Blog :: 09-2011


October 1st & 2nd
Foster's Farm at 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, Massachusetts
The festival emphasizes what is homegrown, handmade and high quality, as well as what helps preserve and support the environment and the community. Everyone involved - organizers, exhibitors, volunteers, performers, attendees, a supportive community - makes the festival what it is: an engaging, fun and educational celebration for all ages. Read more. . .
October 2nd - FREE Admission
Behind Thorne's Market, Main Street, Northampton
The festival will present free live music from 11AM to 8 PM in the parking lot behind Thornes Market and in Thornes Basement. Participants will include promising young players from Pioneer Valley high schools and colleges combined with established local artists, as well as several prominent groups from New York City. Attendees will not only be able to hear great music from the various participating groups and ensembles, but will also be given the opportunity to sample food, beer, and wine from some of the areas finest restaurants as well. Also there will be a "12 Mile Meal Celebrity Chef Throwdown" where area chefs battle each other using local ingredients to produce gourmet selections guaranteed to astonish festival attendees. Read more . . .
October 2nd
Center of Conway, Massachusetts
The Conway Festival of the Hills is an annual fall festival Conway, Massachusetts held the first weekend in October, rain or shine. Saturday pre-festival events traditionally include a pancake breakfast, bake sale and community turkey dinner. Sunday features a 10K road race, arts and crafts exhibits, live music, activities for kids, a parade, log-splitting and skillet-tossing contests, and food and wares from local vendors. All proceeds from the Festival go to support scholarships for local high school students. Read more . . .


Don Mailloux has been the #1 sales agent for many years in Franklin County and among the top 5 agents in the Hampshire County.  Listing and selling real estate is what he does best and doing what you like, makes it all the better.
Don recently shared, "Listing and selling real estate is what I am good at and I enjoy the people I have met along the way. Making decisions in times like this are even more difficult than ever before and sharing my knowledge with anyone who needs it is what I like to do" 
Don Mailloux: (413) 665-3771 x104
A Few of Don's Exceptional Properties Available
Family Compound on 79 Acres
Contemporary with Pool
In-town Home with Character
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Over the past week we have read many articles on the state of the economy, market conditions and how to navigate your way through these rare times to become the homeowner of your dream property.  Below we have selected a couple articles that will help you understand some of the environment you will encounter and a few important items to keep in mind.  When you want assistance from professionals who experience this every day, call COLDWELL BANKER Upton-Massamont REALTORS®.  We look forward to helping you fulfill your dream of homeownership.

 ". . . now is not the time to reduce the limit on government-backed mortgages, which is a decision set to take place at the end of this month.  A recovery in housing is the key to broader economic recovery", states the National Association of REALTORS on the Economists' Outlook this week. READ MORE . . .


The NAR article on Market Trends states, "Despite the negative economic news and major drop in consumer confidence in August, market indicators for the residential real estate markets remained approximately constant. This shows some potential underlying strength in the residential markets--suggesting that we are near the bottom if we can get some economic expansion". READ MORE . . . </<?xml:namespace>

4 Pitfalls First-Time Real Estate Investors Can Avoid

"Typically when you look at properties that are for sale in a marketplace, the ones that are priced appropriately for the market move even in a down market," states the article by USNEWS & World Report. READ MORE . . .

Avoid Home Equity Loan and Refinancing Scams - Houselogic

"A telling sign of equity stripping is a lender that offers more loan than you can afford or that encourages you to pad your income on a loan application. Read more. . .

Your Home Owners Policy Has to Keep Pace With Upgrades-HOUSELOGIC

". . . talk to your insurance company to see what effect it could have on your home owners policy and premiums." READ MORE . . .





Fall Investigation Station - Why Do Leaves Turn Color?
Saturday from 10am through 4pm
Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
There is something for all ages, nice FREE family activity.
New England's Best Places for Fall Foliage
Whether you walk, bike or ride in a car, catching this years Fall Foliage is sure to be a treat for the
whole family. Travel New England's website placed Amherst, Northampton and Shelbunre Falls on
their list of best places to visit to catch the foliage this year. Travel New England website provides a
Fall Leaf Color Guide, Peak Foliage Predictions, travel map, state forest maps, directions a more.
Nice site to help plan your family trip this fall. Read More...
The Big E
West Sprinfield, MA contues throu October 2nd. Their website provides a schedule
of events to include intertainment, special exhibits and more! Fall time is Fair time
so check out


"Homeownership brings contentment, peace of mind and the sense of well-being that motivates me to work very hard for my clients", Dave shares.  He considers himself his clients advocate and enjoys the process of finding them the ideal home.

Dave Ryan said, "I absolutely love the Greater Northampton, MA area. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The culture, colleges and business community is invigorating. The parks, lakes and state reservations have always been a source of true refreshment".

Dave was born and raised in the Northampton, Florence area.  Attended Westfield State and graduated from Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston and returned to the area to raise his family.  Dave enjoys raising his family with his wife, Susan for the past 28 years.  All 3 of Dave's children are grown and received degrees from the University of Massachusetts.  

Over the years Dave has spent his family and leisure time canoeing and wilderness camping.  He has camped and canoed several Northern Maine lakes as well as 3 Adirondack lakes and most of our local rivers.  Dave has had a life-long passion for fine art photography and his leisure activities provide a rich environment that has supplied years of pleasure.

Service is another passion for Dave spending time over the years on the Easthampton Zoning Board, president of the Jaycees, Bible Teacher and Katrina Relief volunteer. 

All this and more Dave brings to his real estate career; he presently is the exclusive listing agent for The Homes at Easthampton Meadow. Dave is passionate about Green technology and Net-zero living. This project brings his desire to educate, knowledge of marketing and service to the table to make this development a reality.  

Dave looks forward to the opportunity to assist you in the marketing of your home and your search for your next one.

 Dave Ryan - (413) 586-8355 x21  -  


Real Estate news headlines this week presented economic recovery is on everyone's mind. What is happening with the market that brings such confidence?

This week the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR) released their findings on the REALTOR Market Index (RMI), for August, as up by 40% while the REALTOR Price Index (RPI) is down slightly. While sharing REALTOR market confidence, MAR reported on short-sale activity. They give updates on the system allowing short-sale transactions and how the lack of activity hurts our recovery. Read article . . .

Realty Times posted an article this week on Fixed-Rate Mortgages and how the mortgage industry continues to find new record lows, improving access to affordable mortgages. According to the National Association of REALTORS(NAR), this will reduce future inventory of repossessed property and help with our economic recovery. Read article . . .

Coldwell Banker announces their First Time Homebuyer Resource Center. The site is packed full of articles, videos and tools designed to assist First Time Homebuyers. Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS wants to be your agent of choice in finding your next home. If you live in Franklin or Hampshire County, call the company with the confidence and tools you need to get the job done.





West Springfield, MA

Opens Friday and runs through October 2nd.  The largest fair in the Northeast is home to The Big E Cream Puff and Craz-E Burger.  Along with the food, enjoy the top entertainment, Super Circus, Avenue of States, Storrowton Village Museum, animals, competitave exhibist, rides, shopping and so much more.  More information....


Shelburne Falls, MA

Saturday beginning at Noon the Shelburne Falls Business Association will host the 3rd Annual Street Fest.  A great family time filled with live music, arts & crafts, kids activities and  more. For further information call the SFABA office at (413) 625-2526 or visit their website .


South Deerfield, MA
Sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 

Fiber Twist (SM) is the annual county-wide fiber event that showcases the many sheep and fiber farmers, spinners, dyers, weavers, rug hookers and other fiber artisans that are found throughout Franklin County in northwestern Massachusetts.

Now in its seventh year, the 2011 Fiber Twist will be held on Saturday, September 17th, at the Employee Health & Fitness Center at Yankee Candle Company's flagship store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

The centrally-located, indoor Vendor Marketplace is open to the public, free of charge, from10am - 4pmand will feature a fashion show, fiber arts products, rug hooking products and demonstrations.  More details at their website...

Agent of the Week - Linda Webster

Showing off our beautiful Pioneer Valley is a major motivator for Linda Webster as she helps buyers and sellers obtain their real estate goals.


Linda came to Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont with an impressive resume of real estate experience, two bachelor degrees from Westfield State College(Regional & Environmental planning and Psychology), and a great love for the area.  Working from our Florence Office Linda lists and sells real estate up and down the Pioneer Valley. She works a vast market area allowing her to meet new people and soak in our country side on a daily basis.


Linda lives in Westhamptonwith her teenage daughter and enjoys life in the valley. In the summertime you may find her floating down the Deerfield River and hiking or cross-country skiing in the winter. She finds gardening and playing her guitar relaxing activities.


Linda said, "It's a great time to buy! With historic low interest rates and a full market of homes to choose from, this is the time to make one of the best financial investments you can make." She looks forward to the opportunity of assisting you in the purchase of your next home.
Linda Webster
(413) 586-8355 x19




This week headlines continued to focus on the Hurricane Irene recovery and tropical storm Lee going through our area. As we continue to clean up, we look forward to getting back to normal. The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS posted good news this week, read more below.
The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported today that the number of single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement in August went up for the fourth straight month compared to the same time in 2010. On a month-to-month basis, the number of single-family homes and condos put under agreement were also up from July. Read More...
As we work through the long process of recovery, it becomes ever important to hang on to the value of our homes. HGTV's Frontdoor website shares "4 Steps to Take to Weather a Recession". Read More...

The Town of Deerfield is an historic rural suburban center on the primary corridor between Northampton and Greenfield in the Connecticut River Valley along Interstate 91. It was the earliest community settled in Franklin County. Deerfield's history begins in 1664 with the Mohawk Indians; the town genealogy reads like a story book full of the first settler's accounts and can be found on their official website.


Deerfield is host to Deerfield Academy, the Eaglebrook School and the Bement School. The town is also the site of a major craft fair each year which brings in over 250 selected exhibitors and is considered to be one of the most important craft fairs in the northeast. The town's museum offers 19 exhibit rooms and many concerts throughout the season. Visitors are able to tour 13 of the historic residences in the town. They are also the host of the Yankee Candle Flagship Store.



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Thursday September 8th - Monday September 11th
Fair theme is "A New Day-It's a Green Way"
The fair gates are scheduled to open at 3pm on Thusday, however, the parade begins around 5 downtown.
The fair website provides information on schedule of events, ticket prices, parking information, photos, and a volumne of history.
Some of this year's events:
E Street Shuffle
Robinson's Racing Pigs
Flying High Frisbee Dogs
Tractor Supply Company Community Stage
Hoses, Horses, Horses!
Western Mass Truck Pull
Robbins - Zust Marionettes
Texaco Country Showdown
Curly Fingers Dupree
Ruby's Complaint
Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby
Firemen's Parade & Muster and 9/11 Tribute