Blog :: 04-2013

Perfect Starter Home in Buckland, Mass

This attractive Ranch style home is immaculate and ready for you to move in and enjoy!  You will love the interior that features a spacious open design with large kitchen, dining and living area. The master suite has plenty of closets, office or sitting area and a full bath. In addition this home has 2 additional bedrooms, full bath, first floor laundry, & full basement.  The 2 acre setting is private and has a year round brook with 2 car garage with workshop space.  Fabulous Buckland location! $189,000

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Greenfield's Farmers' Market starts this Weekend!

This Saturday, April 27th, is the opening day of the Greenfield Farmer's Market and the weather is going to be perfect.

For the past 30 years, The Greenfield Farmers' Market has been providing fresh locally grown products featuring organic and conventional produce along with local craft vendors.  The market is held on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Court Square in down Greenfield. For more information visit the website at http://greenfieldfarmersmarket.com/

9th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is this Weekend!

Perfect weekend to tour the countryside and check out some fabulous pottery!  

9th Annual Asparagus 
Valley Pottery Trail
April 27 and 28, 2013
10 am - 5 pm
The Pottery Trail is a self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts.  The artists are preparing their studios to show off their beautiful work to you!  For more information, visit the website at www.apotterytrail.com

Bring along a friend and visit the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail!

Property Feature of the Week - Ashfield, Mass

This is your perfect opportunity to operate a home based business, live in a meticulously maintained home and have views of Ashfield Lake. Multiple connecting outbuildings with over 5,000 sqft of workspace consists of 45x90 Garage with 14ft high main door and a 13x19 Workshop, 22x30 2-Car Garage, 13x30 2-Car Garage w/13x30 Studio. Your business possibilities are endless!  The owners have loved their home for 20+ years and it shows.  The house features an eat-in kitchen, office area, dining room, living room, master bedroom with sitting area & full bath, hardwood floors, and a 3-season porch.  Recreation is at your doorstep including swimming, tennis, fishing, nearby restaurant and more.  This property has it all, come take a look today.  $389,000

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Tudor Style Home with Apartment, Greenfield, Mass

Come take a look at this extremely well built Tudor style home that has a spacious and open interior floor plan that is perfect for entertaining.   There is a large kitchen, dining and living area with fireplace, cathedral ceiling and a wall of sliding doors to a deck and heated above ground pool!   The main level has 2 bedrooms, and a large full bath with Jacuzzi tub.  The lower level features a bedroom, full bath and recreation room with fireplace and pool table!    There is a very nice apartment that is perfect for rental income or home office.     In addition this home has an oversized 2-car garage, wired for generator, extremely well built, southern exposure and located in the beautiful meadows area of Greenfield.  Call today for a showing appointment - it is ready for immediate occupancy.  $369,000

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Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest energy-- and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weather strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside.
TIPS FOR SEALING AIR LEAKS
·         Test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other places where air may leak. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weatherstripping.


·         Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
·         Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
·         Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
·         Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
·         Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
·         Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows. See the Windows section for more information.
·         Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
·         Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
·         Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
·         Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
·         Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
·         Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.
Fireplace flues are made from metal, and over time repeated heating and cooling can cause the metal to warp or break, creating a channel for air loss. To seal your flue when not in use, consider an inflatable chimney balloon. Inflatable chimney balloons fit beneath your fireplace flue when not in use, are made from durable plastic, and can be removed easily and reused hundreds of times. If you forget to remove the balloon before making a fire, the balloon will automatically deflate within seconds of coming into contact with heat.
This information is provided by Energy.gov.

First Quarter Sales Report - Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley, Ma

Ending the week on positive real estate news!   
According to the Realtor Association of the Pioneer Valley the median price of homes sold in the Pioneer Valley rose 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013, from 163,950 in the first quarter of 2012 to 168,000 this year. 
The number of homes sold rose just 0.6 percent, from 790 in the first three months of 2012 to 795 in the same period this year.  The inventory of available residential property fell 15%, from 2636 single-family listings at the end of March 2012 to 2240 at the end of last month.
Homes also sold more quickly.  Average days on market fell from 170 accumulated days per home last year to 145 days for 2013.
Listings under agreement fell 12.9%.  There were 1163 homes under agreement at the end of March 2012 and 1013 at the end of March 2013.
Franklin County Stats:
Sales fell 30.3% from 89 homes to 62, reflecting small housing market in the mostly rural county.  Median prices rose 10.8% from 162,000 to 179,500. 
It is still early in the year to predict what the future is going to bring but I am seeing a low inventory on the horizon.

This information is provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

Thinking of selling your home? Cards might be in your favor!

Great time to sell?  

This article explains why it is a good time to sell.  It offers tips to get your house ready.  Real estate is local and I suggest to contact your local agent to get a clear picture on the market in your area.  
If you are thinking of buying or selling, give Cathy Roberts or Wanda Mooney a call!  We are very busy meeting with people and the spring market has begun!  We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the process of buying or selling.
Wanda Mooney 413-337-8344
wanda@mooneyandroberts.com

Cathy Roberts 413-522-3023
cathy@mooneyandroberts.com

Home Buyer's Fair sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank

Greenfield Savings Bank is sponsoring a Home Buyer's Fair this Monday, April 22,  5:30 to 7:30

This is a great event for Buyer's planning on purchasing their first home.

You will learn about lending, home inspections, and the legal aspects of homebuying.

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.  For more information contact Caryl Connor at 413-774-3191.  She will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

National Open House Weekend - April 20th and 21st

Mark your calendars for this Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2013 for the National Association of REALTORS weekend of open houses. 
The weekend is organized by state and local Realtor® associations across the country where agents host thousands of open houses while engaging consumers on the benefits of homeownership and bringing buyers and sellers together.

Check your papers on Friday and plan your weekend checking out homes that are on the market.  Cathy and I will be hosting two open houses

Look forward to seeing you this weekend!!