Date Archives: December 2011


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As the year winds down we all begin to make plans for the coming year. Some of those may include making a move, either to a new part of the country, or just to another part of town.  Your first step should be to contact one of our Jones Group REALTORS® for advice.  Perhaps your home is move-in ready for that perfect buyer, or maybe you would prefer to just sell it "as-is."  If your home is a little dated, or has had its share of "living," some de-cluttering and a little paint will go a long way.  Read advice from The Massachusetts Association REALTORS®.


Jones Group REALTOR® and author of Challenge Your Taxes (Wiley 1998), Jim Lumley was recently quoted in a Greenfield Recorder article. "Property taxes are more a function of how much money a community, municipality/and/or county need to operate.  As state and federal dollars previously spent for local needs shrink, communities must often make up the difference with property taxes."

 You may take several steps to ensure that your home assessment is accurate.

     1.  Visit your town website and examine information about your property.

     2.  Evaluate your neighborhood. How does your home compare to your neighbors'?

     3.  Contact a Jones Group REALTOR® about current values, market trends or request a professional market analysis of your property. 

 To learn more about your current home value contact Jones Group REALTORS® in our Amherst, Northampton and Belchertown offices.  Read more information from the Greenfield Recorder article. 


 Thinking of making a move in 2012?  Is your current home feeling a little cramped, or are you ready for less upkeep and ready to downsize?  Begin your search now and you will not only get a good sense of the exterior assets of the property, but also how you will live in the space during the winter months.  Our Jones Group REALTORS® in our NorthamptonAmherst and Belchertown offices are Buyer's agents and are ready to give you a tour! Find an agent. Just give us a call or go online and request a showing.