Thursday, December 29, 2011

Learn Animal Tracking Rocky Woods Reservation Medfield MA

Learn Animal Tracking Rocky Woods Reservation Medfield MA

This is one event you don't want to miss!

For me, the Trustees of the Reservation is a big deal.   Not only do they provide fun and interesting places to go to enjoy nature in and around the Medfield MA area but they preserve, educate and offer opportunity to explore nature and the past. 

Most of you know how much I enjoy the outdoors, especially paddling the Charles River watching the wildlife that live there, admiring the plants and trees as they change throughout the seasons.    I owe a lot of that to the Trustees of the Reservation. 

So it comes as no surprise to me that the Trustees have some really fun events planned for this winter in the Medfield area.  

One of these is Winter Tracking at Rocky Woods!   On January 14th from Noon to 3 p.m.Tracks

Can you imagine learning to spot different animal species by their tracks and other clues they leave in the "wild"?    Well you can!   

And this is your opportunity to do just that.   It doesn't matter if you are new to tracking or just want to enhance your tracking skills.   Rocky Woods is the place for you to learn more!  

On January 14th from Noon to 3 p.m., Charley Eiseman from Northern Naturalists will be your teacher and guide for the afternoon at Rocky Woods Reservation off of Hartford Street in Medfield MA.

Imagine searching and learning the tracking skills that our ancestors used to track local mammal species.  A lost art in this day and age, but this will be your opportunity to learn something new or to enhance what you already know.    

Not just for beginners,  experienced trackers will also enjoy looking for anything from "moose to mink" in the woods of the reservation in Medfield.       By investigating animals foot prints and other traces, we can learn about these animals in their own habitat.  

It will also be a great opportunity to learn about the winter plants and trees and listen to bird song and vocalization! 

Get ready to get in on some outdoor fun!    To participate in this really interesting and pretty unique event, you must pre register.   

Go to
Trustees Members: Adult $10; Child (12 and under) $5.
Nonmembers: Adult $20; Child (12 and under) $5

If you are on the hunt for a new home, or searching for a Buyer and want to sell your home.  

Please give me a call. 

I am your guide in the Medfield Real Estate market and have been selling homes here for the past 24 years.   Carol-Ann Palmieri    508-494-9061

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Thursday, December 22, 2011

It is ALWAYS your Choice Who To Use As Your Realtor

It is ALWAYS your Choice Who To Use As Your Realtor

I received an email today from someone I care deeply about.     She tells me that she is sorry.   She saw a home on line, and sent an email inquiring about an open house.    The broker was at the property and why doesn't she come on down.    Well, they did, and needless to say fell in love with it.

Her email told me that she had to move quickly and pre qualify through the listing agents mortgage people or they would lose the home.    They are signing P&S today.   choice

She tells me that she is sorry,  that they didn't have a choice!     I have not, nor will I ask for details.    I don't want to rain on their parade, but...

You always have a choice.

Clearly they didn't have representation.      Did they know they should have?     Did they know they could have?      You know I won't know.   I suspect they knew exactly what they were doing or got so caught up in the emotion of it that they acted hastily.

If you are buying a home, you should always have representation!    I can't think of many, really, any exceptions.    Especially in the situation I have described above.   I've been in the business for 24 years.   If I were buying a home, I would get an agent, someone other than myself.   It is just that important!

Buying a home is an emotional purchase.    I don't know many people that act rationally when emotions are involved.  

Because you are family or friends, do you have to use me?   No.

You always have a choice in who to use as your Realtor!    But do make a choice!

The listing agent works for the Seller.   That means their obligation is to them.  Literally.  Their job is to get the best deal for the Seller.         Just because they are friendly, nice and smiling, doesn't mean that your best interests will be theirs!  

Will you lose the home because you have an agent?    Will you get a better deal without someone representing you?     I highly doubt it!     Don't go it alone or fall prey to the listing side because they tell you that you must act quickly!    Pick up the phone.    Hire a Buyer's Agent.   It doesn't cost you a dime and you know what?   It is expected!

Acting in the best interest of your family would be leveling the playing field and getting someone to work for YOU!

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Friday, December 16, 2011

The Turkeys That Stole Christmas!

The Turkeys That Stole Christmas

Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the house, our clients were happy, we were moving them out!  

an offer procured, and signed pronto!    A good deal for all.   We exclaimed so!   

The home inspection came, We thought we were done!

We all looked forward to having some fun!

But, not so fast the Broker said with a cry!Turkeys

You'll never believe it, you can't even try!

What happened we say?   What can it be?

Turkeys, she said,    

Not   ONE...   or TWO...     but  THIRTY THREE!    

The Buyer, she explained as she pulled the deal, 

did not like someone feeding Turkeys their meal!

Especially on the front lawn of the Condo that day, 

So, you see, it was the Turkeys that made them pull away....

And so, we exclaim, this is one for the books!   

On to the next!   ....    Does anyone want to look????

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Thursday, December 15, 2011

What you Get for Your Money in Medfield MA

What you get for your Money in Medfield MA

Ever wonder what your hard earned money can buy in Medfield MA these days?   Today with interest rates at an unbelievable low and homes priced aggressively to secure that qualified Buyer, there has never been a better time to jump into the Real Estate market or to move up to that larger home that you have always wanted!  

Here is a sample of what your money can buy!    For a complete list of homes in your range, give me a call and I will send them to you!     

For under $300,000 there are 4 homes to choose from.   Expect 1500 s.f. half duplex or a single family home in need of updating.  

Green St Medfield MA
From $301,000-$400,000 there are 5 homes for sale.   Expect 1400 sq.ft. or less, 2-3 bedrooms, updates and 1 or 2 baths.
Medfield MA Homes for sale

$401,000 - $500,000 there are 7 homes for sale.   Expect 3 to 5 bedrooms, multi baths, updates and nice lots.
South St Medfield MA home for sale
$501,000 - 600,000 there are 3 singe family homes for sale.  (and some very nice new town homes)  Expect land and options.
Home  for sale medfield ma
$601,000 - $700.000  there are 4 homes available.   Expect conventional 4 bed, young, multi bath with garage and land.
Medfield MA home for sale
$701,000 - $800,000   there are 3 homes available.   Expect homes with detail and style.   4 beds, multi baths and garages.
Medfield MA home for sale
$801,000 - $1,000,000   There are 16 homes available.   Expect size elegance and detail or....
Medfield MA home for Sale
expect new construction village style homes emphasizing life style!
Medfield MA home for sale
from $1,000,000 and higher, there are 13 homes available.  Expect unique, stately, elegant, and sizable homes and grounds.

NICE HOMES... NICE COMMUNITY... NO MATTER THE PRICE RANGE!      Is it time to make your move?

For a complete listing of homes in Medfield in your range, please give me a call or would you like homes in your price range emailed directly to you each morning?    Let me know. 

  I have been living in the community and selling homes here since the 1980's.   

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just the Facts Walpole MA Market Report November 2011

Just the Facts   Walpole MA Market Report November 2011

Are you someone who is considering Selling or Buying a home in the Walpole MA area now or in the near future? Do you own real estate in Walpole MA?    Either way you will want to keep up on what is happening in the local market.   I have put together this flip book to keep you up to date with the happenings in the Walpole MA housing market for the month of November 2011.   (For previous months you might want to check out the following posts.)

October 2011 Market Snapshot for Walpole MA
September 2011 Market Snapshot for Walpole MA

Walpole MA is located approximately 18 miles south of Boston and 23 Miles North of Providence RI.   The location of this community is one of the reasons that it is a desirable place to live.  Routes, 95, 93, 128, and 495 are easily accessible from all areas of town.  There is a train station for the Boston commuter rail just outside the picturesque town square.

Walpole has a well deserved reputation for providing a quality education to it's children.   In addition to the academic public schools, the Norfolk Agricultural School is located on the North side of town.

There is shopping available, quality restaurants within the vicinity as well as medical facilities.    There are places to observe and take in nature all over town, including but not limited to the "Town Forest", Bird Park, and Adams Farm.

The attached flip book contains the November stats on the local Real Estate market as well as my impressions.   I hope you find it useful and informative.

If you are looking to buy or sell in the Walpole area, please give me a call. 
I am a native of the community and have been selling and marketing real estate here since 1989.

Carol-Ann Palmieri    508-494-9061

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just the Facts Medfield MA Housing Stats November 2011

Just the Facts Medfield MA Housing Stats November 2011

The following report contains information for the Medfield MA real estate market for November 2011.  The Medfield market remained stable from October to November 2011 for both condominium, town homes and single family homes.   There was a slight increase in Sales up from November 2010 and the average days on market were less for single family homes.

17 Miles south west of Boston you will find the picturesque town of Medfield MA.  With deep roots in American history, including the King Philip Indian War, the town has several historical buildings that spark the imagination.    The local historical committee strives to preserve the history of the town and has been instrumental in restoring and preserving the Dwight Derby home, (one of the oldest in the country) and recently has moved the Lowell Mason home (think "Mary had a Little Lamb")  to a new site on Green Street where it is in the beginning stages of a restoration process.  The "Peak House" is a town icon and greets you as you drive to the town on Route 109.   
Medfield is known for it's commitment to education and quality of life for the residents.    The center of Medfield is picture book New England.  Here you will find tree lined streets, American flags and small shops and galleries.    There is an old fashioned "soda fountain" in the quaint, you can find anything here, department store.

Medfield is a well run community and the town meeting form of government ensures that a resident can really have his say in shaping the policies of the town, and believe me they do!

If you are looking to make a move in the Medfield, MA area, please give me a call.  
  Carol-Ann Palmieri    508-494-9061

Monday, December 5, 2011

18 Miles Southwest of Boston Inner Peace Harmony and a Little Chi

I woke up this morning, Monday December 5th to a weather report that is almost unbelievable in New England for this time of year. 

I have a lot to do. 

The opportunity that presents itself today is just to much to ignore.    The weather is too ridiculous to ignore, the water is cold, but so what?

Charles River Kayak
The outside temp might reach 60, the water temp is still very cold.  The last thing I want to do is end up in the drink!     I grab the very stable Dirigo Old Town (named Cloud, of course) out of the garage and load it into the car and head down to one of my favorite paddling spots.     At West Street in Medfield MA, there is an easy spot to put in.   I don my PFD, bright red.   See and be seen is the motto.  ( Oh, just like real estate! ), get my gloves on and push out.

That nagging little guy on my shoulder is saying, it's Monday!          I ignore him and get into the rhythm.  
The water today proves to be a tough challenger.   It is high, the current is strong and with the wind out of the west, I know, I will not only have to work pretty hard but, I will have to watch out for hunters!  I head up river.    The sky is gray and the foliage is all but gone.    My brother in law would would ask what I find beautiful about it.  

It's not about that.    Is about achieving a bit of Chi and Inner peace that only nature can bring.   After about an hour of battling the current and the wind, I get into my mental state of letting it all go. 

It is then that I realize that this is not taking a day off!!!       This is where I do my best thinking!! 

As I paddle hard, with no interruptions,   I am formulating and finishing up my business plan in my mind for 2012!   I am deciding new strategies for my current listings!    Implementing these will make a big difference in my business for this year and next!     I am on a roll, literally!

Paddling hard through the twists and turns of the Charles River, I miss the wildlife that I usually find here.   Most of the birds have flown south.    I guess the Herons do too.   I will have to look that up.   No turtles jumping off their logs as I pass by, no fish jumping up to scare the hell out of me.    No fox.  No owls.  No deer.    Just me and my thoughts.    Well I did see a hunter hidden in the brush.    Thank God for orange.   I splash hard so that he hears me. Yea, I am sure he loved that!

So, What's this have to do with Real Estate, you might ask?    

Here is my answer.

Approximately 18 miles southwest of Boston, in the small town of Medfield on the Millis line you can achieve a bit of inner piece and harmony.    For Free!    The landscape of the Charles River is breathtaking.   Even this time of year.   I don't care what my brother in law says!  

This is a beautiful place to live!    Plenty of things to do.    If you crave art, we have galleries.  If you love good food, we have excellent restaurants!    If you want things to do for the family.  Plenty!!   It you want that small town feel just minutes to Boston.  You have it.     Shopping?   Within minutes!   Public tran?    Yep, close by!  

This is the place to be.    Medfield or the surrounding towns. 

If you would like to live here, please give me a call.

   I have lived here since the 80's and would love to be your guide!   

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Sunday, December 4, 2011

This morning I was a recipient of A Random Act of Kindness

This morning I was a recipient of A Random Act of Kindness

Every year we have the push pull of the Christmas tree.  

For the past few years, family and friends seem to be appalled that we have no tree for the holidays.    We normally point out that we do.   It's a two foot potted plant that we have all year.     This house plant serves as a justification in our minds that we are okay.   You might find a bow on it around December or some little garnish, but that's about the extent of it.   

It's not that we don't want a tree or don't have the ornaments or the lights to put on it.    The tree shopping event just doesn't fit into our schedule for one reason or another.    Usually work during the week, nightly activities and of course on Sunday it's football.     We just can't seem to get together to fit the tree shopping in.   I don't think of us as "Grinches" or anything, it's just that we have this little tree and well it's all okay.  

Yesterday was my niece Siobhan's birthday party.     We went to my sister's for 2 pm and didn't get back until after dark.   Of course we came in through the garage and that was it.  

This morning, going out to retrieve the Sunday paper, much to my surprise sitting on the deck is a beautiful Christmas tree!    A Christmas tree with no card or message attached.    It took less than a nanosecond to figure out who would sneak onto the deck and deliver the unexpected surprise!    

Can I tell you how much pleasure it was seeing it there?  

But more than that, it was the thoughtfulness of the two elves, (with the names of MacNeil)  that put it there!

I now believe the torch has been passed to me to do something unexpected and fun for someone else!
Thank you!
Christmas Tree

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group