Title /blog/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:06:26 -0400 Agent Receives the Norm Northrup Award for Exemplary Service https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/06/18/agent-receives-the-norm-northrup-award-for-exemplary-service/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/Helen.Award.png" style="margin: 10px; width: 240px; height: 180px; float: left;">Local realtor, Helen Bolino was recently recognized for outstanding performance at Northrup Realtors&rsquo; annual meeting.</p> <p>Bolino, received&nbsp; the &ldquo;Norm Northrup&rdquo; Award&rdquo; which is presented to the agent who best personifies the strong values, exceptional professionalism and high ethical standards envisioned by the company&rsquo;s namesake and founder Norman Northrup when he first established the local real estate company in 1952.</p> <p>&ldquo;Norm believed that the key to fostering a successful business was to establish high standards and to create a reputation for excellence. Helen Bolino exemplifies those traits in all of her interactions and every transaction.</p> <p>Helen&rsquo;s reputation for honesty, fairness, dependability and respect for confidentiality has been a huge factor to our company&rsquo;s continuing success and we are extremely fortunate to be able to work with her&rdquo; Northrup&rsquo;s President Richard Tisei stated.&nbsp;</p> <p>Helen is held in high esteem by the real estate community and as a result of her work has developed a widespread and very loyal following. In fact, according to the Multiple Listing Service she has ranked as Lynnfield&rsquo;s leading real estate agent for 17 straight years.&nbsp; Her success is a result of her successful negotiating skills, customer satisfaction and exceptional work ethic.</p> <p>Please join us in congratulating Helen!</p> Blog Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:06:26 -0400 What You Need to Know About Researching Home Prices https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/06/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-researching-home-prices/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/Home%20prices.png" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;">When it&rsquo;s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There&rsquo;s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking &ldquo;Is my house priced too high?" "Too low?" "Am I leaving too much money on the table?&rdquo; These are big questions.</p> <p>Luckily, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent&rsquo;s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market.</p> <p>So take a deep breath. Then do your homework. The more you know, the more confident you&rsquo;ll be when it&rsquo;s time to make those big decisions.&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Turn to Local Experts &mdash; Because They Really Know Their Stuff</strong></h3> <p>The good news: Local market info is freely available online, so you, the seller, can get a sense of what your house is worth.</p> <p>The bad news: Local market info is freely available online, so most buyers will&nbsp;<em>also</em>&nbsp;have a general idea of what they think your home is worth.</p> <p>When pricing your house, a listing agent has your back in a way an online property listing site just can&rsquo;t. An agent:</p> <ul> <li>Has real world experience in your community.&nbsp;</li> <li>Knows the nuances of your neighborhood&rsquo;s micro-market.&nbsp;</li> <li>Can expertly assess how your home compares to similar ones recently sold in your area.</li> <li>Can tour your property to determine, inside and out, where your house fits in the real estate landscape.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>A website will do none of the above.&nbsp;</p> <p>An agent will, yes, consider online market data to help you set the price of your home. But he or she will also rely on first-hand knowledge about your home&rsquo;s unique perks (and quirks), as well as about the neighborhood, to better inform your listing price.&nbsp;</p> <p>He or she can also recommend ways to market your house (Instagram-able photos, blog-worthy descriptions, etc.), pro stagers who can set your home up to dazzle buyers, and inspectors and contractors who can make any needed repairs.</p> <p>That being said, you&rsquo;ll want to have your own sense of what your house is worth too. As invaluable as a listing agent is to your selling journey, being the seller means you&rsquo;re also the final decision maker.&nbsp;</p> <p>So keep your laptop out. We&rsquo;re going to do a little research.</p> <h3><strong>Search Online Property Sites &mdash; Because They&rsquo;ll Give IRL Experience Some Context</strong></h3> <p>Millennials are the largest group of home buyers today, according to a&nbsp;NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS&reg;&rsquo; (NAR) report, and they overwhelmingly start their buying journey &mdash; where else? &mdash; online.</p> <p>The internet is there for you as well &mdash; to an extent &mdash; when you&rsquo;re ready to sell your home.&nbsp;</p> <p>Online property sites like realtor.com can give you a sense of local real estate trends, including your city&rsquo;s median listing price, median closing price, and the average price per square foot. As you search, there are a couple important things to do:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Pay attention to houses in your area that are similar to your own</strong>&nbsp;in terms of size, attributes, and location. When you work with a listing agent to price your home, these houses will provide the main criteria for setting the amount.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Take notes about {{ start_tip 101 }}what makes your house different{{ end_tip }}&nbsp;from the pack.</strong>&nbsp;As you look at online listings, think carefully about why your house is worth more or less than similar houses in your community. The better you&rsquo;re able to articulate these nuances to your listing agent, the better prepared the agent will be to list your home at an accurate and competitive price.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Having this information can also give you confidence in the price your agent ultimately recommends &mdash; you&rsquo;ll know what&rsquo;s standard for the market, and how the price determined for your house lines up. If there are discrepancies, talk to your agent about how he or she arrived at their price.&nbsp;Unlike the internet, he or she can give you a complete picture of what your home&rsquo;s price should be and why.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, as you search, be aware that not all real estate listing sites are created equal. Realtor.com&reg; aggregates listings from Multiple Listing Services (MLS) around the country, which provides the most up-to-the-minute data about home sales. (By the way, realtor.com&reg; is the official listing site of NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS&reg;, which operates HouseLogic.com.)&nbsp; Most of &#39;for sale&#39; listings at realtor.com&reg;, for example, are refreshed every 15 minutes &mdash; so what you see is likely what you get. Another big property listing site (and brokerage), Redfin, also aggregates data from MLSs.</p> <p>Trulia and Zillow, on the other hand, collect their listing information from a variety of sources, and may not always be as up to date as the MLS.&nbsp;</p> <p>The takeaway: Seller, beware. Consider your online source. Take what you&rsquo;ve learned from online listings to your agent to talk about what&rsquo;s really best for you and your home.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related Topic:&nbsp;</strong>Sell a Home: Step-by-Step</p> <h3><strong>Try Online Price Calculators &mdash; With Caveats</strong></h3> <p>As long as you&rsquo;re on the internet, you might decide to try an online home price calculator. With these calculators, property sites use sale prices near you (and overall market data) to<strong>&nbsp;approximately predict</strong>&nbsp;your own home&rsquo;s value.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find an online home price calculator at almost any property site, and they all work a little differently. Realtor.com&reg;&rsquo;s&nbsp;home estimator tool, for instance, factors in your home&rsquo;s square footage and recent home sales in your area to calculate an approximate recommended sale price.</p> <p>Plug your ZIP code or address into a site to see:</p> <ul> <li>Homes for sale in your community, which can give you a sense of the overall market</li> <li>Estimated prices of similar homes in your area, which can provide a general range of home prices in your area</li> <li>Property descriptions and photos of local homes for sale, which can give you a feel for how other homes are being marketed to buyers (and how you can do even better)</li> </ul> <p>Info like this is good to know &mdash; particularly because most buyers will see similar numbers when they to online research, too &mdash; but&nbsp;<strong>you have to take what online home price calculators tell you with a grain of salt</strong>.</p> <p>Online price calculators can be useful as a reference, but they have limitations in terms of their scope (they can&rsquo;t read nuances of the market like a human can), as well as their reliability. Some, including Zillow&rsquo;s Zestimate tool, which estimates market value, have been challenged by some users for inaccuracy.</p> <p>Your listing agent&rsquo;s knowledge and expertise are more reliable measures for determining your own home&rsquo;s price &mdash; he or she knows the subtleties of your home, neighborhood, and real estate market inside and out. Before you and your agent can confer, don&rsquo;t get your heart set on a sale price.</p> <p>Speaking of: The sale price is one thing. Potential profit is another.</p> <p>How much money you&rsquo;ll pocket after selling your home depends on a number of factors, including the amount of debt you still owe on a current mortgage, property taxes, and your real estate agent&rsquo;s commission. To get an idea of your potential profit margin, use a net proceeds calculator, like these from&nbsp;United Heritage Credit Union&nbsp;or&nbsp;Oklahoma&rsquo;s Credit Union.&nbsp;</p> <p>Again: These are only estimates. A lot of variables are at play between the time you set a sale price and the time you close. The home will be appraised and inspected, and those results could affect your out-of-pocket costs or the sale price. And you&rsquo;ll likely be negotiating the price with buyers. So use a net proceeds calculator with some care.</p> <p>OK, you&rsquo;ve done your research. Now&nbsp;it&rsquo;s time to find that listing agent who&rsquo;s right for you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.houselogic.com">www.houselogic.com</a>&nbsp;for more articles like this.&nbsp;</p> <p>Copyright 2018 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS&reg;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:06:54 -0400 Fairways Edge at Sagamore Project Overview https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/03/19/fairways-edge-at-sagamore-project-overview/ <p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/FAQs_AD_R1-2%C6%92_3-16-18%20(1)%20(2).pdf"> <img alt="Fairways Edge at Sagamore" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/FairwaysEdgeFAQSheet_20180323_0001.jpg" style="width: 255px; height: 330px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;"></a>As a follow up a previous post from&nbsp;February&nbsp;28, we would like to shed some more light on the Fairways Edge at Sagamore project currently being proposed by Bonvie Homes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The first matter to be addressed is a vote to&nbsp;amend&nbsp;the town zoning laws. Fairways Edge at Sagamore is a proposed 55+ residential community consisting of 154 attached residences built around Sagamore Spring Golf Club. The project would be built under the Lynnfield Elderly Housing bylaw if approved by voters at the April 30th Town Meeting.</p> <p>Voters are being asked to rezone 105 acres on the first nine holes of the course from single-family residential into a senior housing zone. The additional 66 acres across the street which comprise the back nine holes, is not a part&nbsp;of this project or proposed rezoning.</p> <p>Until the town vote on April 30th, the project is still in proposal stage. That is why we are working hard to educate residents about it and ask for support.</p> <p>In an effort to answer specific questions about this project please download this helpful PDF:&nbsp;<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/FAQs_AD_R1-2%C6%92_3-16-18%20(1)%20(2).pdf">Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fairways Edge at Sagamore</a>. And look for more information to come on our Facebook page and Twitter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blog Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:03:25 -0400 Congratulations to Our Top Producers for 2017 https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/03/09/top-producers/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/TopProducers2017.NorthrupAssociates.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left; width: 212px; height: 151px;">During our recent annual meeting and awards breakfast, we honored our Top Producers for 2017. These individuals are outstanding members of our team who have demonstrated leadership and empowered homebuyers and sellers to achieve successful outcomes.&nbsp;Pictured (from left to right) are:&nbsp;Marcia Poretsky, Maureen Rossi-DiMella, Helen Bolino, Eric Doherty and Debra Roberts.</p> <p>Taking top honors was <a href="https://northruprealtors.com/realestate/agent/helen-bolino/"><strong> Helen Bolino</strong></a>. Helen has been the number one agent in Lynnfield for sales and listings for 18 consecutive years. This award represents Helen&rsquo;s investment of many hours of personal service and attention to her customers and clients.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://northruprealtors.com/realestate/agent/maureen-rossi-dimella/"> Maureen Rossi-DiMella</a></strong> was once again recognized as a top producer after a very successful year. &nbsp;Maureen continues to create lasting relationships with all of her clients by ensuring that each transaction is handled in a personalized and professional manner.</p> <p>Throughout her career, <strong><a href="https://northruprealtors.com/realestate/agent/marcia-poretsky/" title="Marcia Poretsky">Marcia Poretsky</a></strong> has consistently been one of the region&rsquo;s top producers, specializing in single-family and condominium sales, she has built a loyal clientele as a result of her attention to detail and problem solving skills. This is a well-deserved recognition of all of her hard work.</p> <p><a href="https://northruprealtors.com/realestate/agent/eric-doherty/"><strong> Eric Doherty</strong></a> achieved Top Producer status for a second consecutive year. He is a rising star in the real estate community. His goals are to make each transaction as seamless as possible. Being honest, diligent and accessible are guidelines that he strives for with each and every client.</p> <p><a href="https://northruprealtors.com/realestate/agent/debra-roberts-carpenter-and-roberts-hometeam/"> <strong>Debra Cuozzo Roberts</strong></a> prides herself on a high level of honesty, accessibility, and personal service. She is successful because she is a proactive thinker, a problem solver and a reliable communicator. Those attributes make her a super effective representative for her clients.</p> <p>As a locally owned and independently run office, Northrup Associates strives to provide the highest level of service. That has been the secret to our success in the past and will remain our guiding principle in the future. Congratulations again to our top producers! We couldn&rsquo;t do it without you!</p> Blog 2017 Top Producers Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:03:18 -0500 New 55+ Active Adult Community Being Proposed in Lynnfield https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/02/28/new-55-active-adult-community-in-lynnfield/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/Sagamoreblog.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; float: left; width: 178px; height: 178px; margin: 5px 10px;">Ron Bonvie of Bonvie Homes recently attended our 66th Annual Sales and Awards meeting and briefed our sales associates on his proposal to build a new 55+ Active Adult Community in Lynnfield. The planned residential community, called The Fairways Edge at Sagamore,&nbsp;would be located on 105 acres around Sagamore Springs Golf Course. It would also&nbsp;be the biggest new housing project in Lynnfield in the past 20-30 years.</p> <p>Should voters at the Lynnfield town meeting on&nbsp;April 30th approve the needed rezoning, the golf course would remain and 154 attached units ranging from 2,400 - 3,000 sq. ft. would be built in clusters of duplexes, triplexes, and quads. Each residence would feature a first floor master suite, full lower level, and attached two-car garage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ron Bonvie is a nationally known developer specializing in over 55+ communities. His award-winning developments have been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Council for "Best Active Adult Community in America" and "Best Home Design in America."</p> <p>In the months leading up to the Town meeting, there will be a number of meetings and presentations scheduled for Lynnfield residents and neighbors to learn more about this exciting new community.</p> Blog Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:02:01 -0500 7 Reasons to Work With a REALTORĀ® https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2018/01/22/http-realtormag-realtor-org-sales-and-marketing-handouts-for-customers-for-buyers-7-reasons-work-realtor/ <p>7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR&reg;</p> <p>REALTORS&reg; aren&rsquo;t just agents. They&rsquo;re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS&reg; and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR&reg; difference for home buyers:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Ethical treatment.&nbsp;</strong>Every REALTOR&reg; must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR&reg;&rsquo;s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.</li> <li><strong>An expert guide.&nbsp;</strong>Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there&rsquo;s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.</li> <li><strong>Objective information and opinions.&nbsp;</strong>REALTORS&reg; can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs&reg; can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don&rsquo;t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you&rsquo;d thought.</li> <li><strong>Expanded search power.&nbsp;</strong>Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR&reg; can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.</li> <li><strong>Negotiation knowledge.&nbsp;</strong>There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR&reg; will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.</li> <li><strong>Up-to-date experience.&nbsp;</strong>Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you&rsquo;ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS&reg; handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.</li> <li><strong>Your rock during emotional moments.&nbsp;</strong>A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they&rsquo;ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.</li> </ol> Blog Top Agents Top Lynnfield Realtors Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:01:25 -0500 Northrup Associates Realtors are Proud Gold Sponsors https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2017/04/13/northrup-associates-realtors-are-proud-gold-sponsors/ <p>Northrup Associates is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the Aine&#39;s 4th Annual Fashion Show! &nbsp;The David K. Johnson Foundation partners with Aine&rsquo;s Boutique to host 600 women on March 30 for their 4th annual fashion show to raise money and awareness to cure Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and support families affected.</p> <p>The evening will be emceed by Doug Meehan of Channel 5 and includes 3 fashion segments with local woman as models. Other features include a red-carpet event, open bar sponsored by Tito&rsquo;s Hand Made Vodka, Sam Adams Brewery and 90+ cellars. &nbsp;Tito&rsquo;s also generously matched $5,000 in sponsorships. Guests will be treated to appetizers by Professor&rsquo;s Market in Reading, a candy station by Whole Foods, cupcakes from Cupcake City and a coffee bar from Keurig.&nbsp; Austin Preparatory School in Reading donated their space for this wonderful night.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The David K. Johnson Foundation is incredibly grateful we&rsquo;ve created a special evening of fashion and fun that connects great people to a great cause while shining a light on this devastating disease. 600 tickets sold out in one week, including our VIP tables and we expect this to be one of our most successful fundraiser since the foundation was established in 2001&rdquo;, said Executive Director Jen Cote.&nbsp; Boutique owner and DKJ Board Member, Julie Centrella named the store after her mother who currently suffers from Alzheimer&#39;s.</p> <p>For a look at last year&rsquo;s event, check out&nbsp;<a href="https://vimeo.com/162784030">https://vimeo.com/162784030</a>. To learn more about The DKJ Foundation visit them at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dkjfoundation.org/">www.dkjfoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>About the David K. Johnson Foundation: Since 2001, The DKJ Foundation has raised money and awareness to support a cure for Alzheimer&rsquo;s and help families affected. They have donated over $350, 000.00 towards Alzheimer&rsquo;s research and helping families affected. All overhead and operating expenses are paid for by the founders.&nbsp; 100% of the proceeds goes directly to their causes; The primary beneficiaries of their fundraising are Cure Alzheimer&rsquo;s Fund, Sanborn Place, Home Care &amp; Day Services and The David and Susan Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The DKJ Foundation is a nonprofit 501 C 3 organization.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:47:04 -0400 NORTHRUP ASSOCIATES CONGRATULATES OUR AWARD WINNING AGENTS https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2016/04/08/northrup-associates-congratulates-our-award-winning-agents/ <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/top-producers-2015-lynfield-sm_001.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 900px; margin: 10px;" class="featured featured"> News Best Realtors Home Sales Housing Northrup Peabody Agents Top Agents Top Honors Top Lynnfield Realtors Top Producers Buyers Northrup News Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:04:34 -0400 NORTHRUP TOP SELLER, HELEN BOLINO HONORED https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2016/04/08/northrup-top-seller-helen-bolino-honored/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5935/blog/P1120269.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 10px;"></p> <h1><span style="color:#006400;"><strong>TOP REALTOR HELEN BOLINO HONORED</strong></span></h1> <p>Northrup Associates Realtors held their annual meeting on Wednesday and Helen Bolino received an award commemorating her 20 years with the company. &nbsp;Bolino has sold over 300 homes ($250 million woth of property) during her time at Northrup, and she has also reportedly been the top seller in Lynnfield for the past 20 years. &nbsp;Shown presenting Bolino with the award, Richard Tisei, Helen Bolino, Warren Group CEO Timothy Warren Jr., and Bernie Starr</p> Helen Bolino Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:04:00 -0400 BIG BUMP IN MASS. HOME SALES TO START 2016 https://northruprealtors.com/blog/posts/2016/02/24/big-bump-in-mass-home-sales-to-start-2016/ <a href="http://www.statehousenews.com/" target="_blank"><img class="CToWUd" src="https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/6VbrmL3ET41sMeoc7mtmUCwzdmXsFDG8Gy-ds93Ay5KcYZJ8BtQEoaVevRKcbSuXYqb6nVXe3pRarM1FgI5Brg=s0-d-e1-ft#http://www.statehousenews.com/res/logo.gif" style="border: 0px currentColor; margin-bottom: 1em; display: block; border-image: none;"></a> <p style="text-align: left; font-size: 1.4em; font-weight: bold; margin-bottom: 0em;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 1.25em;"><strong>BIG BUMP IN MASS. HOME SALES TO START 2016</strong><br> With an assist from better weather than last year, homes sales in Massachusetts surged 25 percent in January as prices remained flat, according to data released Tuesday morning. The Warren Group reported the median sale price of a home in Massachusetts last month was $320,000. Condo sales were up 29 percent in January, with the median condo sale price down 3 percent to $290,875. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that January sales reached their highest level since 2004. Closed sales have been up in 12 of the last 19 months, according to the association, and median prices have been up in 17 of the last 19 months. At 14,291, the inventory of homes for sale in Massachusetts in January was down 20.4 percent compared to January 2015. "We remain in a unique time where, despite the lack of inventory of homes for sale, buyers have been successfully finding homes they want to live in and making offers that sellers are accepting," association president Annie Blatz, branch executive at Kinlin Grover Real Estate in Brewster, said in a statement. - Michael Norton/SHNS</p> Home Ownership Home Sales Homes Under Contract Housing Housing Market Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:44:00 -0500