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Newport, RI's Historic Plaque Homes for Sale

Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:27pm. 87 Views, 0 Comments.

Historic Homes: Newport, RI's Living Legacy

Historic Newport RI Homes are one of the many desirable attributes of the City by the Sea.  In fact, Newport offers one of the largest concentrations of Colonial homes in the nation.  If you are charmed by Colonial character and are thinking of purchasing a historic home, then don’t miss the 17th Century historic John Bliss House, c. 1680.

John Bliss House for Sale, c. 1680

This antique Newport home is for sale (click here for details).  Built by Quakers, the John Bliss House was a working farm sitting high on a hill with pastoral views to the Ocean. The John Bliss House is possibly the oldest continuous residence in Newport today. The property offers a perfect balance between historic ambience and

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Real Estate Infographic for Newport County RI, June 2014

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at 8:55pm. 224 Views, 0 Comments.

How's Newport, RI's Real Estate market?  

Well, it was pritt-tee impressive this past June.  Though all 6 Newport County towns are favoring buyers ever so slightly, the market's much closer to parity than it's been in years.  Inventory is on the rise, but homes are moving when they're priced competitively.  Do you know what your home is worth?  We do, and we would love to taik to you about it!

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On the Set with Woody Allen in Newport RI!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 11:55am. 389 Views, 0 Comments.

Woody Allen and US in Newport! - Quiet On The Set!

The latest Woody Allen film is being shot in Newport with Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey. Not only was one of our stunning listings at 6 Greenough Place, used in the filming, but Cathy & I are on set!! Don’t look for us in the credits (not yet anyway) but we are lucky enough to know the head of lighting Frans Weterrings (Red Sky Studios) and he is kind enough to invite us up close for a VIP tour of the set in front of the Franklin Spa (a local, beloved diner) on Spring Street.

Anyone that really knows me knows that I love this kind of thing! and WOW! it was just so fun. My early days in College studying Theatre and Cathy’s volunteer experience with Newport International Film Festival

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Cathy & Leah at Newport's Volvo Ocean Race Send Off!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 9:29pm. 244 Views, 0 Comments.

Leah & Cathy at 2014 Volvo Transatlantic Pre Start

Summer in Newport, RI means world class sailing of every description - on the Bay, in the Ocean, through the harbor.  

All. The. Time.

But there was special excitement in the air the afternoon of July 9th at Fort Adams State Park when Cathy & I took a break from real estate to cheer on Volvo Ocean Race teams, Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica, at the Pre Start of their Transatlantic voyage. Team Alvimedica’s crew includes three Rhode Islanders, Nick Dana (Newport) Charlie Enright (Bristol) and on board reporter Amory Ross (Newport).

Wishing two great boats and two great crews a speedy and safe crossing. This is the only time we will see two Volvo Ocean Race boats together until their return to

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Tiverton Basin RI - Life on the Edge

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 1:01pm. 194 Views, 0 Comments.

The Art of the Waterfront RI Home

Let's be honest. Selling beautiful waterfront homes in RI is the best assignment going for local real estate agents, but working for an engaging seller who is also a talented photographer and writer?  Well, that's as good as it gets in my profession!

Here is the latest installment from Nancy Driggs, the eloquent owner of 1601 Main Rd., in Tiverton - an exceptional property in a beautiful place now for sale by Hogan Associates.

"It’s that time of year again 'living on the edge' of Tiverton Basin.   Moorings, bobbing vacant all winter, are now filled. The early morning light gradually climbs down the houses across the Basin and slowly and severally down the masts of the sailboats at bay.  The living room French

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Closing or Coronation? You be the Judge.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 7:14pm. 322 Views, 0 Comments.

 We are ever so pleased to announce the recent coronation of our own Caroline Richards!  The ceremony took place at the closing of 15 Lucas Avenue. where Buyers, Aram Terchunian and Lise Freilinghaus paid homage to the unsuspecting agent with a crown, a scepter, her own personalized playing card and a framed rendering of the incredibly cute house.  

Caroline was lauded for keeping things together through some particularly gnarly twists and turns.  The grateful (and creative) Buyer and Seller were heard to exclaim,  "Long live my real estate agent!"

Now 'at's sumfin you don't 'ear evrey die, Queenie!  Congrats!

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Sellers, Tax Stamp Vote is week of June 8, 2014!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at 10:25am. 364 Views, 0 Comments.

RI Tax Stamp Increase Imminent!

IF nothing changes, and you sell your home after July 1, 2014 you will pay 15% more Conveyance Tax (a.k.a Tax Stamps), and 100% of the increase will go to an account that can be spent by the Housing Resources Commission on ANYTHING.  

RI's Conveyance Tax is collected every time a Rhode Island home sells. It's collected at every closing, and it doesn't matter if you made money or lost money on your home.  The current tax is $4 per $1,000 of the sale price. Last Thursday (6/5/14) the House Finance Committee approved a budget increasing in the Conveyance Tax 15% from $4 per $1,000 to $4.60 per $1,000.  Next week the budget goes to the the House and Senate for final approval.

That puts Rhode Island's conveyance tax

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Cathy Wicks & Leah Poole join Hogan Associates!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 1:31pm. 303 Views, 0 Comments.

Cathy Wicks and Leah Poole - a Most Dynamic Duo...

Meet Leah (left), Cathy (right). They're the latest addition to our Hogan Associates Real Estate team!

We are SO pleased to welcome these two superstars to the fold.  With 17 years of combined experience, they offer a level of service and expertise that's hard to beat and - bonus - they know a thing or two about living large on Aquidneck Island!

This photo was taken last week on Panacea, a Ted Hood designed 62' Little Harbor Sloop run by Leah's very capable husband, Captain Jeffrey Poole.

These two have sold hundreds  (that's right, hundreds) of homes from Little Compton to Charlestown and everywhere in between.  They will analyze your real estate goals, provide you with sensible feedback

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3 Lessons Learned from Warren Buffet's take on Real Estate Investing

Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 9:13am. 297 Views, 0 Comments.

Investing in Real Estate? Lets ask Warren Buffett, the infamous investor worth billions who is commonly known as “The Oracle of Omaha”.  His insight in investing I’ve always found to be a very simple, easy and straight forward. This article delves into two real estate investments he’s made. Here’s a few points I walked away with;

-Ignore the outside noise and chatter

When we were in the depths of the Great Recession Mr. Buffett was buying up companies left and right, while the rest of the market went running for the hills. His Berkshire Hathaway holding company bought Prudential Real Estate as his method of jumping into the real estate market. But years ago, he made a few real estate plays himself, ignoring the noise around him, he focused on the

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Life on the Water: A Homeowner's View from Tiverton, RI

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 12:22pm. 1,292 Views, 0 Comments.

We write a lot about RI waterfront homes, but sometimes it's nice to hear from people who actually live in them.  Here's one owner's take on the pleasures of living at 1601 Main Road in Tiverton - a pretty enticing deal at $895,000.

 “My husband and I bought the property at 1601 Main Road (then a summer cottage) in 1996 when two of our three children were still in high school – both avid sailors. We fell in love with its immediacy to so many things:  water play of all kinds right off our own dock – swimming, sailing, kayaking; early morning light climbing the houses and boat yard across the Basin, at night the lights of the Mt. Hope Bridge in the distance, and the Sakonnet River Bridge to the North; spectacular sunsets; and, the ability to watch the

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