Berkshire County, MA Market Watch Report, By Sandy Carroll

Berkshire County, MA Market Watch Report, By Sandy Carroll

We’d like to share news about the current state of the Berkshire’s real estate market. Last year, the real estate market continued to settle since our all time record high of dollars transacted in 2005, and everyone has been trying to predict the exact “bottom of the market” to help made sound decisions. Berkshire County, Massachusetts land, multi-family and residential sales showed strong numbers in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the previous year. This strong pace slowed in 2nd quarter of 2011, and all markets except commercial showed losses when compared to the 2nd Quarter in 2010. The 3rd quarter sales reflect another adjustment and rebound that helped make up the 2nd quarter lags, yet was not enough to boost overall year-to-date sales...

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City of Pittsfield Ordinance Takes Effect 1/1/12

City of Pittsfield Ordinance Takes Effect 1/1/12

The implementation of City of Pittsfield Blight reglations is January 1, 2012. Owners of multifamily units, vacant properties or non-owner occupied residential properties (including foreclosed homes or single family rentals) shall register on an annual basis with the City of Pittsfield. There are many requirements to this new regulation, so please see the following information for more specifics. Further, we've received clarification that the exterior posting requirement is to only affect rental properties (any number of units). Please see the copy of the letter sent to known property owners, real estate agents and our board office. Included in the letter are hyperlinks directly to the online registration form, FAQs and the full ordinance.

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Help Families in Need At Thanksgiving

Help Families in Need At Thanksgiving

As the holidays quickly approach we reflect on all that we are so thankful for and our thoughts turn to those in Berkshire County who are less fortunate than ourselves.  REACT (Real Estate Agents Charitable Task Force) is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Gift Card distribution this year. The donation amount is $25 per card sponsored.  All funds collected will be used to purchase gift cards from BigY for distribution to food banks, veterans and human service agencies throughout the County. Your donation can be made here, by calling the Board Office at 413-442-8049 or by mailing a check to the Board Office:  99 West Street, Ste 200, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please consider supporting this very worthwhile cause!  If you have any questions you can contact Sue at the Board...

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HEADS-UP! Realtor.com Makes Major Marketing Changes

HEADS-UP! Realtor.com Makes Major Marketing Changes

Realtor.com is making major changes to their lead generation products that surround free property displays.  This program is called “Connections” and agents can now purchase zipcode leads, for listings that are not enhanced with a paid product (agent or broker package). If you pay for an enhansed package, all leads will continue to go directly to you.  All members have the ability to “buy” zip code leads, provided they are in the same MLS. If you pay to enhance your listings on Realtor.com, your listings will not change (but you have additional marketing opportunities) If you do NOT pay to enhance your listing on Realtor.com, your free listing display will significantly change. Inman News had a great article about this with screen...

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Eternal Cosmic Wisdom

Eternal Cosmic Wisdom

Berkshire motivational speaker and ukulele player, Jerry Posner, recently released his latest book.  It is available on Amazon.com. Deep, lighthearted, profound and fun … all the the same time! But most of all – practical. – Jerry Posner Kindle Version Hardcover Version Share...

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Zillow Acquires IDX Vendor: Diverse Solutions

Zillow Acquires IDX Vendor: Diverse Solutions

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), today announced it has acquired substantially all the assets of Diverse Solutions, an Irvine, Calif.-based company that helps real estate agents market their businesses and improve their personal websites, for approximately $7.8 million in cash and stock. Diverse Solutions’ software services include providing listings content and property search functionality for the Web and mobile platforms. With this acquisition, Zillow® adds another key set of tools to help agents grow their businesses and enhance their online presence. What Does It Mean? In FBS Blog (FlexMLS) by Michael Wurzer Zillow announced today that it acquired IDX vendor Diverse Solutions for $7.8 million in cash and stock.  I’m interested in learning what others think...

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The End of Business as Usual

The End of Business as Usual

Normally, I don't promote a book that I haven't read yet, but I make an exception for Brian Solis' book, "The End of Business As Usual". I'm compelled to share this book, because I'm a big fan of Brian's brain... his website is full of free and compelling content and his take on business use of social media is incredibly on target. His posts always inspire me to think about technology and online interaction as it relates to our business of service - our customers, our clients and ourselves...

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