RE Business News

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

Preserve Confidentiality Information in the Simplest of Ways

It’s come up several times this week that agents have been sending email messages to other agents or attorneys that contain previous ‘conversation’ threads with their client. For example, a buyer’s agent has an email back-and-forth with their buyer client about making an offer. The price strategy is discussed – and then the REALTOR uses

Board Office Closed for Thanksgiving

We’d like to give a great big shout-out to you, our members.  We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with so many fabulous people day in and day out.  Thank you! The Board Office will be closed next week on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.  We hope you all have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Watch Out for CraigsList Rental Scams

They’re backkkk… we’ve had a new reports of the Craigslist scam in the Berkshires!  A scammer copies listing information from a for-sale website, and places the home “for rent” on Cragislist. The rentals price is often an amazing deal and the renter is required to send deposit monies to secure their rental.  The problem is
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Proper Permits?

Q:    My seller-client is unsure if proper permits were obtained for finishing his basement. What should I advise my seller, and what are my disclosure requirements? A. The State Building Code requires a building permit for “construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, demolition, removal or change in use or occupancy of buildings and structures.” Local bylaws or

Quick New Agent Skills Survey

The New Agent Training Work group needs your help!  They are developing punch-list of skills and information that all agents need to know when first starting in the business (under 5 years, and developing ways to convey that information in a compelling way,  This business has a big learning curve,but you can help narrow our

Chili Photos and Results

Thank you all, for those attending the Annual Meeting and/or Charitable Chili Cookoff  I want you to know that for every dollar raised today and tonight, whether in ticket sales or raffle tickets or straight donations, all of the proceeds will be given to Moment House in dedication and in honor of Tim Jack Carroll and Dawn Farley…. at current tally, we’ve raised $4,250.  Our hearts were on fire with giving.  We packed the house.

Thank the following for their contribution and participation – without their wonderful chilis we wouldn’t be able to offer this charitable event.  Also thanks to Rob Dwyer, DJ (and those wonderful REALTOR dancers that made the party fun!), and to all of the REALTORS and offices that donated THE most amazing gift baskets for our raffle. WOWZA.

  • First-time chili challenger, Roman’s Restaurant and Cuchifritos located on Tyler St in Pittsfield is bringing some Puerto Rican flare to the charitable chili cook-off this year.  They offer authentic Puerto Rican food, with a Newyorican and Caribbean Fusion – and they are known for the best Cubans in town! They brought it to the cook-off… walking away with two awards of the evening… Best Presentation and overall Fan Favorite! I think it was the pickles. Pickles you say?! Yes! Go get their cuban sandwich and you’ll understand.
  • The Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox MA has been with the Chili Cook-off since we started 6 years ago, winning several years – and taking the Blazing Saddle award last year. They are also the annual host of one of our Battle of the Bartender fundraisers, so this tavern really goes out of its way for the community. The “Heritage” offers great homemade food in a casual atmosphere… and at non-Lenox prices – it’s where the locals go when they want to relax.  John McNinch is a huge supporter of ours, slinging drinks at the Battle of the Bartender each spring and dishing up hot, hot, hot chili each fall.  This year, John and his team walked away with the Blazing Saddles award.


  • We’re betting that Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs is going to bring another delicious delight to the Charitable Chili Cook-off again this year. The drive to Hinsdale is worth it – their food is just deliciously homemade at reasonable prices.  They also have a mobile trailer for summer charcoal city BBQ catering services.  Their chili was so good, good enough in this tight competition to win for best “Outside the Pot”.  And they brought candy bags to share with the big crowd. What’s not to love?


  • Back again – we’ve got Tavern at the A kickin in their chili awesomeness.  Head up to the Berkshire Hills Golf Course in Pittsfield and you’ll find the Tavern at the A on Crane Ave.  In addition to great bar food, they often have live bands, trivia nights, open mic, and karaoke nights. They also have two Pool tables. Keno and patio seating when it’s nice. They had the most wonderful tasting vegetarian chili that still “tasted” like a hearty chili that warms you up on a cool evening.  It was savory and delicious and so, so satisfying.


  • When you think Malaysia, do you think CHILI? Well you should! Flavours is bringing their exotic spices to our event, and we couldn’t be happier. This place in Pittsfield next to the Beacon Cinema gets RAVE REVIEWS for Mama’s Malaysian cooking. It’s authentic and just wonderful.  All food is freshly cooked to order, so there are lots of gluten free, vegan or vegetarian options as well as their mainstays. Their chili as outstanding as their daily fare, just the right combo of meat and heat!


  • It wouldn’t be one of our Charitable Chili Cook-offs without Patrick’s Pub.   We are so looking forward to some of their outstanding chili! Located on our beautiful Park Square in downtown Pittsfield – stop by and say Hi.  They have been here since 1985, because of their commitment to good food and service.  It’s a casual place with a full bar and private rooms for special events. They are always a crowd favorite.


  • Salmon Run Fish House!!! Joining our Chili Cookoff for another year is this wonderful Lee Ma restaurant. While they are known for outstanding seafood (especially salmon and their Maine Lobstah roll) they have a diverse menu that is sure to please all tastes. Slow Roasted Prime Rib Friday and Saturday, and $10 lunch special so stop by! And their chili was so delish – thank you.
  • The luck of Irish was with ye Paddy’s on Main. First time competitors for our Chili Cookoff, they are located in Dalton MA.  Excellent food in a pub atmosphere with pub prices. They have some fun entertainment each night too, so check out their facebook page to plan your visit. They brought the YUM!

Smoke / CO Inspections

A couple of things about smoke and CO inspections… first, they last for 60 days, so please DO NOT WAIT until the last week before closing to rush for this certificate.  Typically you should know several weeks before closing that the transaction will take place, and that is the time to schedule the inspection.  It
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