massachusetts real estate

What's Your Real Estate Agent Doing Behind Your Back?

Great article from Realtor.com and it's not what you might think! Almost 30 years in this business, I've been asked the question many times: "What makes a great real estate agent?" My response would be, "What does 'great real estate agent' mean?" Makes the most money? Provides the best customer service? Accomplishes both of those goals with refined ethics?" 

Ideally, you would have a skill set that included not only a psychology degree but be as gifted as one of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, have legal experience equivalant to one of the most influential laywers in the world, possess the most powerful secrets of super negotiators, be in the top 500 for marketing & advertising, globally. And let us not forget patience; you would have to have the patience of Job.

Of course, I'm speaking dramatically and quite sarcastically, but seriously, none of the necessary skills required to be GREAT in this profession are magically granted upon passing the Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson License Exam. NONE. Anyone can attend the required hours and pass the test; many, who do, never go on to be great. Furthermore, we all measure "success" in our own way. I'm a big proponent of ethics, maybe because I like to sleep at night. I can say the same for my team.

Take a peek at this list of what your real estate agent SHOULD be doing behind your back. This is just a snapshot of what you should expect, in the least, when hiring a real estate PROFESSIONAL. Ask about experience, not how long they've had their license, ask how many transactions they've completed in the last year, 2 years, 5 years, etc. Ask for testimonials. Speaking of testimonials, here's a long list of the kind of service you can expect from Windhill Realty. Do your research. Your REALTOR® is your professional partner in one of the most important and largest business transactions of your financial history. Not getting the answers you need to make your decision? Call me. I'm not in sales. My job is to help people and that includes you!

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.

Barbara Halliday Joins Windhill Realty!

Barbara is an Ipswich native, who returned to her hometown roots several years ago after raising her family. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from North Shore Community College and followed that up with the completion of the real estate licensing exam. Barbara’s background includes extensive experience in the education and human services field. She enjoyed many years working with autistic children and managing programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Her kind nature and proven passion for helping people combined with her professional style makes Barbara a Real Estate Advisor you can depend on.

Barbara enjoys free time with friends and family, including her four children and two grandchildren, and you might see her around town photographing landscapes and wildlife, visiting local beaches, kayaking area rivers and lakes, backyard gardening; she also likes to travel to destinations near and far. We are so excited to have Barbara on our team!

Barbara is prepared to assist you with all your real estate needs and can be reached at bhalliday@windhillrealty.com  603-706-8400

Just Listed! 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich, MA

Open House - Saturday March 24, 11:00am-1:00pm. Just listed in Ipswich, MA! 2 Heatherside Lane! Single level living in a beautiful country setting. Sellers are mindful of the important details of home ownership. Improvements include; roof replacement, vinyl siding, pellet stove insert with generator, blown-in insulation and solar panels. Hardwood floors throughout with the exception of the kitchen. Heatherside Lane is off of Lakeman's Lane and a short ride to Crane Beach, where you gain access for a $20.00 annual sticker as an Ipswich resident! Click here for full details on 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich MA  For a virtual tour of 2 Heatherside Lane, Ipswich, MA click here.

Just Listed! 31 North Ridge Road, Ipswich, MA

Beautifully renovated Great Neck home with addition of 900 square feet of living space in 2003. Home takes full advantage of AMAZING ever-changing panoramic views reaching to New Hampshire and Maine over Plum Island Sound, Eagle Hill, the Rowley & Parker Rivers, Plum Island Creek, marshes & our magnificent ocean. Direct access to  Ipswich Bay across street with possible mooring option. Large, open concept living areas & decks which makes for great entertaining inside & out. Plenty of storage, large walk out lower level with heated mud room area, den, workshop with built-ins & laundry area. Home has 1 bdrm septic but can accommodate guests in 3 other rooms. Vacation every day. Enjoy bird watching, boating, storm watching, or just relaxing on the deck or beach with a book. Great Neck offers a private beach for residents only. There's also nearby Pavilion Beach, Ipswich Bay Yacht Club and Crane Beach, the train into Boston, unlimited nature trails, an historic downtown with great restaurants and shops. https://www.windhillrealty.com/listing/72299300/31-north-ridge-road-ipswich-ma/

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The Truth in Numbers - Ipswich MA Real Estate Market

The media has a lot to say about the current real estate market. It's true; we are seeing multiple offers and bidding wars on certain properties north of Boston. The interesting reality, here in our small corner of the country, is that things look quite similar year-to-date this year as they did last year. Note that the days on market is a smaller window, which makes sense, meaning listings are getting snagged quicker which is condusive to a spring (fever) market. 

 

Discover Ipswich MA - Come for a Visit - Stay for a Lifetime

Ipswich Massachusetts: Come for a visit - stay for a lifetime. There's absolutely nothing like summer in Ipswich. From Crane Beach to the Thursday night picnic concerts at the Castle/Crane Estate to Ipswich Bay to Great Neck to Appleton Farms to Zumi's for a coffee and everything in between, there's natural beauty, bucolic settings and a relaxed seaside vibe at every turn. Thank you ICAM for this true representation of what life in Ipswich is truly like. Discover Ipswich ... 

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Ipswich's Favorite Home Art Contest 2018

Ipswich Kids! It's that time again! Find your favorite "house" in Ipswich (it can even be your own) and get creative! All mediums accepted, 8.5x11 preferred. Perfect project for April school vacation. Drop your artwork at our office, along with the registration form below, no later than Saturday, May 4th, 2018. Keep an eye on our facebook page for your masterpieces! Paper registration forms are also available at our office. Stop by any time or you can fill out when you deliver art work.

Thank you to this year's co-sponsors, Institution for Savings and Cummings Architects for supporting this great community event! It get's bigger every year!

 

Top Spots to Live in Greater Boston in 2018 - Ipswich MA!

Top spots to live in Greater Boston in 2018 - Click here!

Wait. What? Okay, but it's more like, 'every year', not just 2018! Thank you Boston Globe for pointing out the obvious. Most here in Ipswich MA would like to keep it a secret but the secret is out! Boston Globe asks, "...who'd want to leave?" The answer is, "nobody!" The reason? "Warm and honest residents," says Kerrie Bates; I agree! 

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Crane Estate Thursday Night Picnic Concert Line Up!

Always a summer bucket-list experience!

July 5 Jambalaya Horns—New Orleans Street Jazz
July 12 Entrain—Rock Funk Jam Band 
July 19 The Great Escape—Journey Tribute Band 
July 26 Disco Dream--Disco 
August 2 Soul City—Soul, Motown & Funk 
August 9 Soul Rebel Project—Reggae 
August 16 Beantown Swing Orchestra—Big Band Swing 
August 23 HELP!—Beatles Tribute Band
August 30 Orville Giddings Band—Boogie Blues

See a full list of events happening at the Trustees of Reservations, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA