Jeanne Stafford

Summer Events in the Greater Newburyport Area

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There is nothing like summer on the North Shore! We have rounded up some of our favorite, not to be missed local events.

Amesbury Days - Annual Block Party & Fireworks

June 28 - July 4

20th Annual Amesbury Block Party, June 28

Fireworks, July 4 at Woodsom Farm

Come enjoy this annual festival celebrating community, fun and family in beautiful Amesbury. There will be a block party, farmer’s market, car show and fireworks! View the complete schedule of events and locations here: http://www.amesburydays.org/

 

Newburyport Farmers’ Market

Fruits and Vegetables, Savory Treats, Artisanal Handmade Crafts

Sundays, 9am-1pm

The Tannery Marketplace parking lot.

50 Water St, Newburyport, MA

http://www.thenewburyportfarmersmarket.org/

 

Salisbury Beach Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2018

4:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT

What better way to celebrate the Fourth than with live music & fireworks on the beach! Get to the beach early & plant yourself on the sand for a relaxing day on the beach – you’ve earned it! https://mysalisburybeach.com/events/fourth-of-july-celebration-with-joppa-flatts/

4 Broadway

Salisbury Beach, MA

Newburyport Yankee Homecoming

Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming

Saturday July 28th - Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Newburyport's "Yankee Homecoming" is the second oldest homecoming festival in the United States. Started by Newburyport Native George Cashman (First YHC General Chairperson in 1958), has brought years of a weeklong celebration to this city. The event hosts downtown nightly concerts and street performers, road race, fireworks show and ends with a parade down Historic High St. Please visit www.yankeehomecoming.com for event dates and event details.

Waterfront Movie Series

What could be better than watching a movie OUTSIDE on the Newburyport Waterfront Park on a warm summer night? Grab a blanket and your family & friends and join us! Movies will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen with an HD BluRay Projector and BOSE professional sound system. You don't want to miss this!

August 8, 15, 22

8PM - 10PM

Waterfront Park

Newburyport

Getting REAL with your Real Estate Decisions

Browsing real estate online can be a great way to explore what is available in your area and get a sense of prices and home styles from the comfort of your couch.

However, when it comes to getting serious about your home search or sale, it is essential to work with a licensed REALTOR® to assess your home value and make a plan for your home sale, or visit listings.

Why is it best to find a professional local REALTOR® for your home sale or purchase?

  1. Knowledge and Expertise: You aren’t just buying a home, you are committing to a neighborhood and community. Our agents live, work, and raise families in the greater Newburyport area and will be an invaluable resource to you long after your transaction has closed.

  2. Personalized Guidance: You will never feel like a “number” or an “online profile” if you work with a trusted agent; you are a person with a family, values, and specific needs for your future home or for your home sale. You should meet with REALTORS® prior to your real estate transaction to make sure you are working with someone who is a great fit for you and for your family.

  3. Connection: Let’s face it; buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions of your life and can be an emotional experience. We will help you work through finding a dream home that suits your budget or selling the home your kids grew up in with empathy and understanding.

Meet our agents and contact us today!

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Walking the Walk: Stone Ridge Properties Charitable Foundation

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Stone Ridge Properties is a locally-owned, leading real estate agency in Amesbury and Newburyport, but we stand for a lot more than just helping our clients to buy and sell real estate.

Community involvement and charitable giving are core values of Stone Ridge Properties. Both the agency’s owners and agents are deeply invested in local organizations and pride themselves on contributing both through volunteer efforts and financial giving.

Every time a Stone Ridge Properties Agent closes on a home, they have the opportunity to give a part of their earnings to the non-profit organization of their choice.  Stone Ridge Properties then matches the donation (up to $100.)

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Where do we give?

Each of our agents has the opportunity to give. Here are what a few of our agents have told us about their efforts in the community.

Newburyport agent Jennifer Germain says, “I believe in giving back to the community that helped pay me through selling homes in the area. I am passionate about several local charities  but my top two are Our Neighbors Table which feeds our local people in need and The Pettengill House that assists the needy in so very many ways. For me it is a full cycle process, people have paid taxes on their homes for years to help support the community then I sell their house and am paid for my efforts. I believe part of those proceeds should go to the part of the public that is struggling to stay in the community.”

Erica Puorro chooses to support the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library through the Charitable Foundation and volunteering her time. She says, “I believe the library and its programming enriches all community members – children, teens and adults. Since the Library receives limited municipal funding for programs we have been focussing on fundraising efforts, membership and our used book shop sales.”

Nancy Purcell is an avid birdwatcher and supports Massachusetts Audubon, Joppa Flats through the Foundation and Lori Lacey volunteers weekly I volunteer at Our Neighbors Table in Amesbury weekly. She says, “It is an amazing resource for people who need a little help and a great group of people.”

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Our owners are all very active in community service and philanthropic giving as well. Owner Cathy Toomey is passionate about giving back to the community and participates in numerous community projects and organizations. She has been a member (and past President) of the Amesbury Rotary Club and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Pettengill House. Owner Sandy Berkenbush is on the board of the Pentucket Education Foundation and has been an active fundraiser for Dana Farber since 1994 raising over $290,000 with her annual Cruise for a Cure event.

When you work with Stone Ridge Properties, not only will you be working with a licensed REALTOR, you will be partnering with an agency that walks the walk when it comes to “giving back.” We love where we live, and we know you do to.

 

If you would like to buy a home, sell a home, or learn more about our Charitable Foundation, stop by either of our offices!

 

 

Enjoy Amesbury this Spring!

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We love Amesbury!

Shop Local this Spring

The Small Business Revolution TV Series put a spotlight on Amesbury over the past few months, and boy, did the town shine! It was a great reminder for all of us to enjoy this great city, Shop Local, and patronize our local shops and businesses to give back to the community that gives so much to us.

Even though Amesbury didn't win the grand prize (congratulations Alton, Illinois!), let's keep the momentum going in the community. And while you are at it, be sure to stop by our Amesbury office at 20 Market Square and say hello! Here are some of our favorite spots to shop and dine for the next time you are heading out to enjoy Amesbury!

For a complete list of addresses and business information for our list, visit www.amesburychamber.org.

Dining:

Ristorante Molise

Phat Cats

Crave

The Coop

Ale House

Barking Dog

Trina's Starlite Lounge

Flatbread

 

Coffee/Bakery:

Market Square Bakehouse

Ovedia Artisan Chocolates

Mia's House of Sweets

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Brewery:

Brewery Silvaticus

Barewolf Brewery

 

Shopping/Activity:

Giggles

Graces

Trendsetter's Boutique

Paws Pet Boutique

Eighteen Friend Street

Riverwalk Gallery

Hedgehog Designs

Board & Brush

Brushstrokes & Grapevine

 

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Local Market Preview 2018

A look ahead into Real Estate Market Predictions for the Greater Newburyport Area and Southern New Hampshire

Welcome 2018! It is no secret that 2017 was a seller’s market in the Greater Newburyport Area and the North Shore. With home inventory extremely low and many homes selling over their original asking price, buyers were struggling to keep up with the pace of home sales.

The bottom line: although some local home buyers were successful in finding homes this year, many were left looking ahead, hoping for more inventory to come onto the market in 2018. Well, for homebuyers and sellers, the future looks bright!

What does 2018 hold for homebuyers in the area?

By now, homeowners are aware that there are eager buyers poised and ready (with mortgage pre-approvals) to make offers.  A fast and easy transaction is very motivating for people who would like to downsize or relocate. Plus, the National Association of REALTORS is reporting that, “home shoppers may have it easier in 2018. Inventory constraints of for-sale homes and rising home prices may finally start to ease next year, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 National Housing Forecast.” The same report indicates that home prices will level out in 2018-2019. If they haven’t already, homebuyers should move quickly to partner with an Accredited Buyer’s Agent to ensure they have an advocate alerting them to new listings and price changes in the area. If you are just beginning the process of looking locally, or are a first-time homebuyer, reach out to us to help you set yourself up for success (and avoid surprises) when it comes to the entire home purchasing transaction. The market will be still be very competitve, so it is important to know exactly what you want so you will not hesitate when the perfect property comes along!

What does 2018 mean for homesellers?

First and foremost, the seller’s market will continue to be strong. Inman News predicts that “Real estate experts and economists agree sellers will continue to hold the cards” especially in “hot markets” like the North Shore. When working with an experienced local agent, home sellers can expect sell their home quickly if the price is right. If you are just beginning to think about listing your home, now is the time to reach out to a trusted REALTOR® even if you are not completely ready to put your home on the market. He or she can walk you through the market trends and offer home value estimates and tips to prepare your home to be listed.

 

Spring will be here before we know it, so now is the time to choose a REALTOR®, create an ideal timeline to set up your home sale or purchase, and get a jump on the competition.

 

Contact us to discuss your real estate transaction and get a headstart on what will surely prove to be another exciting year!

 

 

Curb Appeal: Your Front Door

Your front door is such an important element of the exterior of your home. Not only is it the entryway for guests, it is also the focal point that the eye is drawn to as people walk or drive by. If you are thinking about selling your home, updates to your front door can be a great, relatively inexpensive way to increase your curb appeal.

Seasonal decor is a great way to keep your front door fresh and inviting, as are creative paint colors and framing. Whether your home is an antique colonial or a more contemporary style, consider making a statement on your door with a bold paint color or a stunning wreath.


For inspiration, take a look at some of these beautiful, New England front doors from The Front Door Project on Instagram. Thank you Deb, at The Front Door Project for allowing us to share your beautiful posts!

 

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Ready to buy a home?

Ready to buy a home?

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Are you thinking of purchasing a home? Before you take the plunge, take these steps to prepare yourself and your finances.

3 Steps to Prepare Yourself

Meet with Local REALTORS

Stop into your local Real Estate offices and speak with some agents. You will be working closely with your agent for months, so you want to make sure that you feel valued by your agent and that he or she understands your needs. In-person meetings are a great way to quickly assess whether your buyer’s agent will be a good fit. You can also ask for referrals within your community, chances are there are some wonderful agents that your network has worked with in the past.

Set-up Email Alerts

Your agent can set you up with email alerts for properties that meet your criteria and needs. You can also set these up for yourself on a variety of real estate websites. Once you set up your home alert, for example, 4 bedroom, 2 bath single-family house between $330,000 - $500,000, you will receive daily notifications about properties that are available in your area within that criteria and work with your agent to set up a time to see the property.

Visit Open Houses

Go with your agent, or on your own! Find out where the Open Houses are in your area in by checking with your agent, or by looking online and through local newspapers, and take a look at the homes in your price range. This is also a great way to meet real estate agents.

3 Steps to Prepare Your Finances

Check your Credit

When you start the process of purchasing your home, you will realize that this is not the time for surprises. The last thing you will want is to be shocked by is your credit rating. Your credit card may offer a free credit tracker or you can use a service like Experian to request a current credit report. If you are buying a property with a spouse or a family member, you will want to ask them to check their credit as well. Looking over your credit report in advance of formally applying for your mortgage will give you time to address any issues or questions or concerns in advance of meeting with your mortgage broker.

Get Pre-Approved

A mortgage pre-approval indicates to Agents and Sellers that you are serious about purchasing a home. Being pre-approved for a mortgage is a fairly straightforward process, you will need to select a lender and provide them with basic personal information and income details. Need help finding a lender? Your real estate agent can recommend someone to you based on your personal situation. For example, if you are a veteran or self-employed they will direct you to someone with experience with loans that will meet your needs. Your bank pre-approval amount will help inform the price range of your new home.

Don’t Go on Any Shopping Sprees

No new boats or cars until you close on your home! Once you have been pre-approved for a mortgage, or are beginning the formal mortgage process, you will not want to have any irregularities or questionable activities appear on your credit report. Large purchases can quickly turn your approval into a denial.

We would be happy to meet with you and help match you with an agent, and address any concerns or questions you have about the purchasing process. Contact us today!

Fall Real Estate Market Preview

The Fall Market has arrived and the trend of a strong seller’s market we have been experiencing over the past year is not showing any signs of slowing. In fact, it may be gathering momentum heading into the September. One thing is certainly clear: if you have been thinking of selling, there is no time like the present.

Home sales are up and inventory is down with many pre-approved buyers prepared to make offers as soon as they get the chance.

Stone Ridge Properties owner and REALTOR® Cathy Toomey says, “Every expectation is that  the fall market will continue to be a Seller’s market. Inventory continues to move quickly and houses properly priced will be snapped up. Buyers will need to act aggressively if they want to purchase a property that is new to the market.”

If you have been thinking of prepping your home for sale, or having a conversation with a REALTOR®, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can get the process started to maximize your home’s value and connect you with our network of buyers.

The Value of Using a Buyer's Agent

Have you been spending your Sundays cruising through Open Houses in the area to see what your market looks like and how homes are being priced? Are you beginning to poke around online for property? You should consider doing some research into local real estate firms and agents as part of your home search preparation!

Purchasing a home is an extremely exciting event, but there is a lot to manage, and what should be a happy, life-changing process can quickly become a daunting one. Working with a trusted, licensed real estate professional as your buyer’s agent will help to guide you seamlessly through the process. Furthermore, you should work with a REALTOR®. What is the difference between a REALTOR®, and an agent?

From the National Association of Realtors website: Every agent is not a REALTOR®, but most are. If you're unsure, you can ask your agent if they're a licensed REALTOR®. REALTORS® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

Another perk of having a buyer’s agent? You don’t pay anything! The home seller does. The guidance and partnership is free to you.

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When working with a buyer’s agent you are guaranteed:

  • A lawful transaction
  • Loyalty
  • Trustworthy Advice
  • Years of experience - especially with a team like Stone Ridge Properties who has been helping clients buy and sell property in the greater Newburyport area for nearly 30 years.
  • The best value for your time

If you do not work with an agent you risk:

  • Paying too much
  • Not offering enough and losing the chance to make a reasonable offer
  • Home Inspection Misses
  • Paperwork Nightmares
  • Potential Lawsuits
  • Deals falling apart with no warning or recourse

Paperwork and legalities surrounding real estate transactions can be overwhelming and confusing, never mind when third parties get involved during processes like home inspections and meetings with other real estate professionals and potential sellers. And let’s not forget the process of negotiation! You may decide you want to make an offer below asking price, or in some cases over the asking price - especially in a competitive market. After your home inspection, you may want to further negotiate reductions based on findings and you may even want physical items from within the home as part of your final deal. Working with an experienced buyer’s agent takes the stress out of the transaction and is an absolute must when purchasing a property.

Working with a buyer’s agent will keep your offers timely and competitive, your transactions smooth and legal, and provide you with the most up-to-date news and information about the current market.

Contact one of our licensed REALTOR®s today!

What is the value of home staging?

What is home staging and should I consider it for my home?

If you have ever toured a home that is completely empty, you know how difficult it can be to imagine what your furniture might look like in the rooms, or to estimate how large certain spaces really are. The emptiness can be confusing - conversely, too much clutter in spaces can also be overwhelming.

One way to solve this problem for real estate agents and clients is home staging. The goal of staging is to increase the appeal of the home to the highest number of potential buyers, in order to sell the property quickly and for a high value. There are many strategies for effectively staging your home depending on how much time and money you would like to invest.

Some home-staging strategies:

  • Removing clutter
  • Rearranging room layouts to be open and inviting
  • Moving excess furniture into storage
  • Changing lighting
  • Introducing plants and other inexpensive artwork or home accents
  • Styling shelving

Most Realtors agree that a well-staged home may increase the value of the home as well has help to sell it more quickly. Even staging one or two rooms can impact the marketability of a home.

Rooms that Realtors often recommend staging are:

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Master Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom

If you are interested in selling your home and learning more about if home-staging would be a good option for you, contact your Stone Ridge Properties Realtor.