Weekly News – May 22

Please attend: TODAY:  OH Lunches
7 Forest Street, Byfield MA
Salad, Pasta Dessert and Drinks

7 Forest Street – 6/3/2 – $649,900

Hosted by Betsy Lopez, Bean Group, 978-394-1747

12:00-1pm –  39 Kent Street, Newburyport

39 Kent Street, Newburyport – — 7/3/2.5—$715,000
Luncheon sponsored by Monument Mortgage
Hosted by Kim Weeks, RE/Max On the River, 978.265.2519


Affiliate Spotlight & Caravan
Thursday, May 23, 2013


Evolve Bank and Trust – Bob Pezzella, Loan Officer

At the weekly meeting tomorrow you’ll hear from our Affiliate member, Bob Pezzella of Evolve Bank and Trust.  Bob brings a unique blend of personality and experience to each loan application. Understanding the perception that the mortgage process can be

Call for a quote today

Call for a quote today

intimidating and daunting to some,  Bob takes a step back to understand every loan applicant’s situation and goals and works towards a solution that fulfills these needs.  Evolve’s unparalleled processing and underwriting process helps to keep each transaction on track for meeting finance commitment dates and a smooth and timely closing.  To reach Bob, call 617-513-8143 or by email bpezzella@getevolved.com.  You can also add Bob’s contact information to your favorites bar at http://www.evolvelpo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=150&Itemid=233

Bob will be providing the refreshments for this week’s meeting.  Stop by and say hello and enjoy your morning cup of coffee.

CARAVAN – May 23, 2013

Mapquest:  http://mapq.st/14RuSE6

17 Summit Place, Newburyport – condo – 5/2/2 $319,000 cross street: High;
Pat Skibbee, River Valley RE, 978-502-4782

22 Windward Drive, Newburyport—9/4/3.5—$649,900; off Turkey Hill
Kevin Fruh, Keller Williams, 978-500-7409 

157 Crow Lane, Newburyport—6,3,1.5—$398,900; off Turkey Hill
Mike O’Keefe, Re/max on the River, 978-314-0686

17 Lincoln Avenue, Salisbury—9 / 4 /1.5–$299000; Beach Rd & 1A
Mick Bielby, Coldwell Banker, 978 873 5447

167 Elm Street, Byfield—13/5/3.5—$850,000; intersection of Central and Elm Streets
Brian Tierney, Rondeau-Tierney RE, 617-797-1018


REALTOR Market Indexes hit all-time highs again in April

Posted by MAR: 21 May 2013 06:22 AM PDT

Who knows how long it will last, but REALTOR confidence in both the market and in prices pushed the April REALTOR Market Confidence Index (RMCI) and REALTOR Price Confidence Index (RPCI) to all-time highs again in April. Activity continues to be strong as inventory remains low.

Here are the April 2013 Highlights:

  • Both the RMCI and the RPCI hit all-time highs in April
  • This is the third straight time that the RMCI was over the 70-point mark.
  • The RPCI went over the 80-point mark for the first time ever in April
  • This is the 20st straight month the RMCI was up over the same time last year and the 15th straight month for RPCI.

Hot Topic:
The March “hot topic” question asked REALTORS how prevalent over-asking price offers were compared to at- or below-asking price offers through the first four months of 2013.

Click here to read the full release: April Realtor(R) Market Confidence Index and Realtor(R) Price Confidence Index

Data points:

  • REALTOR® Market Confidence Index in April was 79.14 Up 41% from the same time last year
  • REALTOR® Market Confidence Index in April was UP 5% from March 2013
  • REALTOR® Price Confidence Index in was 81.47. Up 36% from the same time last year.
  • REALTOR® Price Confidence Index in April was Up 4% from March 2013.

Join Us…..
June 5, 2013 REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill

Mark your calendar for the 7:55am train from Newburyport arriving at North Station at 9:30am.  Join your fellow REALTORS at MAR’s annual grassroots lobbying day; REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill on June 5, 2013.  Keynote speaker this year is Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley. Check-in begins at 9:30 in the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House, with continental breakfast and speakers immediately following at 10:00 am.   After the presentations, meeting with local representatives will be coordinated.  Below is the video invite from MAR President, Kimberly Allard-Moccia.


Wicked Local Social Media –
Prize Winner: Lisa Hayford of Keller Wiliams

At the Social Media class at GNAR on 5/20, Lisa was the lucky winner of a Multi-media Package from Wicked Local which includes: a display banner for one-month (Wicked Local Community site of your choice), a town-sponsorship ad in Wicked Local homes, covering five towns of your choosing (for one month) valued at $500.  If you’re interested in finding out more about the digital products Wicked Local Media has available, please contact Nancy Prag at 978-739-1310.  EMAIL:nprag@wickedlocal.com

Thank you to Nancy for sponsoring this educational event.

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

June 3rd at 12:00-1:00

The Committee for an Open Waterfront will present their multi-media presentation of an Alternative Plan for the 4.2 acres of public lands to the east and west of the Firehouse. It includes a park and landscaped parking plan by two professional landscape architects with a short video introduction and a “fly-around” showing the dimensional scale of the NRA (Newburyport Redevelopment Authority) proposed development.  The NRA plan includes 70,000 sq. ft. building with 64 condos ; retail below and single family up. Two massive buildings, one the largest in the downtown,  blocking views to the River.  There will be a financial analysis of the NRA, and the park/parking costs of the landscaped plan with no new buildings proposal. Questions are welcomed after the presentation.

Register Today – A full day of CEU’s
on June 10

GNAR is pleased to offer the following CEU Classes on Monday, June 10 – EARN 6 CEUS  – including luncheon, FREE to GNAR Members.  Sign in begins at 8:15am ~ Class starts at 8:30am sharp – You must be on time to ensure CEU credit

click here to register or for course descriptions:  http://jun2013gnar.eventbrite.com




Smart Growth & Smart Energy



Environmental Issues




Wetlands Protection


Smart Growth/Energy – Nick Cracknell, Principal Land Use Planner
at Keystone Planning and Design

Environmental Issues – presented by

Wetlands Protection – Amanda Zuretti, Esquire

Lunch generously sponsored by:
Greg Greene with
Greene Construction, Newburyport



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