Title /blog/posts/2013/05/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Wed, 29 May 2013 10:46:00 -0400 Good News in April for Pioneer Valley Real Estate Market https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/29/good-news-in-april-for-pioneer-valley-real-estate-market/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/12831171-small+(1).jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="320" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/12831171-small+(1).jpg" width="96" /></a></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'><br /> </span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'>Pioneer Valley Real Estate update for April is reporting an influx of buyers looking and sales down due to lack of inventory.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;The interest rates are still at an all time low and this is one of the main reasons why the real estate market is continuing to do well.&nbsp;&nbsp; You will continue to see positive news throughout this year and possibly into the next.&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'><br /> </span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'>In April, Franklin County, sales rose 37.5 percent from 24 to 33 and the median sales price fell 5.9 percent from $168,450 to $158,500.&nbsp;</span></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'><br /> </span></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= 'background: white;color: #363636;font-family: "Georgia","serif"'>For more information about the latest local real estate news, <a href= "http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2013/05/pioneer_valley_real_estate_prices_rise_b.html" target="_blank">check out the complete article with quotes from Pioneer Valley real estateagents</a>.</span></div> Uncategorized Wed, 29 May 2013 10:46:00 -0400 Market Update - Economist from National Assoc of Realtors & Builders Assoc https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/28/market-update-economist-from-national-assoc-of-realtors-builders-assoc/ <div class="MsoNormal" style= "background: white;line-height: 22.5pt;margin-bottom: 6.0pt"> <span style="color: #323232;font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif">Dr. Lawrence Yun - Economist for the National Association of Realtors and Dr. David Crowe - Economist with the Home Builders Association talk about the current national real estate market conditions<span style="font-size: 26px">.</span> The overall news continues to be very positive. &nbsp;When listening to the video, keep in mind that real estate is local and some of the statistics may not apply in your neighborhood. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> Uncategorized Tue, 28 May 2013 11:00:00 -0400 Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale this Saturday 9:00 a.m. - Get there early! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/16/bridge-of-flowers-plant-sale-this-saturday-9-00-a-m-get-there-early/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/430201_455177577890223_458060995_n.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="208" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/430201_455177577890223_458060995_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <p><span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 13px;line-height: 18px"> Bridge of Flowers Annual Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 18th, from 9am - noon at the Baptist Lot on the corner of Main & Water Streets in Shelburne Falls.</span><br /> <span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 13px;line-height: 18px"> <br /></span><span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 13px;line-height: 18px">Fabulous plants will be available to buy and come from the best private gardens in the area and some from the bridge! &nbsp;If you love to garden, you must attend this event. &nbsp;I recommend you get their early. &nbsp; See you Saturday morning!</span><br /> <span style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 13px;line-height: 18px"> <br /></span><span class="text_exposed_show" style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 13px;line-height: 18px">All proceeds go to support the Bridge of Flowers.<a href= "http://www.bridgeofflowersmass.org/" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="color: #3b5998;cursor: pointer;text-decoration: none" target="_blank">www.bridgeofflowersmass.org</a></span></p> Uncategorized Thu, 16 May 2013 22:52:00 -0400 8 Tips for Finding Your First Home https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/15/8-tips-for-finding-your-first-home/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/8-tips-for-firsttime-buyers.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="185" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/8-tips-for-firsttime-buyers.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> The following post comes from&nbsp;<a href= "http://www.coldwellbanker.com/agent?action=detail&agentId=644688&mode=detail" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;color: #30517f;font-weight: bold;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none;vertical-align: baseline" target="_blank" title="Kim Knapp ">Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Inc. agent, Kim Knapp</a>. Kim is an experienced agent in Northern Florida and has a great team who has worked with countless first-time home buyers.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Here are her 8 tips to help make finding that first home go as smoothly as possible:</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 1. Research before you look.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you'd be willing to spend each month for housing.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 2. Be realistic.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> It's OK to be picky, but don't be unrealistic with your expectations. There's no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 3. Get your finances in order.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can't afford.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 4. Don't ask too many people for opinions.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own. You will be the one that will be ultimately living in the home and paying the mortgage payment.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 5. Decide your moving timeline.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 6. Think long term.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you'll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 7. Insist on a home inspection.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <strong style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 8. Get help from a REALTOR&reg;.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer's representative is working only for you. Buyer's reps are usually paid out of the seller's commission payment.</div> Uncategorized Wed, 15 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400 Massachusetts Pending Sales Are Up! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/15/massachusetts-pending-sales-are-up/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/April-housing-chart-300x181.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/April-housing-chart-300x181.jpg" /></a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin-bottom: 17px;margin-top: 17px;padding: 0px"> <b><u>Pendings Sale for April</u></b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin-bottom: 17px;margin-top: 17px;padding: 0px"> Despite the low inventory of homes for sale, buyers made a huge push in April to make offers on homes. In fact, the push was so huge that more single-family homes were put under agreement in April 2013 than in any month since MAR began tracking pending home sales data in January 2004. While condos didn't hit an all-time high, they did hit their 2nd highest total.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin-bottom: 17px;margin-top: 17px;padding: 0px"> </div> <div style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin-bottom: 17px;margin-top: 17px;padding: 0px"> <a href= "http://www.marealtor.com/content/NewsTicker.htm?view=38&news_id=2004&news=31" style= "color: #004080;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none">Link to April 2013 Pending Sales News Release</a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin-bottom: 17px;margin-top: 17px;padding: 0px"> <strong style="margin: 0px;padding: 0px">Here are the highlights:</strong></div> <ul style= "background-color: white;clear: both;font-family: 'TradeGothic Bold';font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0px 10px 30px;padding: 0px"> <li style="margin: 0px;padding: 3px 0px">Single-family pending home sales were up 32.8% compared to April 2012 - biggest increase since April 2010 (last month of tax credit)</li> <li style="margin: 0px;padding: 3px 0px">5,948 is the most homes ever put under agreement in any one month</li> <li style="margin: 0px;padding: 3px 0px">Condo pending home sales were up 37.4% compared to April 2012</li> <li style="margin: 0px;padding: 3px 0px">2.435 is the 2nd most condos put under agreement in any single month (March 2005 - 2,501 units was the most)</li> </ul> <div><span style="font-family: TradeGothic Bold">This information is provided by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors</span></div> Uncategorized Wed, 15 May 2013 10:00:00 -0400 Coldwell Banker First Time Home Buyer Week - Great Tips and Videos https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/13/coldwell-banker-first-time-home-buyer-week-great-tips-and-videos/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/21109_10152809182865508_121390756_n.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="179" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/21109_10152809182865508_121390756_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <p><span style= "background-color: white;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px"> According the National Association of Realtors, nearly a third of real estate home buyers this year will be entering the housing market for the first time. As a first time buyer, you'll soon find out that there's so many roads that need to be navigated before moving into that first home.</span></p> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> That's why at Coldwell Banker Real Estate we're dedicating this entire week to helping the first time home buyer as they venture into the world of home ownership. Throughout the week on&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/" target= "_blank"><span style="color: #30517f"><b>this blog</b></span>&nbsp;</a>as well as on the Coldwell Banker&nbsp;<a href="http://facebook.com/coldwellbanker" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;color: #30517f;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none;vertical-align: baseline">Facebook<b>&nbsp;</b></a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/coldwellbanker" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;color: #30517f;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none;vertical-align: baseline" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;profiles, we'll only be sharing content that's geared toward first time home buyers.<span id= "more-12031" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"></span></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> While we're producing all new content this week, the first time home buyer has been the focus of a number of posts we've already written. One of our most popular, and useful ones, is on&nbsp;<a href= "http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/5-tips-for-saving-for-a-down-payment-on-a-home/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #30517f"><b>5 Tips for Saving for a Down Payment</b></span>&nbsp;</a>to help first time home buyers prepare financially for the big move.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Moving from the financial side of things to the emotional, Coldwell Banker Real Estate also conducted a study on<a href= "http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/the-emotional-impact-of-buying-a-home-with-your-spouse/" target="_blank" title= "The Emotional Impact of Buying a Home with your Spouse"><span style="color: #30517f"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></a><a href="http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/the-emotional-impact-of-buying-a-home-with-your-spouse/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #30517f"><b>the emotional impact of buying a home with your spouse</b></span>&nbsp;</a>and even consulted famed&nbsp;psychotherapist&nbsp; Dr. Robi Ludwig, to help provide some insight.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Also, there's a tendency as a first time home buyer to jump on that first property that catches your eye, but there's really value in shopping around. Here's our post titled,&nbsp;<a href= "http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/why-first-time-homebuyers-should-shop-around/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #30517f"><b>Why First Time Home Buyers Should Shop Around</b></span>.</a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> The most provocative question posed in real estate this year came from one of our writers who was debating whether to enter the real estate market in 2013. The question she asked was:&nbsp;<a href= "http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/is-the-f-word-stopping-you-from-becoming-a-first-time-home-buyer/" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;color: #30517f;font-weight: bold;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline" target="_blank" title= "Is the F Word Stopping You From Becoming a First Time Home Buyer">Is the F Word Stopping You from Becoming a First Time Home Buyer?</a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> And finally, I wanted to share a lesson that I learned upon buying my first home and<a href= "http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/how-i-came-to-believe-in-working-with-a-real-estate-professional/" style= "background-color: transparent;border: 0px;color: #30517f;font-weight: bold;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline" target="_blank" title= "How I Came to Believe in Working with a Real Estate Professional.">&nbsp;how I came to believe in working with a real estate professional</a><u>.</u></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> We hope first time home buyers will find all the content being shared this week useful to their initial home shopping experience. But for those who've been through the process before, we want to hear from you and have you share what you wish you knew when you were a first time home buyer.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Join the conversation throughout First Time Home Buyer Week by following the hashtag #FirstHome and of course we welcome your opinions, insights and questions in the comments.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;color: #555555;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 24px;margin-bottom: 18px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Here's to making 2013 the year you experience the joy of home ownership for the first time.</div> Uncategorized Mon, 13 May 2013 16:48:00 -0400 Grow Your Vegetables in Containers! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/13/grow-your-vegetables-in-containers/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/foolproof-vegetables-container-gardening_53be68b3441686d44fd6e7aed185ff1e_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/foolproof-vegetables-container-gardening_53be68b3441686d44fd6e7aed185ff1e_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85.jpg" /></a></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= "background-color: white;font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Mary Moss-Sprague, master gardener and author of<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><em><span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;padding: 0in">Stand Up and Garden</span></em><span class= "apple-converted-space"><span style= "background-color: white;font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;font-family: Arial, sans-serif">(Countryman Press, 2012), grows all her vegetables in containers after a disease ran rampant through her garden soil and decimated her tomato plants -- a non-problem with containers because they don't share soil.<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif"><br /> <strong><span style="border: 1pt none windowtext;padding: 0in">Tips for container gardening</span></strong><span class= "apple-converted-space"><b><span style= "border: none windowtext 1.0pt;padding: 0in">&nbsp;</span></b></span><br /> <br /></span> <p><strong><span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;padding: 0in">Containers:</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="background: white">&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white">Any container will do, as long as it's deep enough for the plant (check the seed packet). Just drill &frac12;-inch drainage holes in the bottom.<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="background: white">Moss-Sprague suggests snagging 5-gallon food buckets from your grocery store or deli, or asking your neighborhood garden center for 5- to 7-gallon grower's pots -- both are free. Before using, wash out the container with a gallon of water mixed with a cup of chlorine bleach to kill off any lingering bacteria.<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;padding: 0in">Soil:</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="background: white">&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white">All-purpose<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"'><a href="http://www.houselogic.com/blog/gardens/soil-testing/"><span style="border: none windowtext 1.0pt;color: #16a8d3;padding: 0in;text-decoration: none">soil</span></a><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="background-color: white">&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white">is pretty goof-proof. But don't use topsoil -- it won't work because it doesn't have the required nutrients.<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;padding: 0in">Plants:</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="background: white">&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white">Read instructions on the seedling or seed packet first. The same rules for sun, watering, space, and<span class= "apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span><a href= "http://www.houselogic.com/blog/gardens/hardiness-zone-map/"><span style="border: none windowtext 1.0pt;color: #16a8d3;padding: 0in;text-decoration: none">hardiness zones</span></a><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style= "background-color: white">&nbsp;</span><span style= "background-color: white">apply to container vegetables.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <span><b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Top 10 container vegetables</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif"><br /> <br /></span></span> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif"><b>1. <u>Tomatoes</u>:</b>&nbsp;All kinds do well in pots. Try grape and cherry varieties for easy growing -- their small size makes them easy to handle. Put up a trellis because they love to climb.</span></p> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Growing them in containers makes them a snap to water because it's easier to get under their leaves; cherry tomatoes produce quickly.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Don't seed directly in container -- young tomato plants need specific growing conditions to get started, which can be tricky; buy seedlings instead.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">2. <u>Peppers</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Bell and chili peppers are good container contenders. Peppers can be picky when starting out, so plant seedlings instead of seeds.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Red mini bell peppers are quick producers -- about 2 months until they're ready to eat.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">You'll need some patience -- regular peppers take up to 3 months to mature.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">3. <u>Lettuce</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Any kind of lettuce will grow in pots. You can seed directly in the pot.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Huge selection to choose from, and you can plant different varieties in the same container -- a beautiful look.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">They need full sun -- you might have to move your containers around to ensure good exposure.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">4. <u>Spinach</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;All different varieties really thrive in containers. Scatter the seeds and thin them out as they grow.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">You can trim off the leaves when you want them and they'll just keep growing more.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Good drainage is really important for spinach; it prefers sunny days and cool nights.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">5. <u>Radishes</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;French Breakfast, White Icicle, and Short Cherry Bell are three varieties to try. Plant 1 to 2 inches between, and thin as they grow.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: Super quick! About 25 days and they're ready to crunch.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: They don't like heat -- if you live in a hot zone, look for varieties that are heat-resistant, or grow in the spring and fall.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;margin-left: -.25in;margin-right: 0in;margin-top: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">6. <u>Green onions</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Very pretty and very easy to grow.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">They don't take much room and are easy to manage -- they like sun, but be sure to wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: They take a couple of months until they're ready.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;margin-left: -.25in;margin-right: 0in;margin-top: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">7. <u>Carrots</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Any type of carrot will work in containers -- when they're ready to harvest, soak the container with water first to making pulling easier.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">There are many types to choose from; "kaleidoscope" mixes come with a variety of flavors and beautiful colors.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: Some will take up to 80 days until they're ready; if you're an impatient gardener, look for quick-maturing types, such as Touchon and Little Finger.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">8. <u>Swiss chard</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Seed directly in your container and trim leaves as needed -- they'll continue to produce. Chard is tastiest when it's young.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: Very durable plant that tolerates warmth.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">: Getting your kids to eat it (unusual flavors).</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;margin-left: -.25in;margin-right: 0in;margin-top: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">9. <u>Cucumbers</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;Another good plant for impatient gardeners, cukes add crunch to summer salads and sandwiches.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Quick to germinate and quick to grow.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">They need sturdy support posts or a trellis so the plants have somewhere to climb. Or try smaller, less-heavy bush cucumbers.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;margin-left: -.25in;margin-right: 0in;margin-top: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">10. <u>Green beans</u>:</span></b><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;So easy to grow, you can put your kids in charge.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Pros:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Quick growers and you'll have a bumper crop if you pick regularly -- they'll just keep growing more.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Cons:</span></b> <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif">Climbing beans -- called pole beans -- grow 5 to 6 feet, so stick to bush beans, which hit 1-2 feet on sturdy, self-supporting stems.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: .0001pt;margin-bottom: 0in;margin-left: -.25in;margin-right: 0in;margin-top: 0in;vertical-align: baseline"> <span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;padding: 0in"> <br /> <br /></span> <p><span style= "border: 1pt none windowtext;font-family: Arial, sans-serif;padding: 0in"> Read more:</span><span style= "font-family: Arial, sans-serif">&nbsp;<span style= "border: none windowtext 1.0pt;padding: 0in"><a href= "http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plants-trees/10-foolproof-vegetables-container-gardening/#ixzz2T7Y405jJ"><span style="border: none;color: #003399;text-decoration: none"><span style="border: none">http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plants-trees/10-foolproof-vegetables-container-gardening/#ixzz2T7Y405jJ</span></span></a></span></span></p> <p><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /> <!--[endif]--></p> </div> Uncategorized Mon, 13 May 2013 11:00:00 -0400 4-Unit Apartment Building For Sale, Shelburne Falls, Ma https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/06/4-unit-apartment-building-for-sale-shelburne-falls-ma/ <p>Looking to invest in Shelburne Falls? &nbsp;Check out this 4-unit apartment building!</p> <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3039423" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_3thhx.jpg" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3039423" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> Uncategorized Mon, 06 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400 Delightful Cottage in Wildwood Community, Goshen, Ma https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/05/delightful-cottage-in-wildwood-community-goshen-ma/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CHVCrF7BK48/UYbMIp5bSLI/AAAAAAAABMQ/PKbOFYKqIkw/s1600/Fireplace.jpg" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="245" src= "http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CHVCrF7BK48/UYbMIp5bSLI/AAAAAAAABMQ/PKbOFYKqIkw/s320/Fireplace.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <div class="MsoNormal">Delightful Cottage nestled in the woods at the end of a private drive and part of a special 12 unit community known as Wildwood.&nbsp;&nbsp; You have access to walking trails that are among 35 beautiful wooded acres.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The location is perfect and it is less than 30 minutes to Northampton.&nbsp;&nbsp; The house is in move-in condition and many updates have been done.&nbsp; It has a good size kitchen and living area with handsome stone fireplace with woodstove, a large wrap around deck, 2 bedrooms, 1 &frac12; baths and wood floors.&nbsp; It is easy to heat and offer low maintenance living.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You are surrounded by gardens and the feel of living in the tree tops!&nbsp; You will love it - come take a look today. &nbsp;$125,000</div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><u>Check out the visual tour:</u></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"> <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3045731" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_kmjd2.jpg" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3045731" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> </div> Uncategorized Sun, 05 May 2013 21:23:00 -0400 Shelburne Falls Art Walk this Saturday May 4th! Join the Fun https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2013/05/03/shelburne-falls-art-walk-this-saturday-may-4th-join-the-fun/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Dn4F_XU5rjg/UYQdOr3pHdI/AAAAAAAABL4/WjMw60ZQzcQ/s1600/Bridge+Flowers+River.JPG" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" height="213" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/Bridge+Flowers+River.JPG" width="320" /></a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-align: center;vertical-align: baseline"> <b>Come to the Art Walk</b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> The perfect weekend to attend the Art Walk in Shelburne Falls. &nbsp;Walk around town, enjoy the Bridge of Flowers, shop at your favorite store and treat yourself to a nice dinner! &nbsp;Follow the decorated shoes around town and enjoy the special event in the charming Village of Shelburne Falls.</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-align: center;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><br /></b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-align: center;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><br /></b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-align: center;vertical-align: baseline"> <b>Saturday, May 4th&nbsp;</b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-align: center;vertical-align: baseline"> <b>2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.</b></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-huZYaKcOypU/UYQdcqT6J0I/AAAAAAAABMA/KjmKBU2ehmk/s1600/event_artwalk.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-huZYaKcOypU/UYQdcqT6J0I/AAAAAAAABMA/KjmKBU2ehmk/s1600/event_artwalk.jpg" /></a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <b><br /></b></div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Recently, the Village of Shelburne Falls was designated a Cultural District by Massachusetts Cultural Council.&nbsp; Come and see why!&nbsp;</div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;margin-top: -1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-indent: 2em;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div style= "background-color: white;border: 0px;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;margin-bottom: 1.5em;margin-top: -1.5em;padding: 0px 15px 0px 0px;text-indent: 2em;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> Uncategorized Fri, 03 May 2013 20:29:00 -0400