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June 2012 - JANET PORCARO

When Searching for a Home, It Helps to Have a Sense of Humor!

When Searching for a Home, It Helps to Have a Sense of Humor!

Home Buying Process
A refrigerator on wheels! Now that’s a feature!

Buying a home doesn’t have to be a daunting experience.  Yes, it is stressful but let’s talk coping skills. Janna and Kai Strand, My buyer clients, show us how to keep smiling throughout the process. Janna and Kai came to me in the late winter with a timeline of hoping to be in a new home by June. In our initial interview, I learned all about Janna and Kai, their love of cooking, and the upcoming trip to Italy in May. After finding out their wishes and visions for their new home, it was my turn to tell them all about the process. Once we had established a strategic plan, we were ready to start looking at homes.

Walk-inCloset
This is the walk-in closet?

Early on, Janna and Kai had decided to set their housing criteria to single family and condos with 2-3 bedrooms with a living area greater than 900 sq. ft. Their geographic location was initially quite broad but, after some time, viewing various communities and their housing inventory, we were able to focus the search in a smart and manageable way.Buying a home doesn’t have to be a daunting experience.Janna and Kai were fearless throughout the process and managed to stay connected and have a little fun at the same time. They ended closing on an amazing 3 bedroom home with lots of updates, a fireplace living room, and a large lovely yard. They had a terrific trip to Italy and are setting in quite nicely. Job well done!

Refrigerator-
Hmm…odd place for the refrigerator

Janet is knowledgeable about Greater Boston and has been a fantastic adviser during this process. She will be as hands off or hands on as you need her to be. She is available for any questions and will work within your timeline. She has been extremely attentive and made us feel comfortable when we didn’t know much about what we were looking for or what to look for at all.  I can’t recommend her highly enough. It will be a sad day when I will not get an email or call from her once we close on our house, but we’re hoping for her to be our Realtor for life! ~Janna and Kai Strand

If you know someone who is thinking of making a move, give me a call at 617-797-9497. I promise I will take excellent care.

Life is More Than a Beach in Barnstable on Cape Cod!

Life is More Than a Beach in Barnstable on Cape Cod!

Life is More Than a Beach in Barnstable on Cape Cod!

Fade out–the old image of the Cape with rough clam shacks and motel row commercialism. Fade in–the new hip Cape Cod with its famous shores, and the towns, verdant landscapes with a lively community proud of the Cape’s historic significance.  I visited Barnstable recently to acquire some documents at the Barnstable District Court. I found a bucolic town that made me want to linger. The town of Barnstable is made up of seven villages including Hyannis, which is the business capitol for Barnstable County, and Barnstable Village, which is the address of the courthouse. Barnstable is beautiful and the grounds around the courthouse are  dotted with statues, cannons, and other objects of note. Enchanted with this place, I happened upon the Sturgis Library where I admired the amazing whale mobile. There is so much to do in Barnstable, for example, The History Along Route 6A eventten days of great free and low-cost historical and cultural events in Barnstable and Yarmouth Port. Check out the schedule. Aside from the educational opportunities, there are lots of other things to do, great restaurants, and beautiful shops. I stopped in to the Neutral Territory Gift Shop and was tempted by the fabulous silver earrings and an amazing mermaid carving.  I plan on returning soon. I’ll will be sure to visit the Cape Cod Organic Farm where I hope to find local produce to go with fresh local seafood. I love the Cape and it is getting better every day!

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Colorful charm!

Bucolic Barstable

Cape Cod Organic Farms

Neutral Territory Gift Shop

Barnstable Courthouse

Mercy Otis Warren 1728-1814

Mercy Otis Warren 1728-1814

Green is in at the New Art Center!

Green is in at the New Art Center!

New Art CenterOn Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Green Decade/Newton held a celebration the New Art Center to honor founding members, Barbara Herson & Brook Lipsitt. Both honorees have been long time contributors helping Green Decade in its ongoing collaboration with city leaders on a wide array of environmental issues. It was a beautiful party in a fabulous setting. Musical entertainment by Jim’s Big Ego and a lively auction. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s contributed plentiful platters of food.