There are a host of reports for your review. The most comprehensive data that we offer is in our Quarterly Market Watch Report. This report has a multi-page summary about the market in general and includes detailed data on each county, city and town and property type. This is the only report that contains commentary.
The other materials, also show below, come from many different sources, some from ProMatch and others are published studies from the state and national associations. Help yourself
New Housing and demographic information posted
Data at your Fingertips
When you are an active REALTOR in the Berkshires, it is important to know the demographics you are dealing with - both in housing and in the population. When building and updating your business plan, the perfect time is in this market, and the American Community Survey can be very valuable in understanding where you live and work.
Consider this: Could knowing that 60% of the housing in Berkshire County is valued under $200K impact your business plan? What about understanding that 80% of the housing stock is valued at less than $300K? It can make a difference in the markets you target and the skills you hone to be competitive. What is our homeownership rate, our unemployment rate, or the age of the most residents? Interesting stuff that could help you understand the business aspect of the community in which you live. All free, and at your fingertips: Housing & Demographic information
The Berkshire Blueprint is a community-generated strategic plan designed to grow the region’s economy. It provides a means for measurement of economic progress as a community. The Berkshire Economic Development Corporation is taking a leadership role in oversight of the plan and will continue to ensure that the plan remains effective and sustainable. Interesting material for those in the real estate field seeking to know where the region is heading, the community goals established and the methods set to achieve them.
If you are interested in learning more you can view the following PDF files:
The Berkshire Blueprint is an action plan that encourages and motivates cooperative regional initiative and outlines a clear, well-articulated focus on priorities business issue areas.
The Berkshire Strategy Project provides a comprehensive evaluation of the entire regional economy with a baseline of current metrics and a detailed analysis of selected industry clusters; it also contains a prioritization of key areas of focus to increase the competitiveness of the region.
The Berkshire Creative Economy Project focuses on the Creative cluster comprising nonprofit institutions, individual artists and commercial businesses that produce and distribute creative products and services.
Questions on the revised TILA Disclosure Requirements effective July 30, 2009 from Steve Ryan, MAR General Counsel and frequently asked questions received by the Berkshire Board Office, by Sandy Carroll.
We'd like to share some good news about the current state of the Berkshire's real estate market. Last year, the real estate market continued to settle since our all time record high of dollars transacted in 2005, and everyone has been trying to predict the exact “bottom of the market” to help made sound decisions. Current indications show an improving market over last year, pointing to a rising market, not a falling one.
As of March 23, 2010, the number of residential properties sold year-to-date are up 19% from the same time last year…. and the dollar volume transacted is up 59%, with a big jump from $19.4 million dollars transacted last year to $31 million this year so far. Similarly, our average sale price is also on the rise, up 33%.
The new website www.HouseLogic.com offers everything home owners need to increase, maintain and protect the value of their home. The site provides free information and tools to help home owners with home improvements, maintenance projects, taxes, finances, insurance, and even community involvement and political advocacy.
What’s in it for you? HouseLogic allows you to use free, ready-to-use content, through its REALTOR® Content Resource (RCR). The RCR contains top-quality content for your Web sites, blogs, and newsletters. Easily integrate this content with your communications efforts and continue the conversation with your clients long after the sale.
Berkshire County Board of Realtors® -
99 West Street, Suite 200 Pittsfield, MA 01201-5845 413-442-8049 Sandra
J. Carroll, Chief Executive Officer - Sue
O'Brien, Member Services Admin - Kim Gritman, Office Clerk