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…

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.


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.