Jennifer Meuse

5 Years with The Open Door - Giving Back

Thankful for The Open Door and all the hard word they do for Ipswich and Cape Ann. It's been our pleasure to show up with our helping hands. Take a trip down memory lane over the past 5 years; we are excited about the next 5!

This is what happens when you support local businesses: You embrace what makes your community unique; imagine if Ipswich looked like every other town! Studies show that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community. Windhill and it's team give to more than 25 causes every year and we are happy to give and greatful for the support of our community.

 

 

Zillow Throws in the Towel - Real Estate is Local!

"The people coming in from Zillow don't know squat," says Bill Wheaton, a housing economist at MIT. Zillow lost $304 million IN THE THIRD QUARTER and cut 25% of its workforce. Algorithms, when it comes to real estate, can't replace people. Read on with npr... Zillow will stop buying and renovating homes and cut 25% of its workforce...

And if you would like to know the ACTUAL value of your home in today's LOCAL market, contact one of our real estate advisors. We are in the business of keeping our community educated on all things real estate related; it's complimentary.

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Protecting Your Deposit When Buying a House - Hiring the Right Professional is Key

Buyers! Pay attention! Being in your shoes, in today's real estate market especially, requires an enormous amount of patience and perseverance, more than I've ever seen in my 35 years. You're putting a lot of trust in the hands of the agent you choose to represent you. This relationship goes far beyond crossing the threshold together and requires an incredible amount of professionalism, interpersonal skills, organization, polish and expertise on the part of the agent. I have an inside view and after all this time, I'm still impressed with the fortitude of every buyer and every agent on my team; it really is remarkable. Why should you care? Because ONE of the jobs on the shoulders of your representative is to protect your earnest money deposit. Signing a Contract to Purchase binds you legally and the parameters in that contract require close monitoring and compliance of specific dates and terms. Make sure you hire an EXPERIENCED REALTOR®, not just someone with a real estate license;  there's a big difference. I've seen buyers' deposits in jeopardy because untrained salespeople (from other cooperating companies) are all too casual about the contract parameters. '3 Times You Can Kiss Your Earnest Money Refund Goodbye'!  Don't let it happen to you! Work with one of the north shore's most experienced team of REALTORS®

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Median Home Sale Prices Up 16% from 2020

Even as the real estate market is showing signs of cooling and more and more sellers are dropping asking prices, national reports show median home prices increased by double digits from the previous year.

 

We recently took at look at some local towns like Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich and Topsfield and those increases ring true here on the north shore of Boston. Home prices remain high and competition is still steep. Read the full story from Boston Agent Magazine. Numbers for 2022 are coming in and predictions point towards another 15% increase in Boston real estate.

  

 

 

Will the Future of Remote Work Decide Our Real Estate Forecast?

Will the future of remote work dictate the fundamentals of our real estate climate and produce a future dip? Or a cataclysmic crash?

Are people being over-optimistic about the demand for suburbia; will it last indefinitely?

What affects a home's fundamental value? 

Average home prices in America are the highest they have ever been and here in Boston, a so-called "superstar city", on par with San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego, demand is still high and supply is low. It's a fantastic time to sell! ...

 

 

There's a lot of speculation about the answers to these quesitons. Here's a look at "The 2000s Housing Cycle With 2020 Hindsight" and an informative story by Greg Rosalsky of Planet Money on home prices and housing bubbles.

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Restored Gilded Age Estate with 400 feet of ocean frontage in Beverly, Massachusetts

Restored Gilded Age Estate in Beverly, Massachusetts $22 Million - The 28,000-square-foot waterfront mansion was once home to celebrated sportswoman and socialite Eleonora R. Sears.

A 100-year-old Massachusetts mansion formerly owned by one of the greatest female athletes of the early 20th century is listed for $22 million, told by Mansion Global...

 

Rock Edge Estate in Beverly, Massachusetts, is a commanding 28,000-square-foot Georgian-revival residence with 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on what was once considered the region’s “gold coast,” according to the listing.. As the name suggests, the 3-acre property sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and includes 400 feet of water frontage with a private beach. 

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Have you Heard? Downtown Ipswich, MA - On Location - Filming of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot' Remake

Downtown Ipswich, MA will be home to another movie filming in the fall!

George Clooney was on Central Street (feels like yesterday) filming for 'The Tender Bar' and now we have a remake of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot' (hello 1970s!) rumored to be starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Both chose Ipswich for their on-location scenes; is this a new trend? I hope so!

 

5 East Street, Ipswich, MA - Just Listed!

 

Just listed in Ipswich, MA. Circa 1917 five-room Bungalow in the Ipswich Historic District. Approximately 800+ sq. ft. of living space on a 6,530 sq.ft. lot with town water and sewer. Looking for a new owner to use their talent and imagination to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful location close to the Ipswich River and... town launching ramp. Minutes to the ocean. One family loved this home for decades and now it is available for renovation or restoration. Reimagine this charming home and site to suit your needs.Open House Sunday, 6/13 from 11:00 to 1:00. Full details on 5 East Street, Ipswich, MA

 

 
 
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Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are Back! 2021 Crane Castle Picnic Concerts!

castle hill ipswich picnic concerts 2021
Castle Hill Picnic Concerts are back! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of live music on the magnificent Grand Allee. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking. Advance tickets recommended.
Member ticket: $25/car. Nonmember ticket: $35/car.
Full schedule below:
 
 
 
 
 
July 1 Soul City
July 8 Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket
July 15 Psychedelic Relics
July 22 The Hofners, An Evening of Beatlemania
July 29 Beantown Swing Orchestra
August 5 Entrain
Auugs 12 Soul Rebel Project
August 19 The Great Escape
August 26 Disco Dream
August 28 Soul City - NEW!
September 2 Orville Giddings Band
September 9 The Fools - NEW!