Belchertown single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013, financial crisis opened door for land preservation Reply

The number of single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to 2012.

The number of single-family building permits nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to 2012.

Belchertown building permits for single-family homes nearly doubled in 2013 when compared to the previous year, according the town’s building inspector’s office. 

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January Pioneer Valley single-family homes sales fall 6.9% as median prices rise 10.5% Reply

This home has about 1700 sq.ft., two metal buildings for your cars and toys, and 37 acres of land.

This home has about 1700 sq.ft., two metal buildings for your cars and toys, and 37 acres of land.

Pioneer Valley single family home sales were down 6.9% and median single-family home prices were up 10.5% during the month of January when compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. 

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Few Fannie Mae properties in Pioneer Valley qualify for “First Look” incentive program Reply

The icon that appears on certain REO properties listed by Fannie Mae that qualify for the incentive.

The icon that appears on certain REO properties listed by Fannie Mae that qualify for the incentive.

Massachusetts in one of 27 states where home buyers who purchase certain properties can receive up to 3.5% of the final sales price in closing cost assistance from Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae.    More…

Why Realtor.com is a better website for shopping for a home than third-party syndication sites like Trulia & Zillow Reply

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online.  Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online. Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

When shopping for a house online there are many websites to choose from.  One could go to websites like Yahoo.com or Aol.com, one could search for a home from their news website of choice, or one could go to their real estate agency’s website or their agent’s website.  Among the most popular websites to shop for a home are Realtor.com, Trulia.com, and Zillow.com.   While I personally prefer that Pioneer Valley home shoppers utilize the search tool on my website or ask to send them the homes that meet their specific criteria, many prefer those three sites.  More…

Renovated circa 1795 home for sale on 37 acres near Berkshire East: 59 East Hawley Road (Slide show & Video Tour) Reply

The view from the porch of this renovated home in Hawley, MA. It sits on 37 acres of land.

The view from the porch of this renovated home in Hawley, MA. It sits on 37 acres of land.

Located along the Mohawk Trail at the western end of Franklin County, is the quaint country town of Charlemont (pop. 1358). Turn onto the bridge from Charlemont over the Deerfield River onto Route 8A, and you will come to Berkshire East, which offers skiing, snow-tubing, and zip-lining.   There are also plans for a fun downhill alpine coaster.

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Belchertown home for sale: 222 Franklin Street (Slideshow & Video Tour). Reply

222 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

222 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

Located at 222 Franklin Street in Belchertown, Massachusetts, is a 1,920 square foot colonial with four bedrooms and two bathrooms that sits on just under 1 acre of land with a spacious fenced-in back yard.

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Leverett, MA Home for Sale: 158 Rattlesnake Gutter Road Reply

158 Rattlesnake Gutter Road, Leverett, MA. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

158 Rattlesnake Gutter Road, Leverett, MA. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

This home at 158 Rattlesnake Gutter Road in Leverett, Massachusetts is a 1,705 square foot ranch with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and with additional square footage in the basement situated on 2.75 acres on an idyllic country street.

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Pioneer Valley 2013 condo sales up 14.7%, prices down slightly; single-family home sales up 2%, prices up Reply

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley.

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley.

The Pioneer Valley real estate market in 2013 improved when compared to 2012.  Condo sales were up 14.7% and single-family home sales were up 2% in the Pioneer Valley in 2013, according to data released from the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV).   Median condo prices were down .3%, while median single-family home prices were up 5.3%.  More…

Pioneer Valley communities raise real estate tax rates Reply

Wilbraham selectmen raised the real estate tax rate, but the average assessed valuation dipped slightly.

Wilbraham selectmen raised the real estate tax rate, but the average assessed valuation dipped slightly.

The new year doesn’t only bring new resolutions, it also brings a new tax rate for the cities and towns of the Pioneer Valley.   Holyoke, Easthampton, and Wilbraham were in the news recently as they set their respective real estate tax rates, also known as the mil rate.  Real estate tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed value, which should not be confused with market value.  More…

November single-family home sales down in Pioneer Valley, prices up; Hampshire County sales up, prices down Reply

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley.

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley.

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales were down 7.3% overall in November, while median single-family home prices inched up .6% when compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley.  Hampshire County was the only county in the Pioneer Valley with an improvement in number of sales, but a decrease in median prices.

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