Title /blog/category/buyers/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:10:00 -0400 September Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/27/september-real-estate-market-report-for-pioneer-valley/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/44559792_10155774763905233_1555951000756420608_o.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 267px;"></p> <p>Franklin County sales were down 9.9% and the median price down 5.5% in September, 2018 compared to September, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sales were also down in&nbsp;both Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 14.3&nbsp;percent from 2,107&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September 2017, to 1,806&nbsp;single family listings at the end of September, 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The average days on market increase 3.7%&nbsp;&nbsp;from 63&nbsp;days in September, 2017 to 66&nbsp;days in September, 2018.&nbsp;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are down 5.2% &nbsp;from 520&nbsp;in September,&nbsp;2017 to 493&nbsp;in September, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/SF%20Home%20Sales%20Sept%202018%20(dragged).jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 329px;"></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 617px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Franklin County Western Mass Real Estate News Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:10:00 -0400 August, 2018 Sales Report for Single Family Homes in Western Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/10/07/august-2018-sales-report-for-single-family-homes-in-western-mass/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Monthly%20Sales.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 400px; height: 148px;">Pioneer Valley single-family home sales in August, 2017 had 699 closed transactions and&nbsp;659 in August, 2018, down 5.7%.&nbsp; Franklin County had&nbsp;90 closed transactions&nbsp;in August, 2017 and 74 in August, 2018, down 17.8%.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Pioneer Valley average days of market was&nbsp;down to 56 days in August 2018 vs. 63 days in August 2017.&nbsp; Pending sales are up and inventory of homes for sale remains down.</p> <p>For more information regarding single family sales in August&nbsp;review the following provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Single%20Family%20Sales%20Report.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 335px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/August%20Key%20Points.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 457px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 777px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Hampshire%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 600px; height: 776px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Market Statistics sellers buyers Wanda Mooney Franklin County Sun, 07 Oct 2018 11:10:00 -0400 Completely Renovated Colonial For Sale in Ashfield https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/08/30/completely-renovated-colonial-for-sale-in-ashfield/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/front%20yard.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 234px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Serenity surrounds this completely renovated 1817 Colonial that combines period details of yesteryear with the modern conveniences of today. State of the art green technology features a geothermal heating/cooling system, solar array, high rated foam insulation and Pella Low-E Argon windows while attractive woodwork, restored mantels, original wood floors and exposed posts and beams enhance the interior. There is a gorgeous kitchen w/soapstone countertop, fabulous great room with cathedral ceiling &amp; gas fireplace, dining room, formal living room with original fireplace, first floor bedroom &amp; full bath. Three&nbsp;additional bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with slate and soapstone open shower &amp; custom built vanity are upstairs. In addition, there are 3 outbuildings, 2-3 car attached garage, screened-in porch and&nbsp;a deck with views of the pond, stream and hills beyond. A nature lover&#39;s oasis, the private 11.8 acres is mostly open, perfect for gardening &amp; animals. Less than 30 min to Northampton/Greenfield.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/backyard.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 169px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" class="featured">&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/living%20room.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 155px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 150px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/dining%20room.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 150px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bedroom.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 155px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bathroom.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 162px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72385531/1594-west-road-ashfield-ma/" target="_blank">Click here to view the full listing.</a></p> <p><strong>Contact Wanda Mooney today for a tour!&nbsp;<br> <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com?subject=1594%20West%20Road%2C%20Ashfield"> Wanda@Wandamooney.com</a> or 413-768-9848</strong></p> House For Sale Ashfield Post and Beam Pioneer Valley Green Living buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass acreage Antique Home For Sale Colonial Renovations Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:08:00 -0400 You're Invited to an Open House This Saturday in Northfield! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/06/08/you-re-invited-to-an-open-house-this-saturday-in-northfield/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/25hiddenpond.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">This Saturday, June 9th, join me for a special open house for a spacious contemporary style home located on a dead end street in a desirable area of Northfield. The interior has a great floor plan with light filled rooms, beautiful maple floors, vaulted ceiling with skylight, and an attached 2 car garage. The first floor features a kitchen with attractive maple cabinets and breakfast bar; dining room; sitting/dining area that has sliding glass doors to the back deck; large living room; and a half bath. The second floor has a fabulous master suite with lots of closets and full bath and there is a bonus room with washer and dryer hookup that could be used as a large bedroom, exercise or family room. In addition there is a bedroom, full bath and another room that is perfect for office or playroom. This home has a full usable basement, 4 zone Buderus heating system, and the 1.15 acres has a great yard with plenty of room for gardens. This is a great location near the golf course and not far from the charming downtown.</p> <p>The Open House is from 12 to 2 pm, Saturday, June 9th, at 25 Hidden Pond Lane, Northfield, MA 01360.</p> <p><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/25+Hidden+Pond+Ln,+Northfield,+MA+01360/@42.6924737,-72.4415315,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e13c32c64ebf4b:0x459061ad23287e32!8m2!3d42.6924698!4d-72.4393428" target="_blank">Get directions.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72324064/25-hidden-pond-lane-northfield-ma/" target="_blank">View the full listing.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Contact Wanda today at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com<br> <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/25hiddenpondkitchen.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"> <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/25hiddenponddining.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 192px;"> <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/25hiddenponddeck.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"> <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/25hiddenpond2.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; width: 250px; height: 188px;"> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Contemporary Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:06:41 -0400 5 Staging Tips Before You Show Your Home https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/04/10/5-staging-tips-before-you-show-your-home/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Family%20Room%201%20(1).jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 183px;" class="featured">Did you know that a staged property usually sells for more money and in less time than an unstaged property? In a recent article by House Logic, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/?cid=pm_pn_fb_cac_post_Seller_HLLookalike_81StagingTips#exterior" target="_blank">81 Staging Tips That Helps Buyers Fall in Love</a>,&rdquo; an example of this is shown with&nbsp;two condo listings. Both units were in the same complex and were the same size and layout. One of the units was staged and the other was not. The staged unit sold for $30,000 more than the unstaged one. While staging your home does not guarantee you more money, putting that extra effort in before showing your home can go a long way.</p> <p>The article continues on to share some helpful tips to prepare each room of your house for showing. Here are some tips that I found to be most important:</p> <h3>1. Depersonalize your home.</h3> <p>It is important that buyers can envision themselves living there. Remove family portraits, refrigerator decorations, and other memorabilia around the home. Instead, hang interesting artwork on the walls or set out a tea set or a board game in the living room so that buyers see what life would be like in your home.</p> <h3>2. Declutter.</h3> <p>This can be a great way to start packing up the house! Clear all countertops, tables, and other surfaces, leaving only one or two decorative items such as a vase. Take away a few pieces of furniture, especially in the living room. Clean out the cupboards, leaving only one matching set of dishes and a few glasses. Clean and organize the pantry. The goal is to make the rooms feel larger and to show the full potential for storage areas such as cabinets and closets.</p> <h3>3. Scrub.</h3> <p>Deep clean your entire home or hire a cleaning service to do it for you. Be sure to remove all dirt and grime from walls, backsplashes, and cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you have a pet, remove all pet hair, stains, and odors. Make your home so clean it shines!</p> <h3>4. Repair and Refresh.</h3> <p>Replace any old tiling or use paint instead. Fix leaky faucets or running toilets. Fill in nicks or holes in walls and add a fresh coat of paint. Replace any broken or torn window screens and any damaged or aging hardwood floors.</p> <h3>5. Don&rsquo;t forget about the exterior!</h3> <p>Most buyers drive by houses first before setting up showing appointments. Make sure that their first impression is a positive one. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and trees. Power-wash the outside of your home, driveway, and porch. Store any yard equipment or toys out of sight, but leave out something welcoming such as porch furniture or a hammock. Revive the grass with fresh sod or new seed. Brighten up the yard with colorful flowers. Then take a step back and look- make sure things look clean!</p> <p>Then on the day of showing, add some seasonal touches, such as sizzling cinnamon in the fall or&nbsp;flowers during the spring and summer. Tidy up whatever else may be lingering and then take off while potential buyers admire your beautiful, clean home.</p> <p>As an accredited staging professional, I have received specific training in staging homes. I work with all my clients to make sure their home is staged properly before it hits the market.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/?cid=pm_pn_fb_cac_post_Seller_HLLookalike_81StagingTips#exterior" target="_blank">Read the full article on House Logic.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/home/buyer-s-first-impressions-1-2/">More tips by me for making a positive first impression.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Selling Tips sellers buyers Wanda Mooney Renovations Staging Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:04:31 -0400 Charming Two Family Home With Views of Deerfield River For Sale in Shelburne Falls https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/21/charming-2-family-home-with-views-of-deerfield-river-for-sale-in-shelburne-falls/ <form action="https://maps.google.com/maps" method="get" target="_blank"> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/front%20of%20house1.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px;">Come take a look at this well maintained and charming 2 family home with views of the Deerfield River and Village of Shelburne Falls. It is an easy walk to downtown where you have access to the many benefits this wonderful village has to offer. There are fabulous restaurants and cafes, pharmacy, library, banks, two markets, artisan galleries and the famous Bridge of Flowers and glacial potholes. This home is perfect for a owner occupy, potential vacation rental or home based business. The first floor has a large kitchen with breakfast bar, living room, full bathroom, 2 bedrooms, and mudroom. The second floor has a kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms, and full bath. In addition it has gas heat, wood floors, and separate utilities. There is a fabulous front porch and patio in the backyard that is ideal for BBQ&#39;s. The sellers have renovated the apartments and made several updates since they took ownership in 2004.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72292330/26-conway-street-buckland-ma-01370/"> View the full listing!</a></p> <p>Contact Wanda today for details or to set up a showing appointment: (413) 768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen%201.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 154px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/living%20room1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 147px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bedroom1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 158px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/bathroom1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 267px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/deck1.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/view%20from%20porch.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </form> House For Sale Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls Multi Family Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:03:11 -0400 Solid Built Cape Style Home For Sale in Heath https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/21/solid-built-cape-style-home-for-sale-in-heath/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Front%20House%20Heath.jpg" style="float: right; width: 250px; height: 188px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">Solid built Cape style home situated on 15 acres with a large front deck that overlooks seasonal hillside views! Whether you are looking for a starter home or getaway place this is ready for you to move in and enjoy just in time for the summer season. It has a great floor plan with room for expansion. There is a good size kitchen that is open to the dining and living area, 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. There is a spacious walk up attic that could easily be finished for additional living space. In addition there is a a full walk out basement that is perfect for storage or workshop, hardwood floors, propane heat, and cedar siding. Located near plenty of popular recreational activities including Berkshire East Ski Resort, white water rafting, fly fishing, mountain bike trails, and so much more. It is near Shelburne Falls, 1/2 hour to Mount Snow, and not far from the Berkshires.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/listing/72291396/85-number-9-road-heath-ma/"> View the full listing!</a></p> <p>Call&nbsp;Wanda today for details and to set up a showing appointment at 413-768-9848</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Living%20Room%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/kitchen.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Dining%20%26%20Living%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/View%20Deck%20Heath.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 159px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/yard.jpeg" style="margin: 10px; width: 200px; height: 150px;"></p> Getaway House For Sale Pioneer Valley buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Shelburne Falls Single Level Living Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:03:15 -0400 Why Smaller Homes are Making a Big Impression https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/16/why-smaller-homes-are-making-a-big-impression/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Greenrivercommons.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 155px;">A survey done recently by Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, showed that more and more homeowners prefer small houses, 1,000 feet or less. Often the smallest home in the neighborhood, these homes are relaxed and easy to keep clean, according to the owners. &nbsp;</p> <p>However, these homeowners use certain tactics to utilize their space and make their home still feel open. One method is having a lot of natural light. Another way to make the space feel less constricted is having an open floor plan, and expanding the living space to the exterior, as well.</p> <p>In line with this trend, I am proud to be a part of a new project in Greenfield, Green River Commons (pictured right). Construction of these seven sustainable, ground level townhouses began in early November, just steps from downtown Greenfield. These low-cost condominiums are designed to be energy-efficient with LED lighting, roofs to support solar panels, energy star appliances, and more. They also have sensible floor plans that utilize the smaller space to maximize comfort.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today to learn more about these new affordable, sustainable homes or visit <a href="http://www.greenrivercommons.com/home.html" target="_blank">GreenRiverCommons.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.houzz.com/photo/108092060-2017-us-houzz-small-homes-trends" target="_blank">View the survey here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community House For Sale Contemporary Pioneer Valley Green Living Business Opportunity Area Updates Smart Home buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Low Maintenance Single Level Living Greenfield condominium Real Estate News Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:12:40 -0500 Do You Have These 9 Items Ready as You Prep Your Home for Sale? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/14/do-you-have-these-9-items-handy-as-you-prep-your-home-for-sale/ <p><img alt="9 Items to Prepare Your Home For Sale" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_3002.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px;">Recently I came across an article in Coldwell Banker&rsquo;s blog about 9 overlooked items necessary to prepare your home for sale, by David Marine. I found the list to be very helpful since we often are so focused on the big, cosmetic tasks, that we skip some of the details behind the scenes. Here are some things you should be sure to have done before putting your house on the market:</p> <h3>1. Survey</h3> <p>Keep a current copy of your home&rsquo;s survey and be sure to give your listing agent a copy, as well. This document will provide important information to buyers, such as property lines, easements, conservation buffers, etc.</p> <h3>2. Floorplan or Appraisal Sketch</h3> <p>Whether deciding on furniture placement or parking space, a floorplan is crucial for a buyer to know property dimensions. It is suggested to have an appraisal sketch done to confirm exact square footage of a home, rather than using tax records.</p> <h3>3. Utility Bills</h3> <p>Review your utility bills to give buyers an average cost for heating and cooling your home. This helps them figure out total costs of owning the home.</p> <h3>4. Termite Bond</h3> <p>A termite bond is a protection plan in the case of a termite infestation. In many markets where termites are common, buyers are interested in knowing the termite bond policy.</p> <h3>5. Pest Control</h3> <p>If your propety requires any type of pest control maintenance, have all of the details ready. Include how much you pay, how often maintenance is done, and who your provider is.</p> <h3>6. Insurance</h3> <p>Buyers are interested in knowing the seller&rsquo;s current home insurance provider, since sometimes it can be easier for them to go through the same provider, rather than trying to acquire a new one.</p> <h3>7. Product Manuals and Warranty Documents</h3> <p>For any home appliances that will remain in the home, such as water heaters, ceiling fans, refrigerators, etc., have the manuals and warranty information ready.</p> <h3>8. Service Providers</h3> <p>Have a list of all vendors and service providers. The buyer may eventually opt to find their own providers, however they will appreciate having help available initially.</p> <h3>9. Covenants and Restrictions, Neighborhood Rules and Information</h3> <p>This information is very important to new owners. You can find it by contacting your neighborhood association or going to your municipality&rsquo;s website.</p> <p>If you really want to go above and beyond as a seller, once you have all this information, store it in handy binder or folder that can be easily passed on to the buyer. While it may seem like a lot to compile, it will be less stressful to do it before putting your home on the market and can even move your sale along faster.</p> <p><strong>Read the full article <a href="https://www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/9-overlooked-items-to-prep-your-home-for-sale/" target="_blank">here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today for help in preparing your home for sale</strong>!</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;Marine, David. &ldquo;9 Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale.&rdquo;&nbsp;Coldwell Banker Blue Matter, 7 Dec. 2017, www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/9-overlooked-items-to-prep-your-home-for-sale/.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Opportunity Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Real Estate News Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:12:35 -0500 Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/24/benefits-of-listing-your-home-during-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/snow.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 259px; height: 194px;">Your home is still listed for sale. You might be&nbsp;thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However&nbsp;if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.</p> <p>1.&nbsp; If you remove your home from the market, you will have less completion on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from.&nbsp;You actually might sell at a higher&nbsp;price in the winter&nbsp;than if you wait until spring when you&#39;ll&nbsp;have greater competition.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase.&nbsp;They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when&nbsp;life gets busy with&nbsp;kids&nbsp;getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.</p> <p>4.&nbsp; Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers&nbsp;like it used&nbsp;to be in the past, traveling to view different homes.&nbsp;Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.</p> <p>I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Winter Selling!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Holiday Hampshire County Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:11:43 -0500