Median home prices in Hampshire and Franklin Counties are up, but down in Hampden County Reply

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales were up again in September with a 14.4% increase in closed units over the same period last year, but median prices were down 8%, according to numbers released from the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV).    Although median single-family home prices were down overall, they were up in Hampshire and Franklin counties.  On average, overall Massachusetts median single-family home prices were also up. More…

State and local law conflict regarding the construction of solar arrays: A case study from Hatfield Reply

A recent conflict in Hatfield highlights a lack of consistency in the law at the state and local level regarding where a commercial solar array can be constructed, which is nothing more than a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, and aggravated by a tinge of a “not in my back yard” sentiment among those who oppose the construction of a commercial solar array near their homes. More…

Study finds states not using $2.5 billion foreclosure settlement for intended use, Massachusetts’ use incorrectly summarized Reply

Earlier this year, forty-nine state attorney generals and the federal government announced a $25 billion settlement with five major banks that resulted from the bank’s illegal foreclosure practices.  The settlement included $2.5 billion for the states to assist homeowners avoid foreclosure, help stabilize communities adversely affected by foreclosures, and to prosecute fraud. Enterprise Community Partners, More…

Pioneer Valley home sales numbers continue upward trend, interest rates at record lows. Reply

Single-family home sales climbed 11.9% and median home prices dropped 3.1% in the Pioneer Valley, according to the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) third-quarter single-family sales report.    The news comes as the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) announced that pending transactions were up 26.07% when compared to the same time last year.

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New York Times features Mohawk Trail in travel section Reply

A great way to enjoy the colors of autumn is to take a drive down the Mohawk Trail, part of Route 2 west of Greenfield to the Berkshires.  You can enjoy the fall foliage, explore hiking trails & quaint country towns, enjoy the work of area artisans, go zip lining, and more.

The New York Times recently featured the Mohawk Trail in its travel section.  The Times suggests that travelers imagine the “automotive incarnation of an ancient footpath” as a journey of  “countless joyful curves, inviting side roads, mountain streams, and in the fall, crimson foliage and bright blue, cider-ready afternoons.” More…

A “smart thermostat” that can save Pioneer Valley homeowners money Reply

As the mercury starts to drop with autumn upon us, many are starting to budget for increased energy costs. People have been saving on their energy bills by utilizing programmable thermostats for years, but there is another programmable thermostat that is easier to use and will likely save you more money.


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Affordable Care Act will not result in tax on the sale of your home, despite claims to the contrary. Reply

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has a statute that affects certain real estate transactions.  This statute has caused confusion even among real estate sales professionals and, subsequently, people who are thinking about selling their home have held off because they have the wrong information.

Starting on January 1, a 3.8% tax on the sale of investment property will go into effect (It also applies to some income from interest and dividends).   This tax does not apply to the sale of your primary residence nor does it apply to the sale of all investment property. More…

The type of smoke-detectors your home has can be the difference between life and death Reply

Massachusetts law stipulates what types of smoke detectors are needed and where they should be located.

Anyone who has ever sold a house in Massachusetts knows that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be certified by local fire officials before the deed can be transferred to a new owner. More…