Category Archives: The Berkshires

Berkshire Real Estate – Creating A Home Together

 Whether your a first time home buyer, or a seasoned pro creating your  

  Second Home in Berkshire, Ma.  There are so many things to consider.        

  Our homes are a sanctuary for ourselves as individuals as well 

  as a couple.  It is so important to be able to know and understand our own

  needs as well as our partners.

  Here are some great questions to ask yourself and use as a guideline for   

  creating your first or second home in The Berkshires



  Where will you listen to music together? Or practice your instrument alone?

  Where will you look out a window together?

  Do you want to be able to take showers together?

 Where might you read a book, alone?

 What do you hope your bedroom will feel like?

 Where might you play a game together?

 Do you need a place for projects?

Do you need some separate space for each of you?

What kind of atmosphere do you envision?

How will you entertain?

What is your wildest dream for this space called home?


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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

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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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The Berkshires: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

27295_10151192976432003_811709630_nBusy day showing Berkshire Real Estate in this freezing weather.

Glad I was able to get driveways plowed and sanded. The

Mountain views were exquisite

Now thinking about a warm weather vacation.


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The Berkshires: 10 Ways To Have Fun This Winter

The weather outside is frosty in the Berkshires – Here are 10 way to have fun this chilly winter.


100_1737 A1. Build a snowman

2.  Go Sledding

3. Make a pot of mulled wine or  spiced cider

4. Hit the slopes

5. Wear fuzzy slippers at home

6. Cozy up by the fireplace

7. Pop a bottle of champagne

8. Go ice skating

9.  Throw a Super Bowl party

10. Wear flannel PJ’S


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Berkshire Real Estate – 7 Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Berkshire Real Estate:  



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 – Searles Castle




Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Ma. is the Second Largest Property currently on the Market.

Not only did Great Barrington win as the Number 1 small town,

but it is also home to the 2nd largest property currently on the American Market.


Searles Hopkins Castle.  Measures 54,246 square feet, is a  seven-story mansion,

has 40 rooms, including 14 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, accented by 36 fireplaces.


Rob Baer wrote an interesting article about the 5 largest homes for sale, check out more on Searles plus the other 4 Houses.


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