Hampshire County home prices rise for third consecutive month, median home prices dip slightly Reply

The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) reported that single-family home sales rose 10.3% in the Pioneer Valley in the month of November, but median prices were down 3.4% when compared with the same period last year. Pending transactions also continue to improve regionally and across the commonwealth. More…

Lawsuits against big banks threaten recovery, demonstrate wisdom of using local banks Reply

The wisdom of seeking out and utilizing local banks when buying a home continues to be confirmed by news reports as larger banks continue to struggle with the consequences of their own destructive business practices. The bottom line: lawsuits against the big banks could cost them $300 billion, which would weaken their ability to lend and subsequently threaten the recovery of the real estate market. More…

Homes sell in winter, so keep your home on the market Reply

As the holidays approach, many home sellers are contemplating taking their homes off the market for the winter with the plan of trying again in spring.  But is this really a wise decision?  Could home sellers be missing out on an opportunity to sell their home?  According to sales records on MLS PIN (Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network), homes continue to sell in the winter months. More…

The type of smoke-detectors your home has can be the difference between life and death Reply

Massachusetts law stipulates what types of smoke detectors are needed and where they should be located.

Anyone who has ever sold a house in Massachusetts knows that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to be certified by local fire officials before the deed can be transferred to a new owner. More…

Spring has sprung; Real estate market shows signs of new life. Reply

April sales numbers demonstrate that the real estate market continues to improve across the nation and in Massachusetts.  Single-family home sales and median home sales were up across the country and in the commonwealth.  Although April single-family home sales were up in the Pioneer Valley, median home prices were down. More…