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Register O’Donnell Reports Better Than Expected Real Estate Sales in May

Despite a monthly trend of limited inventory, total real estate sales in May 2017, both residential and commercial, showed a solid 10% increase year over year.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “Surprisingly, Norfolk County real estate sales for May totaled 1,706 compared to 1,554 in May 2016. What was unsurprising is the low number of properties on the market which has given rise to competition,

particularly for first-time homeowners, bidding against each other, resulting in healthy increases in both the average sale price and total sales.

“The average sales price for May, again for both residential and commercial, was $766,499, a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Total real estate sales volume increased a whopping 25% for the month coming in at $850 million. In light of the continuing low levels of real estate inventory, it will be interesting to see if this growth can be sustained.”

Lending activity for the month was a different story. A total of 2,426 mortgages were recorded during May, a 14% decrease from the previous year. Total mortgage financing for the month was $1.1 billion, a 3% reduction year over year. “An uptick in mortgage rates,” noted O’Donnell, “triggered these downward numbers. With the Federal Reserve projected to increase rates during the second half of 2017, I see the mortgage lending activity trend lines continuing for the foreseeable future.”

A bright spot for the month of May 2017 was Norfolk County homeowners continuing to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,153 Homesteads were filed during May 2017, a 4% increase compared to the previous May. “The Homestead Act,” stated the Register, “is an important consumer tool. A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

Additional piece of good news was seen in the area of foreclosure activity. The total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 60, a 28% reduction from the previous year. Foreclosure deed recordings, the final step in the foreclosure process, were flat. A total of 22 foreclosure deeds were processed in May, the same number recorded in May 2016.

“As I have said many times,” noted Register O’Donnell, “one foreclosure filing is one too many. With that said, I am heartened by the reduced foreclosure activity seen in Norfolk County. Please be aware the Registry continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950. These two non-profits are there to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333.”

Register O’Donnell concluded, “Considering where we are in Norfolk County with low real estate inventory, I was pleasantly surprised by the upsurge of May’s real estate sales numbers. However, an important factor we need not overlook is the continued desire of individuals and families to live and work in Norfolk County. The strong quality of life and sound economy in eastern Massachusetts should be able to sustain the local real estate market through the rest of 2017.”

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in 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 www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Former Patriots Players To Host Free Football Clinic In Foxborough On Thursday, June 15

The New England Patriots Alumni Club and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will share their football knowledge with local youth during a free clinic inside the Empower Field House.

On Thursday, June 15, former Patriots players will bring local youth together in Foxborough for a free one-day, non-contact “Football for You” clinic that teaches the importance of leadership, teamwork and commitment. Boys and girls ages nine to 14 will have the opportunity to learn each position from the pros inside the Empower Field House.

“The Patriots alumni love getting together and talking about the good old days on the gridiron,” said NEPAC President and former Patriots center Pete Brock. “But years ago, we decided we wanted to take our love for the game and share it with youth throughout New England. We hosted our first clinic in Boston a decade ago and since that time, we have continued to grow and have been able to bring these free clinics to thousands of youth each year.”

At the June 15 clinic, Patriots alumni will team up with local high school football staff to lead skill stations, giving each participant an opportunity to try every position on the field. A former Patriots player will also share his experiences of playing in the NFL with clinic attendees and discuss the importance of making healthy choices. Participation is free of charge and same-day registrations are welcome. Registration begins at 3 p.m. inside the Empower Field with the clinic beginning at 4 p.m. Each child receives a Football for You t-shirt, a snack courtesy of the New England Dairy Council and a dinner provided by local vendors. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register online, visitwww.patriotsalumni.com.

These free football clinics are an extension of the New England Patriots Play 60 initiative, which encourages youth to eat healthy and exercise for at least 60 minutes a day. The clinics also include an educational component for parents. As the youth participate in the skill stations, guest speakers will talk to parents about proper nutrition, strength and conditioning and sportsmanship.

Summer Reading Program With Malcolm Mitchell On June 16

School is almost out for summer, but there is no offseason for reading, which is why the New England Patriots and The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon 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 for a reading rally and book signing on Friday, June 16. Visit The Hall at 3:45 p.m. for fun and photos with Pat Patriot before making your way into The Raytheon Theater, located on the third floor of The Hall, where Mitchell will read his children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.” Magician John Logan will join Mitchell in entertaining the crowd with magic during the reading. The event is free and open to the public, but due to space restrictions, is limited to the first 150 guests. Following the reading rally, Mitchell will be signing his book in the Patriots ProShop from 5:15-6:15 p.m. and encouraging children ages 5-18 to register for the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge.

“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 from July 1 to Aug. 31. Participants can share their progress on social media by using the hashtag #PatriotsRBTL and follow along as Mitchell takes on the challenge, too. Participants who turn their completed reading logs into The Hall 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 2017 Patriots yearbook and other Patriots goodies.

For more information about the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge, please visit www.patriots.com/rbtl

The Hall At Patriot Place Offers Free Admission To Veterans And Active Military Over Memorial Day Weekend

Veterans and active military with proper military identification will receive free admission to The Hall from May 27-29.

The Hall at Patriot PlaceVeterans and active military are invited to enjoy a free visit to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon over Memorial Day weekend. From Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, The Hall will offer free admission to all veterans and active service men and women with valid military identification.

The Hall is open Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since opening in September 2008, The Hall has offered free admission to military personnel each Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Military personnel were also offered free admission in 2010 during an extension of the traveling exhibit “Pro Football and the American Spirit,” which told the story of professional football players and personnel who served in the military from WWII to Desert Storm and the conflict in Afghanistan.

Guests visiting The Hall can enjoy the history of the New England Patriots through many exciting exhibits, including:

  • Raytheon’s STEM interactives, In the Numbers and By the Numbers, feature football-related STEM challenges
  • Inside the Game takes you where you’ve never gone before – into a Patriots team huddle. You can also check out the Patriots replica locker room where you can try on pads, jersey and helmets
  • In the Moment allows you to interact the great moments in Patriots history, including going under the hood and reviewing plays like an NFL referee and attempt to kick Adam Vinatieri’s infamous field goal against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 playoffs using The Hall’s field goal kicking simulator.
  • The Super Bowl Experience, which brings the Patriots Super Bowl championships to life through interactive touch screen displays, a 16-foot-by-9-foot video wall, the Vince Lombardi Trophies and a display and interactive of Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX game-clinching interception.