Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How the #shopFranklin was born...

Through the #shopFranklin initiative I have discovered many local businesses (old and new) and the great resources and talent we have here in Franklin, MA. I enjoy meeting wonderful people along the way and learning their Franklin stories. Now I know the little things like the best pickles are found at Daddario Hardware store...really! Looking forward to keep on learning, discovering and supporting our Franklin community!

So what is a #shopFranklin you ask? It is a collaborative environment for independent Franklin business owners and neighbors to discuss ways in which we can support local businesses in Franklin by sharing information, favorite businesses and ideas on events and initiatives.

How did it all start? #‎shopFranklin "accidentally" started in January of this year to find ways in which we could support our local businesses as more and more chains started opening and more small stores started closing.

And who is behind this successful movement? Local resident and a mom Sarah Mabardy. Here is what she has recently shared:
"I never imagined it would be going so strong. I will keep doing my part as long as you all promise to stick around and post about your businesses and about your experiences shopping at local businesses.
I am former corporate America, now a stay at home mom of seven+ years to two small, high energy boys. I have lived in Franklin for over 10 years and have been amazed in good ways and bad at how it has changed in those ten years. I do not own a small business. I just want to help the people that do."

Interested and intrigued? Join the conversation! 

Other wonderful resources for #shopFranklin you should check out:

#shopFranklin Business directory:
#shopFranklin Photo Spotlights:
#shopFranklin Spotlights by Kiernan Reed:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New England Holiday Lights Guide 2015

* Fatima Shrine Christmas Lights, 101 Summer Street, Holliston, MA - typically from Thanksgiving to early January
* National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro, MA - Nov 24 to Jan 1, 5-9pm daily. Free event, donations appreciated.
* Winter Reimagined, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA - Nov 25 to Jan 8
* Festival of Lights at Edaville USA, Carver, MA - Nov 18 to Jan 1
* ZooLights at Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA - Nov 25 to Jan 1, 5-9pm
* Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Nov 18 - Dec 23
* Santa Parade and Tree Lighting, Mendon MA - Dec 2 at 6:30pm
* Enchanted Village at Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA - Dec 3 to Dec 31
* Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA, Nov 25 - Dec 18, 4:30-8:30pm
* Marblehead Christmas Walk, Marblehead, MA - Dec 1-4
* Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield, MA - Nov 23 to Jan 1
* Festival of Trees, Methuen, MA - Nov 19 - Dec 3
* Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture, Avon MA - Nov 19 to Jan 1
* Lights of Boston, Boston, MA - no info available yet for 2016
* Blink!, Boston, MA - Nov 20 to Jan 1
First Night Boston, Boston, MA - Dec 31

* Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport, RI - Nov 19 to Jan 2
* Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket, RI - Dec 3,4,10
* Winterfest at Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI - opening Nov 26
* Christmas in RI

* Holiday Guide to NH

* Holiday Lights Displays in CT

* Christmas Activities in Vermont 

* December Festivals

Last updated on 11/14/2016

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NEW PRICE - 54 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA

Just reduced! Open House on Sunday 11/22/15, 12-2pm.

Don't miss this wonderful 3 bedroom colonial in Dover Farms development in Franklin, MA. Open concept living and dining room with hardwood floors, plenty of storage, finished walk-out basement, Kennedy School district!

Fore more details click HERE.

Call Renata at 508-507-9715 for more information or to schedule a showing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Price for 210 Plain Street, Franklin MA

$144,900 - 210 Plain Street, Franklin MA (MLS# 71772805)
Calling all contractors, investors, handymen for this short sale opportunity in Franklin, MA. Home is located at 210 Plain Street in Franklin, MA and features town water/town sewer, nice large side yard in desirable Kennedy School district. Schedule your showing today. Call/text 508-507-9715 or email

For more details, please click HERE.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkins in the Park in Franklin MA

Franklin Art Center and Franklin Recreation Department invite you to the first Pumpkins in the Park Stroll on Friday, October 30th from 6-8pm at the Sculpture Park (next to the Franklin Police Station). There will be a contest for the most creative, scariest, and funniest pumpkin. You can drop yours off between 12-2pm and 6-8pm on the day of the event. Pumpkins can be picked up after the event ends or on Saturday morning.

Friday, October 23, 2015

OPEN HOUSE at 54 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA

Please join us for an Open House at 54 Palomino Drive in Franklin, MA this Saturday (10/24) from 1-2:30pm. Come see this lovely 3 bedroom colonial in Dover Farms featuring large kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, hardwood floors in living and dining room, wood burning fireplace and finished walk out basement with half bath.

Please click HERE for more details on this listing. Thank you. 

Connect with me to schedule a private showing at 508-507-9715 or email

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Just Listed: 54 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA 02038

54 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA 02038

Offered at $429,900

Showings start immediately. OPEN HOUSE Sunday 10/18, 1-3pm.

Walk into this bright and sunny 3 bedroom colonial with 1 full and 2 half baths and you will feel right at home. This home offers open living and dining area with hardwood floors and a wood burning fireplace, spacious eat-in kitchen with gas stove and plenty of cabinets. You will find ample closet and storage space through the house and in the finished walk-out basement.  Relax on your deck and a patio while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings and professional landscaping. This low maintenance home has vinyl siding, vinyl windows, gas heat and A/C. Schedule your showing today!

For more details on this listing click HERE.

Contact me with any questions or to schedule a showing at 508-507-9715 or email

Friday, September 4, 2015


"Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness."

Thank you to my wonderful clients for allowing me to help with their real estate needs. I truly love what I do and enjoy seeing happy clients at the end of the transaction and beyond.

To read more Testimonials, please click the link below:

Feel free to contact me if you are thinking of selling or buying. I'd be happy to talk to you. Call/text 508-507-9715, email

Friday, August 21, 2015

Just Sold - 515 Main St., Walpole MA

This property with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths just sold in Walpole, MA. 

Connect with me for a free market evaluation of your home. Email me at or call at 508-507-9715.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Farm Fresh in Franklin, MA

Some Franklin, MA farms were established long time ago, some are new. But they all have the following in common: their products are fresh, they look and taste better, many use organic farming methods. Buying local supports local families, preserves open spaces and benefits the local wildlife and environment.

So don't wait and go visit them before this season is over!

Akin Bak Farm: 360 West Central Street, Franklin MA,  tel: 508-530-2227, open daily during season, fresh produce, raw honey, farm fresh eggs, CSA shares.

Fairmount Fruit Farm: 887 Lincoln Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-533-8737, open M-F 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, offering fruits, vegetables, plants, eggs, baked goods, fall apple picking.

Franklin Honey Company: 1 Green Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-507-9684, offering all natural local honeybee products.

Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries: 557 Lincoln Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-528-9430, open for blueberry picking early July to late August, Fri-Sat 8am-4pm.

Grateful Farm: 49 Prospect Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-446-5806, offering herbs, potted plants, greens, peas/beans, onions, tomatoes, root veggies and more.

Hoffman Farm: Daniels Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-934-6902, open M-T 10am-6pm, Sat - Sun 10am -6pm, closed Fridays, offering organic vegetables, farm fresh eggs.

Painted Lady Flower Farm: 64 Maple Street, Franklin MA, tel: 508-243-1962, offering seasonal flowers, herbs, grains and greenery grown using earth-friendly and organic methods. Available at local farmers markets, via CSA subscription and at select retailers. Also offering flowers for weddings and special events.

Wadsworth Farm: Spring Street, Franklin MA, open M-Sun 6am-7pm, blueberries and seasonal produce offered at their stand.

FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET: The Town Common in Franklin, MA, every Friday, June - October 30th, noon-6pm. Check out the 2015 vendors HERE.

If I have missed any, please let me know. I'd be happy to add them. Email me the info to Thank you.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Just Sold - 67 Cleveland Street, Norfolk MA

Another property sold by Better Living Real Estate in Norfolk, MA. Thinking about selling? Connect with me for a free market evaluation of your home. Email: or call/text (508) 507-9715.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

4th of July Celebrations in Franklin, MA

Looking for things to do in Franklin, MA to celebrate the 4th of July? The festivities started on July 1st and will continue until July 5th. The laser light show with sounds and 3D glasses  is scheduled for 10pm on July 3rd.

For official schedule and website please click HERE.

Don't forget that Franklin Recreation Department sponsors the annual 4th of July 5K Adult Run and the 1 mile Kids run! The registration opens at 9am on The Town Common in the front of the gazebo. Adult run starts at 10am and the Kid's run at 11am.

If you would like to see what else is happening around Franklin, please visit the Calendar of Events.

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Just Listed - 515 Main Street, Walpole MA

515 Main Street, Walpole MA 02081

Offered at $349,900

First showings start at the Open House on SAT 6/6/15, 1-2:30pm.

This charming and bright Cape style home offers three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Bright and sunny kitchen overlooks your large, fenced in backyard with beautiful mature trees that offer privacy and shade for your summer barbecues. 
Enter the home through a mud room that can offer space for additional dining or office area. Family room downstairs can become 4th bedroom if needed. Need more storage space? Come take a look at the hideaway space above the garage and the potential in the walk out basement. New roof 2012, water heater 2005, town water/town sewer, gas heat. 
Attention commuters! Home is conveniently located close to public transportation (walk to train, bus!) and shops. Downtown is only 1 mile away so enjoy your summer walks to your favorite restaurants, ice cream place or library. 

For more details click HERE.

Contact me with any questions or to schedule a showing at 508-507-9715 or email

Monday, May 25, 2015

Better Living Real Estate Launches Community Protectors and Veterans Program

The Community Protectors Real Estate Program for First Responders & Veterans was developed by Better Living Real Estate® to honor and serve Massachusetts and Rhode Island First Responders and Veterans.  You are our "Community Protectors" that make our lives, towns and cities safer and better.  Together with our local business partners, we have put together an amazing program of savings and benefits as a way of saying "Thank You" for your continued service and dedication. We support our local Police, Firefighters, EMS, Veterans and other first responders with the Community Protectors Real Estate Program!


Please follow these links for your:

Real Estate Benefits

Mortgage Benefits

Redeem Your Benefits

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with me by phone/text at 508-507-9715 or email me at

Sunday, April 19, 2015

67 Cleveland Street, Norfolk MA Has a New Price!

Now offered at $499,900! Open House SUN 4/19, 11:30am-1pm.

You must come to see what this wonderful home has to offer. It is a lot bigger then you think, with plenty of storage space, custom built (one owner only, meticulously maintained), situated on a private lot with 1.4 acres of land.

For more details click HERE.

Contact me with any questions or to schedule a showing at 508-507-9715, email:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Community Spotlight: HMEA, Inc - 14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk

HMEA, Inc. - Horace Mann Educational Associates, located in Franklin, MA and serving over 110 communities, provide innovative services in school, at work, and at home for nearly 3,800 children and adults with disabilities such as Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other behavioral challenges. The services are individually designed to meet the unique needs of each person served and their family.

For the 14th year, the community will be coming together for HMEA's Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk held on SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015 at EMC2 on Constitution Boulevard in Franklin.

The event kicks off with a USATF certified 5K course run starting at 9 am, followed by a family friendly and flexible 5K Walk that follows at 11 am.  In addition there is a kids “fun run” that starts at 12:30 pm

Games, activities, free food and great entertainment throughout the day for all to enjoy.

The family-fun event has numerous activities available for kids such as “touch a truck” – a 150 foot ladder Franklin fire truck, police displays, a wood shop building sponsored by the Home Depot of Bellingham and so much more. Special guests include the mascots Wally the Green Monster, Nibbles Woodaway, and the Cardi Furniture Bros “NiRoPe.” In addition, this year’s entertainment highlights boast The New England Revolution Slyde and The Battalion, Studio Two – a Beatles Tribute Band, Irish Step Dancers, Hot Rods, Clowns and even a Dog Show!

The day’s events feature a special “Dreams Come True” raffle which contains high-end items such as a Bose® Wave® SoundTouch® Music System, a one-week RCI timeshare to anywhere in their world-wide catalog, four complimentary 1-day Park Hopper passes to Disney World Theme Parks, 4 Red Sox Tickets, complimentary one night stay in a Luxurious Room in the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, and much more.

HMEA, Inc. is anticipating that this year will be another successful event and hope that the community will continue to help champion its' mission of promoting the values, dreams and potential of people with developmental disabilities through education, support and life experiences.

Connect with HMEA, Inc:

Website, Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Flicker, YouTube

Photos courtesy of HMEA, Inc. 

If you would like to have your organization/business featured on Community Spotlight contact

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Join Us at Better Living Real Estate

Whether you are a seasoned real estate agent or one who just got the license, I'd encourage you reading our Testimonial Page. There are many interesting stories there, but all seem to have common denominators: team, support, success, technology, helping people.

"Better Living For Better Life" is not just a catch phrase, it's the way we live and work!

I'd be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Connect with me via phone 508-507-9715 or email I would love to tell you more.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just Sold - 57 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA

Still shortage of properties on the market and buyers are out there looking. If you are thinking of selling, I would like the opportunity to help. Connect with me via call/text  at 508-507-9715 or email me at


Friday, March 20, 2015

Gearing up for another busy weekend/week ahead. Preparing market analysis, showings with my buyer clients, meeting new buyers and getting ready for a closing with my seller client. Let me know if I can help you! 

Call/text 508-507-9715, email: 

#spring #realestate #BetterLivingForBetterLife

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Indoor Gardens of New England

NE Bonsai Gardens
Winter blues? I think many of us are ready for spring and looking forward to see some green color instead of white. If you cannot wait any longer, how about a trip to one of these fine New England indoor gardens?


New England Bonsai Gardens, Bellingham MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA

Boston Flower and Garden Show, March 11-15, 2015

Butterfly Place, Westford MA

Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Boston MA

Franklin Park Zoo - Tropical Forest, Boston MA

Lyman Estate Greenhouses in Waltham MA

Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, Wellesley MA

Boston Flower Show 2014

Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden, Providence RI


Marsh Botanical Garden, New Haven CT

Briggs Home and Garden Center
You can also visit your local nurseries and garden centers with greenhouses. One of my favorites is Briggs Home and Garden in North Attleboro, MA. What's your favorite place to visit?

Thinking of selling? Get inspired. Homes with high curb appeal typically sell faster and at a higher price.

Connect with me for a FREE Market Analysis to see what your home is worth in today's market. Email me at or call/text at 508-507-9715.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2015 Maple Sugaring Season Is Here!

It is maple sugaring season again! Below is an updated post with some of the local venues where you can go to see the action and do some tasting too. 

Matfield Maple Farm 2013

Appleton Farms Ipswich - Tap to Table - March 7th
Land's Sake in Weston - Sugaring Off Festival - March 28. They also need volunteers to help out now with sap collection and maple syrup production
Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Lincoln - Sap-to-Syrup Farmers Breakfast - March 14 - 15
Mass Audubon Ipswich - Weekend Maple Sugaring Tours - March 7,8, 14 and 15
Mass Audubon Moose Hill Sharon- Maple Sugaring Festival - March 15, 21 and 22
Matfield Maple Farm Tours - West Bridgewater - Saturdays and Sundays through March
Natick Community Organic Farm - through March weekdays and Saturdays! Special event Maple Magic on Saturday, March 7th.
Old Sturbridge Village - Maple Days - weekends through March 23rd.

Many of these events require registration, so be sure not to wait too long. They fill up quickly!

For even more resources and sugar houses in Massachusetts visit Massachusetts Maple Producers Association.

Moose Hill Sanctuary 2014
Matfield Maple Farm 2013

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Community Spotlight: Absolutely Fabulous Affairs

Absolutely Fabulous Affairs is the result of Sandi’s clear passion for creating simply amazing events. It is rooted in the philosophy that a party has the potential to deliver happiness long after your guests leave by creating special moments that will last a lifetime. Absolutely Fabulous Affairs is here to help you plan and throw an unforgettable and personalized party that will forever remain in the hearts of your friends and loved ones! 

We do this by listening closely to what you want and crafting a creative vision that is all yours.  From outrageously fun children’s parties to elegant bridal affairs, we make each event come to life with every thought out detail.

Working with Absolutely Fabulous Affairs not only gives clients access to our creativity, but also our vast collection of party wares and equipment, saving you money and time.  We look forward to hearing about your next event!

Connect with Absolutely Fabulous Affairs:
Phone: (773) 332-0718
Contact Person: Sandi Verhaegen

Photos and text courtesy of Sandi Verhaegen and Absolutely Fabulous Affairs.

If you would like to have your organization/business featured on Community Spotlight contact

Friday, February 6, 2015

Just SOLD in Franklin, MA

Another home sold in Franklin, MA. The snow (and a lot of it) may be on the ground, but spring market is here and it is never too early to start planning! Whether you are looking to buy or sell, connect with me. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions. Call/text (508) 507-9715 or email me at

31 Fuller Place, Franklin MA

Monday, February 2, 2015

Community Spotlight: Sandhya's Kitchen

I had the pleasure of cooking with Sandhya at Sandhya's Kitchen recently and would love to share her business with you. Her lessons are fun, interactive, very hands on and you will learn to make some delicious, healthy food and take it home as well.

Sandhya runs Indian Vegetarian Cooking Lessons from her home in Franklin.  She can teach you how to make your favorite Indian dishes.....they are much healthier and a much cheaper option to restaurant food! Completely unprocessed plant based cooking! Most of the menu is gluten free and Sandhya can modify the recipes to be vegan if desired.

She does private and semi private (2 people) lessons in her home. Sandhya's Kitchen for full menu. You and your friends will learn to cook Indian food and also sample what you cook. You will cook three dishes of your choice in 2 hours. If you would like to have an Indian Cooking Lesson party at your home Sandhya can bring her kitchen to you.

The cost includes the cost of materials and if you go to Sandhya's home, she does all the prep and the clean up too! Lessons are 100% hands on and interactive. You can also buy a gift certificate if you want to give her lessons as a gift. Visit Sandhya's Facebook page to see ratings and reviews.

Currently Tri-County HS in Franklin is offering group lessons for adults called Indian Cooking Made Easy. You can sign up HERE, but hurry - space is limited!

Connect with Sandhya's Kitchen:
Website, Facebook
Phone: (630) 864-0468
Address: 18 Spruce Pond Rd., Franklin, MA 02038
Contact Person: Sandhya Jain

Photos courtesy of Sandhya Jain and Sandhya's Kitchen.

If you would like to have your organization/business featured on Community Spotlight contact

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Price! - 57 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA

NOW $389,900!

Price adjustment on this ready to move in property in a great neighborhood. Here is a sneak peek, but come see the whole home at our Open Houses this weekend!

Saturday 1/31 from 1 to 2:30pm
Sunday 2/1 from 12 to 1:30pm

For more information about the property, please go HERE.

To schedule a showing, please contact me via email at 
or call/text 508-507-9715.

We will have you back home in time for the big game on Sunday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Juno or Not - Be Prepared For Winter Storms!

From the looks of it at the supermarket today, everyone knows to get the bread, milk, water and cold cuts. Here is what I do to prepare for winter storms like Juno. 

Essentials to have on hand:
  • Food (for humans and pets)
  • Water
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights and those little battery operated portable lights. Many people like candles. For me, personally, it seems more like a fire hazard with kids running around. 
  • Matches/lighters/wood if you have a functional wood-burning fireplace
  • Cash (it may come in handy if power goes out)
  • Rock salt, shovels (one for each family member and a few extra ones)
  • Full tank of gas
  • Radio (L.L. Bean and others carry the crank ones that do not need batteries, also same goes for their flashlights)
  • Keep everything on chargers until...
  • If you have a generator, you should start it and make sure it works before the storm, have fuel available
  • Roof rake (HERE are some good points before you use one though)
  • Toilet paper (important)
  • Medication/prescriptions you may need to get through the storm and at least few days beyond
  • Emergency numbers for your utility providers (below are links for Franklin) and your insurance company (hopefully you will not need it)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Teen Volunteers Wanted for Lion's Heart - Teens Giving Back Chapter in Franklin, MA

Lion’s Heart–Teens Giving Back, a national community service organization for teens in 6th through 12th grade, has opened a chapter in Franklin!

If you missed the parent info session tonight, here is the scoop. All the information presented can be found on their website

Enrollment begins February 1 at 12 am (PST!) and runs thru August 1, 2015.  To enroll click HERE.

Started in 2004 in Southern California, Lion’s Heart has experience tremendous grown since it founding. It’s Members have served over 100,000 hours of community service!

Lion’s Heart is open to teenagers in 6th through 12th grades.
Members perform at least 30 hours of community service each year, and are grouped by grade level and gender. One parent acts as the Class Coordinator, and each group of up to 20 elects their own officers, lead their own meetings (there are 8 meetings a year, your teen has to attend at least 5), and decide on a group community service projects. There is no fundraising in Lion’s Heart; only serving the community in fun and meaningful ways. Parents are encouraged but not required to serve the community. Dues are $130 to join (but discounted or waived for hardship situations), $65 for years after the first year.

Lion’s Heart is a qualifying organization for the national President’s Volunteer Service Award program; qualified Members receive these awards each June. Lion’s Heart Members can also earn the annual Torchbearer’s Award, presented to the Member in each group who went “above and beyond” for the community for that year. Members who are active for all six years will receive the Golden Lion Award when they are seniors in high school.

Local Chapter President is Allison Bernhardt. To contact Allison you can email her at

Find them on Facebook

Friday, January 16, 2015

Price Adjustment - 57 Palomino Drive, Franklin MA

NOW $399,900! Well maintained 3BR/2BA colonial in Dover Farms development in Franklin, MA.

Visit us at Open House on Sunday 1/18/15 from 1pm to 2:30pm or call for a private showing 508-507-9715.

For more information click HERE.

Contact me at, call/text 508-507-9715

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 Summer Camps Around Franklin, MA

Franklin Living: Summer Camps Around Franklin, MA: UPDATED LIST for 2015! Many registrations are open now. If you know of a camp or a summer program that is not on the list, please email me at

Monday, January 5, 2015

Franklin MA: Real Estate Market Report - December 2014

Graphic summary of real estate market for single family (SF) homes and condominiums/town homes (CC) in Franklin MA for the month of December 2014 with year over year comparison.

Looking forward: there are 41 single family homes and 20 condominiums on the market as of January 1, 2015 (vs. 36 SF or 37 CC resp. in January 2014).

Number of listings active, under agreement and sold.

Days properties were on the market.

Average price for listings in Franklin MA.

* Data based on MLS PIN

Contact me for any of your real estate needs, consultations are always free! or call 508-507-9715