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Page 8 October 18 - 24, 2017 Continued from page 5 seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members. Admission is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. For more information and to register, go to MUSICAL EVENT The Motivic Monster: A musical and animated exploration of ideas and thoughts inspired by celebrated author Mary Shelly. Come join us on Friday, 20 oCt 2017 from 6:30-7:30 pM at the Ipswich public Library, 25 North Main Street, Ipswich. This musical presentation will include discussion about the process of creative development and will premier new music and sights by the following performers: brian price on reeds, Thomas palance on percussion and trumpet, Chris Florio on guitar, and animation. Free and open to the general public. registration required. Sponsored by the Ipswich public Library Arts Committee with funding from the board of trustees in conjunction with Ipswich reads…one book program. to register and for detailed postings of events and programs, please check our CALeNDAr at you may also visit us on Facebook for current status and updates concerning the Ipswich public Library. BANQUET BALL FUNDRAISER! Mingle and have fun at the 3rd Annual Haverhill public Library Fall Fundraiser, Friday october 20th, 7pm at Maria’s Galleria banquet room. Fun trivia, silent auction, food, and drinks. buy tickets online or at the Fiends Shop. $40 in advance/$50 at the door. All proceeds raised go to the library! For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.haverhillpl,org or call 978-373-1586 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st FALL HARVEST FAIR The First Congregational Church of Georgetown, Fri. oct. 20th 10:00- 5:00pm & Sat. oct. 21nd 9:00- 3:00pm – See page 2 for details SATURDAY MORNING BIRDING our experienced leaders will take you to birding hot spots in the Newburyport/plum Island area in search of avian activity. beginners and birders of all skill levels are welcome. Sat, oct 21, 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at Joppa Flats education Center, one plum Island turnpike, Newburyport. Cost: $12. No preregistration required. Mass Audubon members receive discounts on programs. For more information, call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www. PARKER RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR! Held on the following days: Saturday, 10/21 @ 9:30 am; Sunday, 10/22 @1:00 pm; Saturday, 10/28 @ 9:30 am; and Sunday, 10/29 @1:00 pm - Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of parker river National wildlife refuge. tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up close and personal” look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided two hour program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. binoculars and/ or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. each session is limited to 14 participants; no more than 4 individuals per signup. Again, this is a vehicle – based tour, with limited stops on the refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. *please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a refuge staff member. please call (978) 465-5753 to register for this program. THE WONDER AND THE WOW: MUSHROOMS AND FUNGUS FOREST WALK why should kids have all the fun? These adult trips take us far afield with plenty of time to allow a full-immersion nature experience with friends and colleagues. Leaders Lisa Hutchings and Jonathan brooks have picked out exciting new destinations along with a few “wow” favorites. we’ve set time aside during each program for a group meal so we can extend the social side of learning. you’ll come away with a brand-new enthusiasm for the natural world around you! Sat, oct 21, 2017 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Meet at Joppa Flats education Center, one plum Island turnpike, Newburyport. Cost: $44. preregistration required. Mass Audubon members receive discounts on programs. For more information, call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www. THE LONG WAY AROUND HIKE This hike explores the wild wonders of the dune trails through the Crane wildlife refuge, from the Crane beach parking area to essex point and back again! (bag Lunch included!) Saturday, october 21| 10AM-3pM. we’ll launch our long walk at the dunes trailhead, and make our way along the backside of Crane beach, then tuck into the dunes again to reach essex point. A bag lunch prepared by Ferreira Foods of Salem will be delivered to us at the approximate halfway point. Come prepared for a leisurely long-way-around walk of about 8 miles! pre-registration is required. $ Members: $28 Nonmembers: $35 www.thetrustees. org/craneoutdooradventures Contact info: Dorothy Antczak, dantczak@ 978.356.4351 ext 4052 HARVEST FESTIVAL Harvest Festival on Saturday, october 21st, from 10-2 at the Newbury public Library. There will be a Chili and Mac- N-Cheese contest (prizes awarded!), children’s activities, a fantastic raffle, baked goods, live music from triton students, and more. Join us for a sampling of chili and/or mac-n-cheese, and cast your vote. you can also buy a bowlful and top it off with dessert! your children can have fun doing a fall activity while you browse the bookshelves or check out our book sale room for books, “Newbury” hats, boat flags, and bumper stickers for sale.we would really appreciate your help. to enter the contest, donate baked goods or other items needed, please contact us at friendsofnewburytownlibrary@ or call the Library at 978- 465-0539 and ask for us to return your call. LUCE ARCHAEOLOGY COLLECTION OPEN HOUSE Join us for an open house and Q&A with artifacts from the Frederick A. Luce Collection and learn about preeuropean contact Native Haverhill history. Saturday, oct. 21st, 10am- 2pm. program will showcase artifacts (such as lithics, steatite bowl fragments, ceramics, etc) that span the ancient occupational periods in more detail. Archaeologist, rhea Fuller will describe their uses, and talk about the people who made and used them in their daily life along the Merrimack river. Come see how projectile points were made at the ancient tool technology demonstration! This is a drop-in event, open to the public and free of cost. ESSEX CLAMFEST RETURNS on Saturday, october 21, the essex ClamFest and Chowder Competition will take place in essex. The annual event has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations, food vendors, Ipswich Ale Local brews and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. The festival will take place at Shepard Memorial park in essex from 11 AM to 4 pM. The popular clam chowder competition is from noon to 2 pM (while supplies last). It costs $5.00 to enter to chowder tasting area. Nearly 1,000 people taste the best of the best, each voting for their favorite in the people’s Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award. This year there are 12 competitors: Ipswich Ale Continued on page 11

Community Connections Business Spotlight October 18 - 24, 2017 Page For Sale As the real estate market has got hot and hotter I have been meeting with more and more potential sellers. I have been asked a million different questions about the market, my company and myself. I am happy to answer all questions and thought I would put together a list of many of the most common ones, and the ones that potential sellers should be asking me. How long have you been in real estate? There are thousands of new real estate agents every year. Most do little or no business. Which leads me to the next question…Do you really want to an inexperienced agent to sell your most valuable asset? My answer would be no. Are you full-time or parttime? Most real estate agents aren’t making a living at selling real estate. My unscientific estimate is that well over half are part time. This doesn’t make a part time agent a bad choice but it should make you wonder if they are 100% committed to selling you home. I ‘m not saying they will ignore calls regarding your home, but do they have another job that gets in the way of selling your home? I would want a dedicated full time REALTOR® to handle the sale of my home or purchase of my new home. It is virtually impossible to do this job on a part time basis…just ask my wife and kids. How many homes have you sold? Experience in this industry matters. There are literally hundreds of issues that can come up before you find a buyer, after you are under agreement, or on the way to a closing. Does your agent know what to do? Do you want to list your home with an agent who hasn’t seen some of these issues previously? A good agent will put out fires behind the scenes that nobody will ever know about. How many have homes have you sold in my town in the last 12 months? Have you been active selling real estate locally? You need someone who has been active in your town and up to date on the local real estate market, THIS NEWSPAPER GIFT OF READING Newspaper ft of Reading Real Estate • For Sale Questions for Me? Sports • Sports • Sports By John McCarthy, Rowley Realty Pets, and by local I Animals, mean your town. Plus What web sites will my home be featured on? Your agent should be able to give you a list of all the web sites your home will be on. If it isn’t on the major ones like Zillow, Trulia or ask why not. What other marketing are you doing? Have your agent tell you exactly how they want to market and present your home. Will you show my home personally or just send buyers over? Lock boxes where buyer’s agents can bring buyers to your home without the listing agent attending and are standard with some real estate agencies. Not sure about you Mr. & Mrs. Seller but I would want the agent I will be paying to be there to answer any of the buyer’s questions. This is one reason why we accompany all showings. Will you provide me with updates and feedback on showings? You should hear from your agent on a regular basis even if there is little activity on the listing. You should also hear from your agent on why your home didn’t appeal to the buyers that came through the other day. It happens; you should understand why someone didn’t like your home so maybe it can be fixed. Will you provide references that I can contact? An experienced REALTOR® can provide you with references that are willing to answer your questions. Are you a real estate agent or a REALTOR®? What is the difference you ask? I have used the term “agent” throughout this article as not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®. There are differences between REALTORS® and real estate agents. Although both are licensed to sell real estate, the main difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR® is a REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and a REALTOR® must subscribe to The Code of Ethics is which is strictly enforced. Selling your home is likely one of your most important and Health & Fitness Recycle This Newspaper Share the Gift of Reading Recycle This Newspaper largest financial undertakings of your life. It’s easy to find a REALTOR® with shiny brochures, terrific sales pitch and one willing to tell you that your home is worth 20% more than the exact same one that sold Ryefield Place Condo next door. What you should have is a REALTOR® who will be upfront and honest with you, even if it isn’t what you want to hear and one that will answer all your questions honestly; before, during and even after the sale. If you have any questions about this article, real estate in general or are looking to buy or sell a home please contact me, John McCarthy at Rowley Realty, 165 Main St., Rowley, MA 01969, Phone: 978 ROWLEY REALTY 948-2758, Cell 978 835-2573 or via email at john@rowleyrealestate. 165 Main St., P.O. Box 101, Rowley, MA 01969 com Phone 978-948-2758 • Fax 978-948-2454 ROWLEY: Almost 1500 sq. foot 2 bedroom, 2 full bath in great location. Brand new granite and stainless kitchen, new hardwood floors, large living room with own deck. Master Bedroom with private full bath. 2 car deeded parking on beautifully landscaped grounds. Lots of storage in big closets. Laundry on site but can be brought into unit. Pets are allowed with approval. Near shopping and commuter rail. $269,900. Email John McCarthy at or call him at 978-835-2573 for more information. 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Inc. 978-372-5554 Since 1980 Address, Town Description DOM List Price Sold For Orig Price 5 6th St, Ipswich 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Colonial 7 $225,000 $315,000 $225,000 147 Highland St, Hamilton 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 21 $299,000 $320,000 $299,000 37 Lombard Ave, Amesbury 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Ranch 43 $300,000 $305,000 $300,000 153 Main St, Newbury 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 2h bath Split Entry 34 $394,000 $390,000 $394,900 43 Pike St, Salisbury 6 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Cape 91 $395,000 $397,500 $395,000 72 Ferry Rd, Salisbury 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Ranch 136 $426,500 $398,200 $429,000 79 Bare Hill Rd, Topsfield 9 room, 4 bed, 1f 0h bath Colonial 45 $439,000 $410,000 $439,000 12 Old County Rd, Salisbury 6 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Farmhouse 0 $450,000 $450,000 $450,000 189 Main St, Amesbury 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 63 $475,000 $465,000 $475,000 3 Chestnut St, West Newbury 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 2h bath Split Entry 40 $489,900 $475,000 $499,900 39 King John Dr, Boxford 9 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Cape 81 $534,900 $510,000 $534,900 173 Georgetown Rd, Boxford 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape 74 $609,900 $607,000 $624,900 8 Naples Rd, Hamilton 7 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 42 $639,900 $610,000 $639,900 483 Bay Rd, Hamilton 9 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Ranch 23 $659,000 $659,000 $659,000 2 Esty Way, Groveland 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 96 $649,900 $640,000 $659,900 151 Merrimac St, Newburyport 9 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial 89 $650,000 $650,000 $675,000 23 Spring St, Essex 8 room, 4 bed, 4f 0h bath Cape 31 $740,000 $741,000 $740,000 4 Brentwood Way, Ipswich 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Contemporary 150 $770,000 $750,000 $819,000 10 River Rd, Merrimac 10 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Cape 108 $839,000 $783,000 $899,000 21 Stonebridge Rd, Ipswich 9 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 19 $1,159,900 $1,150,000 $1,159,900 Single Family Listings: 20 Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 2,484.15 Avg. List$: $557,295 Avg. List$/SqFt: $225 Avg. DOM: 59.65 Avg. DTO: 38.45 Avg. Sale$: $551,285 Avg. Sale$/SqFt: $225 2017 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.