Berkshire Market Watch Report

There is good news to be found in the Berkshire County Real Estate 2017 Year End Market Watch Report.  Year-to-date sales reflect positive market momentum.  The dollar volume of real estate sales is up 13% and the number of transactions sold is up 8%. The number of residential homes, multi-family homes, land parcels, condos and commercial properties sold rose compared to sales last year.

2016 2017
All Sales $ Sold # Sold $ Sold # Sold
North $52,010,146 329 $59,108,843 362
Central $154,044,816 785 $156,494,270 829
South $204,459,804 578 $250,059,154 642
Grand Total $410,514,766 1692 $465,662,267 1833

Read the full report: 2017 Quarter Market Watch

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2017 Year End Market Watch Report

Past Editions:2016 Year End Market Watch Report | 2015 Year End Market Watch2014 Year End Market Watch | 2013 Year in Review Report | 2012 Year in Review Report| 2011 Year in Review Report 

Berkshire Realtors’ Housing Summit, 2018!

Get Ready – We’ve got an AWESOME event in the works… we are still working on the details, but we want you to save the date now for SEPTEMBER 20th!  We are happy to share that have planned a major Berkshire Realtors’ 2018 Housing Summit at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield to offer an opportunity for legislators, town leaders, housing practitioners and the general public to get the latest information on our market, exchange ideas to overcome challenges and build relationships to support a healthy housing market and ultimately a healthy Berkshire economy.

We are still in the planning stages for the detailed agenda but are hoping to secure an AMAZING keynote speaker for this event.  It’s important now, because we know that every successful region has dynamic and diverse neighborhoods with a mix of housing opportunities, legislation that supports a well-balanced housing market, and protection of private property rights for all.  And we need to work together with committed individuals at this crossroad.  Our Housing Summit will:

  • Update and inform the housing community about the current housing state of affairs;
  • Engage participants with different viewpoints in positive conversations;
  • Provide targeted information on barriers to housing production or housing in general;
  • Advise policy makers and housing providers about necessary local changes; and
  • Promote opportunities for action to help our Berkshire housing market.

Community Stakeholders to Be Invited:

  • Legislators on the local, state and national levels.
  • MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, MA Office of HUD
  • Town Managers, Councils, and Local Housing Authorities and Trusts
  • Regional Housing Authorities, Boards and Associations.
  • Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, MassHousing, MA Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s
  • Real Estate Professionals, Area Builders & Lenders and Interested Members of the General Public

If you have suggestions or input, please send a message and she will make sure the Government Affairs or Leadership working on the details see it!

First Time Home Buyer Education: March 24th and 31st

Do you have a First Time Home Buyer who is thinking about purchasing a home with a special First Time Home Buyer Mortgage who still needs to attend the required First Time Home Buyer Education course?  Berkshire Fund, Inc is offering a First Time Home Buyer Workshop to introduce buyers to the home buying process.

2018 Berkshire MA Property Tax Rates

Staff has updated the 2018 property tax rates for cities and towns in Berkshire County.  A quick reference copy and historical rates can be found on our Property Tax Page).  FYI, as noted, Otis and Peru don’t have their rate approved yet. You can also download the 2018 Property Tax Rates PDF now.

Get a jump on the new year, please report solds.

The third quarter market watch hit a few snags, so we’re hoping to bounce back with a timely year end review… and reporting of sales is the most important step.  Please get a jump start before turning off for the holiday and report anything through to the end of the year – Thank you!

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse: Connecticut Concrete Could Affect Massachusetts Homeowners

According to reports issued by the state of Connecticut over the past two years, a company called Becker Quarry in Willington sold pyrrhotite-contaminated stone to the now defunct JJ Mottes concrete company from 1983 until 2017, when they agreed to stop.  Connecticut homeowners have been faced with failing foundations and the costs associated to repair their

No Signage Allowed in Becket Estates

Thank you, Ann Spadafora, for sharing with the Board Office an email received from the Becket Estates Board of Directors.  The Board has advised that according to Bylaws and newly written rules and regulations of the Association, no signage is permitted. If you have a listing in Becket Estates that currently has a for sale
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