Newton Massachusetts

What Would Make You Sell Your House?


Newton, MA. Newton Top Realtor, Sotheby’s, COMPASS, Suburban Boston Team

What Would Make You Sell Your House?

What Would Make You Sell Your House? | MyKCM

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving.

The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a larger home (ages 29 to 53). Relocating for a job was the top reason for those ages 54 to 63 and the second most popular response for those under 53. The chart below shows the breakdown for these two reasons.

What Would Make You Sell Your House? | MyKCM

For homeowners over the age of 64, wanting to be closer to friends and family served as the top motivator to move. Downsizing to a smaller home or moving due to retirement came in as a close second and third.

What Would Make You Sell Your House? | MyKCM

Have you outgrown your current house? Are you a homeowner who can relate to wanting to be closer to family and friends? Is your house becoming a burden to clean now that the kids have moved out?

Bottom Line

Let’s get together to set you on the path to selling your current house and finding the home that fits your needs, today!

 

5 Reasons to Sell BEFORE Winter Hits


5 Reasons to Sell BEFORE Winter Hits

Newton, MA.  Real Estate  Sotheby’s Newton, MA.

People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every Fall. We ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year round weather or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities. Homeowners in this situation must consider whether they should sell their house now or wait. If you are one of these potential sellers, here are five important reasons to do it now versus the dead of winter.

1. Demand is Strong

Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at home right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are more prospective purchasers currently looking at homes than at any other time in the last twelve months which includes the latest spring buyers’ market. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!

As we get later into the year, many people have other things (weather, holidays, etc.) that distract them from searching for a home. Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing supply is still under the historical number of 6 months’ supply. This means that, in many markets, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future.

Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A recent study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).

The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the 2014 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. Any delay in the process is always prolonged during the winter holiday season. Getting your house sold and closed before those delays begin will lend itself to a smoother transaction.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 19% from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate in the low 4’s right now. Rates are projected to be over 5% by this time next year.

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

BI-WEEKLY NEWTON REAL ESTATE RECAP


Newton, MA.  REAL ESTATE   Sotheby’s Newton

The market is quieting down for the summer but there is still activity happening…. I have added a new column at the end.

EXPIRED, WITHDRAWN, CANCELLED….I am adding this category at this time because many houses are withdrawn for the summer months.  Personally, I don’t think this is wise since there are only 86 single families on the market at this time! This is a supply and demand business and people look for a houses every day.  I personally bought a house on 4th of July weekend….I was relocating here from NJ 20 years ago this summer!   I have sold 2 houses on the 4th of July weekend.  19 homes were cancelled, expired or withdrawn in the past 2 weeks.  I temporarily withdrew 22 Lenox Street because the house isn’t finished but I would like brokers to know it’s out there.  I expect to put that back on the market next week.  Some brokers cancel because they feel the house gets “stale” and they will put it back on after Labor Day.  Some brokers cancel because they go away for the summer….hmmm, yes it’s true.  Time for a new broker.   Some people fire their agents because they think another agent is going to sell their overpriced home.  It’s the price not the agent… Some people just decide they aren’t going to sell at the price they want and let the listing expire.   Some people make some changes by painting a few rooms a more neutral color, removing some carpeting etc.  Often the seller realizes the agent was right and they should have done this from the start.  Happy Summer!!

On-Market Snapshot
Report Run: 7/7/2014 11:24:29 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Snapshot Date: 07/07/2014
Towns: Needham
 07/07/2014  7/7/2014
Price Range Number of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
vs. today Number of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
Under $50,000
$50,000 – $99,999
$100,000 – $149,999
$150,000 – $199,999
$200,000 – $249,999
$250,000 – $299,999
$300,000 – $349,999
$350,000 – $399,999
$400,000 – $449,999
$450,000 – $499,999
$500,000 – $599,999 9 38 9 40
$600,000 – $699,999 5 40 5 40
$700,000 – $799,999 6 80 6 80
$800,000 – $899,999 3 50 3 50
$900,000 – $999,999 4 45 4 45
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 31 87 31 87
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 14 119 14 119
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999 8 127 8 127
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999 6 182 6 182
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999
Over $10,000,000
Total Properties 86 Avg. 91 86 Avg. 91
Lowest Price: $500,000
Median Price: $1,398,500
Highest Price: $2,895,000
Average Price: $1,412,502
Total Market Volume: $121,475,200
Lowest Price: $500,000
Median Price: $1,398,500
Highest Price: $2,895,000
Average Price: $1,412,502
Total Market Volume: $121,475,200

 

Pending Statistics
Report Run: 7/7/2014 11:26:28 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Start Date: 06/24/2014
End Date: 07/06/2014
Towns: Newton
Went Pending Current Status
Price Range # of
Listings
# UAG # CTG # Sold # Other
Under $50,000
$50,000 – $99,999
$100,000 – $149,999
$150,000 – $199,999
$200,000 – $249,999
$250,000 – $299,999
$300,000 – $349,999
$350,000 – $399,999
$400,000 – $449,999
$450,000 – $499,999
$500,000 – $599,999 1 1
$600,000 – $699,999 1 1
$700,000 – $799,999 3 1 2
$800,000 – $899,999 6 3 3
$900,000 – $999,999 2 1 1
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 5 2 3
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 3 3
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999 1 1
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999
Over $10,000,000
Total Properties 22 10 12 0 0
Lowest Price: $579,000 Median Price: $914,000
Highest Price: $2,680,000 Average Price: $1,123,895
Total Market Volume: $24,725,700

 

Total Sold Market Statistics
Report Run: 7/7/2014 11:27:54 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Status: SLD
Start Date: 06/24/2014
End Date: 07/06/2014
Towns: Newton
Price Range # of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
Average
Sale Price
Average
List Price
SP:LP
Ratio
Average
Orig Price
SP:OP
Ratio
$0 – $49,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$50,000 – $99,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$100,000 – $149,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$150,000 – $199,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$200,000 – $249,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$250,000 – $299,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$300,000 – $349,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$350,000 – $399,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$400,000 – $449,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$450,000 – $499,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$500,000 – $599,999 1 7 $571,000 $539,000 106 $539,000 106
$600,000 – $699,999 6 23 $648,333 $617,000 105 $617,000 105
$700,000 – $799,999 2 30 $734,500 $749,000 98 $763,500 96
$800,000 – $899,999 4 51 $845,500 $809,250 105 $809,250 105
$900,000 – $999,999 1 6 $936,000 $895,000 105 $895,000 105
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 12 50 $1,251,417 $1,218,249 103 $1,240,749 102
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 9 131 $1,699,756 $1,723,333 99 $1,820,556 94
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999 1 13 $2,442,550 $2,399,000 102 $2,399,000 102
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$10,000,000 – $99,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
Total Properties 36 Avg. 61 $1,194,593 $1,177,750 103 $1,210,361 101
Lowest Price: $571,000 Median Price: $1,225,000
Highest Price: $2,442,550 Average Price: $1,194,593
Total Market Volume: $43,005,350

 

 

 EXP  $499,000
WDN $529,000
EXP $539,900
EXP $679,000
WDN $699,900
EXP
WDN $799,900
WDN $1,059,000
EXP $1,350,000
EXP $1,599,000
CAN $1,745,000
CAN $1,799,999
EXP $2,199,000
WDN $2,299,000
WDN $2,349,000
CAN $3,295,000
EXP $3,395,000
EXP $4,200,000
WDN $4,290,000
  Single Family Listings: 19    Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 3,961.84    Avg. List$: $1,792,195    Avg. List$/SqFt: $435    Avg. DOM: 63.53

 

4 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent


Newton, MA.  Real Estate

4 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent

Posted: 18 Jun 2014 04:00 AM PDT

4 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent | The KCM Crew

Are you thinking of buying a home? Are you dreading having to walk through strangers’ houses? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of buying. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant.

You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one.

Here are the top 4 demands you need to make of your Real Estate Agent when buying a home:

1. Tell the truth about the price

Too many agents just take your offer at any price and then try to ‘work’ both the seller and you while negotiating later. Demand that the agent prove to you that they have a belief in the price you are offering. Make them show you their plan to get both the seller – and the bank – to accept that price. Every house in today’s market must be sold two times – first to you and then to your bank.

The second sale may be more difficult than the first. The residential appraisal process has gotten tougher. A recent survey showed that there was a challenge with the appraisal on 24% of all residential real estate transactions. It has become more difficult to get the banks to agree on the contract price. A red flag should be raised if your agent is not discussing this with you at the time of the original offer.

2. Understand the timetable with which your family is dealing

You will be moving your family into a new home. Whether the move revolves around the start of a new school year or the start of a new job, you will be trying to put the move to a plan.

This can be very emotionally draining. Demand from your agent an appreciation for the timetables you are setting. You agent cannot pick the exact date of your move, but they should exert any influence they can, to make it work.

3. Remove as many of the challenges as possible

It is imperative that your agent knows how to handle the challenges that will arise. An agent’s ability to negotiate is critical in this market.

Remember: If you have an agent who was weak negotiating with you on parts of the purchase offer, don’t expect them to turn into a super hero when they are negotiating with the seller for you and your family.

4. FIND the right house!

There is a reason you are putting yourself and your family through the process of moving.

You are moving on with your life in some way. The reason is important or you wouldn’t be dealing with the headaches and challenges that come along with purchasing. Do not allow your agent to forget these motivations. Constantly remind them that finding the right house is why you hired them. Make sure that they don’t worry about your feelings more than they worry about your family. If they discover something needs to be done to attain your goal (i.e. rethinking price), insist they have the courage to inform you.

Good agents know how to deliver good news. Great agents know how to deliver tough news. In today’s market, YOU NEED A GREAT AGENT!

Bi-Weekly Newton Real Estate Recap


The numbers are in and the story doesn’t change much.  Busy busy under 1 million, not so much over 1.5 million.  The info below tells the story.  Heading into summer the market remains very active!  152 single family homes for sale, 33 homes have gone under agreement in the last 2 weeks and 32 have sold.

On-Market Snapshot
Report Run: 6/24/2014 9:40:31 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Snapshot Date: 06/24/2014
Towns: Newton
 06/24/2014  6/24/2014
Price Range Number of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
vs. today Number of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
Under $50,000
$50,000 – $99,999
$100,000 – $149,999
$150,000 – $199,999
$200,000 – $249,999
$250,000 – $299,999
$300,000 – $349,999
$350,000 – $399,999 2 19 2 26
$400,000 – $449,999
$450,000 – $499,999 1 1 1 1
$500,000 – $599,999 2 34 2 34
$600,000 – $699,999 4 50 4 50
$700,000 – $799,999 11 35 11 35
$800,000 – $899,999 8 36 8 40
$900,000 – $999,999 10 57 10 57
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 26 47 26 47
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 31 94 31 94
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999 22 78 22 79
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999 15 35 15 35
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999 13 108 13 108
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999 3 121 3 121
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999 4 64 4 64
Over $10,000,000
Total Properties 152 Avg. 65 152 Avg. 66
Lowest Price: $399,000
Median Price: $1,662,500
Highest Price: $7,500,000
Average Price: $1,947,770
Total Market Volume: $296,061,097
Lowest Price: $399,000
Median Price: $1,662,500
Highest Price: $7,500,000
Average Price: $1,947,770
Total Market Volume: $296,061,097

 

Pending Statistics
Report Run: 6/24/2014 9:41:55 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Start Date: 06/09/2014
End Date: 06/24/2014
Towns: Newton
Went Pending Current Status
Price Range # of
Listings
# UAG # CTG # Sold # Other
Under $50,000
$50,000 – $99,999
$100,000 – $149,999
$150,000 – $199,999
$200,000 – $249,999
$250,000 – $299,999
$300,000 – $349,999
$350,000 – $399,999
$400,000 – $449,999
$450,000 – $499,999
$500,000 – $599,999 2 2
$600,000 – $699,999 3 1 2
$700,000 – $799,999 4 2 1 1
$800,000 – $899,999 4 2 1 1
$900,000 – $999,999 2 2
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 12 9 3
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 6 5 1
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999
Over $10,000,000
Total Properties 33 23 8 0 2
Lowest Price: $589,000 Median Price: $1,024,000
Highest Price: $1,899,000 Average Price: $1,161,139
Total Market Volume: $38,317,600

 

Total Sold Market Statistics
Report Run: 6/24/2014 9:42:56 AM
Property Type(s): SF
Status: SLD
Start Date: 06/09/2014
End Date: 06/24/2014
Towns: Newton
Price Range # of
Listings
Avg. Days
on Market
Average
Sale Price
Average
List Price
SP:LP
Ratio
Average
Orig Price
SP:OP
Ratio
$0 – $49,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$50,000 – $99,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$100,000 – $149,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$150,000 – $199,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$200,000 – $249,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$250,000 – $299,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$300,000 – $349,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$350,000 – $399,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$400,000 – $449,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$450,000 – $499,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$500,000 – $599,999 1 4 $505,000 $499,000 101 $499,000 101
$600,000 – $699,999 3 46 $670,833 $670,667 100 $677,667 99
$700,000 – $799,999 3 104 $738,000 $739,000 100 $754,333 98
$800,000 – $899,999 4 52 $858,000 $851,500 101 $851,500 101
$900,000 – $999,999 6 6 $951,417 $909,333 105 $909,333 105
$1,000,000 – $1,499,999 6 30 $1,223,083 $1,173,167 106 $1,173,167 106
$1,500,000 – $1,999,999 5 59 $1,700,930 $1,734,000 98 $1,764,600 97
$2,000,000 – $2,499,999 2 42 $2,046,750 $2,224,500 92 $2,224,500 92
$2,500,000 – $2,999,999 1 223 $2,880,000 $2,995,000 96 $3,300,000 87
$3,000,000 – $3,999,999 1 3 $3,925,000 $3,950,000 99 $3,950,000 99
$4,000,000 – $4,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
$10,000,000 – $99,999,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
Total Properties 32 Avg. 46 $1,269,177 $1,271,656 101 $1,288,063 100
Lowest Price: $505,000 Median Price: $982,250
Highest Price: $3,925,000 Average Price: $1,269,177
Total Market Volume: $40,613,650

Real Estate — Summer To Do List


Summer To D0 List

Newton, MA. Top Agents, Sotheby’s Newton, MA.
Summer has finally arrived and our thoughts turn to a more carefree lifestyle and a tendency to put things on the back burner. If you are thinking of selling your house in the fall, summer is the perfect time to get your house in order at a more leisurely pace. I would say on average it takes 7-10 days to get a home in photography ready shape, of course that varies depending upon each person.  I have had sellers take years to get a house ready and sellers’ who can have a photographer show up that afternoon.   A motivated seller can have their house ready in 7-10 days.  Below you will find a guide to selling.  You cannot have it both ways, top dollar and no work is not a model for success. You want buyers to think that if they move to this home their closets can/will look amazing. Their kitchen cabinets will be clean and tidy and the toys in the basement magically put themselves away.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

  • Stop thinking of the memories created in this home and try to imagine the memories you will make in your next home.
  • Your home is full of things and many of those things can be moved to a new home.
  • Picture yourself decorating your next home.
  • Indulge yourself and spend a morning reflecting about your life in this house and then start sorting and cleaning in the afternoon.
  • Imagine visiting your furniture or china or art in your child or grandchild’s house.

De-Clutter

  • If you haven’t used or even looked at something in a year, it is time to throw away, donate, or give away
  • Bookshelves are for books and a FEW special knick-knacks — clean up those book shelves
  • Pack up or discard items you no longer want or even like
  • Kitchen counters must be cleared to the point of looking sterile
  • All horizontal surfaces (tables, shelves, dressers) must be free of clutter
  • Items used everyday can be put in a box and stored in a closet for showings
  • Remember you would have to do this anyway to move!

Closets

  • Remove plastic dry cleaning bags
  • Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in years
  • Hang alike garments together — pants with pants, shirts with shirts etc.
  • Have clothes face the same direction
  • Line up your shoes or put out of season shoes in storage

4. Kitchen

  • Clean your cabinets on the inside and outside
  • Take everything out of your cabinets and throw away items that you bought 10 years ago. I guarantee you will find some ridiculously old food item
  • Arrange your dishes to stack neatly and throw away broken or chipped cups and plates.
  • Clean up and arrange your spice jars
  • CLEAN your stove and refrigerator….buyers open the refrigerator – DON”T MAKE THEM GAG FROM THE SMELL OF YOURS.

5. Remove or Replace Fixtures You Wish to Keep

  • If you want your dining room chandelier, replace it now. As soon as buyer knows they cannot have it, they want it.
  • If you absolutely must have your draperies in the next home consider removing them. If they make a statement then be prepared for a buyer to want that same statement with the same drapes. Sellers, if your the drapes don’t fit your new house don’t be stingy; leave them for the next owner to enjoy
  • Washer and Dryer – When you find out how much it costs to move the washer and dryer just leave them.

Remove Furniture

  • Homes show better with less furniture. Remove any soiled, beaten up dingy furniture; they make the house look dingy.
  • Remove any furniture that creates an obstacle walking thru a room
  • Remove excess pieces of furniture — you are selling a home you don’t own a furniture store
  • Contrary to popular opinion, extra leaves in a dining room table make the room appear larger. Remove hutches and sideboards if the room seems cramped
  • Leave enough furniture in each room to showcase the rooms’ purpose with room to move around
  • Most professionals are going to come in and tell you to remove every personal picture you have displayed. I think that is overkill. You want a home to feel warm and inviting, as if people LIVE in a house not just inhabit the house. Get rid of any controversial pictures – pictures of you with Presidents or politicians, anything that might elicit a thought other than aw has to go. Too many artifacts from your children and your vacations are distracting. We want buyers to look at the house not your things.

 

Make Minor Repairs

  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
  • Remove wall to wall carpeting
  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that do not close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

Make the House Sparkle

  • Replace worn bed-coverings with crisp a crisp white duvet
  • Clean your child’s bedding! Teenage boys have stinky pillows
  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
  • I am going to hear from the energy police BUT replace your fluorescent lights while your house is on the market! The lighting quality is poor, the color is bad, and it makes your home look dark and dingy.

Think like a Buyer 

  • Stand at your front door — is it welcoming? If not make it so! Paint the front door and threshold
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Does the furniture placement make sense to a buyer?  You don’t live in a home the way you sell a home so inconvenience yourself for a few weeks and move the furniture around.  Think about how much more money you will net.
  • Make sure window coverings are clean and free of dust
  • Tune in to the room’s statement is it neutral yet inviting?

Check Curb Appeal

  • If a buyer will not get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you will never get her inside
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared
  • Mow the lawn
  • Paint faded window trim
  • Place of pot of colorful annuals near the front door
  • Trim your bushes
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number

The journey may seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.  I have the tools and the people to help you accomplish the task.

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend


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MEMORIAL DAY 2014


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Blue Star Museums
 – Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

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Service of Commemoration
 – Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, May 25, 1:30-3:00pm
 Words and music will help us to remember those who have gone before us during this Memorial Day Service on Bigelow Chapel Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the Service will be held in Bigelow Chapel.

Street Performers Festival – Boston
 – May 24-26
 – Street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats,
dancers, storytellers, and others will perform on the cobblestone streets of the
Faneuil Marketplace. Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Time: all day. Cost: 
Free. 617- 523-1300

Memorial Day Weekend Sale
 – Wrentham Village Premium Outlets 
May 23 – May 26 – 
Don’t miss the annual Memorial Day Weekend Sale. Enjoy extra discounts on top of already low outlet prices. 
May 23 : 9am – 9pm
 May 24: 9am – 9pm
 May 25: 10am – 6pm
 May 26: 9am – 9pm

Museum of Fine Arts
 – Free Memorial Day open house

GREATER BOSTON PARADES

Arlington: 9:30
Cambridge: 9:30
Hudson: 10:00
Medford: 10:00
Needham: 6:50


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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Newburyport Spring Fest – Newburyport
 – May 25-26
 – Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants and Kid’s Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade.
Location: Downtown Newburyport
. Time: 10a.m.– 5 p.m. 
Cost: Free 
Information: 978-462-6680

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NORTH OF BOSTON PARADES

Haverhill: 10:30
Lexington: 9:00am
Marblehead: 9:00am
Methuen: 10:00am
Salem: 10:30am

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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Free Admission for Veterans
 – May 24-26. All active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove.

Memorial Day Ceremony May 26. Honor and commemorate the men and women who gave their lives for freedom. Experience a traditional military observance at 12:00 PM with the raising of the American flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony is open to the public.

Colonial Military Arts
 – May 24-26
 Plimoth Plantation
n early Plymouth Colony, all men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to serve in the town’s militia. Meet a member of New Plimoth’s militia in the center of the Century English Village. Free with general admission.

Military Service Appreciation Day
 – Buttonwood Park Zoo
 – 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford – 
May 24 – 26. 
On Memorial Day Weekend all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents who show proof of served will be honored with free admission to the Zoo.

Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service
 – Starting at the Seamen’s Bethel
 – May 26 
10:00 am – 
Annual walk from Seamen’s Bethel on Johnny cake Hill down Union St. to Pier 3 on the New Bedford Waterfront for a service honoring all of the many fishermen who have lost their live going to sea.

SOUTH OF BOSTON PARADES

Brockton: 11:00
Cohasset: 10:30
Fairhaven: 8:30
Fall River: 1:00
New Bedford: 11:00
Plymouth: 9:30
Somerset: 10:00
Swansea: 1:00
Taunton: 9:30
Westport: 8:00

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Massachusetts National Cemetery
 – May 26th 
Annual Memorial Day Services.
 Bourne
 (508) 563-7113

Cape Cod Scenic Railroad
 – May 24
 Opening day, tickets on sale for scenic passenger train rides from West Barnstable, until train time 11:50 am. Visit the historical museum 9:00am to 2:00pm every Saturday, May 28 through October 15, 2011. 
Location: 2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable
Information: 508-362-9287

43rd Annual Figawi Regatta
 – May 24-26
 Sailboat race from Hyannis to Nantucket Island and back; weekend-long festivities
Hyannis Yacht Club, Hyannis & Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket
. Information: 508-778-6100

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge
  – May 24-26
 Wool Days means sheepshearing at Old Sturbridge Village, plus demonstrations of other parts of the seasonal processing of wool, including scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Try your hand and learn about other fibers available to early New Englanders at our textile exhibit. Wool Days fall on Memorial Day weekend, when the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach returns for the summer, along with the Quinebaug River Boat Ride.

AIS 44th Annual Memorial Powwow
 – May 24-25
 Native American powwow
 4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Rd., Spencer

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PARADES

Ashburnham: 8:45am
Ashby: 10:00am
Fitchburg: 10:00am
Westminster: 11:00am

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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair
 – May 24-25
 Sheep shows, sheep dog trials, spinning contest, fiber contests & workshops, handcraft & hand spun yarn contests, fleece show & sale, shearing demo & shearing service.
 Location: 97 Fairgrounds Rd., Cummington
Time: May 29, 9-5; May 30, 9-4
 Fee: $8:00 per vehicle
. Information: 413-458-0168

Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale
 May 23-26
 Annual Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale featuring incredible savings on spring clearance and summer merchandise at participating stores.
 Lee Premium Outlets
Lee

Annual Memorial Day Marathon Races
 – May 25 Lenox. 
This annual event starts and finishes at the iconic Tanglewood Music Center in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Come experience The Berkshires, a true slice of Americana featuring the quaint towns, beautiful views, and friendly people depicted in Norman Rockwell’s art and James Taylor’s music, as we celebrate running – a true American pastime – on the national holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. The weekend will feature The Memorial Day Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, The Berkshires 10K & 5K, The MDM 15K Trail Race, The MDM Trail-Road Challenge, The MDM Kids Run and The MDM Pre-Race Expo at Tanglewood.

Paradise City Arts Festival
 – May 24-26, County Fairgrounds, Northampton. 
Ranked the #3 arts fair nationwide. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country, lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. Four buildings, a big tent and a lush Sculpture Garden showcase 260 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, featuring furniture, glass, large-scale sculpture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, fashion and home furnishings. The Festival Dining Tent cooks up sensational cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs and a soundstage featuring live music with a New Orleans beat by the likes of Charles Neville and Samirah Evans. The theme this spring is “Wild Things!”, with an exhibit of art inspired by the animal kingdom, a silent art auction to benefit the Dakin Animal Shelter and a host of children’s activities and demonstrations centered on animals. Boston Magazine writes, ‘There’s no better place in the country to pick up original artwork than the Paradise City Arts Festival.’

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PARADES

Agawam: 10:30
Amherst: 9:30
Chicopee: 10:00
Easthampton: 10:30
East Longmeadow: 10:50
Greenfield: 10:00
Hampden: 10:00
Holyoke: 9:00
Ludlow: 9:00
Monson: 10:00
Montague: 10:15
Northampton: 9:30
Palmer: 10:15
South Hadley: 11:00
Southwick: 9:30
Ware: 1:00
West Brookfield: 9:00
Westfield: 10:00
West Springfield: 9:00
Wilbraham: 10:30