Blog :: 07-2014

Welcome to our blog! Here you will find posts about can't miss properties, local events, and more! Here at Maple and Main Realty we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the Northampton area. Feel free to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us

Welcome Scott Rebmann!

We are very happy to announce the newest Realtor/Associate Broker to join our ranks at Maple and Main Realty - welcome Scott Rebmann!  Scott has been working in Real Estate since 2009 and he is excited to be living and working in the field he loves right here in the heart of the Pioneer Valley.  Read on to find out more about Scott, and how he can assist you with your real estate needs.  You can also contact him directly at scott@mapleandmainrealty.com.

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After attending the a University of Missouri-Columbia, I spent 20 years in Tucson, AZ; where I explored my passion for food by owning and operating my own cafe and catering business.  Real estate beckoned and I discovered my love of historic homes; purchasing and renovating two beautiful properties in Tucson. In 2009 I moved to Washington, D.C. where I honed my customer service skills working with one of the metro areas top producing real estate teams. During this time, I would often visit friends and family in western Massachusetts and fell in love with the beauty and bounty of the area. Now I'm proud and happy to be in a place that truly feels like home. 

As an associate broker, I feel that one of my greatest strengths is my love of the real estate contract. Yes, I said it...I love contracts!  I see myself as your real estate concierge...you get to fall in love with the house that you will call home and it's my job to help you navigate and negotiate your way through the process; making it as easy and enjoyable as possible.  My attention to detail and a great sense of perspective go a long way in creating a smooth experience. 

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  1. Karen on

    Welcome. Lookin forward to working with you soon.

    295 South Street, Northampton MA

    Set back from the road in Northampton, MA, sits this beautiful 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home at 295 South Street.  We invite you to click on the hotlink and take a tour of this charming family home, within walking distance to Northampton Center.  Please note, there are actually two year round porches - off of the master bedroom and living room respectively - as well as a three season porch off of the kitchen.

    The house has been in the same family for over 40 years.  While a new owner would likely want to make cosmetic updates, this house has great bones, a lovely slate roof in great condition, the heat and hot water systems have been maintained and are in good working order, the house has a large, beautiful and quiet lot behind the house - which abuts town land and the Mill River.  There are lovely original architectural details, hardwood floors and windows throughout.  There is a full, dry walk out basement and a full attic.  You can see from the video footage that the house has great curb appeal!

    The house is currently listed for $375,000 and the sellers are motivated.  They want to pass their beloved family home onto a new family who will appreciate it's inherent charm and beauty, and also appreciate that it is priced with the need for cosmetic updates in mind.

    Contact Julie Starr for a showing at juliestarr@mapleandmainrealty.com.

    172 Greenleaf Drive, Florence MA

    172 Greenleaf Drive in Florence MA is a spacious 3500+ square foot contemporary style home, located a mere 10 minutes from downtown Northampton, MA.   This lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house sits on a quiet street on a 1.08 acre lot.  The home includes a 2-car attached garage, and cook's kitchen; with a professional Viking range and Ashfield stone counter tops.  On the first level, the living room, complete with fireplace, opens up to a peaceful deck overlooking the backyard.  The soaring ceilings and large windows allow for a beautiful light-filled living space.  The laundry is located on the second floor in one of the two full baths.  There are 4 bedrooms on the second floor, including a Master suite, with a walk-in closet and full bath.  The walk-out finished basement has additional living space, a built in media center, as well as a dark room which could be converted back to a half bath.  The backyard is beautifully landscaped, including a Goshen stone patio, with lawn and garden beds overlooking the wooded area behind.  This efficient home was built in 1994.  It has a three-zone forced hot air oil heating system, as well as central A/C.  172 Greenleaf Drive is offered at $599,000.  Please allow some advance notice to schedule a showing with Susan Mayhew, the listing agent. Front yard IMG_7444_edited Cook's kitchen IMG_7367_edited IMG_7372_edited Dining room IMG_7348_edited Living room IMG_7379_edited   Master bedroom IMG_7430_edited   Walk out basement to Goshen stone patio in back IMG_7455_edited

    More on Decluttering

    How to efficiently -- and regularly -- rid your home of the things you don't want

    Many of us have a problem with clutter. It can be so hard to get rid of things. Often the difficulty comes down to deciding whether something really is clutter. The struggle can be internal ("I could use this some day"), or with various family members ("Are you kidding me? That was my Aunt Agatha's!")If you are desperate to clear things out of your house, a good place to start is the stuff everyone can agree needs to go. In our family no one wants to hold on to outgrown clothing, dead batteries, returnable bottles and cans, and books we've read but don't love enough to keep. So why can't we get them out of the house? Why are they piled by the door or on the end of the table, stashed in the back of the pantry or moldering in bags in the garage? Why!I was thinking about this as we cleaned the garage last week, and then again when I unloaded a table outside our laundry room and noted the various bags of things I had carefully gathered and sorted and then forgot about for weeks on end. I realized we need to come up with a few systems for getting this stuff out of the house. We need some exit strategies.

    Home Sales Increasing

    This information, posted recently on National Association of Realtors website, describes improving trends in real estate sales in the United States.  While this national news doesn't necessarily reflect local real estate trends exactly - it is in keeping with our earlier post of May 21st, about housing in the Pioneer Valley and Northampton area.   At any rate, inventory is increasing and sales activity is improving!

    WASHINGTON (June 23, 2014) - Existing-home sales rose strongly in May and inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country experienced sales gains compared to a month earlier.

    Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million in May from an upwardly-revised 4.66 million in April, but remain 5.0 percent below the 5.15 million-unit level in May 2013. The 4.9 percent month-over-month gain in May was the highest monthly rise since August 2011 (5.5 percent).

    Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said current sales activity is rebounding after the lackluster first quarter. "Home buyers are benefiting from slower price growth due to the much-needed, rising inventory levels seen since the beginning of the year," he said. "Moreover, sales were helped by the improving job market and the temporary but slight decline in mortgage rates."

    Total housing inventory2 at the end of May climbed 2.2 percent to 2.28 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.6-month supply at the current sales pace, down slightly from 5.7 months in April. Unsold inventory is 6.0 percent higher than a year ago, when there were 2.15 million existing homes available for sale.

    The median existing-home price3 for all housing types in May was $213,400, which is 5.1 percent above May 2013. "Rising inventory bodes well for slower price growth and greater affordability, but the amount of homes for sale is still modestly below a balanced market. Therefore, new home construction is still needed to keep prices and housing supply healthy in the long run," Yun added.

    Earlier this month, NAR reported new home construction activity is currently insufficient in most of the U.S., and some states could face persistent housing shortages and affordability issues unless housing starts increase to match up with local job creation.

    Distressed homes4 - foreclosures and short sales - accounted for 11 percent of May sales, down from 18 percent in May 2013. Eight percent of May sales were foreclosures and three percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18 percent below market value in May, while short sales were discounted 11 percent.