Berkshire County is one of the most desirable vacation home destinations on the East Coast, attracting residents from New York City and Boston and points in between. The proximity of Berkshire County to the adjoining New York towns of New Lebanon, Canaan, Austerlitz and Hillsdale adds to their draw.
Berkshire County has had a long history of attracting second home owners from New York and Boston going back to the gilded age with the development of huge “cottages.” Many of these cottages have been transformed into inns or condominium complexes. The Boston Symphony’s summer concerts at Tanglewood have help with a rebirth of the “Berkshires” and the towns of Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington have become centers of summer activity. A large number of retired persons own home or condominiums and stay in the Berkshires for the summer or longer. As a result a large stock of luxury homes and condominiums is available in these areas. Some of the towns in the Berkshires remain sparsely populated, but Pittsfield is seeing a resurgence and the Town of Richmond is sought after by vacationing and permanent residents.
Although home prices are rising there are great deals in Berkshire County. In a changing real estate market sometimes unusual opportunities arise. In addition to auction and bank owner properties which are dealt with in another section of this website, many properties are available which are extraordinarily opportunities. These properties range from luxury to affordable and in fact may be in any other category from waterfront to commercial to land.
Usually they result from some imperative on the part of the seller. In estate situations the heirs are often more interested in obtaining their share quickly then in maximizing their individual portions. In other situations property jointly owned by two individuals may come on the market as a result of the death of one party and the other may be particularly eager to sell. Or the partners may have a disagreement and want to sell the property quickly. Another scenario is where the owner suffers an economic reverse and needs to sell for economic reasons. Where a quick sale is needed the owner may be willing to sell below market value.
Great deals are also affected by the general economic climate. Where the real estate market slows, supply and demand results in a fall off in prices and opportunity for “great deals.” And some of these great deals are not our own listings. To pursue them we would have to work as your agent.
Listed below, with most recent listings first, are Berkshire County great deals. If you prefer you may display the listings in price order, for a specific price range. To search the listings of our MLS (multiple list system) Partners click on the appropriate links in the left margin of this page. Try first the Berkshire County MLS. For listings to the West try the Columbia-Greene-Northern Dutchess MLS or the Capital Region MLS. Searching these MLS systems directly is far superior to using general search sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com, or sites maintained by brokers such as Weichert, Coldwell Banker or Century 21.
By going to the multiple list systems directly you get the most detailed and up-to-date information available in that specific area. Then call us with listing numbers. We can provide you with additional information about specific listings and arrange to show you any listing in these different MLS systems. We are members of all of them – a true Regional Broker.
If you have already contracted with an exclusive listing or buying agent that agent will be responsible for advising you and assisting in the negotiation of the sale. While Sellers are almost always represented by an exclusive agent, the trend toward Buyers retaining an exclusive agent is relatively new in the Berkshires. For more information call 800-398-8802.
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