Blog :: 10-2017

Don't Miss The Great Falls Festival (Pumpkinfest)!

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Great Falls Festival will fill Avenue A in Turners Falls from 2-9 pm. Formerly known as Pumpkinfest, the event organizers decided to change the name of the event to pay tribute to the village’s pre-colonial era name, the falls on the Connecticut River, and of course, the season.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for food and craft vendors who will set up booths along the street, or for tickets for the beer tent.

Show your Halloween spirit by wearing your costume and bring your own carved pumpkin to display. You can also decorate your own pumpkin for free from 2 to 6 pm.

Remember to bring your dancing shoes! There will be live music all event-long on either of the two music stages. Musical acts include Blue Prints of the Heart, Honey Badger, and Jimmy Just Quit, to name a few. Check out the live performances by the North County Line Dancers, Zumba Dancers, Fire Dancers, and more.

Easily avoid the hassle of parking near the event. There will be a free shuttle from Turners Falls High School from 2 to 10 pm.

For more information on the Great Falls Festival and a full schedule of events, go to www.facebook.com/greatfallsfestival.

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August Real Estate Sales Report for Pioneer Valley

Real estate sales of single family homes in Franklin County for the month of August was up 37.9% and the median price up 3.2% compared to August of 2016.  The market continues to be very busy and there is no sign of a slow down.  There is a limited amount of homes for sale and in some areas real estate agents are experiencing multiple offer situations.  It is a great time to sell!

Pioneer Valley - Key Real Estate Points:

Sales - Up 7.8 percent from 639 in August 2016 to 689 in August 2017.

Median Price - Up 1.2 percent from $210,000 in August 2016 to $212,500 in August 2017.

Inventory of available property - Inventory fell 25.9 percent from 2,517 single family listings at the end of August 2016, to 1,865 single family listings at the end of August 2017.

Supply - At the end of August 2016 there were 5.3 months of supply at the current rate of sale. At the end of August 2017 there were 3.8 months of supply at current rate of sale.

Days on Market - The average days on market dropped 27.1 percent from 88 days in August 2016 to 64 days in August 2017.

Pending Sales - Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 12.9 percent from 533 in August 2016 to 602 in August 2017.

Mortgage Rates - 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.8 percent with an average 0.5 points for the week ending August 31, 2017 . Last year at this time the 30-year FRM averaged 3.8 percent with an average 0.6 points. (Source: www.FreddieMac.com)

Check out the charts for detailed comparisons provided by Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley and Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

One Long Weekend, Two Fabulous Festivals

This Columbus Weekend, the Pioneer Valley will host two popular festivals. On Saturday, October 7 through Monday, October 9, the Paradise City Arts Festival will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Meanwhile, only 30 minutes Northwest of Northampton, Ashfield will host its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 up and down Ashfield’s Main Street.

Founded by two artists 23 years ago, the Paradise City Arts Festival now fills up three buildings, an outdoor sculpture promenade, and a festival dining tent. Many artists apply to have a booth at the festival, but only some are selected to attend. Their works for sale range from wearable arts to furniture and home décor to fine art and sculpture. Under the dining tent, local food vendors bring flavors from around the world. Enjoy live music while you dine from The Jazz Divas, The O-Tones, and The Blend. Returning this year is the Silent Art Auction to benefit WGBY/57 public television.

The Ashfield Fall Festival also features arts and crafts exhibitors, but with more of a hometown feel. More than 50 exhibitors will line the Main Street in Ashfield. You can also pick up some locally grown and prepared foods, enjoy live music and dance, and participate in fall-themed games, like pumpkin bowling! Although the Ashfield Fall Festival has been around for almost 50 years, the purpose of it is still to celebrate Ashfield, showcase local business, fundraise, and provide opportunity for the town’s youth to practice creative, social, and business skills.

For more information on the Paradise City Arts festival go to https://festivals.paradisecityarts.com/shows/northampton-october-show

For more information on the Ashfield Fall Festival go to http://www.ashfieldfallfestival.org/.

Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend!