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August Recordings Show Some Encouragement

Our monthly report on real estate activity for August, 2011 is available.  The increases in sales and mortgages are encouraging.  While our overall sales volume is down 11% year-to-date, the 716 deeds recorded in August was the second highest number of deeds recorded in a month for a year.

Foreclosure Activity Behind 2010 Pace, Signs of Stability in Sales

The Register’s Report for July, our monthly newsletter about real estate activity in Plymouth County, is now available.   The July 2011 report is the first month you can compare real estate activity month to month without the artificial influence of first time home buyers tax credits. 

Joshua James is back in the news!

No, not the singer-songwriter!  Captain Joshua James–America’s most celebrated lifesaver.  The Hull Lifesaving Museum is sponsoring a series of events tomorrow, Saturday July 30, 2011, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Museum, located at 1117 Nantasket Avenue, Hull.  The museum is the former Point Allerton Lifesaving Station; and James was its first keeper.  The numerous lifesaving stations along Plymouth County’s Atlantic coast are part of Plymouth County’s maritime history.

Registry’s Green Committee Efforts Produce Savings In Electrical Costs

A recent evaluation of the results of our Green Committee’s Policy Goal #2  ”to reduce lighting and electrical use” in or main office in Plymouth shows measurable results.  Over the first five months of 2011, the Registry of Deeds saw a 33% reduction in kilowatt hours (KWH) of electricity.

Committee members worked together with our department heads, fellow employees and our maintenance staff to improve technology and to monitor the shut-down of equipment at the end of each day.

Red Sox manager for the “Impossible Dream” team has died

In 1967, the Boston Red Sox were rated as 100-1 longshots to win the American League pennant. They won in dramatic fashion.  Dick Williams, who managed that unforgetable winning team, died yesterday at the age of 82.

Emergency Homeowners Loan Program Now Available

The long awaited federal program to help those homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes due to unemployment, underemployment or other certain economic conditions is now available for the submission of applications. The program, called the “Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program” (EHLP) is being administered by Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore. There will be three informational sessions to describe the program listed in the attached notice.

East Bridgewater Council on Aging Hosts Homestead Discussion

On Wednesday, June 15th, the East Bridgewater Council on Aging hosted a discussion of the new Homestead Act. The new Homestead Act recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor makes many positive changes to the statute and expands coverage in several situations. (See Secretary of State Galvin’s summary on this website).

Recording Numbers for May Show Some Positive Signs

The Register’s Report for the month of May shows a continuing upward trend in the sale of properties in 2011.  While our recordings of deeds remain 18% behind 2010 deeds recorded, at this time last year the federal tax incentives for first time home buyers were still available.

Mortgages recorded remain only slightly higher despite historically low interest rates. The number of mortgages recorded in 2011 are 35 higher that those filed in 2010.

Many Residents Turn Out At Oak Point For Presentation On New Homestead Law

Close to two hundred residents gathered for a presentation on the new homestead law recently enacted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Saturday morning program was organized by State Representative Thomas Calter and Oak Point resident Kathy Tougas, through the Women’s Club of Oak Point. Oak Point is Plymouth County’s largest 55+ active adult community.

Sales Volume, New Foreclosures Trend Upward In April Recordings

The Register’s Report, our monthly newsletter on real estate activity at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds is now available for the month of April, 2011. Our numbers for deeds recorded have been increasing slightly from February through April, although the volume continues to demonstrate that the Plymouth County real estate market is still in the doldrums.

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