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Register O’Donnell Reports Low Inventory Drives May Real Estate Activity

Mirroring trends seen across the United States, Norfolk County experienced reduced real estate sales for the month of May. Additionally, the reduced number of available housing stock inventory caused buyers to bid up real estate prices for both residential and commercial properties.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “During the month of May, Norfolk County real estate sales totaled 1,631 compared to 1,706 in May 2017. These reduced real estate sales figures tell us there is a spirited competition for a limited number of properties. The result is an increase in both average sale price and total sales volume. It’s good news for property sellers, but bad news for those trying to buy, especially for first-time homeowners.”

The average sales price for May, combining both residential and commercial sales, was $837,777, a 9% increase compared to the previous year. Total dollar real estate sales volume increased by 6% for the month, coming in at $902 million. “If we continue to see low real estate inventory levels, there is no reason to believe that higher price increases will not continue,” noted O’Donnell.

Regarding lending activity, a total of 2,348 mortgages were recorded during May, a 3% decrease from the previous year. However, total mortgage financing for the month was $1.7 billion, a whopping 55% increase year over year. This figure was impacted by a $325 million commercial mortgage taken out against a Holbrook property.

Register O’Donnell noted another new trend that can be an obstacle for potential homeowners. “We have seen a recent uptick in mortgage rates. It will be interesting to see the impact that it has on the overall lending market, especially if mortgage rates rise above 5%.”

During May, Norfolk County homeowners continued to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,106 Homesteads were filed during the month, a 4% decrease compared to the previous May. “The Homestead Act,” stated the Register, “provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

Foreclosure activity for the month of May was a mixed bag. The good news was the number of foreclosure deeds recorded in Norfolk County was 16, a 27% decrease year over year. However, the total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 67, an increase of 11%.

The Register once again noted the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950 to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

Register O’Donnell concluded, “We are once again seeing the impact that low inventory has on the overall real estate market. Without an influx of available housing stock, these trends will likely continue.”

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website at Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

Register William P. O’Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

The Hall At Patriot Place Kicks Off Summer Reading Program With Malcolm Mitchell And Jeff Kinney On June 23

The Hall’s “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge presented by JetBlue kicks off with a reading rally and book signing featuring Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, author of “The Magician’s Hat” and Jeff Kinney, author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Reading program encourages children ages 5-18 to read 1,000 minutes from July 1 to Aug. 31

School is almost out for summer, but there is no offseason for reading, which is why the New England Patriots, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and JetBlue are teaming up to encourage children to take on the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge.

To kick off the challenge, The Hall is hosting Patriots wide receiver and official “Read Between the Lines” ambassador Malcolm Mitchell and special guest, Jeff Kinney, author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, for a reading rally and book signing on Saturday, June 23.

Visit The Hall at 10:30 a.m. for fun and photos with Pat Patriot before making your way into The Hall’s Raytheon Theatre, where beginning at 11 a.m., Mitchell and Kinney will read Mitchell’s children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.” Magician John Logan will entertain the crowd during the reading, and Kinney will conclude the event by hosting a Q&A session with Mitchell. The event is free and open to the public, but due to space restrictions, is limited to the first 150 guests.

Additionally, the first 50 children in line for the event will receive a signed copy of “The Magician’s Hat” donated by JetBlue. Following the reading rally, Mitchell’s book will be available for purchase and can be signed in the Grand Hall located just outside of the Raytheon Theatre from 11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is for children accompanied by adult(s). Please note: This is a literacy event, so no memorabilia will be autographed.

“In order to stay at a championship-caliber reading level, we have to stay active and keep practicing, especially over the summer,” said Mitchell. “I am very excited to encourage, support and cheer on our students as they ‘Read Between the Lines’ this summer.”

The “Read Between the Lines” reading program challenges children ages 5-18 to read 1,000 minutes between July 1 and Aug. 31. Participants can share their progress on social media by using the hashtag #PatriotsREAD and follow along as Mitchell also takes on the challenge. Participants who turn their completed reading logs into The Hall by Sept. 14 will receive two passes to The Hall, a Read Between the Lines bookmark, a commemorative completion certificate and one entry into the grand prize raffle – a Tom Brady autographed photo, an autographed copy of Mitchell’s book, a 2018 Patriots yearbook and other Patriots goodies.

For more information about the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge presented by JetBlue, please visit

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England and promotes math and science education for thousands of schoolchildren each year. The Hall received a Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums and The Hall’s signature film, “Patriots Way,” won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The Hall was named to Boston Globe Magazine’s Best of the New, and was a Yankee magazine Editor’s Choice recommendation. Tickets to The Hall are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted for free. The current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, visit “The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon” on Facebook, follow @TheHall on Twitter and @PatriotsHall on Instagram.

Read with Malcolm is a youth literacy initiative founded by New England Patriots Wide-Receiver Malcolm Mitchell. The organization has two primary goals: 1) to introduce book ownership to students in households where reading is not a priority and 2) to improve literacy in schools with below grade-level reading skills. In 2015, Read with Malcolm launched Share the Magic Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to promote the long-term benefits of being an active reader to students served by Title I schools and underserved communities. Malcolm Mitchell’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” has been distributed to more than 30,000 students in schools, children’s hospitals and community service organizations.

Monster Jam Driver Draws Crowd To Reading Event At Boyden Library

Bryce Kenny, Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, reads to children at Foxborough’s Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he and 13 other drivers competed in the 2018 Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium.
Bryce Kenny, Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, reads to children at Foxborough’s Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he and 13 other drivers competed in the 2018 Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium.

Community Press Release
Bryce Kenny has experienced much in his four-year career as a Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, but reading to a library full of children this past week was a first for the North Carolina native.

Kenny met more than 150 of his young fans at the Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he competed against 13 other drivers in the 2018 Monster Jam event at Gillette Stadium. Kenny read the children’s books, “I’m A Monster Truck” by Dennis R. Shealy and Bob Staake and “Monster Trucks!” by Mark Todd.

Following the reading, Kenny answered questions from his inquisitive audience and signed autographs.

“I love driving Monster Jam trucks,” Kenny told the audience. “They’re loud and fun and I get to crush stuff. My truck flies as high as Tom Brady throws a football. Tom has just a few more championships than I do, though.”

Feld and the Kraft family also donated tickets to the June 9 Monster Jam show at Gillette Stadium to everyone who attended the reading event.

The Hall Presented By Raytheon Offering Family Fun Over April School Vacation Week

The Hall at Patriot PlaceThe Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is offering fun family activities every day during April school vacation week. Bring the kids over to the five-time Super Bowl Champions Hall of Fame from Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22 to enjoy the following events included with your Hall Admission. Continue reading The Hall Presented By Raytheon Offering Family Fun Over April School Vacation Week

Rabies Clinic April 7th

Rabies Clinic FoxboroughThe Foxborough Board of Health is sponsoring its annual Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs with Dr. Richard
Moschella, D.V.M. of the Foxboro Animal Hospital, on Saturday, April 7 at the Foxboro Highway Garage,
70 Elm Street. Cats are welcomed 8-10a.m., while dogs should show up between 10 a.m. to noon. The
cost of the rabies vaccine is $10.00. Microchipping is also available and provided by Foxborough’s
Animal Control Officer, Sue Thibedeau for $25.00.