Blog :: 01-2015

Connect to Open Houses

CB OH SignHere is your opportunity to connect with your next home before the big game this weekend (January 31st-February 1st).  Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors are opening the doors to the following homes to help you experience choices rather than photos on the internet.  Come on out and see if one of these homes could possible be yours!

SATURDAY 12pm-2pm


SATURDAY 12pm-2pm


SATURDAY 1pm-2:30pm


SUNDAY 12am-2pm


SUNDAY 12am-2pm


SUNDAY 12pm-2pm



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The Best Way to Search For Homes

CB-for sale 3One of the best ways to shop for property is by doing it through the Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS blog and website. Our website and blog will provide you the most up to date information on homes for sale in your area.  The only thing you need to do is click the search button and decide which of the homes you feel suits your needs. One reason why this site is so effective in helping you find the perfect home is because new updates happen every 15 minutes. You will have the latest information on new listings, price changes, back on markets and open houses.

The best part is that once you begin searching through the lists of homes this site has for sale, you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home. With less stress surrounding you, it becomes easier to begin your search, and this in turn means that you will have the right mindset to find a great piece of property that you can call home.

If you want to keep up to date without searching, you can sign up to receive daily email alerts. The alert will email you every morning with new listings, price changes, back on markets and open houses in your towns and price range. This daily email program allows you to find you the perfect home. In your search you can choose the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you prefer, the area it should be located in, and the overall price range that you are willing to budget for.

And don't forget a Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont AGENT is only a phone call away when you are ready to learn more about the homes you have been searching.

All Breed Dog Show at Big E

Great Barrington Kennel ClubFor Western Massachusetts Dog  Enthusiast, the Great Barrington Kennel Club will host the 95th/96th Annual All Breed Dog Show on January 31st and February 1st at the Big E.   Show starts at 8:30 in the Better Living Center and is FREE to the general public.

Check out the Great Barrington Kennel Club Fan Page by clicking HERE, or their website by clicking on the logo.  More information may be found at the Big E website by clicking HERE






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Market Watch-30 Day Review

Market WatchWorking towards the end of my day and thought I would review the market conditions of our real estate market for the last 30 days.  There are 283 single-family homes for sale in Franklin County today with the average list price of $245,404 and an average square-foot price calculating to $137.00  There are 27 houses pending sale with an average list price of $246,303.

We find a healthy increase of 24.3% in the sale price of single-family homes over the same period a year ago to $209, 460.  January is not our markets most active month but off to a good start for 2015.  Check out the chart below for more information.  Click on the link "Homes for Sale" to see all active single-family homes.

Stat Charts for Franklin County on Dec. 26th 2014-Jan 26th, 2015 

Single Family Homes for Sale 1/26/15:   283

Average Days on Market:   258 Average List Price:   $245,404 Average List/SqFt:   $137

Single Family Under Agreement:   27 Average Days on Market:   142 Average Price:   $246,393 Median Price:   $199,900

Single Family Homes Sold:   35 Average Days on Market:   123 Average Sale Price:   $209,460 Median Sale Price   $200,000 Highest Sale Price:   $600,000 Lowest Sale Price:   $76,000 Average Sale/SqFt:   $131

Homes Sold Over $300,000:   4 Homes Sold in $200,000 Range:   14 Homes Sold Up to $199,900:   17


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Connect to Open Houses

CB OH SignColdwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS is please to share the following Open Houses this weekend, January 24th & 25th.  This is a great opportunity for you to view what the market is offering and maybe connect to the home of your dreams.



Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm


Sunday 12:00pm-2:00pm



Seller Tips to Interior Painting

Painting your home for staging purposes is a little different than painting your home for personal pleasure. While your daughter may love having her walls painted Barbie pink, a potential buyer may see this as a distraction. Choosing neutral colors will enable buyers to imagine themselves in your home much easier. And while a fresh coat of paint on your walls may initially seem to be a costly endeavor to undertake, consider that painting your home can increase the value of your home by a few thousand dollars in some cases. Below is a basic guide to what colors you should have in mind if you plan on painting your home for show.

The Kitchen - Kitchens do well with yellows, oranges, and reds. As long as the shade is neutral, these colors will serve to highlight home appliances, kitchen size, and overall comfort. Picking these food-friendly colors will definitely kick your kitchen up a notch.

Bathrooms - Bathrooms, because of their size, are best served by very light colors such as tan or pale yellow. The darker you go, the smaller your bathroom will look. In addition, Light colors will also give a sense of cleanliness to a bathroom. If you happen to have a bathroom that already boasts a robust color due to architecture or tile, then pulling colors from these may be an option. For instance, if you have a tile floor in the bathroom with a blue or red in it, then drawing from these colors and choosing a paler shade for the walls could potentially work for the overall flow of the bathroom.

Bedrooms - Bedrooms should always steer clear of bright colors, but other than that, you can have a bit more freedom here. Things to keep in mind include the color and style of flooring and fixtures, and whether or not your master bedroom has a master bathroom. Be sure to pick colors that compliment each other if so.

Hallways and the rest - Again, you get a bit more freedom here. Salmon-hued paints have a tendency to make people look lively and energized, while beige and blue tones can convey a sense of tranquility and calm. Beige with green tones can be energizing, so it may be something to consider once you reach the living room. Bright reds should probably be avoided in hallways, as they have a tendency to keep people from fully relaxing. This may sound a little crazy, but it's true.

Market Watch-4th Quarter Report

Market WatchOur local real estate markets continue to move in the right direction.  The 4th quarter of 2014 shows improvement for residential home sales in both Franklin & Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts.

Franklin County closed 135 single-family homes from October through December 2014 with an increase of 10 more closings over the previous year for the same time period. Sale prices rose by 7.28% for an average sale price of $201,834.

Hampshire County closed 275 single-family homes in the 4th Quarter of 2014 which is 7 more over the previous year for the same time period.  Hampshire County properties were on the market  35.8% longer than the previous year but the sale price  rose by 1.74% to $264,541, still moving in the right direction.

Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors look forward to showing you what the market has to offer.  Call one of our agents today to schedule an appointment to see any one of these available homes in Franklin or Hampshire Counties.