Title /blog/posts/2012/02/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:19:00 -0500 Unique Home Design Workshop for Homeowners https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/14/unique-home-design-workshop-for-homeowners/ <p><br /> <span><strong>Noble Home Offering Unique Home Design Workshop for Homeowners</strong></span><br /> <span><strong><br /></strong></span><br /></p> <div><a href="http://noble-home.net/" target="_blank">Noble Home</a> , the progressive home building kit company based in Shelburne Falls, MA, is offering a workshop for homeowners to explore creative home design ideas by building models. This is yet another way <a href="http://noble-home.net/" target="_blank">Noble Home</a> aims to empower homeowners with good energy efficient design that will be necessary in the resource limited future. &nbsp;Building a home is a complex task, and with so many options available, it is hard to know where to begin. Current and future homeowners are inundated with mediocre alternatives from builders and expensive ones from architects. By being proactive in the design process, homeowners can save money and ensure a more satisfying result while working with a builder or architect.</div> <div> <div align="center" style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"> <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><b>HOME DESIGN WITH 3-D MODELS</b></span></div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><b style= "color: #222222;font-size: 13px">March 6 and 13, 10am-noon</b></span></div> <div align="center"><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><b style= "color: #222222;font-size: 13px">Buckland Public Library,</b></span></div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px;text-align: center">30 Upper Street, Buckland, MA</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px;text-align: center"> <b>$55.</b></div> <div style="text-align: center"></div> <div style="text-align: -webkit-auto"> <div style="text-align: center"><b><span style= "font-size: x-small">To register, please email or call Noble Home at:</span></b></div> <p><b><a href=""></a></b></p> <div style="color: #1155cc;text-align: center"><b><a href= ""></a></b></div> </div> <div style="text-align: center"></div> <div><b style="color: #222222"><a href=""></a><span style= "font-size: x-small"><a href="" style= "color: #1155cc"><u><span style="color: blue"><span style= "color: blue"><span lang="EN" xml:lang= "EN">Info@noble-home.net</span></span></span></u></a><span lang= "EN" xml:lang="EN">&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="tel:617-694-7253" style= "color: #1155cc" target= "_blank">617-694-7253</a></span></span></b></div> </div> <div style= "color: #222222;font-size: 13px;font-weight: normal;text-align: -webkit-auto"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><br /></span></div> <p><span style="color: #222222;font-size: x-small">(+$6 for self-healing cutting mat if desired)</span></p> <div align="center" style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"></div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b>FOR:</b> Homeowners, students, design enthusiasts</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b>GOALS:</b> Learn an easy and fun method for exploring creative, energy conscious home design.</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b>DESCRIPTION:</b> Design an inspiring, creative solar home unique to you and your building site taking advantage of all the site has to offer. Three-dimensional cardboard "sketch models" will be the medium used in this organic design method without being limited by the 2 dimensional paper and orthogonal world. Use the workshop's sample project or bring your own future project. <p>Conventional building methods are limited in effectively using our dwindling resources. Predetermined architectural styles and forms are not well suited to energy efficient and solar design, and even though they can be comforting due to their familiarity, they miss the opportunity to enable owners to become inspired by their place and live closer to nature. Learn to design a home that is both inspired by its natural surroundings and necessary for energy independence.</p> </div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b><br /></b></div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b>WORKSHOP CONTENT:</b></div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"></div> <ul> <li>Introduction to architectural design</li> <li>Construction methods</li> <li>Site analysis</li> <li>Spatial programs and bubble diagrams</li> <li>Scale and proportion</li> <li>Formation of floor plan</li> <li>Models, models, models</li> </ul> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px">I<b>NSTRUCTOR:</b> Noah Grunberg, designer / builder, owner of Noble Home (<a href= "http://www.noble-home.net/" style="color: #1155cc" target= "_blank">www.noble-home.net</a>) and 12 year partner in JASONOAH design-build. Grunberg studied Industrial Design as an undergraduate and apprenticed with the Taliesin Architects as part of his architectural education. He has lectured on green building and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"></div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"><b>TOOLS NEEDED:</b> Ruler and/or architectural scale, Scissors and/or Hobby knife (aka X-acto knife), Self-healing cutting mat (small ones can be purchased for $6.)</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px">Building site documents if using own building site. Contact instructor for details.</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px">Paper/cardboard and other building materials will be provided</div> <div style="color: #222222;font-size: 13px"></div> Uncategorized Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:19:00 -0500 In the Headlines - Weekly Real Estate News https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/13/in-the-headlines-weekly-real-estate-news/ <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in"><b><span style= "font-size: 12pt;line-height: 115%">Help for homeowners, positive outlook on housing, January pending sales are up in Massachusestts and more are in the real estate headlines.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in"></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><i><span style= "line-height: 115%"><a href= "http://marealtor.com/content/NewsTicker.htm?view=38&news_id=1762&news=31" target="_blank">Massachusetts Pending Home Sales Up Again in January</a></span></i></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in"><i><span style= "line-height: 115%"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in;text-decoration: none"> <a href= "http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/business/states-negotiate-25-billion-deal-for-homeowners.html?_r=3&wpisrc=nl_wonk" target="_blank">States Negotiate $26 Billion Agreement for Homeowners</a></span><span style= "background: white;border: none windowtext 1.0pt;padding: 0in"><br /> <span style= "border-color: initial;border-style: initial"><strong><span style= "font-weight: normal;text-decoration: none"><a href= "http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-07/banks-paying-homeowners-a-bonus-to-avoid-foreclosures-mortgages.html" target="_blank">BanksPaying Homeowners to Avoid Foreclosures</a></span></strong></span></span></span></span></i></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in"><i><span style= "line-height: 115%"><span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in;text-decoration: none"> <a href= "http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2012/02/07/fannie-mae-outlook-for-home-prices-rises-again/" target="_blank"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Fannie Mae: Outlook for Home Prices Rises Again</span></a></span><span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /> <span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in;text-decoration: none"> <a href= "http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2012/02/08/multiple-industries-join-together-to-urge-long-ter" target="_blank">Multiple Industries Join Together to Urge Long-TermNFIP Extension</a></span></span><span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /> <span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in;text-decoration: none"> <a href= "http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2012/02/08/multiple-industries-join-together-to-urge-long-ter" target="_blank">Home Owners Shouldn't be Washington's Personal ATM</a></span></span><span style= "background-color: white;border-bottom-color: windowtext;border-bottom-style: none;border-bottom-width: 1pt;border-left-color: windowtext;border-left-style: none;border-left-width: 1pt;border-right-color: windowtext;border-right-style: none;border-right-width: 1pt;border-top-color: windowtext;border-top-style: none;border-top-width: 1pt;font-size: 12pt;padding-bottom: 0in;padding-left: 0in;padding-right: 0in;padding-top: 0in"><br /> <span style="border-color: initial;border-style: initial"><br /> <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /> <!--[endif]--></span></span></span></span></span></i></div> Uncategorized Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:19:00 -0500 Your Real Log Homes Representative for Franklin County, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/12/your-real-log-homes-representative-for-franklin-county-mass/ <div style="text-align: justify">I recently partnered with Brooks and Linda Carswell from <a href= "http://www.gristmillcountryhomes.com/" target="_blank">Grist Mill Country Homes</a> and became the Real Log Home sales representative for Franklin County, Mass. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> <div style="text-align: justify">In 1984, my husband, John and I purchased our <a href="http://www.realloghomes.com/" target= "_blank">Real Log Home</a> from Brooks. &nbsp;After all these years, Brooks and I reconnected on another real estate matter. &nbsp;I always wanted to be a representative for <a href= "http://www.realloghomes.com/" target="_blank">Real Log Homes</a> and ironically they needed someone for this area. &nbsp;I have sold many log homes and the thought of helping people achieve the dream of owning a <a href="http://www.realloghomes.com/" target= "_blank">Real Log Home</a> is something I always wanted to do. &nbsp;I not only have the resources of available land for sale, I understand construction, site planning and have a network of engineers and contractors that I work with. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">As you listen to this video, Brooks will explain why <a href="http://www.realloghomes.com/" target="_blank">Real Log Homes</a> is the premier log home company in the area. &nbsp;If you have any interest in receiving a catalog and learning more about log homes, don't hesitate to give me a call or send email. &nbsp; &nbsp;413-337-8344 - wanda@wandamooney.com &nbsp;Visit Brooks and Linda's website at <a href= "http://www.gristmillcountryhomes.com./">www.GristMillCountryHomes.com.</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> Uncategorized Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:23:00 -0500 Pet-Friendly B & B in Charlemont, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/12/pet-friendly-b-b-in-charlemont-mass/ <div class="MsoNormal" style= "background: white;line-height: 18.0pt;margin-bottom: .25in"> <span style="color: #333333;font-family: Arial, sans-serif">There is a new animal friendly place for your visiting family or friends to stay.&nbsp; Cavalier Cottage is located on East Oxbow Road in Charlemont.&nbsp; I worked with Pat when she purchased this home.&nbsp; Being an animal lover myself, I was pleased she wanted to open a pet friendly Bed and Breakfast for guests and their pets to stay. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/summer-shot-600x400.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="133" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/summer-shot-600x400.jpg" width="200" /></a></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "background: white;line-height: 18.0pt;margin-bottom: .25in"> <span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;line-height: 18pt"> Cavalier Cottage is a generously-sized, bright and comfortable private studio apartment on a beautiful, quiet country road perfect for dog walks!&nbsp; This graciously appointed&nbsp;space provides people and their pets all the amenities of home.&nbsp;&nbsp;Enjoy a delicious Continental breakfast with baked items from an excellent local bakery!</span><span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;line-height: 18pt">&nbsp;</span> <span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;line-height: 18pt"> For more information visit the <a href= "http://www.cavaliercottage.com/" target="_blank">Cavalier Cottage website</a></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "background: white;line-height: 18.0pt;margin-bottom: .25in"> <span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;line-height: 18pt"> .</span></div> Uncategorized Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:05:00 -0500 Big Easy Comes to Ashfield, Mass - Winklepicker Festival https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/10/big-easy-comes-to-ashfield-mass-winklepicker-festival/ <div style="text-align: justify">The owner of Elmer's Store in Ashfield who is originally from New Orleans, has organized the Winklepicker Festival bringing a little Big Easy New Orleans style to Ashfield. &nbsp; This event will take place February 17th - 19th. &nbsp;Festivities include music and cooking workshops and lots of fun southern style. &nbsp;More information about this event visit <a href="http://elmersstore.com/winklepicker/">Winklepicker site!</a></div> <div style="text-align: justify"></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/Elmers-Store-300x300.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="200" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/Elmers-Store-300x300.jpg" width="200" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: justify">If you haven't visited Elmer's Store - it is a fun place to eat and their breakfast is fabulous! &nbsp;The breakfast burrito is my personal favorite.&nbsp;For more information check out their website at <a href= "http://elmersstore.com/">Elmer's Store</a></div> Uncategorized Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:11:00 -0500 Weekly National Real Estate News https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/08/weekly-national-real-estate-news/ <p>Real estate is at the forefront of the economic news. &nbsp;Whether you are a current homeowner or planning to purchase a home it is important to keep you informed. &nbsp; Rules and regulations are being changes all the time and it could make a big difference with your decision to move now or in the future.</p> <p>Every week I will be posting articles on the latest real estate news. &nbsp;Sometimes what you read on a national level will not impact what is happening on a local level. &nbsp;If you ever have any questions about the local real estate market, don't hesitate to call or send an email. &nbsp;413-337-8344 or wanda@wandamooney.com.</p> <p>This week's Real Estate Headlines:</p> <p><b><i><a href= "http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-to-announce-new-housing-refinance-plan/2012/02/01/gIQAw8YghQ_story.html"> Obama Announces New Housing Refinance Plan</a></i></b></p> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><a href= "http://www.mortgageorb.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10835"> Housing Trade Groups Protest G-Fees Increase</a></i></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><a href= "http://moneyland.time.com/2012/02/02/study-if-20-down-is-required-60-of-borrowers-would-be-pushed-out-of-housing-market/#ixzz1lEdP9ZWy%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8"> Study: If Would-Be Home Buyers Have to Put 20% Down, 60% of Them Ain't Buying</a></i></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><a href= "http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577182874008099702.html"> Housing Remains a Buyer's Market</a></i></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><a href= "http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/31/real_estate/mortgage_lending_kids.fortune/"> Become Your Kid's Mortgage Lender</a></i></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><br /></b></div> Uncategorized Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:36:00 -0500 Yearly Sales since 1995 for West County! Take a Look! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/06/yearly-sales-since-1995-for-west-county-take-a-look/ <div> <div style="text-align: center"><b>West County Single Family Yearly Sales History since 1995</b></div> </div> <div> <div style="text-align: center"></div> </div> <div><u>Interested in knowing:</u><br /> 1) &nbsp;The average sale price for West County Single Family homes since 1995?<br /> 2) &nbsp;What has been the average days on market since 1995?<br /> 3) &nbsp;What was the average list price? <p><b style="color: blue;text-align: center">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b> <span style= "color: blue"><b><span style="text-align: center">Take a look -&nbsp;</span><a href= "https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4aLHmmn3N-IM2M1YWRmMjgtZjQzMi00Yzg3LWJhOTUtZDdhYTcyZTNhNjRl" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue">West County Sales</span></a></b></span></p> <p>I prepared the attached sales history chart that I find very interesting. &nbsp;Do you think it supports what some are saying that the real estate market might be improving. &nbsp; Take a look and let me know your thoughts.</p> <div style="text-align: -webkit-auto"></div> <p><i><span style="font-size: x-small">These statistics come from the multiple listing service and does not include private sales. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></i><br /> <i><span style="font-size: x-small">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></i></p> </div> Uncategorized Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:02:00 -0500 It's Winter Carnival Time, Greenfield, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2012/02/01/it-s-winter-carnival-time-greenfield-mass/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/1122012_85736_0.gif" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="175" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/1122012_85736_0.gif" width= "200" /></a></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 14pt"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><b style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 14pt">Greenfield's Annual Winter Carnival</b></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 14pt"><b>90th Year Celebration</b></span></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 14pt"><b>February 3rd-5th, 2012</b></span></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 12pt"><b>Brought to you by the</b></span></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD';font-size: 12pt"><b>Greenfield Recreation Department</b></span></div> <div align="center" style="text-align: center"><span style= "color: navy;font-family: 'Maiandra GD'"><b><br /></b></span></div> <p><span style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'Trebuchet MS';font-size: 12px;line-height: 20px"> Greenfield will&nbsp;hold the 90th year celebration of the Winter Carnival.&nbsp; Three days of winter indoor and outdoor events will take place at Beacon Field and around town.&nbsp;&nbsp;With a warm winter, some events have been canceled, however, there are still plenty of events to take the family.&nbsp;&nbsp;Visit the exhibits,&nbsp;enjoy the&nbsp;bonfire, and&nbsp;Breakfast with Frosty is still on.&nbsp;Check out the&nbsp;</span><a href= "http://www.townofgreenfield.org/Pages/GreenfieldMA_Recreation/WinterCarnival">website</a><span style="background-color: white;font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 12px;line-height: 20px">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;font-family: 'Trebuchet MS';font-size: 12px;line-height: 20px">to make your plans.</span></p> Uncategorized Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:34:00 -0500