Banker and Tradesman proclamation regarding Governor Deval Patrick’s real estate expertise are baseless Reply

Overpricing a home is a common mistake among home sellers.  This is a mistake that Governor Deval Patrick has also made, according to a column in Banker and Tradesman entitled: “Patrick’s Experertise in Politics, Not Real Estate”.  The typo in the front page headline is Banker and Tradesman’s, a publication of the Warren Group.  The Warren Group is a 140 organization that focuses on real estate related news and public records, but they do not actually market and sell property. More…

Pioneer Valley gets greener with designation of Wendell and Whately as “Green Communities” Reply

The Pioneer Valley towns of Wendell and Whately were recently designated Green Communties under the Green Communities Act, joining numerous other towns in the region.   This brings the total number of cities and towns in the commonwealth that have achieved the designation to 110. More…

Hampshire County home prices rise for third consecutive month, median home prices dip slightly Reply

The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) reported that single-family home sales rose 10.3% in the Pioneer Valley in the month of November, but median prices were down 3.4% when compared with the same period last year. Pending transactions also continue to improve regionally and across the commonwealth. More…

Millennial migration could mean good news for Pionneer Valley real estate market Reply

A new trend among young adults is prompting optimism among us REALTORS®.   The economic collapse left many young people moving back in with their parents as they were unable to get a job, afford an apartment, or buy their first home. More…

Lawsuits against big banks threaten recovery, demonstrate wisdom of using local banks Reply

The wisdom of seeking out and utilizing local banks when buying a home continues to be confirmed by news reports as larger banks continue to struggle with the consequences of their own destructive business practices. The bottom line: lawsuits against the big banks could cost them $300 billion, which would weaken their ability to lend and subsequently threaten the recovery of the real estate market. More…

Estate planning is essential to preventing your survivors from being foreclosed upon Reply

A recent New York Times article highlighted what could be a potential issue for married couples if tragedy strikes.

According to the Times article, widows over the age of 50 whose husbands were the sole name on the mortgage are losing their homes to foreclosure because they can’t afford the loan anymore More…