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April 2011 - JANET PORCARO

As the Worm Turns – the Spring Real Estate Market in Newton and Brookline

As the Worm Turns – the Spring Real Estate Market in Newton and Brookline

Spring is sprouting everywhere and the increase in the number of Newton  and Brookline single family homes and condominiums sold in March shows an upward turn. Spring market usually does bloom, however, and it will be interesting to watch what happens as we move through summer and into the end of the year.  Experts feel the market will continue to adjust through the end of the year.  NAR reports a rise in existing home sales in March.

Spring in Brookline

Spring in Brookline, MA

In any event, for those thinking of selling, this is an optimistic market. Keep in mind that in order to determine market value, it is important to look closely at the detail behind summary numbers. Your Realtor® will help you study the sold properties that are of a similar type and location to your home. He or she will also watch the market with you over time to see where the pending sales come in at closing.

Read my February market report to observe the upward turn.

Are you interested in a snapshot report for your neighborhood? Give me a shout at Janet@Janetporcaro.net.

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Newton Community Event Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

Newton Community Event Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

During the week of April 4, 2011, the Newton, MA community joined forces to raise awareness about teens and the challenges they face and the resources available to them. Hundreds of local organizations and families gathered at the new Newton North High School for the city wide exposition on Saturday. Teens were able to receive a mini massage, a free yoga class, enter raffles, get a henna tattoo, play games, and access information to learn about how to live a good life. The event was sponsored by the Newton North PTSO, and organized by volunteers extraordinaire, Sally Brickell and Lynne LeBlanc, PTSO Co-Presidents. By the way, Sally is a professional organizer with Squared Away. She is a shining star! Kudos you Sally and Lynne for a job well done.

Sally Brickell, PTSO Co-President and Professional Organizer

Sally Brickell, PTSO Co-President and Professional Organizer

Feedback on the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices week has been consistently positive. Comments include the following:

“WOW!!! What a week! The turnout for the Expo was phenomenal! The adult evenings with the “Breaking Free From Depression” video and panel discussions and the “Promise to Adam” presentation were moving and educational for all in attendance. Thanks to everyone involved for making this week one that students were really shown the resources out there. It should be evident to many that we are a community who cares for our kids.”

“I hope that this is just the beginning and we can keep up the momentum.”

“Just Think: What Parents Can and Are Doing for Kids!”

To read more about the week’s events, go to www.newtonpatch.com or www.wickedlocal.com/newton.

 

Newton Community Comes Together April 9 to Help Teens Make Smart Choices

Newton Community Comes Together April 9 to Help Teens Make Smart Choices

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

Mural from the the “old” Newton North High School

The excitement is building for the city-wide teen expo at Newton North High School on April 9 starting at 12 noon! This is an upbeat event with something for everyone. In addition to providing valuable information about everything from crash prevention to eating disorders to parent support groups to yoga, the expo will include food, fun, special guests, student performances, and prizes

The Newton Community understands the difficult choices teens face and wants to encourage the teens in their lives to make good decisions? Join us at an event designed to bring together teens, parents, guardians, teachers, clergy, and the whole community to address and reduce risky teen behaviors.

Read more at www.NorthPTSO.org.

Saturday, April 9th 12 to 4
Newton North High School,
457 Walnut Street, Newtonville,  MA  02460