Removing a tree close to your home can save you money in house repairs Reply

A tree crew removes a tree between a house and power lines in South Amherst

A tree crew removes a tree between a house and power lines in South Amherst

A tree that is too close to your house can be dangerous and costly for a number of reasons. It could fall on your house, it could create a fire hazard, tree roots could penetrate underground drainage pipes, they could facilitate access of wood-boring insects, and limits the lifespan of your roof as a tree too close could promote moss growth.  A tree can even fall on your car, adding to your headaches.  Removing a tree before it becomes a problem will save you money. More…

Save money on energy costs with insulated curtains Reply

The Curtain Shop in Hadley offers an array of insulated curtains.

The Curtain Shop in Hadley offers an array of insulated curtains to help you save money on energy costs.

There are many ways to reduce one’s heating costs.  One could replace an inefficient furnace or boiler for a more efficient one, replace inefficient windows, or install a wood burning stove or a pellet stove.  While these improvements may pay for themselves over time, the initial investment may be out of reach.  Therefore, homeowners may want to consider less expensive improvements to save on their energy costs with something as simple as curtains. More…

Pioneer Valley single-family home prices up in all three counties, sales up in Hampshire and Hampden 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

Single-family home sales were up 2% and median single-family home prices were up 10.5% in the Pioneer Valley during the month of September when compared to the same period last year, according to data released from the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. More…

Pioneer Valley REALTORS®, home buyers and sellers should take note of impact debt ceiling impasse has on real estate market Reply

National Association of REALTORS® President Gary Thomas appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development to warn members of Congress of the severe impact a default on the nation’s debt will have to the housing market and the economy.  The NAR president’s statement includes things that members of Congress should already know and what every Pioneer Valley home seller, home buyer, and real estate sales professional needs to know.

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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…

Masslandrecords.com a better resource to obtain a copy of your Pioneer Valley deed Reply

Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a press release warning residents about so-called “deed collection services”, which offer a copy of a homeowner’s deed for fees ranging from $50 to $90.  The warning was issued because deeds are public records that are generally available for free online or for a small nominal fee.

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Consumer confidence biggest threat to Pioneer Valley real estate market during government shutdown Reply

The government shutdown is obviously not good for the Pioneer Valley real estate market recovery. Although this will have a minimal effect on government real estate programs that guarantee most mortgages in the short term, it does have an effect on consumer confidence. If home buyers are nervous, they are less likely to buy a home. More…

Some considerations when shopping for a generator for your Pioneer Valley home Reply

A display of a standby generator at Valley Generator in Sunderland.

A display of a standby generator at Valley Generators in Sunderland.

Home generators are great to have during a power outage. When the power goes out, we may miss our favorite tv show or an important game, our refrigerated food can spoil, we lose running water when we have a well, and it can get really cold in the house during the winter months. For some, power is essential to their very survival if they have a medical condition that requires electronic medical equipment.  There is no arguing the benefits of owning a generator. More…

Senator Warren urges delay of new flood insurance rates (VIDEO) Reply

Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her concerns recently regarding the new flood maps with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate recently at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy meeting. The Massachusetts senator urged her colleagues in Congress to delay the new flood insurance rates for one year in order to help homeowners hit with a new expense.

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