Belchertown single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013, financial crisis opened door for land preservation Reply

The number of single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to 2012.

The number of single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to 2012.

Belchertown building permits for single-family homes nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to the previous year, according the town’s building inspector’s office. 

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January Pioneer Valley single-family homes sales fall 6.9% as median prices rise 10.5% Reply

This home has about 1700 sq.ft., two metal buildings for your cars and toys, and 37 acres of land.

This home has about 1700 sq.ft., two metal buildings for your cars and toys, and 37 acres of land.

Pioneer Valley single family home sales were down 6.9% and median single-family home prices were up 10.5% during the month of January when compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. 

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision imperils private property rights; MESA a good law with bad implementation Reply

A look at the Massachusetts Priority Habitat GIS Map overlay that shows how of the valley has been designated a priority habitat.

A screenshot of Massachusetts Priority Habitat GIS Map overlay that shows how much of the Pioneer Valley that has been designated a priority habitat, which is shown in yellow. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently upheld a lower court’s ruling regarding the authority of Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, also known as MassWildlife, to designate certain areas as a priority habitat under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA), thereby limiting a private landowner’s use of their property without recognizing said landowner’s property rights.   More…

Few Fannie Mae properties in Pioneer Valley qualify for “First Look” incentive program Reply

The icon that appears on certain REO properties listed by Fannie Mae that qualify for the incentive.

The icon that appears on certain REO properties listed by Fannie Mae that qualify for the incentive.

Massachusetts in one of 27 states where home buyers who purchase certain properties can receive up to 3.5% of the final sales price in closing cost assistance from Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae.    More…

Why Realtor.com is a better website for shopping for a home than third-party syndication sites like Trulia & Zillow Reply

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online.  Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online. Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

When shopping for a house online there are many websites to choose from.  One could go to websites like Yahoo.com or Aol.com, one could search for a home from their news website of choice, or one could go to their real estate agency’s website or their agent’s website.  Among the most popular websites to shop for a home are Realtor.com, Trulia.com, and Zillow.com.   While I personally prefer that Pioneer Valley home shoppers utilize the search tool on my website or ask to send them the homes that meet their specific criteria, many prefer those three sites.  More…

Montague Home for Sale with 5-Star Plus Energy Rating: 12 Sunderland Road (Slide show & narrated HD video tour) Reply

This brand new home has been given a 5 Star Plus Energy Rating, making it less expensive to own than less expensive homes because energy costs are less.

This brand new home has been given a 5 Star Plus Energy Rating, making it less expensive to own than less expensive homes because energy costs are less.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the slide show & narrated HD video tour.

Located about 12 miles north of Amherst and the five colleges area, is the quiet rural town of Montague.  Montague has a population of about 8,500 people and consists of 5 villages, including quaint Montague Center.   Montague’s other villages consists of Lake Pleasant, Millers Falls, Montague City (not really a “city”), and Turner’s Falls.

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