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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mailbox Monday - May 22

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.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. The weather was good here and it gave me a chance to spread some mulch down and refresh that area of the yard I designated for my wildlife friends. I also sold a house. Real estate has kept me very busy this year. The market is booming: low inventory and high buyer demand have increased prices.

On the book front, I've been playing catch up. These reviews were posted recently:

Organizing for Your Lifestyle
Food Junkies
The Joyful Business Planner
Creating a Life Worth Living, Volume 1

The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library held their annual book sale at the beginning of May. Here's what I picked up from there:

Most of them are research materials for my writing, but I did pick up a couple of novels.

Last week, Charlotte Hubbard sent me her upcoming release. She has a book tour coming up soon.

Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . .

When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .

Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .

That's it for me this week. Hope you'll share your new mailbox.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review: The Joyful Business Planner by Kate Martin

Where has this business planner been for the past three decades of my life? The Joyful Business Planner by Kate Martin is unlike anything you've probably seen before--which is why the author says she put it together.

Broken down into five sections--Business Overview, Marketing, Yearly Tracking, Calendars, and Wish Lists and Aspirations--this planner has the systems to get you organized and on track to meet your goals.

What I love about this book (everything really, but...):
  • It's less than 100 pages (perfect for busy small business owners like me);
  • It is short on narration and long on helpful templates to put the right systems in place;
  • There is one sheet that is a look at your current year at a glance that you can complete and hang in your office to stay focused;
  • One chapter focuses solely on social media marketing (including blogging);
I could go on and on about The Joyful Business Planner, but in the end all I need to say is this: if you are a small business owner, The Joyful Business Planner is an essential tool for success. 

Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539141810
ISBN-13: 978-1539141815

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Listing: 11 Lang St, Springfield

Come see this conveniently located ranch featuring refinished hardwoods (2011), three bedrooms, dining room, and galley kitchen with newer refrigerator (2010), range and microwave, and a full bath. The pellet stove in the living keeps the main level toasty and has been previously used by the seller as the primary heating source. The finished basement offers plenty of closets and built-ins for extra storage or turn it into a great office space or family room. Step out of the kitchen onto an enclosed porch that leads to the garage and carport or out into the private, fenced-in backyard with patio. Easy access to 291 and the Mass Pike, area restaurants, shopping, and more. Showings start at the open house on Sunday, May 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Interior photos coming soon!

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