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by Virginia Prichett 15. June 2011 08:39




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Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm of Jamestown

by Elaine Infantolino 9. May 2011 08:57

As a newcomer to living in Jamestown, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a place that may be of interest to new residents or visitors.  Or maybe even spark the interest of longtime residents who may have seen signs for this spot, but never stopped by to explore.  The place I’m talking about is Watson Farm on North Main Road.  This past weekend, on May 6, the farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Day.  And what a fantastic activity for the family!  It was wonderful to have such an experience right here, minutes from home.  We didn’t have to venture over either one of the bridges for a day of learning and hands on experience  (Do I sound like a true Rhode Islander yet?)


Founded in 1796, Watson Farm is a 265-acre property and is a working family farm.  The original farmhouse is still standing and is used by the Minto family as their home.  The animals on the farm are grass fed during the year and a rotational grazing method is employed.  Raising the animals on grass, as opposed to grain, reduces labor and costs.


The Sheep Shearing Day is an opportunity for visitors to see the animals up close and personal.  And when I say up close, I mean my 3-year old daughter was able to hold baby chicks and ducks in her hands and pet newborn lambs.  She was able to see the sheep losing their ‘coats’ and understood that no, it did not hurt them.  Then she made her very own small sheep out of a pipe cleaner and pink wool, spun from a previous harvest. We saw a Red Devon cow, lots of cats, a rooster and the border collies that are used to herd the sheep.  We hiked up the hill to see bright green fields and a herd of sprightly sheep bounding up and over one another.  She got to see that in fact, there are black sheep, like in the song she’s been singing over and over. The expansive views of Narragansett Bay are like a painting.
 

And to top it all off, there was the best tree swing ever!  This was quite possibly the favorite activity for many of the kids.  The swing was made of a big piece of wood and tied to a huge tree by good, strong rope.  So simple, yet so entertaining.  We watched the ‘big’ kids go swooping up high, where you know they could feel that little twinge in their bellies.  My daughter mustered up her courage and didn’t try to stop me as I loaded her up a little more, a little more….Then I let go and swooooooshhhhhh!  I could hear her giggling and the people standing in line saying, ‘Look at that face!’  She was loving it!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Or we busy ourselves with activities that cost a lot of money, or make you interact with machines, or keep you cooped up indoors.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes these are great, and necessary.  But I have to say, this was such a nice escape.  Things my daughter has read about or discussed in school became a reality.  And I felt like this activity really gave us the chance to connect on a more personal level.

All that from a little farm on Jamestown.   

For more information, go here.

 

-Elaine Infantolino

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How's the Jamestown Market?

by Carol Hopkins 5. May 2011 08:26



As a full time real estate broker and part owner of Island Realty in Jamestown, RI, I am very active and visible in my community.  I usually begin my day with a visit to Jamestown Fitness.  With just a cup of coffee under my belt at 7 AM, I crawl over to the treadmill.  I estimate that the day will begin and end with the same questions: “Hi Carol, how’s the real estate market?  Good?  Bad?  Slow?  Crazy?  How are prices?  What’s the village home on the market for? What did that waterfront home sell for? Here’s the good news.  People recognize me without any make-up on with a red pony tail sticking straight up in the air…and they think of real estate when they see me!  And the day goes on with visits to McQuades, East Ferry Deli, Bakers, Slice of Heaven, Bill Del Nero, the Trat….the list goes on.

My answers are based on what I do, every day.  I sell and list real estate primarily in my hometown of Jamestown. The market is all of the above! How’s that for a clear answer?  I can usually answer the value questions as well!  Aren’t I something?

So here’s the real scoop…There is healthy inventory on this small island, with houses for sale in the mid $200,000 range all the way up to 9 million.  As of today, almost 100 properties total!

Prices are down from the “good old days” of 2006 and 2007.  Houses are selling but the competition is stiff and buyers are very knowledgeable of what the market looks like right now. My advice is that if you are a Seller or are thinking of selling, get ready to negotiate. Your home should be staged and in tip top shape. The biggest mistake a Seller can make right now is to “test the market”.  You will not pass the test!  An overpriced property will sit and not sell.  A perfectly priced property will sell quickly, especially if there is no deferred maintenance.  Keep in mind, statistically buyers are looking on the internet for approximately six months before even getting in the car to look at real estate.  They have access to what is listed, what has sold, and what has been on the market “forever”!!

My advice to Buyers is to see a banker or mortgage broker prior to viewing homes and making offers. Having that piece of paper puts you in a much better position to negotiate on your behalf.  It is a “Buyers Market” at the present time. When and if you are involved in a multiple offer situation (and they are happening on perfectly priced homes), keep your offer as “clean” as possible with few contingencies.  You are likely to have an offer accepted if you can forego a mortgage contingency or inspections, but ONLY if you are in the right position to do so.  Don’t take chances you can’t afford.  Also, for those of you that have been waiting to finally afford something here, the time is right.  If you are a first time homebuyer, there are many programs available such as FHA and R.I. Housing.  For the first time in a long time, these programs can help you afford a home in Jamestown!

I close with many thanks for being able to work and live in such a great town and always welcome questions and chatter about real estate. I invite you to stop in our office and meet our wonderful team.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Hopkins



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All in Good Time - How I Helped My Buyers Find their Perfect Home

by Dianne Grippi 20. April 2011 09:09
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“Good Evening -  Just a note to tell you that we used
Island Realty as a buyers agent
for a recent home
buying transaction in Wickford.  I would like to say that
your agent
Dianne Grippi provided exemplary service to
the customer.  She was thorough, very
accommodating,
and was very professional.  She was available late at night
and was a driving force to help us close the deal…Yeah Dianne 
you are a star!!!! I would recommend Island Realty to all of myfriends because of the great service that Dianne Grippi provided for us. 

Thanks again,
Nat Kopcyk

Ok April...now it's your turn to sing Dianne's accolades.

I do think Island Realty is the best choice for a realtor for sure, 
after observing them
in the community for over a decade. I always 
knew I would use Island Realty when I
bought or sold a house.”
-April Lorenzen

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I had a wonderful time working with April and Natalka.  I enjoyed learning many things about them and it appears they had a wonderful time working with me!

I began looking at homes with them about 2 years ago.  At that time, we went over their 'wish list' and looked at quite a few homes.  I realized they wanted space for a home office, their grown children, and possibly longer term visits from an older parent who would need a first floor bedroom.

As we toured various homes, we came to the realization that they just were not ready to move forward.  When buyers see a home that fits all their criteria and they don't pursue it, there is always a reason. I had listened to their goals and knew they needed more time.

I suggested the buyers take a bit of a break and re-evaluate their needs and time frame.  I told April and Natalka that I would be ready when they were.  

 

They called about 6 months ago, ready and willing, pre-qualification letter in hand!  Children, jobs and families had been taken into consideration and they knew the time was right.  More importantly, they knew the home we found was right!


-Dianne Grippi




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Your Source for Jamestown Summer Vacation Homes

by Virginia Prichett 30. March 2011 10:59

If you haven’t already made your summer plans, now is the time to get going!  What better place to unwind than our quiet island close to Newport.  Did you know that in addition to selling real estate, Island Realty also specializes in rentals? 


Our rental department has an extensive list of charming cottages/homes available to suit any need, whether it’s a vacation home, long or short-term lease.  We are also Jamestown’s main source for locating rentals for the Naval War College.  While you’re here, take advantage of all that Jamestown has to offer.


You might try these fun activities:


-Go clam digging.  Then cook up your catch!


-Take a picnic to Ft. Wetherill State Park.


-Enjoy an evening in Newport by way of the 49 passenger water taxi that leaves from Conanicut Marina.


-Visit Beavertail Lighthouse, the third oldest in the country.


-Let the kids expend some energy at the playground.  It is a fantastic place to play, complete with Clatter bridge, SS Jamestown boat, sandbox and huge tire swing.  There are picnic tables and the Jamestown Public Library right next door, which offers story hours.


-Sunbathe and build sand castles at Mackerel Cove beach.


-Go for a bike ride and visit the historic windmill.

-When you’re done, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Spinnakers.


 *Give us a call at Island Realty (401.423.2200) for all of your rental needs.  Ask for Dan or Mary Beth.  You can also peruse our rental inventory and see photos at www.islandrealtyri.com and go to Rentals!

 

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