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December 23, 2012

Real Estate Briefs


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WINDHAM — Coco, Early & Associates welcomes Melanie Norcross, formerly of Prudential Verani, to their new team of agents in the Windham office.

A Realtor since 2008, Norcross is also a Certified Negotiation Expert. Prior to working in realty, Norcross worked as assistant editor for the Derry News in Derry. She lives in Salem, N.H. with her family and is kept busy with her two daughters as an active volunteer in their school’s PTA.

PLAISTOW — Dianne Carlson, managing partner of the Plaistow Coco, Early and Associates Team, announces that Paul Sullivan has joined her team of Realtors.

Prior to joining Carlson’s team, Sullivan worked as the broker/owner of Paul Sullivan Real Estate in Atkinson, and was a broker associate for Century 21 Bridge Realty in Plaistow. He has been a real estate broker since 2000. He has lived in Atkinson for 24 years.

NORTH ANDOVER — Draper Real Estate announces its new broker/associate, Eric Asvestas. Asvestas is an award-winning seasoned professional with over 14 years’ experience in many facets of the real estate industry including construction management, investor purchase-sales, landlord-tenant relations, project management and marketing. He lives in North Andover with his wife and four children.

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.

WESTFORD — Members of the Northeast Association of Realtors (NEAR) gathered recently at association headquarters in Westford to elect officers and directors for 2013. Christopher Doherty of Prudential Howe & Doherty Realtors in Andover will be the 2013 president. Doherty has been a member of the Realtor Association since 1974 and has since held many leadership positions within the association, including president of the former Greater Lawrence Board of Realtors in 1990, the year in which he was honored as statewide Realtor of the Year.

Others elected to serve as part of the 2013 NEAR Leadership team include: President-elect Joseph Farragher of JPF Real Estate Services in Methuen; First Vice President Ryan Schruender of Real Living Schruender Real Estate in North Andover; Treasurer Mary O’Donoghue, also of Prudential Howe & Doherty in Andover; and Secretary Linda Gilligan of J. Borstell Real Estate in Tewksbury. Terms for all leaders begin Jan. 1, 2013.

Those elected as members of the NEAR Board of Directors for 2013 include: Clifford Critch of ERA Key Realty Services in Billerica; Matthew McLennan of Century 21 McLennan & Company in Methuen; and Michelle Oates of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Andover. Those elected to serve as directors for both NEAR and the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) include: current MAR Focus Area Vice President Angela Harkins of Angela Harkins & Associates Real Estate in Westford and Farragher.

Those previously elected to serve on the 2013 NEAR Board of Directors include: Ursula Flury of Ursula Graf Real Estate in Groton; and Vincent Forzese and Guillermo Molina, both of Coco Early & Associates in Methuen. Those previously elected to serve on both the NEAR and MAR Boards of Directors include: Linda Early of Coco Early & Associates in Methuen; Thomas Courtney of RE/MAX Prestige in Westford; as well as Doherty and O’Donoghue.

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, an increase of 7.1 percent versus last September. The number of pending sales for condominiums locally during the month rose by a substantial 44.3 percent versus last September, to 127 contracts signed, with the median price up by 4.7 percent compared with a year ago, to $167,450.

The report also provided inventory levels of area homes for sale as of October 15, which at 1,433 available single family homes and 507 condominiums have each dropped markedly below last year’s levels of 1,666 and 663 units sold, respectively. The inventory for both single family homes and condominiums locally also remains well below the peaks set in 2006 and 2007, which were 2,242 for single family homes and 1,251 for condos.

The Northeast Association of REALTORS is one of 1,500 local chapters of the National Association of REALTORS. Officially, NEAR covers 15 cities and towns from Boxford to Littleton, though it has members from more than 50 cities and towns in the Merrimack and Nashoba valleys as well as southern New Hampshire.

WINDHAM — Coco, Early & Associates welcomes Melanie Norcross, formerly of Prudential Verani, to their new team of agents in the Windham office.

A Realtor since 2008, Norcross is also a Certified Negotiation Expert. Prior to working in realty, Norcross worked as assistant editor for the Derry News in Derry. She lives in Salem, N.H. with her family and is kept busy with her two daughters as an active volunteer in their school’s PTA.

PLAISTOW — Dianne Carlson, managing partner of the Plaistow Coco, Early and Associates Team, announces that Paul Sullivan has joined her team of Realtors.

Prior to joining Carlson’s team, Sullivan worked as the broker/owner of Paul Sullivan Real Estate in Atkinson, and was a broker associate for Century 21 Bridge Realty in Plaistow. He has been a real estate broker since 2000.

He has lived in Atkinson for 24 years.

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.

NORTH ANDOVER — Draper Real Estate announces its new broker/associate, Eric Asvestas. Asvestas is an award-winning seasoned professional with over 14 years’ experience in many facets of the real estate industry including construction management, investor purchase-sales, landlord-tenant relations, project management and marketing. He lives in North Andover with his wife and four children.

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.