A good place to start would be the Pittsfield Housing Authority. I'm sure that they would be able to direct you. They're at 65 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201 and can be reached by phone at (413) 499-2771.... more
Good Morning B. Picard. I specialize in Commercial Real Estate in the Pittsfield, MA market. Contact me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my web site at www.barbhassanrealty.com.
if you have not located a site as of today.... more
I have a house for sale in Pittsfield Ma that is 7 years old. 4 bedroom 2 car garage beautiful kitchen, air conditioned, good neighborhood. It has screened in back porch and a back patio. If you have any questions please let me know. My email is email@example.com.... more
Hi -- I am an experienced Realtor in Pittsfield, MA. There is a good selection of attractive homes here that meet your criteria. Please contact me -- I will be happy to help you in your search. Karl... more
Hi Joe- Check this link out; may help you. Some great info there.
It doesn't directly answer your question, but it does look at overall home sales. Those seem pretty steady over the past 3 years in town- so I'd say the multifamilies are in the same boat (in general).
And- I think Trulia has a pretty good tool on this if you just look up Pittsfield market data.,
Ken L.... more
Since you have already determined that you want to use a buyer's agent, here is another way to find or locate one who specializes in buyer's agency. Each state in the U. S. A. has a Realtor Association. In Massachusetts it's referred to as the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR). Any agent who is a REALTOR will have all of their credentials stored in the MAR database. You can access this database to find a buyer's agent with the credentials "Certified Buyers Representative" "Accredited Buyer's Representative" and "Certified Residential Specialist". Go to www.MARealtors.com; Find A Realtor; Directory Search; Select City; or enter the agents name that you would like to represent you and you can see their credentials at this site.
Of course there is nothing better than a personal referral from a trusted family member, friend, or other advocate putting your interest first. Meet your buyers agent and get to know him/her for a few weeks or a month before you sign a long term buyer's agent contract. This way you can make sure your expectations and your agents work style match ensuring a better home buying experience. HAPPY HOME HUNTING!
Barb Davis-Hassan, CCIM, CRS, CBR, GRI
Barb Hassan Realty, Inc.
Tel. 413-447-7300 or 1-866-567-7300
Work with a Buyer's Agent and let them do the work for you. Are you familiar with land records, deeds, leins, hoem inspections, Title V, Purchase & Sales Agreements, Bank foreclosure Process and Addendums (in the banks favor)? All of these issues come up on the foreclosre and auctioned property.
Consult a Realtor and let them do the work for you. Buyer's Agents represnt the buyer at No Charge to you.... more
You are asking about the "move-up" credit, rather than the "first time homebuyer", correct? The last repondant was correct that you should verify with a tax preparer/accountant and your attorney for your particular case, but the general guideline is that you must have owed your former property or properties for 5 of the last 8 years. (If you are filing jointly and one of you owned a property for less than 5 of the last 8 years that was sold, you may not qualify. Check with your financial advisor.) Your income as a couple cannot exceed $225,000, and as a single, $150,000. The maximum price on the new residence, however, can be upwards of $800,000 (I can't remember the EXACT figure on the home price - A little help, fellow REALTORS?). Please remember that the $6500 figure is the upper limit of your potential credit. Depending on income, cost of the property, etc., you may qualify for less.
Just to brag about my fellow professionals a bit here - The National Association of Realtors was highly instrumental in getting information on the effectiveness of the tax credit to our lawmakers. In very high numbers, we individual REALTORS contacted our legislators. We strongly pushed for the extension of the first time homebuyer credit and the expansion of the credit to benefit move up buyers. As of last May, Capital Hill was VERY reluctant to even consider extending the credit because they didn't see the value in it. We made sure they knew it was working - and why.... more
The credit is available to either someone who hasn't owned a home within the last 3 years, considered a first time buyer (which appears to exclude you) or someone who owned a home for 5 consecutive years during the last 8. So, if you owned the same home from 2001 or 2002 to 2007 you should be eligible, as long as you owned it for a full, consecutive five years. You should call your agent and ask them- they know your situation and should be able to provide specific answers.... more
In the Berkshires, the "forms" are different than those used elsewhere. It sounds like you ended up "out of contract" because you didn't meet the deadlines stipulated in your Purchase and Sale Agreement. These dates and deadlines are legally binding. If you are out of contract, the seller can keep your deposits as liquidated damages, and is free to accept another offer from another party - very attractive if they have another buyer waiting in the wings willing to pay more than you were. Did you use a local real estate professional as YOUR buyer agent , protecting your interests? Do you have a local real estate attorney? Dagmar's and Wendy's responses are right on. Use the professionals and their expertise.
The property itself may not be lost to you, but before you apply for financing elsewhere, you will need to be under contract with a fully executable purchase and sale agreement. It may mean renegotiating with this seller and drawing up new documents. They are under no obligation to honor the terms upon which you previously agreed. Make sure you are fully aware of all deadlines. When in doubt, clarify. If you don't, as you have found out, the results can be a very expensive legal lesson and a big disappointment.... more