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January 4, 2013

Real Estate Briefs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — MERRIMACK & NASHOBA VALLEYS — The Northeast Association of REALTORS (NEAR) reports that the number of single family homes sold during the month of September in the 15 cities and towns from Boxford to Littleton increased again compared to the same time last year for the ninth straight month. Specifically, 252 single family homes were sold in September versus 245 in September 2011, an increase of 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, the 91 condos sold this September represent a decrease of 5.2 percent compared with last September’s 96 condos sold. The report is based on data from MLS Property Information Network in Shrewsbury.

The report also stated that the median price for single family homes sold locally in September was $315,000, which is exactly equal to last September’s median price. Year-to-date for January through September 2012, the median sales price of single family homes sold in the area was $307,000, a 1.0 percent decline compared with the first nine months of 2011. Condominiums sold in September posted a median sales price of $168,000 which represents a slight 1.3 percent increase compared with last September’s median of $165,771, and a 2.8 percent rise versus the previous month’s median price of $163,500.

The report also showed that average length of time it took for a single family home sold in September to go from listing to sold was 92 days, a drop of 13.2 percent versus last September, and down from 110 days in August. For condominiums, it took an average of 155 days for those sold during September to close, an increase of 14 percent compared with the average 136 days on market in September 2011, and an increase of 47.6 percent compared with 105 days on market in August.

Meanwhile, the number of pending sales for single family homes in the region during September jumped by 9.1 percent compared with September 2011, with the agreed-upon median price for those properties at $299,900.

WINDHAM — Coco, Early & Associates welcomes Lea Batson to its new team of agents in the new Windham office.

Batson, who lives in Windham with her family, brings years of corporate experience with her. Previously, she held positions within South Carolina-based Milliken & Company in both human resources and its Corporate University.

LONDONDERRY — Susan Mowbray, a sales associate in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Londonderry, has earned the Accredited Real Estate Professional designation by successfully completing the comprehensive SuccessBuilder training program, designed and conducted by the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Career and Educational Development department.

SuccessBuilder is a three-month intensive training program that involves in-classroom skill development, online learning sessions, and industry specific field assignments. Designees must also meet specific production requirements, including the closing of three real estate transactions.

As a part of the course, Mowbray learned how to best assist both buyer and seller clients in making sound business decisions, sharing industry best practices and current market trends, and the use of cutting edge tools to market homes. She has also demonstrated expertise in the use of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s transaction management system, HomeBase, which allows clients to virtually access critical tasks and documents associated with their real estate transaction.

KEENE — Deni Oven has been recognized as being in the Better Homes & Gardens The Masiello Group Top 20 Realtors for sales and marketing performance during the month of September. This recognition is earned each month by the companies’ Top 20 Realtors out of the group’s more than 500 Realtors throughout Northern New England.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group, visit masiello.com.

METHUEN — Coco, Early & Associates announces a record-breaking event for the agency. The agency rallied its team together and collectively gathered 280 coats in their offices throughout the region. Boxes were placed in each office including those in Massachusetts (Dracut, Haverhill and Methuen), as well as those in New Hampshire (Epping, Hampstead, Plaistow, Salem and Windham) and Coco, Early & Associates’ team members along with the neighboring communities contributed.

This community-focused effort is just one of many that Coco, Early & Associates participate in. To date, they have been a part of the Methuen and Haverhill Holiday Parades, Project Linus, and they are the sole sponsor of The Children’s Christmas Party that took place at Windham High School on Dec. 8.

Local organizations that benefited from the Coco, Early & Associates’ Coat Drive are: The Lazarus House, The Wish Project of Lowell, St. Anne’s in Hampstead, and Salem Caregivers.

Coco, Early & Associates is comprised of more than 180 agents and support staff and has a strong focus on its customers. On average, Coco, Early & Associates buys or sells an average of 2.4 homes every day.

For more information, visit cocoearly.com.