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Newport RI Real Estate Blog

Little Compton: A brief intro

Little Compton is located at the southeastern tip of Rhode Island between the Sakonnet River and the Massachusetts state boundary line. 

It is the second smallest town in the smallest state! 

Little Compton is the ideal place to live if one wishes to experience that small town life style and rural tranquility. There is an increase in population as the summer draws near and many families have been summering here for generations. In fact many of the residents have ancestors dating centuries back. Driving through the back country roads there are many farms and stone walls surrounding vast open fields. A view of the Sakonnet River follows your travel along Main Road.

There are several seasonal farm stands in which

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This Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM  Eco-Depot will be collecting various household waste products, old paint cans and so-forth at Easton's Beach 175 Memorial Blvd. Newport.

This is a perfect opportunity for those selling their property, to dispose of these products prior to packing up!

For more info on the types of disposables to be collected visit their website at or call 401.942.1430 x 241.

They do have these collections at various times and places through out the year which is mentioned on their site.

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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.  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 modern living with a rich

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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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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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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 Narragansett

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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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 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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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 at

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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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