Blog :: 10-2013

Halloween Rag Shag Parades

halloween paradeFor Halloween I located 3 towns offering Rag Shag Parades this year, Florence, Greenfield and Turners Falls.

The Florence, Northampton parade is scheduled to begin at 5pm stepping off from Trinity Row Park.

The Greenfield parade begins at 5:30 pm, gather at the Mohawk Mall Parking Lot

In Turners Falls everyone will meet at the Food City parking lot.

Each town event will host Trick-or-Treating and contest.  Enjoy your Halloween!

Franklin County Pumpkinfest-Oct. 19,2013

PFLogo-2013This Saturday (10/19) join the fall fun from 2-9pm on Avenue A in Turners Falls at the 2013 Pumpkin Fest.   This fast growing event is free and a great family event.  Just bring cash for food and your carved pumpkin.  More details can be found on facebook.  Shuttles available and bring your pumpkins early.

I have posted the schedule of events below to assist you in planning your trip to this years Franklin County Pumpkin Fest..... See you there!

Pumpkin Fest Schedule

Ashfield Fall Festival

townhallColumbus Weekend in the town of Ashfield is time for the Annual Fall Festival.  The town has opened the town since 1969 for a weekend celebration.  Time to celebrate the town's, artisans, services, organization and assist fundraisers.  This is a great opportunity for the youth of the community to enjoy and participate.

Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors celebrates with holding Open Houses through the weekend in Ashfield.  Check out these special properties will at this years Ashfield Fall Festival.


 197 Ashfield Mountain Road

SATURDAY 11am-1pm

1979 Hawley Road


371 Main Street

449 Hill Road


350 March Road

553 Bellus Road

190 Creamery Road

Agents Hit the Boston's Top 20 List

logoColdwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS is proud to CONGRATULATE the following agents for placing on the  Boston's Top 20 List for Western Massachusetts.  These agents are ranked by sales volume in the month of August 2013.


#1.  Mooney & Roberts

#7.  Mike Packard

#8.  Davitt Associates

#15. Linda Webster

Congratulations!  we are so proud to have you in our company. 

Festival of the Hills, Conway, MA

50th-logo-Festival ConwayThis Sunday is time to head for the hills, the Conway Festival of the Hills in Conway, Massachusetts.  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. Highlighted a few of my favorite events, let us know what events you are looking forward to.

All proceeds from the Festival go to support scholarships for local high school students.

Full schedule for the Pre-Festival Events and the Sunday Events click HERE.

Be sure to LIKE their Facebook page to keep current with this fun event.

Plan to Sell your home over the next 6 months?

You have made the decision to put your home up for sale sometime over the next 6 months. With Fall here your plans will come to pass during the winter selling season.

While the weather holds and before you stick the sign in the yard there are a few things you will want to do.   First, it will be helpful to contact your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR now to see what suggestions they may have to assist with the process.

Here are just a few of the basic repairs you will want to conquer before the first prospective buyer walks through the door:

1.Tackle the Entrance

This is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Paint the front door and trim surrounding the door. Repair sagging screen doors and replace any missing or corroded hinge screws and tighten the rest.

2. Spruce up the Perimeter

Walk the perimeter of your home, clear away dead plants, clip blossoms, and clear away leaves and other yard waste.

3. Recheck the roof

Any problem that has the word roof in it scares a buyer away immediately. Replace missing shingles and fix hanging gutters.  Remove any moss growing on the roof as this shows signs of neglect.

4. Clear and caulk gutters.

Clear all the debris out of the gutters and recaulk the gutter end caps.

5. Patch nail holes and repaint.

Patch up nail holes in the walls of your home. Use a lightweight putty to fill the holes and paint the repaired spots.

6. Clean the Grout

Deep clean tile grout with bleach.  Regrout tiles where needed and recaulk cracks between sinks, tubs, toilets, counters and floors. This will give your tile a whole new look.

7. Stop Dripping Faucets

Fix leaky faucets before the buyer notices them.  You may need to call in a plumber to do this task. Before you do that you can shut off the water supply and check for moisture on the wall around the valves and on the floor of the sink cabinet. Many hardware stores carry faucet rebuild kits that contain the 6 to 12 parts most likely to fail, including the metal ball, O rings, springs and gaskets.