There are so many ways to enjoy winter in Franklin County, Massachusetts, with its multitude of conservation areas, state parks, ski areas, and state forests. Whether you love to downhill ski, cross country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, or just go for a scenic walk in the woods, you can find so many ways to relish the beauty of winter. Whereas [...]
There’s no denying there’s a lot going on in the housing market this season. That may leave you with some questions about whether it still makes sense to sell your house. Here are three of the top questions you may be asking, and the data that helps answer them so you can make a confident [...]
This weekend, you can be a part of a 100-year-old Greenfield tradition. The Greenfield Winter Carnival Centennial Celebration is happening this Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 6, 2022 with events all over Greenfield, Mass and even some events happening all month [...]
While it might take you a bit more effort to get out of the warm and cozy house in the winter than in the summer, you’ll find that when you do it is totally worth it. In Franklin County, we are so fortunate to have a bunch of beautiful outdoor places to enjoy a scenic wintry landscape, while we stay active. Here are some local favorite [...]
Winter is a time to slow down and relax. On the cold wintry days when you’d rather stay cozy at home, warm by a fire - here are some relaxing activities you can do at home, either alone or with your [...]
With its beautiful rolling hills and wide expanses of open land, Franklin County is full of amazing winter sledding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing spots. Here a few local favorites to enjoy on a snow [...]
It is that time of year when the days are shorter. Prepare your home now for the winter months. Take a look at Wanda’s checklist and make sure you’ve got everything ready for [...]
This past summer was certainly different than any other with COVID-19. But at least we had the warm weather and sunshine to allow us to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and be able to see friends outside while maintaining distance. Now with the colder weather approaching, it’s time to think about creating your outdoor space oasis to avoid [...]
Your home is still listed for sale. You might be thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.
1. If you remove your home from the market, you will have less competition on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from. You actually might sell at a higher price in the winter than if you wait until spring when you'll have greater competition.
2. The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase. They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when life gets busy with kids getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.
3. Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.
4. Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers like it used to be in the past, traveling to view different homes. Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.
I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market. Don’t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.
Happy Winter Selling!
We still have a few months until Spring, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up inside the house until then! Break through the cabin fever and head out to these local gems in Franklin County for outdoor adventuring in the snow.
Berkshire East Mountain Resort has activities year round. But in the winter, it is the best local mountain, located right in Charlemont, MA! It is a great beginner mountain but has trails for those more advanced as well. They offer lessons for snowboarding and skiing and have high quality equipment rentals. You can also take a fun ride on a tube at their snow tubing park. Afterwards, warm up inside the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for some good food and drinks.
If sometimes you prefer a slower pace through the snow, then head over to Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center, just up the road from Berkshire East in Hawley, MA. There you can cross country ski or snowshoe with beautiful expansive views of rural northwestern Massachusetts.
For more great cross country adventuring with different views, check out Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area. Located on Route 63 in Northfield, they have 25 miles of trails groomed for classical and freestyle skiing. There, you can rent skis and snowshoesand take a lesson with a ski instructor. They also have trailside warming huts and a cozy base area yurt. Visit them Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm.
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