Deadline to file for real estate tax abatement is February 1 for Massachusetts homowners Reply

If you wish to dispute the valuation of your home, the deadline to file for an abatement is February 1.  If you are eligible for a tax exemption, you should apply for it within 3 months of receipt of your tax bill.

If you wish to dispute the valuation of your home, the deadline to file for an abatement is February 1. If you are eligible for a tax exemption, you should apply for it within 3 months of receipt of your tax bill.

If you think that your real estate taxes are too high based on an error in how your home is assessed, you can file for a request to have your taxes reduced.    The deadline to file for a real estate tax abatement is  February 1, 2014, which is this coming Saturday.  Therefore, one should get their application in by Friday.  However, one might also want to check with their town assessor’s office to see if they will accept abatement applications on the following Monday.

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Monson home for sale boasts three zone heat and a pellet stove (Video) Reply

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 to view this property or if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Monson or the Pioneer Valley

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 to view this property or if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Monson or the Pioneer Valley.  There are more photos and a video at the bottom of this page.

Welcome to 18 Upper Palmer Road in Monson, MA. This quaint antique farmhouse has two driveways and sits on 1.47 acres with a beautiful view overlooking an expansive backyard.  Updates include a newer roof, siding, and windows, a Buderus boiler, electrical wiring, and foundation and structural improvements.

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Valley Gives garners generous donations for Pioneer Valley real estate-related causes Reply

The Kestrel Land Trust thanked donors with this photograph.

The Kestrel Land Trust thanked donors with this photograph. (Photo courtesy of Kestrel Land Trust)

The Kestrel Land Trust and Franklin Land Trust were the top recipients of Pioneer Valley real estate-related causes during Valley Gives.  Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity also received generous community support.  Out of the $2,012,089 donations made for Valley Gives, $166,387 went to Pioneer Valley real estate-related causes.  Donations were made to land trusts, housing  and sheltering organizations, farming organizations, and even community gardening organizations.  More…

Pioneer Valley communities continue land and historic preservation efforts Reply

A trail marker at a trailhead at Scarborough Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown.

A trail marker at a trailhead at Scarborough Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown.

Through funds from the commonwealth’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) and various state grant programs investment have been made ensure that the region’s natural resources and historic buildings are preserved for future generations.  One community in Franklin County also rallied together to preserve land that was marketed for development on their own. More…

Some insights from REALTOR® association’s 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Reply

The National Association of REALTORS® recently released the 2013 Profile Home Buyers and Sellers

The National Association of REALTORS® recently released the 2013 Profile Home Buyers and Sellers

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released this year’s edition of its Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.  This study was based on a 122 question survey that was sent to 148,011 home buyers, of which 8,767 home buyers responded from different regions of the country.  Home buyers who were surveyed bought their home between July 2012 and June 2013.   Data regarding home sellers was acquired from those home buyers that also sold a home.

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Amherst selectmen approve $100 rental property registration fee; occupancy restriction seems to conflict with fair housing law Reply

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Amherst or surround communities.

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Amherst or surround communities.

The Amherst Board of Selectmen recently approved a rental registration fee of $100 that will go into effect January 1 and will need to be renewed annually, according to Masslive. The new fee is part of a rental housing bylaw that was approved by Town Meeting back in May, but the town’s occupancy restriction seems to conflict with Massachusetts fair housing laws as it targets single and young people. More…

Median home prices rise throughout the Pioneer Valley, sales dip due to low inventory Reply

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129. Less that 4% of REALTORS hold the CRS designation.

Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129. Less that 4% of REALTORS hold the CRS designation.

Single-family home sales dipped 4.5% as median home prices rose 8.1% in the Pioneer Valley in June when compared to the same period last year, according to data cited by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV).    Mortgage interest rates spiked during the month of June―from 3.81% at the end of May to 4.46% by the end of June― according to FreddieMac.com. More…

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 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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