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Congratulations to Our Top Producers for 2017

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. Pictured (from left to right) are: Marcia Poretsky, Maureen Rossi-DiMella, Helen Bolino, Eric Doherty and Debra Roberts.

Taking top honors was Helen Bolino. Helen has been the number one agent in Lynnfield for sales and listings for 18 consecutive years. This award represents Helen’s investment of many hours of personal service and attention to her customers and clients.

Maureen Rossi-DiMella was once again recognized as a top producer after a very successful year.  Maureen continues to create lasting relationships with all of her clients by ensuring that each transaction is handled in a personalized and professional manner.

Throughout her career, Marcia Poretsky has consistently been one of the region’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.

Eric Doherty 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.

Debra Cuozzo Roberts 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.

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’t do it without you!

New 55+ Active Adult Community Being Proposed in Lynnfield

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, would be located on 105 acres around Sagamore Springs Golf Course. It would also be the biggest new housing project in Lynnfield in the past 20-30 years.

Should voters at the Lynnfield town meeting on 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. 

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."

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.

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7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR¬ģ

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

  1. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
  2. An expert guide. 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’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  3. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® 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’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.
  4. Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® 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.
  5. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® 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.
  6. Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  7. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

Northrup Associates Realtors are Proud Gold Sponsors

Northrup Associates is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the Aine's 4th Annual Fashion Show!  The David K. Johnson Foundation partners with Aine’s Boutique to host 600 women on March 30 for their 4th annual fashion show to raise money and awareness to cure Alzheimer’s disease and support families affected.

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’s Hand Made Vodka, Sam Adams Brewery and 90+ cellars.  Tito’s also generously matched $5,000 in sponsorships. Guests will be treated to appetizers by Professor’s Market in Reading, a candy station by Whole Foods, cupcakes from Cupcake City and a coffee bar from Keurig.  Austin Preparatory School in Reading donated their space for this wonderful night.

 “The David K. Johnson Foundation is incredibly grateful we’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”, said Executive Director Jen Cote.  Boutique owner and DKJ Board Member, Julie Centrella named the store after her mother who currently suffers from Alzheimer's.

For a look at last year’s event, check out https://vimeo.com/162784030. To learn more about The DKJ Foundation visit them at www.dkjfoundation.org.

About the David K. Johnson Foundation: Since 2001, The DKJ Foundation has raised money and awareness to support a cure for Alzheimer’s and help families affected. They have donated over $350, 000.00 towards Alzheimer’s research and helping families affected. All overhead and operating expenses are paid for by the founders.  100% of the proceeds goes directly to their causes; The primary beneficiaries of their fundraising are Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Sanborn Place, Home Care & Day Services and The David and Susan Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The DKJ Foundation is a nonprofit 501 C 3 organization. 

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    NORTHRUP TOP SELLER, HELEN BOLINO HONORED

    TOP REALTOR HELEN BOLINO HONORED

    Northrup Associates Realtors held their annual meeting on Wednesday and Helen Bolino received an award commemorating her 20 years with the company.  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.  Shown presenting Bolino with the award, Richard Tisei, Helen Bolino, Warren Group CEO Timothy Warren Jr., and Bernie Starr

    BIG BUMP IN MASS. HOME SALES TO START 2016

     

    BIG BUMP IN MASS. HOME SALES TO START 2016
    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

    FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS!

    2016 is going to be a dynamic year for our local real estate market! 

    I recently attended a real estate economic forecast at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, where one of the top real estate economists in the nation predicted that 2016 will go down as one of the busiest years ever, especially in the Greater Boston region.

    Locally, we share those expectations for the new year based on the latest economic data, strong consumer demand, and the solid momentum from 2015 that continues to propel our local real estate market forward. 

    Existing home sales and prices have finally recovered from the "great recession" and in many cases hit new highs in 2015. Distressed activity like short sales and foreclosures are down substantially as values have increased to pre-downturn levels.

    All through 2015 inventory was pretty consistent with demand exceeding supply.  We expect this condition, known as a "sellers' market" to continue to be the case throughout 2016.

    Demand is being been fueled by low interest rates, easing of credit access, and a strong local economy that continues to create well-paying jobs.

    Most importantly though, are the demographic changes that are effecting our region. 

    According to Realtor.com the Boston area will be number 1 region in the nation in 2016 when it comes to baby boomers shaking up the real estate market.  Whether it is downsizing from an empty nest to a condo, buying a larger home or investing in a vacation property, boomers are driving the market's resurgence.

    Just as importantly are today's millennial generation, a huge group born starting in the early 1980's.  This well educated and consumer savvy generation are already making an enormous impact as they begin to make their move into homeownership.  This next wave of buyers are drawn to our area in particular because of our strong local school systems.

    According to all the national data, 6 month purchase plans are up-pointing to a strong spring.  In fact, according to realtor.com, over the past 90 days, a record number of buyers and sellers have begun the preliminary step of preparing for a move by accessing the popular real estate web site.

    If you are serious about making a move in 2016, now is the time to start preparing for what will be an intense spring market.  

    If you're a seller that means taking the time over the next few months to prepare your property for the marketplace.  That could mean simple decluttering or making more extensive improvements to maximize value.  Our agents can provide you with important advice and guidance as well as an accurate market evaluation to properly price your home.

    If you're a buyer, it makes sense to establish a relationship with a Realtor now before the spring rush.  As a buyer, when you are shopping in a marketplace with a shortage of homes it makes all the difference when you work with an experienced and knowledgeable agent especially when you are competing against others for a chance to buy your dream home.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients in 2015 for once again making Northrup Associates the leading real estate company in the region. 

    We are a unique company, that has stood the test of time.  We are proud to have worked with generations of families helping them buy and sell their homes. The secret to our success is the time we take to  work personally with each and every one of our clients.

    Call Northrup Associates so that we can help make your move in 2016 a success!

    Northrup Associates Announces Top Producers, Bolino Takes Top Honors

    Standing (L-R) Elena Drislane, Alex DeRosa, Gale Rawding, Marcia Poretsky, Christine Carpenter

    Seated: (L-R) Debra Roberts, Helen Bolino, Maria Miara

     

    Northrup Associates Announces Top Producers,

    Bolino Takes Top Honors

    LYNNFIELD-Northrup Associates honored the firm's Top Producers for 2014 during a recently held annual meeting and awards breakfast. 

    "Northrup is pleased to recognize these Realtors with this honor. Each is a leader in the real estate community empowering local homebuyers and sellers with valuable information, helping them to make informed real estate decisions," said Broker/Owner Richard Tisei.

    At the meeting, Helen Bolino was named overall Top Producer for listings and sales in 2014.  Bolino has been the number one agent in Lynnfield sales and listings for 13 consecutive years. This award represented her investment of many hours of personal service and attention to her customers and clients. "Helen's intimate knowledge of the North Shore has earned her a strong base of loyal repeat clientele," said Tisei.

    "Gale Rawding was Northrup's 2nd Top Producing Realtor and she has a unique combination of skill, wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of impressive real estate experience. "Gale has built relationships based on trust, respect, integrity and complete customer satisfaction," said Tisei.

    Tied for 3rd place were Marcia Porestsky and Maria N. Miara.

    "Throughout her career, Marcia Poretsky has consistently been one of the region'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," said Tisei.

    Maria N. Miara "Maria's career has continued to excel in representing clients with their residential and commercial real estate needs and is identified as a highly skilled real estate broker, having the qualification as a former building inspector with an extensive construction and business background," said Tisei.

    Alex DeRosa and Elena Drislane of The Alex & Elena Team are highly experienced professionals with a combined 37 years in real estate. "Both use the latest in technology to ensure prompt communication, timely responses to inquiries, & keep their clients informed throughout the process," said Tisei.

    Debra Cuozzo Roberts prides herself on a high level of honesty, accessibility, and personal service. Debra has a love of decorating and design and is available to lend advice and help with home staging and redesign prior to placing your home on the market," said Tisei.

    Christine Carpenter was recognized for outstanding sales achievement and her knowledge of the North Shore communities makes her an asset to the firm. Christine began her career in a difficult market yet she quickly established herself as a Top Producing Realtor," said Tisei.

    Overall the company's regional market share and total volume were among the highest in the company's history in 2014 ending the year with $78,561,666 in total volume sold.

    "As a locally owned and independently run office, Northrup Associates is able to provide a level of service that other real estate firms simply cannot match. That has been Northrup's mission in the past and will remain our guiding principle in the future. I would like to thank our entire sales force for their dedication, hard work and for providing distinct satisfaction to those customers and clients in Lynnfield, Peabody and the surrounding North Shore communities," concluded Tisei.

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        NORTHRUP ANNOUNCES 2013 TOP PRODUCERS

         

        Standing (L-R) Debra Roberts, Marcia Poretsky, Helen Bolino, Maria Miara

        Seated: (L-R) Elena Drislane, Alex DeRosa

         

        LYNNFIELD-Northrup Associates recently honored its 2013 Top Producing Realtors® during their annual meeting and awards breakfast. Northrup’s Broker/Owners, Bernie Starr and Richard Tisei discussed the real estate firms productive and successful year. “Although the national real estate market has slowed since last year, home sales on the North Shore are still very strong, creating inventory shortages in many neighborhoods,” said Broker Owner Richard Tisei. “We are proud to recognize these Realtors® for their high level of accomplishment and commitment to the real estate industry,” said Broker Owner Bernie Starr.  The local market was dynamic in 2013, with some homes receiving multiple offers over the asking price. Northrup Associates and its Realtors® capitalized on these market conditions, enabling their seller clients to maximize the return on their investments, and helping buyer clients purchase the homes they wanted even in an extremely competitive marketplace.

        Each of our Realtors® maintains high standards of professionalism along with a quality of superior customer service. Northrup’s standard of excellence is not a Goal; it is our Standard Operating Procedure. This is what makes our real estate firm stand out among other real estate offices.

        Helen Bolino earned the distinction of having her best year ever in 2013. Helen was not only Northrup’s Top Realtor but she also continues to be the #1 Agent in Lynnfield, with 40 transaction sides, 22 being Lynnfield sales which is more than double the number of transactions than any agent in town. Helen has held this achievement for thirteen consecutive years with a total unit volume in excess of $125 million dollars. “Helen’s trademark has been her knowledge of the real estate market, her tireless work ethic and superior customer service,” said Tisei.  This award represents her investment of many hours of personal service and attention to her customers and clients.

        Marcia Poretsky was Northrup's 2nd Top Producer for listings and sales and has consistently been one of the region’s Top Producers, specializing in single-family and condominium sales. “She has earned this distinction for her years of dedication, professionalism and has established a strong reputation for excellence and created a large following of satisfied customers,” said Tisei.  Marcia strives to ensure that everything that is expected from a Realtor® is delivered with superior skills for property owners and prospective buyers.

        Maria Miara has built and maintained relationships with clients that have continued to have her among the Top Producers at Northrup. “Her top priority is to provide all of her client’s with unparalleled service and personal assistance for their real estate needs,” said Tisei. Maria provides her clients with the markets’ most accurate and updated information, is incredibly detailed, and executes even the most complex transactions while exceeding her client’s expectations.

        Debra Cuozzo Roberts prides herself on a high level of honesty, accessibility, and personal service. As an Accredited Staging Professional, she has a love of decorating and design and is available to lend advice and help with home staging and redesign prior to placing you home on the market.  “Debra’s proactive thinking and a high level of initiative and direct communications make her a vital representative for her clients,” said Tisei.  Highlighting a properties strengths is an important marketing tool and Debra does this with ease.

        Alex DeRosa and Elena Drislane of The Alex & Elena Team earned the title of Top Producers through their knowledge of local properties, marketing, technology, experience and drive.  “Alex and Elena are excellent negotiators and problem solvers who are able to maneuver through all types of issues that typically arise during a real estate transaction,” said Broker/Owner Richard Tisei. Alex and Elena are consummate professionals who have built their business on the numerous referrals of many satisfied clients.

        Overall, Northrup Associates market share and total volume grew both locally and regionally in 2013 ending the year with MLS statistics depicting a total dollar volume of sales of $89,961,276 with 162 sales throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2013 Northrup Associates proudly closed more sale transactions that they have in the firm’s 60th year history.  It is no wonder Northrup Associates has and continues to be “Your Home Town Realtor”.

        “As a locally owned and independently run office, Northrup Associates is able to provide a level of service that others simply can not match. That has been the secret to our success in the past and will remain our guiding principle in the future. I would like to thank our entire assembly of Realtors, for their efforts in 2013 and for providing distinct satisfaction to those customers and clients in Lynnfield, Peabody and the surrounding North Shore communities,” concluded Tisei.