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Blog :: 2016

At Berkshire Property Agents, we take pride in the advice we provide our clients. Here you'll find a variety of content pertaining to real estate news and tips for home buyers and sellers. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact our team. We would love to hear from you!

Free Hikes Guided by Berkshire Natural Resource Council

Free guided hikes in the Berkshires this winter. As it is hunting season, please wear bright orange on all Berkshire Natural Resource Council (BNRC) properties and trails!


Hollow Fields Moonrise Hike, Richmond. There is no better place to see the moon. 

Wednesday, December 14, 5pm - 8pm.

Parsons Marsh Meander, Lenox

Saturday, December 17, 2017, 10am-noon

Basin Pond Hike, Lee. See the dense northern hardwood forest through winter’s lens.

Saturday, January 7th, 10am - 1pm

Constitution Hill, Lanesborough. Explore the property from the valley to the spiny ridgeline.

Wednesday, January 11, 10am - 12pm.

 

For more information (and more hiking opportunities in the Berkshires), please visit

http://www.bnrc.org/

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    The Elaine Rush Collection Online

    Elaine Rush is a name well-known in American avant-garde collecting. Starting in the 1970’s, after the Montreal-born fashionista moved to New York, she began collecting on her drives to flea markets all over the east coast. This online auction encapsulates her exuberant and eye-catching style in a selection of 186 lots from Rush’s personal collection. From Tramp Art to Adirondack armchairs to bottle cap art by Rick Ladd, this highly-curated auction offers one-of-a-kind items that fit into a wide array of home design.

    http://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2960T

     

     

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      POWERHOUSE SQUARE - NEW CONDOMINIUMS IN THE HEART OF GREAT BARRINGTON

      Exciting opportunity to purchase, one, two, and three-bedroom units at Powerhouse Square at pre-construction pricing. 22 condos in the first building are conveniently located above the expanded Berkshire Co-Op Market. 27 condos with fireplaces and balconies are in the second building.

      Contact us now, exclusively, for more information and to reserve yours now! 413-528-6800.

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          Skiing in the Berkshires

          Ski Berkshire CountyDo you like the outdoors? Do you like the winter season? Is skiing your favorite sport? If so, then maybe you should consider a more active lifestyle by finding your new home in the Berkshires!

          One of the best parts about living in the Berkshires is that it is close to multiple ski resorts, making it a dream location for any passionate ski enthusiast. Within a two-hour drive of the region, there are three notable resorts that offer some of the best skiing in New England!

          Ski Butternut

          It is one of the biggest peaks in the Mount Butternut area and offers more than 110 acres dedicated just for skiing. There is a snowmaking machine on the premises and 11 lifts, so there aren't long waits in line that you’ll find at some other resorts. There is a diverse spread of trails at different difficulty levels, as well, catering to skiers of all proficiency levels. Mount Butternut even has a great trail map to help skiers find which trails are best for their skill level.

          Jiminy Peak

          Jiminy Peak is another great option and actually offers more skiing acreage than Mount Butternut – nearly 168 acres! Jiminy Peak features 45 different trails and nine lifts, and with a peak height of 2,380 feet, there’s no question about the appeal of this mountain. Jiminy Peak is also open until 10 p.m., which is perfect for people who like to night ski.

          Catamount

          The Catamount ski resort has been family owned since 1939 when the Gilbert and Edwards families teamed up to provide a wonderful ski experience for the locals. Today, nearly the entire mountain is able to be skied, with snowmaking capabilities present on almost every trail to ensure quality conditions all season long. Catamount has really made an effort to upgrade provide a great trail experience for those that frequent the mountain, and now offers a 2.5-mile trail that stands as one of the longest runs in The Berkshires. The facilities have also been recently updated, which offers a great experience for skiers in between runs. The atmosphere on Catamount is friendly and welcoming, and you won’t regret frequenting this ski area!

          Are you looking for your next home in The Berkshires to take advantage of this skiing all throughout the winter months? Give Berkshire Property Agents a call today at 413-528-6800 and let our Realtors help you find the perfect property to suit your needs and your lifestyle.

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            Advantages of Building Your Own Home

            Building a new home instead of buying one that already exists is typically more expensive in the short term. However, there are many advantages to building a home instead of buying one, and it can be an excellent option for those who are looking for the perfect home.

            Completely Custom

            The biggest advantage of building a home versus buying an existing property is that you will be able to get exactly what you want with a brand-new home. Building an entirely new house allows you to design every space, room and layout one exactly the way you want, ensuring that all of the features and amenities you want are included
            on day one, instead of settling or renovating an existing home for weeks or months on end to transform it into what you had envisioned. From the number of bedrooms to the size of the living areas to the layout of the kitchen, you will get to make every single decision associated with your house and customize it how you want it.

            No Existing Baggage

            When you purchase an existing property, you also may be inheriting any of its preexisting issues. Many older homes could be harboring hidden issues, ranging from toxic materials used during the original construction, issues with the roofing or foundation or other issues unseen, like plumbing or electrical system concerns. These problems can end up becoming very costly in the future, and some of them could potentially even affect your health. That won’t be an issue with a new home, where you know exactly all of the materials used and can take advantage of the latest construction, plumbing and wiring methods to ensure a safe and functional home.

            More Effective

            Speaking of functionality, newer homes are typically more energy efficient than homes that have been around for many years now. New construction allows you to ensure that your home is designed with a green
            mindset, meaning you can include such features as Energy Star-rated appliances, double-paned windows and efficient HVAC systems that are designed to deliver optimal heating and cooling. You could also consider including green energy generation options like solar panels to help reduce your costs even further. With the full range of options available to you from the outset of design and construction, you can plan ahead to make sure your home is efficient and will save you money in the long term on energy costs.


            If you have been thinking about building a new home, now is a great time to do. Berkshire Property Agents can help you find a plot of land that would be perfect for your new house and assist you as you get the building process started.

            Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect piece of land to build the home of your dreams.

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              Home Inspection: A Guide for Buyers

              It’s no secret that buying a home is a massive investment, and it’s only natural for you to want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. That’s why it’s important to have a prospective property professionally inspected by a home inspector before you make your purchasing decision.

              A professional inspector’s job is to review a home from basement to roof, looking at every system and structure to identify any potential concerns or problems. Most homebuyers are not professional builders or construction experts, but home inspectors have extensive training and knowledge that allows them to assess a property and look for any potential concerns.

              Once you’ve decided on a property, you can often put an offer in that is contingent on an inspection. If the owner agrees to your bid, schedule your inspection as soon as possible and make time to attend the inspection yourself. While you may think that you don’t need to be there, there are many advantages to watching the inspector as he or she does their work.  

              To start, as the home inspector reviews different areas of your prospective home, you can ask any questions that you have while the inspection is taking place. The inspector can discuss anything that he or she has seen and provide an explanation for you so that you get a better idea of what the concern is and exactly where on the property it is. Don’t be intimidated to ask any questions either. After all, that’s what the inspector is there for, so use their knowledge to your advantage.

              You can also have an inspector review the utility connections to the property that you’re considering. A slow water leak, dripping faucet or poor natural gas connection won’t always be obvious to the naked eye. A home inspector can assess these utilities, though, as part of their inspection process, giving you a comprehensive look at these integral and vital components of your home.

              Once the inspection is done, the inspector will also provide you with a full report, including a list of any issues uncovered. Armed with this information, you can discuss the inspector’s findings with the owner and request that any critical or serious problems get taken care of prior to moving forward with your purchase offer. You can also use the report as leverage to adjust your bid or refer to it as a to-do list of necessary repairs or maintenance to perform once you’ve closed on the home.


              If you’re looking to buy a new home, let Berkshire Property Agents help you find the perfect property. Click here for more information on our home buyer services.

              To schedule your initial consultation with one of our agents, contact us today.

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                Autumn In The Berkshires!

                The Berkshire region of Massachusetts is a gorgeous place to live. Around autumn, the scenery begins to transform into a crisp colorful pallet of oranges, reds, yellows and browns against a clear blue sky. One of the things we at Berkshire Property Agents hear from our clients most is how scenic this area is, but there are also plenty of fun fall activities you can do that will enable you to get outside and enjoy the autumn setting. People come from throughout the region – and even across the country – to experience a true New England autumn and there are many reasons for that. Make it part of your life every year by finding a perfect home with Berkshire Property Agents.

                Fall in the BerkshiresThe Berkshires have everything imaginable, from shopping in the area’s many quaint communities to apple picking on beautiful farms, and experiencing nature on the Mohawk Trail. It is here where you can truly take in the breathtaking New England foliage everyone talks about. Breathe in the crisp autumn air as you are surrounded by the beauty of Massachusetts, or sink your teeth into a freshly picked apple at one of the Berkshires’ many orchards – a favorite activity for everyone from young couples to families and friends.

                Hayrides and pumpkin picking are some other autumn activities that can be done at businesses and farms throughout the region. The Berkshires are full of these fall opportunities to get out and enjoy the season, with each made even more special when considering how unique and short-lived the chance to enjoy the days. Whether you prefer enjoying life in the local communities and getting out in nature or simply basking in the crisp air and curling up with a hot drink by the fire in the evening, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during autumn in the Berkshires.

                Autumn is a very special time of year here, and while many people pass through or plan a vacation trip, this can be your life when you buy a home in the beautiful Berkshires. Let the team at Berkshire Property Agents be your guide to finding the perfect house for you and your family.

                Contact us today to get started!

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                  Home Inspection: A Guide For Sellers

                  When selling your home, it’s important to have everything in order and ready for when the time comes to sell it. However, before you even put it on the market, you should have an inspector come out to take a look at your home.

                  One benefit to having an inspection done on your home is that it can be reassuring to prospective buyers. Letting buyers know that you’ve had your property inspected shows that you know the condition of your home quite well and have had a chance to review any flaws or fix any issues prior to putting your house on the market. It shows buyers that you care about offering a high-quality home in good condition and are open and forward about the process so there should be no surprises for anyone making a bid.

                  Having your own inspection before listing also allows you to get ahead of any problems that the inspector finds, allowing you a chance to fix any critical systems or structural concerns. Conversely, you can also take the report and offer it to anyone interested in making a bid, providing a clear disclosure of issues when selling a home “as-is” – something commonly done with estate sales or for buyers facing the prospect of a relocation for work or other reasons.

                  A home inspection also provides a comprehensive and holistic view of the property from top to bottom. This can allow you to prioritize any needed repairs or identify central systems or issues that could be causing other issues throughout the home. In turn, you can focus your repair or renovation work around the aspects that are most significant or that offer the greatest benefit, allowing sellers to avoid performing duplicate or unnecessary repairs.

                  Lastly, if the inspection shows that your home is in great condition and doesn’t require any repairs, you can use that information to more definitively price your property. Knowing the exact condition of your home can help you value it at a fair and confident pricing point. You can then also rely on this report during negotiations with a buyer, as you can rest assured that the condition of your home is great and you don’t need to concede on price given the excellent shape of your property.

                  Selling your home can be stressful, so let Berkshire Property Agents help. We work with homebuyers and sellers throughout the region, so we can help comprehensively market your property and show your home to interested and qualified buyers.

                  Click here to learn more about our home seller services.

                  Feel free to contact us for more information.

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                    Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate Celebrates 30 Years as the Premier Global Luxury Real Estate Network

                    SEATTLE, WA USA – It started with a book. In 1986, a handful of luxury real estate professionals banded together to publish a directory of the best of the best in luxury real estate markets across the globe – a veritable “who’s who” of the international luxury real estate community. The directory, titled “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate,” was the spark that brought together a network that has spent 30 years innovating and building relationships in the global field of luxury real estate.

                    In 1995, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate launched LuxuryRealEstate.com, the first collection of multi-million dollar properties on the internet. The World Wide Web was still new, and LuxuryRealEstate.com filled a much needed niche, providing high net worth individuals with a variety of luxury properties and a direct connection to brokers.

                    In the same year, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate hosted their first conference, convening in Quebec City to share knowledge and support global connections. The network continues this tradition of annual events, and later expanded to include a Spring Retreat, International Symposium, and European Ski Trip.

                    John Brian Losh, who now serves as Chairman and Publisher, has led Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate throughout these 30 years, helping the network flourish even during economic downturns and the recession. The Luxury Real Estate team has continued traditions while seeking innovation, continuing to expand the network and make connections all around the world.

                    Today, LuxuryRealEstate.com continues to lead the industry in the digital marketing of multi-million dollar properties in every corner of the globe. The highly anticipated Luxury Real Estate conferences are bringing members together to strengthen relationships and exchange knowledge. Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate publishes three magazines every year, in additional to its extensive digital marketing footprint. The company has garnered a variety of awards and acknowledgements over the past three decades, from Forbes, the Webby Awards, the Web Marketing Association, and many more.

                    The strength of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate is due in large part to the power and determination of its members. With over 130,000 professionals and properties in over 70 countries, the worldwide reach of the network is ever-growing. As the world of luxury real estate continues to grow and change, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate will continue to adapt and prosper, providing unparalleled marketing and connections for its network of agents.

                    To see the full timeline of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s 30 year legacy, please visit www.LuxuryRealEstate.com/Anniversary.

                    About LuxuryRealEstate.com

                    LuxuryRealEstate.com, frequently ranked ‘Best Website’ in consumer and industry surveys, has been recognized for excellence by the WMA Awards and the Webby Awards and has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times. Since its debut in 1995, LuxuryRealEstate.com has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet and has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer.

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