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Common 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 mindset 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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Old Rochester Sports

Two Old Rochester sports teams remain in postseason play

Nov 12, 2019

As the fall high school sports season nears its end, two teams at Old Rochester Regional High School remain in competition.

Old Rochester football will play Ashland High School on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association Division 6 South Sectional championship.

ORR defeated Norwell at home on Nov. 9 with a score of 22-15 to win the south sectional semi-finals, and will travel to Ashland for their next game.

Head Coach Bryce Guilbeault said that his team played well in the first half, establishing a 15-0 lead at halftime. Norwell nearly made a comeback, tying the game at 15-15, but the bulldogs put together a game winning drive in the fourth quarter running with Jackson Cote, Dylan Dewolfe and Cam Brezinski.

Guilbeault said this is the second year in a row playing Ashland in the sectional finals. He said they have 24 seniors, and that “they are well-coached and are a threat in the air and on the ground,” making them their toughest challenge of the year.

Cross country runner Alex Craig will compete in the All-State meet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Gardner Golf Course.

Craig placed second in a Division 4 meet on Nov. 9 at the Wrentham Development Center, with a 5k time of just 16:13.53.

Coach Cindy Tilden said, “We are hoping to do the right amount of training this week with some rest to be prepared for the race.”

The girls soccer and volleyball teams also competed in the playoffs this year. Volleyball made it as far as the south semi-finals, before being eliminated by Dennis-Yarmouth. Soccer made it to the Division 2 South Quarterfinals, but was ultimately defeated by Medway by a score of 2-1.

Volleyball Coach James Oliveira said that this year’s final record of 15-5 is the best in recent memory , and that since he became head coach in 2017, the team has “made progress each year and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.”

Oliveira added that “Although the season ended before we had hoped, we showed a lot of progress and this team was a lot of fun to coach.”

Come on out and support your local athletes as they finish off the season.  BOLD Real Estate are your local realtors. We are your community experts. Let us help you take the worry out of your real estate move.

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NAR Annual Conference in San Francisco

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, co-owner of BOLD Real Estate was excited to attend the National Association of Realtors Annual Conference in San Francisco last week.

Kate is always excited to up her professionalism with top notch conference sessions, learning new trends and tools to help her better communicate and work with her clients, and instructor classes to better help her students at Agent Rising Real Estate School.

There were keynote speeches from Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King which were inspirational and motivating. It was also exciting to have Massachusetts Realtor Richard Waystack installed as NAR President.  It was a great time to connect with her fellow realtors and return with more inspiration and ideas to bring back to her clients and students.

Kate is excited to bring all this back to BOLD Real Estate. We have a great team of BOLDIES  Let us help take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.  We are your community experts.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

 

Real Estate 2020

What will 2020 bring in the real estate world?  Here is the latest news on how the real estate market will fare in the New Year!

The indicators are predicting that home sales will increase and be a shining star in the economy of 2020.  Sales from existing homes and new homes will keep the real estate market on solid ground.

Real estate sales activity are predicted to increase in 2020, contrary to past beliefs that sales would decrease in the coming year.  The reason for this could be linked to low mortgage rates.

Inventory still continues to be an issue.  There is a shortage of homes to sell in comparison with the buyers out there looking. This is more of an issue with lower-priced homes and first-time home buyers. This means more time to find the house of your dreams.

While predicting the future is never completely accurate, mortgage rates are predicted to creep up slightly but still stay under the 4% mark.  This is good news for buyers and can help with their sense of urgency to find a home.

House prices are expected to rise in 2020 but at a slower rate than 2019.  It all depends on what housing market you are looking at.  Some markets are actually seeing a price drop which may continue in 2020.

Since home prices have risen in the last few years and mortgage rates have stayed lower, the country will see a lot of refinancing in the year ahead.

All in all, 2020 seems like a year of small changes and could look a lot like 2019.

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ORR Girls Soccer Wins Playoff Game

Girls’ soccer team plays through puddles to win playoff game

Nov 5, 2019

With pressure from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association to continue the first round of the tournament, teams lined up on an already muddy field for their 2 p.m. game.

In the first few minutes of play, it seemed like the weather would hold out, but as time went on bursts of heavy rain started to pour down on the Old Rochester athletic field.

Players slipped and slid across the field, and soccer balls splashed in puddles, and spun in place from kicks that normally would have sent them much further distances.

Despite the added difficulty, the Bulldogs were up 1-0 at the end of the first half thanks to a goal from Sophomore Forward Jennifer Williams, who was assisted by fellow Sophomore Forward Maddie Wright.

As rain continued to bombard the field, players, coaches, officials, and spectators alike toughed out the conditions for another half of play.

Wright led ORR’s offense with two goals in the second half to build a 3-0 lead. Hopkinton responded with a goal late in the game, but ORR won 3-1 to advance to the second round of  MIAA playoff action.

When asked about persevering through the intense weather conditions Wright said ,“we wanted this win no matter what… so we were just doing everything we could to avoid all the puddles and everything like that.”

Senior Defender Grace Greany said that the team’s formations are usually through the center of the field, but at halftime they were able to adjust to play more through the wings to overcome the obstacle posed by the many puddles.

When asked about the toughest part of playing through the rain, Greany said “the ball just stopped, it didn’t move” when landing in the middle of the field, forcing the team to play smart and adjust accordingly.

Greany said Hopkinton was tough on defense and played well together, but that ultimately the Bulldogs “were able to get it done.”

What a great game! BOLD Real Estate are your neighborhood realtors. We are your community experts. Let us help take the anxiety out of your real estate move. Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Fall Landscaping Tips

Fall Landscaping Tips according to This Old House

“This is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. Cooling temperatures slow above ground growth, and moister soil encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants’ overall health. Read on for Roger’s fall checklist.

Aerate the Lawn

If rainfall pools on the grass, it’s time to aerate compressed soil so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork can do the job on a small yard, but for larger lawns Roger uses a walk-behind aerator that pulls out 2½-to 3-inch-deep soil plugs, which will break down naturally by spring.

Feed Your Grass

Cutting back on fertilizer in late summer prevents perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. “But grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees,” says Roger, “so this is a good time to feed them.” Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring.

Mow a Final Time

Roger trims turf down to 1¼ inches for the last cut of the season. “Disease has a harder time with shorter grass,” Roger says, “and fallen leaves blow across the lawn because they have nothing to latch on to.” Don’t go too low, though: Grass makes most of its food in the upper blade.

Collect Leaves

To make fallen leaves easier to transport, rake them onto a plastic tarp. Roger adds them (along with leaves he’s cleared from the gutters) to a compost bin—a simple chicken-wire pen will do. Flip the leaf pile every week with a garden fork to aerate; the “black gold” that results next year can nourish lawns, flower beds, and shrub borders.

Plant New Shrubs

In many parts of the country, planting shrubs in early fall gives the plants a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil. The basics: Dig a hole (twice the diameter and to a depth of 2 inches less than the full height of the root ball); position the shrub in the hole (make sure the top of the root ball remains at, not below, ground level); fill in with soil; water to settle soil; add more soil to top of root ball (don’t pack soil down with foot); mulch.

Trim Dead Limbs

Lifeless branches can succumb to winter snow and winds, endangering you and your home. “For big jobs, call in the pros,” says Roger. But you can protect small ornamental trees from further damage by cutting cracked, loose, and diseased limbs close to (but not flush with) the trunk; leave the wounds exposed to heal.

Cut Back Perrenials

A little work now results in healthier spring beds: Evict tired annuals, as well as the snails and slugs that feed on them, which breed in fall. Trim spent perennial foliage down to the ground; this sends energy to the roots, for next season. Every three years, divide crowded tuberous plants, like irises and daylilies: More space means more flowers.

Mulch Young Plants

Give new beds a layer of mulch—chopped leaves, weed-free straw, or wood chips—after a light frost, but before the ground freezes. Till decomposed layers of organic mulch into the soil, then apply a fresh 2- to 4-inch layer (more will smother roots) to keep new plantings warm and to control water runoff and soil erosion.

Dry Out Drip Systems

Standing water can freeze and crack drip-irrigation tubing. For simple systems, Roger shuts the water off, unscrews the tap-joint adapter, and, using a high-volume, low-pressure setting on his compressor, inserts an air hose where the system normally attaches to the tap. “Blowing the water out avoids having to uproot the entire system.”

A little extra time can bed your landscaping down for the winter and make for a better spring.

Visit www.thisoldhouse.com for more great tips to keep your home and yard looking great.

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ORR Football Advances in Playoffs

ORR Football avenges loss, advances in playoffs with comeback win

by Kenneth Borges
Nov 2, 2019

MATTAPOISETT — Despite a rocky start that saw a stifled offense, and being down by three points at the start of the final quarter, the Old Rochester Regional High School football team rallied to defeat the Apponequet Lakers to advance to the second round of the MIAA Division 6 playoffs, and avenge their only loss of the season on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The early portion of Saturday’s game saw the Bulldogs struggle on offense, giving up several fumbles and turnovers on downs. According to Head Coach Bryce Guilbeault, the team’s defense was what kept them in the game early on.

Both teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter, but Apponequet was quick to strike in the second with 10 minutes and 38 seconds left on the clock. The Lakers’ kicker sent the ball through the uprights on his first attempt, but was forced to kick again due to a false start on his team’s behalf. Old Rochester’s defense capitalized on the second chance, blocking the field goal attempt and limiting the deficit to 6-0.

With the Bulldog offense unable to respond, Apponequet  avenged that block with a 24 yard field goal with four minutes and 18 seconds left in the half, widening their lead to 9-0.

Old Rochester finally answered back with a touchdown with just over a minute on the clock, ending the first half with a score of 9-7 for Apponequet.

Guilbeault said that during halftime he told his team “you got 24 minutes, or your season’s over,” and that “the kids responded.”

The score was stagnant through much of the third quarter, until Old Rochester Captain Dylan DeWolfe ran in a touchdown with 2:46 left on the clock.

The closing minutes of the third quarter were a back and forth battle, with Apponequet scoring a touchdown and two point conversion with about a minute remaining.

ORR was quick to answer back with a touchdown of their own, although they failed at their own attempt at a two point conversion, ending the third quarter with a score of 17-14 for Apponequet.

The Bulldogs found themselves on third down early in the fourth quarter, 14 yards away from a first down, and 33 yards from the endzone.

Quarterback Ryon Thomas fired a longshot pass to wide receiver Thomas Durocher, who ran through the endzone, establishing ORR’s first lead of the game, and prompting roars from the home crowd.

From there, Old Rochester shifted momentum for a comeback victory.

Wide receiver Dylon Thomas brought in another touchdown with about four minutes left in the game, and with a successful field goal for the extra point, the Bulldogs built their lead to 27-17.

In perhaps the most pivotal play of the game, DeWolfe intercepted an Apponequet pass, taking away their opponent’s chance at closing the gap, and getting another drive on offense to solidify the win.

Running back Cam Brezinski brought in the final touchdown of the game, and with a failed attempt in recent memory, Jackson Cote crossed the endzone on the extra play for a successful two point conversion.

The Bulldogs were then able to hold the Lakers on defense and finish the game with a score of 35-17.

After the game, Guilbeault said that after losing to Apponequet in week two, his players had a “chip on their shoulder.” In his postgame speech to the team, he told players “they can have their wins in September, we’ll take our wins in November.”

DeWolfe said that he and other players were able to adapt later in the game by adding some new plays on offense, and making more blitzes on defense. He said that the comeback win was characteristic of the team, who’s best football often comes in the second half.

He added that after losing several seniors from last year, many had counted his team out this season, and that they have a lot to prove.

The #4 seeded Bulldogs will take on #8 Norwell at home next week in the second round of the single-elimination tournament.

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September Tops in Sales and Listings at BOLD Real Estate

BOLD Real Estate is excited to announce our Tops in Listings and Sales for the month of September.

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, co-owner of BOLD Real Estate has earned the Tops in Sales distinction. Kate is always the professional and is always finding ways to grow and learn in the real estate industry and pass that knowledge onto her fellow agents.  

She is always excited to work with new as well as past clients and help make their real estate move smooth and worry free.  Kate’s solid reputation and caring manner assures her of many repeat clients, She loves to give back to her local community and the real estate world and is involved with every aspect of the real estate process. 

Tracey Lee has earned Tops in Listings for the month of September. Tracey has had a productive year in her real estate career.  She is a great leader and mentor at the BOLD Real Estate office and is always learning and upping her professionalism in the real estate world. Tracey is always available to help her fellow agents as well as her clients to give them the attention and service to make their transactions as smooth as possible. She is always thorough and meticulous and gives attention to every detail. 

BOLD Real Estate has had a great summer and is looking forward to a great fall season.  We are your community experts and are here to help make your real estate move smooth and worry free.

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The Neighborhood Real Estate Agent

What are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like  to sell their home in a timely manner or need help when  buying a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of their  competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.    Real estate agents can help  sort through the facts and realize what is true in your area.   They may not know everything , but there is a lot they can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, a seasoned real estate agent can offer  information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns they serve.  They are the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can be helpful by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on their website.

BOLD Real Estate is committed to our BOLDTowns.  We are your community experts.  Let us help you navigate your new neighborhood and take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.

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ORR’S Homecoming Football Game

ORR’s homecoming football game sees big win, charity, catapult contest

Oct 25, 2019

MATTAPOISETT —  The Old Rochester Regional High School homecoming football game saw a dominant victory, charitable donation, and a tennis ball-launching catapult on Friday, Oct. 25.

Just before the action began, head coach Bryce Guilbeault said that his team had a strong game plan for the night, and that “hopefully we execute it, and everything will fall into place.”

Despite a rocky start, his players delivered on that hope.

Seekonk started strong, scoring a touchdown with ten minutes and 53 seconds left in the first quarter.

Quick to answer,  Junior Ryan Quinlan scored Old Rochester’s first touchdown of the game on the next drive.

The score was tied 7-7 at the start of the second quarter, but the Bulldogs would soon turn the tide of the game for good.

Touchdowns from Seniors Jackson Cote, and Camden Brezinski, as well as a solid defense, left Old Rochester with a 21-7 lead at the end of the half.

At just 15 seconds into the second half, Junior Eddie Espejo turned a kickoff return into a touchdown. When asked about the play, Espejo said that he noticed the Warriors had loaded heavily on to one side of the field. With confidence in his own speed, and good blocking from his teammates, Espejo was able to make it to the endzone.

Following Espejo’s speedy touchdown, everything began to fall into place, just as Guilbeault predicted.

With a series of touchdowns, a two-point conversion, and even a 42-yard field goal by Junior Ryon Thomas, Old Rochester ran up what started as a competitive game, to a 46-7 blowout.

When asked about his long-shot kick, Thomas said that he was happy to avenge a missed attempt at a 42-yard kick against Dartmouth. Thomas doubles as the team’s quarterback, and said that he values his role in both positions equally.

After the victory, Guilbeault revealed that the game plan he mentioned earlier was to draw the pass-heavy Seekonk offense into running the ball. While the action was close early on, Guilbeault said that he was happy to see everything start to click in later on in the game.

With this win, the Bulldogs improved their record to 6-1, while Seekonk fell to 5-3.

While football may have taken center stage, it wasn’t the only attraction at the homecoming game.

To commemorate its 50th reunion, the class of 1969 donated $1,000 to help defray activity fees for students.

Class of ‘69 graduates John Guilherme and Steve Heath played football, basketball, and baseball during their time at the school, and said that “the fact that kids have to pay at all just to play sports, or be in a play” was enough motivation to want to help out.

The former classmates said that Athletic Director Bill Tilden could name a few students “right off the top of his head” who couldn’t afford the $275 activity fee. Heath and Guilherme said they felt that helping to defray those costs directly would be more impactful than a traditional plaque from their class to current students.

During halftime, students had a peculiar competition to raise money for their respective classes.

Teams from each grade level used a catapult to launch tennis balls toward a bullseye-shaped target across the football field.

The Junior team consisting of Sean Lally, Davis Fox, Maggie Carroll, Isabelle Kelly, and Paige Zutaut were able to shoot the first, and second closest ball to the target, winning $150 for their class.

The sharpshooting juniors attributed their success to teamwork, allowing one member to focus on balance, and another on the release point when launching the tennis ball.

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