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Blog :: 11-2016

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!


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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.


      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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