REMAX franchise finds new home on Main Street
Real estate agents hugged, schmoozed and ate garlic bread at REMAX Vantage Team ROSO’s grand opening party at 185 Main St. on Thursday, June 8, but the life of the party was 11-month old Paulo Rebello, Jr., who had a whole desk to himself.
“He doesn’t like to miss out on a party,” said his mother Lindsey, who hopes that he will join the family business. “He’s our youngest realtor-in-training.”
Young Paulo has a lot of growing to do — and so does Wareham, said Team ROSO President Eddie Lopez.
“We saw potential in Wareham and revitalizing Wareham,” Lopez said. “Particularly the downtown area.”
Team ROSO is a REMAX franchise serving the South Coast. It already has offices in Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Fall River, and an office in New Bedford is coming soon.
Lopez said Wareham, despite its “lack of inventory,” is an attractive location for his business.
This is not only due to it being “the gateway to Cape Cod,” but due to Town Meeting’s April vote to increase building height and density on Main Street. The vote also increased the amount of housing units that can be built downtown.
“We want to be in towns that are proactive, real estate-friendly and growth-minded,” Lopez said.
Lopez and Ron Oliveira purchased the building containing 173-189 Main St. for $875,000 in July 2022.
“The zoning changes are going to allow more housing,” Oliveira said, “so I feel there’s a demand for us to be in the center of town.”
The business owners currently using the building will stay there, paying rent to Lopez and Oliveira. That being said, Lopez sees an opportunity for his business to expand with the extra space.
Lopez is currently looking for local agents to work for him in Wareham. Twenty or 25 is “a healthy number” for him, at least to start with.
“We have plenty of room to grow in this building,” he said. “So we won’t stop there.”
Oliveira said that Team ROSO wants to provide affordable housing options to Wareham. Lopez said that the team will sponsor community events and donate money and goods to local charities.
Are they concerned about competitor Jack Conway, who moved in at 251 Main St. in May?
“We all blend in the same realty community,” Oliveira said. “We are all here to provide service.”
“I think the future of Main Street looks promising,” Lopez said. “It’s long overdue.”