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Ready to Make an Offer? Four Tips for Success

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Once you find the perfect house to call your new home, making an offer can be an intimidating part of the buying process. In such a competitive market, you’ll want to make sure you make all the right moves to ultimately land your dream home.

Below are four helpful tips provided by Freddie Mac so you can feel more confident about making a competitive offer on your next home.

1. Determine Your Price

“You’ve found the perfect home and you’re ready to buy. Now what? Your real estate agent will be by your side, helping you determine an offer price that is fair.”

Based on your agent’s experience and key considerations (like similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood, the condition of the property, and what you can afford), your agent will help you determine an offer to present.

If you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage in advance, you’ll be that much more prepared for this step. Pre-approval will show home sellers you’re serious about buying and will allow you to make your offer with confidence as it relates to your budget, savings, expenses, and more.

2. Submit an Offer

“Once you’ve determined your price, your agent will draw up an offer, or purchase agreement, to submit to the seller’s real estate agent. This offer will include the purchase price and terms and conditions of the purchase.”

Talk with your agent to find out ways to make your offer stand out in this competitive market. 

3. Negotiate the Offer

“Oftentimes, the seller will counter the offer, typically asking for a higher purchase price or to adjust the closing date. In these cases, the seller’s agent will submit a counteroffer to your agent, detailing their desired changes, at this time, you can either accept the offer or decide if you want to counter.

Each time changes are made through a counteroffer, you or the seller have the option to accept, reject or counter it again. The contract is considered final when both parties sign the written offer.”

If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.” If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, your agent can discuss any potential repairs with the seller’s agent.

4. Act Fast

The inventory of homes listed for sale today remains well below the 6-month supply that constitutes a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to be in competition for their dream homes. Presenting an offer as quickly as possible might make a big difference when you’re ready to move forward.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a bidding war in today’s low inventory environment. Your real estate agent will help guide you through every step of the process, so you don’t have to navigate it alone.

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or your fifth, let’s talk about your needs and what you’re looking for to make sure the process goes smoothly.

For more tips on buying a home, check out Wanda's Fall 2020 Buyers' Guide.

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Wanda's Winter Home Checklist 2020

winter home preparations massachusetts It is that time of year when the days are shorter. Prepare your home now for the winter months. Take a look at Wanda’s checklist and make sure you’ve got everything ready for winter!

Get Your Furnace Checked

A regular furnace checkup will prolong its life, prevent carbon monoxide leaks, and ensure everything is in working order. This tune-up will also ensure you’re getting maximum efficiency from your unit and not wasting your money. If you have a hot air heating system make sure you replace your filters.

Put Away the Gardening Supplies

Remember to disconnect and bring in all of your garden hoses. If water freezes inside of them, it can cause the hose to split. A connected hose can also make your outdoor faucet more susceptible to frozen pipes.

Ceramic planters that still contain plant life should be brought inside to warmer temperatures. If the plant was seasonal, empty the pots of all soil and store them out of the cold. This is also a good time to oil and clean metal tools before you store them in the shed. This will ensure they’re ready once spring rolls around again!

Protect Your Plants

Perennial outdoor plants can really benefit from some added protection in colder areas. The type of protection needed depends on the plant.

Clean the Gutters and Air Conditioning

Right after most of the leaves have fallen is the perfect time to clean out your gutters. Without this maintenance, you can have major problems over the course of the winter. Water will not be properly directed away from the house and can create serious foundation issues in your home.

You also want to be sure to cover your air conditioning unit to keep leaves and snow from getting in. 

Tune Up the Snow Blower

There’s no worse time to figure out that your snow blower isn’t working than right after the first big snowstorm. Take your snow blower in for a tune-up to make sure it runs when you need it most. 

snow winter 2020 massachusetts shelburne fallsGet the Chimney Cleaned

If you have a chimney and enjoy using it during the winter months, then scheduling an inspection is a must. When you burn wood in your fireplace, there’s a chance you’re creating a buildup which could ignite when you light a fire and cause a dangerous chimney fire. These fires burn at super-hot temperatures and can weaken the structure of the chimney, leading to damage. With brick chimneys, this can cause the brick to break down and give the fire access to the wood structure of your home.

Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector and Check Smoke Detectors

As we seek to heat our homes in the winter, the sources of carbon monoxide (CO) begin to increase. These include any appliances that work by burning fuel. If you have a fuel-burning (i.e., not electric) clothes dryer, furnace, water heater, fireplace, stove or generator, you have a source of carbon monoxide. As higher concentrations of carbon monoxide in the air can be deadly, invest in a CO detector. This will monitor the levels and alert you with a noise and light when they get too high. Carefully read the instructions on the monitor to ensure the device will cover the entire span of your home. You may need to purchase more than one. Also, check the batteries in your smoke detectors and make sure all are functioning.

Check Your Insulation

There are numerous areas where cold weather can make its way into your house. Before the weather starts to get too chilly, take a look around your home to make sure certain areas are still in prime condition.

First, check the seals around your windows. If you find the seals to be lacking, use weather stripping or caulk to seal around the frame. If you’re not satisfied with the amount of insulation this provides, you can remove the trim and put in an expanding foam.

You can also seal your doors by putting self-stick foam around the doorframes. Another easy way to weatherproof doors is to simply stick a door sweep at the bottom of the frame between the door and the floor.

One place you might not think about air escaping is through your outlets. Any hardware store will sell easy-to-install foam outlet covers (known as gaskets) that will prevent the cold air, which can get in around your electrical box, from coming into the home.

Keep It Humid

By closing everything up and keeping the heat in, you’ll have taken your house into a state of hibernation. It’s important to remember that everything will dry out due to a lack of humidity in the air.

This can cause a number of problems, including ones that affect your health. Warm air tends to dry out the sinuses. As gross as it sounds, that mucus in your nasal passages actually helps trap viruses and other nasty stuff before it can get into your system.

If you want to stop your house from becoming too dry, consider using a humidifier to keep your sinuses happy and the rest of you more comfortable.

Test your Sump Pump

Your sump pump will help you keep your basement dry during the wet season, so make sure it's working properly. Slowly pour a few gallons of water into the pit to make sure the pump turns on.  

Consider a Generator

If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, perhaps it's time to consider a generator. A generator will help you keep some lights on, along with the heat, during prolonged winter power outages. And both portable and standby generators are available, depending on your needs.

Stock Up on Salt and Sand

Purchase some salt, ice melt or sand before the first snowfall. And this will give you some extra traction when it's time to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.

When purchasing items to help you prepare your home for winter, be sure to shop local at these Franklin County businesses:

Plus, click here for a list of local service providers and area professionals to help you get the job done right!

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For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at www.wandamooney.com/blog.

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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Attractive Contemporary Style Cape For Sale in Conway

Many expensive updates have been done to this solid built and attractive contemporary style cape. It is a great buy and ready for immediate occupancy. It comes with a new septic system, deck, roof, heating system, carpeting, lighting, bathrooms, kitchen and more!! It has a sunny and charming interior with exposed beams, lots of windows and hardwood floors. The fabulous new kitchen features granite countertop, center island, breakfast nook, radiant heat, tile floors and patio doors to a patio. In addition there is a dining area, living room with patio doors to a new large deck, first floor bedroom, half bath and laundry room. The second floor has two very large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and one with skylights, full bath and a sitting area. It has an attached 1 car garage with storage, stone wall and walkway, and a picturesque yard. Easy stroll to the town center, library and recreation area, near the Conway swimming pond, not far from the Elementary School and 10 min. to I-91.

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Listed by Wanda Mooney of Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS

Contact Wanda today for more information and for a viewing - Wanda@WandaMooney.com or (413)768-9848.

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Get Ready to Build: Parcels For Sale!

This Spring, get ready to build your home the way you want it. Check out these beautiful parcels of land for sale in Franklin County, Massachusetts. Then contact Wanda today for questions about these properties or building your own home.

East Hawley Road, Hawley, MA

138 wooded acres located high in the hills of Hawley! Potentially be a great spot to build a getaway place or year round home. There is plenty of room to roam and enjoy the sounds of nature. For those who are outdoor enthusiast Berkshire East Resort is located at the base of the hill where you can downhill ski, have fun on the alpine and zipline rides or the latest addition numerous mountain bike trails. In addition this area offers white water rafting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and so much more! Only 10 minutes away is the charming Village of Shelburne Falls and not far from the Berkshires. Call today for a map and go take a hike.

Phillips Hill Road, Colrain, MA

Secluded 4 acre wooded setting is the perfect spot to build your getaway in the country. It is located at the end of a quiet country road and abuts the Vermont State line and near Cooke State Forest. There is a passed percolation test on file and it is surveyed and ready to go. Near plenty of recreational activities including down hill skiing, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and more!

Legate Hill Road, Charlemont, MA

Beautiful 33 acre building site located on top of a knoll overlooking picturesque southwesterly mountain views. This private setting is the ideal spot to build your dream home or a getaway cabin in the woods. It is ready to go with a entrance roughed in, power at the street, surveyed and comes with a valid percolation test. It abuts snowmobile trails and located just minutes to Berkshire Resort that offers downhill skiing, zipline, alpine slide, and fabulous mountain bike trails. It is also located near the Deerfield River which is known for fly fishing and white water rafting. Charlemont is becoming the recreational capitol of New England and the perfect area for outdoor enthusiast. 

Colrain Shelburne Road, Shelburne, MA

Beautiful Shelburne building lot with lovely views and open land. There is a very large pole barn that needs work but could be converted to provide excellent storage or enclose for shop space. This is a great spot to build and it is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from I-91 in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls. You are not far from Vermont or the Berkshires. Surrounded by fabulous recreational and cultural activities. The land has a passed percolation test, power at the street and survey on file. 

Hosmer Road, Heath, MA

Attractive 13 acre wooded parcel with 1928ft of frontage on two town maintained roads. It is a peaceful setting on a quiet country road. The land is relatively flat and there is a brook on the property. There is a recent passed percolation test and power along the street. It is perfect for someone who wants to build a getaway place to enjoy on weekends. It is located near many popular recreational activities that include Berkshire Resort that offers downhill skiing, alpine slide, zip lines, and popular mountain bike trails. In addition there is fly fishing and white water rafting on the Deerfield River, hiking trails, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and more. It is near Shelburne Falls, not far from Vermont and only 45 minutes to the Berkshires.

 

 

Historic Colonial in Desirable Area of Shelburne For Sale by Wanda

 

Historic c.1799 Colonial located in one of Shelburne's most desirable areas is known as the Theophilus Packard homestead, the site of the resolution to create Amherst College. Extensive renovations have been done to this antique treasure incorporating the modern style of today while preserving the period details of yesteryear. Original features remain including 5 fireplaces, handcrafted woodwork, wide pine floors, and writings on a hidden wall dating back to the 1860's. A fabulous family room was added along with a new kitchen creating an open floor plan and sunlit spacious living space. This 10 room, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home also has newer windows, updated plumbing and electrical, and a finished third floor studio space. The stunning 3.7 acres has mature maples, lovely flowers, and beautiful views of the hills beyond. The heated saltwater in-ground pool and deck/patio area is perfect for outdoor relaxation. Conveniently located less than 10 min. to I-91 and 30 min to Northampton.

Contact Wanda today for a viewing! 413-768-9848 or Wanda@wandamooney.com 

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Wanda Mooney Selected as Franklin County's Favorite Real Estate Agent

Recently the Greenfield Recorder held their reader’s choice award, Franklin Favorites. I am so honored to have been voted the winner for the category of Best Local Real Estate Agent. Out of all the awards I have received in my career, this one means the most to me. Franklin County is a place I will always call home and it is such a joy to be selected by my neighbors for this award. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and congrats to all of the other winners. I look forward to continuing to serve Franklin County.

Serene, Private, Underground Contemporary for Sale in Hawley

Experience a serene and private underground living on a 83 acre setting with long range 3 state views and beautiful open preserved farm land. The seller worked closely with earth sheltered home designers known as Formworks Building, Inc. who are featured on Underground Living DIY Network. This safe haven is quality built incorporating local materials and unique details you must see in person to appreciate. The sheltered environment is energy efficient and fully insulated with solar panels and an outside wood boiler.  

It has a welcoming interior with gorgeous cook’s kitchen that is open to the sunlit dining and living area with 22ft ceiling and a gas fireplace. The spacious first floor master suite has a beautiful full bath with tiled walk-in shower. The second floor has a bedroom, half bath and sitting area with exterior access. The bonus is the third level sun room where you can sit back and enjoy the surrounding views as wildlife abounds. In addition there is a propane boiler, radiant floor heat, attached 2 car garage with storage and an amazing front porch! 

For those who need shop space or storage the 26 x 40 Morton Building is fabulous. It has high ceilings, concrete floor and heated. 

Click here for more information!

Or contact Wanda today at wanda@wandamooney.com or 413-768-9848.

This unique home is truly one of a kind and one you would love to call home!

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!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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