Chamber Looking to Boost Intern Program

    • Chamber looking to boost intern program

      Posted Nov. 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am

      The calendar year may be winding down but there’s still a lot going on with the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce.

      I want to thank everyone who attended the Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 4. The weather cooperated somewhat as those who attended enjoyed food samples, seasonal beer, local vendors, rides and a wide variety of activates for the whole family. I want to congratulate the Oktoberfest committee on a job well done with this year’s event.

      A few days later, the Chamber held one of our quarterly evening meetings at Proprietors Green. The chamber board meets monthly and once a quarter, one of the meetings is in the evening. The reasons for doing this are that not everyone can make a morning meeting all the time and the evening meeting is a change of pace from the normal board meeting as there’s more a social light atmosphere.

      On the agenda for the meeting was a re-cap of Oktoberfest and the call for businesses to get involved in the internship program in partnership with Marshfield High School. The internship program is an excellent opportunity to a business to get involved in the community and mentor a Marshfield High School senior who is considering your line of work as a profession. Any business interested in hosting an intern in 2015 is asked to contact the chamber office.

      On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce Candy Cane Festival will be taking place in the Marshfield High School gym from noon to 4 p.m. The Candy Cane Festival will feature entertainment for the whole family with train rides, food, craft vendors, games and photos with Santa Proceeds from the event go to support Marshfield Community Christmas.

      Civic events are only one part of what the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce does, as we also play an important role in being the voice and advocates for the Marshfield business community. In order to be the best advocates we can be, we need to hear from all the businesses in town as to how we can educate business owners and make business better. If you’re a business owner, I ask that you come to our monthly board meetings or if you can’t make it contact the chamber directly or contact myself or any other member of the board. The more voices the better and this allows create an economic development plan that encompasses the entire community.

      Jonathan Grabowski is the president of the board of directors for the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Chamber,

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SOLD!!!!  26 Satucket Avenue, Marshfield …………..

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Proof that NOW is a Good Time to Sell

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 KCM Crew

Proof that NOW is a Good Time to Sell | Keeping Current Matters

Most homeowners believe that the winter is not a good time to sell. This belief is based on the fact that historically the number of buyers decreases in the winter and then increases dramatically during the spring buying market. Though this is still true, there is an interesting pattern developing over the last few months. The number of prospective purchasers actively looking at a home (foot traffic) has remained strong going into the fall. As a matter of fact, the foot traffic far exceeds the numbers reported for the same months last year (see chart):Foot Traffic Still HighAt the same time, the National Association of Realtors revealed that the months’ supply of housing inventory has decreased from 5.5 months to 5.3. That equates to less competition for homeowners selling today as compared to next spring when many homeowners will decide to put their home on the market.

Bottom Line

Since buying activity is still strong, this might be a great time to put your house on the market.

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The Importance of Using a Professional When Selling your Home

Posted: 19 Nov 2014 KCM Crew

The Importance of Using an Agent When Selling Your Home | Keeping Current Matters

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold. In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. For the past two years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2014 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. However, the report also revealed that for the second year in a row 96% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their home directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know. Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the actual home they will buy (53%) or negotiate the terms of the sale & price (31%) or understand the process (63%). Stephen Phillips, the Chief Operating Officer for HSF Affiliates LLC, put it best:

“Home buyers are more informed than ever with their Internet searches and ongoing research; however, there’s a critical need to transform that information into analysis and advice that helps consumers make the best home-buying and selling decisions.”

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots”. This is obvious as the percentage of overall buyers who used an agent to buy their home has steadily increased from 69% in 2001. 

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.

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Coming this Week in the Marshfield Mariner

  • Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect this week.
  • Volunteer Randy Whittle of Marshfield helps dig trenches to anchor netting and rake the flats to protect freshly seeded clam beds from birds and other predators.Wicked Local Staff Photo by Chris Bernstein |

    Volunteer Randy Whittle of Marshfield helps dig trenches to anchor netting and rake the flats to protect freshly seeded clam beds from birds and other predators.

    Posted Nov. 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm


    Marshfield Public School District’s full-day kindergarten program is getting closer to accommodating all interested students, but parents still have questions and concerns about the program’s benefits and if their children will get in.

    Shellfish beds are open for digging in the North and South Rivers. But even though the season just began, local officials are looking to get an even longer season next year.


    Rams football advance to Div. 2 state semifinals.


    Resident Dick Martin salutes World War II veteran and fellow Marshfield resident Jim Mullen.

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Today’s Update from Robert J Petrelli

News from the housing sector showed that confidence among home builders is on the rise, after some weak readings earlier in the year. Rising consumer confidence has been a key reason for the turnaround. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported on Tuesday that its Housing Market Index rose to 58 in November from October and above the 55 that was expected. An NAHB spokesman said “low interest rates, affordable home prices and solid job creation are contributing to a steady housing recovery.”

Inflation at the wholesale level unexpectedly increased in October, despite the decline in gas prices at the pumps. Lower gas prices were offset by rising prices for meat, electric power, pharmaceuticals and passenger cars. The Producer Price Index (PPI) rose by 0.2% last month, above the -0.2% expected and up from the -0.1% in September. When stripping out volatile food and energy, the so-called Core PPI rose by 0.4%, above the 0.1% expected. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.

Early season snowstorms are blanketing half of the U.S. with even Amarillo, Texas receiving nearly three inches of snow a few days ago. Upstate New York, which is a big snow state, is currently receiving three or four feet of snow, which is not typical this early in the season. The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center reported that there was snow cover on 50.1% of the lower 48 U.S. states as of today, which is the earliest that the halfway mark has been passed since it began measuring this method in 2008. It also beats a similar method that dates back to 2003 that included parts of Canada.

Robert J. Petrelli | President,  Mount Vernon Mortgage Corporation. 440 Washington Street | Weymouth, MA 02188

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Marshfield Mariner’s Weekly News Forecast

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  • Marshfield Town HallFILE PHOTO Marshfield Town Hall
    • Posted Nov. 17, 2014 @ 12:28 am
      Updated Nov 17, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Monday, Nov. 17:

      The Board of Selectmen has canceled its meeting tonight at Town Hall.

      Town Administrator Rocco Longo said the meeting was canceled due to conflicts that arose for two of the three board members. Items on the agenda included ratifying contracts for the town’s police and fire departments, and will most likely be pushed until next week’s meeting, Longo said.

      The Board of Public Works will meet at 7:15 p.m. in hearing room 3 at Town Hall to discuss, among other things, awarding the bid for a fueling facility.

      Tuesday, Nov. 18:

      The School Committee will meet to discuss the search for a new superintendent. Other items on the agenda include a Marshfield High School senior making a presentation about reducing the price to park for high school students. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the MHS auditorium.

      The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7:30 p.m. in hearing room 2 at Town Hall. New hearings include Mass Audubon seeking a variance to extend the walking trail at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary.

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