Did Amherst’s Town Meeting vote in favor of housing discrimination? Reply

Property owners in Amherst will need to comply with new regulations governing rental properties. The motivation for the new regulations is to curb student rental properties, which some citizens feel are becoming a nuisance in the college town. Amherst is the home of UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, and Amherst College. More…

Homes sell in winter, so keep your home on the market Reply

As the holidays approach, many home sellers are contemplating taking their homes off the market for the winter with the plan of trying again in spring.  But is this really a wise decision?  Could home sellers be missing out on an opportunity to sell their home?  According to sales records on MLS PIN (Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network), homes continue to sell in the winter months. More…

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston offers interactive tool regarding Massachusetts foreclosures Reply

I recently discovered this great interactive map of the commonwealth. It allows you to look at the Massachusetts foreclosures statistics by town and by year, as well as other information? Click here to check it out.  The photo below is just a screen shot. More…

Homebuyers should have their documentation ready to save time on mortgage application process, work with local lenders Reply

Navigating the mortgage process can be a time-consuming venture for anyone.  This is one of the reasons that I recommend that buyers work with local banks as their underwriters are also local.  Many parts of the mortgage application process are beyond the home buyer’s control, but there is a way for the home buyer to cut 10 days off of the mortgage application process. More…

Registry of Deeds offices see changes in the Pioneer Valley Reply

The Pioneer Valley has two new Registers of Deeds. Belchertown resident and town finance committee vice-chairman Mary Olberding was elected as the new Hampshire County Register of Deeds. Although not a contested race after a primary a few months ago, Franklin County also sent Scott Cote to the register’s office. Donald Ashe will also remain the Register of Deeds of Hampden County. More…

September condo sales are up in Massachusetts, but Pioneer Valley condo market still struggling Reply

Condominium sales were up in September 10.4% compared with last year, according to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR). The organization stated that there were 134 more condo units sold in September 2012 than in September last year. However, Pioneer Valley condo sales figures remain basically flat. More…