The concert is at 10:30 a.m. Raffle prize winners will be chosen and ice cream will be served.

Play bridge.

The Elizabeth Taber Library will host its third semi-annual Bridge Tournament at 2 p.m. at the Marion Music Hall. Proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, contact Elizabeth Sherry at 508-758-1252.

Tour Ned’s Point.

If weather cooperates and volunteers are available the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host tours of Ned’s Point on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children must be 48 inches tall to complete the tour.

See cars.

Classic car enthusiasts can gather on Mattapoisett’s Town Wharf to share their hobby from 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Play games.

The Mattapoisett Library will host its last snack event to celebrate its teen game lounge at noon.

Sunday, Aug. 4

See drums.

Dartmouth’s Symphony Music Shop will host the Southcoast Drum Show from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mattapoisett Knights of Columbus Hall. Admission to the general public will to view and sell drums will be $10. Admission for senior citizens will be $5. Children 10 and under will be free. Attendees with paid admission can also bring in drum items to sell for a small fee.

See Shakespeare.

Midsummer Shakespeare and Glass Horse Shakespeare “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed at 1 p.m. at Shipyard Park. Performances are free, but donations will be accepted.

Hear chamber music.

Music From Land’s End will present a chamber music concert at the Marion Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 5

See Block Island.

The Rochester COA is heading to Block Island for the day on Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 a.m. The van will return to Rochester at approximately 5:30 p.m. The cost for this trip is $22.75, and ferry ticket. Advance sign-up is required. Call 508-763-8723 to make a reservation.

Hear about dementia.

Author and dementia expert Kelly McCarthy will present her book “Brass Ring Memoirs” on communicating with, and caring for those affected by memory challenges at the Marion Council on Aging at 12:30 p.m. The first six attendees to RSVP to 508-748-3570 will receive a signed copy of McCarthy’s book.

Tuesday, Aug 6

Learn science.

Rochester Memorial School teachers will visit Plumb library with activities for children aged four and up. At 10:20 the program will feature “Buzz” Weigel. Registration on the library event site is required for this program.

Shop veggies.

The Old Rochester Regional Junior High School parking lot will host the Farmers’ Market from 3 to 6 p.m.

See a fire truck.

Tri-town first responders will host a National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m., offering kids and families a chance to meet police officers, firefighters, members of the Harbormaster’s Department. There will also be food and games at the event. 

Browse books.

Inspired by food tastings, the Mattapoisett Library will host a book tasting at 5:30 p.m. to allow teens to see some of the new titles in the library’s collection. The event will also include refreshments.

Watch a film.

As part of its Docu-Tuesdays series, the Elizabeth Taber Library will hold a film screening of award winning documentary STRAWS from 6 to 8 p.m. The event also features a reusable materials fair.

Hear about art.

The Mattapoisett Museum will have a 7 p.m. lecture by Jill Sanford exploring American art from colonial times to today. Sanford’s free lecture will encompass both traditional and folk art, and challenge the audience to see in new ways.  Visit www.artforyourmind.com for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Lunar learning.

At 11 a.m. at Plumb Library in Rochester Pat Monteith, NASA solar system ambassador and author, will offer a trip back in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Participants will also take part in different hands-on activities.  Ages eight and up and families are welcome. Registration is required.

Celebrate the Marion COA.

The Friends of the Marion COA will host an “Evening on Sippican Harbor” from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will celebrate the Council on Aging and launch the next phase of fundraising, which will build walls between offices in the Community Center. Celebration tickets are available at the General Store and at Serendipity for $30.

The 2019 Rochester Country Fair will take place on Aug. 8 and 9 from 4 p.m to 10 p.m. and on Aug. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m

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Interest Rates Lowered

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates last Wednesday.  This is the first cut in quite awhile and is designed to stave off an economic downturn.

How will this affect the real estate market?  This will probably not affect the typical buyer with a 30-year mortgage.  Their interest rate is already hovering around 4%.  This could help buyers with other types of financing such as adjustable-rate loans and commercial loans.

However, lower rates could help buyers with rising house prices.  With lower interest rates, buyers may be able to purchase more house than they could last year.  Instead of a home in the high $300,000’s, they may be able to afford something in the low $400,00’s.  The increase in purchase power is greater than the recent price increases.  This can be a great advantage to buyers.

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BOLD Real Estate is Poised To Help

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Navigating the real estate market can be a confusing journey.  Our agents live and work in the communities they serve. They will help guide you through the whole process and explain every asset of the transaction.

BOLD Real Estate is also excited to add the legal aspect to our real estate company. Co-owners Kate Lanagan MacGregor and Attorney Patricia McArdle are available everyday for guidance.  Our agents have access to their knowledge on a daily basis which adds more security to your real estate transaction.

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Selling Your Home in the Summer

Summer is a great time to sell a home.  While the market tends to pick up in the spring, summer is also a busy and profitable time to put your home on the market. There are many things you can do to put your home in the best light and sell your home quickly and at a great price.

Spruce up the exterior of the home. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, water the flowers.  Make sure everything looks fresh and clean.  It’s a great time to show your buyers a great outdoor space.  Consider investing in some outdoor furniture if you don’t already have some.  If you do, make sure it looks clean and fresh.  New cushions can make a big difference.  It’s a great way to show them how they can make use of the outdoor space.

A hot day, try to keep the house cool.  Run the AC and highlight the central air if you have it.  Make sure it’s comfortable but not chilly.  You can also serve fresh lemonade and iced tea with lots of ice or even some fresh fruit or cool dip.  Keep the comfortable feeling fresh.

Price the house right! Make sure your home is competitive.  If you start too high and come down, people will wonder why the home is not selling.  Stay at market value and your home will sell quicker!

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Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon

The Mattapoisett Lions Club held their annual Triathlon yesterday, July 14th.   One hundred and ten participants took part in the swim, bike, and run through town event.  Athletes can do the event individually or as part of a team.  It’s a great time for families to compete together.

The race started at Mattapoisett Town Beach.  Participants swam a quarter mile loop from and back to town beach, then biked to Long Plain Rd. and back, a total of ten miles, then ran a 5k around Ned’s Point Lighthouse.

The  weather was hot but pleasant.

Clark Luckhardt of Boston and Rebecca Padera of Milton took first and second place overall.  Tom Bozzo and Nicole Harrington were the first Mattapoisett athletes to finish.

BOLD Real Estate was excited to cheer on many family members.  We are your community experts. Let us guide you on your real estate journey and take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.

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Tri-town Events

The Fourth of July brought many events for the Fourth of July holiday.  These included the Marion Horse Show, the Marion Fourth of July Parade, the Mattapoisett Road Race, and of course the Marion Fireworks were back this year on Friday.

Now that the Fourth is over, what events are happening this week in the tri-town?

Tuesday, July 9

Shop for produce. 

The Junior High School parking lot will host the Farmers’ Market every from 3 to 6 p.m. The farmers’ market hosts a rotating cast of vendors. The market also offers a variety of activities for families and kids, including a storytime from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and an exotic animal hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10

Learn about stars. 

The Museum of Science will offer two presentations at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Center School to show off its portable planetarium and teach children ages 6 and up about the stars. Space is limited to 25 participants per session. Contact the library to sign up.

Learn about birds. 

The Marion Natural History Museum will hold a program about the birds of Bird Island for children ages five and up. The program will start at 1 p.m. at the museum. Participants will then walk to the harbormaster’s office to tour Bird Island. Participants should bring a properly fitting life jacket and hat. Suggested donations are $12 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Registration forms are available at www.marionmuseum.org.

Hear a rehearsal. 

The Buzzards Bay Music Fest will kick off with an open rehearsal at 235 Front Street at 2:30 p.m. Musicians and non-musicians alike can appreciate the glimpse into the group outside of the concert and the chance to talk with musicians afterwards. Organizers request that children attend with an adult.

Hear a concert. 

Hours after their rehearsal, the Music Fest orchestra will present the first concert in the series, starting with orchestral works. The performance will start at 8 p.m., also in the Fireman Performing Arts Center at 235 Front Street.

Looking for all the local news and events? Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com   They have all the events and news in the tri-town.

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Agent Rising Boot Camp Huge Success

Agent Rising Real Estate School held their two-day Boot Camp last Friday and Saturday, June 28th and 29th. It was a great two days of learning, fun and great guest speakers.

The two-day class was a great way to get your live licensing hours.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker, owner of BOLD Real Estate and Agent Rising Real Estate School led the group of students. She always makes the classes, informative with real life examples, fun and up to date.

Guest speakers included Coach Jim Lanagan and Zach Midwood.  The group of students was engaged, excited, and full of lots of questions and new insights.  They will make a great group of future realtors!

Stay tuned to see the great things they have in store in their future!

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