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January
30

BUYER REPRESENTATION. With Spring just six weeks away, Buyers are looking now! Our Jones Team from our Amherst,Belchertown and Northampton offices are qualified to guide you through the Home Buying process. Our Jones Agents/Advisors are Buyer's Representives. How does this work?  The Multiple Listing Service (MLS)  is a cooperative marketing system set up byREALTORS® to facilitate real estate transactions.  Under this arrangement, REALTORS® register listings in a central listing service.  With this service any REALTOR® regardless of their agency affiliation, is able to sell any house listed by an MLS participating agency.

If you are a prospective Home Buyer and you have been working with a REALTOR® as your Designated Buyer's Agent, the agent is working for you as your representative.  As your REALTOR®, the agent understands your personal needs and narrows in on what you are looking for, and he/she should always be the one you call for information on any house that you see, regardless of who has the listing.  When you attend an open house, be sure to tell the agent hosting the open house, that you are working with your REALTOR®, or when you drive by a house, see a home online, or in the newspaper that interests you, it is always best to contact your REALTOR® and let them make the arrangements to show you the property.  Your REALTOR® will represent you in the transaction and will look out for your best interests.

With over 55 years of providing outstanding real estate services throughout the Upper Pioneer Valley, you can rest assured that every complicated transaction has been solved using our local experience and expertise resulting in success. Jones Group REALTORS® takes pride and assumes the responsibility of being the area's largest independent real estate company…

Year after year, first in listings, first in sales.

January
22

New mortgage rules have arrived!  New consumer protections are in place while making the lending environment more transparent. National Association of REALTORS (NAR) President, Chris Polychron, states "These regulations will go a long way to protecting consumers from receiving loans that may be inappropriate for them and gives them additional legal protections." The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, Richard Cordray acknowledges concern that the new rules could further constrain credit in an already tight lending environment. Read more from NAR's News Release. 

If you are considering applying for a mortgage in 2014, these tips from ABC News Business can help you with your mortgage decisions.  

Check out all of the Tips from ABC News Business. 

Realtor.com offers more advice and what NOT to do before you purchase a home here. On February 9th, the Boston Globe ran this helpful article in its Globe Magazine.

Our Jones Agent/Advisors have CONNECTIONS to help you achieve home-ownership!