Buying A Home

Harsch Real Estate|Preparing Your Home For Winter- An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

Get ready for winter. For owners of Berkshire homes that will be vacant over the coming winter months, it is strongly advised that an individual or service company be hired to routinely check on the home or condo to insure everything remains in working order.

When Is The Right Time To Buy A House

To Buy or not to Buy…That is the Question

Buying a house is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The debate between knowing when to rent and when to take the “buying plunge” is one of life’s many obstacles. Young, first-time owners may go back and forth between choosing to sign another lease or invest in their own home. [...]

Real Estate Berkshires- Paying the cost to be the boss unexpected expenses

Purchasing a Williamstown, Lenox, Stockbridge or Great Barrington home soon?  Unexpected costs at the closing table.

Williamstown real estate agent| Seller's of property disclosure form high priority

Seller’s Property Disclosure Forms  –   Make This A High Priority

There is a push pull going on right now over the use of seller property disclosure forms in Berkshire County and surrounding areas in Vermont and New York where we are licensed to conduct our real estate business. Some attorneys have been advising their seller clients not to [...]

Berkshire Home Sale: How to optimize the sale of your home.

How to Optimize the Outcome of your Berkshire home sale in a challenging market

  1. Check your own motivation for selling your home in the Berkshires. Unless you are sincere and have a strong reason for selling you would likely be wasting your time. Selling in hopes of making a huge profit is not an indication of motivation. That is
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Real Estate Agents and Doctors Have a Common Trait

What trait do real estate agents and doctors have in common?  Both are obligated to do no harm to their clients.  The Hippocratic Oath is taken by all physicians.  First and foremost this document states the physician "shall do no harm."  Real estate agents are ethically bound by the same rule "do no [...]

Buy a Home in the Berkshires| Where to Start

Buy a home in the Berkshires...  You have thought about for a while now.  You want a place in the country where your family can relax, have fun in any season and experience to closeness of nature.  You want a home in The Berkshires and now you want to begin the search.  Where to start?   Start here.  Easily search through The Berkshires [...]

Buy Berkshire Property in Williamstown MA

Williamstown MA and Williams College and Harsch Real Estate can all be found in Northern Berkshire County MA along with The Clark Art Museum, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the renown Taconic Golf Course.  Once a Mohican Indiana hunting ground and later used to prevent the Dutch who had settled in New York State from encroaching on [...]

Berkshires Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA

The Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA


Best Small Town in America Williamstown MA


The Village Beautiful

Everyone has their own favorite and usually it's the town they grew up in or live in, or at least I hope many can feel that way about where they live. For me, Williamstown MA is the best small town in America and I thought I'd


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Berkshire Home for sale "The Gorge"


New Ashford Rustic Retreat called "The Gorge"

Berkshire home for sale is a property with rustic ambience set on "The Gorge" actually a rushing stream.  This home borders a beautiful stream with dramatic rock walls and falls, here is your Berkshire County second home retreat, harking back to a simpler time. No fancy high end granite

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Berkshire Real Estate Agent -How much to real estate agents make?

Berkshire Real Estate Agent Salaries

How much gross income does a Berkshire Real Estate agent make.  It varies everywhere.   However Point2 which provides internet marketing to Berkshire Real Estate Agents has done the math for us using the median salary found on Salary.com.   A Berkshire real estate agent would need to sell 8.45 homes at a [...]

Berkshire Real Estate|Where will you live?

Where will you live ?  Clean air, clean water, safe communities.

We have added a white paper produced by the National Association of Realtors® to our Berkshire Real Estate website that can be viewed by clicking the house icon to the right in this [...]

Berkshire County Spring equals adventures New England Style


Berkshire County New England living.

Spring in the Berkshires!   Take a moment to experience Berkshire County living through these articles and photos from Western Massachusetts.  We invite inquiries about Berkshire County and the properties for sale in the Berkshires.  We are a locally owned real estate agency in business for more than 40

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Berkshire Home. To list or SELL. That is the question.

A "for sale" sign on a Berkshire property does not always mean the owner wants to SELL the home.  Owner motivation has everything to do with whether or not a property is positioned in the market to sell actually SELL. The owner may want to receive a price for the home unrelated to the actual market value of the [...]

Berkshire Home-Inspect to Protect


Inspect to Protect

In Berkshire County Real Estate it is routine to have various inspections performed when purchasing a home. In Massachusetts one inspection is mandatory and that is the Title Five Septic Inspection.   For buyers seeking a bank mortgage other inspections may be required. The types of  Berkshire real estate inspections vary

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Berkshires Williamstown Holiday Walk 2013 Reindog Parade and Holiday Trees

  Williamstown Holiday Walk 2013 was smashing.  Williamstown MA celebrated the 30th annual Reindog Parade as hundreds lined Spring Street by Williams College to watch as the dogs walked their owners.  The costumes were in good taste and the finale included a fire truck bearing Santa to [...]

Berkshires Fair Market Value pricing for Sellers


Comparing a recently listed home with local trends.

Berkshires Fair Market Value Defined and Revisited  in 2013

OK, so Berkshire County home sellers are depressed and teeter between hope and worry. Meanwhile local Berkshire home buyers are confused and hesitant.  Most Berkshire real estate agents and brokers fall somewhere in the middle

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Are you represented in your Berkshire Property Sale or Purchase?

Are You Represented in your Berkshire Property sale or purchase?


Are you represented in your Berkshires property purchase?

What's all the fuss about Berkshire buyer and seller's agents, facilitators, designated agents, dual agents, limited agents?  Confused?  So are many real estate licensees. It's a bewildering set of options most people

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Berkshire Williamstown MA |Moving a Home

April 1987 the Walden House was moved from its former home on Spring Street Williamstown MA to 311 Main Street to become the new location of Harsch Associates Harsch Associates Berkshire Real Estate.  On October 19th at the Williamstown Historical Museum Paul Harsch will talk about the move of the Walden House and include video taken that [...]

Berkshire Homes Ceiling styles | Cathedral, Vaulted, Coffered Ceilings

 

Berkshire homes for sale  with descriptions of cathedral ceilings, vaulted ceilings and coffered ceilings can be confusing.  Here are a few simple tips to distinguish the difference in ceilings.

The most common type of fancy ceiling in the Berkshires is the cathedral ceiling.  Home buyers know a cathedral ceiling because the ceiling [...]