Blog :: 11-2011

Western MA Weekend Events

Amherst, MA
Friday, December 2nd
4:30 -Hayrides begin
4:30 - Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus
4:30 - 5:30 - Craft Room with face painting and kids' crafts in Town Room in Town Hall
4:45 - Tree Lighting!
5:30 - UMass Minuteman Marching Band arrives with Santa!
6:30 - Visit with Santa at the Amherst History Museum

Check out the website for more details.

Greenfield's Winter Farmers Market
Greenfield, MA
December 3rd from 10am to 1pm
Held at the 2nd Congregational Church in Court Square (next to Town Hall)
The winter market host 17 vendors with an array of vegetables, eggs, meats, jams, pickles, etc.

Buying a home?

Exciting and Stressful?
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, downsizing, upgrading or looking to invest, purchasing a home can be exciting and stressful. Along with your local Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR, the internet can be a great tool to help with your questions.
w First-time Hombuyers may want to check out the Coldwell Banker Buyer Resources.
w The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS offers homebuyers information and  
     disclosures information specific to our state.
w offers the largest database of homes across the country. Tapping into
     all the Multiple Listing Services across the country. 
In some cases, purchasing a bank owned property may offer the homebuyer the ability to buy more home than they would be able to otherwise.  The HomePath website offers information and the ability to search their bank owned properties.
Don Mailloux works with the HomePath, listing their homes in our local area. Here are a few of the most recent homes listed:

Western MA Holiday Parades

MAGIC 2011
Friday, November 25th from 4:30pm-10pm the streets of Shelburne Falls, MA will host the annual opening of the holiday season. 
-4:30pm-  Lighting of the Villiage with 1,200 luminaries lining the streets donated by Mole Hollow Candle Company.
-5:15pm-  Parade of Lights welcomes Sanya, the Grinch & Max, Clifford, the Snow Princess and many more characters make their way through town.
-6:00pm- Throughout the evening you will see street performers, local vocal and instrumental groups and shops will be open for the start of your holiday shopping.
Be sure to visit the Visitor's Center and Santa's Workshop.  Shuttles are available, check out the website.


Florence Civic & Business Association

Holiday Parade 2011

The Florence Annual Holiday Parade to celebrate the start of the Holiday season is on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Assembly begins at 9:30am at Trinity Row on South Main Street, the parade begins at 10am and will end at 10:45am at the Florence Civic Center on Park Street.

The parade will host the Shriner's, Florence Community Band, local groups and musicians followed by Santa.  Family fun event to open your holiday season.
Be sure to stop by Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors, they are offering hot chocolate and balloons free to the public. 

Is the Real Estate Air Lighter?

On November 16th, 2011 the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS announced for the third straight month, that REALTOR members were more confident about the market.  The air is appearing lighter for everyone waiting to enter the real estate market.   Read article


Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS are working to help home buyers anticipate their homeownership needs.  Local market trends, the unpredictability factors and personal choice become important information to the homebuyer.  Read article


Along with contacting your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont agent you will find a helpful amount of information on the internet.  This tool can be useful to help you select the homes you are most interested in viewing and compliment your relationship with your agent.  Our company website shares the Multiple Listing Service inventory along with disclosures and regulations relevant to our state.  All the Franklin and Hampshire County town websites are linked giving you the opportunity to investigate the town of your choice. 

Western Mass. Weekend Events

This weekend, Western Massachusetts will open the holiday season by hosting Craft Fairs and the list of fairs will continue through the holiday season.  Most all the local craft fairs donate proceeds to local programs, so keep your eyes open to see how you can support your community
Listed below are but a few fairs that open their doors on Saturday, November 19th.
Held at the Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls, MA opens their door at 9am.  Facebook Page
Held at the school on Bray Road in Hadley, MA and their door opens at 10am. Event Poster
Held at the church on Main Street, Northampton, MA and will open their doors at 9:30am.
Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:30pm - 04:30pm
After the Leaves Hike at Northfield Mountain November ushers in the leafless hiking season and its beautiful views of ridges and valleys covered with slender gray trunks and thick green pines. This hike begins and ends at the Northfield Mountain Visitor Center and hikers will enjoy three state views at the mountain-top overlook. The group will descend through Fuller's Pasture as the sun sets behind the hills of Gill. This 4½ mile hike contains elevation changes of 800 feet. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress for the weather and bring water and a hearty trail snack. Heavy rain cancels. Held at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road in Northfield. 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. For ages 12 and older. Free. 800-859-2960  Website-Public Programs


The Town of Amherst, located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities.

Host to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Town enjoys a tradition of open, professional, and high level of government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history.


Town Basic Stats:
Population:  37,800

Town is 27.7 sq. miles
Helpful sites:
Town website          

Amherst Area Chamber 



Single Family: 83 Homes on market
Lowest list price: $170,000
Highest list price: $1,200,000
Average living area sq.ft.: 2,171.04
Average days on market 223.35
Sold over last 12 months: 107
Average sale price:
Condominiums: 46 Condos on market
Lowest list price: $100,000
Highest list price: $374,000
Average living area sq.ft.: 1,056.85
Average days on market: 346.67
Sold over last 12 months: 40
Average sale price: $177,390
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Valley ADVOCATE, Behind the Beat with Lisa Palumbo

VALLEY ADVOCATE article "Behind the Beat: River Songs" features Lisa Palumbo and friends.  Lisa shares the making of her new CD and her music career.  Read article. . .
Lisa is also a very successful real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR's Florence, Northampton Office. Lisa provides a website full of buyer and seller information. 
Lisa is a professional, well rounded person you will enjoy working with.  Next time you are searching for a REALTOR to buy or sell real estate, give Lisa a call.


For many people, owning a home marks a significant step on the path to achieving the "American Dream". Investing in a home offers immeasurable benefits that reach far beyond financial gains; you are making an investment in yourself, your family and your future.

We have identified the top six personal, social and emotional benefits of buying a home today:

1. Pride of Homeownership: The feelings of accomplishment, safety and security that result from homeownership cannot be matched by any other purchase or investment.

2. Shelter: Shelter is a basic need of human beings, yet the concept is often overlooked in the home buying process. Remember, a home is a place where one lives and raises a family. Plus, it's the only investment you can live in!

3. Independence: A key difference between renting and owning is the flexibility a homeowner has in adapting a living space to individual tastes and needs. That means being able to decorate, renovate, landscape and add personal touches to one's surroundings.

4. Stability: One of the biggest rewards of being a homeowner is the financial stability it provides. Knowing exactly what your payments will be each month throughout the term of your mortgage enables you to budget and plan for other things you'll want to do in life.

5. Community: Developing friendships with neighbors and feeling one has a place in the community fosters a safe and secure environment for oneself and one's family.

6. Improved Quality of Life: The true benefit of which is the improved quality of life a boost in personal finances can provide. That could mean having additional money to spend on necessities like food and utilities or being fortunate enough to afford luxuries.

CIDER DAYS in Franklin County

17th Annual Franklin County
Cider Days
Saturday, Nov. 5th & Sunday, Nov. 6th
Family friendly event held throughout the county all weekend.  Most events are free.  Visit the orchards for demonstrations, tastings, tours and more.  You can download a schedule of events at:
Time To Turn The Clocks Back
Daylight Savings Time Ends 2:00am Sunday.  Turn them back 1 hour and remember to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.