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Growing Up with Seniors

by Carol Hopkins 31. October 2011 05:59

I grew up in Jamestown. I hope by now at 51, I can call myself a native. My family lived in many houses here on the island. The consistent “home” for me in my life was The Harborview Nursing Home. It was located on Conanicus Avenue where the Harborview Condominiums now exist. My grandparents turned what was once the Harborview Inn into a nursing home in 1950 and my parents took over the business in 1968 until sadly, it closed in 1975. I loved being there. As a young child, I was nurtured and loved by many Senior Citizens. There was the lady who shared her love of reading with me, the gentleman who always had a special piece of caramel candy for me, the lady who took me on the ferry to Newbury’s in Newport for an ice cream soda, and many more sweet and wise people that “looked out” for me. When I was 11, I carried trays for the evening meal and when I was 13, I cooked for them. 

My life has kept me here on this beautiful island. This upcoming year, I will celebrate my 25th year as a Realtor. I have come full circle in a very special way, bringing me back to having the pleasure of working with many Senior Citizens in my field. It is my goal to help them make the often very difficult transition of selling their home and moving to a new place as easy as possible. My love and respect towards Seniors guides me to always take the necessary time with patience and kindness to listen to their needs and assist them in the entire process. I often find myself leaving a two hour coffee jam session with them realizing that I have so much to learn about life, but feel blessed that I can listen to their stories and wisdom. It is my wish in this upcoming year, to spend more time with Seniors. I hope you can too.

-Carol 



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The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

by Carol Hopkins 9. June 2011 10:43

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to jclassyachts.com, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."


The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM


So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.


-Carol Hopkins


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 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

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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