Blog :: 01-2012

Don Mailloux - Real Experience

WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS . . .
 
Talk to the #1 Real Estate Agent in Franklin County, MA.  Don Mailloux continued his level of service and production in 2011 with over 50 transactions.  When experience matters to you contact the #1 Agent with vast experience in selling and buying real estate.
 
Contact Don at (413) 665.3771 x104 or don@cbumr.com
 
Featured Listings
29 Davenport Way
$459,900
88 Greenfield Road
$277,000
22 Northfield Road
$259,900

16 Letourneau Way
$229,900

What You Should Know!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET
 
In a recent article, the Mass. Association of REALTORS notes 3 major things you need to know about today's real estate market.
 
1.  All Real Estate is Local (go to cbumr.com to see your local real estate
2.  Building Wealth (your personal wealth)
3.  Timing (is now)
 
Check out the full article at marealtor.com and search for your next home at our website.

Real Estate UP! UP! UP?

Yesterday the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® issued year end results for 2011. For the 5th straight month the REALTOR® Market Index was up over the same time last year. On a month-to-month basis the RMI was up compared to November.

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The REALTOR® Price Index was also up compared to the same time last year and up from November. To read more . . .

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Western Massachusetts real estate sales have risen over the last 5 months, however, MassLive reported yesterday that the Pioneer Valley fell 4% in 2011 according to information released from the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. To read more . . .

 


Statistics recently released from our Multiple Listing System shared most towns remaining the same, in number of sales or down slightly. The following towns increased in sales for the 2011 calendar year:
Franklin County

Greenfield +7.1%

Erving +150.0%

Deerfield +75.0%

Turners Falls +50.0%

Hampshire County

Easthampton +28.6%

Granby +8.3%

Otis +100%

Southampton +58.3%

Ware +87.5%

Williamsburg +50.0%

Worthington +150.0%

 
Up or Down, no matter how confusing reports appear, everyone seems to agree the real estate market is tied to the economy and employment situation and both vary from town to town with marked improvement shown.

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One thing is for sure; the good inventory of homes, current list prices and low interest rates, everyone agrees this is the time to buy! </<?xml:namespace>

Greenfield, MA Winter Carnival

WINTER CARVIVAL TIME IS HERE!
 
February 3rd-5th, 2012 Greenfield will hold the 90th year celebration of the Winter Carnival.  Three days of winter indoor and outdoor events will take place at Beacon Field and around town.  With a warm winter, some events have been canceled, however, there are still plenty of events to take the family.  Visit the exhibits, enjoy the bonfire, be sure to root your friends running in the Sleigh Bell Run, and Breakfast with Frosty is still on. Check out the website to make your plans.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 
Martin Luther King, Jr had a dream of a better America; one way to fulfill that dream is to volunteer in your community.  The website Volunteer Match gives you an opportunity to see how you can assist and help fulfill the dream.
 
The American Friends Service Committee will host a walking tour beginning at 9:00 a.m., meet at the Sojourner Truth statue (intersection of Pine and Park Streets) in Florence. Steve Strimer who will lead a walk by homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey, and David Ruggles.
At 11 a.m. at the Edwards Church in Northampton there will be workshops for all ages, hosted by local organizations like OutNow, Jobs with Justice and Community Action.
From 1 p.m.-3p.m. The celebration titled "Preserving Civil Rights" will take place at the Edwards Church with special speakers and more.
Greenfield Community College will host an event beginning at 1 p.m. in the Sloan Theater with special speaker Baily W. Jackson, III. Open to all.
 

FEATURED AGENTS-Gaylor & McGowan

Joanne McGowan and Tami Gaylor joined forces in 1999 to form the Gaylor & McGowan team and quickly became an award winning team in Franklin & Hampshire County. Working together they provide seamless professional service to their customers.  Check out some of their listings and online information:
Contact:   (413) 665-3771   -   gam@cbumr.com
 
 
259 South Street
Bernardston, MA
 
 
546 Old Stage Road
Ashfield, MA
 
11 Laurel Park
Northampton, MA
 
81 North Main Street
South Deerfield, MA
 
14 Highland Avenue
Millers Falls, MA
 

The American Dream in the Pioneer Valley

In 2011 we saw 1,572 single family and condominium sales in Franklin & Hampshire County with 704 of those sales under $200,000. With so much talk about home affordability, it is great to see that almost half the homes sold are in the first-time home buyer range. The average sale price for 2011 in Franklin County was $187.764 and in Hampshire County $263,866.

YES, the American Dream is still available here in the Pioneer Valley. Join the 74% of home buyers who use the internet to search for their home.

Click HERE for Single Family Homes in Franklin County
Click HERE for Condominiums in Franklin County
Click HERE for Single Family Homes in Hampshire County
Click HERE for Condominiums in Hampshire County

Call one of our award-winning agents to assist you in your search today.

Tree Recycling in Western Massachusetts

As we look at the first full weekend of 2012, we find ourselves working on New Year's resolutions and taking down the holiday decorations. This is a great time to expand recycling habits.

The live Christmas tree may be recycled and many towns offer this service to residents, earth911.org contains a list of towns.

Mass.gov offers some good information about tree recycling, answering questions like:
Why recycle your Christmas tree?
How can I recycle a Christmas Tree?

Where can I get more information?

Whether you consider recycling this year or next, check out this available information.