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October 2010 - JANET PORCARO

Great Harvest Fair in Newton Centre – Bigger and Better Than Ever

Great Harvest Fair in Newton Centre – Bigger and Better Than Ever

Colorful Rides at Newton Harvest Festival
Colorful Rides at Newton Harvest Festival

The Harvest Fair in Newton Centre was lively and entertaining. To me, the event seemed bigger and better than in years past. It was kind of like when you are a mature adult and you go back and visit your elementary school and everything seems so little–but the opposite. Maybe because in the past, we went to the Harvest Fair when my son was little enough to spin around on the kiddie rides, eat popcorn, get his face painted and go home in time for nap.  These days, my son is a teenager and I am in a different phase of my life.  I more enjoyed peacefully meandered the tents of the fair. I browsed the crafted scarves and hand made jewelry. I caught some of the entertainment and music performed by students of the Suzuki School of Music, the Silver Newtones, and students of the Newton Youth Players. DSFJVJGW96WY

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Newton Single Family Sales Hold Strong

Newton Single Family Sales Hold Strong

Newton Real Estate Sales Sep 2010

Newton Real Estate Sales Sep 2010

Look at September numbers for the Newton real estate market.  Even with the expiration of the tax incentives, number of sold single family homes sold in September 2010  increased over 2009.

Pending sales (contracts signed under agreement) are not quit as strong. According to the National Association of Realtors, the pending numbers project a continued recovery for the national view.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator, rose 4.3 percent to 82.3 based on contracts signed in August from a downwardly revised 78.9 in July, but is 20.1 percent below August 2009 when it was 103.0. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which normally occur with a lag time of one or two months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the latest data is consistent with a gradual improvement in home sales in upcoming months. “Attractive affordability conditions from very low mortgage interest rates appear to be bringing buyers back to the market,” he said. “However, the pace of a home sales recovery still depends more on job creation and an accompanying rise in consumer confidence.”  –Realtor.org

To view more market reports for Newton and Brookline, including an 8 month snapshot for Jan – Aug 2010, visit www.YourNewtonMove.com.

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The Silver Newtones Launching the Halloween Celebrations!

The Silver Newtones, a senior choral group, sparked up the Newton Harvest Fair on Sunday with a few tunes including a Halloween mood piece, “SilverNewtones at the Harvest Fair“. The fun filled group is open and welcomes new members with open arms. They are a non-profit and use their talents to bring the joy of music to the world especially those unable to attend public events. Visit their wonderful web site full of images and video. www.SilverNewtones.com

“The Silver Newtones is a diverse Choral community of mature adults dedicated to spreading the joy of music.”

Joan Caplan
Artistic Director
Silvernewtones@mac.com

West Newton, the Ambiance of Newbury Street Without the Traffic

West Newton, the Ambiance of Newbury Street Without the Traffic

Daily specials at L'Aroma

Daily specials at L’Aroma

L’Aroma Cafe & Bakery is an urban oasis tucked away at 15 Spencer Street nested behind West Newton Center. The Cafe is cozy yet spacious with a second floor that would be ideal for coffee meetings. The shop offers wifi and is a great spot for a quiet place to work on a laptop!

This week I met my friend, Edye for a lunch at L’Aroma. The soup was a corn chowder and it was delicious. It was a treat to select from the wide selection of specialty teas and coffees.

The friendly staff is eager to please.  If I had a daughter, I would take here there for a special mother-daughter tea. Come to think of it, even my teenage son might accompany me for a scoop of  gelato. Any excuse to stop rushing around and take a little quality time to sit and chat.

L’Aroma Cafe & Bakery
15 Spencer Street (off Davis St.)
West Newton, MA 02465
617.630.0006

The Ying and Yang of Home Buying

The Ying and Yang of Home Buying

The Ying and Yang of Home Buying

Buying the right home is an important financial and emotional decision. This class will give you MORE than the fundamentals. Find the home that keeps you happy by gaining insight to your personal home buying psychology. Learn to pay attention to the important elements of a home before you make your first offer. With better insight you will be able to understand how to learn the process with educated confidence. Balance your dreams against your practical realities. This complementary class is guaranteed to get you on track to finding the home that suits your life style.

Two Wednesdays October 13 and 20, 2010 7:00 to 9 p.m.
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