GNAR News 5/18/2011

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Learn the What, When and Why of Purchase & Sale Agreements when local attorney, Michael McCarthy, dissects the P & S Agreement — this Monday, May 23 from 9-11 AM at GNAR

Hosted by Keller Williams; Sponsored and Presented by Attorney Michael McCarthy

Join us for Continental Breakfast at this informative session.  

Please RSVP to Nancy DeMaro at by noon on Friday, May 20th. 

Mapquest Router:

294 Water Street, Newburyport – 8/3/2.5 – $1,225M, Water St, 2nd House before Ocean Ave., Dolores Person, William Raveis, 978-660-0967

 15 Hancock Street, Newburyport – 5/19/11 – $389,000, Off of Boardman,
Siga Snipas, Bean Group, 978-407-6970

16 Lime Street, Newburyport – 8/4/4.5 $879,900 High to Lime
Margaret Cargill, RE/MAX On the River, 978-758-2444

74 Middle Street, Newburyport – 8/4/2.5 – $849,900 State to Middle
Margaret Cargill, RE/MAX On the River, 978-758-2444

84 High Street, Unit 7, Newburyport – 3/1/1 – $149,900, Corner of High and Tremont
Mike Mullins, Stone Ridge Properties, 978-992-4265

31 Summer Street, Newburyport  – 8/4/1.5 – $565,000,  Antique Saltbox, High St to Summer St.
Mary Holmes, Heritage Realty,  978-808-6559

9 Ocean Street, Newburyport – 5/19/11 – $275,000, Off ofCarter St,
Siga Snipas, Bean Group, 978-407-6970

47 Longfellow Drive, Newburyport – 7/3/1.5- $409,000,Turkey Hill Rd
Eileen Gagnon, William Raveis, 978-270-6843

69 Curzon Mill, Newburyport – 9/4/2.5 – $600,000, William Hall Dr to end, RT – Pine Hill, RT – Curzon Mill
Nancy Purcell, Stoneridge Properties, Newburyport, 978-502-6441

376 Main Street, West Newbury – 7/3/3 – $495,000, Rt. 113 isMain Street
Mike Mullins, Stone Ridge Properties, 978-992-4265

4 West Parish Rd, Merrimac, MA –  6/3/2 – $314,900 Birchmeadow left onto West Parish
Nancy Purcell, Stoneridge Properties, Newburyport, 978-502-6441

14 Thorndike St, Merrimac, MA – $259,000 – 8/4/2.5, Route 110 toOld County Rd, Stay left, follow signs
Deanna Burke, Coldwell Banker, 781-799-8108

4 Devonshire Drive, Amesbury – 9/4/4- $589,000,Riverfront Drive
Eileen Gagnon, William Raveis, 978-270-6843

125 Whitehall Road, Amesbury – 5/19/11 – $360,000, Off ofFriend St.,
Siga Snipas, Bean Group, 978-407-6970

Broker Luncheons

53 Warren St, Unit 321,Newburyport 12-1pm
Presented by Nancy Purcell, Stone Ridge Properties


6 Summit Place,Newburyport, 12-1:30pm
Gretchen Maguire, RE/MAX On The River

From Wells Fargo…… a Webcast with Brian Buffini on May 24 — 10AM EST
Get ready to hear Brian Buffini live and view his presentation online, all through your desktop and computer speakers. There will also be a live Q&A session at the end that you won’t want to miss.  Note: Your computer will need speakers or a headphone jack in order for you to hear the presentation online. Questions: Email Michele Baughman at:

About Brian —
Brian Buffini built his fortune as a Realtor® by implementing a sophisticated lead-generation system that ensured a predictable supply of high-quality referrals. In 1995 he founded Buffini & Company to share his powerful referral systems with others. Brian has trained almost 2 million entrepreneurs and those in his Coaching programs earn six times the national average in income.  For additional details on this upcoming event:

Please help pass the word.  The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance, a  non-profit which relates Newburyportto Bura, Kenya(as a sister city) is having its 14th Annual Yardsale on June 4 at the Playground on the Mall, High Street, Newburyport.  Raindate is June 11.  The group is seeking items to pickup or be delivered by June 1.  Most items,except clothing and things too heavy to handle, easily accepted.  Proceeds will benefit clinics, as well as computer and orphan projects in Bura, Kenya.  Please help our sister city!  Deliveries may be arranged by calling the Cox family at 978-465-9457.  Pickups of  can be arranged by calling Ted Van Nahl and Joanna Hammond at 978-388-3230.

— How’s the market? 

Agents get that question a lot. At the supermarket, at a cocktail party, at an open house – pretty much everywhere. How they answer it can win – or lose – them business.

1000 Watt Consulting will be Beta-testing an App to answer just that question.

“Street-level real estate knowledge is irreplaceable. No matter how many charts and graphs you can get online, there’s nothing more valuable than a well-informed opinion from a professional with experience in your neighborhood or on your street….”

“In 2006 it was going to be blogging. In 2008 it was social networking. In 2010 it was location-based services. And for some, those things do work. But most remain adrift in a sea of conflicting currents.”

Yet Another Notebook? 

Google announced the Chromebook last week. They’re notebook computers (the first two are manufactured by Samsung and Acer) that shed the bulky OS and expensive software suites (read MS Office) in favor of a cloud/web based computing experience. Public and private institutions will be able to rent them for $20 – $28 per month. The jury is still out on this product with much pro and con. So I don’t think I’d be the first in line to sign up. More about Chromebook.

Home Ownership Matters: Background

Recent media reports have questioned whether home ownership is good for America and challenged federal initiatives that favor home ownership—including the mortgage interest deduction. The attacks seek to lay the groundwork for curtailing public policies and to persuade the public that such actions are in their best interest.

Among the articles that launched the recent debate:

06/17/2010 – Rethinking Part of the American Dream, The Wall Street Journal

09/05/2010 – Housing Woes Bring a New Cry: Let the Market Fall, The New York Times

09/11/2010 – The Case Against Home Ownership, Time magazine

NAR recognizes the challenges facing REALTORS® and, this summer, launched the Home Ownership Matters campaign. Through advocacy and outreach to lawmakers, consumers, thought leaders, and the media, NAR is working to preserve this important American institution and provide REALTORS® and state and local associations with valuable information and tools to address concerns from clients and the community.

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