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…

Affordable Housing, Student Housing, Tax rate increases among recent Pioneer Valley real estate news stories Reply

Amherst's town hall is a Richardsonian Romanesque building built in 1889. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Amherst or surrounding communities.

Amherst’s town hall is a Richardsonian Romanesque building built in 1889. Call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129 if you are planning on buying or selling a home in Amherst or surrounding communities.

There were a number of Pioneer valley real estate related news stories in several communities recently ranging from stories about affordable housing, schools, student housing, raises in community tax rates, green energy initiatives, and commercial building design. 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…

Home buyer struggles to find a home in winter challenges conventional wisdom that home sellers should wait until spring to list Reply

The conventional wisdom regarding the best time to sell a home is to wait until spring.  The world is prettier and warmer during the spring and more buyers are out looking for a home.  However, when inventory has been low all year, conventional wisdom may be more fallacy than truth. More…

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales and prices up in October Reply

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

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

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales and median prices were up in the month of October when compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. More…

Sixteen Acres Home for Sale: 39 Old Farm Road (VIDEO) Reply

39 Old Farm Road, Sixteen Acres, MA (See narrated video tour below.)

39 Old Farm Road, Sixteen Acres, MA (See narrated video tour below.)

Located in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood of Springfield, between Western New England University and Veterans Golf Course, 39 Old Farm Road offers four bedrooms and a full bathroom.  It is situated on a .28 acre lot framed by new fencing that provides privacy in the back yard and enhances curb appeal in the front yard. 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 Historical Society’s historic home tour a great way to enjoy an autumn day Reply

The Simeon Strong House, home of the Amherst Historical Society and Museum.

The Simeon Strong House, home of the Amherst Historical Society and Museum.

Over the weekend I went on an historic house tour put together by the Amherst Historical Society and sponsored by my office, which was how I was able to obtain a couple of free tickets.   The tour consisted of 6 homes that included several of Victorian era, an 18th century home that was later “married” to a newer home in the early 19th century, a mid-20th century home that is the residence of a college president, and one that was described in the brochure as a “saltbox” that was neither a saltbox nor historic, but was a nice contemporary nevertheless.  More…

Peoples Bank offering $500 off closing costs Reply

As an incentive to home buyers during the holiday season, Peoples Bank is offering $500 off closing costs on applications received by December 20, 2013.

According to their October 30th rate sheet, they are offering a 4.125% mortgage rate on a 30-year-fixed-rate mortgage. When figuring out what that would be in a mortgage payment, the rate sheet states that is $4.85 per $1,000. So if you mortgaged $300,000, that would be figured by calculating $4.85 X 300 for a payment of $1,455. Real estate taxes and insurance would add to your payment amount, as well. This is standard. (Article continues below video.) More…