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This custom built Colonial, lovingly maintained by the original owner is set on a beautiful corner lot in a desirable South Amherst neighborhood representing a fantastic value with over 2,600 square feet.  Upstairs you will find three bedrooms and a full bath plus another bedroom which is a private master suite with a full bath.  Downstairs boasts an entry foyer with wainscoting and slate flooring, living room with fireplace, formal dining room with Pella bay window and oak flooring.  You will enjoy the lovely 4-season sunroom with ceramic tile behind French doors, a welcoming custom kitchen with ceramic tile that opens to a cozy family room outfitted with a fireplace, wide-board pine floors, a Pella bay window and a tiled half bath. Custom features include pocket doors, custom closet storage, forced air heat that purifies the air and controls humidity plus central air-conditioning. The oversized 2-car garage is attached via a handsome covered walkway with a wide staircase leading to storage. The yard is partially fenced-in for pets and play featuring many flowering and mature plantings around the brick patio. This Home is an entertainer's dream inside and out! Click this link for more information on 4 Barry Circle, Amherst, MA 01002 listed by Brad Spry. 


The Jones Library is one of Amherst's finest treasures. Our REALTORS® were treated to a tour this week discovering the many offerings of our library including the Special Collections room where an extensive assemblage in the fields of local and regional history, genealogy and Amherst authors are housed, offers a display area plus a comfortable research room.  Additionally, we viewed an amazing fiber arts display from the Fiber Artists of Western Mass entitled Rivers Flow.  Community artists and crafts people may display their work at the Burnett Gallery.

Additionally, we toured the children's room, the audio books and CDs area, the resource room, the meeting room, and an area for young adult readers.  The library provides computers, internet access, DVDs and e-books. On-line with your library subscription you may access numerous periodicals such as Kiplinger's, National Geographic and Martha Stewarts's Living, just to name a few.

The Jones Library is in need of contributions for new books for the coming year of 2015. Your monetary donation allows them to take advantage of their significant discount towards books. Visit the Jones Library online or stop in for a visit. 



Sunderland serenity can be yours in this beautifully renovated 4000+  square foot home set in an idyllic 13 acre location on the side of Mount Toby which is part of the Metacomet Ridge. Inside you will appreciate the wide-plank pine flooring, stunning cook's kitchen with 6-burner Wolf gas cooktop and double oven, local soap stone counters and hearth with wood-burning fireplace.  A warm feeling is created with the rough-hewn wood beams throughout the kitchen and hearth area.  The family room has a fireplace plus a lovely reclaimed mantle and built-ins. The gracious living room, dining room, mud room and guest room with 3/4 bath complete the 1st floor. Upstairs has a master suite with walk-in closet, laundry room and travertine-tiled master bath with claw foot soaking tub overlooking the mountain views plus  a tiled shower. Upstairs is completed by 2 spacious bedrooms and renovated full bath. The third floor offers an open bonus room with unlimited potential, half bath and stunning views.  The basement has a large workshop, built-ins and both a newer propane-fired furnace and a wood-burning one.  Take in the VIEWS, trails and skiing, yet you are only minutes from Amherst and  Interstate 91. This is a must-see, one-of-a-kind sanctuary at 32 North Bears Den, Sunderland, Massachusetts. For a private tour contact The Hamel Team at 413-549-3700.

Luxury Portfolio provides a robust menu of marketing services, tools, advertising and partnerships designed to showcase Jones Group REALTORS' $750,000+ properties. This "network within the LeadingRE network" includes the most respected luxury real estate brands in the business and features more luxury properties on its website than any other luxury network.  

Interested in selling your Luxury property in 2015? Contact a JONES GROUP REALTOR® today for a comprehensive market analysis.



The weather outside is frightful, and it's time to sell your home!  Should you keep your home on the market during the holidays?  During these chilly winter months, home buyers are looking on-line in the comfort of their own homes.  So, why not keep it on the market?  Here are some tips for selling your home during the holiday season:

Decorate, but don't overdo.  Keep your holiday décor to a tasteful minimum making sure to avoid clutter.  Keep the architectural features and assets of your home visible.

Professional Photos.  Your on-line photos are the most important representation of your home to prospective buyers.  Flattering photos using a high quality digital SLR camera brings out the best in every home.  Pretty photos of your holiday home may often be shared on social media, such as Facebook and Pinterest.  Your Jones agent will go that extra mile to bring your home's best characteristics to the forefront of the audience.

Videos.  Placing a video tour of your home on You Tube brings your home to a wider audience.  Our Jones agents have utilized a new cutting-edge video program allowing for actual still photos, as well as live video to be integrated together capturing the essence of the home, inside and out.

Buyer Deadline.  Some home buyers may have a deadline to be out of their homes or into a new job before the spring market.  In the 5 College Area, many prospective hires in the colleges and university begin touring the area in January.

Incentives.  If you are under a deadline to sell your home in the winter months, it might be time to consider offering some incentives.  Some examples are offering closing costs, concessions for new appliances, carpet or other cosmetic upgrades, or offering the first 6 months in condo fees.

A Welcoming Appeal.  Make sure your walkway is shoveled and that the lights are turned on for showings.  Turn up the thermostat, have a fire going in the fireplace or wood stove and bake cookies.  The home should be warm and inviting to prospective buyers so that they will want to linger.

Competition.  There are fewer homes on the market creating less competition.  Your home will stand out and be viewed more on-line over the winter months. 

Relax and enjoy your holiday season.  Since this is the last holiday season on your home, enjoy it!  Invite family and friends for gatherings, bake that turkey dinner and look forward to the next chapter in your life! 


Many Homes hitting the market will have been occupied for at least 15 years or more by aging baby boomers.  Making the Home appeal to younger buyers will require cleaning out and staging to make the home stand out among the competing homes on the market. According to the National Association of REALTORS, "As more Millennial's (generation under the age of 33), enter the market and baby boomers downsize, the generation gap between buyers and sellers will further drive market conditions. Younger home buyers make up the largest groups of today's consumers.   Millennial's and slightly older Generation X represent over 60 percent of today's home buyers."

The younger buyer generally desires a move-in ready home.  Many do not have the resources to make repairs or handle major renovations.  Aging homes should be spiffed up with fresh neutral paint and uncluttered so that the buyer may envision themselves in the home.   Some staging will help, even if it only requires rearranging some pieces to create better flow in the home.  If you, the seller is planning to purchase newer furniture for your next home, why not enjoy it for before you sell your home?  Eliminating dated furniture pieces, or a large dining room table will make the home more appealing to the Millennial or Generation X buyer. Check out this article on everything the young buyer is looking for in a new home from BankRate. 

If you are planning a move in spring of 2015, you may wish to prepare your home to sell now.  Contact one of our qualified REALTORS® who can help with ideas on how to make your home market ready.  Our REALTORS® have been in the business for many years and know what all buyers are looking for. Our professionals can identify what home improvement investments will add value to your home and which ones will not.  A no-cost consultation with a Jones REALTOR® will give you all the market information you will need before you list your home.  Contact a Jones REALTOR® for a free market consultation.

This happy family just bought their first home working with Kim Wojcik from our Belchertown office.