Blog :: 2016

Impeccably Maintained Quality Built Brick Cape on 11 Open and Picturesque Acres!

Living in the country does not get any better than this. Come take a look at this impeccably maintained quality built brick Cape on 11 beautiful acres that overlooks protected land & picturesque views. It is the ideal setting to have animals, gardens or just sit back and enjoy the fabulous setting. The interior features a very nice kitchen w/cherry cabinetry, a center island, granite counter tops and it is open to the dining area. There is a large living room w/cathedral ceiling and a handsome brick fireplace. In addition this home has a fabulous sunroom, first floor bedroom & full bath, pantry, laundry, and a second floor master bedroom complete w/walk-in closet and full bath. If more space is needed, the full walk-out basement has two finished rooms that make a great family and recreation room. The bonus is an in-law apartment located above the 2-car garage that is perfect for guests or can be used as a studio or home office. Located 30 min to Northampton & the Berkshires.  Located in Plainfield, Mass.  Asking $349,000 Must See!

Beautiful 7 Acre Building Lot in Ashfield, MA

Looking for that special piece of property to build your dream home?  Take a look at this beautiful open meadow that is located on a scenic town road and near the charming downtown of Ashfield. The approximate 7 acre building site has southern exposure, current percolation test, over 1166ft of road frontage and there is power at the street. This would make a perfect home site and the open land is ideal for animals or gardens. You are less than 30 minutes from Northampton, Greenfield, the Berkshires and only 10 minutes to the Village of Shelburne Falls. The town has 2 golf courses, Ashfield Lake, Double Edge Theater and everyone's favorite, Elmer's Store. Asking $79,000. 

 

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Email Wanda today for more information at wanda@wandamooney.com.

 

Green River Festival - July 8th - 10th! Get Your Tickets Now

The Green River Festival is happening on

July 8th - 10th! 

Now is the time to get your tickets before it is sold out!

Enjoy a fabulous weekend of world class music, great local food, beer & wine, craft fair, and lots of family games and activities.  

The lineup of performers is amazing.  Over 35 musicians will be singing all weekend long including - Peter Wolf, Dawes, Shakey Graves, NRBQ, Tedeschi Trucks Band and our very own Sonya Kitchell.   Best of all watch the hot air balloons be launched!! Bring your friends, kids, and come have a great time.

For more information click here and visit the Green River Festival website!

Have Fun!

How Much Value Do Solar Panels Add to Your Home

I am often asked how much value is added to a home that has solar panels. There are many factors that a real estate agent needs to know in advance before this determination is made.  Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just curious below are some tips that will help guide you in the right direction.  

1.  The first thing an agent needs to know if your panels are owned or leased.  It will make a big difference in their value.

2.  If your panels are owned they should be factored into the price of the home just as any other asset would be.  It is prudent to search for comparable homes with owned solar panels.   If it is difficult to find a home with solar panels that has sold I suggest to consult with a local appraiser to help assist you in determining the value.  The solar renewable energy credit (SREC) should also be considered when valuing the asset. Any buyer purchasing your home will want to know if they are transferrable.   

3.  If the solar panels are leased it can be a bit more complicated to determine the value.  Before you house is on the market you should contact the leasing company to find out the process to transfer over to the new owners.  I would have all this information together prior to listing so the buyers will be well informed prior to making an offer.  

4.  If you find out that buyer do not like the fact your solars are leased, you might be able to buyer out the lease.  

What is Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC)

An SREC is created for every megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity produced by a solar generator.  SRECs allow a seller with a solar array to use electricity that is produced by the panels and then separately sell the SREC to a utility company.  Some solar owns use SREC brokers to handle the sale.  

If you are interested in getting solar panels, click here to visit the MassGov website for helpful tips.  

The information provided was taken from notes provided from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Legal Hotline.    

Berkshire East - A Destination for Outdoor Recreation

Berkshire East Resort is the outdoor destination of New England!! This local family owned business has transformed into an amazing place to visit for those who love outdoor recreation.  It offers down hill skiing, ziplines, alpine slide and now fabulous mountain bike trails.   In addition the Shelburne Falls and West County area has white water rafting, fly fishing, hiking trails, snowmobiling, and so much more.  If you are looking to vacation or wish to purchase a getaway home, come visit this beautiful area of Western Massachusetts

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Franklin County Better Greener Living Show at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, Ma

The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show is this weekend

April 23rd & 24th at the Franklin County Fairgrounds! 

10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. and it's free!

 

Learn more about green living and converting you home to be more energy efficient.   There is a great line up of vendors that include solar companies, heating and cooling, and home improvement contractors!  There are 16 workshops that where you can learn about heating with wood, building an affordable net zero home, getting solar and cutting energy costs and more!   

For more information visit the web site at www.fcbetterlivingshow.org

Auction Time! Support the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association

Sign up now for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association this Saturday, April 2 at the Shelburne Buckland Communtiy Center.  There is over 100 auction items to bid on including 3 getaways, local art, gift baskets, gift certificates and so much more.  Tickets are only $10 and you get one free glass or wine or beer! Over 70 people are already signed up.  Join the fun!  Contact GSFABA at 413-625-2526.  Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

January & February Local Real Estate Market Updates

The 2016 housing market is off to a good start.  I've noticed an increase in online buyer leads which is a positive sign people are already looking starting to look.  Buyers know that the mortgage rates are at an all time low and it is a great time to buy.    The national real estate statistics are showing a shortage of homes on the market.   This area might be experiencing the same but it is still too early to tell. 

Stay tuned for continued local market updates!

Perfect Hair Salon, Day Spa or Health Center - Ideal Commercial Location in Greenfield

This solid 2-family structure is currently set up as a day spa on the first floor and a very nice 1 bedroom apartment on the second. You could convert the entire first floor to a large apartment or create an apartment in the back and commercial rental space in the front.

The welcoming entrance has beautiful woodwork and the interior is tastefully done. It currently has a large sitting and reception area with tile floors and 4 separate rooms that each have sinks and cabinet/countertop space. There is also a large laundry area with sink and a 1/2 bath.

The bonus is the enclosed outside sitting areas that is nicely done with bluestone patio, hot tub, and access to a full bath. There are separate utilities, it is handicap assessable on the first floor and there is plenty of parking. Call today for more information and set up a showing appointment.

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