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Berkshire County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Oct 7, 2009
Dagmar Kubes answered:
absolutely, there are numerous well managed vacation communities in the Berkshies, located usualy near skiing, ofierring a lake, pool, gym and some time even the club-house. The prices vary depending on the house, but without the doubt, under 500K can be found.
Also, you will find a charming lake in the midst of practicaly every Berkshire town, so it'll eventualy depends on the house, that will best suit your needs.
Call or e-mail me directly with your criteria, I'll send you my picks of the available homes for start, and we can start searching together as soon as you are ready.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dagmar Kubes
Assoc. Broker, ABR
Century 21 Franklin Street
413 528-6485
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Mon Mar 23, 2009
Scott A. Nelson answered:
You should really sit down with a mortgage profesional familiar with those programs. Ask friends, family, colleagues for reccomendations of mortgage people they have used & been happy with. There are alot of very specific requirements for many mortgage programs out there & they're constantly evolving. You could go on the state website & contact the program administrator & ask for companies they work closely with. They should have a list of lenders participating.

Hope that helps,
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Vera Cartier answered:
Look in the south and the east side....stay away from the north and west sides.
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Dagmar Kubes answered:
Sorry, I specialize in South Berkshire County, Mass. area Real Estate covering vast area from So. Egremont through Lenox, MA and North Adams is a completely foreigh territory for me and much out of my area of expertise.
Contacting an agency in Adams or North Adams should give you more info.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Bob Waters answered:
Based on how long you have had the property, you may have encountered at least one agent at the time you bought the property. If your agent or the original listing agent did a good job, try to find them first. If this does not apply, you should interview at least 3 full time agents who have a track record of success, is versed in properties with similar value to yours and that can give your home the attention it deserves. While I work for a large broker and have the skills it would take to represent your property if you were in my area, I am one of the few that could say and prove that.
In your case you may need an agent from a specialty/boutique broker. You could also ask friends and neighbors who they used or call local brokers and discuss your specific situation and ask them to send the agent they think is the best suited for you. You should have a series of questions that you would want an agent to answer or to incorporate in their listing presentation.
One critical question for you to ask should be "how many listings do you have at this time?". One of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make, who have special properties, is to look for a local agent that is #1 in their area as determined by some measure. There is always more than one number 1. One number one agent here has 75-80 listings at any one time. I would suggest that you would not want to be 1 of 75.
I believe you will immediately recognize the agent you want when you speak and meet with him/her. Once you do, develop a plan with that agent which includes your needs for updates and then let the professional do their job. I am confident that you will be impressed with the job your agent will do for you.
Good Luck!!
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Wed May 4, 2011
Christopher Lawton answered:
Go to Realtor .com and use your zip code, this will give you a wide list of Realtors in your area!

Good Luck and Remember to stage the property first so you can sell first!

Staging Your Home Checklist
· Remove all clutter from the house. · Are countertops free and clear? · Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house? · Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.
· Check the bathrooms. · Are the surfaces clean and clear? · Are shower curtains and doors hung properly? · Is the flooring clean and fresh? · Are towels neatly hung?
· Check the walls. · Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean? · Are the walls free from holes? · Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?
· Check the floors. · Is the carpet clean and free from stains? · Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?
· Check windows and window coverings. · Are all the windows clean? · Are draperies and blinds clean?
· Pet check. · Are there any signs that this is a pet's home? Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding.
· How's the aroma? · Try to air out the home prior to showings. · If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
· Set the mood prior to showings. · Open draperies and blinds. · Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low. · If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.
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Sun Oct 4, 2009
Jonathan Bowen answered:
Not much like the pitcher for the Red Sox. I think it's because Josh has an extra T.
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Wed Sep 8, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
There's no magic number, either in the past or today. Offering 20% less may result in a great buy (if accepted), or--if the property's overpriced--may not be a good deal at all. Same with 30%. As other agents will advise, first you need to know the comps. List price means very little; it may or may not be close to the real market value. Good agents will set the list price at or slightly below the comps, but there are a lot of other agents out there, and a lot of owners looking for yesterday's higher prices. So, don't focus on the list price. Focus on comps--the recently solds.

Second, regarding "insulting the owner," get over it. So what? You come in low, and the owner has 3 choices: (1) accept, (2) counter, or (3) reject. If he accepts, fine. (Except that means you could have gotten it for less.) If he counters, fine; that means you're in the ballpark. And if he rejects, then you move on.

You're not competing for Miss Congeniality. You're trying to buy a house. Base your offer on the comps, and then, if you wish, go below those.
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Jonathan Bowen answered:
Hi Nancy, I have access to the MLS which has a ton of sold data and can answer most if not any questions you have. Feel free to contact me. With regards, Jon
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Wed Jun 9, 2010
Jon Ernest answered:
I think you're right in the right range if you build it up from scratch, and use average finishes and what not. If you're looking to build from the ground up, I would highly reccomend looking into some prefab options. The prefab industry has improved by leaps and bounds in quality and efficiency, and it could potentially save you some scratch in the end...

I know it has a negative association with it, but there are plenty of million dollar homes that are actually prefab and you'd never know it... Unfortunately I don't have any good links to give, perhaps someone with a little more prefab experience can guide you in the right path...
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Tue Jan 12, 2010
Durenda Fachtmann CEC CRS GRI answered:

Have your relatives contact a real estate agent in the area you want to live to explain your situation.

The agent will probably call you, to get an idea of what you would like (your parameters).

Once the agent has an idea of what you want he/she can email you and your relatives the available homes that meet your parameters. And then show your relatives your choices. The agent may even suggest some additional choices.

In the meantime, if you need a loan to purchase your house, the agent will probably have you speak with a loan officer or mortgage broker to start your loan process.

Once you have decided on the home you want, your offer can be faxed or scanned and emailed to you for signature. Any counter back and forth may be handled by phone or email.

Once you have a contract. A "mail away" closing can be arranged. All documents to close your transaction can be expressed to you for signature and notary.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Melissa Mancini answered:
Hi Rebecca,

The first step would be to get qualified for a mortgage. A lender won’t even look at an offer unless it is accompanied by proof of financing. Next, ask around to your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors on who they would recommend as a Buyer Agent to represent you and to help locate these types of properties for you. Good luck!! ... more
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Jon Ernest answered:
Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with your area (I've driven through from bennington VT to get to 90), so I can't really answer your question with facts or anything..... but I LOVE giving away my opinion....

Wanna know how to make a real killing in Real Estate? Put together and run one of those seminars. Unless you want to go to network, save your money for those upcomming overhead costs and invest in a couple of books...
If in order to learn, you need someone else presenting the information with a structure... Take a class to get your real estate license. It will give you usefull unbiased insight to real estate (State Laws, Mortgages, etc). And you can get it done in a weekend if you wanted to (24 class hours last time I checked, gawd bless Massachusetts)...

Once you get a couple of good ones under your belt, rent out a space to tell people how you did it, and charge em $2,000.00 a head, it sounds like it's hard to find these seminars in your area (open niche!!!)

Best of luck!
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Greg Kiely answered:

That's a very difficult question to answer because only one condo has been on the market in the last 6 months in Pittsfield. It was listed for $93.00 a square foot and it did not sell. Check here for more info: ... more
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Mon Aug 10, 2009
Melissa Mancini answered:
Hi N.I,

Kendra Garcia is an agent out of Easton who speaks spanish. Contact her so she can pre-interview agents in this area for you. Her number is 508-230-8600. I hope this helps!
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Fri Sep 14, 2007
Rob Goodwin, Broker/Owner,ABR,CRS,e-PRO,GRI,SRES answered:
Good evening Joann:

2nd Qtr 2007 stats from multiple listing of solds:

Median Price: $208,500
Average Price: $260,557


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