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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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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