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Five Reasons to Live in Lexington

   

If you are looking to buy a new home in the Greater Boston area, more than likely the town of Lexington has made it to the top of your list and we can understand why.

This historic town is one of the most sought after towns in our area and here are five of the top reasons why we think you should consider a move to Lexington.

  1. Top-Rated Schools – Massachusetts is home to some of the highest quality schools in the nation and Lexington is a notch above.  The public schools in Lexington are highly rated: Lexington High School is ranked No. 9 in the Bay State and No. 64 nationally according to U.S. News and World Report.  GreatSchools.org consistently gives the elementary and middle schools in Lexington a 10 rating.  The student to teacher ratio is 13:1 and the average spending of $17,496 per student is 64% higher than the national average.  The New York Times blog The Upshot shares that Lexington 6th graders achieved at a level 3.8 grades ahead of the national average.
  2. Rich in History – Every school age child has learned about the “shot heard ‘round the world,” but few actually get to say that they live in the birthplace of Liberty. Lexington, founded in 1713, hosts annual reenactments on Patriot’s Day on the Lexington Green and is home to the National Heritage Museum, the Minuteman Bikeway and other historic sites.
  3. Livability – This historic town has a vibrant town center with upscale shops and restaurants, green space, forests and over 100 walking trails, 26 walkable conservation areas and access to the Minuteman Bikeway.  This charming town is close to major shopping, has its own symphony, natural reservoirs, libraries, museums and a small-town movie theater.
  4. Easy Commute – Commuting in and around Boston can be a bit of a challenge, but residents of Lexington enjoy a ½ hour commute into the city, quick access to the Alewife T Station in Cambridge and close to Rte 95 and Rte 2.
  5. Neighborly – The sense of community in Lexington makes it a truly special town to call home.  Join neighbors at an old-fashioned Home Day celebration, cheer on local groups at the Patriot’s Day parade or spend a warm summer evening at one of the summer concerts.  In the fall, stroll along to enjoy the arts and crafts fair and celebrate the holidays at the lighting ceremony at Lexington Green in December.

If you are looking to buy a home in Lexington, we can help.  We are currently offering a beautiful new construction home located in a great, private neighborhood. Call us to learn more or to tour this stunning home.

Tips for Connecting with Millennial Home Buyers

A New Generation Has Entered the Home Buying Market

                               

Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers and have entered the real estate market as home buyers in the Greater Boston real estate market!  Great news, right?  Yes, and this generation is tipping the scales, not only in sheer numbers, but in the way that they approach home buying.  Successful real estate agents will need to make some adjustments to connect with this new group of home buyers.

Here are seven tips on how to successfully connect with home buying millennials.

Tip # 1 - Master Social Media

Social media was introduced by millennial Mark Zuckerberg, so it only makes sense that this generation has thoroughly embraced it.  They use social media to communicate with friends and family, to be entertained, to engage with businesses and to conduct research.

Real estate agents don’t only have to be on social media, they must become masters of social media. 

Sure, you should post a picture of your most recent listing and share industry news, but if that is all you are doing, it just isn’t enough.

Instagram and Facebook live make it fun and easy to connect with potential buyers.

For example: Highlight a great pool - gather the crew, sunglasses, flip flops and animal character swim rings and heading to the property to record an impromptu pool party on a hot, sunny day!  Record it live and share it socially.  If you have a client that has a pool on the top of his “must have” list, send him the video with a message about the listing.

Another example of social media mastery: If your new listing has an amazing chef quality kitchen, why not bring in a local chef and video a cooking class from this kitchen, share it live on social media. Post it on your website or YouTube channel and attach it to the MLS listing!

Be clever (not cliché) in your captions and always link them back to your website or listing.

Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat all have some version of stories and geofiltering, which allows you to overlay information such as where and when!  This is a great branding tool!

Tip # 2 - Mobilize

We aren’t suggesting you get rid of that rotary phone, we are just thinking maybe move it to a shelf because this generation is all about going mobile!

They would rather communicate by text or instant messenger than to pick up the phone and have a conversation! 

They don’t just use their phones to communicate, they rely on their smart phones for just about everything; from shopping, to getting facts to finding that perfect restaurant and yes, you guessed it, that perfect house.  Millennials are constantly connected!

Make sure when the millennial asks Siri to find the perfect real estate agent, you are her first recommendation by optimizing your website and local listings.

Make your site is mobile friendly and develop your own app or get your listings in top real estate apps like HomeSpotter to help stay connected to potential millennial home buyers.

Tip # 3 - Get Close and Personal

This generation expects a personal buying experience; think personalized Coke cans, Starbucks cups or the Amazon shopping experience.  They don’t want to waste time looking at houses (or anything for that matter) that aren’t going to match their needs.

They won’t mind you gathering information about them, but they will resent you not using it. They want to go to a real estate agency where “everybody knows their name”, a reference to that old Cheers song (which by the way they probably won’t get) but the key is that they will expect you to know them.

While it may sound a bit like stalking, take a few minutes to look at their social media and professional profiles to get to know them better, trust us, they looked at yours!

Tip # 4 – Earn Their Trust

Many millennial home buyers have put off purchasing that first home until their late twenties or even in to their thirties.  As a result, they are often first time home buyers and they want to know that they can trust you to not only find them their perfect home, but to wade through the muddy waters of home purchasing.

One way to do this is to make certain that common questions and answers are included (and optimized) on your website and don’t just title them FAQs, try something creative such as “Everything you wanted to know about home buying, but were afraid to ask”.

Another way is to position yourself as a trusted, knowledgeable resource by authoring creative, informative content.  Write and publish relevant blogs on your own website as well as becoming a guest writer on industry blogs and publications.

This group loves infographics; develop and distribute (print, website, social media) infographics on the buying process, the various home features, attributes of neighborhoods, and more.

Tip # 5 – Be Neighborly

Millennials will more than likely start their search for a new home by finding the right neighborhood.  This group wants to be part of a community, be close to work, parks, local restaurants and businesses.  Even if they don’t have kids, they want good school systems and safe neighborhoods. 

To reach this generation, you will need to put as much emphasis on selling the neighborhood as you do in selling the house.

You need to be neighborhood ambassadors, know the tax rates, have a list of the top restaurants, a tip on where to get the best ice cream and where to buy the freshest organic produce possible.

Some fun ways to highlight neighborhoods are:

If that new house on the market is close to a train station, don’t just add it to the listing’s description and marketing materials, get up early and create a quick video or snap a picture of you at the train station in the morning with a cup of coffee and your slippers on.  Add a caption that highlights how close it is to the home you are trying to sell.  (Don’t forget to link it back to your website.)

If that new two-bedroom home is close to the cutest coffee shop, take a selfie with a latte (milk mustache optional) and post it on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat!

Tip # 6 – Be Responsive

Millennials are used to instant responses and great customer service.  They are constantly connected by phone and technology.  If you don’t respond quickly, they will notice.  Make it a priority to get back to them right away and if you can’t, develop clever away messages letting them know that they are important and that you will get back to them soon.

A possible message is: “Hey there, thanks for texting me, I am out searching for that perfect home.  Let’s connect when I get back to the office this afternoon.”

Another could be: “I would rather be texting with you, but instead I am at the dentist and he frowns upon my texting while he is filling a cavity, I will get back to you real soon, promise.”

Consider adding “Chat” to your website, this group wants answers and wants them now, don’t miss out the opportunity to work with this group because they went somewhere else to find what they were looking for.

Tip # 7 – Never Call Them Millennials

There is little that is more cringe-inducing than hearing, seeing or reading the word millennial. Especially if you are a millennial.

Things to do for February School Vacation in and near Bedford, MA

Wow! February school vacation totally snuck up on me!! I'm still recovering from the Patriots epic Super Bowl victory!

 

If you've already got your plane tickets and hotel reservations set for your family's favorite sunny or snowy spot, I wish you safe travels and loads of fun. If, on the other hand, you're more like me, and you've got no idea what you're gonna do with the kids for a whole week (Wait, didn't they just have two snow days? Doesn't that count??), here are some ideas to get you on your way without busting your budget:

 

This past Sunday's Boston Globe had a great article with reminders that this can be a great time to get outside and explore! The snow we've gotten over the past week or so completely changes the landscape, making even familiar places look and feel new. Some top sources for ideas: the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

 

And now that there's actual snow on the ground, snow shoeing at Gore Place in Waltham and cross country skiing at the Weston Ski Track are two of my favorite winter outdoor activities.

 

If you're looking to stay closer to home and (mostly) indoors, Bedford Kids has a great list of local activities including arts & crafts, music, storytimes, and much more.

 

With such an abundance of options and opportunities, it can be hard to even remember all of the options. Thankfully MassVacation.com has thoughtfully highlighted exhibits, openings, and performances throughout the state, organized by region so you can easily plan to stay local or explore an unknown corner of our great state!

 

And it doesn't have to break the bank to have some fun while the kids are out of school. Besides the regional listings, MassVacation.com also includes a handy list of 50 activities that cost under $50 for a family of four or two adults. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can find someone to watch the kids after the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory tour so the hubby and I can check out one of the Cape Cod beer tours??

 

What do you and your family have planned? Got any great tips? Please share! 

 

Wishing you a heart-warming time with the kids, regardless of the temperature or the weather!

 

Modern Living in a Historic Home: 33 Main St., Westford, MA

33 Main Street, Westford MAAs a life-long fan of historic homes, I’m thrilled and honored to share our latest listing — the impeccably restored and lovingly maintained property at 33 Main St., Westford. This home is a classic 4-square design Greek Revival with a service and workroom wing off the back of the house. It includes all original materials including hand-cut nails. And it is unique in having both the character and details of a historic home and the modern amenities desired by most families — central air-conditioning, loads of storage space with built-in shelves and cupboards, a utility/mud room, built-in pool, a 2-car garage, and much more.

Located in the heart of Westford, within in easy walking distance of the library, arts center, and town common, the 2-acre property enjoys a front-row seat for community events including Westford’s apple blossom festival and the annual group photo session for Westford Academy’s senior prom. Easily accessible from both 495 and 128 and boasting top-ranked public schools, this property is a perfect fit for families, hobbyists, gardeners, hikers, nature appreciators, history buffs, and anyone who appreciates a strong sense of community.

Historic DoorknobAnd one of my favorite parts of an older home is the story — and this home has the most well-documented story I’ve ever seen! Originally a 10-acre working farm, the first house was built in 1797 (known as the Cogswell house), which Sherman Dewey Fletcher (SDF) disassembled and then reused some of the materials when he built the current structure in 1848 — an early example of balloon framing, a technique still used today.

Sherman Dewey Fletcher is an interesting character — after serving 8 years as a messenger to the national House of Representatives in Washington, DC and marrying Emily A. Fletcher, he built this house and settled in as a gentleman farmer and merchant. Per historical documents, he operated the local general store (across the street) with his father-in-law until 1873. He farmed on the property, specializing in blackberries, raspberries, grapes, currants, and apples, which they shipped to Boston via horse-drawn wagons.

Sherman Dewey FletcherActive in town life, he served as treasurer of the Unitarian Parish for 46 years, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Westford Academy, Postmaster for 20 years, and Town Treasurer for 33 years. He was instrumental in building the town’s first bandstand and erecting the flagpole on the town common just steps from the home.

Four generations of Fletchers lived in this house, including son Sherman H. Fletcher, who served as a captain in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia during the Civil War, and their two daughters, Gertrude and Julia. The sisters never married and lived together in the house until their passing in 1965 (Julia) and 1969 (Gertrude).

Notable are the ten fireplaces in the home — lovely examples of Count Rumford fireplace design, built to reflect more heat into the room and to efficiently carry away smoke with as little loss of heat as possible. What’s particularly remarkable is they are all intact and working! As cast iron stoves became popular for cooking and heating in the mid-1800s, fireplaces became obsolete and often fell into disrepair or were bricked over. Recently restored and modernized, the chimneys and smoke chambers have been rebuilt with matching brick and repointed with new mortar, the flues received stainless steel liners and were insulated with mortar — perfect for taking the chill off a spring day or providing a cozy backdrop on a snowy afternoon.

A wealth of documentation and historical records have been preserved, including a framed accounting of the cost of materials and labor to build the house, totaling $2,724.40. Sherman Dewey Fletcher’s initials (SDF) are visible on beams in the attic and the pub room. Additional materials pertaining to the home and Fletcher family have been donated and are on view at the Westford Historical Society.

This home is an exceptional example of a historic house that has been well-maintained to keep its antique charm and thoughtfully updated to the standards of today’s discerning home buyers.

 

If you’re in the market, contact us to schedule a visit and see if it’s a good fit for you and your family!


 

Things to Do In January In & Around Bedford MA

The holidays are behind us, the kids are back in school, and the gray days and dark nights of Winter are upon us. While it may be tempting to snuggle under an afghan and hide out at home, there are still plenty of things to do to energize and entertain you and the kids.

Here are some highlights:

Places To Skate

If you're not already spending all your time at an ice rink while one of your kids plays hockey, here are some great places to practice your double axel, including my favorite — Frog Pond on the Boston Common.

Sat., January 14

Blast-off Saturday with Concord Family Network

A morning of space exploration through crafts — make a telescope, a rocket that actually blasts off, and star constellations out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks.

  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 am
  • Free. Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
    • RSVP to ensure enough supplies are on hand.
  • Concord Children's Center, 1300 Main St., Concord, MA

An Afternoon of Chinese Culture

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) and an afternoon of dance, music, food, traditional costumes, crafts, and a dragon parade!

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Av., Lexington, MA, 781-862-6288
  • Free

Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol

Marshall from Paw Patrol will be sharing high-fives and hugs at the Learning Express of Bedford.

  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • 168 Great Road (Whole Foods Plaza), Bedford, MA
  • Free

Mon., January 16

Lego Zone at The Discovery Museums

Bring your imagination and they supply the LEGOs. Build whatever you can dream up and add your creation to the community display to inspire other builders!

  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (drop-in)
  • The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton, MA
  • Event included with museum admission of $12.50

Fridays, January 20 | February 10, 24 | March 10, 24

Moonlight Tours: Living in the Dark

Take a moonlight tour of Gore Place and learn what it was like to live on a country estate in the 1800s before electric light. The tour includes the 1793 carriage house, the grounds, and the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman.

  • 7:30 PM
  • Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA
  • $15, $10 members and ages 5-12. Purchase tickets.

 

Happy exploring!!


 

2016 Real Estate Review & 2017 Forecast

2016 was a whirlwind year and with no seasonal slow-down in December! In fact, a new report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) shows existing-home sales in October zoomed to the highest annualized pace in nearly a decade. All major regions saw an increase in sales in November as well.

An improving economy and lowering rates of unemployment promise steady growth, and two major demographic shifts promise to drive sales for years to come - the entry of millennials as first-time homebuyers and the large group of people reaching retirement age. "We are now in the midst of two massive demographic waves that will power above-average demand for homes for at least the next 10 years," says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com's chief economist.

And while home prices have gone up, existing home prices have risen a moderate 2.1% in the Northeast overall compared to last year (NAR). Placing these numbers in perspective, the increase during the same time in the US overall is 5.6%, with increases of 5.9% in the Midwest, 6.6% in the South, and 8.1% in the West!

Locally, the latest numbers from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors (GBAR) show a 3.1% increase in median sales prices for all properties in Bedford, with sellers receiving 98% of their original list price. So while the trajectory of home prices is certainly rising, it’s at a moderate, steady climb. And the key indicator to watch is the mortgage rates, which are predicted to rise slightly throughout 2017 based on Freddie Mac's projections, with this anticipated increase inspiring continued buyer activity through the winter.

So, there's a place for both buyers and sellers to succeed as we launch into 2017 and I invite you to take advantage of the skill and experience of the Suzanne & Company team to get the best possible results for you and your family to make it a truly happy new year!


 

Holiday House Tour 2016 Postponed

With the mild fall weather and no seasonal slow-down in the real estate market, the holidays kind of snuck up on us, and it appears we're not the only ones feeling this way. We were hard at work coordinating the 2016 Holiday House Tour with a Christmas in the Village theme along with some fun and interesting new elements when some key components fell through. At that point, we agreed with the Chamber's difficult decision to cancel. While we'll miss this festive event and the opportunity to welcome so many from the community at this special time of year, but just couldn't present something that wasn't our best. So we're taking a break for 2016 and are committed to returning next year, better than ever!

To help you get into the festive holiday mood, here's a look back at last year's tour — enjoy!

And we hope to see you out and about at all the other festive and seasonal activities in and around Bedford — this is such a wonderful time when our community comes together to celebrate and connect. We've been busy decorating our office and our homes — gathering greens, celebrating with colleagues, shopping for gifts and special

recipes. What makes this season special to you? Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Please share on our Facebook page at — we'd love to hear from you!

And in case you need some ideas, here are some of our favorite upcoming community events!

Lexington Arts & Crafts Society Holiday Marketplace

Browse and shop for one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift items from baskets, paintings, and ceramics to fine jewelry and photography.

  • December 2-24, 30 Waltham St., Lexington.
  • Free admission and parking

Bedford Family Connection Holiday Party

Play reindeer games, join the holiday sing-a-long with Footnotes Music, make festive crafts, and contribute to the Giving Tree. Snack and drinks available.

  • Saturday, December 10, 10am-12noon, The Great Room, Old Town Hall, 16 South St., Bedford
  • $3 per child for members/$5 non-members

Concord Band Holiday Pops

Get in the spirit with holiday favorites and seasonal tunes for symphonic concert band.

  • Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 8 pm, 51 Walden, Concord
  • $25/$15 children under 12

30th Annual Bedford Rotary Breakfast with Santa

A morning of family fun that supports the Bedford Rotary's local scholarships, local and international service projects, and special beneficiaries.

  • Sunday, December 11, 9am-noon, Bedford High School
  • $8 admission

Wishing you a happy, safe, and blessed holiday season!


 

If You Can't Stand the Linoleum, Get It Out Of The Kitchen

Kitchens, oh, kitchens. Also known as the "heart of the home", the "deal breaker", or the "big ticket item". No matter what, they are a big deal, even if you can’t fry an egg. Having friends over? You're in the kitchen. Hosting the holidays? That’s where you'll be catching up with family over a glass of wine while tending the turkey in the oven.

Perhaps it’s a mix of elements that have changed our culture — women are spending more time working outside the home, men are also cooking, and family interactions are increasingly informal, so living rooms have merged with the eating area to accommodate a more casual lifestyle. However you look at it, the outcome is the same — we long for a more cohesive environment at home and that is often top priority in home buyers’ search criteria.

All that said, in New England, the average home is at least 40 years old. And values have risen significantly over the past couple of years, leaving very little room in our pockets for major renovations. Buyers often find themselves in the situation of purchasing an older house in order to move to the desired location or to acquire the amount of space desired. To update these homes, many can attest kitchen renovations can be a financial nightmare, washing those bright Pinterest board dreams down the drain.

Luckily, we are surrounded by friends and clients who prove that wonderful things can be done on a budget with lots of creativity and a bit of that infamous sweat equity. When working on the idea for this post (after recently completing my own kitchen rehab), I reached out to two great examples of a kitchen facelift: Lizzie McGlinchey and Andrea Vana. With the support of their families, great taste, and a modest investment, they turned their kitchens into the centerpiece of their homes, and we're happy to highlight their hard work here.


Lizzie's project, in her own words:

When my husband and I first toured our house, we had three main takeaways: the neighborhood was great, the house was well-built, and the kitchen needed work. We knew we could change the kitchen, though, and given that things like poor location and build quality were deal breakers for us, we made an offer right away.

Within the first few weeks of living in our new house, though, we realized we had to do something to make the kitchen more functional and frankly, less hideous! Since we didn't have the budget to do a full renovation right away, we decided to make as many visual, non-structural upgrades as we could, like replacing appliances, installing a new backsplash, and switching out the vinyl floor for hardwood.

Because we did the bulk of the work ourselves, we completed our kitchen makeover in just a couple of weeks and we saved a ton of money. Here are our 4 tips for homeowners looking to do the same!

  • If your cabinets are in decent shape, a fresh coat of paint and new hardware can make them look and feel like new.
  • Consider butcher block as an affordable countertop option. It looks great and is easy to cut to accommodate your kitchen's layout.
  • If you need new appliances, try to buy them all from the same brand — you can often get a bundle discount or rebate.
  • Don't be afraid to do the work yourself. We hired an electrician and plumber to make sure our new appliances were safely installed, but YouTube and handy family members helped guide us through the rest of the work.

Lizzie's completed project:

Andrea’s take on her renovation adventure — here's what we started with:

First, we removed the peninsula from the wall and anchored it in the center of the room to create an island. Then we painted the cabinets. The wood was in good shape, but the cabinets looked dated and dingy. The countertops and the peninsula were all chipped and dated red laminate, which we replaced with granite. While we loved the look of the various types of white marble, it was way too expensive and it wasn't as functional for a kitchen space (for us anyway). We ended up going with fantasy brown granite. It has that marble look to it with a bit more character and was a whole lot cheaper. I was worried it would be too much brown, but I love it. And I decided to switch things up for the island and ended up choosing a cherry wood top there. It really warms up the space.

We also got new appliances — fridge, dishwasher, sink, and faucet. The fridge was from a scratch and dent store, was very inexpensive, and we have yet to find a scratch or dent on it! The Kohler farmhouse sink was a big purchase, but we love it. I had my heart set on the champagne bronze Delta faucet, and even though my husband was skeptical, he trusted me and now he loves the look. Once all of that work was done, we needed some pendant lights over the island to really finish the space, and we got those at IKEA.

Andrea's completed kitchen:

As a Realtor who works exclusively with home buyers, I often see this topic come up as a challenge in my client’s home search. Exercising creativity, suggesting alternative solutions to ugly countertops and, above all, educating clients to see through the cosmetic challenges while focusing on the real priorities is my full-time job.

My point is that new home buyers should not give up on a great location and space because the house comes with a "vintage" oven or ugly linoleum.

There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the before and after photos above, and I am certain their sense of accomplishment more than makes up for any fancy soft-closing cabinet brand’s reviews online.

Incredible job Lizzie, Kyle, Andrea and Evan!

Thais Collins, Realtor • Buyer Specialist • Suzanne & Company

Cottages at Depot Crossing offering Sales Incentive This Weekend Only!

This weekend our builders at the Cottages at Depot Crossing project in Bedford are motivated to get 2 more units under agreement and they're offering some enticing incentives to do so! 

The first home to go under agreement by Monday, Nov 14 will receive two years worth of free condo fees and the second one after that will get one year worth of free condo fees.

We're hosting an open house Saturday, Nov 12 from 2 to 3pm at the site, which is located near 156 South Road in Bedford — you can't miss the Cottages sign! Come on out and see what all the excitement is about and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Customization and upgrade options are still available on the next 2 units to sell. Contact us with any questions — 781.275.2156.

Hope to see you there!

Election's Impact on Local Real Estate

After a surprising evening and a roller coaster of emotions, some of our clients and friends have reached out to our team with questions about where the market will head after the results of last night’s presidential election.

As real estate professionals, we partner with some of the most knowledgeable lenders and financial advisors in our area, so this morning we contacted some of them to get their take on the current scenario and what the new few months – and years — may look like under Donald Trump’s presidency.

We all know this election was divisive. We witnessed the interactions among friends on social media and in the traditional media outlets as well. With that, a strong market reaction was expected, regardless of its outcome.

Craig Tashijian, Senior Mortgage Consultant with Fairway Mortgage shares:

"As the election results were coming in the stock markets around the world were dropping, and once the final results were in early this morning, the markets began to stabilize. Wall Street likes consistency and stability so the business world can make strategic plans. That said, the business world adapts to the party in power and will make decisions to lead to the growth and profitability of their respective companies.

I see a continued low-interest rate environment and a strong real estate market in 2017 and beyond. We have a strong diverse economy in Massachusetts which will provide good paying jobs to help fuel the real estate market."

And from Andria Dolce, Loan Officer at Radius Financial Group:

"Today we find ourselves dealing with what a Trump presidency means. Understand that the reason for volatility in the market right now is not because Trump won or Clinton lost — it is because it was unexpected. Volatility stems from uncertainty. When we look at the housing market, we have to look at the long term — nothing will happen overnight, so we'll have time to react and plan. It will always be a good idea to buy your dream home, or invest in real estate, so my advice would be to not take one volatile day, week, or month and have that dictate the rest of your future. We will always be able to achieve the American Dream."

What we heard overall is that historically, the election has no negative impact on market performance over the long term and come January, the dust will have settled, Donald Trump’s policies will be in place, and then we'll be able to see the picture in a clearer way.

We encourage everyone to keep in mind that, no matter what your political position, we must look ahead in unity. Real estate isn’t only or always about business. We seek to strengthen our community, to embrace the challenges as a group in our neighborhoods, towns, and workplaces. Let’s continue to work from the ground up to build the villages we love.

Thais Collins and the team at Suzanne & Company