Holyoke assessor notes 5% rise in home values

HOLYOKE — City Assessor Anthony Dulude noted a 5% increase in single-family home values, as well as an expected $1.5 million increase in revenue, during an online City Council meeting Monday.

“It’s a new world we’re living in, and it’s a new world for all of us,” Dulude began the meeting.

The City Council must set residential and commercial property tax rates for the coming year, but it must wait on financial information from the state before proceeding.

The state-imposed levy limit, the amount in fees and revenues the city may collect, stands at $57.5 million. Last year, the levy limit was $54.7 million, and it was $53.9 million the prior year.

Dulude’s office assessed real and personal properties for fiscal 2021 at $2.3 billion, a $60 million gain in values compared to the previous year. Around $469 million worth of property is classified as tax-exempt or nontaxable.

Despite the

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NET Notes: German polka dance tradition featured in ‘Dutch Hop!’ | Lifestyles



Dutch hop

The hammered dulcimer, accordion, trombone and bass blend to create unique polka melodies and the 100-year-old dance tradition of the Volga Germans. Meet the musicians, dancers and families who treasure this cultural gem and keep the tradition alive in the Platte River valleys of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming in “Dutch Hop!” It premieres at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, on NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.




LINCOLN — The hammered dulcimer, accordion, trombone and bass blend to create unique polka melodies and the 100-year-old dance tradition of the Volga Germans.

Meet the musicians, dancers and families who treasure this cultural gem and keep the tradition alive in the Platte River valleys of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming in “Dutch Hop!” It premieres at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, on NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.

“Dutch Hop!” is a new local film by Chris Simon and Anne Hatch and features

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How Buying Commercial Notes For Sale Can Help With Real Estate Investing According to RealtimeCampaign.com – Press Release

A commercial mortgage is secured to purchase business-related properties. However, some borrowers may default on their loans and lose the property. A beneficial way to secure real estate is by purchasing the commercial note from the lender. 

Completing an Assessment of the Real Estate

The potential investor starts by assessing the real estate financed through the commercial note. When investing in real estate, the investor wants a property that presents them with a greater return on their investment. Whether they want to occupy the property or rent it out, the property must be in great shape and present them with a realistic earning possibility. If the property is too damaged, it may not present them with a worthwhile investment. Comparing the cost of a similar property to the balance on the note is also helpful when assessing a potential investment. The buyer wants to purchase the property at a lower

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Canada real estate: RBC Economics housing report notes condo prices stuck in a rut

A recent housing report by RBC Economics states that prices of condo properties haven’t been seeing much action.

“Condo prices, in fact, have already stagnated over the past six months both at the national level…,” bank economist Robert Hogue wrote.

According to Hogue, this is happening as well in “some of Canada’s largest markets (including Vancouver, Toronto and Hamilton)”.

“This contrasted with a solid 7.3% increase for single-detached homes nationwide over that period,” Hogue also noted.

Hogue’s observation about condo prices form part of his October 15, 2020 report about the performance of the real-estate market for September.

Hogue noted that the benchmark price of homes in Canada increased 10.3 percent year-over-year in September.

That was the “first time it’s been in double-digits in three years”.

“The strength was generally concentrated in single-detached homes,” Hogue wrote, adding that the benchmark price for this type of home rose 12 percent year-over-year

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