Why Realtor.com is a better website for shopping for a home than third-party syndication sites like Trulia & Zillow Reply

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online.  Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

Realtor.com is the best place to search for a home online. Third party websites like Trulia and Zillow often contain inaccurate listing data.

When shopping for a house online there are many websites to choose from.  One could go to websites like Yahoo.com or Aol.com, one could search for a home from their news website of choice, or one could go to their real estate agency’s website or their agent’s website.  Among the most popular websites to shop for a home are Realtor.com, Trulia.com, and Zillow.com.   While I personally prefer that Pioneer Valley home shoppers utilize the search tool on my website or ask to send them the homes that meet their specific criteria, many prefer those three sites.  More…

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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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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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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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…

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…