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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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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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…

Importance of annual heating system service made clear by recent boiler explosion Reply

A boiler explosion in Springfield is a stark reminder of the importance of servicing your boiler or furnace annually.

A boiler explosion in Springfield is a stark reminder of the importance of servicing your boiler or furnace annually.

Imagine that you are enjoying your Saturday morning in your home when an explosion from your basement knocks your house off of its foundation. This is what happened to a Springfield homeowner over the weekend and is a stark reminder of the importance of having your furnace or boiler serviced every year. More…

Some Pioneer Valley recycling resources for that post holiday mess Reply

The onslaught of holiday throwaways–cards, ribbons, paper, batteries, and so forth– can be brutal on the environment.

Here are some resources to help you get rid of your old electronics and food and decoration waste this holiday season.

Michael Seward is a Green designee of the National Association of REALTORS®. Call Mike if you are planning on buying or selling an energy efficient home at 413-531-7129.

Michael Seward is a Green designee of the National Association of REALTORS®. Call Mike if you are planning on buying or selling an energy efficient home at 413-531-7129.


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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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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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