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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 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.

Northrup Associates Announces Top Producers

Northrup Associates Announces Top Producers,

Bolino Takes Top Honors

Seated: (L-R) Helen Bolino, Debra Roberts Standing (L-R) Alex DeRosa, Maria Miara, Elena Drislane Seated: (L-R) Helen Bolino, Debra Roberts
Standing (L-R) Alex DeRosa, Maria Miara, Elena Drislane

Seated: (L-R) Helen Bolino, Debra RobertsStanding (L-R) Alex DeRosa, Maria Miara, Elena Drislane

LYNNFIELD-Northrup Associates recently honored the firms Top 5 Producers for 2012 during their annual meeting and awards breakfast. At the meeting, Northrups Broker/Owners, Bernie Starr and Richard Tisei reviewed the companys growth over the past year and outlined plans for a productive 2013. Northrup is pleased to recognize these Realtors with this honor. Their competitive intelligence, professionalism and dedication have made them valued and trusted real estate resources for the North Shore community with each being major contributors to the overall success of Northrup Associates as a whole. said Broker/Owner Richard Tisei. Each of our Realtors maintains high standards of professionalism along with a quality of superior customer service. Northrups standard of excellence is not a goal; it is our Standard Operating Procedure. This is what makes us stand out among other real estate offices and it is what Northrup has been become known for and that each our clients expect, said Broker/Owner, Bernie Starr Helen Bolino has been the number one agent in Lynnfield sales and listings for twelve consecutive years with a total unit volume of more than $125 million dollars. Most recently she was names Top Producer with a sales volume of $14,487,350 for 2012. This award represented her investment of many hours of personal service and attention to her customers and clients. Helens trademark has been her knowledge of the real estate market, her tireless work ethic and superior customer service, said Tisei. Alex DeRosa and Elena Drislane of The Alex & Elena Team earned the distinction as a being Top Producers for 2012 with a total unit volume of $7,973,500. Both are consummate professionals who have built their business on the referrals of so many satisfied clients. Their competitive intelligence and dedication to their respective communities of Peabody and Lynnfield make them valued and trusted real estate resource. said Broker/Owner Richard Tisei 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 clients 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 clients expectations. Debra Cuozzo Roberts prides herself on a high level of honesty, accessibility, and personal service. 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. Debras proactive thinking and a high level of initiative and direct communications make her a vital representative for her clients, said Tisei. Overall, Northrup Associates market share and total volume grew both locally and regionally in 2012 ending the year with MLS statistics depicting a total dollar volume of sales of $75,149,521 with 149 properties sold throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2012 Northrup Associates proudly closed more sale transactions that they have in the firms 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 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.

December Existing-Home Sales Jump

Washington, DC, January 20, 2011 Existing-home sales rose sharply in December, when sales increased for the fifth time in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS. Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 12.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.28 million in December from an upwardly revised 4.70 million in November, but remain 2.9 percent below the 5.44 million pace in December 2009. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said sales are on an uptrend. December was a good finish to 2010, when sales fluctuate more than normal. The pattern over the past six months is clearly showing a recovery, he said. The December pace is near the volume were expecting for 2011, so the market is getting much closer to an adequate, sustainable level. The recovery will likely continue as job growth gains momentum and rising rents encourage more renters into ownership while exceptional affordability conditions remain. The national median existing-home price2 for all housing types was $168,800 in December, which is 1.0 percent below December 2009. Distressed homes3 rose to a 36 percent market share in December from 33 percent in November, and 32 percent in December 2009. The modest rise in distressed sales, which typically are discounted 10 to 15 percent relative to traditional homes, dampened the median price in December, but the flat price trend continues, Yun explained. Total housing inventory at the end of December fell 4.2 percent to 3.56 million existing homes available for sale, which represents an 8.1-month supply4 at the current sales pace, down from a 9.5-month supply in November. NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I., said buyers are responding to very good affordability conditions despite tight mortgage credit. Historically low mortgage interest rates, stable home prices, and pent-up demand are drawing home buyers into the market, Phipps said. Recent home buyers have been successful with very low default rates, given the outstanding performance for loans originated in 2009 and 2010. According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.71 percent in December from 4.30 percent in November; the rate was 4.93 percent in December 2009. A parallel NAR practitioner survey shows first-time buyers purchased 33 percent of homes in December, up from 32 percent in November, but are below a 43 percent share in December 2009. Investors accounted for 20 percent of transactions in December, up from 19 percent in November and 15 percent in December 2009; the balance of sales were to repeat buyers. All-cash sales were at 29 percent in December, compared with 31 percent in November, but up from 22 percent a year ago. All-cash sales have been consistently high at about 30 percent of the market over the past six months, Yun said. Single-family home sales jumped 11.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.64 million in December from 4.15 million in November, but are 2.5 percent below the 4.76 million level in December 2009. The median existing single-family home price was $169,300 in December, down 0.2 percent from a year ago. Existing condominium and co-op sales surged 16.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 640,000 in December from 550,000 in November, but remain 5.2 percent below the 675,000-unit pace one year ago. The median existing condo price5 was $165,000 in December, which is 7.4 percent below December 2009. Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 13.0 percent to an annual pace of 870,000 in December but are 5.4 percent below December 2009. The median price in the Northeast was $237,300, which is 1.4 percent below a year ago. Existing-home sales in the Midwest rose 11.0 percent in December to a level of 1.11 million but are 4.3 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $139,700, up 3.3 percent from December 2009. In the South, existing-home sales increased 10.1 percent to an annual pace of 1.97 million in December but are 2.5 percent below December 2009. The median price in the South was $148,400, unchanged from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West surged 16.7 percent to an annual level of 1.33 million in December but remain 1.5 percent below December 2009. The median price in the West was $204,000, down 5.6 percent from a year ago. The National Association of REALTORS, The Voice for Real Estate, is Americas largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Article Courtesy of: National Association of REALTORS

H.R. 4853: Real Estate Provisions in the 2010 Tax Relief Bill

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) extending the Bush-era tax rates and a host of other expired and expiring provisions. The legislation is not "paid for," so there are no revenue raisers taken from real estate or other industry groups. The package provides temporary extensions of its numerous provisions. Some are retroactive, as well, so that the rules that had been in place previously will operate as if they had never expired. Included in the bill are provisions that affect real estate investment and operationssuch as energy-efficiency tax credits, capital gains, and more. A few key provisions of interest to REALTORS include:
  • Retention of Bush-era tax brackets through the 2011 and 2012 tax years;
  • Retention of the capital gains tax rate of 15 percent for assets sold or disposed of during 2011 and 2012;
  • Reduction of payroll taxes for employees and self-employed individuals during 2011;
  • Extension of numerous energy efficiency credits through December 31, 2011, including: the Energy Efficient New Homes, Energy Efficient Existing Homes, and Energy Efficient Buildings credits.
For more detailed information on the provisions of this bill affecting real estate, home owners, and REALTORS as small business owners, please see the see the full summary. Article Courtesy of National Association of REALTORS

HOME OWNERSHIP MATTERS

HOME

OWNERSHIP

MATTERS

TO PEOPLE...TO COMMUNITIES... TO AMERICA.

Studies show that home ownership has a significant positive impact on net worth, educational achievement, civic participation, health and overall quality of life. That's why, more than 100 years, REALTORS have helped people find their piece of the American Dream. Now, with some questioning whether home ownership is still good for America, it's more important than ever to stand up for home ownership...in your community and it the nation's capital. Find out more about why Home Ownership Matters, how the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, is standing up for it, and how you can help spread the word, at REALTOR.org/homeownership.

WHY HOME OWNERSHIP MATTERS

TO PEOPLE...

  • Home owners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.
  • Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Historically, a home owner's net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.
  • Home owners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.
  • most home owners enjoy stable housing costs-a fixed-rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 to 30 years while rent typically increases 3% a year.
  • Home owners can typically deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their federal individual income tax return.
TO COMMUNITIES...
  • People who own homes vote more, volunteer more and contribute more to their neighborhoods.
  • Home owners do not more as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. In turn this stability helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep.
  • Children of home owners do better in school, stay in school longer, are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time on front of the television.
TO AMERICA...
  • 67% of American households are owner-occupied. America is a nation of home owners.
  • Home owners pay 80 to 90% of federal individual income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefit all Americans.
  • Every home purchased pumps $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements and related items.
  • Housing accounts for more than 15% of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our natioinal economy.
  • For these reasons and more, home ownership is the American Dream!
--Courtesy of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Northrup Realtor becomes President of Bostons North Shore Real Estate Association

LYNNFIELD Northrup Associates is pleased to announce that Bert Beaulieu, REALTOR and Sales Associate with Northrup Associates was officially installed as the 2010 President of the North Shore Association of REALTORS (NSAR) by Kevin Sears, 2010 President of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR). Beaulieu will officially assume the duties as NSAR President on January 1, 2010. As President, he will direct the internal and external activities of the Association; preside at all meetings of the NSAR; act as the official spokesperson for the Association on issues related to the real estate industry; and represent NSAR members on the MAR Board of Directors. The North Shore Association of REALTORS is a leading local real estate association in Massachusetts serving over 1,200 members and representing more than 230 sales offices on the North Shore. This event was held at the Tupper Manor at Endicott College in Beverly and hosted over a hundred REALTORS, affiliates and guests from the North Shore. The evenings Gold Sponsor was Northrup Associates and proudly included nearly all of its REALTOR associates at the installation. With nearly 60 years of business, Northrup Associates prides itself as an office that encourages strong ethics, service and professionalism, Berts professionalism and dedication to the REALTOR organization has made him a valued and trusted real estate resource for the North Shore community and we are proud to have him as a contributor to the overall success of Northrup Associates, said Richard Tisei, Broker/Owner of Northrup Associates.
Article Courtesy of Peabody & Lynnfield Weekly News