I wanted to write something positive about the recent events and I found a post on Facebook that touched me. Having grown up in Watertown, I take great pride in what Mark Pettiglio had to say, “I will state emphatically after watching this hometown of ours shine on the world stage from the initial response at the finish line from citizens and first responders to the conclusion at the boat, I have never witnessed such a great example of fluidity and teamwork… seamless in its execution. Restores my faith in the essential underlying goodness of humanity”.
Professor of History at Bryant College
Wednesday, May 22,2013
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Wheaton College – Watson Fine Arts Building, Room 102
“One Women’s War in China: An American Red Cross Club Director in World War II”
The presentation examines the challenges and opportunities encountered by Rita Pilkey, An American Red Cross Club Director stationed in china’s Yannan Province during World War II. Pilkey’s feisty and daring spirit, her grit and determination, her ingenuity, and her equanimity served her well. She epitomizes the energetic fortitude of the 5,000 American Red Cross recreational workers assigned to distant overseas postings during World War II.
Registration is not required and there is no charge to attend.
Ted Williams, the beloved local baseball hero, is alive and well in the hearts of fans at Red Mill Village. The Meeting House recently hosted a fun packed night of Ted Williams memorabilia which was auctioned off to raise money for The Jimmy Fund.
A generous donation of $1,100 will be turned over to The Jimmy Fund in the name of Red Mill Village and serves as a tribute to both Ted Williams and the generous people of this wonderful community.
Looking for something fun to do with your grandchildren? Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary is a hidden gem on the south shore. This non-profit organization rescues and houses mistreated and abandoned animals such as horses, swans, sheep and more. The farm allows visitors to get up close to these animals and learn about them. Birthday party packages are available, and activities are held at Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary year-round.
Hours: Mon, 11:30am – 5pm; Wed – Sun, 11:30 am – 5pm; Tue, closed. Also open by appointment.
• Founding Date: 1995
• Parking: Free lot
• Features: Playgrounds
• Restrictions: No fires
Boston Globe Reports: “Boston-area house hunters face bidding battles – Prices rise as many vie for too few available properties”
Source: The Boston Globe | March 27, 2013
A few months ago, Jon Moorman began searching for a two-bedroom condominium in Cambridge and Somerville, keen on dumping his pricey Allston rental apartment to become a first-time home buyer.
Moorman was ready to commit to a mortgage, but he wasn’t prepared for the competition — a flood of people like him vying for a limited number of homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 price range. The software engineer lost out on two properties before expanding his search to Jamaica Plain, where he secured the right to buy a condo by bidding 12 percent above the asking price.
“We started out offering our best and final offer,” said Moorman, 23, who plans to marry in the summer. “I didn’t want to let this one get away.”
It’s a common pattern this spring: There are too many potential buyers and too few sellers, resulting in bidding battles in many Boston-area neighborhoods. And that, in turn, is starting to drive up prices overall.
Yes, it has been snowing but the spring market is just beginning! Two sales in two weeks at Red Mill Village is just the beginning of a strong spring market. The last remaining Dover is now Under Agreement as is 1 of 4 Expanded Baileys on the Park. We are nearing “Sold Out” status in our Attached home styles so don’t be left out, come & visit today to secure one of the last Expanded Bailey or Expanded Aldrich homes styles!
Boston Globe Reports: “Local housing market, packed with eager buyers, is desperately seeking home sellers”
Source: The Boston Globe | March 1, 2013
John and Melissa Smith are eager to sell their three-bedroom home in Waltham and buy something larger now that they have two children. But the starter home the Smiths purchased seven years ago — near the market’s peak — won’t command a high enough price to make a move feasible.
Ashley Krause and her partner, Kerri Scott, are interested in moving from Krause’s family condo in Roslindale to a single-family home, but so far they haven’t found anything enticing enough to justify jumping into the real estate fray.
Those are just two examples of why so many people in the region’s real estate industry — and especially potential home buyers — are asking the same question: Where are all the home sellers?
The number of homes for sale in Massachusetts is at an eight-year low, despite an increasing number of prospective buyers and a housing market that — overall — is on the mend. Some owners either can’t afford to sell because they still owe more than their properties are worth, while others aren’t yet convinced it’s the right time. The result is the demand for homes far outstrips the meager supply, an equation that threatens to hold back growth in a business crucial to the state’s economy.
“There is nothing on the market for me to want to buy to move into,’’ said Krause, a 31-year-old pharmacist who rents from her sister. “I’m afraid to put her condo up for sale and end up on the street.”
The situation differs dramatically from a few years ago, when the local housing market slowed to a glacial pace following the national subprime mortgage meltdown and tumbling home values. Then, real estate agents were practically begging for people to go house-hunting. Now, potential buyers are out in droves — motivated by low interest rates and renewed confidence in the economy — and it’s homeowners who are on the sidelines. [Read this article]