Hadley enters into solar power agreement to save taxpayers money; Pioneer Valley landowners and homeowners could benefit from solar lease options Reply

The approximate location along Mill Valley Road in Hadley near the Amherst line where a 3 megawatt solar array will be built, according to town documents (See links in article for exact location).

The approximate location along Mill Valley Road in Hadley near the Amherst line where a 3 megawatt solar array will be built, according to town documents (See links in article for exact location).

The Hadley Board of Selectmen have entered into an agreement with the Hampshire Council of Government’s Hampshire Solar and North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp to reduce the town’s electricity costs, thereby saving Hadley tax payers money.

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Hampshire County single-family home sales up 7.4%, median home prices up 16.4%; Pioneer Valley home sales dip 2.1%, median prices up 4% 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

Hampshire County single-family home sales and median single-family home prices outperformed Franklin County and Hampden County in the month of August when compared to the same period last year, according to data released from the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. More…

Pioneer Valley home buyers and home sellers should keep tabs on Qualified Residential Mortgage proposal Reply

Pioneer Valley home buyers and sellers should be paying attention to recent reports regarding what has been dubbed a “re-proposal” for Qualified Residential Mortgages (QRM). If finalized, the new proposal for QRMs will be good news for the Pioneer Valley real estate market because it eliminates a down payment requirement that would have put home ownership out of reach for a large segment of the population. More…

Hadley golf center a great spot to work on your swing and more Reply

PGA Professional Hall of Farmer Bob Toski at Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center in Hadley.

PGA Professional Hall of Farmer Bob Toski at Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center in Hadley.

Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center is one western mass attraction that I frequent regularly.  Centrally located on Route 9 in Hadley, it includes a driving range, a miniature-golf course, batting cages, a pedal car track, and even a golf simulator.  Sometimes you will even find a legendary PGA Tour pro as I did.

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Hadley home for sale featured in Yankee Magazine Reply

The cover of the September/October edition of Yankee Magazine.

The cover of the September/October edition of Yankee Magazine.

A Hadley home for sale at 43 East Street is featured in the upcoming September/October issue of Yankee Magazine. The article is four pages long, includes 15 photographs of the gardens and the home’s interior, some history about the owners and the town’s agricultural tradition, and gardening tips.

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Pioneer Valley single-family home sales and median home prices rose in July 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

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales and single-family median prices were up in July, according to data released by the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV).  Sales increased 17.7% and median prices increased 8.9% when compared to the same period last year. More…

President Obama recognizes importance of home ownership, proposes reforms for sustainable mortgage market and housing affordability Reply

President Obama recently made a speech in Phoenix to present his goals for making home ownership more available to the middle class in the wake of the financial crisis.  It included a five step plan that would make home ownership easier, which was followed by four core principles upon which reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be based.  The president’s remarks were lauded by the National Association of REALTORS® as “mirroring” an outline they presented for reforming the secondary mortgage market. More…

Belchertown State School site redevelopment highlights the importance of due diligence when buying or selling real estate Reply

The lack of progress of the redevelopment of the former Belchertown State School is a basic case of a lack of due diligence.

The lack of progress redeveloping the former Belchertown State School site is a basic case of a lack of due diligence.

The redevelopment of the former Belchertown State School property is a classic case of what results when a buyer and a seller fails to conduct due diligence when buying or selling real estate.  Not only does a buyer need to investigate the property they are purchasing, but the seller needs to ensure a buyer’s ability to perform.  The quasi-governmental organization that owns the property has failed to perform adequate due diligence as a buyer and as a seller since taking ownership of the property in 2002, which has cost them money and has significantly slowed the process of redeveloping the site.  More…