Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Special Election Day in Medfield MA May 23rd

It's Special Election Day in Medfield MA    May 23rd

If you live in the beautiful town of Medfield MA and you haven't already, you will want to head down to the polls to cast your vote on the Special Election ballot questions! 

The polling place is located at "the Medfield Center", 1 Ice House Road, and open today until 8 pm.

 This is a Special Election to determine the outcome of two override questions.

Proposition 2 1/2 Operational Override:

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional $500,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of general operating expenses of the various School and Town Departments for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011?

Proposition 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion Question:

Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay for construction, equipping, furnishing and landscaping a new public works facility, including the cost of demolishing the existing town garage?

So, no matter if you think YES or NO,
               it's time to weigh in, have your say, and exercise your democratic right!

If you are looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest,
Give me a call! 508-494-9061   or email me     Cal

For up to the minute Home Search Visit     Al and


Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Selling Real Estate Means To Me

A Dream and a Memory
I went on a listing appointment the other day. There had been another Realtor in before me. When I got back, the Seller announced that she would be listing with me!

Why, I wondered would she say that before I gave her my full presentation? She explained that I seemed to care about her and her home.

That prompted me to think about just why I have been in the business for so long.
24 years ago, I was employed by the local police department, working the night shift. My coworkers, people whos opinion I trusted and relied on (you tend to do that when someone literally has your back), talked nonstop about real estate. They convinced me that I should practice real estate during the day. I took the class, exam, and started working. Quickly it became clear that this was not a part time job! I left the PD and embarked upon my adventure as a Realtor.

So what does selling real estate mean to me?
 Sure it's the way I put bread on the table and oil in the furnace, but more than that it is about memories and dreams.

When someone is considering selling their home and invites me in, I feel honored. This after all is the place where their Son lost his first tooth, the place where their Mom and Dad came for Sunday dinners. It's the place where they argued with their Daughter over what she was wearing to graduation and much, much more.

So when I see that dated decor in their family room, I try and remember that when they choose it, they were excited to be doing that room that way. That doesn't mean we don't discuss how that position's them in the current market, but we do so with respect and thoughtfulness as we have similar memories in our own home.

When selling a home to a new Buyer, we get to be part of their dreams! At least we want it to be a dream and not a nightmare, so we treat them as if they are our own family. It can be easy to grow impatient, but when we remember that they are buying not just shelter but dreams, it so easily falls into perspective.

How cool is it that I get to say that I showed a child of 6 their "new" bedroom and then, at 30 are selling them their own 1st place! Generations. We get to help generations of families with their dreams.

What's better than that? So that's it, Memories and Dreams....
It's what keeps me coming back day after day!

Thinking of Buying or Selling? 508-494-9061 cal @ Al and

for up to the minute home search visit Al and

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Consignment Shop Opens in Franklin MA "Fortunes Found"

Yesterday, I strolled into the new consignment store at 4 Crossings Plaza in Franklin MA.    It's called Fortunes Found.    It was a delightful experience.    The store, to my surprise offered fine home consignments and appeared more like a gift shop!  

The owner, Susan Domenikos, warmly greeted each and every person that walked through the door with a big welcoming smile!    Perfect!   This is the kind of place I want to frequent!   

The shop offers everything from
Hitchcock furniture
pieces to china and pottery.    Prints and paintings, lamps, lace, pillows and wall art.   Local artisans offering dried flowers and hand made bags!

Lots of bling! ... necklaces, pins, earrings and bracelets!   Something for everyone!

Definitely a shop that I will want to visit over and over again to see what shows up!    The prices were awesome.    See that grey chair in the  photo on the right?     Yea, could I hardly pass it by....  I so need a bigger house!    $35... what a deal!    All the stuff was in great shape and "take home" ready!

If you get a chance, drop in and take a look around.    You may even have something that you want to put on consignment.   

In that case, contact Susan at 508.346.3775
and, by the way, I can't find a place for the chair, but I did find a place for this gorgeous piece.  You guessed it!   It's now hanging around my neck!      Oh yea, and a fab pasta dish too!  

Selling your Home?

What a great way to get rid of clutter!   We all have those items that we are not going to bring with us to a new place, but are too good to toss...

Buying a Home?

Need a new piece or some dishes, or whatever.   We all love a bargain....This might be just the place for you to visit!

Oh, and I'm not just up on new store openings ...    I am also up on regional market conditions!    
I've been selling real estate locally for the past 24 years and can help you with your real estate needs!

Call me at 508-494-9061  or email @ cal @

Visit   Al and   for up to the minute home search    

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What the heck is Flocking?

  When a bunch of pink flamingos show up on someone's front lawn.

As a Realtor in the Franklin MA area for more than 24 years, I believe it's important to be an active part of the community. One way that I have tried to do that is by supporting the ACS through Relay for Life. We have all been hit hard by cancer. The Realtors in the Franklin area are no different. We have seen a number of our family, friends and co-workers struggle with the disease and know first hand the effects of it.

Team CSI, (Care, Support, Imagine a cure) is holding it's annual fundraiser.

For a tax deductible donation of $25, they will place a flock of 20 pink flamingos on the front lawn of a friend or foe! ...

What a great way to have fun and make a difference!

The "Flock" lands in the yard and stays for up to 48 hours. The recipients receive a notice explaining their arrival and informing them that a donation has been made to ACS.

(Great idea for birthday's, grads, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just for fun!)

For ordering info contact Teresa at
or call me at 508-494-9061