Home Care

Berkshire Home Value- Guarding it

The value of your Berkshire home is precious to you.  We searched the web for you to find ways to enhance that value and protect it.  When you are ready to buy a Berkshire home or sell your Berkshire property we are here for [...]

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 [...]

Williamstown Real Estate agency announces Donation Recipients

Harsch Associates Real Estate is pleased to announce the Spring 2012 recipients of the real estate firm's Charitable Gifting Program.


Harsch Associates sets aside 1% of its gross pretax income from each sale and the buyer/seller chooses their favorite charity organizations to receive the money. Listing property or buying property through a [...]

3 Magic Words to Sell or Buy the Home you Want

Is there a rule of thumb in the Berkshire Real Estate  market for how much below the asking pricea potential buyer should initially offer for a listing? 10 percent below? 20 percent below?

This seems like an easy question, but unfortunately quick fix answers will  not work in the Williamstown MA real estate market.   The magic words to begin the process of negotiation are [...]

Minimum home improvements to make before you sell

Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings. Check with your local Home Depot or Hardware store for the items needed to make these easy do it yourself repairs.   Inspect every room for spider webs and lint clinging to ceilings.  A simple long handled duster will make short work and give a cheap face lift to an aging room.  Don't forget [...]

Home Newsletter April 2011-House-onality Quizzes


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Berkshire Real Estate Agent Facilitation Brokerage |What is it?


Anyone in Williamstown or Berkshire County who expects to collect a fee for selling real estate in Massachusetts MUST be Licensed in Massachusetts.  A large percentage of real estate licensees are members of the National Association of Realtors (registered trademark), the trade organization of the profession.  Only members of [...]

10 Personality Quizzes | Which house personality are you?

Harsch Real Estate of Williamstown MA gives you links to help you find your House Personality with online Quizzes.  With so many Berkshire homes and decorating themes to choose from the average Williamstown or Great Barrington home buyer can become overwhelmed.  How can you decide which Berkshire County house will fit your personality


Making your Universe safe- Universal Home Design

Picture this:  you arrive home late from a long day at work, you have an armful of groceries along with the mail  and your trying to turn that door knob and get in without dropping everything.  Sounds pretty routine doesn't it?     It would be much easier if the door had a lever style handle that you could just push down.  Also a wider [...]

Heart and Home and You


As Valentines Day approaches we at Harsch Associates Berkshire Real Estate think of candy, roses, hearts, and the color red. February is the month we celebrate love and pay homage to Cupid.  It is also American Heart Health month. Most people are aware that heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, yet we still seem to [...]

Making the Move Positive| Relocating with a spouse/partner

Making the Move Positive!  Spouse/Partner career opportunity means moving home.

Moving home is complicated and emotionally exhausting in the best of situations.  The best of situations in these economic times can mean your spouse/partner has been offered a great job.  The Catch 22 is that you as the partner in this relationship will also [...]

Relocation Stress Syndrome Helping the Elderly Cope with a Move


Relocation Stress Syndrome: Providing Tender Care.....

Moving is a change that takes more than coordination, and can be quite a burden on the elderly.  These transitions are also difficult for immediate family members.  Assisting an elderly parent or relative in relocation involves both physical and emotional responsibility.  The [...]

Moving is one of the TOP 3 life stressors. How to cope?


Your Berkshire home has sold and now comes the really hard part.  Moving away, even if that means moving across town or to another state.  The result is stressful.  Moving falls into the category of major life events.  All change is stressful whether the stress is considered good or bad will depend on the cause of the change.  Moving to [...]

Berkshire Homes for sale |5 proactive tips to increase your "sell" chance

5 Things to do Before Putting Your Berkshire Home for sale on the Market

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection.Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An professional certified home appraiser/inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you'll be able [...]

Tempting Berkshire Home Buyers in the Winter

Tips for Tempting Winter Season Buyers

          Brightening Your Home for Buyers
  • Use timers and Sensors to your advantage. Set your indoor lights and outdoor lights to be on when buyers are present.
  • Sparkle and Shine!  Clean anything that reflects light such as windows, chandeliers, bath enclosures and tile.  Polish chrome and
  • [...]

History of House. Understanding the why.

Dwelling, habitat, lodging, or home?  How did home become what it is today?  And furthermore why?  Bill Bryson who wrote one of the most read books of the past decade A Short History of  Nearly Everything has tackled these questions and more.  His newest tome is At Home:  A short history of Home Life which reveals the history of [...]

Homes Sweet Berkshire Homes- Buying a Second Home


Home Sweet Berkshire Country Homes

Despite economic challenges over the past year, consumers continue to invest in Berkshire and Southern Vermont second home properties. Many Americans purchase second homes either as vacation retreats or investment properties. According to the National Association of [...]

Berkshire County and Southern Vermont Home Winter Care

Living in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont can be a very chilling experience.  Especially for Northern New England  property owners whose property is exposed to below zero temperatures all winter.  Did you know the most important home investment you can make in the winter season is preventing damage from frozen and burst [...]

Bennington VT Real Estate- Moose Bliss

Bennington Real Estate is offered through Harsch Associates Berkshires Real Estate Serving Southern Vermont for 31 years.  A top 10 tourist event in Southern Vermont is the yearly Moosefest.  Tourists come to see the most unusual flock of moose in Northern New England and indeed in the world.  Click the moose photo to see the entire flock in [...]