December 28th, 2018
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In addition to the fireworks, champagne, musical guests, New Year’s kiss, bowl games, and Winter Classic there are many other ways to celebrate the Earth making another rotation around the Sun and the calendar flipping to a new year. These are some of the ways that many will say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.

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In Spain eating 12 grapes at midnight is customary, once for each chime. Before you ask we are pretty sure one glass of wine does not count, and neither do 12 glasses of wine.


In Denmark, they lovingly throw plates and other dishware against the doors of their neighbors in order to ward off bad spirits. In a less destructive tradition, Danes also stand on top of chairs and jump together and leap into the new year.


In the Philippines, they display round shapes everywhere from the clothes to the thresholds and centerpieces. The round shapes represent coins and are displayed in the hopes of bringing a prosperous new year.

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Colombians carry empty suitcases around in the hope that next year will bring many new travels and adventures. Chileans looking to travel also share this tradition, they also traditionally wear yellow underwear.


If you’re deciding which underwear to pull on Italians traditionally wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve to bring forth luck. Italians also like to eat pig’s feet and lentils. We would not suggest combining these traditions into one.


If you are visiting a Scottish household during the New Year bring a gift. The first guest to cross the threshold in the new year is expected to bring a gift and spread good luck.

Puerto Rico and Latin America:

In Puerto Rico and many other Latin American countries they celebrate Ańo Viejo by throwing buckets of water out of the window or cleaning the home to signify a fresh start. Another way to say goodbye to the old year is to burn an effigy that represents the past calendar year.


Those are just a small number of traditions from around the world. We would love to hear what yours are in the comments below, and no matter what your traditions are, even if it’s to go to bed at 8PM, we want to wish you a fantastic 2019 full of opportunities and delight. 

December 13th, 2018


Residential Properties Ltd would like to announce the sale of Unit 704 at 100 Exchange Street in Providence. The Greene | Sweeney Team listed this property and is made up of Sales Associates Kira Greene and Michael J. Sweeney, members of RPL’s Providence office.

According to MLS, this is the highest sale of the year at either Waterplace building, and is also the highest 2-bedroom sale in two years. This is the highest sale in the building since October of 2017 when Unit 1602, a 3 bedroom unit, sold for $845,000, also by Michael J. Sweeney.

Located in the beautiful Waterplace Park complex, this gorgeous two bedroom condo features luxurious living space high above Downtown Providence. This unit occupies two corners on the front facing building to provide unparalleled views in every room. Host friends and family in the open main room or on the private terrace overlooking the Providence River basin and Waterplace Park.

Listing agents Kira Greene and Michael J. Sweeney, have combined forces to form the Greene | Sweeney Team and provide their customers with the highest level of service.

Kira Greene, is a recipient of the 2017 Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Plus Award and has also been included on Real Trends’ list of “America’s Top Real Estate Agents. Michael J. Sweeney is a recipient of the 2017 Circle of Excellence Gold award. The Greene | Sweeney team was just given the Residential Properties “Power Team” award, and with over $35 million dollars of combined sales they are the #1 team on the East Side and Greater Providence.

To learn more about the Greene | Sweeney Team and view their current listings, visit their website at or follow them on Instagram @ Greene_Sweeney.

December 7th, 2018

MicheleCaprio5x7Residential Properties would like to announce that Michele Caprio has assumed the position of manager at our Narragansett office.

RPL President & CEO Sally Lapides states that, “Michele has been a remarkable manager in our East Greenwich office and I am thrilled that she will expand her expertise to our Narragansett office. Her deep knowledge of the industry incorporated with her enthusiasm and professionalism will help grow our presence in this highly desirable area.”

When asked about the new position, Caprio shared her excitement to be working in Narragansett. “The opportunity to work in a community that I grew up in is an exciting challenge. I feel very much ‘at home’ in South County and look forward to developing meaningful connections with other real estate professionals in banking, mortgage brokerage, and real estate support services.”

An accomplished professional, Caprio was formerly the CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors® from 2012-2015 and CEO of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors® from 2015-2017. Currently, Caprio also serves as manager of RPL’s East Greenwich office and is looking forward to the opportunities that Narragansett affords.

“The Narragansett market represents a diverse inventory of real estate,” says Caprio. “From seasonal rentals to luxury homes, Residential Properties Ltd is poised to serve our clients with the exceptional service our reputation commands.”

Caprio is ready to lead the exceptional team at RPL’s Narragansett office towards further success and would like toIMG_1818 tell the people of Narragansett that “As the leader in RI real estate (#1) in sales volume and transactions, Residential Properties Ltd is committed to an enduring relationship with South County.”

That commitment to South County is exactly why RPL is confident Caprio will excel in her new position.

Visit Caprio and her team of real estate professionals at 750 Boston Neck Road Narragansett, RI 02882.