Several Pioneer Valley public schools’ MCAS results among best in Massachusetts Reply

The elementary school in Sunderland was recognized by the commonwealth as a commendation school because of its MCAS results.

The commonwealth has released the results for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  The purpose of the exam is to measure student performance and tests grades 3 through 8 and grade 10. More…

Mortgage interest rates to remain low, but proposed lending rules too restrictive Reply

A combination of the stagnant state of the economy and the European debt crisis will keep mortgage interest rates low through 2013, according to a recent news article.  According to Freddie Mac, as of the end of August, the mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.59% with an average of .6 points. In August 2011, the interest rate for a 30 year FRM was 4.22% with an average of .7 points. More…

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales continue to improve; Median home prices down Reply

The REALTOR® of the Pioneer Valley (RAPV) has reported that single-family home sales jumped 8.9% with median prices dipping 3.5%. These figures compare single-family sales figures with a year ago.

Here is the breakdown by county. More…

Elegant Granby Home for Sale: 12 Aldrich Street (Video) Reply

The sunroom is a great place to relax any time of year.

The sunroom is a great place to relax any time of year.

You will immediately be captivated by this exquisite 3 bedroom, 3,150 square foot cape along a babbling brook in the quiet town of Granby.   This property is in the heart of the five colleges area between Amherst with its vibrant town center, and South Hadley and the popular Village Commons.

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Mortgage interest deduction still vulnerable despite so-called “compromise language” on RNC plank Reply

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted not to commit to the preservation of the mortgage interest deduction (MID).

According to press reports, the National Association of REALTORS® and other real estate industry groups were victorious in getting the RNC to adopt some “compromise language”. More…