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fall-bostonAre you traveling to Boston this Fall or are you just looking to fill up your calendar with fun events?  Well, you’re in luck because Boston has something for everyone.  The changing leaves and the brisk cool air is the perfect time to get outside and see Boston in its glory.  I’ve created a list of what I think are the not-to-miss-out-on events this season.

 

  1. Salem Witch Museum – Take a look back into the Witch Trials of 1692. Through this stirring narration witness the dark times of the era when women were prosecuted unjustly.
  2. Museum of Fine Arts – On October 10th “Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA’s annual Fall Open House and the Fenway Alliance’s 15th Annual Opening Our Doors Day.  Hear a medley of musical performances throughout the day including a concert by a 17-piece ensemble from the Boston Pops.  Enjoy a range of art-making activities and tours for families and adults.”
  3. Freedom Trail Walking Tour – “A 2.5 mile red-lined route that leads you through historically significant sites.”
  4. Head of the Charles Regatta – October 22nd & 23rd is the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta. This is the biggest rowing event in New England.  For more info hocr.org
  5. Boston Children’s Museum – October 16th 4pm – 8pm Take the kids to the museum’s October Fall Festival! Your kids will have lots of fun pumpkin painting, operating a bicycle-powered cider press, visiting the veggie stand and listening to live music.  There will be other great activities too!
  6. Visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Take a free guided tour with a knowledgeable volunteer who will educate you on the different flowers and plants in the Arboretum as well as “highlight the Arboretum’s work as a research institution and living museum.” arboretum.harvard.edu
  7. Charles Riverboat Cruise – Get your tickets now through October 10th for a one hour sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Enjoy all the historical and cultural sights as well as the beautiful Fall foliage. charlesriverboat.com
  8. Topsfield Fair – Running September 30th through October 9th. Visit America’s oldest agricultural fair filled with carnival rides, games, livestock exhibitions and don’t forget the giant pumpkin weigh-off!
  9. Plimoth Plantation – Explore Plimoth Plantation and see how the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community lived or should I say survived in the 1600’s. Ticket information visit plimoth.org
  10. King Richard’s Fair – Open through mid-October in Carver, Massachusetts. Travel back to medieval times and experience a 16th century marketplace filled with “handmade crafts, foods, musicians, singers, dancers, minstrels, magicians, exotic animals and knights joisting on horseback.”
  11. Cape Cod Brew Fest 2016 – October 1st 3:30pm – 7:00pm Enjoy live music, food trucks and over 75 breweries to sample. And for designated drivers there is a special discounted rate! * This is a 21+ event.  capecodbrewfest.com
  12. Apple picking, pumpkin picking and corn mazes – During the Fall visit any of our local farms throughout Massachusetts pick up fresh fruit and veggies. Don’t forget to get yourself a candied apple too!
  13. The Public Gardens, Boston Commons and the Esplanade – Get the kids out in the fresh air and visit Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings; the inspiration for the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey over at the Public Gardens. Take a swan ride and then walk over to the Commons and the kids will have a blast playing at the Tadpole Playground and riding the carousel.  Finish up by checking out one of the many events held by The Esplanade Association (TEA) at the park.

There’s no better place to be this Fall then taking in the sights of Boston.  Exploring is a great way to find out about neighborhoods and the community.  Maybe you might want to make Boston home!  Call me and we can explore together.
 About the author: jennifer-scali-newJenn Scali was born and raised in the Boston area.  Call her today and go out exploring! Jenn is an agent with RE/MAX Legacy and you can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com


Gale Games blogI am an Addict. There I have said it! I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or cigarettes.  I am addicted to online games!  Always have been, always will be. It started way back with Tetris, Bejeweled and Mario Brothers.  Then I participated in the Farmville and Candy Crush craze.  Now I play a combination of games that keep my brain thinking or my mind stress free.  My current favorites are Words with Friends, 7 Little Words, Trivia Crack, Lumosity and Monkey Wrench, which I try to play on a daily basis. Most of these give me more than a couple of days to play their daily puzzle, so I often catch up on the weekend.  I also play Red Herring, get bored with it, then go back to it.  And when I have a little extra time and need to not use my brain, my go to games are SongPop 2 and Match the Dots.

Also note that I do not pay for any games.  I play the daily puzzles which are free and I put up with the ads.

Words with Friends – Zynga – The game is just like its name! You challenge a friend (or an unknown person) to a game that is similar to the classic board game Scrabble.  There is lots of strategy as you try to get the most points each turn with your 7 letters, BUT try to make sure you don’t set your challenger up for a good score.  You have up to 11 days for your turn so there is not a lot of pressure.  I play with 4 friends right now; two I play with every day or two, and the other two is sporadic.

7 Little Words – Blue Ox Technologies – This game is a daily game and each puzzle is available for 3 days. You have to unscramble tiles that have 2, 3 or 4 letters on them and make 7 words.  There are clues for each word and it gets easier as you get each word, as there are less tiles to work with.  I find that I can usually get at least 4 words at the first seating, then I play again later and find that some of the other words just pop out at me.  Somedays I never finish.   Mondays are the easiest puzzles and they get harder through the week.  My favorite day is Sunday when they have “themed” puzzles.  Like other games I played this for a long time, got tired of it, stopped, and started up again when I taught my sister how to play.

Trivia Crack – Etermax – This is one of my newer games and I play individual games against my two sisters and an Alabama “online friend” I found through SongPop. It is very straight forward and easy to learn. There are 6 categories: Geography, Sports, History, Art, Science and Entertainment.  You spin the dial and get a category and a question with 4 answers.  You answer it right and you get another spin. You answer it wrong and it is your opponent’s turn.   You get 3 answers right in a row and you have the opportunity to get a Crown.  To win the game you must have 6 Crowns, a Crown from each category. And therein lies the problem…..I am good at Sports and Geography, but awful at Entertainment!  Another facet of the game is that you can see your overall percentages of correct answers per category.

Lumosity – Lumosity falls in the category of brain games.  If you play the free Lumosity you will get 3 puzzles a day, and you can play them once, or have access to them all day long.  Then the next day you will get 3 entirely different puzzles.  You have no control over what puzzles show up each day.  I think I have access to about 20 puzzles.  Some I absolutely love, and others are not as interesting, but overall I think it is a good workout.   The puzzles are in the following categories: speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving.  My favorite is “Trouble Brewing” where you quickly take multiple coffee orders, pour the coffee, AND make sure that the coffee doesn’t spill before you get back to that cup again.  Another fun puzzle is “Train of Thought”.   There are colored trains and colored stations and you have to get the same colored train into the same colored station.  Sound easy?  Not really when there are 10 different colored trains coming out of the tunnel and you have to constantly change the tracks to get the train to the correct station.  And oh by the way the trains keep coming and never stop!  The puzzles start out easy and over the weeks as you progress through many levels the tasks become harder. (for example I think the train puzzle might start with 4 trains, you master that, then you get 5 trains, etc) I have not tried it but I have heard good reviews of the brain game called Elevate.

Monkey Wrench – Blue Ox Technologies – Okay Okay I know what you are thinking…….what kind of name is this?  Well the monkey icon showed up on the bottom of  my 7 Little Words game every day for ages, taunting me…..saying Gale Gale please play me.  I finally caved to the monkey and tried it.  And guess what?  It’s mildly interesting.  It’s a word search puzzle (hard to explain in this limited space), you play by yourself, you have one puzzle a day and three days to play.  Fun to play when you have 5 minutes until dinner is ready.

SongPop 2 – Fresh Planet – This is a fun, nostalgic, stress releasing, relaxing, music trivia game.  I mostly play with people I don’t know as they try to match your common music interests.  The playlists are from dozens of genres and lots of decades.  I seem to do best in the 60’s and 70’s, Pop and Rock (those were my teenage years and my twenties).  The modern songs I am pretty good at are the Country songs.  Obviously my music tastes have changed over the years.  To play the game you hear a song and then you have 4 answers to choose from, either 4 singer names, or 4 titles of the song.  You hear 5 songs a round and you have to answer faster and get more correct than your opponent.  I usually just play on the weekends, as the games never expire.  There are two women that I was matched up to about 2 or 3 years ago who I still play with.  SongPop used to assign you geographically and I was in Florida at the time. One woman is from Alabama and I am now on Facebook with her, and follow the pictures of her grandchildren.  The other woman winters in Florida and lives in Ohio the rest of the year.  We got chatting (on line) and it turns out she lives near Mansfield, Ohio where my sister lives, and her husband knows my brother-in-law. What a small world!

Match the Dots – IceMochi – Totally mindless.  You can play a quick game in a minute.  Connect the same colored dots.  There are timed games where speed is important, and other games where you are given so many moves to get a task done. Depending on how fast, or how few moves you take you get 1, 2 or 3 stars.  Often if I only get 1 star I play that particular game again and again to improve to 2 or 3 stars.

Red Herring –  Blue Ox Technologies – This game exasperates me! That’s why I can’t play it all the time. I’ll play a few games, then not play for weeks, then go back to it.  It is challenging and interesting, sometimes easy, but most of the time difficult.  The goal of the game is to group 4 words into 3 categories, but you don’t know the names of the categories.  You have a total of 16 words, so 4 words are not used.  Watch out for them as they are the Red Herrings that are there to mislead you.  Start with the hardest level first, then drop to normal and easy as necessary.  As with the other Blue Ox games there is a new game every day and they last for three days.

So these are my favorites right now. If I was to rewrite this blog next January, some of these games will be a memory, and there will be a few new ones to add to the list.  What are your favorite games?  You know I am always looking for good reviews and new games to try.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale enjoys her “down time” with online games. But she is most interested in working with both Sellers and Buyers and helping them reach their goals. Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com.

 

 

 


Category: Things to Do

Those who know me best know that I love finding ways to save a buck. Saving money on everyday purchases has turned into sort of a hobby for me and the challenge of finding the best deal is exhilarating!  Online shopping has made things super easy for finding good deals especially with the bevy of coupon codes circulating the web. However, there are two additional steps I take on all my purchases to ensure I am maximizing my savings.

 

Fatwallet.com – Fatwallet.com is a site where you earn cash back on
purchases made at most stores. Anytime I make a purchase online I go
to fatwallet.com first to see if that store is a cash back store and
access that store thru the fatwallet site. Once you make your purchase
fatwallet credits your account with the promised percentage of cash
back. The cash back adds up quickly…I love FREE money!

Cardpool.com – Cardpool.com is a site to buy discounted gift cards.  I
use this site most often when I want to make big purchases (usually at
Home Depot).  You can purchase the gift card in physical or electronic
form.  I’ve seen some vendor gift cards discounted as high as 25%
which is a pretty good savings.  Whether you’re buying appliances at
Home Depot or taking the family out to Applebees, buying a gift
card at discounted prices is going to save you money!

Next time you shop online remember these two helpful sites and save even more!

antnew1About the author: Anthony Giglio is one of the broker/owner’s of RE/MAX Legacy and is an avid bargain shopper. You can learn more about him and contact him directly by visiting his website www.myhomeMA.com


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apple picking GaleIt’s Fall in New England and that means only one thing! It’s Apple Picking Time! Pack up your family or head out on your own and enjoy the foliage along your ride to the orchards. Be prepared for an outdoor activity and make sure you wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing, and pack sunscreen and insect repellent. Besides apple picking, a lot of the orchards have hay rides, farm animals, and farmstands. Make sure you try the Cider Donuts if your orchard offers them.

Apples are one of the easiest fruit to pick and use.  They’re big, not easily bruised, and most varieties store well. Apples can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, frozen and made into many delicious dishes.  And apples are fat-free, low sodium, and cholesterol-free.

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Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Rd.

Ipswich, MA

978-356-5366

www.russellorchards.com

Russell Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, bakery, store, and a winery. The bakery is located in the farm store and you can watch the apple cider donuts being made, as they drop into the fryer and bob their way down the conveyor. Besides the donuts the store features homemade pies, candy and fudge, local cheese and produce. The kids will enjoy feeding the farm animals. There is a wine tasting bar for adults, featuring wines from farm fresh ingredients.

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Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road

Tyngsboro MA

978-649-3854

www.Parleefarms.com

Parlee Farms has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm stand, and special things for kids. After your apple picking adventure stop by Annie’s Animal Barns to see over 70 young farm animals. Enjoy feeding and petting the animals. There is a Hay Play area where there are almost 200 large round bales that kids can walk on top of, or make jumps to the next hay bale. For kids between 42”-55” in height there is Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course. The kids will have fun driving the heavy duty electric tractors around the track.

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Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Road

Stow MA

978-562-5666

www.honeypothill.com

Honey Pot Hill Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm store and 3 mazes. When you are finished your apple picking check out the farm animals that include goats, sheep, bunnies and baby chicks. Honey Pot has three mazes! One of the mazes is called the “Big Green Monster Maze” and is 1.5 miles in length and can take up to 1 hour to complete. It has 3,000 hedges, 6 bridges and a look out gazebo.

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Pick a nice day. Have fun. And “eat an apple a day”!

 

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com. She enjoys working with both Sellers and Buyers.

 

 


REALITY TV ONcravo

TV viewing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Realty TV is taking over the airwaves. I am proud to admit that it is one of my guilty pleasures.

I really like watching the shows on the BRAVO network. The Housewives of the OC, Atlanta, New York, & New Jersey are always very entertaining. These women live lavish life styles & hang out together. They even travel together. Unfortunately for them, they do not get along. In real life one of the New Jersey housewives was convicted of a crime & is currently serving time in prison. After following the story in the news, it was really interesting to watch it play out on reality tv.  The show gave you the convicted felon’s prospective.

There is the Million Dollar Listing Series which highlights real estate brokers in New York City, LA & now there is a new one set in San Francisco. These high power brokers are nothing like the brokers I work with. They deal in multi-million dollar sales & are not always very nice to each other. They sabotage each other’s deals & they fight all the time.

I also like to watch this new show called Mother Funders. It is about these women who are part of the PTO in a small town somewhere in Georgia. They raise thousands of dollars for the school system & they do not get along.

Lastly, I have to mention a show titled Married to Medicine. This show is about doctors in Atlanta who also see each other socially. Guess what? They do not get along either.

If that is not enough excitement, all of these shows have reunion shows. This is when they get together after the season is finished taping & they fight some more. I guess the running theme is that reality TV has to incorporate a good fight or two. Normally, I am not a person who likes conflict, but I do enjoy watching it on TV.

So the next time you are channel surfing check out Bravo. They put the Real in Reality TV!

sharonAbout the author:  Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy, who enjoys the many Reality TV shows of the Bravo network. She can be contacted directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 


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Gale Grill photoNow that the summer is in full gear we are grilling more and more.  At our house we usually grill year round and shovel a path on our deck to the grill.  But this past winter the grilling stopped for months when we couldn’t even open our back door to the deck due to the high snow drifts.  So I am especially enjoying the outdoor grilling this summer.  We grill the usual hamburgers and steaks. But my favorite is grilled salmon, and skewered fish and vegetables.   I also enjoy chicken on the grill.  Anything not to get my kitchen oven going on a hot evening.

My favorite grilling book is old and torn and well used. It is called “365 Great Barbecue & Grilling Recipes” by Lonnie Gandara.  Following are two of my favorite recipes from this book. The first one is a fish shish kabob which I have adapted to my liking, and the second is a very simple chicken recipe that is also great for lunch the next day.

SPEARED SCALLOPS AND SHRIMP (adapted)

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves:  4

1 pound sea scallops

1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined

8 oz.  package of mushrooms, halved

2 tomatoes

1/3 red onion (or Vidalia onion) – cut in chunks

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into tablespoons

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  1. Prepare a hot fire.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter with lemon juice and garlic. Warm over low heat until butter melts, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. On each of 4 long metal skewers, thread a shrimp, then a vegetable. Repeat alternating between fish and vegetable, ending with a shrimp. Brush each skewer with melted butter mixture.
  4. Place skewers on an oiled grill set 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning once or twice and basting frequently with butter mixture, until shrimp are pink and scallops are opaque throughout, about 8 to 13 minutes.

NOTE: Original recipe does not have tomatoes and red onion.  Other vegetables we have added are zucchini and peppers. The original recipe also has 6 slices of lean bacon, cut in half. Wrap a half strip of bacon around each scallop.

 

QUICK CHICK

Prep: 5 minutes

Marinate: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 to 12 minutes

Serves: 4

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1   .06-ounce envelope Italian salad dressing mix

¼ cup lemon juice

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  1. Prepare a hot fire. Combine olive oil, Italian salad dressing mix, and lemon juice. Add chicken breasts; turn to coat well. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Place chicken on an oiled grill 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning occasionally, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until white throughout but still moist.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora enjoys grilling all year round, but especially in the summer.   She is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com


Watching our tomato plants growing since this spring and feels like it has been forever since we saw that first green tomato appear  – and all of a sudden they are all about to ripen at once.

Feeling a little overwhelmed with how many tomatoes we are about to pick  – here are a couple ideas I have found to use them for.

Caprese Salad –  A summer BBQ Favorite! A simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil.

Grill Them Up – Perfect for a salad or as a summer appetizer!  Just marinate your tomatoes and slightly char them on the grill.

Home Made Salsa – Perfect way to use other stuff from the garden!!  You can serve this right away or jar the salsa and put away to open one winter afternoon – while the snow is falling grab a bag of chips and open the fresh taste of summer!

Make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce – super simple and again serve right away or jar to use all winter long!

Chill out with Homemade Gazpacho – this cold soup is perfect to whip up on a hot summer day!!!

Bruschetta – impress your guest with a homemade Bruschetta to serve as an appetizer.

Lastly one of my summer time favorites is a BLT  – make a good one, with thick, applewood-smoked bacon, sourdough bread, fresh lettuce, mayonnaise and plenty of tomato.

Enjoy all those tomatoes!

SarahAbout the author: Sarah Ferguson is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and loves growing tomaotes. You can contact her directly through her website www.sarahfergusonre.com


 

woburnfun

Woburn is not only a great town to live in, but it is conveniently located. Also it is such a good town to raise your family, with activities all summer long including , pools and parks.

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Bookworm Wednesday is back again, what a great way to motivate your kid to read. No efforts and its free. Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from July 9th – August 13th

Just bring a book report* with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission!
 Download the Book Report  Also check the Woburn Library for more reading challenges.

 Fun Runs

Fun Runs are just another way to keep your child healthy Join the Recreation center for a .8 Mile race for children up to the age of 12 starts at 6:15 or a 2.5 mile race starts at 6:40 Fun Runs are free of charge. All children who participate will receive a ribbon!!

Meet at the Horn pond parking lots every Thursday from July 10th – August 14th.  It is recommend to get there early it does get crowded sometimes.

 Free Craft Program!

An enjoyable place for children to make fun arts & crafts projects with our instructors. There is a different craft offered each afternoon. You do not need to be registered for this program.

This Program begins on June 25th and runs until August 21
Summer 2013 Schedule
Monday    1:30 – 3:30    Library Park……….
Tuesday   1:30 – 3:30    Green Street Pool
Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30   North Woburn Pool
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30    East Woburn Pool

4 Week Movie Series @ Library Park

There’s no better way to spend a cool summer night in Woburn than enjoying a great movie in the great outdoors. Consider joining us under the stars on Tuesday nights recommended that you arrive a little early so that everyone will be able to get settled before the movie starts. Bring your own snacks/juice and money for ice cream man. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets for the family. For a listing of the movies visit www.woburnrec.com in July

 Family Night & Outdoor Library Park

Sponsored by the Woburn Rotary Club Food will be served starting at 6:00 Children’s Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 Outdoor Movie: 8:15 or 8:30 depends on sunset Other activities include: Moonwalk, Fire Safety House, and other Children’s Games. Also check the Woburn Library for similar activities.

Mayor’s Field Day August 21st

@ Library Park
11:00 – 2:00
Come celebrate the end of the summer with the Recreation Department!!!
There will be many fun – filled activities and events for children such as a dunk tank, moonwalk, magician, face painting, along with great onstage performances. *Rain Date August 22nd

Hope you enjoy living in Woburn and look for more fall activities at the rec center and all the sports activities possible. Have a great summer

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and a resident of Woburn.  You can learn more about her on her website www.bostonrelocationagent.com

 


This is Part Two of my blog of side trips to take when visiting San Diego, California. (see Part One) My son moved to San Diego from the Boston area and I have had the good fortune to be a tourist in San Diego several times. Here are some more recommended side trips:

When someone says San Diego often the first attraction that comes to mind is the world famous1 Panda San Diego Zoo. It is conveniently located just on the outskirts of downtown San Diego. It covers over 100 acres and it is known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters. The Zoo can be viewed in a number of ways including walking along the pathways, taking the buses or riding the Skyfari® Aerial Tram. I highly recommend taking the 35 minute Guided Bus Tour when you first arrive to get yourself acclimated. Sit and relax in the double decker bus and enjoy the narrated tour which covers about 70 percent of the Zoo. There is also the Kangaroo Express Bus that has five stops throughout the Zoo to get you to another area of the expansive zoo more quickly than walking. The Zoo recommends a minimum of 3 to 4 hours for your visit. And if you can’t get there in person, check out the Live Cam online. There is a CAM for their famous Giant Pandas, and a number of other animals including my favorite the Polar Bears.zoo.sandiegozoo.org/

2 GaslampThe Gaslamp Quarter has become one of San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods, featuring shopping, dining and entertainment in the Victorian-style buildings which were built between 1880 and 1910. The Gaslamp Quarter’s 16 ½ block neighborhood is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. It extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th avenue. It includes 94 historic buildings which have restaurants, nightclubs and shops. gaslampquarter.org/    gaslamp.org/

La Jolla is an affluent, hilly, seaside neighborhood in the northern part of San Diego. It has a3 La Jolla dramatic curving 7 mile coastline along the Pacific Ocean. It is located 12 miles north of downtown, and is well worth the visit. My mother and I drove along La Jolla Boulevard and went down every side street towards the coastline to admire the luxurious homes. Spectacular views and gorgeous homes abound! Downtown La Jolla is noted for its jewelry stores, boutiques, galleries and upscale restaurants and hotels. Park downtown and walk to La Jolla Cove and Casa Beach (La Jolla Children’s Pool) to see the seals who inhabit the beach year round.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author- Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy. She can be contacted through her website at www.GaleSpadafora.com

 


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firsttimeAre you new to the home buying process and do not have a clue on where to start? Would you like to be educated on the process so you know what to expect? A first-time home buyer seminar might be a good place to start.

Usually these seminars provide information on how best to get pre-approved, why it is important to work with a Realtor, why you need an attorney, the role of a home inspector, and various other people who will cross your path during the process.  The process can become overwhelming at times so it is good to know what to expect.

With all these professionals together you have an opportunity to ask questions and also to benefit from the experiences of others.  Traditionally these seminars occur in the evening or on Saturday morning.  Getting up early could definitely work in your favor.

If you decide you would like to attend a buyer seminar, contact your local bank to see if they have any plans to do one soon.  For example Cathy Dyl , a mortgage broker at Stoneham Bank, does seminars periodically during the year.  Also you could contact our office. We would be very happy to point you in the right direction.

The spring market is going to be very competitive.  Educating yourself on the process will help alleviate stress along the way!

sharonAbout the Author: Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and looks forward to working with first time homebuyers. You can contact her directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com