Providence, RI Real Estate News

By Timothy Sawyer
(Astonish Results)
All of us at one time or another have heard references to the concept of "drafting," usually in the context of NASCAR racing. The best independent e-agents are learning to employ the same tactics to find and sell more customers on the Internet. Drafting defined: When a car travels through the air it leaves a gap behind it. Another car driving in this gap doesn't have as much air resistance pushing on it's nose and can then travel faster or use less fuel to travel the same speed. Example: My car was slower than a turtle, but once I got in the draft I was able to keep up. How are independent e-gents taking advantage of this concept? Simple. Consider the amount of advertising dollars spent each year by companies like Progressive, GEICO and Esurance. What are the majority of these ads telli...
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If you're looking to grow your agency and protect your book by tapping into the increasing number of people using the Internet to find an insurance provider, you must have a complete strategy. Just having a website is not going to be enough. 1. The Right Vision It all begins with your vision. If your desire is to expand and grow your Internet presence, this vision needs to be clearly communicated to everyone in the agency. Your team needs to be on board, and goals must be clearly communicated. I've sat in many business consulting sessions where the key team members were not on the same page. If you don't have a clear vision of where you want your company to go, chances are you won't get there. You must take the time to articulate this vision to your entire company. 2. The Right (Wrong) ...
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By Chet Szafranski
(Virtual Homes Real Estate)
   I had the pleasure of trying a little Indian restaurant in Providence called "Not just snacks". It is located at 833-835 Hope St. The restaurant originated from a market across the street called "Not just spices" and I was very impressed with the food, the prices and service.    My guest and I started out with appetizers. We tried allu-tikki stuffed with potato and peas. Then we had samosas. The filling is made with a combination of mixed vegetables, and a variety of Indian spices, such as garlic paste, ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander leaves, spring onions, chili peppers, lemon juice and an Indian spice called Garam Masala .  It is then filled into the single layer of samosa pastry (which is rolled to form a cone) and sealed with a flour and water paste. They have a glass case ...
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As we close out 2008, now is the time to plan for 2009. Most successful insurance agents agree that the Internet will play a major role in how customers research and select an insurance provider in 2009. According to a recent study by the Association of Independent Insurance Agents, 85% of all new insurance customers will start their search on the Internet. The question is: how will you maximize this opportunity? Historically, insurance companies have relied primarily on word of mouth and limited advertising to grow their business. Some insurance companies have tried but failed to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Internet. This is due to a lack of a clearly defined Internet marketing strategy. At Astonish Results, we’ve found several key components must be present in ord...
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
  Two weeks ago Melissa and I attended what has become a Summer and Fall Providence tradition, Waterfire. We started out with drinks at Olives on North Main St. It was Dirty Goose Martinis and a great little grilled pizza. Even though I think they forgot that we ordered the pizza because it almost 30 minutes to get it to us, it was still very good. As for the martinis, what can I say; they don't call the place "Olives" for nothing. Melissa and I have become self-proclaimed martini experts and Olives doesn't disappoint.   We headed over to check out the festivities. We came upon a traditional Incan group with dancers that just blew us away. Their sound was mesmerizing and the dancers where very impressive. After we listened and took pictures and videos we moved on to check out what it w...
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By Dan Hartman
(Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861)
Welcome to a new series of posts regarding some of the more interesting spots in Providence.  Today, I decided to start with a place near my home to which I've walked several times.  I passed by today, only to learn that I had mis-remembered the hours, so I thought it made sense to share that, and more with you.  The East Side Prescription Center is a pharmacy located in the Mount Hope neigborhood on the East Side of Providence.  One of the city's few independant pharmacies, and the only one on the East Side, it is a welcome respite from the corporate pharmacy chains that dominate that industry.  The small store has a relatively wide selection of the kind of products you'd expect a pharmacy to have: over the counter medication, first aid supplies, spiral bound notebooks, and Chef Boyard...
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
Last night, Melissa and I went out for dinner with our friend Julie.  We chose Andreas on Thayer Street in Providence.  I had never been, but my dining partners couldn't wait for me to try real Greek food.  I can't wait to go back!  We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share: Dolmathakia (Dolma)- both regular and vegetarian.  I prefer the vegetarian - more of a lemony flavor.  They are grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs and spices.  The non-vegetarian version comes with ground beef.  Fried Calmari - With cherry peppers.  Perfectly done, and not greasy at all. Spanikopita - Their version came in a wedge, and not too much phyllo. STUFFED with spinach, feta and herbs.  Also not greasy. Grilled Haloumi Cheese - They had a special last night - grilled Haloumi cheese with mint.  I really ho...
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By Dan Hartman
(Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861)
The City of Providence has announced a new homebuyer loan for those purchasing previously foreclosed properties.  This program, called, the Foreclosed Homes Rehab to Homeownership Program for Homebuyers, offers as much as $50,000 through an interest-free loan to buyers of previously foreclosed homes who will be living in those homes once repairs are completed.  Providence has been worst-hit among Rhode Island's cities and towns in sheer number of foreclosures, 1282 in all as of February of 2008.  Those actions have disproportionately affected multi-family homes, which now present a lucrative opportunity to renters.  For the first time in over 7 years, buyers of 3-unit homes in Providence can expect to live relatively rent-free.  Low home prices, combined with stable-to-increasing rents ...
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
It was time for a date night.  Melissa and I went out for dinner recently at Waterplace Restaurant in Providence.  We decided to make the most of the evening and planned to be there for a while... drinks, apps, dinner, dessert, after dinner drinks, the works.  Turns out we picked the perfect place to do so. We had been once last winter, when Prudential Gammons Realty, had our holiday party.  So we remembered how striking the interior was.  2 open levels, beautiful lighting and fabric hanging from very high ceilings creating a warm atmosphere in a large space.  There is a bar on each floor; the second floor being more of a lounge area.  They also have a wonderful patio area, which is very popular in the summer, particularly during Waterfire events. We started out sharing the Gruyere Roas...
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By Dan Hartman
(Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861)
These days in Providence, I'm seeing a substantial increase in the number of properties listed for 50% or less of the price they last sold at 18-36 months ago.  There are a couple of factors contributing to this: Relatively low rents Excessive market exuberance when last sold Lack of financing availability Poor condition Of these factors, the last two can be addressed by FHA's 203(k) Rehabilitation program.  The majority of the properties selling at low prices ($52,000 3-unit anyone?) are foreclosed homes in need of significant updates, but, when improved, will be a fantastic value for their new owners.  The 203(k) program comes in two variants: a streamline option allows up to $35,000 in funds for improvements; the regular program allows unlimited repair funds up to maximum FHA loan am...
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
April 17, 2008Right Now there are 481 listed single family homes in Providence, Rhode Island.  465 of them are under $300,000.  333 of them are under $200,000 Right Now there are 194 listed condos in Providence, RIRight Now there are 734 listed multi family properties in Providence, RIRight Now there are 118 listed commercial properties in Providence, RIRight Now there are 50 listed pieces of vacant land in Providence, RI THIS MONTH IN PROVIDENCE:April 24th, 2008 - Food, Art and Wine Night at Gallery Z.  Through June: - American Idol: Who Killed Simon?, Murder On Us Dinner Theater, The Barnsider, 375 South Main St., Providence. 245-5850; http://www.murderonus.com/. Comedic murder mystery. Fri-Sat 8 pm. $39.95, includes four-course dinner, show, tax, gratuity. April 19, 2008 - Spring Cle...
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
I was excited to see that the theme of the Home Show this year is "Think Green".  I'm very interested in the concept of green living and construction.  The home show will even give us ideas about how to recycle our current furniture.  On Stop & Shop Day, there will be cooking demonstrations - you can find me at the cooking demo by the Green Collaborative, a creative Johnson & Wales student organization focused on the environment.I also plan to enter the drawing to win a trip to Ireland.  What's greener than that?The Home Show Rhode Island Convention CenterMarch 12 - 16, 2008          Adults...................$10          Seniors...................$8 (65 and older)        Children 6-12...........$3        Children 5 and under are free.        Prices subject to change.               Wedne...
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By Dan Hartman
(Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861)
I got out of the house early this morning to visit my poling place, and the office of Exit Realty Firm right next door, only to find out that my poling place had moved!  The fire station at the corner of Branch Ave. and North Main St. was clearly not open for business as a voting location. Fortunately, one of the candidate's teams had left a door hanger at my home informing me of the new location.  So for everyone out there who used to vote at the firehouse on North Main, please make a note that our location for today's vote is at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School located at 35 Camp St.  View Larger MapNow get out there and voice your opinion!  It's not that often that tiny Rhode Island has any impact whatsoever on presidential races, but we can today!
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By Bob Black
(Williams & Stuart Real Estate)
February 22, 2008 Right Now there are 488 listed single family homes in Providence, Rhode Island.  474 of them are under $300,000.  314 of them are under $200,000 Right Now there are 203 listed condos in Providence, RIRight Now there are 113 listed commercial properties in Providence, RIRight Now there are 47 listed pieces of vacant land in Providence, RI  Did you know that Providence, Rhode Island was established in 1636?Did you know that the city of Providence covers 18.5 Square Miles?Did you know what a great city Providence is for arts and entertainment?  One of my favorite events occurs between spring and summer.  Check out waterfire.org to see what it's all about.Did you know that Providence is home to (in my opinion) the best bakery ever?  Go get yourself a german chocolate cupca...
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By Rick Tourgee, Provincetown and Cape Cod
(Robert Paul Properties, Inc.)
On Friday, December 21 I had a delightful meal at New Rivers at 7 Steeple Street in Providence, RI.  I started off with a cheese plate which offered three different cheeses, figs, grapes and toasted bread.  Very tasty- but, pricey at $13 for the small portion.  For dinner I had ravioli stuffed with sun dried tomatoes and a unique cheese.  Again, very tasty!!  But, a very small portion for $20.As it states on their website, "New Rivers is known for its simple yet robust preparations and colorful, bistro-style presentations. The menu celebrates the cuisine of the various ethnic and cultural groups that have given America and Providence their rich culinary heritage. Careful consideration is given to healthy foods, and the menu is limited yet thoughtfully balanced to offer ample variety and...
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By Rick Tourgee, Provincetown and Cape Cod
(Robert Paul Properties, Inc.)
Yesterday I was walking around the Wayland Square area of the East-side of Providence in Rhode Island and walked into Kyureo, a wonderful store that offers unique home furnishings: anything from candles, Christmas decorations, and furniture.....and ?????.....so much more that I cannot list it all here.Located in the heart of Providence's upscale Wayland Square,  Jay Luiz, owner, has created a gallery at which many marvel and most can afford.  Filled to the brim with unique fine furnishings, art and gifts, KYUREO is a new experience not to be missed.Looking for quality interior design?  Jay has since acquired many clients to which he helps make the rooms in their homes reach their full potential.  Combining stimulating color themes, animated artistic objects and the most intriguing furni...
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By Martinelli Caputi, & Associates, Ltd.
(Martinelli Caputi & Associates, Ltd.)
NOTICE: To the Residents of the North End of Providence, Rhode Island. WHERE: Charles Street Community Center 663 Charles Street (the old Ricci Building), Providence, Rhode Island, 02904 WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2007 @ 6:30 PM WHO:The North End Community Action Committee VIEW WEBSITE The residents of Providence's North End (click here for the definition of the North End) are lucky to have such an active Councilman as the recently elected Nicholas Narducci. Councilman Narducci started the NECAC in order to get area residents more involved with their community and to address the issues most important to these residents. As a resident of the North End, I look forward to working with everyone to continually enhance our community! If you are looking for more information about this neighborh...
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By Martinelli Caputi, & Associates, Ltd.
(Martinelli Caputi & Associates, Ltd.)
Are you a resident of the North End of Providence, Rhode Island? Thinking about moving to the North End? Well here's some information on the North End's newest community group: The North End Community Action Committee VIEW WEBSITE The residents of Providence's North End (click here for the definition of the North End) are lucky to have such an active Councilman as the recently elected Nicholas Narducci. Councilman Narducci started the NECAC in order to get area residents more involved with their community and to address the issues most important to these residents. As a resident of the North End, I look forward to working with everyone to continually enhance our community! If you are looking for more information about this neighborhood, feel free to give me a call! Any questions? Give m...
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By Michael Dutra
(Peoples Home Loans)
     With all that is said of real estate market's woes what is the answer? is it FHA? is it lowering the FED to 3%? I believe it lies in a much simpler place... Effort. The borrowers that are in trouble right now for the most part can be helped. I was in a meeting this morning listening to loan program after loan program that is geared to save the consumer from losing their home. People that are in homes in ARMs can get the financing they need with the right amount of effort by their trusted home loan professionals. The problem is most people in this industry are content right now to sit at home and say "OH THE MARKET" instead of trying to do something about it. Borrowers want to be helped; granted working with someone twice as hard for half as much is not great but that being said it ...
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By Sue Argue, NH Home Stager
(Staged First Impressions)
  I would like you to join me in welcoming to Active Rain...........                 BURBANK CONSTRUCTION of Providence, Rhode Island                       Burbank Construction in Providence, Rhode Island is passionately doing their part to create earth-friendly affordable housing. Check this out:"Burbank Construction's dedication is to renovating the mills in and around Providence, Rhode Island, transforming them into "Mixed Use" facilities. The "Mixed Use" conversion shall consist of residential, condo studio lofts, cafés, galleries, performance spaces, rooftop parks/gardens and greenhouses. The company's vision is to create sustainable, affordable alternatives to normal urban dwelling and inhabitance; Residents may purchase a modestly priced living space, while existing as part of a ...
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