North Shore MA Real Estate

How to Acclimate to Your New Neighborhood After a Move

This is part of Molisse Realty Group's new, guest blog series designed to provide outside, expert perspectives for helping you find your dream property, settle into your new space, improve your home, or just simply enjoy the little things in life.

If you are moving to a new house, you likely have a long to-do list. If you are not only moving to a new home but also an entirely new town, that checklist gets even longer. In addition to dealing with packing, organizing, and cleaning, you also have to figure out the basic essentials of daily life—like finding a plumber to call when emergencies strike or figuring out which supermarket near you offers the best deals. We at Molisse Realty Group hope these pointers help you on your transitional journey as you get settled in your new neighborhood.

Do your local research before you make the move

A successful move starts before you've even packed the first box. Before you arrive, start researching your future neighborhood. Pinpoint basic needs like schools, banks, dentists, and doctors as well as emergency services from electricians to plumbers. If you are moving across state lines, you may need new car insurance because requirements vary by state. 

Start with the essentials when unpacking and then move on to aesthetic touches

When you pack for your move, set aside one box with essentials you will need on the first night, and make sure these items are easily accessible. Include items like a small vacuum, toilet paper, toothpaste, and prescription medications. Use color-coded sticky notes to easily label boxes based on which room they belong in, and ask the movers to place them in the according rooms once you arrive. Finally, before you settle in for the first night, do a safety check and ensure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Once these basics are taken care of, you can go on to deal with aesthetic touches like color coordinating your interiors.

Ensure that kids and pets are making a smooth transition

Whether it's an animal or a child, you will have to ensure their comfort both during and after the move. If you have a dog, for instance, help them transition to a new home by making sure they have access to familiar sights and smells like their favorite dog bed and their food bowl. Let them sleep near you in their crate if they are having anxiety following the move. 

When it comes to helping your kids settle in the new area, reach out to neighboring families to see if they have children in the same age range. You can also encourage little ones to find playmates by getting them involved in activities like sports or art classes.

Make the extra effort to get social and meet new people

Finally, for your entire family—from yourself to your children and your pets—a big part of a successful move is about connecting with the community. Check out your local coffee shop and visit the area visitors center or library to discover events you can participate in. Take your dog for a walk, and you're sure to meet other dog-owners and their canines—or bring your child to the park to meet new parents with kids. Meet your neighbors and invite them over for a barbecue to introduce yourselves. Before hosting, pick out a new grill, spruce up your patio, or build a DIY fire pit. Such interaction is part of what will allow you all to feel comfortable in your new community. 

Keep in mind that you won’t feel “at home” overnight after your move. Give yourself time to transition and acclimate to your new surroundings. WIth the above tips to help you, you can get settled and make new friends. Socializing not only allows you to feel connected, it’s also shown to make you happier overall.

At Molisse Realty Group, we understand that moving to a new location can be fraught with challenges, and we hope the above tips can help you settle into your new home. 

On the other hand, if you’re just now looking to relocate to Massachusetts, let the experts at Molisse Realty Group help you find the perfect home for your family. Reach out today to get started!

To read more great insights by Natalie Jones, visit homeownerbliss.info!

Buying Strategies in an Age of Multiple Offers, Bidding Wars, and Above-Asking Sales

We are in the midst of a very unique time in real estate. The pandemic has led to lower interest rates, homeowners are hunkered down in the comfort of their own homes – opting to stay put –  while long-time-city-dwellers are looking to escape the close proximity of the city for the renewed comfort and safety of the suburbs.

That means it’s an attractive time to buy, financially. There is low inventory availability, and there’s exceptional demand for properties outside of the city.

Bottom line: It is a complicated time for buyers!

Homes are selling fast, with multiple offers, for as much as 20-30% over asking price.

As a realtor, the first thing I do when working with prospective buyers today is set expectations. By setting expectations about the reality of the current environment, we mitigate the potential for frustration while helping the buyer understand how they can best position themselves for success when the right property comes along.

There are a number of guidelines that can help make buyers more attractive to sellers, especially if they are looking at a multiple offer situation.

1.  Plan ahead and get a pre-approval with a well-trusted, local bank.

As a realtor, I look favorably at local banks and lenders that are trusted by realtors and the local community. Ask your realtor who they trust, and if your comfortable doing so, ask other realtors and friends within the community.

Using a reputable, local lender, with a good reputation in the community can help move the process along faster, with fewer approval and closing date delays. This can give you an edge in a multiple offer situation.

2.  If you can do a pre-inspection before making an offer, do it!

Personally, I would never recommend that my clients waive a home inspection. That can be a risky proposition, but you may be able to do a home inspection prior to making an offer!

In the current real estate market, many sellers are delaying reviewing offers for days, which may present an opportunity for buyers to conduct a preemptive home inspection. Essentially, this is a home inspection before the offer is made, and this allows you to waive the home inspection when you make your formal offer.

If a seller won’t give you permission or access to the property to do this prior to making an offer, you can schedule your home inspection prior to the offer deadline, meaning you could make it happen faster than the typical 10 days. Sometimes, cutting this down to 5 days can be attractive to a seller giving you a potential upper hand.

3.  Have your realtor find out what’s important to the seller.

Maybe the seller wants to stay in the house for 4 months. Maybe they would rather not be bothered by having to clean out the contents of the shed. Have your realtor try to find out what would make the sale and transition easier for the seller. There may be small things that you can do, if you have some flexibility, to make you a more attractive buyer.

4.  Don’t get caught in the feeding frenzy.

Homes are selling quickly and for over asking prices. You don’t have to get caught up in that frenzy. This, too, shall pass.

If, however, you find the property of your dreams and you’re prepared to really go after it, make sure you are fully informed. Determine what the house is worth on paper by talking to your realtor and reviewing comps to justify the price. Then, determine what the property is worth to you! Because we’re in the midst of a unique time in real estate, knowing what the house and worth, and what it’s worth to you personally, is essential to make an educated decision about your offer.

If you’re going to make an offer above asking, do it for your own reasons, not simply because you feel like the market demands it, and you have to.

5.  Hire an experienced, full-time realtor.

When things are selling quickly, you need a full-time realtor who is always available, ready to move fast, and is on top of all of the important details. 

Realtors, who have been at it for a long time, also have other tricks of the trade. They may not publicize their trade secrets – but experience brings knowledge and strategies for making things happen. When you are considering a realtor, ask if they have any strategies or tactics that they employ to help their buyers look more attractive to sellers.

6.  Pick up the phone. 

Yes, texting is convenient, but it never paints the full picture. Be prepared to speak to your realtor as frequently as needed to ensure you are working together to execute a flawless search and attractive buying strategy.

Following these steps can help put any buyer in a more attractive position in this unusual real estate market. Be diligent, thorough, and don’t get frustrated.

If you’d like more information, reach out to Jessica Tully at jessica@molisserealty.net or 978-835-3879.

 

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

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)

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. 

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

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Tony DeBello Joins Molisse Realty Group at their Weymouth Location

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Tony DeBello has joined the growing roster of experienced REALTORS at Molisse Realty Group’s office in Weymouth. A Weymouth resident, DeBello is also a well-known chef by trade who has worked and lived in the North and South shores of Massachusetts. He has extensive knowledge of Boston and the surrounding communities.

DeBello says, “Having lived in Weymouth for the past 15 years, I feel a strong connection to the area and deep obligation to give back to the community. I love living by the water. I raised my two children here with my wife, Kim. Whether buying or selling, my clients are my priority and I will bring what I have learned as a chef in regards to customer satisfaction moving forward in my real estate business.”

“The reason for choosing to work with Molisse Realty Group is because Brian Molisse helped with the sale of my home in Quincy and the purchase of my home in Weymouth. He made both transactions stress free,” says DeBello. “I’m very excited to be working with Molisse Realty Group, the company offers so many benefits that will allow me to fully devote myself to my clients and potential clients, and I can’t wait to start helping them find their dream home.”

Brian Molisse, founder of Molisse Realty Group, says of DeBello, “We are very excited to be welcoming Tony to the team. He is a tenacious, dedicated agent with great perspective in the North and South shore areas and a perfect choice for finding your new home.”

Tony DeBello can be reached for all your real estate needs at 781-308-5727 or email him directly at tdebello@molisserealty.net.

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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 dream of a real estate investment.

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, molding our offerings 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. For more information, visit www.molisserealty.com.

At Molisse Realty Group, we believe in big dreams.

Molisse Realty Group Adds Jim Brown to Manchester-by-the-Sea Team

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Jim Brown has joined the growing roster of experienced Realtors® at Molisse Realty Group’s downtown office in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Born in Manchester and now residing in Essex, MA, Brown is a well-known local resident whose commitment to the local community goes beyond his extensive real estate knowledge.

Brown says, “having lived in a couple of towns on Cape Ann, I feel a strong connection to the area and deep obligation to give back to the community. I was lucky to be raised here and to be able to raise my two children here with my wife, Carroll. Whether buying or selling, I’d like to help my clients to have the same opportunity to be a part of a community that feels like home to them.”

In addition to being a long-time member of The Manchester Club and Cape Ann Sportsman’s Club, Jim is a “Town Monitor” for the North Shore Association of Realtors (NSAR) and an active Freemason serving the Manchester Lodge. He has also served as a volunteer member of the Manchester Zoning Board of Appeals.

Brian Molisse, founder of Molisse Realty Group, says of Brown, “Jim personifies the type of realtor partner that makes Molisse Realty Group special. Our team is committed to the communities we serve and giving back to those communities is one of the cornerstones of our mission. Jim is passionate, not only about real estate, but about the area in which he lives.”

Beyond his Massachusetts Real Estate license, Jim holds a degree in engineering, an MBA from Bentley University, and is a graduate of the Northern Essex Community College Home Inspection program. He is also a Notary Public.

Jim Brown can be reached at 978-810-1332 or at jbrown@molisserealty.net.

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 dream of a real estate investment.

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, molding our offerings 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. For more information, visit www.molisserealty.com.

At Molisse Realty Group, we believe in big dreams.

Molisse Realty Group Celebrates 10 Years with a Rebrand

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It was 10 years ago, in the Spring of 2008: the country was enveloped in a financial crisis, widely considered by economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The situation in the subprime mortgage market had reached full-blown, international crisis mode. Lehman Brothers collapsed. The government had begun bailing out financial institutions to avoid the collapse of the world financial system. The housing market was abysmal.

And Brian Molisse decided to start a one-man real estate brokerage on Boston's South Shore.

After 10 years of working as the Director of Facilities for the May institute overseeing 160 group homes across Massachusetts, it was time for a change.

“While overseeing so many properties I ended up getting my home inspectors license and when the May Institute purchased or leased a property, I would do the inspections on them. So I was around Real Estate a lot,” Molisse said. “I always loved looking at properties and I like dealing with people, so I thought real estate would be a perfect fit.”

It is the quintessential Hollywood-style script: the little guy wanting a change, walking away from the stability of a day job and taking a shot. This script started with a relatively common-sense idea, a simple logo, hand-sketched on a paper napkin and a lot of passion and hard work. That was, and continues to be, the Molisse Realty Group secret recipe.

"I wanted to start a full-service real estate office that was dedicated to the principles of honesty, integrity, and hard work," Molisse says sitting at a modest desk in his Manchester-by-the-Sea office, his newest office location. "We have never been about flashiness. We have been about doing the right thing for our clients, being creative and then later, I wanted focus on doing the right things for the agents who put their trust in working for me." Our reputation is everything to me.

Molisse got his start as a sole proprietor in May of 2008 in a small, 500 square foot office located on Rte. 53 in Hanover, MA. His dream started quietly, and recalls stories of people finding out. "My sister Kathy called me and said my cousin drove by and saw your name on the building and asked me if you started a real estate company," he says laughing. "No one knew what I was up to. I said ‘yes I did!’ Then I went home with my son Tyler and showed my family my first company sign & they were all surprised as well.”

Molisse knew that starting a real estate brokerage in the middle of the financial crisis was risky, and he knew there would be doubters, but he saw opportunity in the midst of all of it.

The risk paid off.

Today, as Brian Molisse approaches the 10 year anniversary of opening that very first office, he thinks the best is yet to come. Now with over 75 agents and 4 coastal, office locations in Marshfield, Scituate, Weymouth and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Molisse Realty Group is growing and evolving its business model to better address the changing needs of buyers and sellers.

“I saw our anniversary year as a chance to do a better job of telling our story – to get people to think of us differently,” Molisse says. “I think our reputation for honesty and treating people right is the cornerstone of who we are as a brokerage, but buying a home is very much about fulfilling a dream for most people. In a lot of ways, it’s like my dream of starting Molisse Realty Group 10 years ago.”

To assist in developing the evolution of the brand, Molisse enlisted the services of local brand strategist and marketer, Chris Langathianos, who is also a Molisse Realty Group client.

“Before we started the creative elements of the brand refresh, we spent 3 months doing industry research, speaking with Molisse clients and agents, analyzing our own market research and holding group brainstorming workshops. There is a reason for everything we did,” Langathianos said.

The most noticeable change to people will be the new logo. The Molisse Realty Group logo was updated to more accurately reflect the essence of the brand.

“Molisse Realty Group’s offices are all located in coastal areas of the state, so we brought in elements of the coast – the anchor icon as well as the light blue. Historically, the anchor represents home, the end of a long journey, and safety – all of the things that finding the perfect home represents,” Langathianos explains, “it’s not just about the nautical symbolism, it’s deeper than that.”

Molisse adds, “if you look at our new signs, the base color is black with our logo and information sitting on top of it in white. There is a real estate industry trend of creating premier or luxury divisions of brokerages for properties valued over $1 million. Every property is marketed differently, but we didn’t want to create a message exclusion. If you work with Molisse Realty Group, we are going to make sure your experience is the Industry’s best, whether your property is $300,000 or $3 million.”

Molisse also hopes that people will start to see some of the brand’s new campaign messaging that gets back to the core of the brand objective – fulfilling dreams.

“We believe in big dreams. Buying a home means building memories. And we know that the right home becomes the background for hearty home cooked meals, late-night conversations, and Netflix marathons. We believe that purchasing a home is an emotional experience. And it should be. Because finding the loving environment that surrounds your family, and all its moments, is a big deal. This is what drives us. We believe that the finest homes on Massachusetts’ North and South Shores should be within reach for our clients and that it takes a dedicated team to make it happen. It is our mission to make owning your dream home a reality.”

“Molisse Realty Group, my agents, and my staff mean so much to me – we are like family,” Molisse says. “We have grown in size over the years, but we will never lose our caring way and we will always be focused on helping our clients achieve their goal of home ownership. Our clients really become a part of our family.”

Walter Hall Leads "Power of Partnering" Orientation Session for Molisse Realty Group Agents

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Walter Hall, a Norwell resident and author with decades of real estate experience, recently led an orientation session for Molisse Realty Group real estate professionals focused on “The Power of Partnering,” which included the use of his latest book, All Things REAL ESTATE, in their real estate relationships.  The session served as the first effort of the recently established pilot program exclusively arranged between Hall and Brian Molisse, founder and owner of the four-location Molisse Realty Group, and was held at the Marshfield location of Molisse Realty Group.   

This program is designed in part to provide advanced training of real estate agents in the practice of their profession.  Molisse Realty Group will use the book as part of The Power of Partnering program to educate the buying and selling public. With a normal retail value of $9.50, All Things REAL ESTATE will be made available free to current and potential buyers and sellers, compliments of Molisse Realty Group.

Hall discussed how the Power of Partnering Program involves four interrelated components:  agents, sellers, buyers, and the playbook (All Things REAL ESTATE).  The genesis of The Power of Partnering started with Hall’s first effort and lessons learned as a real estate professional while leading Walter Hall Realtors, which became one of the largest real estate companies in New England at the time.

“In real estate, our essential product is service,” said Hall.  “Most Realtors focus on trying to achieve service satisfaction, by meeting their clients’ expectations.  But outstanding firms go above service satisfaction, striving to achieve ‘service delight’ by exceeding clients’ service and cost expectations. This is the future of the leading Realtors in the country, including Molisse Realty Group,” Hall added.

“We’re offering this book to anyone interested in learning more about buying or selling a home,” said Molisse.  “In real estate, knowledge is power, and this easy-to-read guide that explains real estate in a straight forward manner offers our clients a great way to better understand the process, develop realistic expectations, and allows people to navigate the real estate process to a successful outcome.  Additionally, we’re happy to show people how we’re different than our competitors, and giving people this book with our compliments is one way to demonstrate our different approach in a way that’s extremely helpful to anyone looking to buy or sell a home."

“We were thrilled to welcome Walter to come and introduce the book to our agents,” Molisse added.  “His decades of knowledge and experience are so valuable, and we are excited about the opportunities this program presents.”

All Things REAL ESTATE is available through the Molisse Realty Group offices in Marshfield, Scituate, Weymouth, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, as well as through its website, www.MolisseRealty.com/book-request , or by calling 781-837-5600.