Housing Market Improves in all 50 States

The number of U.S. housing markets showing improvement expanded for the sixth month in a row in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. A total of 259 metropolitan areas in 50 states and the District of the Columbia have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment, and house prices for at least six consecutive months. A total of 20 new metros joined the list and three were dropped from it this month. Newly added metros include such geographically diverse locations as Rome, Ga.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Racine, Wis. “The fact that all 50 states now have at least one metro on the improving list shows that the housing recovery has...

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Banker & Tradesman Residential RE seminar

Banker & Tradesman Residential RE seminar

The housing market has officially turned a corner – sales are up, prices are up! In fact, home sales in Massachusetts reached the highest level in six years in 2012. But now everyone is wondering, “Will this last?” There is a lot of talk about low inventory driving up prices, and whether the recovery is sustainable. We are teaming up with some of the most connected real estate analysts who can answer these questions. Join us for the Banker & Tradesman Residential Real Estate Outlook Seminar, where the brightest and most well-informed real estate industry insiders will gather to discuss the future of the local market. Be a part of this important gathering by registering...

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E-mail Could Be Binding | Realtor Magazine

E-mail Could Be Binding | Realtor Magazine

Ouch. Reminder that Mass. broke ground with supreme court ruling that made email messages binding for home purchase. Do you use a disclaimer when negotiating electronically? Read Full Story   Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint

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Real Estate Connect Videos Now Available

Real Estate Connect is an incredible biannual event held by Inman news.  This past event held in NYC last week was a great success, judging from the blog posts and buzz.  Inman has released some video highlights of the program, for anyone who is interested… Keynote: Chris Smith & Katie Lance: Diving into the Mind of Today’s “Free Agent” http://shar.es/WN7r4 [incredible ground-breaking data revealed] New Kids on the Block: 5 New Start-Ups To Keep an Eye On  http://shar.es/WNqMV Keynote: Fireside Chat with Evernote CEO, Phil Libin (and Chris Smith) http://shar.es/WNtrZ Keynote: Jason Baptiste – CEO of Onswipe “How Tablet Publishing is Transforming the Way We Consume Media” http://shar.es/WNttv  Share...

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Here we go again with Patent Infringement Issues

Here we go again with Patent Infringement Issues

After settling the patent infringment case about property map searching based on map, [Berkshire MLS paid selttlement to license this type of searching for all members], we learn of a new batch of lawsuits filed by Earthcomber (including NAR) They have patented technology that aides mobile device users in locating special interests nearby, by users manual entry of ZIP code or current intersection rather than through GPS or triangulation. Earthcomber files patent lawsuits against 12 real estate companies – AGBeat. Share...

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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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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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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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MLS Statistics: Available as a WordPress Widget

I thought I'd share a few Wordpress widgets for FlexMLS users... below you can see a sample of some of the cool, dynamically generated content that is available for an annual fee, directly from our vendor. For complete information, please see the FlexMLS page dedicated to Wordpress widgets

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Best Blog is in Berkshire!

Best Blog is in Berkshire!

Our recent Massachusetts REALTOR Awards banquet offered a nice suprise… Marlene Goldstein, Broker-Owner of Berkshire County Homes Real Estate in  was named as runner up of ”Best Real Estate Blogs in MA”. Woot-woot to Marlene for offering home seller and buyers such great tips to help the in the transaction process! Berkshire Country Homes , LLC, 34 Silver Street, Great Barrington. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint

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Sold & Pending Reporting for 3rd Quarter Stats

Sold & Pending Reporting for 3rd Quarter Stats

Calling all REALTORS – Please take a moment to enter all of your pending and closed real estate transaction data into the MLS database. I will be pulling data for a 3rd Quarter Market Report shortly and need all of the recent sales figures for the most accurate statistics possible. Thank you! (direct link to the 2nd quarter report) Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint

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