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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! 

Norfolk Registry of Deeds – August Update

From Norfolk County Registrar of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, here’s the update on real estate in our county for August…

“Norfolk County Real Estate Bounces Back in August
After a disappointing July, the Norfolk County real estate market roared back to life showing mostly solid gains for the month of August.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell stated, “After a down July, it was nice to see the real estate market recover in August. Increases were seen in both home sales and lending. August was a month where all stakeholders benefited from the strong real estate market in Norfolk County.”

“During the month of August,” noted O’Donnell, “a total of 1,945 property transactions, both residential and commercial, were recorded in Norfolk County. This represented a 9% increase year over year. The average sales price for these properties was $874,726, a 47% increase from August 2015.”

The Register also noted that the total volume of real estate sales, both residential and commercial, came in at $1.18 billion, a 60% increase from the same time period in 2015. It should be noted that these figures were enhanced by a $205 million dollar sale of Westwood Station that took place during the middle of August.

O’Donnell stated, “Lending activity also showed some impressive gains. For the month of August, a total of 3,511 mortgages were recorded, a 35% increase from the previous year. Furthermore, total mortgage financing came in at $1.7 billion, a 60% increase from the previous August. Clearly, the continuing low interest rates are spurring individuals and businesses to borrow money for home and capital improvements and education.”

If there was one cloud in the silver lining concerning August’s data, it was the increase in foreclosure activity experienced in Norfolk County. A total of 32 foreclosure deeds were filed compared to 19 filed in August 2015. Also, the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgages recorded, the first step in the foreclosure process, was 96 compared to 31 recorded during the previous August.

O’Donnell noted, “The significant increases in foreclosure activity were discouraging, especially after we thought the market had turned the corner. There is no question that some of our neighbors continue to struggle.

“I want to again stress the Registry’s continuing partnership with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950. These agencies are there to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option for homeowners is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333. I cannot stress enough to call them promptly if you are struggling with paying your mortgage.”

Homestead recordings showed a solid 11% increase in August compared to the same time period in 2015. O’Donnell noted, “A Homestead is an important consumer protection tool that I would encourage all homeowners to consider. A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of your primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

In conclusion, Register O’Donnell stated, “After a less than robust July, it was great to see Norfolk County real estate activity rebound so strongly. It appears that a sizeable pool of buyers were aggressive in getting back into the market. Hopefully, the housing inventory level will not take a dip anytime soon. Another positive indicator is the continuing low interest rate which has been a key driver for real estate sales and lending.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us atfacebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/orinstagram.com/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 at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O’Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

 

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org

Back To School

It’s back to school for Franklin kids – yesterday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year! Where did the summer go??

Fortunately, going back to school can be fun, especially around here. In 2014, Remington Middle School’s assistant principal, Brian Wildeman, welcomed students back on the first day with a dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” The video quickly went viral, and the tradition has continued. Brian Wildeman is now the Remington principal, and his selection for this year is Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Check out his performance below!

Although I don’t have kids in the Franklin school system, it’s things like this that make me so happy to be a part of this community. Dance on!

New Franklin Nature Blog

As summer winds down and we head into fall, chances are good a lot of you will take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get out and about in the natural areas we have here in Franklin. From the DelCarte Reservation to the Franklin State Forest to your own backyard, there’s nature all around us waiting to be discovered and shared. 

Now there’s a place for us all to report sightings of interesting birds, wildlife and more! My buddy Mike Perrin has put together a brand new blog for Franklin residents to share our encounters with the natural world, so check it out and contribute next time you go for a local nature walk! I’ll be sharing my bird observations soon… 

Sprucing things up 

It’s been a busy summer so far! We’ve owned our home for almost five years now, and this year we’ve decided to take care of some major home improvements we’ve been planning ever since we bought. 

So far this year we’ve replaced our furnace and added central AC (for which we have been profoundly grateful in the recent heat waves), upgraded some ductwork, and replaced some insulation. But now, the major visible changes are underway, and our curb appeal is about to skyrocket!


This is where our front steps (brick and concrete, ugly iron railings) used to be, and where our solid granite steps will be installed soon. Once the steps are in, it’s on to vinyl siding and brand-new doors, so watch this space for updates, especially if you’re considering some upgrades of your own! 

Norfolk Registry of Deeds – July Real Estate Report

Here’s the report from the Norfolk Registry of Deeds on real estate activity in our county last month…

“Norfolk County Shows Unexpected Real Estate Results for July

Running counter to recent reports of robust real estate activity in Massachusetts and Greater Boston in particular, Norfolk County showed reduced levels of real estate sales and mortgage financing for the month of July.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “Last month the total number of deeds recorded, both residential and commercial, decreased 13% across Norfolk County from the previous July. The average sales price for these properties was $668,688, an 11% reduction.” In addition, the total volume of real estate sales, again both residential and commercial, fell 24% year over year.

The Register went on to say, “at first glance, the numbers are surprising, especially when considering the warm weather for the month and the continuing low interest rates. We are hearing from real estate professionals that the reduced volume is a result of low inventory and buyers being concerned about overpaying on properties.”

Lending figures also came in well below last year’s numbers. “During July, a total of 2,798 mortgages were recorded, a 5% reduction from July 2015. Total mortgage financing took a hit of 13% from the same time period,” noted O’Donnell.

One shining spot for July was the reduced level of foreclosure activity. A total of 17 foreclosure deeds were filed last month compared to 22 in July 2015. Also, the total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings, the first step in the foreclosure process, closed at 43, a nice reduction from the 65 recordings for the same time period of last year. “While one foreclosure recording is one too many, I am encouraged by the reduced numbers. I am hoping that this is the start of a positive trend,” stated the Register.

The Registry 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 for homeowners is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333.

In regards to an important consumer protection tool available to property owners, Homestead recordings also experienced a 10% dip for the month of July. The importance of filing a Homestead, O’Donnell noted, “is to provide limited protection against the forced sale of your primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

Register O’Donnell concluded, “July’s sluggishness was not what we were expecting. Clearly the evidence seems to indicate low real estate inventory has dampened the market. Potential buyers are concerned that they may be overpaying for property. On the other hand, sellers appear to be reluctant to put their property up for sale afraid that they will not be able to find something for themselves once their home is sold. Hopefully, an increase in real estate inventory can eliminate these concerns.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or instagram.com/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 at http://www.norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O’Donnell 

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org

phone: 781-234-3336

web: http://www.norfolkdeeds.org

Feast of St. Rocco – August 11-14, 2016

It’s that time of year again! 


Franklin’s favorite festival, affectionately known as St. Rocco’s, kicks off next Thursday. Here’s the basic schedule of events: 

Thursday, August 11 6-10 pm

Rides and limited food (hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza) only

Ride all rides for $25

Friday, August 12 6-10 pm

All food booths open

Rides, midway and entertainment

Saturday, August 13 11 am-11 pm

Anointing Mass 10 am

Food booths, rides and midway open at 11 am

Entertainment begins at noon

The PawSox mascots Paws and Sox will be on the field at 1:30 pm 

Come meet Paws and Sox and take a photo with them

Sunday, August 14 12 pm-9 pm

Closing Mass and Procession of the statue to the field at 10:30 am

Food booths, rides, midway and entertainment begins at noon

Raffle drawings at 8:30 pm

Follow the Feast at their official page on Facebook for more info!