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Proud Sponsor of the Bridge of Flowers Road Race in Shelburne Falls

The 39th Annual Bridge of Flowers Road Race is this Saturday, August 12 – less than a week away! For almost 40 years, this event has been a staple of Shelburne Falls. Over a thousand runners come from near and far to compete in either the 3K Walk/Run or on one of the toughest 10K courses in New England. The course starts on the Iron Bridge, overlooking the Bridge of Flowers, and then winds through the village of Shelburne Falls, back over the Deerfield River, up the infamous Crittenden Hill (also known as Heartbreak Hill!), up Route 112, and then back down to the village. The course’s figure 8 loop makes it viewer-friendly. So even if you can’t brave Heartbreak Hill, you can come out and cheer on the runners.

Over 130 volunteers make this event possible. They can be spotted in their brightly colored race shirts directing traffic, setting up the finish line, serving food, timing the runners, and more. Some of the volunteers come from one of the five charities supported by the race. This year’s supported charities are DIAL/SELF, Cancer Connection, The Art Garden, Friends of Children, and Academy at Charlemont. The race is also a fundraiser for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, who coordinates this event.

If you haven’t already registered for the race, online registration is open until Wednesday, August 9 at ShelburneFalls.com. Runners get a free race shirt, spaghetti dinner on Friday night, and access to the post-race party/awards ceremony; plus other free goodies donated by sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful race, which brings so many new people to our beautiful village. Look for our logo on the mile markers along the racecourse. Good luck to all the runners!

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Pioneer Valley Moving Into Seller's Market

An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a “seller’s market”.  This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.

According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.

So what does all this mean for you? In a seller’s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller’s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.

For more advice on how to act in a seller’s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or wanda@wandamooney.com.

To read the full article on masslive.com click here.

What is a Smart Home?

What is a Smart Home?

Selling Your Home? - Make Your Home Smart!

A Smart Home Is...A home equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. You can contact your smart home on the Internet to make sure the dinner is cooked, the central heating is on, the curtains are drawn and the gas fire is on when you get home.

After figuring out what a smart home is my next questions is - Do I Need A Smart Home? The Chart above shares some good information as to why I would want a smart home. The research shows 72% of people with smart home technology feel more secure, 62% feel more connected to their home. Another reason a smart home is a good investment for me is that buyers are now looking for homes with smart technology.

How Do I Begin? To figured this out I turned to the technology leaders at Coldwell Banker and found them in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Consumer Electronics Show. This is a trade show filled with the newest available technology for your smart home. Here is an interview with Jeff Lyman, CMO of Vivint, good conversation about devices, cost effectiveness and new technologies coming soon. Click here - Smart Homes at the Coldwell Banker Blog to learn more about making your home smart!

 

 

Closing Process Changing effective 10/1/2015 - effect Buyers & Sellers

If you are in the process of buying or selling you need to be aware of new changes in closing procedures effective October 3rd.  Talk with your attorney, lender and real estate agent and know exactly what needs to be done so your closing won't get delayed.  Click here for more information.