I would say that buying is usually cheaper. Once your done with all the expenses that previous answers have stated, you've got landscaping, which is a lot of work. Taking a raw piece of land and making it nice looking, costs more than you would think. You also have the higher assessment of a new house to pay taxes on.
I have a property which will be formally listed this spring, that is currently FSBO on Zillow. It is 15 minutes from North Adams, actually in Monroe. Please call if you want to take a look. 413-424-8225... more
If you are concerned about the crime rate, please contact the NA police department for information. MA licensed real estate agents are FORBIDDEN BY LAW (potentially risking our licenses!) if we make value judgements about safety and desireability. It comes under the jurisdiction of anti-descrimination and "steering".
As to convenience, a quick check of the address on Google maps should give you a pretty clear picture.
Welcome to the Berkshires! I hope you are settled into your new home soon.... more
Just a small clarification: The landlord MAY ask the age of the residents IF:
1. It is a seniors only community condo, or
2. If the property is occupied by the landlord ( a 2-4 family multi) and the owner is elderly.... more
If you do decide to try to list and sell, I recommend sticking with a local Realtor who has access to the Berkshire County MLS, since you are located in north Berkshire. If you would like, I can recommend several professionals who have extensive short sale and foreclosure experience who know north Berkshire well and can best market your property where your buyers are most likely to be. They are also likely to be familiar with your lender and your attorney, and can work face to face with them as a team.... more