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Jim Gibbons Celebrates 30 Years with RE/MAX

We are honored to announce that Jim Gibbons has recently achieved 30 years with RE/MAX.

Jim has been in the real estate industry with RE/MAX for 30 years. He has achieved many sales awards throughout his career including the RE/MAX’s Lifetime Achievement Award, earned by only 3% of agents and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which in 1991 Jim became the first RE/MAX agent from New England to ever qualify for induction. Jim has a very deep understanding of the Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Westwood, Dedham, Walpole, Norwood, Foxboro, Easton, Medfield markets, having been successful in this industry for so long. “My objective is simple:  sell your house for the most amount of money in the least amount of time. My career as a full-time Realtor began in 1976 and I have over 2100 satisfied past clients spanning 20 communities in Norfolk, Bristol and Suffolk Counties.

In addition to his local market knowledge and his sales achievements, he has lived in Stoughton with his wife, Maureen, for 41 years. They raised 3children together in the area. They now enjoy the happy chaos that comes with having 10 grandchildren nearby.   He is considered a seasoned professional in all the neighborhoods he services.

“Jim is a leader in our industry. He has built an excellent reputation over the years having helped hundreds of families,” said Mike Gallagher Owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Center.  “With 30 years at RE/MAX, his experience, professionalism, proven sales success record and years of market knowledge, we only foresee his success in real estate to continue for many years to come. We wish him a wonderful industry anniversary and are happy that he chooses to continue with RE/MAX Real Estate Center.”

To-Do List For a Lovely Spring Garden

The sun is shinning, the rain is starting, you and hear birds singing outside you window every morning - it's officially spring! That means it's time for your garden to make a comeback from the cold, harsh weather of winter! Below you will find our to-do list for a lovely spring garden!

1. Start by cleaning out the garden. It's time to remove any leaves, left over snow, weeds, etc! It's also a good time to pull out to your gardening tools - your soil will likely need some care!

2. Revitalize and invest in your soil. You'll likely need to add some moisture back into your soil since it's probably dried out, and packed down after these last few weeks of snow! Add in organic materials like compost or manure. You also might need to ad din more fertilizer to increase the health of the soil! 

3. Prune those plants! Any plants that did survive winter will need to be pruned, so they'll grow healthy and fresh again one we're in spring weather. With New England's unpredictable weather, maybe wait until late April to do so (in case the ground freezes again, or we get another snow storm!) 

4. Plant away! Some of our favorite spring plants are: Pansies, Lettuce, Peas, Arugula, Redbuds, Lilacs and Tulips! 

5. Prepare for the rest of spring! Mid-spring, think on some new flower beds, start to plant your hardy annuals, and consider adding some mulch! For late spring, prune any flowering shrubs!

Happy Gardening!

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Boston #1 For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! 

It should be of no surprise to all those that live in and around Boston that it's ranked #1 in best cities to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! For those of you that find this surprising, you should also know, that the holiday was actually founded in this very city in 1737 with New York's parade following in 1762! With parades, pub crawls and traditional feasts, there's no shortage of things to do on March 17th every year! 

A big thanks to our friends over at Trulia who put together the above fact sheet on the holiday -- see the original post here.

May the luck of the Irish be with you on this St. Patrick's Day,

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North Attleboro #1 Safest Towns in MA

BackgroundCheck.org ranked North Attleboro as the #1 safest town in Massachusetts for 2016! 

Massachusetts is the most populous state in New England and the 15th most populous in US. Home to 6.7 million residents, and 80% of the population living in the greater Boston area. 

Their list was complied based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary Backgroundchecks.org research data.

The article included the following North Attleboro:

Officially North Attleborough, this town in Bristol County is home to 28,700 residents.  Located on the Rhode Island border and approximately 40 miles from Boston, the community has a strong history in button-making and jewelry over several centuries.  It is also the safest place to live in Massachusetts, with no violent crime at all and the chance of being affected by property crime here just 1.5%.

RE/MAX Real Estate Center is proud to have an office in the North Attleboro community. Our agents are some of the most knowledgeable, hardworking and fun-loving! Check out this page to learn more about our team there!

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

We have just under one month until Spring Market officially begins! If you're thinking of selling, now is good time to start preparing your home for sale. Here are our top 5 suggestions:

  1. Paint! A fresh coat of paint can make everything feel completely fresh again. 
  2. Shine the floors. 
  3. Do a deep clean and/or clean the bathrooms. For the bathrooms: replace missing tiles, re-caulk the moldy areas. 
  4. Eliminate any odors. Hide the litter box, spray air neutralizer. Consider adding in fresh flowers instead! 
  5. Improve! Improvements not only help the house sell faster, they can help it sell for more money! Look into upgrading your kitchen, making repairs to the exteriors, and/or improving your landscaping

If you can't decide where to spend and where to save when getting your home ready for sale, then start working with a real estate agent. Knowledgeable agents know the market, but they also know what will give you the biggest return on your improves.

Happy Monday! 

 

Buying a New Construction Home

The new construction home market is expected to pick up significantly this year, so here is what we suggest when buying a new construction home!

  1. Weigh the pros and cons. It's easy to get caught up in the new and shiny, but we suggest really thinking on whether these homes actually fit your lifestyle.
  2. Find a great agent. You're going to want someone who has some new construction home buying experience! 
  3. Get negotiating! Consider asking for the builder to pay closing costs or perform upgrades at no additional charge.
  4. Get an Inspection and Home Warranty. Make your sales contract contingent on a final home inspection by a professional you hire. Never assume that because a home is newly constructed, it isn't going to have defects.
  5. Get everything in writing! Don’t sign anything until everything has been negotiated, agreed upon and written into the contract.

Happy home hunting! We're always here for your real estate needs!

 

2016 MLS Year End Review

The most important news out there for home owners and agents alike is market news! MLS recently sent out their 2016 Year End Review, and we thought this was an opportune moment to share 2 quick sheets with you! Overall, the market is solid and homes are selling quickly! And we don't expect this to change very much this year (2017) either!

If you have any questions on the value of your home, please feel welcome to reach out here, or browse our agents here.

We're always here to help with your real estate needs,

Welcome Trisha Bowen!

We are excited to welcome Trisha Bowen to our North Attleboro office! 

Trisha joins RE/MAX Real Estate Center having started her real estate career in January of 2013 and with receiving two sales awards in 2015 and 2016.  Her experience and knowledge of the market extends includes many areas such as Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, North Attleboro, Seekonk, Rehoboth, and Norton. “I made a switch to RE/MAX Real Estate Center because of the leadership and sales success in the towns where I specialize. They provide excellent resources for selling and buying a home, allowing their agents to thrive. They have a long time, well-established reputation for excellence.”   

In addition to her sales achievements and local market knowledge, Trisha has many hobbies and interest within her community enjoying all the benefits of New England living; the beach, hiking and skiing. Additionally, she is an avid reader in a local book club.

“Trisha is a solid agent gaining speed and success in the industry very quickly. She has been committed to working hard for her clients, having earned two awards within just 5 years in the business,” said Mike Gallagher Owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Center. “We are pleased to have her, and very happy she chose to continue to grow her business with us.”   

You can learn more about Trisha or reach her directly here.

Wishing Trisha a wonderful first year with us,