Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Listing: 69 Shepherd St, Chicopee, MLS # 72199716 - $174,900

Great opportunity awaits with this conveniently located two family. Owner's unit on first floor features a large family room with electric fireplace, dining room with hardwood floors, kitchen with hardwood floors, two bedrooms, laundry off the kitchen and sliders to the back yard. Second floor unit has a living room with skylights, kitchen, family room, two bedrooms, and a deck off the kitchen. Easy access to highways, shopping, parks, and more. Call today for your private showing! (More photos to come.) Call 413-575-5751 today for your private showing. Subject to sellers closing on suitable housing.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Listing: 7 Westernview Drive, Wilbraham $299,900

Welcome home to this updated Colonial on a private dead end street. Spacious family room with fireplace, French doors and bow window, remodeled kitchen with granite countertops and island open to dining room. Living room with hardwood floors and another room that could be used as a den or office. Remodeled full bath on main level. Upstairs includes four bedrooms with hardwood floors and a remodeled full bath. Bring your ideas to the partially finished basement with walk out. Large private backyard with Trex deck and shed. Enclosed porch. New Pella windows throughout (2012), radiant heat in most rooms on first floor, updated electrical (2006), newer oil tank, boiler and roof (2004). All dates per owner. Subject to sellers closing on suitable housing. Call 413-575-5751 today for your private showing. Be in before the new school year starts.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Wanted to take a minute from our vacation on the Outer Banks to wish all my fellow Americans a happy and safe Independence Day. Thank you to all those who serve(d) our country and their families. God bless you all and God bless America.

Click the link below for some Independence Day history.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Musing Monday - June 12

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

What a difference a week makes. Last week was damp and rainy. Today is hot and sunny. They are talking record-breaking heat.

Last week was hectic with closings, soccer tryouts, and other end of school year stuff. I'm looking forward to heading to the Outer Banks soon. The pet sitters are all set and John Boy will be living here while we are away. I'm so eager to get away that I've already packed up my reading material. Plan to get some writing done too.

As for my mailbox, the second book in the Da Vinci's Disciples series arrived last week.

In a studiolo behind a church, six women gather to perform an act that is, at once, restorative, powerful, and illegal. They paint. Under the tutelage of Leonardo da Vinci, these six show talent and drive equal to that of any man, but in Renaissance Florence they must hide their skills, or risk the scorn of the city.

A commission to paint a fresco in Santo Spirito is announced and Florence’s countless artists each seek the fame and glory this lucrative job will provide. Viviana, a noblewoman freed from a terrible marriage and now free to pursue her artistic passions in secret, sees a potential life-altering opportunity for herself and her fellow female artists. The women first speak to Lorenzo de’ Medici himself, and finally, they submit a bid for the right to paint it. And they win.

But the church will not stand for women painting, especially not in a house of worship. The city is not ready to consider women in positions of power, and in Florence, artists wield tremendous power. Even the women themselves are hesitant; the attention they will bring upon themselves will disrupt their families, and could put them in physical danger.

All the while, Viviana grows closer to Sansone, her soldier lover, who is bringing her joy that she never knew with her deceased husband. And fellow-artist Isabetta has her own romantic life to distract her, sparked by Lorenzo himself. Power and passion collide in this sumptuous historical novel of shattering limitations, one brushstroke at a time.

An author friend of mine also sent me her next book to read to provide an endorsement.

That's it for me. Hope you have a blessed week.

Monday, June 5, 2017

New For Lease - 192 Nassau Drive, Springfield

One floor living in this conveniently located condo. Large dining room and living room combo with sliders leading out to a private patio overlooking the grounds. Fully-applianced kitchen remodeled prior to landlord's ownership. Master bedroom with large closet and laundry hook ups with another bedroom across the hall from the full bath with tiled tub/shower. Complex offers an inground pool, clubhouse with exercise room, and tennis courts. Tenant will have use of owner's deeded parking space. Great location close to shopping and highways. Available July 1st. Call for your private showing. All applicants subject to credit and background check. Tenant must adhere to all rules and regulations of condo complex. No pets and no smoking. Listing not on Craigslist. $1250 a month plus utilities. Landlord requires first, last and security of $1250 each.

For more details visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrnaGNbxOi8

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. While we usually talk about books today, I wanted to pause to reflect on the many men and women who have given their lives to protect freedom around the world. May God continue to look over our troops here and abroad.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

RAPV April 2017 Sales Report: Sales Up, Median Price Down

The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley reported single-family home sales in April were up 2.3 percent compared to the same time last year. The median price, however, dropped 0.2 percent to $194,000 and inventory dropped 33.7 percent. Here is a breakdown by County.

Hampden County
Sales up 6.7 percent
Median price down 1.3 percent to $177,500

Hampshire County
Sales down 5.1 percent
Median price up 7.9 percent to $280,000

Franklin County
Sales down 5.7 percent
Median price down 11.3 percent to $173,000

In the Pioneer Valley, we continue to struggle with not enough homes to sell. At the end of April 2016 there were 5.2 months of supply at the current rate of sale, but at the end of April 2017 there was only 3.2 months of supply at current rate of sale.

It's been my experience that buyers are out there, but they simply don't have enough to choose from. Some listings are selling on the first day of showings. Multiple offer situations are happening more often. If a buyer can't get in to see a house soon after it hits the market, they might not get a chance to view it at all.

If you're considering selling or buying, please call me at 413-575-5751. A marketing proposal for your home is entirely FREE as is a buyer's consultation where you are provided with a FREE Buyer's Survival Guide.