Jeanne Stafford

Remembering Sean Perkins

Sean joined our team 17 years ago, as a 21 year old intern in his senior year at Merrimack College. He was eager to learn more about real estate and instantly found his passion. By 2010, he had become a partner at Stone Ridge Properties. Sean wasn’t just a part of this company, over time he helped define who we were, and we are so grateful for that.

Everybody loved Sean, and his “work family” was no exception. We were just lucky enough to be the people who were able to see him most days, be mentored by him, and hear about his adventures with his family and his friends, all of whom he loved so much.

His clients were lucky too -- during Sean’s career he sold over 340 homes but more importantly he developed lasting relationships with his clients. In the end, for Sean, it was always about the people, not the house.

We are filled with grief and heartache that he was taken from us so soon. We will miss his smiles, his hugs, his professionalism and the passion and leadership he brought to our team. We won’t be the same now – but we must go on and honor his legacy by emulating his kind, generous spirit because that is exactly what he would have wanted.

We will miss you so much, Sean,

Your SRP family

 

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    Lights, Camera, Agents!

    Find us on Youtube!

    Lights, Camera, Agents!

    Explore our community, tour our homes and learn about our agents from the comfort of your couch. We have started creating and sharing beautiful videos about our company, community and our properties on YouTube. View them all by searching Stone Ridge Properties on YouTube or visit us at this link: http://bit.ly/SRPYouTube.  

    We would love to hear what you think!

     

    Fall Updates: Rising Interest Rates & Home Inventory

    The combination of rising interest rates and low inventory is creating a high-urgency market, and quick action from potential home buyers. 

    However, home sellers should take caution, over-valuing or raising the price of your home may have the opposite of the desired effect. Stone Ridge Properties owner Jennifer Germain reminds sellers “with the threat of rising interest rates a properly priced home will always sell.”

    Owner Cathy Toomey agrees and adds, “I think the increase in inventory should allow buyers better choices while acknowledging that properties properly priced will still move quickly.”

    If your home, or a home you have had your eye on has been sitting on the market for a while, usually that means the price should be reconsidered. “A home that’s priced correctly in Newburyport shouldn’t have any trouble selling, if your home isn’t getting much activity or any offers - you have to look at the price” says Stone Ridge Owner, Sean Perkins.

    What else should home sellers and home buyers consider heading into Fall?

    Potential home sellers:

    • Rising interest rates tends to ignite a sense of urgency in potential home buyers, as interest rates steadily increase, home buyers that were hesitating to buy may jump in with offers.
    • If your home isn’t selling quickly, speak to your REALTOR®. It is likely the price may need an adjustment.

    Potential home buyers:

    • It may be in your best interest to act quickly because it is likely the rates will continue to increase through the end of the year and will unlikely return to the historic lows we have been seeing since 2014 (Forbes)
    • Remember there will always be highs and lows in this market, and if you wait for the initial rush of buyers to die down, home prices will level off as the interest rates continue to go up. 

    Heard of Home Staging? Here is Why it Really Works

    Time to sell? One way to highlight your home’s strengths is through home staging. Home staging is the process of preparing and presenting your home in the best possible manner to appeal to the widest possible audience.  

    Staging your home has the potential to greatly decrease the amount of time it spends on the market by allowing buyers to visualize themselves in the property. Here are some reasons why home staging has proven effective.

    • Allow the buyers to envision themselves in the space by removing any excess items and personal belongings.  According to the NAR 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 77% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home (National Association of Realtors). Rather than seeing the memories your family made, they should be imagining creating memories of their own.  
    • Neutralizing the decor can be best done by decluttering, rearranging, and simplifying.  Painting the walls simple colors and having minimal decorations makes it easier for the buyer to envision their own belongings in the space.
    • Appearing move-in ready: in today’s market, potential buyers will be quick to negotiate, and needing repairs or replacements will only justify their argument.  Remember, home buyers want to throw their house warming party as soon as possible. 
    • Buyers want to invest in a property that has been well-maintained, simple fixes and touch ups will put them at ease.
    • Gain a competitive edge by landscaping, deep cleaning, and removing pets.
    • First impressions matter, put in that extra effort! An entrance can be made that much more welcoming with a simple walkway, some potted plants, and a freshly painted door.  

    Check out these professionally staged photos of 5 Moseley in Newburyport when it was on the market earlier this year!

    Home Staging

    Home Staging

    Use Technology to help you stage!

    If home staging isn't an option for you, some apps and other programs can help home buyers visualize furniture in empty rooms. Stone Ridge Properties Agent Cheryl Grant says, "I used a program called Modsy that did a great job virtually filling my empty living room."

    Modsy photos are below....

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    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.)

    Stone Ridge Properties, Pettengill House, Charitable Foundation, Cathy Toomey

    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.”

    Pentucket Education Fund, Sandy Berkenbush, Stone Ridge Properties, Charitable Foundation

    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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    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

    Small Business Revolution, Amanda Brinkman, Crave, Vasa, Sean Toomey

    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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