Friday, September 5, 2014

Strike Out ALS with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage- Beverly

Beverly Coldwell Banker Agents & Friends

Our office was recently challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help the ALS Association by the Marblehead and Gloucester Coldwell Banker offices. We gladly accepted this challenge and took to Independence Park in Beverly, MA to make it happen. Follow the link, and you will be able to see our challenge accepted and to hear us call out our other offices!

We are honored to partake in the challenge and also make a donation to the ALS Association, as Pete Frates (the leader in this challenge) is a resident of Beverly and a great inspiration to us all.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Come home to something different in Wenham

25 Topsfield Road, Wenham

Custom designed and masterfully constructed, this pristine Wenham residence is quintessential New England at its finest. Presenting natural materials on the exterior and featuring clean lines and simple forms throughout its interior, this definitive Arts and Crafts style home is sure to please any and all lovers of classic architecture.

“The idea from the very start was to build a house that would stand out as something other than your conventional Colonial,” says Realtor John Farrell of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who lists this property for $1.1 million.

See more of Lillian Shapiro's article on The Salem News website at:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Relish the views from this Beverly oceanfront Colonial

91R Hale Street, Beverly

Here is part of the article posted in The Salem News regarding Peter Dorsey's listing 91R Hale Street in Beverly by Lillian Shapiro

"On the interior, the strategic use of large windows, skylights and sliders helps to “bring the outside in,” particularly in the sunroom, where the walls of glass overlook the sea below. Featuring an easy flow, the main level also includes a fully applianced kitchen with generous silestone counters, a formal dining room and a very large family room, complete with cathedral beamed ceiling, multihued slate flooring and an eye-catching brick wall and fireplace. Should you be seeking solitude or a private work space, a roomy den rounds off this floor."

Be sure to visit for more of the article and for more information on the property.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Danvers Colonial with inviting pool -- just in time for summer

26 Lakeview Avenue, Danvers
Here is part of the article posted in The Salem News regarding Pamela Spiros's listing 26 Lakeview Avenue in Danvers by Lillian Shapiro.

"Sited on nearly an acre and close to the reservoir, this attractive Danvers Colonial in the sought-after Putnam View Estates subdivision makes a stunning first impression. With a wide-open and adaptable floor plan bathed in a gorgeous neutral palate, this home is sure to satisfy today’s contemporary homebuyer. Should your lifestyle require generous spaces in which to entertain or comfortable rooms in which to unwind, this is a house to fit the bill.

'Right now, you would be hard pressed to find another listing like this one on the local market,” says Realtor Pamela Spiros of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “This home was designed to accommodate easy living. There is such a natural, airy flow, with all of the rooms melding seamlessly together, and there is tons of storage throughout.'"

Be sure to visit for more of the article and for more on the property.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Beverly by the Numbers - March Real Estate Round-Up

Beverly Numbers

Beverly inventory levels have seen some improvement in the past month, but remain below target. There is an average of 2 months inventory of single family homes and four months inventory of condominiums on market as of April 1st. Pending sales for April are up over March: 24 single family homes; 7 condominiums; 2 multi-families. 
As we put the first quarter of 2014 in the books, real estate in Beverly has seen a 14% increase in total number of units of inventory sold and a 21% increase in total sales volume over the first quarter of 2013.

If you would like more detailed information about market conditions in Beverly, please contact me. I can be reached via email, direct line, via my website, Facebook Business Page or follow me on Twitter.

Karen Fogarty, Realtor, ABR, Green, CHMS

50 Dodge Street, Suite 105
Beverly, MA 01915
Direct Line: 978-882-4135

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

February Real Estate Sales Summary

Beverly Numbers

February was a tough winter month, but the buyers are out in full force. The 15 units of single family homes sold in February (down from 21 units in January) is largely attributable to exceptionally low inventory levels offered during December and January. As of March 3rd, there are already 16 single family homes with pending sales in the month of March.
Inventory levels, while improving, remain lower than target.

If you would like more detailed information about market conditions in Beverly, please email or call Karen direct at 978-882-4135.

Friday, February 21, 2014

One more reason to live in Hamilton & Wenham!

Sue Hacker, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agent (left) at Hamilton/Wenham Library

Yesterday afternoon I stopped in to our two-town library for my weekly book fix, and was invited by Lorraine Der, the children’s librarian, to a behind the scene showing of the afternoon’s program for grades 3-5: The Whale Mobile!

I was introduced to Nile, a 43 foot inflatable humpback whale, the brainchild of Cynde McInnis. Cynde takes Nile on the road to schools, libraries and summer programs to teach students about whales and their oceans, and inspire a new generation of ocean advocates. She was gracious enough to inflate the whale just for me and I went inside the whale to see the heart, lungs, skeleton on the inside.  It was truly a Jonah moment.

The Hamilton-Wenham library is the only multi-town library in Massachusetts.  It is also the only library that has a basketball court attached to it, which was a very good thing,  I don’t think the whale would’ve had enough open space to inflate, except horizontally. 

Yesterday, when I was at the library, I met a life size whale.  And that unusual encounter reminds me of one more reason to live our two-towns.

Do you know someone looking to move into Hamilton or Wenham?  Or, are you considering putting your home on the market?  Put my 23 years as a Hamilton resident to work for you.  Call me at 978.882.4742, or text me at

Susan Hacker is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, Beverly MA . 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

'The Boulders': Prides Crossing Estate

Ocean views at 16 Thissell Street

Here is an excellent article from The Salem News regarding Peter Dorsey's new listing in Prides Crossing...16 Thissell Street!

Affectionately named “The Boulders” for the remarkable rock formations surrounding it, this c1865 Queen Anne Victorian in Prides Crossing affords dramatic treetop views & peeks of the ocean in two different directions. This wonderful turn-of-the-century former summer house is set atop 11 private acres at an elevation of 120 feet. Comprehensive renovation in the 1990’s created a modern and comfortable residence with preserved architectural features such as ornate staircases with intricate banisters, a large semi-circular porch with decorative slats, a mix of fine flooring woods of the day; formal cherry paneling; decorative wood wainscoting and beautiful French doors. The grounds of this estate are exceptional; boasting stone outcroppings, lush perennials, skillful landscaping, dramatic nighttime lighting and even a hidden tea garden with Victorian era stone features. While private, this property is conveniently close to the Prides Crossing train station & post office and West Beach.

Be sure to read more about it at:

For more information, contact Peter Dorsey, Exclusive Sales Agent, at (978) 882-4331

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Here's What's Happening For Home Sales In Our Two Towns

Hamilton/Wenham Market Information

Wenham's highest price sale at $2.1 million skews their data upwards; Hamilton's two sales under $200,000 brings their numbers down significantly.

Both towns are desirable for many reasons, but the lack of inventory is frustrating to buyers. For sellers, it's a great time to your home on the market before the Spring selling season.

Are you looking to buy or sell your home? Please contact me at or (978) 882-4742

Susan Hacker
Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker

Click Here For Market Update

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Single Family Home Inventory in Beverly at 10 Year Low in Critical Market Segment

Single Family Home
The inventory of single family homes for sale in Beverly in the price range of $300,000 to $399,999 is at a 10 year low for January. 

Single family homes selling between $300,000 and $399,999 typically account for 30% or more of the total units of single family homes sold annually in Beverly. In 2013 it was 35% of total single family home units sold. How thin is the inventory in this critical market segment? As January draws to a close, there are only 2 single family homes in this price range actively on market; the average over the past 10 years for this point in time is 27.

Across all price points, single family home active inventory in Beverly is down significantly from this point last year.

If you have been thinking about moving and wondered if it was a good time to sell, now is certainly the time to call or stop in to your Beverly Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office and speak with a residential sales and marketing specialist about the market value of your home.

Karen Fogarty

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
50 Dodge Street, Suite 105, Beverly, MA. (978)927-1111

Thursday, January 9, 2014

5 Things You Don't Need In Your Home in 2014

Welcome to the New Year. It’s now time for everyone to tell you what you should be doing this year to improve your life, your career, your feelings, your indigestion, etc.
While everyone shares their advice for the new year, I wanted to share things you shouldn’t worry about adding to your home in 2014. You may agree. You may disagree. But either way I welcome the discussion. So here we go.

1. A Blu-Ray DVD Player
All those Blu-Ray DVDs you got back in 2009. Sell them on eBay immediately. Blu-Ray’s will soon be obsolete as we move further into the world of digital entertainment. My bet is in the next few years they become discontinued as digital movies and on-demand service become the primary means of enjoying Hollywood in your home.

2. A Home Phone
If you’re paying for home phone service, stop reading and call up your phone company and cancel. Chances are you’re not paying much for it, but it’s still an unneeded expense. Cell phones have already become the primary means of communication in our homes and the trend is sure to continue in 2014. But what about for emergencies? You’re better off buying a disposable cell phone with a limited minutes plan on it and storing it in your kitchen. Chances are you won’t use all the minutes on it anyway. Another excuse used to be that home security systems required a home phone line. Nowadays many security companies can connect to your home’s internet service and ping your cell phones for emergency. Be sure to call and inquire if your security service offers that.

3. A Smart TV
Much like the Blu-Ray, the Smart TV will become obsolete. I know, I know. Every TV manufacturer is touting one and this year’s Consumer Electronics Show will have millions of Smart TV’s on display, but I’m telling you don’t buy one if you have an Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Xbox, Playstation, or Roku. The user interface on Smart TV’s is far from user friendly and most of them offer nothing more than what you can experience with any of the devices I just listed connected to your TV. All you want in your TV at home is an exceptional picture quality. Your DVR, gaming system or entertainment add-on can offer better experiences and the same breadth of services as a Smart TV.

4. A Drip Coffee Pot
Unless you have a Starbucks-sized, high-end drip coffee maker that allows you to make espresso, coffee and lattes, you don’t need drip coffee pot. Get yourself a Keurig and enjoy your coffee in an instant without it tasting like instant coffee.

5. Full Price Cable TV
You will read a ton about how you don’t need cable TV in your home. You could be a “cord cutter” and just use YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. for your home entertainment. That’s true. You could as long as you no longer have a desire to watch live sports, awards shows, local news, or just enjoy a good channel surf on a Sunday afternoon. What you should do is cut the cost your paying for cable. You don’t need to pay full price as many cable operators are seeing a decrease in subscribers. Many of them are willing to offer deals and discounts to keep existing customers from switching to another company or cutting them all together. Now is the time for cable negotiations if you’re not quite ready to cut your TV service all together.

Let me know what you think isn’t needed in your home this year in the comments.

Jay Burnham, Premier Agent
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, North Shore

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Biggest Real Estate Story of 2013

Homeowners’ net-equity holdings soared by $2.2 trillion between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013, according to new data collected by the Federal Reserve.

This is a record rebound for a 12-month period.

A new research study released by CoreLogic, a real estate and mortgage data firm, estimated that 791,000 homes moved from negative to positive equity status during the third quarter of 2013 alone, and more than 3 million have done so since the beginning of 2013.

Though 6.4 million homes continue to be underwater on their mortgage debt — 13 percent of all homes with a mortgage — that is down from 7.2 million (nearly 15 percent) as recently as the end of the second quarter.

The gains are crucial because as more homeowners get out from underwater, they can sell without bringing money to the closing table, borrow against their homes to help pay for home improvements and other expenses, or refinance their mortgages.

Jay Burnham, Premier Agent
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, North Shore