Franklin Halloween Parties

If your neighborhood’s not the best for trick or treating (whether that’s because of a lack of streetlights and sidewalks, houses too far apart, or just full of people who give out bad candy), you have a couple of other options in Franklin this year!


On Thursday, October 27, from 4 to 6 PM, you can check out the Franklin Public Library‘s free Halloween Party, with crafts, prizes, games, and pizza. If you come in costume, you can join the parade and get the chance to win an award from the local celebrity judges! Scariest, cutest, and funniest costumes are just some of the categories with a chance to win. The Library is still in its temporary home at 25 Kenwood Circle in Franklin, so don’t get lost.

If you can’t make it to the library party, stop by the Franklin Police Department’s Halloween Party on Sunday, October 30. From 3 to 7 PM, the Police Department will become the “Hall of Justice,” complete with superheroes and villains, and there will be face painting, a bouncy house, and a “spooky trail,” among other entertainments! This event is also free, but donations to the Franklin Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted. The police station is located at 911 Panther Way in Franklin.

Research Deeds Online

Did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Dedham to do research at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds? It’s true – you can access the Registry online! Here’s the scoop from the Register himself…

“Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell is providing a friendly reminder to consumers that you don’t have to spend time and money to drive to the Registry to view land records since they are available online via the Registry’s internet-based document research system at

“Consumers can see up to 6,000,000 scanned land document images dating back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793. These documents are available via our internet-based document research system.

“Providing secure, accurate and accessible land record information, coupled with our on-site customer service center, is critical to our success at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds,” said Register O’Donnell.

Elaborating on the Registry’s research capabilities, O’Donnell said, “Land record information can be researched by multiple options, including the name of the property owner and property address. Consumers can access our internet-based document research system for many endeavors such as, to determine property ownership, to research land titles, to review land plans (not plot plans which are not recorded at the Registry) and finally to confirm that documents affecting a person’s property – such as mortgage discharges – have been duly recorded.”

The Registry’s website also provides information on how to obtain copies of land documents. The Registry copy charges are $1.00 per page plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage.

In conclusion, O’Donnell stated, “Providing first-class customer service is a core objective of the Registry. Norfolk County residents and businesses deserve a Registry of Deeds that provides them with access to land record information in an easily accessible and consumer friendly manner. The Registry website does that by bringing the Registry records into your homes and businesses.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us or follow us on and/or

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web

Register William P. O’Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

If you need to research deeds in a different Massachusetts county, just about all of them have similar online research capabilities. Just visit Mass Land Records and click on the county you need, and if you need help or advice, give me a call!

#ShopFranklin Small Business Showcase – November 17

Save the date because you do not want to miss this event! On Thursday, November 17, Franklin’s Center for Adult Education and Community Learning is partnering with #ShopFranklin to bring us a Small Business Showcase. 

Stop by the Franklin High School cafeteria from 5 PM – 8:30 PM for this fantastic free event. Our independently owned local businesses will be providing demonstrations and displays, food, and musical entertainment by local ensembles, and you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion about small business in Franklin. And if that’s not enough, you’ll have the chance to enter to win several raffles! 

If you’re a business owner interested in participating, just call the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at (508) 613-1480, or email Sarah Mabardy at shopfranklin @ See you there! 

Franklin Library Book Sale – October 15-16

It’s getting chilly out there – perfect timing to grab some new reading material and snuggle up by the fire with a good book! 

Fortunately, the Franklin Public Library has you covered. Check out their book sale tomorrow from 9 AM-3 PM for books for a dollar, and if you can’t make it tomorrow, you have a second chance Sunday from 9 AM to noon to fill a bag for $5! 

Don’t forget, our library has a new temporary home at 25 Kenwood Circle in Franklin, so come on by this weekend and pick up some great new tales to get you through the fall. 

Norfolk Registry of Deeds 3rd Quarter Report

Curious about third quarter real estate activity in Norfolk County? Here’s the scoop directly from the Registry of Deeds!

“Register O’Donnell Reports Increased Lending in Norfolk County

It was a split decision when it came to 3rd quarter real estate data (July-September 2016) in Norfolk County, according to Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. The Register noted that while real estate sales were flat, the lending market continued to boom thanks to continuing low interest rates.

O’Donnell stated, “Overall, Norfolk County is holding its own in terms of real estate sales. A total of 5,295 property transactions were recorded in the county during the 3rd quarter, representing a 1% reduction from the same period in 2015. However, total real estate volume, both residential and commercial, for the quarter came in at $2.9 billion, a 21% increase compared to last year’s numbers. The average sales price, including both residential and commercial quarter 3 was $808,198, a solid 25% increase year over year. It should be noted the total sales and average sales numbers were impacted by a $205 million dollar sale of Westwood Station that took place in mid-August.”

“The lending market,” noted O’Donnell, “was the real silver lining story. The total number of mortgages recorded was 9,717, a solid 21% increase from the previous year. In addition, total mortgage financing finished at $4.65 billion for the quarter, a 34% increase from last year’s 3rd quarter 2015. Clearly, consumers and businessmen are taking advantage of continuing low interest rates to pay for new home purchases, home improvements, education expenses and expansion of business. More than anything, these robust lending figures tell us the eastern Massachusetts economy remains vibrant.”

While there is no question the local economy remains on solid footing, some of our neighbors continue to face economic challenges. “The 3rd quarter saw 83 foreclosure deeds recorded , a sobering 34% increase year over year. More encouraging was the reduction in the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process. A total of 201 Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings were recorded during the 3rd quarter period compared to 238 for the 3rd quarter 2015. While one foreclosure filing is one too many, hopefully this trend in reduced filings will continue,” stated O’Donnell.

O’Donnell went on to list the ways the Registry of Deeds can help those facing a foreclosure. “The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950 to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333. I would urge those facing issues paying a mortgage to avail themselves of these excellent programs,” stated Register O’Donnell.

On another consumer note, Homestead recordings were flat during the 3rd quarter. A total of 3,710 Homesteads were recorded versus 3,700 during the same time period in 2015. Register O’Donnell reiterated the importance of filing a Homestead, “A Homestead recording provides for limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I encourage homeowners to continue to avail themselves of this important consumer protection tool.”

In conclusion Register O’Donnell stated, “While the Norfolk County real estate sales figures were flat for the 3rd quarter 2016, I am glad there was no significant drop-off. What was really encouraging were the solid numbers seen in lending activity. One note, however, the Federal Reserve is again considering raising interest rates before year’s end. We will need to watch this carefully to see how it affects real estate activity.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us or follow us on twitter and instagram @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web

Register William P. O’Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Stroll – October 6, 2016

Mark your calendars – one week from today is the Franklin Downtown Partnership‘s annual Harvest Stroll!


This year’s Stroll is going to be bigger and better than ever, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate our newly revitalized downtown. It’s always a great family event, so come on down from 4 to 7 PM for food, games, and fun!

In case you can’t make it to the Stroll, you can still help support the FDP. On November 12, the FDP will be holding a 15th Anniversary Gala at the Black Box Theatre. According to the FDP, the Gala’s aim is “to celebrate the revitalization of downtown Franklin and to raise funds that will allow our non-profit organization continue working on improvements and bringing events such as the Harvest Stroll, Holiday Stroll and Strawberry Stroll to the community.” You can even sponsor the Gala or donate items for the silent auction (details here).

Buy tickets and get more info here, and as always, follow the FDP’s blog and Facebook page for updates on other fun community events!

Download My App

I’m back from a quick trip to Tennessee to visit family, and I have some exciting news for you! I now have my very own mobile app to help you with your real estate needs. 

Whether you need to find homes for sale or rent in your area, contact me with a real estate question, or even begin the process to apply for a mortgage, you can do it all from the app! It’s like having a Realtor in your pocket everywhere you go. 

Just text COMMONWEALTH212 to 87778 or click here to download the app, and get started right away!