December 6th, 2010
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Yesterday on my radio show, Rich and Steve joined me in the studio to discuss October numbers from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. We were joined by Mary Ann Lisi, an agent from our Narragansett Office and one half of the Portfolio Partners team, to discuss a special property on 20 Bedford Circle in Narragansett.

Hidden away at the end of a quiet tree-lined drive and surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens, this magnificent getaway encompasses 3.1 acres, and adjoins additional open space that gives this property incredible privacy. Set high on a hill side overlooking the Narrow River, the home features a wrap around waterside deck, in-ground pool and lush plantings.

The bright and generously proportioned rooms enjoy the wonderful views. Easily adaptable, the home can be used either for year round living and entertaining, or simply as a secluded hideaway offering both beauty and serenity. This two to three bedroom home has an additional kitchen for a potential in-law apartment or pool party access.

Just minutes to river access for fishing and boating. The nearby Pettaquamscutt Cove National Wildlife Refuge, consisting of 200 acres of preserved habitat offers stellar summer kayaking and canoeing opportunities. The home is also one and a half miles to Narragansett Beach— the beach and famed “sea wall” are just a bike ride away.

Mary Ann Lisi has been a South County resident for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a realtor in 1997, Mary Ann restored homes, dabbled in interior design, and worked in visual merchandising for several large companies.

Melissa Coyle brings a strong background in marketing and communications to her real estate profession with over fifteen years of experience working with large corporations. With the increasingly competitive market, Melissa understands the need for superior service and problem solving. She establishes customer relationships based on enthusiasm, creativity and commitment.

November 3rd, 2010
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At Residential Properties, we work hard to buy and sell real estate on a professional level. Even though the company focuses on providing homes to those who can afford them, we have not forgotten about those who cannot necessarily purchase a home in the traditional sense. Last week I joined Mary Ann Lisi, an energetic volunteer and sales associate from our Narragansett office, at the South County Habitat for Humanity.

When I first asked about her involvement, Mary Ann remarked that she “feels strongly about giving back to the South County community”, since this is the area where she has focused her real estate endeavors. Not only has her experience with building and renovating been an asset to the cause, Mary Ann brings with her a genuine passion for carpentry. “I LOVE to swing a hammer” she stated with enthusiasm, “Habitat for Humanity and I are a perfect fit.” With such altruistic zeal, how could I not be drawn to join her?

Mary Ann has been working with the organization for several years and has recently rejoined the Womens Build Program on Thursdays. As part of South County Habitat for Humanity, the fantastic women volunteers are now working on a very exciting project, building a house on Klondike Road in Charlestown.

If you would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, their website has a complete list of chapters so that you can easily find a group in your area. There are several different options for volunteering, from youth to womens build programs, so you can choose the type of experience that best suits you. Not only is this a fun organization to help if you have a flair for building or restoration, but your efforts will give in-need families the opportunity to buy a home of their own.

June 8th, 2010
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Work and social events sometimes do cross paths.  That is, you’ll never know when a casual conversation will lead you to something you have just encountered in your professional life. It happened recently over the last weekend.

In the Kingstown and Narragansett area there is the Pettaquamscutt River, or more commonly known as the Narrow River. Several months ago we filmed it as we put together several videos on properties in the area.  It appeared to be a great body of water for kayaking or fishing.  Little did I know that an acquaintance is the president of the Narrow River Preservation Association and he recently received an award for his 40-year involvement with the association, which focuses on the preservation of this river’s environment. But as he put it, the award belongs to everyone involved.

He then told me of the 10K and 5k run/walk they held in May and the upcoming 5th annual Mile Turnaround Swim they are holding on the 19th of June. Both of these events benefit the preservation efforts.  He indicated the swim is a beautiful site to watch.

It is getting to the season where visiting the beaches and rivers of South County will become more common activities.  It is nice to know that there is a dedicated group of individuals around to make sure the resources are preserved for us to enjoy.