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      Donations made by the REALTOR? Community Service Committee

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      by Mike Ballow

      The North Bristol County Association of REALTORS Community Service Committee presented $500.00 donation checks to (Front row L to R) Doug Latham of Pride Inc., Wendy Berry of Our Daily Bread, and Bob McGarva of Boys & Girls Club of Taunton. Members of the committee pictured (Back row L to R) are Jennifer Oldfield, Chairman Mike Ballow,Marty Desjardins, Dave Curtis, Delores Kenney, and Dan LeBrun.

      Ballow and Hutchinson Realty Group, Inc. gives back

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      by Mike Ballow

      We'rehappy to announce the launch of the Ballow and Hutchinson Realty Group, Inc. Help out our Schools Program. This newprogramallows us tohelpan importantpartof ourcommunity; the students in ourlocalschools.Aftersome meetings and getting thego-ahead from the powers that be, we're pleased to be able toshare thedetails of the program.

      Mission Statement: We are a Taunton based Real Estate company that would like to help our local schools with their classroom supply needs and/or funding of student activity accounts. There are many items that are needed in our local classrooms and schools. We hope this program is a way to help meet these needs.

      Beginning with contracts signed from 10/11/2011 through the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year, our company will donate 5% of its' earnings for any property thatin Taunton that is either bought or sold through any of our agents. The donation will be made on behalf of both the client and our company. The buyer or seller may choose the school to which the donation will be made. The property that is either bought or sold, along with the chosen school, must be located in the City of Taunton. The donation can be made for classroom supplies or put into the schools student activity account. Student activity accounts are used for student programs at the discretion of the school principal. Please contact Mike Ballow of Ballow and Hutchinson Realty Group, Inc. at (508) 823-9400 with any questions.

      What's going on in the Taunton Real Estate market?

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      by Mike Ballow

      Beloware thesales figures for the 3rd quarter of 2011. From my last update, youll see that the number of units in each category are down from the 2nd quarter. The silver lining to this update is that as of today there are 19 U/A (sale pending) and 21 SOLD single family homes in Taunton for the month of October!

      As a reminder from my last post:

      If you like to follow the local Real Estate market (and if you're like most people,Im sure you do), our blog will provide you with quarterly market statistics for SOLD single family homes, multi-family homes, and condominiums inTaunton, MA. The data below is compiled from theMLS Property Information Network for the 2nd quater of 2011. If you'd like to see the market data for your particular community in Massachusetts please send me an email and I'd be happyto prepare it for you.

      Use the following links to view single family homes, multi-family homes, and condominiums that are currently for sale inTaunton, MA. As always, if you have ANY real estate related questions or needs, please feel free to give me a call!

      Single Family Homes SOLDin Taunton, MA for the period July 1, - September 30, 2011

      Price Range # of listings Avg. Days on market Average Sale Price Average List Price SP:LP Ratio AverageOrig Price SP:OP Ratio
      $0 - $49,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
      $50,000 - $99,999 6 101 $67,667 $92,417 75 $98,267 70
      $100,000 - $149,999 5 179 $120,375 $130,336 93 $147,796 84
      $150,000 - $199,999 23 109 $172,063 $179,817 96 $188,126 92
      $200,000 - $249,999 14 124 $224,368 $229,218 98 $241,326 93
      $250,000 - $299,999 11 109 $270,718 $278,373 97 $283,636 96
      $300,000 - $349,999 2 198 $332,000 $316,950 105 $334,450 101
      $350,000 - $399,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
      $400,000 - $449,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
      Total Properties 61 Avg. 120 $192,596 $200,771 95 $210,212 91
      2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

      Condominiums SOLD in

      NBCAOR 60th Anniversary & Annual Meeting

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      by Mike Ballow

      The North Bristol County Association of REALTORS will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary at the Stoneforge Restaurant in Raynham on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 5:30PM. The event will be a celebration of the Associations60 years and will serve as its annual meeting. The theme for the evening will be aRecognition of Past Leadership so everyone is welcome to attend. The election of the 2012 Officers will also take place that same evening. The cost to attend, which includes a turkeydinner,is $15.00 for membersand $30.00 for non-members.

      What's going on in the Taunton Real Estate market?

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      by Mike Ballow

      If you like to follow the local Real Estate market (and if you're like most people,Im sure you do), our blog will provide you with quarterly market statistics for SOLD single family homes, multi-family homes, and condominiums inTaunton, MA. The data below is compiled from theMLS Property Information Network for the 2nd quarter of 2011. If you'd like to see the market data for your particular community in Massachusetts please send me an email and I'd be happyto prepare it for you.

      Use the following links to view single family homes, multi-family homes, and condominiums that are currently for sale inTaunton, MA. As always, if you have ANY real estate related questions or needs, please feel free to give me a call!

      Single Family Homes SOLDin Taunton, MA for the period April 1, - June 30, 2011

      Price Range # of listings Avg. Days on market Average Sale Price Average List Price SP:LP Ratio AverageOrig Price SP:OP Ratio
      $0 - $49,999 0 0 $0 $0 0 $0 0
      $50,000 - $99,999 4 83 $77,981 $84,200 93 $108,700 76
      $100,000 - $149,999 14 134 $125,193 $132,986 95 $156,614 82
      $150,000 - $199,999 16 141 $173,103 $180,681 96 $201,100 88
      $200,000 - $249,999 26 186 $221,942 $228,217 97 $246,029 91
      $250,000 - $299,999 16 147 $266,431 $272,931 98 $280,825 95
      $300,000 - $349,999 6 112 $330,413 $334,117 99 $342,417 97
      $350,000 - $399,999 2 196 $352,500 $362,400 97 $379,900 93
      $400,000 - $449,999 3 149 $416,000 $439,233 95 $439,233 95
      Total Properties 87 Avg. 152 $216,128 $223,417 97 $239,850 90
      2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

      Condominiums SOLDin Taunton, MA for the period April 1, - June 30, 2011

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      2nd Annual REALTOR? Family day at Six Flags New England

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      by Mike Ballow

      I wanted to let everyone know of a special offer at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA available to REALTOR families and friends through the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS.

      Details are as follows:

      2nd Annual REALTOR Day Package includes Theme & Waterpark admission, FREE Standard Parking, and an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch in the River's Edge Picnic Grove from 12:30 - 1:30 on Saturday August 13, 2011. Visit sixflags.com for park operating schedule.

      The price of the offer is $39.50 per person tax included. Kids 2 and under are free. Go to http://sfnepicnic.com/mar and click on the North Bristol County tab to purchase your tickets.

      I hope your able to take advantage of this special pricing through our local REALTOR Association and enjoy a fun day at the park! Send in your photos from the park and Ill post them here.

      Directions to Six Flags

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      Thank you to all for a job well done!

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      We had to dodge some rain and thunder but the weather turned out to be perfect for our golf day! Back row: John Boutin and NBCAOR President Bill Callahan, Front row: Joyce Ehrenzweig and Shaun Fitzgerald

      by Mike Ballow

      OnJune 9, 2011 the REALTOR Community Service Committee (RCS)of the North Bristol County Association of REALTORS (NBCAOR)held its' 8th Annual Golf Tournament at the Back Nine Club in Lakeville, MA. The RCS is comprised of REALTORS and affiliate members of the NBCAOR. The primary mission of this committee is to plan and organize events that raise funds which are then donated to local groups and organizations within the community. The funds that wereraised in 2010 were donated to the YMCA Strong Kids day camp of Taunton and Attleboro, A Wish Come True, Pro-Home Inc., Special Olympics, Co-Op, Samaritan House, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, and Homes for Our Troops.

      AsChairman of the RCS, I wanted to take a moment to thank the members of the committee who donated their time and energy to help make our 8th Annual tournament the most successful we've ever held! Members of the committee include Joan DeCosta, Diane Blais, Sue Schmidt, Jennifer Oldfield, Vicki Faunce, Dave Curtis, Dan LeBrun, Delores Kenney, Marty Desjardins, Joyce Ehrenzweig, Donna McKenna, Jessie Paquette, and Sandy Smith. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOUto all on a job well done!

      Along with our volunteers, we also need to thank the golfers who played in the tournament and the companies and individuals who eithersponsored a hole or donatedraffle or liveauction items.

      For information on future events or to make a donation to the RCS, please contact the NBCAOR at (508) 880-0722.

      Re-birth of a Broker

      by Mike Ballow

      Anyone who knows David Hutchinson knows that he is a longstanding and well respected member of the REALTOR community in the Greater Taunton area. David is considered by many agents as the Godfather of Real Estate. His career began back in 1965. He was the founder and owner of 2 very successful independent Realty firms; the latter of which he sold to a national firm. His guidance and training was the seed that allowed many of the most successful Real Estate agents to grow and be where they are today. He has earned Emeritus status with the National Association of REALTORS. His career accolades and community involvementare second to none in the area.

      For those who thought David had retired, he hasnt! In fact, he has chosen to return to his business roots to once again become a partner in a local independent real estate firm. I am proud and honored to say that he and I have partnered to form the Ballow and Hutchinson Realty Group, Inc. Our business philosophy is simple: we strive to provide superior service to all of our buyer and seller clients. We have the most current technological real estate selling tools and systems in place to effectively serve our clients needs. When you add in the decades of success of all of our experienced REALTORS, youll see that were an excellent choice for ALL of your real estate needs!

      If youre an experienced REALTOR interested in working with a forward-moving independent brokerage, please contact us. We are looking for a few experienced and hard-working agents to join our team.

      With this roll out of our brand new website, Ballow and Hutchinson Realty Group, Inc. is officially open for business on the World Wide Web!