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Selling Your Home In The Berkshires



   Planning on Selling your home in the Berkshires this Spring?

   It is never too early to prepare your Berkshire Home for the market.

   Here are some great Staging Tips from the Real Estate Staging    



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Berkshire Real Estate Market Report

Good News for the Berkshire Real Estate Market.  What follows is an up to date Market Report.


Sales are up 25% in residential sales.  Breaking it down Southern Berkshires up 24%,


Central Berkshire 23%, and 36% in Northern Berkshire.


Here is the full report by the Berkshire Country Board of Realtors.




Berkshire County Quarterly Market Watch Report



2012 Full Report

In 2012, Berkshire REALTORS managed a real estate market of over $314 million dollars in sales, up from $262 million transacted last year. Sales rose over 2011 rates in all parts of Berkshire County, with a total increase in residential market of 25%, of which there was a 23% increase in central Berkshires sales, 36% in northern Berkshire and 24% in Southern Berkshire. These signs of strong improvement mirror what we hear our Realtors reporting from the field.  Richmond sales set the record for the largest increase in sales for the county. Lenox, Lee, Lanesboro and Pittsfield showed strong gains this year.  Windsoralso showed strong gains.

Historically, the Berkshire real estate market peaked in 2005, with a gradual decrease in following years. Sales data indicates that 2009 was the bottom of the market, which was our lowest point in sales for the preceding 10+ years and following 3 years. The market turned with bump in sales in 2010, and again shows strength with solid growth in 2012. While our overall market peaked in 2005, the southern Berkshire residential market peaked in 2004, the northern Berkshire residential market peaked in 2005 and the central Berkshire in 2006. All markets saw the same increase in 2010 and 2012.

Despite slow growth from our low in 2009, prices continue to be more affordable and interest rates are at historical lows. The combination of these two things makes it very beneficial for people who are in the market to buy. Interest rates are expected to remain low through 2014 improving unemployment rates, favorable buying conditions, low interest rates, and slow but steadily growing confidence, 2013 has the elements for a positive year. Continue Reading

Winter White From The Berkshires

 I have always loved white rooms.  My favorite wall color use to be Benjamin Moore Linen White. 
 The creamy yellow undertones went well with a Shabby Chic look.  Over the last few years I am using Benjamin Moore China White.
 It is modern and also soft.  
China White goes with almost all colors, and  looks especially well with neutrals.
 Both these colors have had universal appeal for many years and are sold premixed, which helps with the accuracy and standardization of the color.
 Matching colors are tricky, always have your paint store give you a sample of a color you are looking to match.  
 Small differences sometimes caste different tones on large expanses such as walls.  
Here is an interesting article about how choosing white is not so "black & white"



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Berkshire Real Estate – 7 Tips to Help Sell Your Home

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Berkshire Colonial



Even though the Berkshires is a unique area, there are certain givens that apply universally.


The Wall Street Journal interviewed Housing Executives from, Zillow, & Trulia


among others.



Here are 7 Tips culled from the article.


1. Price to Sell


2. Great Photos


3. Curb Appeal


4. Fix It


5. Clean Up and Clean Out


6. Curb Appeal


7. Do not sell "For Sale By Owner"


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Berkshire Decorating Ideas – The White Sofa


Coordinate With Dark Floors

Whether living in the Berkshires or anywhere.  A White Sofa is so versatile going with almost any color  scheme.  

Here Exemplified in this Elegant White on  White Room. Laura Marie Given has gathered some great photos for Casa Sugar of White Sofas in many different surroundings.




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Berkshire Real Estate – Gardens & Garden Tours

For Berkshire Real Estate Call 413 717-0773One good thing about all the rain we have had this year in the Berkshires is that our gardens should be very lush.

I live in Great Barrington, Ma. and i can see from my own gardens that the blooms this season are full with what looks like rich color. As far as the effect on Berkshire Real Estate Sales, beautiful well maintained landscaping and gardens are eye candy. They help to create those magic words Curb Appeal.

For Berkshire  visitors, Second Home Owners and year round residents  the Lenox Garden Clubs annual tour " Hidden Treasures of The Berkshires" will be July 9th.

Six gardens will be open in Richmond & Stockbridge, Ma.

If you live in a different part of the country or are traveling this summer the following article provides a comprehensive list of garden  tours throughout the country.

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Berkshire Real Estate – Pricing Tips For Sellers!

Pricing in today’s market is key. Buyers are not only looking at List Price but also at Assessed Value. When a house is first listed is the time that it generates the most excitement. So Pricing your house right from the get go will help you sell it more quickly, when buyer enthusiasm for your property is high.

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