Sturbridge, MA Real Estate News

By Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI
(Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge )
365 Things to do in Worcester County -Sturbridge Village is one of my favorite activities.  Sturbridge Village is a living museum that takes place in late 1700's to early 1800's.  It is the largest living museum in New England.    Located in the heart of Sturbridge, it is a multi-acre park that encompasses buildings one found in a village of the time.  My favorite building is the house of the tin smith.    It is so interesting to learn how those old fashioned lanterns are made.  The tours of the homes in Sturbridge Village include what people cooked at the time, the mill, metal smith, and the like.  You can go to the tavern and have period cuisine.  This place is great for children.  There is a boat ride you can enjoy, pick nic area to take a short brake in the middle of the day.    The...
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By Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI
(Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge )
So here is an idea for one of 365 things to do in Worcester County.  A friend of mine has mentioned to me that he is raising money for a great cause and enjoys his passion at the same time:  He is riding to fight cancer.  Wow!  Gerry, you're the best!  Having a mom who survived cancer, I commend you for your efforts and in support want to tell all my friends and all my readers about your lofty goal.  I am including Gerry's letter in this Blog.  Please Read:  Hello,This is my Second ride in the PMC.  After riding last year for the first time, there is no way that I can not do this again.  I am glad to be part of this special cause!I have no personal story, thankfully.  However, I see this as a great opportunity to give back, as I have seen some Great Friends affected in one way or anothe...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Where are the Foreclosures in Central Massachusetts? July 23, 2010:  Today I am looking at the market to see which towns have the most foreclosures.  The inventory of foreclosed properties has dropped since earlier in the year.  Since my business centers on the towns of south-central Massachusetts, my report today includes only those towns.  If you are looking for specific foreclosure data in a particular town, give me a call and I will pull that information for you. Below you will see two graphs.  The first shows the number of foreclosed properties on the market among several towns.  The second shows the average list price of those foreclosed properties.       You can use this data to see where there is a higher inventory of foreclosed properties with relatively lower prices.  For exam...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS NETWORKING CLASS - WEEK 5 Week 5 of our Blogging For Business Networking Class focused on the Anatomy of a Blog.  We discussed the different parts of a blog post and how to write it to be found on the top of the search engines.  We watched a 5 minute video on short tail keywords versus long tail keywords.  Thanks to everyone that came!  Here is a quick overview:   THE ANATOMY OF A BLOG Title - Make Your Title: Catchy Controversial  Descriptive Humorous Sub-Titles - Use Sub-Titles To: Break Post Into Parts Explain What Sections Are About Grab Attention to Your Post Lead Paragraph - Make Sure You: Grab The Reader Sprinkle Tidbits of What Your Blog Will Be About Make It Enticing, But Don't Give Away Everything Make Them Want To Read More Bullet Points Great For People...
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By Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge MA:  Real Estate Update for 2nd Quarter 2010 (April 1 through June 30) Sturbridge, MA: The second quarter of 2010 was an important time for real estate.  We had the spring market surge, along with the winding down of the tax credit incentive.  Let's see how home sales went in Sturbridge, MA, for the second quarter of 2010 compared to second quarter 2009. Number of Homes Sold In 2009, 23 single family homes sold during the second quarter of the year.  In 2010, 27 single family homes sold during the second quarter of the year. Average Sales Price Second quarter 2009 average home price was $248,287Second quarter 2010 average home price was $303,007 - quite an increase from 2009. Average Days on Market For the homes sold during the second quarter of 2009, the average time on mark...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge, MA:  Town Hall Reconstruction Nears Completion Sturbridge, MA:  The renovations on the Sturbridge Town Hall and Center School are near complete.  New doors were being installed this week, and the reports are that the work is 97% finished.  With the road paving and installation of sidewalks, the historic section of Sturbridge will have a fresh face to welcome its residents and visitors.                                          The Sturbridge Town Hall and the Center School are located at the corners of Route 131 and Maple Street/Old Route 15.    
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By Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566, 01518 Real Estate Market Report June 2010 Sturbridge, Massachusetts Real Estate Market Report June 2010Every Month, I will be posting market reports for single family homes in select towns that the Donna Plouffe Team services in the Central Massachusetts area.In June 2010, there were 7 HOMES that SOLD in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This is a decrease in sales from 10 HOMES that SOLD in June 2009.Average List Price for homes SOLD in Sturbridge for June 2009: $258,000Average List Price for homes SOLD in Sturbridge for June 2010: $436,157Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Sturbridge for June 2009: $251,320Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Sturbridge for June 2010: $414,557Average Market Time for homes SOLD in Sturbridge for June 2009:  114 daysAverage M...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge, MA - Mandatory Water Ban July 2010 You have most likely seen the signs around town.  Due to the lack of rainfall in recent weeks, the town has issued a mandatory water ban for non-essential use of water.  Basically, this means no watering of lawns, gardens, washing of cars and so forth, between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. Why this timeframe?  Quite simply, on hot dry days such as these, you can lose a good 50% of the water you may try to give to your lawn due to evaporation.  Wait until the evening and early morning hours, when the sun has less opportunity to dry up the water before it sinks into the ground. While the ban is in effect, you may water your lawn once a week during the hours outside of 9 AM to 5 PM.  You can get more information from the town at (508) 347-2513. S...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
Welcome To Sturbridge Massachusetts Sturbridge Massachusetts is a lovely New England town located in Central Massachusetts.  Sturbridge is a great place to live being situated centrally between all major cities - Boston, Springfield, Hartford and Worcester. Sturbridge was incorporated in 1738 and became well known as the home of Old Sturbridge Village in 1946.  All of the local shops, antiques and restaurants make this town attractive for tourism.  The highly ranked Tantasqua Schools make Sturbridge a great place for children to grow up.  Tantasqua High School features an indoor pool, freshly manicured athletic fields and tennis courts. Check out our website to view homes for sale in Sturbridge Massachusetts.  If you need more help, email us or call 888-717-JCKC.
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Calendar of Events for Sturbridge, MA:  July 2010 In addition to July 4th in Sturbridge, MA, there are quite a few special events happening in and around town during the month of July.  Some highlights are below: July 3:  Feast & Fire - day-long event with parade, grand picnic, entertainment, and a bonfire July 4:  Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village - fun and games Colonial style, with evening fireworks July 12:  Vintage Textile Show- held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel July 13-17:  Brimfield Antique Show - the summer show for this trice-yearly event July 17:  Fire and Ice Day at Old Sturbridge Village - antique fire brigades and chili contest July 21-25:  Oldsmobile Club of America Nationals- at the Sturbridge Host Hotel July 24-25:  Threads of Friendship Quilt Show- held at Tan...
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By Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
Celebrate Sunday, July 4, 2010 at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA 01566... Don't forget Feast and Fire on Saturday, July 3, 2010-Sturbridge Common:More InformationJuly 4, 2010, Sunday, at Old Sturbridge Village  9:30am to 5:00pmLocated at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566Admission: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors 65+, $7 youth (3-17) and FREE for under 3Events and Activities:Citizen's ProcessionReading of the Declaration of IndependenceSIGN a GIANT copy of the DeclarationPlay Base-ball 1830's styleAND SO MUCH MOREAfter 5:00pm, Old Sturbridge Village will be reopening Admission: $12/person, $10/OSV Member, No charge for children under 3 years oldFROM 6:00pm to 9:30pm will offer:MusicMagicFamily Games and ActivitiesANDFIREWORKS!!!!**Please note that Beer, Wine, Soft Drink...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS - OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE STYLE Looking for something fun this fourth of July? Why not checkout Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA? Travel back in time and celebrate Independence day as if it were the 19th century. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by State Senator Stephen R. Brewer, comedic juggling with Lucky Bob, 19th Century magic with Robert Olson, a concert on the common featuring the Heritage String Band, games & contests. Sturbridge Village is a 200+ acre museum that opened in June of 1946.  They have been educating today's generation about the history that took place between 1790-1840. Gates re-open at 6PM for the evening festivities including music, magic & fun followed by some 21st Century fireworks at dusk. If you're int...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
July 4th Weekend in Sturbridge Massachusetts Fourth of July weekend in Sturbridge, Massachusetts is slated to be full of fun and festivities.  If you are in town on Friday, July 2, stop in at Hyland Orchard/Pioneer Brewing to enjoy a cool brew and watch the Hot Dog Eating Contest at 5:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, two big events will keep you busy:  the Feast and Fire on July 3rd, and Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village on July 4th.  SATURDAY JULY 3:  Sturbridge Feast and Fire The second annual Feast and Fire kicks off with a parade at 2 pm.  Bag pipers will lead numerous local groups from the Sturbridge Host Hotel on Route 20, to the Sturbridge Town Common on Route 131. Following the parade, you can feast on the offerings at the Grand Picnic Buffet.  Hosted by local restaurant...
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By Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
Feast and Fire Grand Picnic at the Town Common in Sturbridge, MA on July 3, 2010 from 2-10pm! Presented by the REAS Foundation and the Merchants of Sturbridge. Do you need to buy tickets for this event?-- Buy Tickets and Get More Information This will be an old fashioned Independence Day Celebration....There will be a parade, music, fun and festivities....Oh and don't forget the BONFIRE behind the Publick House! According to the Merchants of Sturbridge website, the festivities will begin with a parade starting at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, then to the Visitor's Center, then Back up Main Street to the TOWN COMMON!! A Grand Picnic Buffet featuring many of the Well-Known Restaurants in Stubridge, MA: Rovezzi's, Publick House, Annie's Country Kitchen, BT's Smokehouse, and the Piccadilly Pub...
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By Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group
(Keller Williams Realty)
SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN STURBRIDGE, MA 01566  The Town of Sturbridge, MA Recreation Department began their Summer Concert Series on the Sturbridge Town Common on Saturday, June 19th-with a Special Tribute to Father's Day. The official night of the Summer Concert Series will be Thursdays--So join everyone at the Sturbridge Town Common on Thursday July 1 at 6:00pm for the Leicester Town Band-Patriotic Music. The Summer Concert Series continues through Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:00pm. The Town of Sturbridge's Town Common is on Main Street Rt 131, Across the Street from Publick House - A Great restaurant to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner and Sadie Green's - A Great place to shop for jewelry and other Treasures! The Sturbridge Recreation Department recommends bringing along w...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Molly's Ride 2010:  11th Annual Motorcyle Meet for Child Safety   Sunday, June 27, 2010, marks the 11th annual Molly's Ride for Child Safety in Sturbridge, MA.  This annual ride, in memory of Molly Bish, kicks off at Hobbs Brook Plaza at 100 Charlton Street/Route 20 at 8 AM. Molly's Ride for Child Safetyis intended to keep child abduction at the top of the mind of caring members of the community, as well as provide comfort to families who have lost children through an abduction.  The ride originated from a group of policemen who were involved in the search for missing teen Molly Bish of Warren, MA, in 2000. Each year, hundreds of riders participate in this police-escorted charity event.  And 100% of the proceeds are donated to projects that support child safety and the prevention of chi...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
 Blogging For Business Networking Class - Week 1 Week 1 of our Blogging For Business Networking Class was a success!  We had a great turnout of interested bloggers and newbies looking to learn more.  We had Keller Williams agents, Coldwell Banker agents, RE/MAX agents and agents from some of the independent offices around.  We had people from several other industries as well. Week 1 we focused on where to start with blogging.  I went over the 3 most popular places to blog and focused on my favorite - ActiveRain.  ActiveRain is a great place to blog for people in the real estate industry because it is simple, established and Google loves them.  I've been blogging on ActiveRain since January 2007 and I can't say enough good about my experiences here in the Rain. I've tried WordPress and B...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
 Last Call - Blogging For Business Class Starts Tomorrow!   Date:  Tuesday, June 15thTime:  9-10AMPlace:  135 Main StreetSturbridge, MA 01566 Classes will be held every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks.  Anyone in the real estate profession is welcome to come learn about blogging for your business. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!  =) VISIT US ON FACEBOOK  
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Outdoor Enjoyment on the Decks and Patios of Sturbridge With the arrival of summer comes one of the greatest pleasures:  Dining on an outdoor deck.  I am pleased to provide you with this list of fine establishments in Sturbridge, MA, that offer outdoor decks, porches and patios for your summer dining enjoyment al fresco! 420 Main Martini Bar and GrillCorner of Route 20 and Cedar Street Cedar Street RestaurantCedar Street Admiral TJ O'Brien'sRoute 20 BT's SmokehouseRoute 20 heading West The Copper StallionRoute 20 Friendly's Ice CreamRoute 20 Giovanello's Italian MarketRoute 131 Oxhead Tavern on Cedar LakeRoute 20 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel Romaldo'sRoute 20 Publick House BakeryRoute 131 Rovezzi's RistoranteRoute 20 at Church Street For a comprehensive list of restaurants in Sturbridge...
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