Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Starts Strong: Home Sales Hit 10-year High


Scotsman Guide reported today that despite fast-rising prices and low inventory levels, existing homes sales started the year off at the fastest pace in almost a decade. They said that existing homes sales were running at a pace of 5.69 million in January, the highest level since February 2007. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which was cited in the article, sales increased in all regions except the Midwest.

You can read the entire article at http://www.scotsmanguide.com/News/2017/02/Home-sales-hit-10-year-high-to-start-2017/

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mailbox Monday - Feb 13


Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! Hope yours is a little less white than mine...


This was what my front yard looked like before yesterday's snowstorm that dumped an additional five or so inches on top of that. I guess Old Man Winter is making up for our lack of snow by sharing it all at once. We are due for a tiny bit more on Wednesday. 

Believe it or not, I was actually out driving to appointments yesterday. Old Reliable--my Chevy Tahoe--picked up a rock on Saturday and I can't get the tire fixed until today, so I was driving my husband's car instead. Narrowly avoided a telephone pole. Was saying prayers of Thanksgiving when I got home safely. 

Other than the snow making my crazy schedule more challenging, I've entered into a coaching program that I take once a week on Mondays. It got cancelled today--like a lot of things. I'll be glad to see spring. 

Here are the books that arrived recently.



I'm really excited about Charlotte Hubbard's latest, A Mother's Love. I'm all into getting and staying organized, to I figured Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller would be a helpful read. The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson was a blog giveaway win. 

What did the mailman bring you last week? Any other fun news you would like to share? 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, February 10, 2017

MLSPIN 2016 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile Now Available





The MLSPIN 2016 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile was recently released. This is an in-depth examination into the consumer preferences of non-homeowners, meaning those who are currently renting or living with someone else--like a family member or friend--and not paying rent. This data contrasts the perceptions of homeownership, the American Dream, and housing affordability from the perspective of non-homeowners. It was collected in 2016 on a monthly basis as part of the National Association of REALTORS®' Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Report.

Please email me at ccmalandrinos.realtor@gmail.com or call/text me at 413-575-5751 if you would like a copy.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Your Body, Your Style by Rani St. Pucchi

This is a book that I feel all career women could be interested in, which is why I'm featuring it at this blog. Every day people make judgments about us based upon our appearance. In business, feeling confident is highly important to success.

Looking for some helpful, quick fashion tips to make an immediate difference in selecting the best colors, prints, and styles for your body? Then you need to buy a copy of Your Body, Your Style by Rani St. Pucchi.

Award-winning couture fashion designer Rani St. Pucchi shares decades of experience in this informative guide that you'll be able to implement without much effort. Within a day I had started make changes that brought about positive results.

St. Pucchi shares the defining moment that changed her life forever and credits her parents for introducing her to the world that would become her destiny. After a discussion of body shapes, she shares dos and don'ts for each shape, dressing for your age, the importance of proper fitting undergarments, what and how to pack, how to organize your closet, defining your personal style, and more. Perhaps my favorite part of the book--other than the color photographs of her work--is the 101 styling tips.

When I make my annual spring/summer changeover I'll be implementing some of the more time-consuming changes, like laying out all my clothes by color and finding out which colors work best for my skin tone. I've never really been into fashion or thought much about personal style, but Your Body, Your Style by Rani St. Pucchi has definitely piqued my interest. I see a new, more fashionable me right around the corner.

Highly recommended!

Publisher: Koehler Books (October 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997697717
ISBN-13: 978-0997697711

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Listing: Lot 3 Butterworth Road, Holland for $65,000



Build your dream home on 6 plus acres of land within a mile or two of Hamilton Reservoir. Over 500 feet of frontage, perc tested, and an approved building lot. Enjoy this tranquil setting while still being close to the Mass Pike and Route 84.

Email me at ccmalandrinos.realtor@gmail.com for additional details