Summer doesn’t officially start until the summer solstice on June 20, but I (Lee) consider the start of summer to be the week after Memorial Day. The last day of school has either already arrived or is right around the corner and the lightning bugs are flying around. Summer is my favorite time of year. It stays light longer, you don’t have a big push to get homework done or kids out the door in the morning, houses sell well, and overall I think folks are happier.  

Sellers have had a lot to be happy about year round for the last few years, and this summer should keep smiles on their faces. As you can see from this chart courtesy of the Real Estate Information Network (REIN our local MLS), the number of active listings are actually down a hair, and the median sales price is up a tiny amount when comparing April 2022 to April 2023. The median sales prices was $320,000 for April 2023, the exact same amount as last month. 

One interesting fact to highlight from a study we did using local market data is that the month that the most number of homes goes under contract is April. The top five months, in order, are April, June, May, July, and March. We also studied when the average seller lists their home. The top five months for listing were April, July, May, March, and June. The evidence from this study supports our belief that if you are going to sell your home this summer, it is in your best interest to go ahead and give us a call (757-726-7653 for Lee, 757-434-9084 for Harry) or reply back to this email. Don’t wait! We love real estate and will be happy to talk through your individual situation. 

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What’s Happening in Suffolk

“RE-ART”: The Importance of Recycling Through Art

“Re-ART” is an invitational exhibit illustrating the importance of recycling through art. Participating artists include: Dana Adams, Gertrude Fendler, Collette Ho Mann, Sam Hundley, Maggie Kerrigan, Nancy Kinzinger, John Tobin, Sherry Willis-Littlepage, and Brenda Wright. In addition, balloon refuse animals created in conjunction with Keep Suffolk Beautiful and Suffolk Public Schools will be on display.

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A Blockbuster Summer at the Center: Black Panther

Join Suffolk Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, as they proudly present A Blockbuster Summer at the Center, a series of three blockbuster adventure films. The series kicks off on Sunday, June 11, 2023, when Black Panther comes to the big screen.

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Suffolk Art League’s Open Members Show 2023

Suffolk Art League invites you to the Annual Open Members Show, on exhibit from June 13 to July 14, 2023. This open show features artwork by current members of the Suffolk Art League.

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Juneteenth: A Celebration Of Our Stories

As a community, our stories and experiences hold a lot of power-they deserve to be shared and celebrated! Come together this Juneteenth for a community conversation where we can share and celebrate our stories and reflect on what it means to be Black in our community, the United States, and our lives as a whole.

Storytime at the Station

The popular “Storytime at the Station” series has returned to the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum! Ideal for children ages three to seven, this interactive program features a different transportation-themed book each month, which will be read aloud, followed by the opportunity to explore the museum (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

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TGIF Summer Concert Series 2023

The summer is here and Suffolk Parks & Recreation is ready to kick it off with the TGIF Summer Concert Series of 2023, beginning at the Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 6pm and the bands will take the stage at 6:30pm.

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The Market offers an array of fresh local produce, beef, poultry, eggs, honey, baked goods, pickled vegetables, jams, plants and flowers, handmade soaps, candles, garden and farm décor, jewelry, and other artisan crafts.

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