Blog :: 2012

Cider Days, Nov 3rd and 4th - Franklin County, Mass

It is that time of year - Cider Days is happening this weekend.  It is great family fun and with lots to do.  The weather is going to be perfect.  Make your plans with you family and enjoy Cider Days!
For a list of events and more information check out the website!

CiderDays is a community event celebrating all things apples in Franklin County, Massachusetts. 2012 marks the 18th year of this event and there will be two days (November 3rd and 4th) of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more. This is for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. There is a charge for some of the activities but there is no admission for many of the activities at local orchards or for the workshops or Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls (from 10 AM - 5 PM on Saturday).

Shelburne Falls Art Walk

SHELBURNE FALLS ART WALK is happening this weekend. Perfect weather to stroll the streets and start early on your holiday shopping!  Hope to see you around town.

Saturday, November 3 - 4:00 to 7:00

Come and stroll the Village and enjoy the galleries, shops, and restaurants.  Enjoy live music, meet the artists, see special exhibits, and appreciate the wide range of art that Shelburne Falls is known for.

Shelburne Falls Building Site with Water Views

 Hurricane Irene severely damaged this 2-family home & now it's time for someone to take over and build new!  This Shelburne Falls location is the perfect .42 acre site and the owner is willing to get it ready for you. The building and garage will be demolished and permits in place prior to closing so you can start your construction in 2013.  This site has town water & sewer and overlooks the Deerfield River & has a beautiful view of the charming downtown. This property can also be sold ''as is". $49,000

Striking Log Home for sale with awesome views!

Beautiful contemporary style log home overlooks sweeping meadows & picturesque mountain views! This home is bright & open, must be seen!  It has a wonderful kitchen that is open to the dining/family room w/cathedral ceiling. There is a great room w/stone fireplace and floor to ceiling windows where you can sit back and enjoy those amazing views. In addition there is a fabulous master suite w/private full bath, 2 bedrooms w/full bathroom, hardwood floors, walk out basement, deck, and 3 car garage.  $364,900


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Home Prices expected to increase by 3%

Recently released research data project rising residential prices in 2013. The October 2012 Economic Survey by the Wall Street Journal panel of economists forecasted home prices as increasing at an annual rate of 3.25 percent in the forthcoming year. A similar National Association of Business Economists survey projected a 2.8 percent increase in home prices by the end of 2013.
Based on information from the latest Realtors Confidence Index (see below), REALTORS® are projecting a 3 percent increase in home prices in the forthcoming year. Both practitioners and economists are in good agreement on this one: prices are projected to increase.

RCI September 2012 Edition

Information provided by Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

Fabulous Property - House & Barn on 75 Acres - Buckland, Ma

Spectacular property, 75 acres on both sides of the road with complete privacy, picturesque mountain & meadow views with approx. 15 open acres!  The land across the road has a 30x60 P&B; Barn wit professionally designed 2-story 1500sqft studio space-perfect for artists, retreats, or home office with exposed beams & lots of windows. The Barn side has passed percolation test and would make an awesome house site or you can live in the Barn. The antique cape is warm & inviting with charming details. Great Location-Must See!  $595,000

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Wonderful Country Home Charlemont, Ma

This wonderful country home is located in a secluded and desirable area in East Charlemont.  Surrounded by nice homes and not far from Route 2 and less than 10 minutes to the Village of Shelburne Falls.  If you like exposed beams, pine floors, pine interior doors, attractive woodwork, high ceilings, and wood heat, come take a look at this one!   The price reflects work that needs to be done such as a new roof, decks and 2nd floor interior renovations - but all well worth it.  $149,000

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Massachusetts Real Estate Update

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS released their September 2012 sales report and for the 15th straight month sales have gone up compared to the same time last year. Single-family median prices were down less than one percent from last year while condo median prices went up compared to September 2011. (see graphs below - click on them to enlarge).
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Highlights from the release:
* Single-family home sales were up 2.8% compared to last year
* Single-family median prices were DOWN 0.6% ($294,900)
* Condo sales were up 10.4% compared to the same time last year
* The median price for a condo was UP 2.9% ($280,000) compared to last year

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS

Impressive Farm with Upscale Home - Whately, Mass

Impressive custom built farmhouse style home offers the finest details and farming amenities. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, Ashfield stone countertop and sink along with Viking appliances! Great room with oak timberframe, cathedral ceiling, balcony & fireplace. In addition there is central air and central vac, partially finished basement, heated 2-car garage & more! 
There are 2 barns with 10 acres, certified organic soil, fencing, water & electric.  Perfect for horses & gardening.  Nicely landscape with views of Mount Sugarloaf!  Near I-91, 5 colleges, and Northampton.  

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Riverside Sanctuary - Perfect Getaway, Williamsburg, Ma

This riverside sanctuary is the perfect escape with an enchanting cottage sited along the river's edge.  Sit back, relax & listen to the sounds of the east branch of the Mill River. Warm interior features living room with fireplace & woodstove, kitchen and dining area, upper level for master bedroom/studio space w/cathedral ceiling, wood floors, lots of windows & deck. Charming architectural features & lovely gardens! Convenient location - 5 min. to Williamsburg & 15 min. to Northampton. $195,000
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