OF “CONCEALED SHOES” AND RENOVATING A HISTORIC PROPERTY IN NORTH EASTON VILLAGE

Shoes, a hat, found in the ceilings of 30-32 Oliver Street in North Easton

Shoes, a hat, found in the ceilings of 30-32 Oliver Street in North Easton Village

August 17, 2017

(Note:  this post, originally, published on August 17, 2017, was edited and added to on August 18, 2017)

Earlier this year, Christopher and Tamsin Serjak, husband and wife, purchased a historic two-family housing unit located in the North Easton Village section of Easton.

Previously and always owned by American aristocracy, the Ames family – whose ancestral home in the U.S. is North Easton – the property holds the address of 30-32 Oliver Street.

The Serjaks, who moved to Easton as a married couple in 1993, are renovating the house to create two residential rental units.  They are also completing renovation of 11 Andrews Street, another historic home in “The Village”, and also once owned by the Ames family and, like 30-32 Oliver Street, one that affords a view of Governor Oliver Ames Estate and Shovel Shop Pond.

“My husband and I saw what was going on with the revitalization of North Easton Village, and we thought it a smart time to invest in property here,” said Tamsin.  “Plus, I love old houses.  I grew up in Indiana, on a farm – and the house I lived in was actually a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.   We had a safe hiding space in the basement of the house.  My parents still live in the house and on the farm.”

30-32 Oliver Street (image credit: BuySellSEARCH)

30-32 Oliver Street (image credit: BuySellSEARCH)

To create the designs for both the 30-32 Oliver Street and 11 Andrews Street projects, the Serjaks retained Greg Strange, an architect who lives in Easton, and whose company, Beech Hill Homes is located in the town. Strange is a member of the Easton Historical Commission, and served on the committee that developed the most recent Easton master plan, released in 2014.

“Greg’s talent and vision, and love for history and Easton, are all evident in the restorations and renovations,” said Tamsin.  “He is doing a standout job, and has helped us see so many possibilities.”

Tamsin and Christopher Serjak reside near Borderland State Park. They have two children, a son starting his senior year in college next month, and a daughter who will be a senior at Oliver Ames High School.

Both the houses being renovated were once dwellings for workers (and their families) in the Ames shovel manufacturing business.

Renovation and remodeling of the Oliver Street property involved considerable gutting and removal, down basically to its interior wood skeleton – a network and joining of studs, beams, floorboards, plates, rafters, planks, braces, and window frames.

While inspecting the gutted interior, Tamsin saw on a beam, just below the roof, a shoe.  She later found, in the ceiling space, between the second and third floors, another shoe … actually shoes … and hats.  All the pieces of clothing were, predictably, showing the influence of time.

Curious as to whether the location and existence of these items had specific significance, Tamsin conducted research.

A view of gutted interior at 30-32 Oliver Street

A view of gutted interior at 30-32 Oliver Street

Her research revealed, among other information, the custom and practice of “concealed shoes.”

“When building homes – and the practice goes back to the late Middle Ages in Europe –people would place shoes and other items in the walls and ceilings of the structure,” said Tamsin.  “This was done to promote to promote good luck and fertility, and to ward off bad and evil influences.  The practice continued in the New World, but mostly in New England.”

Tamsin added, “Way back, the way that shoes were made and produced, they weren’t as sturdy as today, and they would form to the feet of those wearing them.  So shoes held something of the personality of the owner.  That might be another reason people put shoes in walls; they were something of a signature of the owners.”

Maybe from a crate in which were stored Ames shovels or parts to make Ames shovels?

A board, maybe from a crate used to pack shovels or parts of shovels

Throughout history, the most frequent purpose of concealed shoes, it seems, was to promote fertility. A study and chronicling of concealed shoes revealed that children’s shoes constitute about half of all footwear found in walls or other linings of a house.

Consider this excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on concealed shoes that is linked to above:

“Several theories have been advanced to account for the incorporation of shoes into the fabric of a building, one of which is that they served as some kind of fertility charm. There is a long-standing connection between shoes and fertility, perhaps exemplified by the nursery rhyme, ‘There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe,’ and the custom of casting a shoe after a bride as she leaves for her honeymoon or attaching shoes to the departing couple’s car …. Archaeologist Ralph Merrifield has observed that in the English county of Lancashire women who wished to conceive might try on the shoe of a woman who had just given birth … a custom known as smickling.”

The house at 30-32 Oliver Street was a component of a temporary factory building, built in 1852, of the Oliver Ames & Sons shovel manufacturing company.  It, along with the structure that is now the residence 26-28 Oliver Street, were one structure in 1852. It was located on the east side of Shovel Shop Pond, alongside the dam, and was used for about a year or so following a fire destroying the factory that had previously been on the site.

When, around 1853, the Oliver Ames & Sons stone-walled manufacturing shops off of Main Street were being completed and going into operation, the temporary wood factory building on Shovel Shop Pond, was divided into two pieces, and during a deep freeze in winter, oxen pulled the pieces across the pond to Oliver Street where they were set as two dwellings for Ames factory worker families.  Each structure housed three families.

Another interesting find (please see attached photo) at 30-32 Oliver Street is  – inserted into a ceiling  – what looks to be wood from a crate that was used to store Ames shovels, or maybe parts for Ames shovels.

The Ames family still owns 26-28 Oliver Street.

Concealed shoes.  An interesting and a sort of happy-haunting element of real estate history.

In this space, down the road, there will be a post on Tamsin and Christopher Serjak’s renovation project at 11 Andrews Street in North Easton Village.

 

 

THE WHY AND WHEREFORE OF THE PREMIER PROPERTIES BLOG. IT IS ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT

 

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July 31, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate firm with offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2017, we are celebrating 30 years in business.

Our 40 licensed brokers care deeply about their profession, and are committed to continuous industry study and learning.

Premier Properties brokers work in a family and team-oriented environment.   Each broker addresses and services each purchase transaction, each sales transaction, in a personalized and customized manner.

Premier Properties finds immense gratification in that we now assist and work with the children of our first patrons, helping this next generation with their house hunting and home purchases.

A primary purpose of this blog is as conduit of engagement between Premier Properties and our customers and the public at large.

We use to this blog as an instrument and device of community involvement.

We share here helpful and useful information relative to buying and selling and owning residential properties – such as in a post that went up this past November 27, and to which you will be transported if you click here.

We use this space to trumpet what is truly important in life, such as we did in a  2017 Memorial Day post and a 2016 Veterans Day post.

Premier Properties likes to … on occasion … to post about real estate matters that are offbeat and curious – such as the post, “PREMIER PROPERTIES HIGHLIGHTS A SAMPLING OF UNUSUAL HOMES – THAT IS, UNUSUAL IN DESIGN AND STRUCTURE,”  published here on December 30, 2015.

We show appreciation on this blog for brokers, such as the post about Paula Noonan and the post about Diane Matthews .

We publish here stories that tie to current events, such as the post, PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON KNEW REAL ESTATE. HE WAS VERY GOOD AT IT,” that appeared here on September 27, 2016, during the heat of the presidential campaign.

We publish posts tied to holidays, like Valentine’s Day, which we celebrated with the post, “EXTRAORDINARY PROPERTIES THAT ARE GIFTS OF LOVE,” that went up here on February 14 of this year.

We post home maintenance tips and advice – like the one that was published on September 30, 2016.  Please click here to be taken to the piece.

Premier Properties enlists this forum frequently to talk about local history.  To read examples, you can click here and here.

We have published here about local homes where people grew up who were destined to international fame – such as post about home on North Main Street in North Easton where Olympic gold medalist and “Miracle on Ice” goaltender, Jim Craig, grew up.

We can go on and on about the ways we use and employ and enlist this blog to engage and forge stronger relationships with the community and society.

In fact, going on and on here – in this space – is what we intend to do.

Enjoy the summer.

Midsummer – August 9th – approaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Ownership Is Healthy

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July 24, 2017

Premier Properties, now in its 30th year in business, is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate company.  We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard

Our geographic area of operation is primarily, but not exclusively, one that takes in and extends across Metropolitan Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

Our 40 licensed agents are known for dedication to their vocation, thorough knowledge of real estate, and commitment to approaching and handling every purchase transaction, every sale transaction, on a personalized and customized basis.

Since 1987 … yes, the year we first opened our doors … it has been our good fortune to work with the people of the local communities, and to be involved in and give back to those communities.

As well, it heartens us, and it is our privilege, that we are working now with the children of our early customers, assisting the next generation with their house hunting and home purchases.

Premier Properties, of course, is an advocate for home ownership – and its benefits.  Then, again, we should be, for it is our business; it is the way we make a living.  Yet it is more than that – for it is also the way we make a life.

A primary benefit of home ownership – indeed there can be no more primary a benefit – is that it is good for our health … for health of mind and body.

There have been many studies and analyses and reports that document and support how and the ways that owning a home is healthy.

In 2012, the National Association of Realtors® released a research study, Social Benefits of Home Ownership and Stable Housing.

Following, is an excerpt from the “Homeownership and Health Benefits” segment of the study:

Homeowners are happier and healthier than non-owners. But again, it would be incorrect to simply look at the correlation between homeownership and health outcomes to draw conclusions since homeownership is also correlated with such factors as income and education levels. And surely, higher income and education are associated with better health. Nonetheless, there are a few studies that provide evidence of the positive impact of homeownership on health even after controlling for factors like income and education

Please click here to be taken to the full study.

For further reading, if you click here you will be taken to an op-ed, titled, “Home ownership is good for your health,” which was published on June 2, 2016 in the Miami Herald. Author of the op-ed is Arden Shank, president and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida.

In the future in this space we will report more on the health benefits of home ownership.

Enjoy the summer.

 

“LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS — AND PROPERTY

(Copperplate engraving on vellum, by William J. Stone, of the Declaration of Independence. This engraving, created in 1823, is the most reproduced copy of the document.  Image credit: Seth Kaller, Inc.)

(post updated on July 31, 2017)

June 30, 2017

It is in the name of our company – the concept and proposition that people have possession something over which they are sovereign, to which they hold rights, and they maintain this sovereignty and those rights as long as they abide by the law and do not injure others.

Yes, Premier Properties – as in “property.”

Property and properties were very much a consideration of those in the Continental Congress who met, who dared, and who made and crafted and signed the Declaration of Independence – and then issued it to the British ministry and King of England.

July 4, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson, the future third president of the United States, prepared the first draft of the historic document – a document that shook the globe and altered world events.

Thomas Jefferson, born in 1743, died on July 4, 1826.

John Adams — a fellow member of the Continental Congress, fellow signer of the Declaration of Independence, future second president of our republic, bitter rival of Thomas Jefferson, and later Jefferson’s friend —  was born in 1835, and died on the same day as did Thomas Jefferson, outliving Jefferson by several hours.

The best known elements of the Declaration of Independence are these words from its preamble:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The preamble continues with these words:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

In short form, England – the Mother Country – was not governing its colonies in a manner that respected God-given and natural rights; therefore, the people of the colonies had the right, themselves, to form a new government.

To get back to the preamble of the Declaration of Independence, and the most famous words of that section of the document – there is much intelligent and well considered debate if Thomas Jefferson borrowed and modified, for the preamble, the following phrase authored by a man he admired greatly, and who greatly influenced him, philosopher John Locke (1632-1704):  “Life, liberty, and estate.”

Actually, John Locke inspired much of the thinking and movement of those who were out front in founding America.

Locke felt that these “life, liberty, and estate” were natural rights — or, could also be called, inalienable rights.

To Locke, “estate” meant “property.”

Consider this commentary — about Locke’s understanding of property — from the essay, John Locke: Natural Rights to Life Liberty, and Property, authored by Jim Powell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and published in the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE):

“Locke established that private property is absolutely essential for liberty: ‘every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his.’  He continues: ‘The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property.'”

Please click here to he taken to the full essay.

The United StatesThomas Jefferson …. John LockeJohn AdamsContinental Congress … the Declaration of Independence …. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessestate … property.

It is valuable and important; it contributes to noble citizenry, to responsible citizenry — it supports our appreciation of our country — to think about and reflect on these institutions, these people, these beliefs … these rights … this July 4th weekend.

And on every weekend, and every day.

Happy Birthday, America!!

A LOOK AT THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. BIG CHANGES COMING? PROBABLY NOT

(image credit: Schecky/Dreamstime)

(image credit: Schecky/Dreamstime)

June 26, 2017

(updated June 27, 2016)

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate company that in 2017 is celebrating 30 years in business.

We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.  The primary – but not exclusive – geographic area in which we work is is one that takes in Metropolitan Boston and extends over Southeastern Massachusetts and across Cape Cod and the Islands.

Our 40 licensed agents care deeply about their vocation, are highly knowledgeable about their vocation, and handle each and every purchase and sale with personalized and customized attention and service.

It provides Premier Properties immense gratification, and we find it immensely heartening, that we are now helping, with their first home purchases, the sons and daughters of our early clients.

Here in this space we discuss the business of real estate, and matters related … sometimes distantly related … to real estate.

Today we discuss a topic and issue that is central to real estate and individual and family finances: the mortgage interest deduction (MD).

The mortgage interest deduction is a bedrock of American personal and family finance and investing.

Forces that lobby and advocate for the MD on the federal and state level are well financed, well motivated, and well organized.

Investopedia provides the following definition of the mortgage interest deduction:

“A common itemized deduction that allows homeowners to deduct the interest they pay on any loan used to build, purchase or make improvements upon their residence. The mortgage interest deduction can also be taken on loans for second homes and vacation residences with certain limitations. The amount of deductible mortgage interest is reported each year by the mortgage company on Form 1098. This deduction is offered as an incentive for homeowners.”

Here is more information that Investopedia offers on the MD:

“Home Mortgage Interest is reported on Schedule A of the 1040. Mortgage interest paid on rental properties is also deductible, but this is reported on Schedule E. Home Mortgage Interest is quite often the single itemized deduction that allows many taxpayers to itemize; without this deduction, the remaining itemized deductions would not exceed the standard deduction. Interest from Home Equity loans also qualifies as Home Mortgages Interest.”

There is a lot of talk in public and the media about what impact the Trump administration’s tax plan may have on the MD.   One aspect of the plan would raise from $322,000 to $608,000 the home loan mortgage balance you carry in order for it to make sense to take the deduction.

So does this mean that wealthy homeowners will receive most of the benefit under this plan – as opposed to the middle class?   Well, in terms of overall tax relief, maybe – and maybe not.  Broad considerations apply.  That is, take a look at the entire tax package.

Here is an explanation about the Trump plan and its “Mortgage Tax Break” included in a May 16 story in Bloomberg, written by Prashant Gopal and Paul Light:

“Americans filing their taxes can either subtract a fixed amount from their incomes, called the standard deduction, or itemize write-offs, including mortgage interest as well as state and local taxes. The administration wants to raise the standard allowance — to $24,000 from $12,700 for a married couple filing jointly — and allow deductions for only home loans and charitable donations, greatly reducing the chances that itemizing would pay off for average taxpayers.”

Please click here to be taken to the full Bloomberg story, titled “25 Million Americans Could Find Mortgage Tax Break Useless Under Trump’s Plan.”

Premier Properties also recommends a smart and insightful newspaper story about the MD and the Trump administration’s tax plan written Tom Kelly, the former real estate editor for the Seattle Times, and syndicated columnist and talk-show host.

Please click here to be taken to Mr. Kelly’s story, titled, “Mortgage interest deduction: Fewer than expected take it,” published in the June 22 at Akron.com.

What next for the mortgage interest deduction?

Premier Properties believes that it will remain in place – and not be changed considerably.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMORIAL DAY REFLECTION AND REMEMBRANCE

A Boy Scout salutes at the foot of a grave after volunteers placed flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in preparation for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

A Boy Scout salutes at the foot of a grave after volunteers placed flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in preparation for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

May 29, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real estate firm with offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2017 we are celebrating 30 years in business.

The primary geographic area in which Premier Properties does business takes in, and extends from, Boston and down and across the South Shore and to and encompassing Cape Cod and the Islands.

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable and are committed to handling every purchase transaction, every sales transaction, with personalized and customized service.

Our brokers work cooperatively – they work as a team.

Everyone at Premier Properties – our founders and co-owners, Lenny Altieri and Robert Simmons, our brokers – live and are involved in and give to the communities in which we do business.

The people of Premier Properties understand that in practicing our vocation honestly, forthrightly, courteously, and with a strong work ethic, we can reconcile making a living with making a life.

We recognize that a major component of the American Dream is owning a home. Premier Properties is gratified and privileged to be able to assist and partner with and help people secure this part of the American Dream.

Premier Properties appreciates that another pillar of the American Dream is our vigorous system and culture of free enterprise, and the extraordinary opportunities for people to own and build a business.

Day in and day out Premier Properties and its people benefit from and reap the rewards of the American Dream.

We hope that we never lose sight that the realization of the dream is not a given, and that freedom and liberty in which we live, and in which we work – the opportunity we are availed – are the envy of, admired by, and the aspiration of so much of the world.

While every day, of course, is a day in which we should give thanks to and for those who sacrificed, those who fell, in defense of our republic and to safeguard and preserve our freedoms and liberty, it is wholly appropriate that we use the occasion and ceremony of Memorial Day to sound a special and particularly fervent clarion of gratitude.

It is only right.

And today, on Memorial Day, and every day, let us hold close these words of Joseph Campbell:  “The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”

KEEPING COOL PRIOR TO AIR CONDITIONING – OF THE “OTHER SIDE OF THE PILLOW” AND OTHER TACTICS

Drawing by Gary White; original for sale at online at fineartamerica (www.fineartamerica.com)

Drawing by Gary White; original for sale at online at fineartamerica (www.fineartamerica.com)

May 16, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service residential and commercial real state firm, now in its 30th year.

We have offices in North Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Today was a warm day – a day that follows a relatively cool and wet spring in these parts – that is the area in which Premier Properties primarily does business: a stretch that extends across and takes in Metropolitan Boston South and Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands.

Warm is the transition to warmer and then hot.

Interestingly, enough … and we know this, even if we don’t dwell on it much … even just within Massachusetts, there is significant variation in climate – e.g. difference in yearly snowfall accumulations between Central and Western Massachusetts, and that of Cape Cod.

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Metropolitan Boston South and Southeastern Massachusetts is primarily a humid subtropical climate, and Cape Cod and the Islands is an oceanic climate.

As described in Wikipedia entries, a humid subtropical climate is one characterized by “hot, usually humid summers and mild to cool winters”; an oceanic climate “generally features cool summers (relative to their latitude) and cool but not cold winters … ”

The Köppen system classifies Boston Metropolitan West and North and Central and Western Massachusetts as a humid continental climate, which is one with big swings in temps throughout the year, with warm to very hot summers and winters that can be brutally cold.

One thing for sure is that around here it can become uncomfortably hot – and this statement stands independent of any discussion of climate change.

A highly effective … though expensive … way to cool in your house is to turn on – and keep on – the air conditioner.

Ah, modern convenience.

If you can believe it, there was a time without automated air conditioning, which Louis Carrier invented in 1902.  In its early years, until the end of World War II, electric air conditioning was mostly used for industry.

Starting in the mid 1940s, modern air conditioning became a popular residential phenomenon.

How did humans handle the heat – prior to the air conditioner?

What did humans do to stay cool beyond turning the pillow over?

(Love sport journalist great Stuart Scott creating and immortalizing the term: “Cool as the other side of the pillow.”)

Living underground – including in caves – worked.   It still does.  In northern latitudes, underground homes, naturally, even when the temps outside are near 100 degrees Fahrenheit, maintain temps around 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

How many people with finished basements retreat to those basements during heatwaves?  We suspect many.

Not long into humanity’s first experiment in home building, thick stone walls were found to keep interiors cool.

As is the case today, strategic placing of shade trees around a house – particularly on the east and west sides of and abode – helped.

There was always the practice of opening windows.

Many homes built in the New England region in the 1700s and early 1800s, had several fireplaces.   During the late spring through late summer, opening the flues of all the fireplaces created a comforting and soothing draft of air – especially when combined with open windows.

In 1882, Schuyler Wheeler created the electric fan.

Around 1885, Philip Diehl invented the electric ceiling fan, and in 1904 he added to the ceiling fan a split-ball joint that allowed the fan to pivot, which provided for, three years later, the first oscillating fan.

By the 1920s in America, electric fans were fairly common in homes.

Fans in windows, working in tandem, took things to a new level.

Those who lived in cities, way back, and who in buildings that had roof decks, can tell you how those decks were cooling and social gathering places on evenings during hot spells.

And then there was the front and back screened in porch – for town and city and rural dwellers, all.

Another cooling practice from yesteryear, and still widely used today, is the swim and dip in a pool, lake, or river.  Really, it quite remarkable how that time … even a brief time … in the cool water works so well.

How about chilling underwear in the icebox or freezer?

Well … anyway.

Spring has fully spring – and we are about five weeks out from the start of summer.

We have recently been complaining of cold.   We will soon be complaining of heat.

That is how we roll in Premier Properties country.

 

One of the photos featured in "Easton Then and Now":  Downtown North Easton, 1960s.

PREMIER PROPERTIES DISCUSSES THE LIMITS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE COMMUNICATION — AND LOOKS BACK AT THE SUCCESS OF A RECENT ART EXHIBIT IN EASTON

(image above; photo exhibited at Easton Then and Now:  Downtown North Easton 1960s)

April 30, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full service residential and commercial real estate firm which does business, primarily, but not exclusively, across a region that takes in Metropolitan Boston, South of Boston, and Cape Cod and the Islands.

We have been in business for 30 years, and operate offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Our 40 licensed agents care deeply about their profession, and address every purchase transaction, every sale transaction, with customized and personalized attention.

As we have discussed here in this space, our agents work cooperatively and as a team.  This cooperation and teamwork is fundamental to our success.

As well, we care deeply about the communities in which we work — which are also the communities in which we live.  We give back to and are involved in these communities.

A way in which we stay connected and communicate is through social media — through the channel and outlet you and we are on right now.

Social media is an excellent tool and place.  It is immensely useful and valuable.

Indeed, there are many — among them smart and wise and thoughtful and caring people — who consider that social media and global online communication will serve a purpose of making society increasingly better … and perhaps, one day, ideal.

Except it won’t.

At Premier Properties, we use social media and email and our website, and other online and wireless communications methods and technologies, to better serve our customers, and to market and advertise.

But, ultimately, it is our in-person relationships — and that cooperation and teamwork — and  values that were as important in commerce a thousand years ago, as they are today, that are the reason that the sons and daughters of our first clients are also Premier Properties clients.

As well, online communications has deep limitations as a communications vehicle and paradigm — and can often, unnecessarily, hurt and undermine healthy personal relationships.

When the business of a business is real estate, when one’s livelihood is real estate, helpful and productive communication is at an essence.   It is essential to communicate forthrightly and in a way that delivers value.

Of course, the smart and caring nexus and interplay of online and virtual, and real life,  can amount the extraordinary and good things all around.

Everyone can benefit.

To wit:  the wonderful and highly successful event, Easton Then and Now — An Art Exhibit to Honor Our Hometown History Through a Contemporary Lens  — a photo and drawing exhibit that we hosted at our offices on Main Street, on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.

The event, free and open to the public, was presented by Amy McMannis, the founder and administrator of the highly popular Easton Stories Facebook page; Pam Foley, also a Premier Properties broker; and Eric Lothrop, a professional photographer.

On display and for sale at the exhibit were historic photos from Easton’s past, photos of recent vintage taken by Pam Foley and Eric Lothrop, and drawings by Pam.

Along with Premier Properties, sponsoring the exhibit were The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant and the soon-to-be-open The Township restaurant, both located on Main Street in North Easton; and Keel Vodka.     

The Farmer’s Daughter and The Township had available a vast selection of delicious appetizers, including cheeses and various spreads, and wines, and specialty cocktails made with Keel Vodka.

Social media was harnessed effectively and enthusiastically to build attention for and publicize the event.  Images of artwork that would be on display were posted online.

Discussions about the art, and about the event, prior to the event, grew and were interesting and happy and positive.

And it all helped the actual event — the live person event.

For the actual art exhibit was a continuation and buildout of the community and discussion that had lived and prospered online.

It was fun and interesting, educational and enjoyable.

And, you know, when the weekend ended, and the exhibit was over — it wasn’t really over …. for the conversation and discussion continued online, and in the virtual world, the ether, the cloud … you know..

It was all a worthy example of people using technology to make life better.

And, really, each of us, all of us, need to mindful of the truth that, ultimately, it is we who are responsible for improving the world — and that technology only assists us in this mission when it is in our service and under our direction.

CELEBRATE EASTON’S HISTORY — THROUGH PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS — THIS WEEKEND AT THE PREMIER PROPERTIES OFFICE ON MAIN STREET IN NORTH EASTON

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April 20, 2017

Premier Properties celebrates its 30th year in business in 2017.

We operate offices in North Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Premier Properties primarily services a geographic region that takes in and extends across Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands, and throughout the Metropolitan Boston area.

Donahue Hall at Stonehill College; formerly the home of Frederick Lothrop Ames (photo by Eric Lothrop)

Donahue Hall at Stonehill College; formerly the home of Frederick Lothrop Ames (photo by Eric Lothrop)

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to delivering personalized and customized service on every on every purchase and sale.

Premier Properties professionalism and values are fundamental to why children of our first customers become our customers.

We also honor a responsibility to give to and be productively engaged in the communities in which do business.

Our brokers and the people who work for our business partners live in and are active in these communities.

In keeping with honoring this responsibility, Premier Properties is delighted to host and co-sponsor a cultural event that will be held this weekend.

The event is Easton Then and Now — An Art Exhibit to Honor Our Hometown History Through a Contemporary Lens.

Downtown North Easton, 1960s.

Downtown North Easton, 1960s. O’Connor’s News Store was located on the property where is now The Farmer’s Daughter

Easton Then and Now will be held at the Premier Properties North Easton office at 99 Main Street.

On Saturday, the exhibit will be open from 3 to 8 pm, with wine and cheese offered.   On Sunday, the exhibit runs open from 10 am to 2 pm, with coffee, tea, and danish.

Admission is free.

Presenters of the event are Easton residents Amy McMannis, who launched and administers the highly popular Easton Stories Facebook Page; Pam Foley, also a Premier Properties broker; and Eric Lothrop, a professional photographer.

Photo by Pam Foley of arch at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

Photo by Pam Foley of arch at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.

Featured in the exhibit will be historic photos from Easton’s past, photos of recent vintage taken by Pam Foley and Eric Lothrop, and drawings by Pam.

Back on December 29, we posted in this space about Pam’s drawings and photography, with samples of her excellent work.  Please click here to be taken to the post.

Sponsoring the event along with Premier Properties are The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant and the soon-to-be-open The Township restaurant, both located on Main Street in North Easton; and Keel Vodka.      

Morse Factory in South Easton (circa: 1908)

Morse Factory in South Easton (circa: 1908)

“Easton is a special place, with special people, and Premier Properties is privileged to do business here and serve the town’s residents,” said Lenny Altieri, co-owner and co-founder of Premier Properties.  “We are honored to help celebrate the history of the town through this photography exhibit.”

It will be a lot of fun — Easton Then and Now.

Premier Properties hopes you stop by.   

IN PRAISE OF THE TRADES – AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS

 

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image credit: Pike-Lincoln Technical Center

March 31, 2017

Premier Properties is a leading full-service commercial and residential real estate firm that in 2017 is celebrating its 30th year in business.

We have offices in Easton, Raynham, and Martha’s Vineyard.

The primary geographic area in which we do business is one that stretches from Metropolitan Boston and through the South Shore and across Cape Cod and the Islands.

Our 40 licensed brokers are highly knowledgeable, highly focused, and provide every client with the highest level of personalized support and customer service.

This past week and into next week has been,  and will be,  a busy and anxious, and joyous, and disappointing time across America for high school seniors awaiting … and opening … letters from college and university admissions departments.

An exciting and wonderful and enriching next step awaits those going on to college.

As well, of course, there are high school seniors – the best and most noble of our citizenry – who will soon be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Others will be entering the police and fire academies – and will become our first responders.

Others will directly enter the work force.

And, you know, there are others – and we at Premier Properties wanted to do a call out for these students – who will enter the trades, and learn trades skills, and apprentice.

In that we at Premier Properties are in the business of selling and buying houses and commercial buildings, we know first-hand the value and importance – to our society, to our economy, to our way of life – of one sector of trades: the building trades.

We know first-hand the value and importance of framers, carpenters, electricians, masons, plumbers, HVAC techs, welders, plasterers, painters, carpet layers, insulation installers, landscapers … and more.

And as we know this value, and this importance, we recognize the shortage of skilled tradespeople in America – and that it results in a slowing of economic growth and overall loss of potential.

There has been a lack of emphasis across education in our nation in the trades and in developing tradespeople.

Vocational and technical schools need more support.

It would be a good idea to reinstitute … or grow existing … metal and wood shop programs in junior high and high school.

Apprenticeship programs should be expanded.

Please click here to be taken to a story, titled, “Why 5 Million Apprenticeships Will Make America Great Again,” by Nicholas Wyman, published in the March 21 issue of Forbes.

Yes, the title of the story is takeoff of Pres. Donald Trump’s campaign message, but the story which advocates for apprenticeships and vocational education, is one that advances a cause that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, should get behind.

Because, for sure, and without a doubt, America needs to continue to be nation of builders, of those who construct, who craft – and of those who make things work.