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Wanda's New Website a Great Tool for Buying and Selling Homes!

Western mass real estate Wanda Mooney At a time when everyone needs to practice safe social distancing, business is being done virtually, and all areas of life seem to be altered, buying and selling a home has its “new normals” as well. That is why my new website makeover comes coincidentally at the right time for current and potential homeowners. The website's simplicity and user-friendliness makes it the perfect tool to look for real estate and learn about the area. 

If you’re interested in buying a home my website, WandaMooney.com, makes it easy to search listings, with a series of recommended searches to gear your search in the right direction (ex. Country Homes, Antique Homes, Village Homes, etc.) You can also create an advanced search using your own criteria. Sign up for property updates in your price range and never miss a new listing. All of the listings have extensive information about the property and high quality photos to get a realistic sense of the place. Some have walk-through videos as well! 

Listing search western mass As a seller, these tools are also helpful for promoting your home to potential buyers. Find out about my marketing strategies and how I will get your listing in front of the right buyers. At WandaMooney.com you can also download my seller and buyer guides with updated information specific to 2020. 

While you’re looking around, you can explore Franklin County by viewing pages dedicated to each town in the county. Then search by town to see what listings are available in that area. You’ll also find community videos about various local businesses and events. And of course, don’t forget to keep scrolling through this blog for information on area events, news, market updates, and tips for buyers and sellers. Feel free to leave a comment or a question, as well!

I hope you enjoy browsing around my new website. Please contact me with any questions or inquiries at wanda@wandamooney.com or 413-768-9848.

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Prep Your Home to Sell

Are you thinking of selling within the next 12 months and wondering what type of repairs or renovations you should do before it hits the market? Here are some statistics taken from the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report. These suggestions do make sense based on our local market. However, it is always best to have this conversation with your local real estate agent to determine your highest return on investment.

The following is a list of renovations which will likely attract buyers:renovations to prep home for sale

  1. Complete Kitchen Renovation

  2. Kitchen Upgrade

  3. HVAC Replacement

  4. Install New Wood Floors

  5. Bathroom Renovation

  6. Refinish Existing Wood Floors

  7. New Master Suite

  8. Add New Bathroom

  9. Basement Conversion to Living Space

  10. Attic Conversion to Living Space

  11. Closet Renovation

Below are the top exterior and interior renovations that received the highest return on investment (ROI):

Exterior:
New Roof - ROI - 107%
New Garage Door - ROI - 95%
New Fiber-Cement Siding - ROI - 76%
New Steel or Fiberglass Front Door - ROI - 75% (steel) and 74% (fiberglass)

Interior:
New Wood Flooring - ROI - 106%
Refinish Existing Wood Floors - ROI - 100% HVAC Replacement - ROI 85%
Insulation Upgrade - ROI 83%

If you are thinking of selling and don’t have an agent, contact Wanda at 413-768-9848 or email hello@wandamooney.com.
   

Cost vs. Value: Is Your Home Renovation Worth It?

Deciding Whether to Renovate

Renovated Kitchen Western MassachusettsHow do you know whether it’s worth it to make a renovation to your home? Perhaps you want to improve the quality of living at your home, but don’t necessarily want to sell in the near future. Maybe you are planning to sell soon and want to increase your resale value. No matter what your reason, below is a helpful table which compares the average costs of specific home renovations to the resale value and cost recouped for New England.

Reach out to Wanda Mooney to discuss which renovations will provide the highest return for your home based on when you plan to sell. Email Wanda at Wanda@WandaMooney.com or call (413) 768-9848. 

New England Home Renovation Cost vs Value ReportNew England Home Renovation Cost vs Value Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Builders in Western Massachusetts

Once you have made the decision to renovate, check out these local businesses who can help you in your home renovations.

Bathroom Renovation Western MassachusettsWright Builders, Inc: Wright Builders is a Western Massachusetts' sustainable, high performance and zero net energy construction expert. With nearly 45 years of high-performance building practices; from planning, to design, to construction, their expertise and commitment to excellence will bring your home, workplace, institutional or commercial project from concept to fruition. They have ongoing partnerships with the EPA's ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPlus programs to enhance the quality of the living and work environments they create with you. Contact Wright Builders at (413) 586-8287 or info@wright-builders.com.

Scott DiGeorge/DiGeorge Builders: Based out of Bernardston, Mass, DiGeorge Builders provides excellent service in custom building and remodeling. Contact Scott DiGeorge at (413) 648-0584. 

JPH Building, Inc: JPH Building is a full service residential and light commercial building company. Located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and founded by Jay Heilman, a master craftsman with over twenty years of experience. Contact JPH Building at (413) 775-3305 or Jay@jphbuilding.com

AIP Builders: AIP or Aging in Place Builders specializes in renovations which help the elderly or those with disabilities to renovate their home in a way which allows them to continue to live comfortably in their home. They are a family owned and operated business based out of Northfield, MA. Contact AIP Builders at (413) 225-3047.

 

(Source: https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/new-england/)

 

Should You Keep Your Home on the Market in the Winter?

Your home is still listed for sale. You might be thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.

1.  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. You actually might sell at a higher price in the winter than if you wait until spring when you'll have greater competition.

2.   The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase. They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when life gets busy with kids getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.

3.  Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.

4.  Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers like it used to be in the past, traveling to view different homes. 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.

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. Don’t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.  

Happy Winter Selling!

September Real Estate Market Report for Pioneer Valley

Franklin County sales were down 9.9% and the median price down 5.5% in September, 2018 compared to September, 2017.  The sales were also down in both Hampshire and Hampden County. 

Inventory of single family homes fell in Pioneer Valley 14.3 percent from 2,107 single family listings at the end of September 2017, to 1,806 single family listings at the end of September, 2018.  

The average days on market increase 3.7%  from 63 days in September, 2017 to 66 days in September, 2018. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are down 5.2%  from 520 in September, 2017 to 493 in September, 2018.

 

The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August, 2018 Sales Report for Single Family Homes in Western Mass

Pioneer Valley single-family home sales in August, 2017 had 699 closed transactions and 659 in August, 2018, down 5.7%.  Franklin County had 90 closed transactions in August, 2017 and 74 in August, 2018, down 17.8%.    

Pioneer Valley average days of market was down to 56 days in August 2018 vs. 63 days in August 2017.  Pending sales are up and inventory of homes for sale remains down.

For more information regarding single family sales in August review the following provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Staging Tips Before You Show Your Home

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, “81 Staging Tips That Helps Buyers Fall in Love,” an example of this is shown with 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.

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:

1. Depersonalize your home.

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.

2. Declutter.

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.

3. Scrub.

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!

4. Repair and Refresh.

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.

5. Don’t forget about the exterior!

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!

Then on the day of showing, add some seasonal touches, such as sizzling cinnamon in the fall or 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.

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. 

Read the full article on House Logic.

More tips by me for making a positive first impression.

 

 

Do You Have These 9 Items Ready as You Prep Your Home for Sale?

9 Items to Prepare Your Home For SaleRecently I came across an article in Coldwell Banker’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:

1. Survey

Keep a current copy of your home’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.

2. Floorplan or Appraisal Sketch

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.

3. Utility Bills

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.

4. Termite Bond

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.

5. Pest Control

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.

6. Insurance

Buyers are interested in knowing the seller’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.

7. Product Manuals and Warranty Documents

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.

8. Service Providers

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.

9. Covenants and Restrictions, Neighborhood Rules and Information

This information is very important to new owners. You can find it by contacting your neighborhood association or going to your municipality’s website.

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.

Read the full article here.

Contact me today for help in preparing your home for sale!

Source: Marine, David. “9 Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale.” Coldwell Banker Blue Matter, 7 Dec. 2017, www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/9-overlooked-items-to-prep-your-home-for-sale/.

 

Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter

Your home is still listed for sale. You might be thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.

1.  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. You actually might sell at a higher price in the winter than if you wait until spring when you'll have greater competition.

2.   The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase. They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when life gets busy with kids getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.

3.  Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.

4.  Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers like it used to be in the past, traveling to view different homes. 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.

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. Don’t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.  

Happy Winter Selling!

 

Pioneer Valley Moving Into Seller's Market

An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a “seller’s market”.  This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.

According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.

So what does all this mean for you? In a seller’s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller’s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.

For more advice on how to act in a seller’s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or wanda@wandamooney.com.

To read the full article on masslive.com click here.

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