Title /blog/posts/2016/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:30:41 -0500 Shop Small Saturday November 26th in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, Ma https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/11/25/shop-small-saturday-november-26th-in-greenfield-and-shelburne-falls-ma/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/download.jpeg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; float: left; width: 300px; height: 115px; margin: 3px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><u><strong>SHOP SMALL SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY</strong></u></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Forget the malls and shop small at your local stores this holiday season. &nbsp;This Saturday November 26th visit your&nbsp;favorite town and&nbsp;get into the spirit of the holiday season. &nbsp;You will not only support the local businesses but will find a great selection of unique gifts.</p> <p>If you are visiting the Franklin County area in<strong>&nbsp;<u><a href="http://franklincc.org/">Greenfield</a></u></strong> or <u><strong><a href="http://www.shelburnefalls.com/">Shelburne Falls</a></strong></u>, here are some of my favorite places:</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://wilsonsdepartmentstore.com/">Wilson&#39;s Department Store</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- family owned department store&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.worldeyebookshop.com/">World Eye Bookstore</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- wonderful locally owned bookstore</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.greenfieldfarmerscoop.com/">Greenfield Cooperative Exchange</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- great selection of something special for your pets</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.shelburnefarmandgarden.com/">Shelburne Garden Center</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- perfect place for those who love to garden</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.salmonfallsgallery.com/">Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- amazing selection by local artisans including Josh Simpson glass</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.youngconstantingalleryshelburn.elisting.us/">Young and Constantin</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- unique clothes and gifts</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.mollycantor.com/">Molly Cantor Pottery</a></strong></u>&nbsp;- ideal gift for someone special</p> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.alaveryandson.com/">Avery&#39;s General Store</a></strong></u> - this one has it all!! &nbsp;Worth the trip to Charlemont.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Holiday Franklin County Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:30:41 -0500 Open House-Saturday November 5 12:00-2:00 p.m. - 410 Hadley Road, Sunderland, Ma https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/11/05/open-house-saturday-november-5-12-00-2-00-p-m-410-hadley-road-sunderland-ma/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Main%20Photo.JPG" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 188px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><em><strong>Stop by my open house today (Saturday, Nov 5th) from 12:00 to 2:00 and take a look at my new listing</strong></em> <em><strong>located at 410 Hadley Road, Sunderland, Ma.&nbsp;</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72089023/410-hadley-road-sunderland-ma/"> <b><i>Click here for property details and photos!</i></b></a></span></p> <p>Charming and well maintained home is in a convenient Sunderland location less than 15 minutes to UMASS and Route 9. The welcoming interior features a very nice family room with access to a deck and tile floors, eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 3 bedrooms with one on the first floor, 1 1/2 baths, wood floors, central air and a full basement. The bonus is the oversized insulated attached 2 car garage with a spacious work shop on the second floor that can easily be converted to a home office or studio space. The yard is surrounded by attractive landscape and the back yard is very private and comes with a garden shed. This is a place you would love to call home! &nbsp;$329,900&nbsp;</p> buyers Sat, 05 Nov 2016 05:11:11 -0400 Fall Festivals this Columbus Day Weekend https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/10/08/fall-festivals-this-columbus-day-weekend/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kidswithpumpkins-300x225.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; float: left; width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 2px;">There is nothing more beautiful then the fall season is in Western Massachusetts! &nbsp; The gorgeous hills are alive with color. &nbsp;In addition to driving around and enjoying the magic of the season you can stop at two of my favorite festivals. &nbsp;The <a href="http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/">Ashfield Falls Festival</a> is Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. &nbsp; You will see craft and art exhibits along with locally grown foods, music, and plenty of children&#39;s activities. &nbsp; Don&#39;t forget to try the delicious fried dough and stop by Mike Skalski&#39;s flea market! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to venture to Northampton the <a href="https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show"> Paradise City Arts Festival</a> is the 8th, 9th &amp; 10th of this weekend. &nbsp; You will be amazed at the gorgeous display of art work both locally and afar. &nbsp; If you are looking to buy something special for a friend, family member or yourself, then stop by sometime this weekend. &nbsp;You won&#39;t be disappointed!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Foliage%20View.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; width: 300px; height: 225px;" class="featured"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Arts Area Updates Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:10:41 -0400 Spacious Ranch For Sale in Deerfield, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/10/02/spacious-ranch-for-sale-in-deerfield-ma/ <p style="text-align: justify;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSCN4254.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 192px;">This Ranch style home is much larger than it looks and it is in a fabulous Deerfield location with picturesque seasonal mountain views and a great back yard. The spacious interior has a large living room with fireplace and double sliding glass doors that lead to a deck and an enclosed porch. In addition the main living area has an attractive kitchen with lots of cabinets and a breakfast bar, dining room, 2 bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level has two additional bedrooms, a family room with fireplace, full bath and laundry. It has an attached 1 car garage and plenty of storage in the basement area. This home is ready for immediate occupancy. Call today and set up a showing appointment. &nbsp;$259,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Enjoy the tour!</strong></u></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3902328" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_fstu3.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3902328" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table> House For Sale buyers Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:23:55 -0400 Impressive Timberframe for Sale on 71 Private Acres in Colrain, MA https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/10/02/impressive-timberframe-for-sale-on-71-private-acres-in-colrain-ma/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Living%20Room.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 0px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 198px;">Impressive &amp; beautifully handcrafted Timber Frame home is perfectly sited on 71 secluded acres. The attention to detail, quality workmanship, and upscale materials combined with comfortable living environment makes this home truly special. The outside is enhanced by beautiful stone patios where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature &amp; the wooded landscape. The gorgeous chef&rsquo;s kitchen is open to the dining and living area that features handsome fireplace and cathedral ceiling. There is a first floor master suite w/full bath, walk-in closet &amp; patio doors to an outside sitting area. The upper level has 2 bedrooms, full bath &amp; office/sitting area. This home is super insulated and has central air, radiant heat, cherry floors, generator, full walk-out basement, gazebo w/hot tub, and large enclosed porch. There is an attached 2 car garage w/2nd floor that is perfect for an in-law apt or studio space. There is a very nice barn and some open land. Located less than 15 min from I-91. $730,000</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Enjoy the video!</strong></u></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3853799" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_jlzur.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3853799" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table> House For Sale buyers Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:10:36 -0400 Attractive Whately, MA Home for Sale on 8 Private Acres https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/10/02/attractive-whately-ma-home-for-sale-on-8-private-acres/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/image4.jpeg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 141px;">Attractive and meticulously maintained beautiful home is sited perfectly on top of a knoll in a private and magical 8 acre setting. The natural landscape with massive rock ledges is simply breathtaking. The spacious floor plan and sunlit rooms provides a comfortable living environment. The dining and living area has sliding glass doors providing access to a large deck &amp; views of the picturesque yard. You will enjoy cooking in the attractive kitchen that features oak cabinetry, ample countertop space and a center island. When your day is complete the master bath w/jet tub is the perfect stress reliever. Features include a master suite w/walk-in closet &amp; master bath, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and entry w/laundry. There is an oversized 2 car garage w/bonus room that can easily be finished . You have the best in country living w/the convenience of being less 15 min. to Northampton, Cooley Dickinson Hospital &amp; I-91. Located on a popular bike route and plenty of nearby trails. Must See!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Enjoy the viewing the video!</strong></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3850490" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_1qei1.jpeg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3850490" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table> House For Sale buyers Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:10:05 -0400 Meticulous Bernardston, MA Colonial for Sale on 10 Private Acres https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/10/02/meticulous-bernardston-ma-colonial-for-sale-on-10-private-acres/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSCN3868.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 0px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 182px;">Meticulously maintained Colonial style home is in pristine condition and perfectly sited in a secluded and beautiful countryside setting. The private 10 acres has seasonal streams, Goshen stone walkway and manicured yard enhanced by lovely flowers, perennials, &amp; ornamental trees. The spacious interior is light and bright and has a great floor plan. The main living area features an attractive kitchen that is open to the dining area, a large living room w/highly efficient wood stove, family room, 1/2 bath, and a large mudroom w/washer &amp; dryer. The 2nd floor has a master suite w/walk-in closet and a full bath w/ jet tub, 2 bedrooms, 2nd full bath and 2 additional rooms now used for office/den. In addition there are hardwood/tile floors, central air, Pella Windows, oversized 2 car gar, full basement, &amp; charming 3 season room w/woodstove. The main house is 5-star energy rated! Located on dead-end street with trails nearby. Only 5 min to I-91, 20 min to Brattleboro, VT, 10 min to Greenfield. &nbsp;Asking $359,000</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Enjoy watching the Video!</strong></u></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3902316" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_3kslz.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3902316" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table> House For Sale buyers Colonial Sun, 02 Oct 2016 15:29:54 -0400 15 Years vs. 30 Year Mortgage - What's the Best Option? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/08/16/15-years-vs-30-year-mortgage-what-s-the-best-option/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/mortgage-choice.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 141px;">If you are planning on buying a home or refinancing and would like to know the&nbsp;difference&nbsp;between a 15 vs.&nbsp;30 year mortgage, this article explains the benefits of both.&nbsp;You do save an enormous amount of money if you can afford larger payments and pay off your home in 15 years or you&nbsp;can go 30 years and make extra principle payments.&nbsp;You can calculate the mortgage payments at <a href="http://www.BankRate.com" target="_blank">www.BankRate.com</a> or ask your lender to show you the difference.&nbsp;Feel free to give me a call at 413-337-8344 or send me an email at wanda@wandamooney.com if you have any guidance.&nbsp;</p> <h2>15&nbsp;or&nbsp;30&nbsp;years: What&rsquo;s the difference?</h2> <p>At first glance, the difference between a 15-year and&nbsp;30-year mortgage seems obvious: The former stretches your home loan payments over 15 years, the latter over 30. But you already knew that.</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s something you might&nbsp;not know: Since a longer loan life means you can make smaller payments, a recent survey found that 86% of home loan applicants opt for a 30-year&nbsp;mortgage.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how the numbers play out:&nbsp;If you purchase a $300,000 home with a 20% down payment, a 30-year (fixed-rate) loan at the going interest rate (currently&nbsp;3.68%), it will cost you&nbsp;$1,102 per month for 30 years. Get that same loan for 15 years, you&rsquo;ll be rewarded with a slightly lower interest rate (currently&nbsp;2.69%), but you&rsquo;ll have to cough up $1,622&mdash;$502 more per month.</p> <p>Bottom line? If you can&rsquo;t afford large monthly payments or are worried about not being able to in the future due to job loss, sporadic income, health issues, or whatever other&nbsp;curveballs might come your way,&nbsp;it&rsquo;s understandable that you&rsquo;d opt for a&nbsp;30-year mortgage rather than 15. The peace of mind alone could be priceless.</p> <h2>Benefits of a 15-year mortgage</h2> <p>What&nbsp;many homeowners forget to factor in is that a 15-year mortgage may cost more&nbsp;<em>now,&nbsp;</em>but it will save you major cash&nbsp;in interest payments down the road.</p> <p>&ldquo;A 15-year loan will save you a ton of money,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<strong>Casey Fleming</strong>, author of &ldquo;The Loan Guide: How to Get the Best Possible Mortgage.&rdquo;</p> <p>You might be surprised by just how much, so let&rsquo;s&nbsp;continue with&nbsp;the above example: For a&nbsp;$300,000 home purchased with a 20% down payment, a 30-year mortgage at&nbsp;today&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bankrate.com/mortgage-groupb.aspx?market=44&amp;loan=230000&amp;perc=20&amp;prods=215,393,216,392&amp;fico=740&amp;points=Zero" target="_blank">average&nbsp;interest rate</a>&nbsp;(3.68%) will end up costing you a total of $456,708&mdash;that&rsquo;s in interest and principal&mdash;by the time those 30 years are up.&nbsp;By contrast,&nbsp;a 15-year&nbsp;loan at&nbsp;today&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bankrate.com/mortgage-groupb.aspx?market=44&amp;loan=230000&amp;perc=20&amp;prods=215,393,216,392&amp;fico=740&amp;points=Zero" target="_blank">average&nbsp;interest rate</a>&nbsp;(2.69%) will ultimately cost you only $351,933.</p> <p>In other words, a 15-year mortgage will ultimately save you $104,775 in interest payments&mdash;serious money, which might add up to a very good reason to tighten your belt and give it a try. You can run your own numbers with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.realtor.com/mortgage/tools/mortgage-calculator/" target="_blank">realtor.com&reg;&rsquo;s mortgage calculator</a>&nbsp;to figure out which approach is right for you.</p> <h2>How&nbsp;to save money on a 30-year mortgage</h2> <p>If you can&rsquo;t afford making the higher payments on a 15-year mortgage but like the idea of saving on interest, there are other ways to make that happen, even if you have a 30-year loan.</p> <p>For one, most lenders don&rsquo;t prohibit borrowers from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/the-crazy-way-i-paid-off-my-mortgage-fast/" target="_blank">paying off a loan early</a>, so there&rsquo;s no reason you can&rsquo;t&nbsp;pay off a 30-year&nbsp;loan in just 15 years (or 20, or 25, or whatever you can manage). So if you do find yourself with extra money one month due to a bonus or tax refund, consider putting it toward paying off your mortgage early. You&rsquo;ll save a huge chunk in interest&nbsp;without sacrificing the sense of security that comes with knowing you can easily afford to make your&nbsp;monthly mortgage payments&mdash;and maybe occasionally a little extra.</p> <p><strong>Article posted on Realtor.com and written by&nbsp;Jamie Wiebe</strong></p> sellers buyers Lending Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:08:18 -0400 Village of Shelburne Falls #1 Best New England Place to Visit https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/08/15/village-of-shelburne-falls-1-best-new-england-place-to-visit/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/15593687142_59ffa1d42a_k-700x500.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 0px; width: 250px; height: 179px; float: left;">Congratulations to the Village of Shelburne Falls for making the #1 spot as one of the best hidden New England places&nbsp;that you must visit at least once by <a href="http://bit.ly/2aOLQ3a" target="_blank"><strong>OnlyInYourState.com</strong></a>.&nbsp;Being a native of the area I have witnessed this charming village transform&nbsp;into a fabulous place for those wanting to visit or relocate here.&nbsp;The picturesque Deerfield River meanders through two towns that are connected by an iron bridge and the <a href="http://bit.ly/2aV6bPP" target="_blank"><strong>Famous Bridge of Flowers</strong></a>.&nbsp;The ancient&nbsp;glacial&nbsp;potholes are within walking distance of the downtown and are a site to see. The street is lined with artisan shops, eateries, food markets and more!</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/2aV6Als" target="_blank"><strong><u>Click here</u> for more information about Shelburne Falls and the surrounding area</strong></a>!</p> Community Shelburne Falls Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:08:35 -0400 Custom Deerfield, MA Home with Handcrafted Woodwork & 17 Acres https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/07/03/custom-deerfield-ma-home-with-handcrafted-woodwork-17-acres/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/1%20-%20Great%20Room.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Magnificent and exquisite custom built home beautifully sited on 17 private acres overlooking picturesque mountain views &amp; gorgeous landscape. The woodwork was meticulously handcrafted and the fine details are done to perfection incorporating cherry, tiger maple, birds eye maple, rose wood &amp; mahogany woods in the cabinetry, built-ins &amp; wood flooring. The 2-story great room is the place to entertain featuring a fabulous bar, built-ins, cathedral ceiling, and an impressive wall of glass w/a perfect view of the stunning scenery. This sunlit room also has a full bath, built-in poker table &amp; loft w/pool table. In addition this home has a elegant formal living room w/cherry raised paneling, attractive kitchen and dining area, master bedroom w/walk-in closet, and 2 additional bedrooms. Manicured grounds are surrounded by natural landscape, flowers, gorgeous stone patios &amp; stone walls. The 6-car garage/barn has a large stall area &amp; 2nd floor that can easily be finished. Near Deerfield Academy. Asking $749,000</p> <p><strong>Enjoy the video!</strong></p> <table style="background:url('https://my.paradym.com/images/2009/linkbuilder_largethumbbg.png') no-repeat center;width:222px;height:192px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3842567" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" height="150" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/lp_i02x1.jpg" style="border: 0; padding-top: 10px; vertical-align:middle;" width="200"></a></td> </tr><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3842567" style="color: #0967ad; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="Play VisualTour" border="0" src="https://my.paradym.com/images/2015/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom:2px;"></a></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Email Wanda at <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com">wanda@wandamooney.com</a> for additional information and a showing appointment.</p> House For Sale buyers Luxury Home Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:07:56 -0400