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Feb. 26, 2021

The benefit of having a Professional on your side

Listen to "Real Estate Door Podcast" on Spreaker.
For this month I talk about saving you time, frustration and worry with question or advice relating to real estate... particularly as it pertains to your property and the local market. Read our latest articles about "Picking the Ideal Neighborhood for your Next Home," plus "What to Do When Closing Dates Don’t Match" and "Make a Great Things List!"

Peter Kenney
Peter Kenney
President, Broker, Realtor
Mobile/Text: 617-851-7431
Office Line: 781-499-6225 x-101


Picking the Ideal Neighborhood for your Next Home

 
 
 

Imagine moving to a neighborhood that has something you really want, like a nearby golf course, more wooded areas and walking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle?

Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice of neighborhood plays a huge role in your overall enjoyment of your home.

Of course, you might love living where you are right now, but if you’re looking for a change, here are some tips for finding a new area that fits your desired lifestyle:

Make a list. Write down all the things you want in a neighborhood. For example, you might want to live in a bustling urban setting with nearby access to public transit, theater, and shopping. Or, you might want just the opposite! The point is to clearly define your ideal neighborhood.

Go on weekend scouting missions. Check out neighborhoods that closely fit your criteria. Go for a walk. Check out the local amenities (parks, shopping, nearby golf course, etc.) Look at the types of homes in the area.

Talk to the neighbors. When visiting a targeted neighborhood, try to chat with a few of the residents. If you see someone walking a dog, for example, say hello. Strike up a conversation. Get an idea of what it’s like to live in the area.

Get the facts. There is a lot of data available on neighborhoods, including crime statistics, demographics, and more.

Check affordability. There’s no sense trying to get into an area where the homes are priced way beyond what you’re willing to spend. Conversely, you might be surprised by the type of neighborhood you can afford. Find out.

 

Finally, the best way to find a home in the neighborhood of your dreams is to get expert help. If you’re looking for that, call today.

 

What to Do When Closing Dates Don’t Match

 
 
 
 
If you want to sell your current property and purchase your next dream home, you might be wondering whether the closing dates need to be on the same day.

You might even be worried that you’ll lose a property if the closing dates overlap, or you’ll be put out on the street if the dates are far apart!

For the most part, these concerns are unfounded. Thousands of properties change hands every day and usually everything works out just fine. In fact, it’s amazing how often closing dates actually do match!

But, what happens if the closing date of the home you want to buy is days or weeks earlier than the closing date of your own property?

Most lenders anticipate this situation and offer something called “Bridge Financing.” It is a special loan that allows you to purchase the property with the earlier closing date. When your current property closes, the bridge financing ends and your new mortgage – if you need one – begins on the new home.

Alternatively, if the home you want has a later closing date, we will work together to explore options, such as a short-term rental.

 

Make a “Great Things” List

 
 
 

What’s great about your home? Is it the spacious foyer and generous main floor closet space? Is it the beautiful washroom? Is it the playground that is only a short walking distance away?

Although some properties may look similar at first glance, every home is unique – with features and characteristics that make it special. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, make a list of all the great things about your property that potential buyers will want to know.

Start by thinking about the most desirable features of your home. Write down what you really love about the house and the surrounding area.

Next, think about what comments friends and other visitors to your home have made. Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I really love your kitchen!” or, “This is such a quiet street”? Those are indications that potential buyers will like those features and characteristics too.

Once you have your list, let’s talk. Together, we’ll review all the great things about your home and area, and decide how to market them effectively.

Feb. 10, 2021

New Listing Coming at 6 Verna Hall Dr Pembroke MA

Home for Sale - 6 Verna Hall Drive, Pembroke MA 02359

Are you looking for a Colonial home in a Cul-De-Sac desirable Pembroke neighborhood with seasonal views of Furnace Pond? This home offers a living space designed for today's family lifestyle. See the sophistication of a formal Living room and Dining room, but also with the casual living space that a growing family needs. Walk in to your spacious Kitchen with granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances, plus pantry and an open breakfast area. More info.

Jan. 13, 2021

1# Cause of Seller Stress and How to Avoid It

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In this edition I’ll be covering… The #1 Cause of Seller Stress and “Ideas that Help Sell Your Home”, plus Beware of “Dropping Out” When Setting Goals.

Peter Kenney
Peter Kenney
President, Broker, Realtor

Real Estate Door
502 Liberty St Hanson, MA 02341

Mobile/Text: 617-851-7431
Office Line: 781-499-6225 x-101

Jan. 12, 2021

South Shore Food Pantry Directory

South Shore Food Pantry Directory

The list below includes locations, distribution times and contacts. Please call locations directly to confirm service and hours are accurate.

Abington Food Pantry
455 Plymouth Street Abington
781-878-1194
Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

CHRIST CHURCH
149 Court Street, Plymouth
508-746-4959 - then press 6
Call First Tuesday, Thursday 4PM – 5:30PM, Saturday 10AM – 11:30AM

DAMIEN'S PLACE
65 Red Brook Road, E. Wareham
508-759-5245
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10AM - NOON Bring Picture ID, SS# for all family members

HALIFAX PANTRIES
* Halifax Congregational Church,
503 Plymouth Street/Route, next to the Halifax Town Hall.
781-293-6393
Tuesdays 2:30PM - 4PM Serves Halifax and Plympton residents
Lady of the Lake Church Pantry,
575 Monponsett Street/Route 58
781-293-7971
Open the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

HANSON FOOD PANTRY
228 High St, Hanson, MA 02341
781-293-1400
Food Pantry is open on Tuesday only, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Serves primarily Hanson residents. Home delivers USDA product. Nutrition info/counsel.

MARSHFIELD FOOD PANTRY
1981 Ocean Street, Marshfield
781-837-0359
Tuesday, Friday 9:30AM - NOON, Wednesday 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Home deliveries available. Serves Marshfield residents - proof of residency required.

PEMBROKE FOOD PANTRY
Community Center, 144 Center Street, Pembroke
781-293-4107
Wednesday 12:30PM – 2PM, Friday 5:30PM - 7PM
Serves Pembroke residents.

PILGRIM'S HOPE
149 Bishop's Highway, Kingston
781-582-2010
Wednesday 5PM – 7PM, Thursday 9:30AM - 12:30AM
Emergency food available other times.

SECOND CHURCH OF PLYMOUTH
518 State Rd, Manomet
508-224-7220
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00AM – 1:00PM. Sunday 11AM – 1PM - call first.

SHANE GIVES THANKS INC
128 Main St, Carver, MA 02330
508-866-7673
Food Pantry Hours MONDAYS 10:30AM-12PM, FRIDAYS 4:30PM-6PM, Tuesday 8:30AM–1PM, Wednesday 4–6PM, Thursday 8:30AM–1PM, Friday 8AM–12PM

ST. BONAVENTURE
803 State Road, Plymouth
508-224-3636
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9AM – 1PM

ST PAUL'S DUXBURY
136 Summer Street, Duxbury
617-775-2714
Please contact MaryLou O’Connell
MONDAYS 10:30AM-12PM, FRIDAYS 4:30PM-6PM

SVDP/ST. JOSEPH'S
272 Main Street, Kingston
781-585-6679
Last Monday of the month and Thursday following second week, 9AM - 11AM, 5:00PM - 7:00PM Emergency food available at other times. Serves Kingston and Plympton residents.

VINEYARD CHRISTIAN/CAREWORKS
41 Pottle Street, Kingston
781-585-6897
Monday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM Tuesday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM Some food vouchers as well.

Whitman Food Pantry
44 Blake St, Whitman, MA
781-447-8560
Leave a message. Expect a response within 24 hours.

Clients (who are registered for SNAP benefits,) have the opportunity to shop at the Food Pantry twice a month. Individuals can register for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Jan. 7, 2021

Hanson Burning Season Permit info

Hanson's burning season will run from January 15th through May 1st.  The Fire Department will be issuing burn permits only through online purchase or a check by mail.  There will be no permits issued at the Hanson Fire Headquarters. You will not be allowed to burn until you receive your permit which will be mailed to you after you apply for it.  Plan ahead and get yours now... More info at hanson-ma.gov

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Jan. 6, 2021

Hanson Christmas Tree Pick Up 2021

 

Hanson Christmas Tree Pick Up  January 9 and 10, 2021. 

Schedule a pick via text at 617-756-1262 or contact Sue Shiels for more information.

$10 Requested pick up donation, to benefit BSA Troop 34 Scouts Hanson.

Heard on LPMix.Live Radio.

Dec. 22, 2020

Dave Mansfield Music

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Dave Mansfield's NEW Album: Chicken Scratches and Second Chances... Tracks include American City, City of New Orleans and more. His music featured on LPMix.Live Radio!

The current health crisis and resultant and various lock-downs, separations and isolations have given me pause. It seemed to me that it was time to recommit to my music and long shelved plans to record some of my work. After playing piano and guitar and doing some vocal work over a (now lengthy) lifetime and sharing my music here and there it seemed a good time and opportunity to share some of the emotional support that music brings.

The result of all this introspection is my latest recording I’ve called Chicken Scratches and Second Chances. Chicken Scratches for the appearance of my rough draft songwriting notes. Second Chances for the second chances many of us are given and many of us seek to leave things better than we found them. Ramona Mansfield’s wonderful Chicken painting was an inspiration and seemed just right as the cover art for this CD.

The album is an eclectic mix sample of some of my favorite musical styles and genres.

American City was written many years ago after hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my beautiful Ramona and “discovering” the ghost town American City, high in the Rockies. At that time it was not on the maps or tourist in

Dave Manfield

formation brochures but simply an abandoned mining town in that wind swept valley.

Five Foot Two…etc…: I’ve always loved the “stride piano” sound and style and found that a lot of early 20th century American Songbook music and a certain joyous and happy feel to it. I combined the two ideas into this medley.

I awoke one morning this past summer to once again realize that we exist in an unfamiliar and disconcertingly different world now. My strength training workouts with my BIG IRON Powerlifting Team were radically altered and the Team was strained. The BIG IRON New Reality Blues just tumbled out during that July morning…I tried to put a jaunty and ironic feel to what could have been a very bleak concept.

My Dad taught me to play piano at an early age. He introduced me to Rag Time Music, it was a favorite of his and Scott Joplin was one of his musical heroes. When my Dad passed some years ago I was honored to inherit his piano. Weeping Willow is a Scott Joplin Slow Drag Ragtime piece that I played on my Dad’s piano and in his memory. Hope you enjoy this wonderful musical piece.

Beautiful Dreamer was the result of songwriter’s block. A few years ago I was trying to try writing some new songs and having very little success. One day during a walk in the bogs I came up with the idea that the old Stephen Foster song could be turned into a Jerry Lee Lewis style rocker. I went home and played Stephen Foster’s song and found that, no it would not and could never be a rock ‘n roll piano tune. The title lingered however. One morning (these things seems to happen in the morning) I awoke, and there it was! My take on a Beautiful Dreamer.

The chord progressions on most of the old 50’s and 60’ ballads are generally very limited and used over and over. Every once in awhile one of those old love songs take a turn and gives us a sentimental love song with a somewhat unusual progression. That’s what brought me to Please, Love Me Forever and To Know Him is to Love Him. An early Phil Specter production. I’ve known and played these two songs for decades. Listened to Kathy Jean and The Room mates asking “please love me forever” when I was a pre teen…anyway, I thought they made an interesting if sentimental pair of tunes.

City of New Orleans. What more to say and American Singer Songwriter instant classic my the superb Steve Goodwin and recorded by him, Willie Nelson, Also Guthrie (most famously) and John Denver. Great song. My piano arrangement just seemed to work with this wonderful tune about Americana.

Over the Rainbow is on many lists of favorite songs. Recently heard it by Eva Cassidy as played in her last concert while I traveling in Wales a few years ago. It brought back many memories. Such a beautiful ballad. I chose not to do it as a vocal and went with a somewhat country arrangement to bring out the poignant feeling. Very one knows the lyric so you are free to :hear” the words in your own voice as you listen.

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Dec. 9, 2020

Patrick and Kate Music on LPMix.Live

LPMix.Live welcomes new music talent to our online radio station, music mix, Patrick & Kate!... Sharing a their pop music together! Kate incorporates her jazz-funk roots into her singing and songwriting, and Patrick brings his music production skills plus a niche for electro to the mix. LPMix.Live is currently featuring "1,000 Times" and "You Made Me That Way" on our station playlist.

Tune-in at LPMix.Live to check them out!

-Peter Kenney, Station Manager

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Oct. 23, 2020

LPMix.Live Playing Local Musicians

Adam Matthew DavisOur online south shore community Radio Station is seeking local talent to be included in our playlist & announce your local gigs. We offer our listeners an eclectic music mix. http://LPMix.live

Submit your music for consideration and Station Promo by going to this URL link (please review instruction request before submitting your content): http://Submit.LPMix.Live

Posted in Announcements
June 16, 2020

Gardening Secrets For Any Beginner To Live By

There's a joke that Margaret Roach often replays with a friend who's also a longtime gardener: "What's the best garden advice you ever got?" one asks. "Green side up," the other replies. It's a solid tip, but Roach hopes to hand down more textured advice to new gardeners... Read more.

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