Should I Buy Now or Wait?

The housing market has experienced some drastic changes since the start of the pandemic. In particular, the high interest rates and low inventory we are now experiencing have greatly influenced many people’s decisions on whether or not to invest in real estate. Let’s examine some of the top reasons the timing may or may not be right for buying a home. 

Why Buy Now?

There are plenty of reasons that potential homebuyers have decided that now is the right time for them to buy. The more obvious of these reasons include an immediate need to change their living situation, for instance, they have to move for work, or are expecting an addition to their family. Maybe now is the right time to buy if you have already found the perfect house for your specific location and needs! 

Otherwise, the decision to buy in this seller’s market may be based on more subtle factors. Choosing to buy a house will almost always be a good investment, as home prices go up over time. For first-time homebuyers, purchasing a house without delay means that you can begin to build equity immediately, as opposed to staying in a rental for an indefinite amount of time. 

The most important factor in your decision to buy a home is your financial means. If you have saved enough money for a down payment, with enough left over for the many other costs of buying a home, the cash will be better spent on a home than sitting around in your bank account! If you have a high credit score, you will also be in a better position to buy a home now than those who do not. Despite the current rising interest rates, a good credit score will help you secure the best mortgage rate possible. 

Why Wait?

If you are not perfectly confident in your finances, you may find that now is not the time to purchase a home. Especially if this will be your first real estate purchase, the process may cause far too much financial pressure to be worth your time. Similarly, in this current housing market, your chances of securing the property you are interested in are lessened by strong competition and offers over asking price. This may be the time to live below your means and strengthen your savings and credit score, which will help you avoid exorbitant interest rates. 

If you are comfortable in your current living situation, regardless of your financials, you may be better off waiting for a change in the housing market while you secure the means for your ideal home. Though it is impossible to predict how or when the market will shift in the buyer’s favor, it cannot remain the same forever. Keep your focus on the housing market in the specific area where you are looking to buy, as it may be different from the overall market trends across the state or country. 

In the spring of 2022, Bankrate examined some of the major barriers to homeownership:

“The primary reasons are not enough income (43 percent), out-of-reach home prices (39 percent) and being unable to afford a down payment and closing costs (36 percent). Other reasons cited were poor credit (22 percent), simply not being ready (22 percent), mortgage rates that are too high (17 percent), lack of inventory of homes for sale (13 percent), and having too much debt (13 percent).” 


Many people who are interested in home ownership have said that they are willing to take other steps toward finding more affordable living in the current housing market. The top concessions they are willing to make include moving out of state, buying a fixer-upper, and moving farther from family, friends, and work. Finding a house in 2022 may require some sacrifices to your original plans or vision of a dream home. 

Trying to predict the housing market is a Sisyphean task. The decision to buy a house is an entirely personal one, based on your current needs and means. A local real estate agent will be able to help you assess the local market as it relates to your housing goals to help you decide if the timing is right. If you are interested in purchasing a home in NorthShore Massachusetts or have further questions, please contact me today.

Red fishing shack on pier
Red fishing shack on pier

Rockport MA

Rockport is potentially the most quintessential coastal New England town there is! Located just past Gloucester, it is one of the best places to spend the day on the Northshore. Rockport is a magnificent spot for art, shopping, seafood, and gorgeous views.

Aptly named “Rockport” for its historical granite quarries, the town separated from Gloucester in 1840 as it grew its reputation for high-grade granite. Rockport is just a 45-minute ride from Boston, and accessible via the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail.  

This gorgeous coastal community is full of hometown spirit, maritime history, independent shops, and beautiful views for everyone to enjoy. 

Groceries and Snacks

Two Little Birds Eatery

Located by Front Beach, Two Little Birds is a nutritious and wholesome beachfront eatery. They are open for breakfast and lunch, and known for their amazing smoothies and smoothie bowls. 

Brothers Brew Coffee Shop 

Brothers Brew is the perfect spot to caffeinate before exploring the shops and sights of Rockport. Not only do they have plenty of breakfast sandwich options on the menu, they have incredible donuts and pastries! 

Bean & Leaf/The Ice Cream Store 

Located side by side, this cafe and ice cream shop are a perfect place to stop while in downtown Rockport. Maybe some members of your family like coffee, but others would rather have a sweet treat! There are tables and chairs in the small space between the two, making it a perfect stop for everyone. 

Gorgeous Views

Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park features a beautiful quarry and park, great for an afternoon stroll with a view. If you visit on a clear day, you may be able to see Mount Agamenticus, located 40 miles away in Maine!

Front Beach 

Located right near downtown Rockport, Front Beach features incredibly soft sand and incredible views out to sea. The beach is not too large, and has lifeguards on duty in the summer, making it perfect for visiting with your children. 

Delicious Eats

Feather and Wedge

Feather and Wedge is a local favorite for sure! With picturesque outdoor seating right off of Bearskin Neck, this spot is perfect for a date night. Feather and Wedge is more upscale than the other nearby eateries, so keep reading if that isn’t your style! 

Roy Moore’s Fish Shack

Roy Moore’s is a local pillar for a reason. Enjoy beautiful views over the water while eating some of the freshest seafood that New England has to offer! They have a family-friendly dining room with a and very kind and welcoming staff.  

Top Dog

For a more casual eat, any hotdog lover would be remiss to pass by Top Dog. They offer a wide variety of hot dogs with plenty of adventurous options for toppings. Their fun menu, chalkboard walls, and ideal location make it a great stop on your Rockport adventure! 

Things to Do

Shopping at Bearskin Neck

There are simply too many shops to feature in one blog! Many are located in the Bearskin Neck area of downtown Rockport. You can buy books at Susie’s Stories, gifts and housewares at Carol Lee’s Cottage, or toys and games at the Happy Whale. Check out the Bearskin Neck website for a list of even more shopping options in the area. 

Motif Number 1

You have probably seen this red fishing shack before in your life, whether in person or in an artistic recreation. This well-known symbol of New England maritime life is regarded as the most painted building in the United States! Be sure to take a picture while you are in town. 


There are so many beautiful roads and homes in Rockport that are the best scene from your bike! Whether you have a specific destination in mind or you are just cruising along the ocean, Rockport is an ideal town for a bike ride. 

Art Galleries

While exploring Rockport, you are bound to come across dozens of art galleries. Rockport’s art colony is one of the oldest in America, and the town features many events and festivals year-round. The town is not only known for the visual arts, the Shalin Liu Performance Center was built for chamber music and hosts some impressive performing arts. You may even recognize this beautiful theatre from the best picture winning movie CODA!

If you are looking to buy or sell in the Rockport area, contact me today!


When you look at a map of the North Shore you may notice two small towns north of Beverly. While they may be separated on the map, to locals, these neighboring towns are simply known as Hamilton-Wenham. 

Together Hamilton-Wenham has a combined population of 12,500 residents. The towns include a variety of classic New England homes, beautiful trails, and picturesque tree-lined roads. Though they may be more inland than other North Shore towns I’ve covered, Hamilton-Wenham is still bordered on the south by Beverly and on the east by Manchester-by-the-Sea making it a quick drive to the beach and only about 20 miles from Boston. ​​Additionally, the MBTA Commuter Rail provides service from Boston’s North Station to the Hamilton/Wenham station via the Newburyport/Rockport Line.

Even though these towns are small, Hamilton-Wenham has enough community, opportunity, nature, and activities for these towns to stand strong alone and together! Interested in relocating? Check out these top spots in Hamilton-Wenham.



Honeycomb is a local bakery and café that focuses on bringing beautiful foods and products to Hamilton. Their bakers and baristas spent years perfecting their delicious recipes made with the finest ingredients.

Tendercrop Farm

Want farm-fresh produce? Tendercrop Farm sources its products from local farms across New England. Stop in and get everything from produce, meat, and baked goods to flowers and gifts. 

Wenham Tea House

There’s nothing like a warm cup of tea. Chef Brenden Crocker serves a proper tea, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, too! The patio is the perfect spot on a warm spring day.

Bagel Shop 

It can be hard to find a good bagel, but it’s easy at the Bagel Shop! With locations across the North Shore, the Bagel shop is a local staple for an everything with cream cheese and lox!


  • Enjoy a home away from home at 15 Walnut Tavern + Kitchen. The relaxed institution is a great spot for unique cocktails and eclectic eats like sushi, burgers, BBQ & more. I highly recommend the fried Brussels sprouts!
  • Small but mighty, the Weathervane Tavern is a local favorite!  The homestyle cuisine and cozy and comfortable atmosphere make for a great night out for the whole family.
  • Black Cow is a top spot for classic American eats and one of the best restaurants in the area! From their vintage marquee sign, outdoor bar, stylish decor, and extensive menu you’re sure to have a great time at BC.


It’s all about the community in Hamilton Wenham! Explore museums, events, nature, and the surrounding towns for a variety of fun for all ages.

The Wenham Museum celebrates childhood, interprets history, and explores a variety of cultures through its collection of over 45,000 objects! The museum is perfect for all ages and even has amazing events like Silhouette Portrait Artist Painting, “First Dibs Shop and Sip” and more.

Want to get outside this spring? Hamilton-Wenham is full of great trails and activities. The Chebacco Woods Trails near Gordon College are some of my absolute favorites. The trails are well maintained and run beside a group of beautiful ponds that make my walks both easy and scenic!

If you’re looking for the whole family, try the Community House! Serving the Hamilton community for over 100 years, Community House is a pillar on the North Shore. It has music for kids, local theater, summer programs, and fun events like the Sweetheart Ball all year round! If you can’t make it to an event or production I highly recommend donating to this great institution

Did you know the oldest polo club in America is right here in South Hamilton? Myopia Polo Club has been around since the late 1800s. Get your tickets now for one of their world-class summer Sunday matches!


  • We can’t forget about the pets! The Natural Dog ​​provides a wide selection of natural foods, whole food supplements, and environmentally friendly products for your dogs and cats. 
  • Connect with North Shore history at True North Gallery. They started ​​as a gallery focused on indigenous art, and have expanded their collection to include art, fine craft, and creative gifts inspired by nature.
  • Looking for the perfect gift? The Monogram Shop creates completely custom embroidered gifts right in downtown Hamilton! From backpacks and lunchboxes to totes and masks there’s nothing they can’t customize!

Looking to buy or sell in Hamilton-Wenham? Contact me to learn more.

What You Can Expect for the North Shore Summer Housing Market

We’ve made it through another Massachusetts winter and have finally begun to see the blooming flowers and sunshine we deserve. With this returning sense of normalcy, what should we expect from the North Shore housing market?

Home prices skyrocketed in 2021, increasing by nearly 20% on average in the United States. Though the high demand and low inventory remain in play as we enter the summer, the market is not expected to be as intense as last year’s. 

“While sellers remain in an advantageous position, price stability and the continuation of competitive interest rates may provide some much-needed relief to buyers this year.”

For Sellers:

Though sellers are still receiving multiple offers, inventory is finally starting to become more available, slowly but surely. In March, homebuyer competition fell for the first time in six months. As the supply starts to become more in line with the demand, bidding wars are becoming less frequent and intense. For sellers, this means fewer options and a need to be less selective between offers.

For Buyers:

For buyers, this perhaps signifies less competition and slightly more freedom of choice when it comes to purchasing a home this summer. Though these trends are pointing towards “business as usual,” the market is still heavily in favor of the seller, and high interest rates severely restrict first-time buyers. 

How will interest rates affect the Massachusetts housing market in 2022?

Though there is a feeling that things are calming down as we enter the summer, the cost of borrowing money through mortgages has continued to increase. 

“Most experts predicted that mortgage rates would climb this year, but they did so more quickly than expected, averaging more than 4% for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in mid-February. Around mid-April, it surged to 5.28 percent, the highest level since April 2010, and the uptick continues.”

Many potential buyers are seeing these interest rates continue to rise and are provided with a sense of urgency to make offers before these rates get even higher. This mindset makes sense when you look at graphs such as the one below, which show the average 30-year fixed mortgage rates in the United States from early 2020 to the present day.  Many buyers that are in the middle price range held off on making a purchase because there hasn’t been inventory, and some decided to move now. Others who held off used their equity to make home improvements, such as adding a home office or an addition. 

There is a general feeling that the housing market tends to calm down during the summertime. However, that was not the case last summer- and likely won’t be true this year either. Interest rates around this time last year averaged 3% and are currently just above 5%. Though it is true that interest rates will likely continue to rise before they taper off and fall, research indicates that there is no need to panic, as housing prices, interest rates, and housing availability are likely to slowly return to normal levels over the course of the next year. 

Image via Freddy Mac

It is impossible to predict the state of the market with 100% accuracy,  so you must always make decisions based on your own financial state and needs rather than trying to time the market perfectly. Regardless of if you are looking to buy, sell, or have questions about the state of the North Shore housing market as we approach the summer, it is always a good idea to consult a professional. 

Get in touch with me today for a FREE consultation.  

Why I Became a Realtor

Tom Beauregard recently sat down with Cara Chatellier of Bubbly Creative to talk more about his life story and passion for real estate. Read the interview here.

Why did you become a realtor?

Well, gosh, that’s a funny question. It’s like, what’s it like being a doctor? What’s it like being a lawyer? From my standpoint, I grew up in a family business and customer service was always paramount since we were a mom-and-pop operation. 

Real estate always fascinated me. I probably should have been an architect because I like the structural content of how homes are built. I also grew up in a lumber business that sold building materials business in New Hampshire. So it always intrigued me.

In real estate, it is all about customer service. My job is to totally and completely work with a client to help them accomplish their real estate goals, whether it’s a first-time home buyer or an established home seller who’s bought and sold a number of different homes. 

Every day is completely rewarding because it’s different. Every transaction is different. Every client is different. Every home search criteria is different. 

I spend most of my day from a standpoint of project management, which is just making sure that I can get my client to the closing table.

Thinking about buying or selling a home on the Norse Shore? Contact me today  for a FREE market analysis of the value of your home or to learn about the current market. 

Gloucester MA

When many think of “coastal New England,” Gloucester is the first town that comes to mind. From picturesque seascapes, quarries, lighthouses, lobster-boats, and more Gloucester is one of the most beautiful towns on the North Shore. Gloucester even served as the backdrop of the Academy Award-nominated film CODA this past year.

Did you know Gloucester was one of the first colonial established communities in New England? The town was first settled in 1623, just three years after the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Today, Gloucester is home to just over 30,000 residents!

Just a 45-minute ride from Boston, and accessible via the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail, this small fishing town has grown into the ideal destination for residents and vacationers alike. 

This gorgeous coastal community is full of hometown spirit, maritime history, job opportunities, independent shops, and vistas for everyone to enjoy. 

Whether you’re looking for ​​ocean-front homes, estates, modest cottages, antiques, turn of the century dwellings, mid-century homes, waterfront condos or apartments read on to learn why Gloucester should be your next home base.


Looking for a quick bite? Try these great shops:

  • If you’re looking for creative & classic breakfast & lunch fare, try Sugar Magnolias. They always have yummy specials and even a pancake of the day!
  • Castaways Vintage Cafe is one of the coolest spots for coffee on the North Shore. Not only do they sell great coffee and healthy snacks, they also sell curated vintage clothing and unique beach shirts in a laid back California-inspired atmosphere.
  • Have you been to Ryan and Wood Distilleries? Stop by to visit and tour the first legal distillery on the North Shore since Prohibition! Their spirits are incredibly flavorful, aromatic, and smooth.
  • Common Crow Natural Market is a locally owned health food store with an emphasis on supporting locally grown organic agriculture. Common Crow offers a wide variety of organic fruits, vegetables, meats and shelf staples, along with health and beauty options, from vitamins to protein supplements. Check it out for yourself!
  • At The Cave, in Downtown Gloucester, they will show you the world of cheese, wine, chocolate, gourmet delights & local specialties all at affordable prices!


Lush parks, stunning sunsets, and beautiful ocean vistas are just some of the sights you won’t want to miss in Gloucester.

There’s no shortage of lighthouses in Gloucester. Eastern Point, Annisquam and Ten Pound Island Lighthouse are all worth the visit if you’re looking to see some of New England’s finest!

You’ll have to see the crystal clear water at Wingaersheek beach to believe it! From the white sand to the picturesque rocks, Wingaersheek is a Gloucester favorite for those who love to walk for miles along the beach.

Resting on a granite base along the Stacy Esplanade, the Fisherman’s Memorial Monument in Gloucester is set looking out over the harbor to memorialize the thousands of fishermen lost at sea in the first three centuries of Gloucester’s history. ​​Take a walk along the esplanade and admire the beautiful sculpture and the scenic ocean views.

Need a spot to watch the sunset? Visit Plum Cove! This small, quiet beach is the ideal spot for families with small children, summer picnics, and beach games.


Gloucester Seafood is as fresh as it gets! If you’re looking for lobster or just for a great meal, check out these spots:

  • The Beauport Hotel Gloucester has made a significant impact on Cape Ann and brought a high level of sophistication and luxury to both Gloucester and the North Shore.  It features stylish upscale accommodations and dining.  The 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar provide an idyllic oceanfront deck and dining showcasing the very best in New England coastal dining and spirits. The outdoor deck is the perfect place to meet friends and family to enjoy the stunning ocean vistas and appreciate Gloucester’s nautical and maritime history!
  • Seaport Grille is a Gloucester staple! The restaurant is located directly on the harbor with two decks for classic water view dining and some of the most beautiful views of the ocean.
  • The Causeway Restaurant is a local favorite offering Italian dishes, fresh seafood, and fried favorites. Located right downtown, it’s also a quick walk or drive from Stage Fort Park and Stacy Boulevard.
  • In the summer months, the Studio is one of my favorites! Located near the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Studio serves up delicious seafood, great cocktails, fresh oysters, and even sushi. It is a true Gloucester landmark!
  • Looking for great Italian cuisine on the North shore? Try Tono! The sister restaurant of the North End’s Prezza, you can trust Tonno to deliver an authentic Italian meal featuring special catches right from the harbor!
  • The clam chowder at Milemarker is one of the best around! Their “trap to table” cuisine is always fresh and never disappoints. Stop by and check out their seating options, from waterfront views, outdoor igloos in the colder months, and fireplaces!


There are endless options for activities in Gloucester. Whether you’re looking to go boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, sightseeing, or enjoy festivals, cruises, and charters, I know you’ll find something great!

If you’re in Gloucester you have to stop by Good Harbor Beach! This beautiful soft sand beach is excellent for walking, body surfing, and sunbathing and is my personal favorite beach on the North Shore!

Built into the town’s stunning seaside cliffs, The Hammond Castle Museum is breathtaking. Originally built in the 1920s, the seaside castle ​​brings together a unique combination of art, architectural elements, and culture. Explore John Hays Hammond, Jr’s inventions, beautiful rooms, and outstanding grounds when you visit the North Shore’s European castle.  

Did you know Gloucester was home to an abandoned 17th-century village? Dogtown is now home to miles of beautiful trails, charming woods, giant boulders and rock formations left behind from melted glaciers. Legend has it, Dogtown earned its strange name from the dogs that women kept while their husbands were fighting in the American Revolution!

If you’re like me, you love to explore beautiful homes in the area. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in East Gloucester is a National Historic Landmark. The beautiful home is known for its colorful decor. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same and one is worth the visit.

I always love to see the great art in Gloucester. Dozens of working artists from painters, potters, and textile designers to photographers and more, display their work in The Rocky Neck Art Colony galleries during the summer months! I also enjoy stopping by the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck to check out their latest exhibits. 

Hit the open seas on a Cape Ann Whale Watch! The tour provides ​​guaranteed whale sightings out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the “Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World”!

Looking to buy or sell in Gloucester? Contact me to learn more.

Lynn MA

Seated along the Atlantic Ocean right below Swampscott, and only 3.7 miles north of the Boston city line, Lynn is the largest city in Essex County! Placed along the commuter rail and the MBTA Blue line  “T” stop in the nearby City of Revere, Lynn is an easy-to-reach destination a quick commute to Boston. 

Settled by Europeans in 1629, Lynn is the 5th oldest colonial settlement in the Commonwealth. What started as a small fishing town has grown into a fully populated manufacturing and commercial hub! The city is even home to the first U.S.-made Jet Airplane Engine built at Lynn’s General Electric plant in 1942. Today, however, the city is known for its public art, diverse population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, job opportunities, and lush public parks and open spaces! 

Read on to find out why Lynn may just be your next dream home base on the North Shore


Looking for a quick bite? Try these great shops:

The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe is complete with live music, a cozy fireplace, and comfortable seating to make you feel right at home. They also make a variety of delicious treats right on site!

In 2020, Sommelier Sarah Marshall opened Lucille Wine Shop and Tasting Room with a simple mission: to bring restaurant-caliber hospitality and sommelier-level knowledge to a friendly, neighborhood wine shop! Stop in and explore their broad selection of wines at all price points, plus some other fun surprises!

Ivory Pot Bakery is a Counter Style Bakery for both sweet and savory eats. All of their products are made using the freshest and most authentic ingredients and baked fresh daily. Their sweet crepes and fruit tarts are absolutely delicious.

Lynn is home to all of your favorite grocery stores! From Stop and Shop to Market Basket, to Price Right Marketplace find all of your weekly essentials in one place. 


When it comes to restaurants Lynn is a city full of choices. From Italian and Vietnamese to American, there’s something for everyone. Some of Lynn’s finest include: 

  • Since its opening in 2009, The Blue Ox, an upscale, casual American restaurant, has become a favorite in the Lynn neighborhood and surrounding area. Its signature Sin Burger has even won Boston Magazine’s “Battle of the Burger” competition three years in a row!
  • In the heart of Lynn, Nightshade Noodle Bar brings together Vietnamese & French-inspired cuisine, tropical decor, and unique cocktails! Some of their dishes you’ll have to see to believe!
  • Date nights are meant for Rosetti Restaurant. From the candle-lit atmosphere to the extensive wine lists and tasty desserts, a trip to Rosetti’s is never a bad one!


Some of my favorite views on the North Shore are found right in Lynn!

If you’ve taken a drive along the North Shore, chances are you’ve passed by Red Rock Park. This historic waterfront park offers wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and access to the expansive beaches on either side of the park’s lush greenery. It’s the perfect spot for your next picnic. 

Stroll along a beautiful two-mile stretch at Lynn Beach! It is perfect for walking the dog, hanging out, catching some rays or just reading your favorite book!

Designed in 1907 by the Olmsted Brothers, the High Rock Tower Reservation is a Lynn treasure! The tower is home to the city’s largest telescope with lenses powerful enough to view the rings of Saturn. If you’re not looking to see the stars, the tower sits on a vast green perfect for activities!

Just because it’s a city doesn’t mean you can’t find nature! The Lynn Woods, or the second largest municipal park in the United States, are a 2,200-acre municipal forest park with over 30 miles of scenic trails for hiking, running, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more! If you have time, stop by Dungeon Rock, an underground tunnel with a history of pirate lore and hidden treasure!


Lynn is a city that provides something for everyone, from local theater to baseball and everything in between. You won’t want to miss these attractions on your next trip to Lynn.

The Lynn Memorial Auditorium is one of the premier entertainment venues in Massachusetts! With performances from The Boston Pops, BB King, Cheap Trick, Kenny Rogers, and more, the venue is one of the best places to see top talent on the North Shore!

There’s no shortage of shopping in Lynn! From small shops like Ravenstone Gifts to larger stores like Walmart and the Lynn Marketplace, it’s easy to find unique pieces and essentials. 

Calling all baseball fans! Over the last 75 years, Fraser Field in Lynn has been the home field to the Lynn (Boston) Red Sox, Lynn (Detroit) Tigers, Lynn (Pittsburgh) Pirates, and most recently the North Shore Navigators. Take the whole family to a game for an exciting afternoon full of classic snacks and America’s favorite pastime!

Looking to buy or sell in Lynn? Contact me to learn more.

5 Reasons to Sell this Winter

Every winter, I hear the same sentiment from many of my clients; “I thought the market slows down in the winter so it would be a good time to keep my home off the market.” Many sellers want to wait until spring or summer to put their house up for sale. However, If you’re planning to move, now is actually a good time. Between low inventory and eager buyers coming off the 2021 market, it’s truly the perfect time to sell your home.

Here are 5 reasons why now is a great time to sell your home. 

Low Inventory

The start of the new year and colder temperatures always lead to a cooling real estate market. For example, in Denver, there are only about one-third as many homes for sale in winter as in spring or summer. Many sellers take time off over the holidays or simply think moving during the winter would be too much work. However, according to Zillow’s latest report, while inventory is trending down, the growth in home values continues to trend up. A mass of eager buyers combined with low inventory gives winter sellers better control over their home sales. Moving companies are also offering great deals for those looking to move during the off-season. 

Eager Buyers

Summer 2021 was one of the most competitive markets I’ve seen in years. U.S. homes spent an average of 31 days on market in 2021—the lowest median selling period in more than 15 years! Due to the competitive market, many buyers walked away from 2021 without their dream homes. These buyers are still on the hunt and are waiting for new homes to enter the market. You very well may end up in a bidding war if you consider selling.

New Year New Buyers

A new year is a time of change for many individuals across the country. From new jobs, company relocations, moving closer to family, or even just personal changes, many are looking for a change of scenery. Many of these buyers can’t start new jobs or opportunities until they have a home base and are eager to make a quick sale. These buyers are anxious to find a home and often present high cash offers!

Growing Competition

According to Zillow’s latest market report, the seasonal housing cooldown may end early this year. The usually slow winter housing market is set to be saturated with sellers before the snow has even melted! If you’re even considering selling, get ahead of the competition and take advantage of the low inventory and eager buyers that are waiting for new listings. 

Increasing Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates have been consistently low over the past few years. However, they recently saw a slight increase.  While this increase is still slight and has no indication of halting the 2022 housing market, rising rates can still give some buyers pause. Get ahead of rising rates and place your home on the market this winter!

Thinking about selling? Contact me today  for a FREE market analysis for the value of your home or to learn about the current market and the selling process. I’d love to help!

Manchester-by-the-Sea MA

Many may recognize Manchester-by-the-Sea by the film of the same name directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. However, there is a lot more to this seaside town than just a Hollywood blockbuster. 

Settled by colonists in 1629, Manchester by the Sea or “Manchester” as it was known until 1989, was primarily a fishing village until it became a summer vacation destination for Boston residents. Covering 18.3 square miles, Manchester by the Sea sits along Massachusetts’s beautiful coast between Beverly and Gloucester. For the next fifty years, Manchester by the Sea grew into an adorable town full of seaside cottages and architectural homes.

Known for its classic New England homes perched along rocky shorelines with gorgeous ocean views, Manchester-by-the-Sea is the ideal home base for those looking for the perfect combination of charm and luxury. 

Groceries and Snacks

All the gazing at architecture and beautiful seascapes is bound to work up an appetite! Stop by these local spots for a quick snack!

Originally selling small bites off Singing Beach, the Laughing Gull Cafe has grown into a delicious cafe in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea. Stop by for their great coffee, fresh bakery items, and friendly faces.

If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, Crosbys Marketplace is for you. From cheese to organic produce Crosby’s has all the ingredients you’ll need for a quick snack or your next dinner.

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is a local favorite for a reason. Allie’s is a family operated full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a French Bistro flair. Make sure to try the Shakshooka if you’re in the area.

Gorgeous Views

Manchester-by-the-Sea is known for its unmatched ocean views. 

If you’ve heard of Manchester-by-the-Sea you’ve probably heard of Singing Beach. The beach is famous for its “singing sand” that squeaks as you walk along the dunes. However, if you’re not into singing sand, White Beach faces southwest with stunning views of the Boston skyline and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. 

If you can’t find time for a beach day, one of my favorite ways to explore Manchester-by-the-Sea is by car! to Jump on Route 127 and 127A for a drive full of beautiful coastal views.

If the beach isn’t your thing, the Coolidge Reservation is the perfect destination to enjoy nature. The reservation sits on a scenic pond and a small forest of pine and oak that lead to a spectacular seaside lawn with beautiful views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore.

Delicious Eats

Manchester is more than scenic views. Try out these restaurants for delicious coastal cuisine. 

  • Bravo by the Sea is the place for fresh wood-fired pizza! The pizza bar uses all fresh ingredients imported from Italy. From the appetizers to their pies you have to try it all! You can also check them out on Phantom Gourmet.
  • Cala’s Food and Spirits food is “Homestyle” modern with a  “Cheers” casual ambiance. The beer and wine pours are never skimpy and their lobsters are caught right off of the shores by one of their regulars! 
  • Antique Table is a local favorite along the North Shore! The trattoria-style restaurant offers a culinary tour of Italian food and culture. Each meal is cooked from scratch and is sure to impress even your toughest critics. 
  • The Mooring is a breath of fresh air! The restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere and delicious cuisine make it a staple in Manchester-by-the-Sea. I recommend the Flatbread salad!

Things to Do

From sailing to shopping there’s something for everyone in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

If you’re looking to catch ocean views from a different point of view, head out on the high seas with Frayed Knot Sailing Charters. They provide a gorgeous vessel for parties, day trips, overnight trips, and even lessons right off the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea.

If you need a break from the sun, stop into some of Manchester-by-the-Sea’s quaintest stores. Located downtown, 4 Beach is a lovely family owned business selling all of the coastal gifts and goodies you could ever need. Also stop by Manchester by the Book for a variety of used, new and classic books. 

Spend the day exploring the rich history of Manchester-by-the-Sea at the Manchester Historical Museum. The Manchester Historical Society was founded in 1886 “to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.“ Learn more about the museum through their feature on Chronicle.

Swampscott MA

Welcome to Swampscott! First settled in 1629, this seaside town is located just 15 miles northeast of Boston. Widely known as a fishing village or the home of the first lobster pot, Swampscott has grown into a bustling small town! 

With a population of 15,100 residents, Swampscott offers a friendly, welcoming, and nurturing family environment, exciting businesses and activities for young professionals, a superb public educational system, amazing public safety and support systems, and a town government that is responsive to the needs of its citizens. 

Read on to see some of the businesses that have helped Swampscott grow into a charming, safe, and scenic town.

Swampscott may be a small seaside town, but it has something for everyone!

Groceries and Snacks

Whether you’re doing a weekly shop or looking for a sweet treat Swampscott has a lot to offer. Vinnin Square, a popular shopping center in the area has everything you need. From restaurants, a variety of stores and shops, grocery stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods, doctors’ offices, and banks, it’s a one-stop shop for everything you need. 

Little G Eatery is a great spot for shopping or a meal. This neighborhood restaurant sells a variety of essentials like scratch meals, sauces, beer, wine, cheeses, marinated meats, and “chefs pantry” items. 

The Swampscott Farmers Market is a local staple. Open every Sunday, June through October the market features a variety of local farms, restaurants, and artisans!

Authentic flavors with a modern twist! Founded by Italian Restaurant veteran Teresa Sirignano, Cafe Avellino is a local favorite for homemade Italian pastries and paninis!

The Cookie Monstah is famous for its fresh-baked cookies! From birthday cake to salted caramel, they even have the option for you to design your own homemade ice cream sandwiches!

Gorgeous Views

Located right along Massachusetts’ gorgeous coast, Swampscott has some of the best parks and beaches on the North Shore. 

Home to a variety of beautiful tide pools and rock formations, Preston Beach  is a top pick for Swampscott residents and tourists alike. Whether you’re looking for a spot to take the kids or just to relax in the sunshine, this is the place!

If you’re near Preston Beach, you have to check out Beach Bluff Park. This small park features a dramatic Sun Circle installation which includes a 24-foot-diameter circle of ten immense stones that orient one to the passage of the sun; it’s a must-see!

Swampscott’s beaches are more than just picturesque views. Have you spotted the Swampscott Anchor? Located on Fisherman’s beach, this stunning sculpture serves as a memorial for the missing ship “Tedesco.” Additionally, An English Cannon, cast in 1798 is still standing at the entrance of Fisherman’s park. 

Delicious Eats

For great brunch and dinner options, check these out:

  • Mission on the Bay– This gorgeous waterfront restaurant is the best place in Swampscott for delicious seafood, date nights, outdoor patios, and killer views! They even have a roof deck and an ocean bar coming soon.
  • Lincoln’s Landing– Calling all brunch lovers! This local-family-owned spot is known for its delicious brunch treats. If you’re in the area, you have to try the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. 
  • G Bar and Kitchen– This award-winning restaurant features an unforgettable marriage of food and wine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. With an ever-changing menu highlighting seasonal ingredients, G Bar and Kitchen is a must-try!

Small Shopping

Located right next to Lynn, Marblehead, and Salem there is no shortage of shopping opportunities around Swampscott. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, try these shops!

If you’re looking for a unique seaside gift, The Hiccup is for you! This small shop carries beautiful pieces made by local artisans, makers, and creators across the North Shore. They also offer a variety of fun workshops like beading and weaving. 

Located in the historic Olmsted district of Swampscott, Kats Boutique is the perfect spot to find women’s wear pieces.  They sell unique clothing & jewelry and aim to transcend the typical boutique setting by engaging with our community through educational and artistic events.