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Peach's Point in Marblehead Massachusetts

Have you seen Windhill Builders' latest project? Coming soon...Waterfront dreams at Peach's Point in Marblehead. Windhill Builders is very proud to be selected as the builder for this new and very exciting project!  The scope will entail renovating this turn-of-the-century, once seasonal home and making it into a year-round residence for its new owners. This major, whole-house renovation including mechanicals, siding, kitchen, baths and much more is sure to be a remarkable transformation. Peach's Point, also known as Peaches Point, holds some fascinating history. The Fourth of July celebrations, tea parties and croquet tournaments where President Taft once summered are easy to conjure. Pam Peterson of Wicked Local penned a great "Marblehead 101" article. Marblehead Magazine also published a very in-depth look into the Peach family as one of the founding families of Marblehead. Follow the project and watch the transformation on the Windhill Builders Facebook Page. View our portfolio at www.WindhillBuilders.com.

 

 

 

Can Texts be Legally Binding in a Real Estate Transaction?

Can exchange of emails and text messages create a binding and enforceable agreement? A million years ago, sitting in my real estate law class, I can still hear my professor professing that in order for a contract to be enforceable, it must be signed. But that was long before smart phones, texting and even emails. Today's technology has colored some areas grey. Justin Davidson of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® give us the real deal on texting and whether or not it can get you in a (legal) bind.

Repurposed Real Estate - Rewriting History

Great story of an iconic piece of real estate being brought back to life! I adore stories like this where an historic property is revived. What was once the Hood Ice Cream Factory, way back in 1917, will eventually be 10 condos with 19 townhomes adjacent. I think all the homes should come with a freezer fully stocked with Hood! Read the entire story from Historic Salem Inc here.

Home Ownership Matters

Team Windhill supports a number of efforts to maintain the integrity of the homeownership industry as a whole. Thank you Betty Slatko for leading the charge!

NSAR Immediate Past President, Betty Slatko presents a check from the Massachusetts REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) to Representative Brad Hill at a recent meeting in Ipswich, MA.

Rep. Hill has been a long-time supporter of REALTOR® and home ownership issues including recent issues such as Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief and Copper Pipe Theft Prevention.

Don't Invite a Fire to Your House this Winter!

Did you know? Nearly a third of total-loss house fires happen in December, January & February? I had no idea. Thank you Realtor.com for the reminder! These things to watch out for seem obvious but worth the cursory glance. Read the list of dangerous things that can spark a house fire. I'm going home to make sure my outlet adaptors are not warm to the touch or overloaded. And if you have a live tree, make sure it's watered!

Introducing Betty Slatko, the new Northern Region Vice President for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®

Official Press Release - We are so proud of you Betty!
Introducing the new Northern Region Vice President for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®

Ipswich Realtor® Elected Northern Region Vice President of

Massachusetts Association of Realtors®

WALTHAM, Mass. – December 6, 2016 – Betty Slatko, Realtor® at Windhill Realty in Ipswich, has been elected Northern Region vice president for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) for 2017.

As vice president for the Northern region, Slatko will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Greater Newburyport, Northeast, and North Shore Associations of Realtors® and meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance.  She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional vice president.

Slatko has been a member of the MAR Board of Directors since 2015, and served as an alternate director in 2013. She has been a member of the Government Affairs Committee, and served on the Diversity Task Force and Forms Content Advisory Committee in 2016.

At the local level, Slatko was the 2016 President of the North Shore Association of Realtors® (NSAR) in 2016. She serves on the NSAR Board of Directors as well at the Government Affairs and Finance Committees.

A Realtor® since 1998, Slatko has earned her ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) and SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) professional designations.

About the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®:

Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® is a professional trade organization with 24,000+ members.  The term Realtor® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of Realtors® who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and enjoy continuing education programs. 

Your Home May Have a Story to Tell

Family history and geneology research has become more popular with sites like Ancestry.com and television shows like Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? But have you ever considered researching the history of your house? Here in Ipswich there are 59 First Period homes (1626-1725), more than any other town in the nation! Ipswich is even in the Smithsonian Museum of American History!

Everything from careful observation of design elements and craftsmanship, construction details, nails, paint colors, molding and muntin profiles to town records, county archives, historic societies, your state preservation officer (every state has one), maps and recorded instruments from the Registry of Deeds can all give you clues.  Thanks to This Old House Magazine we have a great list of tips and ideas on how to uncover history of your home or, what's within YOUR walls! 

Home Sale History in the Making!

Home sale history in the making! Highest price ever paid for a LA residence, and you won't believe what comes with it! 

The sale of the Playboy Mansion to next door neighbor Daren Metropoulos has closed for $100 million, said a spokesperson for Mr. Metropoulos. According to public records it is the highest price ever paid for a Los Angeles residence.

The roughly 5-acre Holmby Hills estate was listed in January for $200 million. As part of the deal...read on for Wall Street Journal's inside story on what comes with the sale.