Blog :: 10-2009

Fall Back...It's that TIME Again.

Time Change AccidentsDaylight saving time in most of the United States ends at 2 a.m., local time, on Sunday, November 1, why we fall back. Whether you set your clocks back before retiring Saturday night, or wait until you rise Sunday, use the time change as a reminder to do a few things around the house:

 

  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check the expiration dates on your smoke detectors. The date can be found inside the lid and they only last 3-5 years.
  • Schedule service for gas appliances.
  • Clean creosote out of fireplace flues.
  • Refill your first aid kit and refill your emergency preparedness kit. Fill it with enough supplies for a few days: snacks, medications, medical paperwork, flashlight, water, battery-operated radio, batteries, toiletries.

Windhill Wins 2009 Website Award - Statewide!

Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Announces 2009 Website Awards Winners

 Best office website recognized

Ipswich, Mass. - October 19, 2009 - The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) recognized Shawn Cayer and Windhill Realty, LLC in Ipswich with www.WindHillRealty.com as Best Office Website winner of the 2009 MAR Website Design Contest.  The winners were presented their awards at MAR's Professional Awards Reception, which was held in conjunction with the Association's 2009 Conference and Tradeshow at the DCU Center in Worcester. 

Shawn Cayer (left) receives award at the Worcester DCU!

Shawn Cayer (left) receives award at the Worcester DCU!

            "In the three years that we've held this contest, the quality of this year's winners has increased by a factor of ten," said MAR President Gary Rogers, a broker with RE/MAX First Realty in Waltham.  "For REALTORS® the website is becoming one of the top - if not already the top - tool in our marketing tool boxes and these winners and runners-up really showed us how to do it right." 

            Started in 2007, this year's contest presented two awards.  One award for best office website and one award for the best individual agent website. Winners were chosen from each category based on criteria ranging from the quality and originality of content to the visual design, interactivity, and use of multimedia in the website.

            Judging this year's contest was Ben Martin, vice president of Marketing and Communications for the Virginia Association of REALTORS®.  He was recently cited in a 2008 Inman News Report, "25 Most Influential Real Estate Bloggers for his association's blog VARBuzz.com.  The second judge was Ana Schmitz, communications associate for the Center for REALTOR® Technology at the National Association of REALTORS®.

 In the Office Website Category:

 The winner was Windhill Realty, LLC in Ipswich with www.WindHillRealty.com.  Shawn Cayer, broker/owner;

About the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®:

            Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade organization with more than 21,000 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.

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 Editors and reporters: Please note that the term "Realtor" is properly spelled with an initial capital "R", per the Associated Press Stylebook.

New Construction for $279,900??

kimball1 kimball2 kimball3Just hit the market!  IPSWICH - 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, refurbished floor to ceiling including all the details in between giving you an affordable 'new construction' alternative. Tremendous value with today's style carefully incorporated from freshly colored walls to high-quality hardwood flooring accented by ornate detailed trim. Unique 3rd level master suite with natural light pouring in from all angles with full closet and master bath. Sound too good to be true? Take a look and see this Townhome for yourself. Contact a Windhill advisor today for an appointment, take advantage of all Ipswich offers for an unheard of price.

Ipswich, MA for $279,900?

Coming Soon to the market and you are first to know!  3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, refurbished floor to ceiling including all the details in between giving you an affordable 'new construction' alternative. Tremendous value with today's style carefully incorporated from freshly colored walls to high-quality hardwood flooring accented by ornate detailed trim. Unique 3rd level master suite with natural light pouring in from all angles with full closet and master bath. Sound too good to be true? Take a look and see this Townhome for yourself. This listing is not open to the public yet and you won't get the details anywhere else. Contact a Windhill advisor today for an appointment, beat the open house crowd and take advantage of all Ipswich offers for an unheard of price.

Inspired by the Beauty of the North Shore!

5ad3d9cd56bf3058The Trustees of Reservations presents the Annual Crane Estate Art Show and Sale at The Great House at Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich, MA. Mix and mingle with the artists on Friday, November 6th from 5-7pm ... FREE! The show and sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8, 10am - 4pm...also FREE. Please note they are accepting cash or check only for artwork purchases, no credit cards.

The Crane Estate has a full schedule of upcoming events! Check it out!

And the Winner is...

DSC01694Windhill Realty! That's right...number ONE statewide! Shawn Cayer, broker/owner, along with Carrie Cayer attended the annual convention hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors last night at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA where Shawn proudly accepted the award for Website of the Year. DSC01680smallThe entire team at Windhill got together and surprised Shawn with this fantastic cake to celebrate his accomplishment and to show their appreciation for all his hard work.

cakesmall And yes! It's entirely edible!

Brrrrrrrrr...

gasJust 25 miles North of Boston and it's only mid October! Snow??  It seems like only yesterday I was driving down Argilla Road, sunroof open,  headed for Crane Beach. How did it get to be Winter in New England so soon? My cold weather wardrobe is still packed away. I have no idea where my kid's mittens are and I refuse to turn the heat on! Speaking of heat, I found this great article on home heat: gas, oil or propane.  Stay warm.

Hanging out at Home Depot Lately?

kitchenFantasizing about that kitchen remodel? Contemplating replacement windows? Thinking about making better use of your basement? Yes, you should absolutely consider the Residential Energy Property Credit but that's not all. Find out what your return on investment will be with this handy Cost vs. Value Report.

Additionally, if you're motivated to make improvements for the purpose of selling your home, the best course of action would be to speak to an experienced real estate advisor before spending any money. We can give you more precise return on investment information.