Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mr. Buyer, Please give me your name or I can't show you the home!

This past week, I have had a couple of responses to some Internet advertisements.  While I am thrilled to receive responses to my on line efforts and want desperately to sell these homes for my Sellers, I can not jeopardize my safety or the safety of my Sellers by meeting someone without getting a bit of information first!

The email said, "I saw your home on line and would like to see it Saturday at noon."

3 Geneseo Circle Milford Blog
Happy to receive a request for a showing, I replied by asking them to call or to send me their number so that I  could chat with them.     All I get in response is another request for a showing.

I politely respond by asking this person to call me explaining that I can not or would not for my own personal safety meet someone without talking to them or having some personal information first.    The gal called and we are meeting to see the property.

That very day, I get a text from someone looking to see another vacant property.   I call back and ask the person to call me, etc.    Again, no info, no meeting.   This time no response.  

I am wondering if there is  a trend developing here.  With email and texting becoming the first line in communication are home Buyers forgetting that we will need some information from them before showing them homes?   Maybe.

So, Mr. Buyer, I get that you might want to remain anonymous,  but you see, in fairness to me and to my Sellers, I can not meet you with out getting some simple information from you first!

When you request an appointment to see a home, it is best to include  some personal information, like a name and number.    Without that, as much as I want to show it to you, I can not.  I can not speak for other Realtors, but I would like to have a quick conversation with you too.   Are you working with another Realtor?    Have you been pre-qualified by a lender?   You get the idea.   If you decide that the home isn't for you and you don't want to work with me, I promise, I won't hound you or give your information out to another!

So please,  get in touch with me by hook or by crook, but don't be anonymous!
Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Friday, October 28, 2011

3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA Open House Sun 10/30

3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA Open House Sun 10/30 12-2

Please join me for an open house this Sunday October 30th 12-2 at 3 Geneseo Circle in Milford MA.   This home is being offered at $349,900.    This pristine home is set well off the road on over an acre of land in a desirable North Milford neighborhood close to the Hopkinton line and near major commuting routes and some good shopping.    
Close to all that, but you would never know it because this cul de sac location is so peaceful that you can hear a babbling brook and it is so beautiful that you might just see deer right in your back yard!
3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA home for sale
It offers over 2600 square feet of living space.    The kitchen is decked out with a beautiful granite counter top and offers plenty of room for a family gathering.    There is a formal dining area and living/family room with wood stove, cathedral ceilings, skylights and large window that provides a gorgeous view of woodlands!
4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths (all with granite) and a finished family room in the basement with full windows another wood stove and a slider.  Plenty of light and storage make this room a family favorite.
3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA kitchen
In addition there is a farmers porch overlooking a long front yard, a storage shed, deck, 2 car garage, a koi pond, and horseshoe pit.   There is plenty of play and gardening space. 

3 Geneseo Circle Milford Ma QR code

Find more photos and detailed info in the QR code for this property or use this link 3 Geneseo Circle

So, please join me Sunday October 30th 12 -2 for the open house.    You will not be disappointed!
Can't make the open house on Sunday?    No worries, give me a call and I will arrange for a personal tour that will meet your schedule!  
Carol-Ann Palmieri    508-494-9061
Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group

Monday, October 24, 2011

Millis MA Buddy Bowl honors local hero Sgt Deslauriers Nov 19 2011

This years Millis Buddy Bowl honors local hero Sgt. Joe Deslauriers.

A true American Hero, 32 year old Air Force Technical Sergeant, Joe Deslauriers is an Explosive Ordinance Disposal specialist who has served a tour in Kuwait a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.   He has received a bronze star.

Sgt Deslauriers was seriously injured while on a mission clearing an area for a convoy where it appears an IED was remotely detonated.     He has suffered the loss of both legs and an arm.    We understand he is up for the challenge and is progressing each day, but the road to recovery will be long and hard.
This local hero from Bellingham MA, and his wife Lisa are expecting their first child in December.

What is Buddy Bowl? 
Buddy Bowl is a charity flag football tournament held to benefit injured troops and their families.    It started in 1977 in San Diego as a fun way to unite a group of friends with a common interest.   In 1999 the Buddy Bowl focus changed to raising money for a worthy cause.   And, in 2003 it because a 501 ( c) not for profit corporation raising money for the military, law enforcement and children's related charities through the annual event.    Today the Buddy Bowl is played across cities and towns.   Teams of men, women and children will compete in these events  and this will be the third year being played in the town of Millis, MA.   

Millis Buddy Bowl November 19, 2011   

You don't have to be from Millis to join!     

What can you do to help? 

  Play, Support, or Donate~
  • We need players!    Sign up to play in the tournament and or start up a team to play.    A  $40 donation per player is a small amount to do some good and have some fun at the same time!   Register at
  • Send a tax deductible donation to
  • Come down, watch the tournament

We already have several teams signed up but more players and teams will make this event even more  successful and fun!     

Mark your Calenders Now!

Millis MA Buddy Bowl
Saturday, November 19, 2011  (check in time 8 am)
Clyde Brown School
Millis MA

So please, get your friends together and let’s play some football!!!!

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Friday, October 14, 2011

My Mom Wants A New Home Does Yours?

My Mom  Wants A New Home, Does Yours?

I am having a nice visit with Mom yesterday and she drops the bomb.   " I want to look at some homes", she says.   

Now you have to know that we have gone down this road before.   She falls in love.  Dad doesn't want to move.   

So sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of tea... I say, "Mom, I love you, but I am not going to show you houses unless Dad is on board!"    "Oh, he will be", she says. 
 Hmmmm, I have been here before too.

But is this time different?  They own a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a nice lot in a very nice neighborhood.  They are paying a ton of taxes and have more house then they need.    

Why shouldn't they buy a new "Active Adult lifestyle" home? 
You know what?   They should.   And, I should be the advocate for them doing so!    So, tomorrow, we will  start looking at these homes.   Mom will fall in love and Dad.   Well, Dad loves Mom.... so we will be putting their home on the market...  I think.

And so should many others.

Many of my friends folks are living in large single family homes.    Many by themselves.     Many worry about the yard or the roof or shoveling snow or raking leaves and don't have anyone to do it for them.  

Why do they stay in these homes?   Maybe the task of moving is to much to think about or they don't know the value of their home in today's market or what is available to them should they choose to make the move to a maintenance free lifestyle.  Maybe they just don't know where to start!    After all it's been years and things have changed drastically even in the last 6 months for crying out loud!

Possibly they are concerned about condo fees in a new home.    They might not want to leave their memories behind.     But more than that, it might just be the task of packing up and cleaning out.    After all most have accumulated years of stuff.    Hey in my parents case, they are storing their kids things.   Isn't that silly! 

All of these folks should be out enjoying themselves and not a slave by their homes and the up keep.    

 If your parents have too much home, talk to them about making a trade in lifestyle.  
They deserve it!

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA Home for Sale!

3 Geneseo Circle Milford MA Home for Sale!

Offered at $349,900

Set well off the road, with an unbeatable cul de sac location and neighborhood setting in North Milford, this beautiful home is located on over an acre lot close to the Hopkinton line and major roads and shopping, yet it feels as if you are nestled in the woods of scenic New Hampshire!  

"Pottery Barn" perfect, you will find this 2600 s.f.,  4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial with farmers porch spacious and well appointed with custom granite counter tops in the kitchen and baths!    Spacious foyer will lead you to the entertainment size kitchen, formal dining and open concept great room/living room.   The home is equipped with two wood stoves, on one the first floor and another in the finished family room space located in the basement.    Full windows and slider to back yard make this a favorite for the current owners!   

You will find cathedral ceilings with skylights in the living room and also in the master bath.  

There is a 2 car attached garage with openers as well as a storage shed.   

The yard has plenty of space to throw a ball around and even has horseshoe pits!    It is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and while sitting on the deck you can hear a babbling brook in the distance.  

This home is a delight and one to be sure to put on your must see list.   

For more info or photos scan this qr code or visit

If you would like to see this home, please give me a call or send me an email.

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cool Kids in a Hot Air Balloon! Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA

It happened yesterday morning around 8 am.  

After much anticipation and a few delays due to weather, the 7 th grade classes of the Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA were about to watch what they had been studying this year come to life right there in their school yard!

All part of the "Challenge the Wind" program here for the 7th graders.  The curriculum couples studying physics with hot air ballooning and what better way to learn science in real time than to have "Big Max" right there in the school yard!   

Students wrote essays in the hopes of earning the opportunity to ride in the hot air balloon or help balloon pilot Chris Mooney set it up.    I'm sure it was a very difficult task as all the essays were excellent, but
16 of the students had their essays chosen by the pilot and took a teathered ride into the beautiful morning sky in Franklin MA.

The entire 7 grade filed out to watch.   Outside, they came equipped with thermometers, tape measures, notebooks, pens and a lot of energy and enthusiasm!

The test balloon went up to check the wind direction and the real time lesson began.   Watching a hot air balloon being set up is something to see and the Cool Kids of the 7th grade of the Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin MA had their eyes full. 

 "Big Max" was taken out of his tiny bag and stretched out on the field.   Kids and parents were helping by moving the ropes and getting them in the correct position and attaching the basket to the balloon.     A fascinating site made even more so by the size of the balloon when you are up close and personal.

The balloon is inflated with a fan.    As it filled the pilot began heating the air until it rose majestically and cast a shadow over us all!

The cheers came up from the kids and then the fun began.     One by one they got into the basket and pilot Chris Mooney took it up!   What a sight!
Remax Balloon at Franklin MA School

          Pilot Chris Mooney was excellent giving all a job including "Daisy chaining" the ropes to pack it away!    We all learned something new and had fun while doing it!   What's better than that?
Just a couple of excerpts from the winning essays:

"Even if I don't get to fly in it, I would enjoy seeing the burners going, and observe how the balloon itself changes when the burners are off or on.   I like seeing how parts work together, and that is one reason I would be thrilled to ride in the balloon."   EM

 "One reason is because it would be a very cool experience.   I have never been in a plane so it would be my first time high in the air!"  SG

" I have always dreamed about drifting along the clouds under a huge balloon.  I think they're beautiful and I hear that it's like flying.    Additionally I'm good at taking directions.   I promise I will do whatever you tell me to."  CL
"I only know a couple things about hot air balloons. I know that the parachute valve controls which altitude you are at the given moment and that the burners mix propane gas with air to create flame to propel the hot air balloon."  GC

Wow!   So you can see these kids of the Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin MA are really Cool!

Many thanks to balloon pilot Chris Mooney for bringing this adventure to the Franklin MA schools, and  to all of us  who were there to watch and learn!Remax Balloon at Franklin MA Middle School

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Walpole MA Real Estate Market Report for September 2011

This report contains information on the September 2011 real estate market in Walpole MA (source MLSPIN) and how it relates to the September 2010 market.    Home and condo sales are up.  The average sales prices are not.   

Today however presents the "perfect storm" for folks looking to get into home ownership for the first time, looking to trade up or down. 

We have been selling and marketing homes in the local area for the past 24 years.   If you have any questions or need assistance, please give us a call.     508-494-9061   or email 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Medfield MA Real Estate Market Report for September 2011

Real Estate Market Report for September 2011.     If you have any Real Estate questions or are looking to Buy or Sell a home, please give me a call.    508-494-9061 or email

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Charles Cafe Millis MA Just Opened Their Bar!

For years, "The Charles"  located on the banks of the Charles River on route 109 exactly on the Medfield/Millis line was a favorite spot to head down to for dinner and or drinks. 

The food was good, exotic it was not, and the bar was one where you might find a group of guys sitting around playing cards or just the kind of place you could drop into after work and see your friends for a quick one before heading home.    One thing for sure, it was a friendly place where everyone knew your name  or if they didn't they quickly would.  A comfortable kind of place! The Charles Cafe Millis MA

The very long time owner and legend, a former Marine, affectionately known as "Buckshot", moved on and passed the restaurant bar on too.     It closed for a long time leaving the locals with a void in their dining and social routines.

Nicely remodeled, it reopened a while back for breakfast and lunch.   The food was good and the service with a smile....but still it lacked the old "bar" side that we all loved.  
Guess what?    They brought it back!    The bar is back at the Charles Cafe!  

And looking fabulous too I might say!    I stopped in there last night to check it out.  The new owners have done a wonderful job.     Soon, folks were were coming in that had used to stop by the old Charles!

It's an intimate place with a granite topped bar, comfortable stools and two big screen T.V.'s.   Music was playing, there are tables for dining or for a group gathering.   There is a fireplace which will be amazing on a cold snowy night, and tonight, Saturday, they have a piano bar!   
The service is still fine and with a smile.  The menu looked good.  I didn't have time this trip to grab a bite.The bar at Charles Cafe Millis MA

So now we have it all!   

The gathering spot on the Medfield/Millis line is back but better.   Food is good, drinks are flowing, and they also have an outdoor seating area!  
Want to get some exercise in before that dinner.    Rent a kayak right there take a two hour paddle on my favorite river and then come back and wind down!   

So if you are looking for a friendly (and now trendy) place to go that everyone will know your name, this is the spot.  

Good food, drinks, music and a little friendly conversation!    

What's better than that?

The Charles Cafe
35 Main St. (Route 109),
Millis MA 02054

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group