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5 Good Things from The Age of Coronavirus

In these uncertain times, it can be challenging to find daily bright spots among so much daily news of rising infection numbers and the vagueness of how long this might all continue. As a small business owner, I find myself contemplating additional layers of worry – like how my family of agents is holding up, how our long-term clients are doing, and how might this impact the housing market once the worst is over.

At the same time, I have found some unexpected comfort and improvements in my day-to-day life, and I wanted to share some of those with you.

1. I pick up the phone more.

As a society, I think we have become so quick to fire off a quick text or check in by email. Lately, I find people are more willing to pick up the phone for a check-in call, myself included. There is comfort in picking up the phone and hearing the familiar voice of family or friends that I may typically send a text to. At the same time, with limited in-person interactions, the conversations I have with my team and clients take on a renewed importance to me – not just professionally, but also as a means of fulfilling the basic need for one-on-one, person-to-person contact.

2. I’ve been able to clean, declutter and prioritize.

While most of us are still busy working from home, we have more down time in the comfort of our own surroundings. I have been able to create checklists of things that we need to get done, and in some cases, I have skipped the list and just completed projects that have been long overdue but have sat on the backburner. The funny part about so many of these things is that they don’t take a long time, but procrastination has pushed them off. From touching up small spots on walls to taking a feather duster to the edges of the ceilings throughout the house, all of these little things have provided a profound feeling of accomplishment.

3. Who knew I could cook?

Without the ability to go out to dinner in a pinch, suddenly, we find ourselves doing a lot more cooking at home. While this isn’t an unusual thing at face value, I have found that I am enjoying the art of cooking more and have enjoyed my time planning, preparing and savoring the meals we make at home.

4. I am getting more fresh air than ever.

Walks are a staple of social distancing. The dog loves it, and it gives us a chance to get outside and see familiar and unfamiliar faces who are all experiencing the same unfamiliar time in their lives. There is reassurance in seeing life continue at a very basic level and knowing that we’re all going to be okay.

5. People are kinder.

Whether I am at the supermarket, on a walk, or working in the yard, I have realized we are all in this together. People are kinder, gentler and more personable.

Let’s face it: New Englanders can be a bit salty and speak only when spoken to, however, I have found myself saying more hellos and receiving more “hello, how are you doing’s” than ever before. 

Hopefully, in the course of the coming weeks, we will find ourselves emerging from this unexpected and unfamiliar and uncomfortable public health crisis, but I hope we remember the best parts of it – the parts that have reminded us of our own humanity and the simpler parts of being good people.

In the end, the economy will recover, and the housing market will be fine. The bonus just might be a renewed appreciation for human connection and time with the people who mean the most to us.

Be well, everyone.

Brian Molisse

The Massachusetts' Spring Real Estate Market is Booming – Despite Coronavirus

I think we can all agree that this is shaping up to be a challenging time all around the world.

While the global markets struggle to make sense of Coronavirus, how to address it, and what its longer-term impact may or may not be, we are still seeing a great deal of positive news coming out of the Massachusetts real estate market.

We already know that recent Fed rate cuts have had a positive impact on mortgage rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 30-year fixed rates fell 10 basis points in the week ending March 6 to 3.47%, the lowest since December 2012. The group's refinancing index, meanwhile, surged 78.6% to 6,418.9 points, the highest since April 2009, as Americans rushed to re-set their home borrowing rates. 

Closer to home, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors just released their home sales report for February 2020, and the numbers are strong!

Single-family home statistics for Massachusetts:

  • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 4,383 – this represents a 25.2% increase over February 2019
  • The median price of a single-family home in February 2020 was $396,900 – that’s 4.7% higher than February 2019.

If you’re more interested in the Massachusetts condominium market, those numbers are equally impressive:

  • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 1,806 – this represents a 18.6% increase over February 2019
  • The median price of a condominium in February 2020 was $395,000 – that’s 13.2% higher than February 2019’s number of $349,000.

If there’s any drawback to this data, it’s simply that demand is outpacing inventory. But there is a silver lining: if you are looking to sell, low rates and high demand mean that you will get top dollar for your property. If you’re looking to purchase, my team of experienced, service-focused agents have unmatched access to properties on Massachusetts’ North and South Shores and beyond.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at bmolisse@molisserealty.net or by phone at 781-831-4754.

Molisse Realty Group 2017 Top Agent Awards Luncheon

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What a busy year this has been in 2018! We moved to two new office locations in Scituate Harbor at 164 Front Street and Manchester-by-the-Sea at 17 Beach Street, Suite D. Celebrated our 10 year anniversary in business. Announced our brand's new campaign messaging which gets back to the core of the brand objective – fulfilling dreams! Broker/Owner Brian Molisse has been busy building a strong team of agents, and for the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

We finally had a day to take time and honor those agents that make Molisse Realty Group a great company to be a part of.  These real estate professionals have been dedicated, focused and exceeded their own expectations in 2017.  They all exemplify our brand’s commitment of extraordinary service.  All our top agents from 2017 enjoyed a fabulous lunch and award ceremony at The Fours in Norwell. We applaud their achievement!

Congratulations to our top producers of 2017!

TOP TEAM AWARD $3,000,000+ Sales Volume: M+M Realty Team (Marshfield) (L to R) Fran-Marci Glenn, Lizanne Moffat

 

SILVER AWARD $4,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Liz Roosevelt (Scituate) and Gerri Predella (Marshfield)

 

GOLD AWARD $5,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jeanne Mulvaney (Weymouth), Jackie Braga (Scituate), Pamela Vigneau (Marshfield) and Red Giovanucci (Scituate)

(Margaret Maher Sheahan, Manchester-by-the-Sea, not shown)

 

PLATINUM AWARD $7,000,000+ Sales Volume: Mary Mabey (Marshfield)

 

DIAMOND AWARD $9,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jessica Tully (Manchester-by-the-Sea) and Marian Duksta (Marshfield)

 

PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR SALES EXCELLENCE 2017 #1 Sales Volume: Michael Molisse (Weymouth)

Molisse Realty Group Names Mike Molisse Top Agent for August 2018

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Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Mike Molisse has been named top agent for the month of August.

Mike Molisse is a lifelong resident of Weymouth with large family roots in town and strong ties to the local community, currently serving as Councilor-At-Large for the last 19 years. As town councilor, Mike has always focused on being Committed, Dedicated, Determined, and Accessible to the residents of Weymouth. As your REALTOR, Mike carries these same principals over to his business; fully committed and dedicated to his clients who are buying and selling homes on the South Shore and across Massachusetts, always accessible and fully determined to negotiate the best deal possible.

“Thank you to my clients, couldn’t thank them enough for the referrals that they send my way. My clients are very important to me and I truly believe in a hands on approach”, says Mike Molisse. “My clients always come first. Whether buying or selling my client is my top priority.”

“Mike is a dedicated listener, able advisor, and a strong advocate for his clients. He follows the real estate market trends so that he can be able to make well-informed decisions for his clients,” says Brian Molisse. “He focuses on looking out for his clients’ best interests above all. He is happy to serve not just the South Shore, but all of Massachusetts real estate needs.”

Mike is truly redefining relationships one client at a time. He is the epitome of a servant leader and does not hesitate to lend a helping hand. His past clients speak to the level of confidentiality, professionalism and humor that he is able to bring with him no matter the situation. With compassion and integrity, Mike Molisse is truly paving the way for others and is always in search of the next client to demonstrate his “Dedication and Hard Work.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Mike Molisse can be reached at 781-331-4339 or mmolisse@molisserealty.net. His office is located at 636 Middle Street in Weymouth.

7 Reasons to Own A Home

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7 Reasons to Own A Home

  1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
  2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The recent housing crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
  3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.
  4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
  5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
  6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
  7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity. 

Molisse Realty Group Names Red Giovanucci Top Agent for July 2018

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Scituate, MA– Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Red Giovanucci has been named top agent for the month of July. Red has consistently been a leader in sales on the South Shore since she became a REALTOR almost five years ago. She loves what she does and is always educating herself on the ever changing real estate environment.

Red Giovanucci has been a native of the South Shore for over 50 years and currently resides in the beautiful seaside village of Humarock with her husband Jack. Red is a master at multitasking and organization, a key component to her success. She loves to meet and connect with people and has the natural ability to talk with folks from all walks of life. She has a strong belief that customer service is the cornerstone of any successful business and will always go above and beyond for her clients.

“I am very proud of Red, she had an exceptional month,” says Brian Molisse. “Her continued dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients make it clear why she continuously delivers unparalleled service.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Red Giovanucci can be reached at 781-710-5906 or rgiovanucci@molisserealty.net. Her office is located at 164 Front Street in Scituate.

Molisse Realty Group Voted “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore

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For the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

This year there were a record-breaking number of reader surveys through the magazine’s annual online poll. The annual "Best of the South Shore" contest encourages readers to cast ballots in many categories to pick their favorite local service providers.

“We’ve got such a wonderful group of agents at Molisse Realty. When I go into our offices the energy is amazing, because of our staff and agents, who love what they do.” Brian Molisse says, “Our agents are family to me and I couldn’t be prouder for all they do. To receive the highest accolades from the readers of South Shore Living two years in a row is amazing. I am so proud and deeply appreciative of the support of our community! This is such a huge honor for us and thanks to our staff and agents for always putting their clients first and their passion to help.”

The “Best of the South Shore” award winners were announced in a special section of August’s issue of South Shore Living. Check out the list of top businesses and services in the region voted by readers, as well as favorite editor picks.

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Molisse Realty Group is driven to help our clients maximize their investments and realize their long-term goals. Molisse Realty Group helps both those buying and selling homes, to fulfill their goals of achieving home ownership.

Molisse Realty Group is the only independent brokerage with offices spanning both the North and South Shores of Massachusetts. Molisse's boutique-size firm enables us to be truly flexible, we help our clients with a marketing plan that helps get their homes sold quickly. We customize the perfect plan to meet the unique needs of every customer while maintaining the resources and network necessary to ensure premiere access to the best homes and targeted buyers. We are with our clients from beginning to the end and we build lasting friendships.

 

Molisse Realty Group has over 80+ agents, an in-house marketing department and a staff that are there to answer any questions. Brian Molisse is the sole owner of Molisse Realty Group and believes honesty, integrity and hard work are the keys to our success! For more information, visit www.molisserealty.com.

At Molisse Realty Group, we believe in big dreams.

Molisse Realty Group Names Jeanne Mulvaney Top Agent for June

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Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Jeanne Mulvaney has been named top agent for the month of June. She is a consistent top agent in residential sales from Boston to the South Shore.

Jeanne Mulvaney is a lifelong resident of the South Shore and currently lives in the town of Weymouth. She is a well-respected and established full-time REALTOR and works as both a buyer & selling agent. She has seen many changes in the real estate industry throughout her 14 year career, but the one constant that never changes is the dedication she feels towards her clients. 

“I am very fortunate to have a great following. Lots of opportunities come from repeat clients and referrals from past clients,” Jeanne says. “It's a great time to sell your home, and I'm here to help guide members of the community through the exciting and sometimes overwhelming process of buying or selling real estate."

“You can count on Jeanne for being an honest and hardworking REALTOR that is dedicated to her clients, she will be by your side through the entire home buying and selling process,” says Brian Molisse. “We are extremely proud that she is part of the Molisse Realty Group team.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Jeanne Mulvaney can be reached at 781-424-6843 or JMulvaney@MolisseRealty.net.

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