• The advent of the spring market inspired an uptick of 31.5% in home sales month-over-month.

    Natick, MA – April 14, 2014 - The RE/MAX of New England March Monthly Housing Report shows an average year-over-year drop of -5.6% in sales across New England. However, pending sales rose 26.5% and median prices were up in every state except Connecticut. Month-over- month, the advent of the spring market inspired an uptick of 31.5% in home sales.

    “We expect to see stronger numbers each month as we get into the traditionally busy housing-market season,” said Dan Breault, EVP/Regional Director of RE/MAX of New England. “Month-over-month, pending sales are up an average of 64.1%, most notably in Massachusetts and Connecticut which experienced a 78.1% and 64.1% increase respectively. Across the board, median prices are up an average of 4.5%.”

    To read the entire report, click here.

    The advent of the spring market inspired an uptick of 31.5% in home sales month-over-month.
  • Century 21 Agents Join RE/MAX Main Street Associates

    Please join us in welcoming Sherry and Jim Bourque to RE/MAX of New England!Main St Assoc 04 14

    Sherry Bourque, real estate veteran and former top Agent at Century 21 in Haverhill, MA, and her husband,  Jim Bourque, have purchased a RE/MAX franchise in Plaistow, NH set to open on March 31st.

    The new office shares its name with RE/MAX Main Street Associates in Haverhill, MA and represents a partnership between Sherry and Jim Bourque and Haverhill owners Ed Mahoney, Judy Drapeau, and Deb DiVincenzo. RE/MAX Main Street Associates will have the number one market share by volume and units in Plaistow, NH with a 57% lead over its primary competitor in the area*, and in Haverhill, MA with a 75% lead over its primary competitor in the area*.

    Joining Sherry and Jim are six seasoned real estate professionals also formerly of Century 21: Donna Duerr, Karen Devitto, Kelly Gulezian, Paula Waterman, Lisa Hamilton and Heather Rogers.  The Plaistow office will have significantly higher per-agent-productivity by units/agent and volume/agent when compared to all other offices located in the city.

    “We are so pleased to welcome Sherry and Jim and their talented team to RE/MAX,” said Dan Breault, Executive Vice President and Regional Director of RE/MAX of New England. “We look forward to watching this office flourish under the RE/MAX brand and further expand and develop RE/MAX Main Street Associates.”

    Sherry has more than 15 years of real estate experience. Having closed over 200 homes in the last three years, Sherry was one of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation’s top agents in the Northeast. She has been the Top Producer for CENTURY 21 McLennan & Company every year since 1998. Among other awards, she was most recently recognized by the Northeast Association of REALTORS® (NEAR) with the Platinum Award, which she will receive on April 10th.

    “RE/MAX has the most innovative real estate training, tools and technology available for Agents,” said Sherry Bourqe. “I am looking forward to starting this new and exciting chapter of my life, as well as assisting RE/MAX Main Street Associates in Haverhill to further expand the franchise’s footprint into New Hampshire.”

    RE/MAX Main Street Associates in Haverhill, MA, has been in operation since 1992 and currently have 11 seasoned, local Agents servicing the northeastern region of Massachusetts.

    “This is an incredible expansion opportunity for RE/MAX Main Street Associates,” said  Judy Drapeau Co-Owner/Broker of RE/MAX Main Street Associates in Haverhill, MA. “Sherry is a force in the real estate market and we are thrilled that she will be part of the team. We look forward to combining our many talents and resources with both Jim and Sherry to continue to grow and further develop customer relationships across the region.”

    *Data provided by iFranchise and Terradatum.

    Century 21 Agents Join RE/MAX Main Street Associates
  • Agent Spotlight: Leon Lopes

    Leon Lopes

    This month, RE/MAX of New England is proud to recognize Leon Lopes of RE/MAX Spectrum in our Agent Spotlight.  Leon is a Hall of Fame Career Award recipient, has been in the RE/MAX Platinum Club for the past two years and recently earned his Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation. Leon is married with two children and is very involved in his local community.

    I recently had an opportunity to visit with Leon in Plymouth, MA. Here’s what I learned.

    Stacy: Have you always been in real estate?

    Leon: I actually used to work at the corporate headquarters for a department store. I decided to get into real estate because I had young kids at home and was looking for something with more flexibility. Because of my background, I naturally approached real estate as a customer service business, not as one based on heavy sales.

    In 2002 I decided to join RE/MAX. I felt my business had reached a jumping off point and that joining RE/MAX was the best way to get to the next level.

    Stacy: Tell me about the community you work in.

    Leon: Plymouth is America’s Hometown. I love doing business here because of the wide range of variety in terms of clients and properties. We see a lot of first time buyers here but there are also 55+ communities. I have worked with new construction opportunities like The Pinehills and have a new listing coming for Downtown Plymouth. There is a lot of diversity in the market and that allows you to work in of different areas.

    Stacy: Now that you have been in real estate for a while, what keeps you happy at work?

    Leon: I enjoy being able to inform and educate, especially with first time buyers. They really need education and direction. When I’m working with a client that is relocating, they might not need as much information about the home buying process, but will probably look to me as the expert in the community.

    I also enjoy managing the process that is involved with working with sellers. It’s important to develop a good working relationship with your seller because you really do end up working as a team.

    No two people or transactions are the same. Everyone has different wants and needs and it is my job to find out how I can best deliver on that. One of my clients described me as a chameleon and I think everyone needs to be able to adapt to customer needs in their own way.

    Stacy: If you could offer any words of advice to other agents, what would it be?

    Leon: For newer agents trying to grow their business I would say don’t be afraid to tap into your existing networks and let people know what you are doing now.

    My other piece of advice would be to never underestimate the power of listening to your buyers and sellers and other parties involved in a transaction. Each transaction has its own unique twists and turns and you need to always be prepared for that. Being willing to learn, no matter how long you have been in the industry, has proved invaluable to me. There are always opportunities to learn new systems or processes and it pays off to embrace them.

    Agent Spotlight: Leon Lopes

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