New website launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County Reply

A new website had been launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County.  The Quabbin Reservoir is always a popular spot to visit.

A new website had been launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County. The Quabbin Reservoir is always a popular spot to visit.

There are many things to see and do in Hampshire County.  In an effort to highlight what Hampshire County has to offer, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council (HCRTC) recently launched VisitHampshireCounty.com. More…

Memorial Day reminds us why monuments that define our communities exist Reply

The Belchertown town common with the Civil War Memorial.

The Belchertown town common with the Civil War Memorial.

War memorials are defining features of the landscape of the cities and towns that make up the Pioneer Valley, New England, and the United States. They are iconic fixtures that serve as focal points in, and sometimes symbols of, our town centers.  Because most war memorials were there before most of us, it’s easy to take them for granted and forget why they were placed there in the first place. More…

SOLD!! Enjoy spectacular views of Amherst and beyond from the Pelham Hills (Video) Reply

The back deck of 47 Arnold Road, Pelham with the view.

The back deck of 47 Arnold Road, Pelham with the view.

Enjoy spectacular views of Amherst and beyond from your back deck, your living room, your kitchen, your  master bedroom, your upstairs bedroom, your  upstairs office, and your partially finished walk-out basement  at  47 Arnold Road in Pelham, MA.  The price has just been reduced to $399,900!

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Median single-family home sales up in the Pioneer Valley, sales down on low inventory Reply

The Pioneer Valley real estate market continues to improve. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you plan on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer Valley real estate market continues to improve. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you plan on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley

The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley recently reported that April median single-family home prices were up 12.5% overall in the Pioneer Valley when compared to the same period last year, but the number of single-family home sales were down 12.6%. This was likely due to low inventory earlier in the year. However, the number of Pioneer Valley listings that went under agreement rose 21.5%, which is a good indication that the real estate market continues to improve. More…

Amherst approves rental property registration and permitting requirement Reply

A residential street lies adjacent to the UMass campus.

A residential street lies adjacent to the UMass campus. Note the UMass library in the background.

To address issues resulting from the density of off-campus student housing and absentee landlords, the town of Amherst recently adopted a permitting system for rental properties.  It will go into effect on January 1, 2014. More…

Multiple Listing Service that serves Pioneer Valley REALTORS® ends flagged listing option Reply

A list of Amherst that shows how popular the flagged "ACT" status is.

A list of Amherst that shows how popular the flagged “ACT” status is. Click to enlarge.

Starting on Tuesday, May 21, REALTORS® and other real estate agents will no longer have the ability to flag a listing on MLSPIN.com, which is the multiple listing service that serves the Pioneer Valley and most of the state.

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New Meads Corner Conservation Area established in Belchertown Reply

The Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission acquired over 100 acres for conservation.

The Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission acquired over 100 acres for conservation.

Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission announced today the creation of Meads Corner Conservation Area on Gold Street in Belchertown. This land, sold for conservation by the Jackson Family, is located in Belchertown and Pelham and abuts the Cadwell Memorial Forest.

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Increased passenger rail service through Holyoke, Northampton, & Greenfield a benefit to Millennial home buyers Reply

Northampton is one of three Pioneer Valley urban centers that Millennials would find more desirable with passenger rail service.

Northampton is one of three Pioneer Valley urban centers that Millennials would find more desirable with passenger rail service.

The plan to bring Amtrak passenger rail service to the west side of the Connecticut River has the potential to spur the real estate market in the urban communities of Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.  The Vermonter line will be returning to the west side of the river for a more direct route from Vermont to Connecticut, which currently runs through Amherst and Palmer.  The “Knowledge Corridor” will be a high speed rail service.  It is part of a larger project to bring faster passenger train service to the Northeast Corridor.    More…

Amherst railroad to get over $1.5 million improvement near Station Road Reply

An Amtrack passenger train crosses Station Road in Amherst, MA, where two derailments occurred in 2011.

An Amtrack passenger train crosses Station Road in Amherst, MA, where two derailments occurred in 2011.

The Patrick administration recently announced a $500,000 grant for improvements to the New England Central Railroad (NECR) in Amherst.  The railroad is matching the grant with $1,052,597.  The purpose of the grant is to help support economic growth, which the railroad has been doing for Amherst and the Pioneer Valley for over 150 years.

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