Showing posts with label Franklin real estate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Franklin real estate. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Talk Franklin - Thanksgiving and that extra piece of pie (audio)

FM #665 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 665 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing Communication Specialist Lily Rivera. We had our conversation in person in Jamie’s office in the Franklin Municipal Building.

We talk about: 

  • Thanksgiving, time for recap, time for thanks

  • Council recap

  • Council look ahead – tax rate hearing

Links to the key references are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 37 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Lily.

*** Audio file ->


Town Council Agenda 11/17/21 document ->


My notes from the meeting 11/17/21 ->

Agenda for the Dec 1, 2021 Town Council meeting is not yet available. It will be shared as soon as it is.


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Talk Franklin - Thanksgiving and that extra piece of pie (audio)
Talk Franklin - Thanksgiving and that extra piece of pie (audio)

Monday, September 28, 2020

Warren Reynolds: "Demand Far Outstrips Supply In Franklin, MA Real Estate"

Realtor Warren Reynolds has a short video on the real estate market in Franklin. The amount of homes for sale has dropped sharply. The number of homes sold this year is also lower (as a result) than previous years.
"Looking at the year-to-date home sales figures for Franklin, MA as of mid-September, you’d be justified in thinking that the local real estate market is having a very bad year.

Single family home sales in Franklin, Massachusetts have fallen off a cliff so far in 2020. Sales volume is down 24% compared to 2019. The number of homes sold year-to-date is just about at the lows of the 2009 – 2011 Great Recession."
Continue reading Warren's article, to view the charts he mentions in the video

The video link =

Housing is a key factor of life here in Franklin. The demographic study by the School Dept forecast declining enrollment and that was based upon annual home sales of 275. You hear Warren say we have only 167 year to date. We are not in the range to maintain our population, never mind try and grow the population.

The Davis Thayer Facility study resumes this week (Weds, Sep 30). We should be able to find out the latest on the population and facility analysis.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

"a foretaste of things to come"

Realtor Warren Reynolds writes:
Demographic trends are very powerful forces in the social and economic development of any society. In every decade of the latter half of the 20th Century, the US experienced the profound influence of the Baby Boom generation (both for the good and the bad). Now we may stand poised to benefit in coming decades from the economic and social vitality about to be unleashed by the Millennial Generation as they come of economic age. There are many reasons for optimism about our futures!
Read more about the increase in housing prices and why this is a good thing

Why housing may stay on the rise

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Foreclosure deeds statewide dropped"

Current numbers show the rate of foreclosure deeds declining although the activity year to date still exceeds the prior year. The article by Milford Daily News reports:
Franklin real estate agent Andrew Bissanti said the declining statistics are also a result of banks offering more short-sale opportunities. 
Bissanti said declining foreclosure activity may also help the overall real estate market. 
"A lot of people are waiting for things to get worse," he said. "Maybe if they start seeing things get better, they’ll get out there and be more active in the market."

Read more:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Franklin Area Blogs: real estate

There are two real estate blogs that are based in Franklin, focus on Franklin, and are updated frequently.

Warren Reynolds writes at Warren is a Franklin resident and a realtor for Century 21.

Kathy Stankard writes at Franklin Massachusetts Homes Kathy is a Franklin resident and a realtor for Re/Max.

The most recent updates from both blogs can be in the Franklin Area Blog section along the far right column here on Franklin Matters.

Click on over there to find out what is happening in the Franklin real estate world and let them know you found out about them here.


Franklin, MA

Monday, May 17, 2010

Franklin MA Holds Steady

While the town of Franklin, Massachusetts has not escaped financial struggles just like most metro west of Boston towns, it appears to have really held its own on the housing front. Homes in Franklin have only marginally lost value during this recession compared to other surrounding towns and informed buyers still seem to choose Franklin over other towns due to a variety of reasons. Most cite the easy commute to highways including Routes 495, 95 and the Mass. Pike. Others focus on the strong school system or the commuter rail service with two Franklin stops. Many agree that the lower property taxes and a wealth of services were contributing factors in their decision.

A 9 month review of five area towns from the Multiple Listing Service reveals the following data:

Community    Within 2% of SP Avg SP # Homes
Franklin 98% $403,410 180
Wrentham 96% $413,992 65
Bellingham 97% $279,942 109
Milford 96% $272,015 117
Medway 96% $362,435 88

Note: SP is "Selling Price"

This data is all very interesting and although someone would expect that the lower priced towns would attract more buyers, it is clear that the town and what it has to offer make all the difference. Franklin posted higher priced average sales over the past 9 months but had 180 homes sold!

Franklin, MA remains a great value and presently homes are selling rather quickly with at least 3 homes over the past few weeks selling during their first day on the market. If you have questions about the local real estate market, please feel free to email or call me at 508-369-5131. For more resources and information, check out my website.

Authored by: Kathy Stankard, of The Kelly & Colombo Group at RE/MAX Executive Realty.