Title /blog/posts/2015/03/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors Adopt a Dog Campaign https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/23/coldwell-banker-upton-massamont-realtors-adopt-a-dog-campaign/ <div class="p1"><span class="s1">Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont is teaming up with Coldwell Banker's "Adopt a Dog" national campaign. Help us get the word out about adopting a pet from area shelters. Like Mooney & Roberts facebook page and keep informed about stories and events that will be happening. Dogs are family and help make a house a home! If you haven't seen the Coldwell Banker commercial, here it is for you to enjoy!</span></div> <p><span style= "background-color: white;color: #141823;font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 19.3199996948242px"> <br /></span><br /> <span style= "background-color: white;font-size: 14px;line-height: 19.3199996948242px"> <span style= "color: #141823;font-family: Helvetica, Arial, lucida grande, tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif"> <br /></span></span></p> Uncategorized Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Leasing Solar Panels Potential Issue When Selling https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/23/leasing-solar-panels-potential-issue-when-selling/ <div class="p1"><span class="s1">If you are considering leasing solar panels and might be selling anytime in the future, &nbsp;it could be an issue with a buyer. &nbsp; Interesting article just posted in Daily Real Estate News. &nbsp;It might not be the case in your market area. &nbsp;I would recommend consulting with a local real estate agent before making a final decision.</span></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"><span class="s2"><b><u><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Solar Panels Can be a Deal Killer</span></u></b></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Studies have suggested that the addition of solar panels on a home can boost a home's value. But sometimes those solar panels can sabotage a deal when it comes time to sell.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">More companies are offering home owners a contract to lease solar panels where they pay no upfront costs for the installation and could start saving on their electricity bills right away. But home owners who sign onto these deals are finding some snags when they go to sell.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Potential buyers are leery of taking on the leasing payment contracts for the next 15 to 17 years because they often have to qualify on credit from the solar companies themselves. Also, some buyers are hesitant to sign a contract because they're concerned the solar equipment will become obsolete or won't amount in a big savings in the end after paying the leasing fee.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Some home buyers are refusing to buy the house unless the seller buys out of the remaining lease payment stream -- which could be $15,000 or more.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">For example, a Fresno, Calif., couple trying to sell their house told The Los Angeles Times that it attracted multiple offers but two sets of buyers backed out of the contracts due to the leased solar panels on their roof. The buyers felt the long-term cost of the lease agreement was too high or they were concerned about the credit qualifications they had to meet in order to take over the lease. Ultimately, the couple had to pay $22,000 to break the lease with the solar company so that they could sell the house.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">With the rising popularity of solar, Lynn Farris, a real estate professional in Windermere Hulsey & Associates in Vacaville, Calif., says she's already seen several disputes arise over solar panel leases, and she expects the problem to get worse.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">After all, residential solar installations are rising dramatically -- up by 50 percent per year since 2012, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.</span></span></div> <div class="p4"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p5"><span class="s1"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015</span></span></div> Uncategorized Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0400 36th Annual Artspace Pottery Seconds Sale - March 20th & 21st https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/19/36th-annual-artspace-pottery-seconds-sale-march-20th-21st/ <div style="text-align: center"></div> <div style="text-align: center"><span style="font-size: large">If you are looking for a special piece to add&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center"><span style="font-size: large">to your collection, &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large">don't miss the&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center"><span style= "font-size: large">pottery seconds sale at <a href= "http://www.gcc.mass.edu/" target="_blank">Greenfield Community Co</a>llege. &nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: center"><span style= "font-size: large"><br /></span></div> <div style="text-align: center"><span style="font-size: large">Well worth attending. &nbsp;See you there!</span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/10801818_576786762423991_7287810145006935928_n.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/10801818_576786762423991_7287810145006935928_n.jpg" height="327" width="400" /></a></div> <p><a href="http://franklyarts.com/home" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information about the Artspace!</p> Uncategorized Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0400 First Time Home Buyer Workshop Series at Greenfield Community College https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/18/first-time-home-buyer-workshop-series-at-greenfield-community-college/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <b><span style="font-size: large">First Time Home Buyer Workshop Series</span></b></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center">If you are a first time home buyer looking to purchase a home this year, now is the time to sign up for the workshop series. &nbsp;You will learn from a real estate agent, home inspector, and lender about the process of buying. &nbsp;This is a great education and well worth taking. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center">The classes do fill up, sign up today! &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/FTHB%2BFLYER%2BAPRIL%2BGSB%2B2015.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/FTHB%2BFLYER%2BAPRIL%2BGSB%2B2015.jpg" height="640" width="488" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> Uncategorized Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Concert Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, Mass - Saturday March 21st 7:00 PM https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/17/concert-great-falls-discovery-center-turners-falls-mass-saturday-march-21st-7-00-pm/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <b><span style="font-size: large">Winter is over and Spring is here!&nbsp;</span></b></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <span style="font-size: large"><i>&nbsp;Time to get out and enjoy some good music this Saturday&nbsp;</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <span style="font-size: large"><i>at the <a href= "http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/" target="_blank">Great Falls Discover Center</a> starting 7:00 PM</i></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/10848700_10206512907248064_7429763380305167290_o.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/10848700_10206512907248064_7429763380305167290_o.jpg" height="640" width="492" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> Uncategorized Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Massachusetts Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers - Interesting Statistics https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/16/massachusetts-profile-of-home-buyers-sellers-interesting-statistics/ <div class="p1" style="text-align: left"><span class="s1">This annual survey is conducted by the <a href="http://www.realtor.org/" target="_blank">National Association of REALTORS</a> of recent home buyers and sellers. &nbsp;The results below are specific for <a href="https://www.marealtor.com/" target= "_blank">Massachusetts</a>. &nbsp; &nbsp;I think you will find it very interesting and also useful whether you are thinking about buying or selling. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="p1" style="text-align: left"></div> <div class="p1" style="text-align: center"><span class="s1"><b>2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers</b></span></div> <div class="p1" style="text-align: center"><span class= "s1"><b>Massachusetts Report</b></span></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"><span class="s2"><b>Characteristics of Home Buyers and their Experience:</b></span></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>94% of buyers used the internet in some way for their home search process and 53% used a mobile website</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>97% of the Buyers felt real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Typical homebuyer in Massachusetts searched 16 weeks for a home and viewed 10 homes.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>89% of buyers were satisfied with their home buying process.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>91% of the buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>88% of the buyers would recommend their agent to others.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>84% of buyers believe their home is a good financial investment.</li> </ul> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"><span class="s2"><b>Characteristics of Home Sellers their Experience</b></span></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Typical seller in Massachusetts lives in their home for 10 years.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>92% of sellers used a real estate agent.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Sellers typically sold their home for 97% of the listing price and 49% reduced the asking price at least once.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Only 14% of sellers offered incentives to buyers.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>69% of home sellers contacted just one agent.&nbsp; 45% found their agent due to a recommendation from family member or friend and 26% worked with their agent previously.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>83% of the home sellers would recommend their agent again.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>The share of home sellers who sold their home without an assistance of a real estate was only 7%.&nbsp; 49% knew the buyer prior to home purchase.</li> </ul> Uncategorized Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 Seussical the Musical - Mohawk Regional High School - March 6, 7 & 8 https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/03/02/seussical-the-musical-mohawk-regional-high-school-march-6-7-8/ <div class="hq gt a10" id=":tu" style= "background-color: white;clear: both;color: #222222;font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 12.8000001907349px;font-style: normal;font-variant: normal;font-weight: normal;letter-spacing: normal;line-height: normal;margin: 15px 0px;text-align: start;text-indent: 0px"> </div> <div class="ii gt m14bd7c895038b09d adP adO" id=":t1" style= "background-color: white;color: #222222;direction: ltr;font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 12.8000001907349px;font-variant: normal;letter-spacing: normal;line-height: normal;margin: 5px 15px 0px 0px;padding-bottom: 5px;text-align: start;text-indent: 0px"> <div class="a3s" id=":t0" style="overflow: hidden"> <div dir="ltr"> <div class="separator" style= "clear: both;font-weight: normal;text-align: center"><a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/Seussical%2BThe%2BMusical%2BPOSTER.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/Seussical%2BThe%2BMusical%2BPOSTER.jpg" height="320" width="230" /></a></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="font-weight: normal;margin: 0px"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px"><b>Seussical the Musical</b> <span style="font-weight: normal">will be transforming the stage of Mohawk Trail Regional High School. The musical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss whose stories are creatively woven together to create the ultimate musical extravaganza! Come see The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Grinch and many more characters brought to life through a series of foot-tapping songs, lively dances and colorful sets!</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="font-weight: normal;margin: 0px"> </div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;text-align: center"> <span style="font-style: normal"><b>Performance dates are&nbsp;</b></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal"><span class="aBn"><span class= "aQJ">Friday</span></span>&nbsp;and Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2015 at&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class= "aQJ">7:00pm</span></span></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal"><span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00pm</span></span>.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="font-weight: normal;margin: 0px"> <span style="font-style: normal"><br /></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal">Tickets are $10/Adults, $5/students & seniors</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal">FREE for children two years old or younger.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal"><br /></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal" style= "font-weight: normal;margin: 0px;text-align: center"><span style= "font-style: normal">For reservations please call&nbsp;<a href= "tel:%28413%29%20625-9811" style="color: #1155cc" target= "_blank">(413) 625-9811</a><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>x1364.</span>&nbsp;</div> <div class="yj6qo" style="font-style: normal;font-weight: normal"> </div> </div> </div> </div> Uncategorized Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:29:00 -0500