Title /blog/posts/2015/04/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0400 Delight Farmhouse For Sale in Shelburne Falls, Ma https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/28/delight-farmhouse-for-sale-in-shelburne-falls-ma/ <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573787" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_rd0j4.JPG" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573787" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> <p>This delightful Farmhouse style home is located on a dead end street and not far from the thriving village of Shelburne Falls. &nbsp;The sun-filled interior is light and airy and has all the charming details you desire in an older home. &nbsp;The interior features a good size kitchen with pantry, dining room, first floor bedroom or office, living room, two bedrooms, large full bath and wood floors. In addition, there is a spacious room that has a separate entrance and would make a perfect studio, home office or first floor master suite. &nbsp;It has a large closet, woodstove, and a full bath. &nbsp; &nbsp;There are front and side porches and a 1-car garage with spacious workshop or potential studio space. &nbsp;The yard has lovely gardens and the location is ideal. &nbsp; Call today for more information and set up an appointment and take a look! $225,000</p> Uncategorized Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0400 Charming Bungalow on 13 acres for sale in Shelburne, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/28/charming-bungalow-on-13-acres-for-sale-in-shelburne-mass/ <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573790" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_cp5a0.jpg" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573790" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> <p>This Shelburne location doesn't get any better than this! &nbsp;Less than 10 minutes from Greenfield you will find this charming Bungalow style home that is secluded from the road and comes with 13 beautiful acres. &nbsp; It is perfectly sited atop of a knoll where you could remove some trees and enjoy westerly views of scenic farmland and the hills beyond. &nbsp;The spacious interior features a good size kitchen, large living area with handsome fireplace, dining room, sitting room or office area, first floor laundry, plenty of built-ins, 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, and hardwood floors. &nbsp;In addition there is a large unfinished space that would make a fabulous studio or master bedroom suite. &nbsp;There is also an enclosed porch, outside patio and an attached 2 car garage. &nbsp;The surrounding grounds have mature trees, nice open lawn area and plenty of room for gardening. &nbsp;If you are looking for a special home in a prime location, this is one that must be seen. $375,000</p> Uncategorized Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400 Spacious Colonial For Sale in Charlemont, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/27/spacious-colonial-for-sale-in-charlemont-mass/ <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3578445" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_dq00m.jpg" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3578445" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> <p>Many updates have been done to this spacious Colonial home. The fabulous 1 acre yard is all open and is perfect for gardens. &nbsp;The first floor has a large eat-in kitchen, full bath, living area, bedroom, office and front and back porches! &nbsp;The second floor has 3 bedrooms, full bath and a porch. &nbsp;In addition there is a 1 car garage and an attached outbuilding which is perfect for storage or workshop space. &nbsp;This home is perfectly located near Avery's General Store, Elementary School, post office, cafe and pizza place. &nbsp; There is plenty of nearby recreational activities including Berkshire East Ski Area, white water rafting, fishing, zip lines, mountain coaster, hiking and more. &nbsp; &nbsp;Make an appointment today to take a look at this wonderful home. $169,000</p> Uncategorized Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:00:00 -0400 Beautifully Maintained Antique Colonial For Sale in Ashfield, Mass https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/27/beautifully-maintained-antique-colonial-for-sale-in-ashfield-mass/ <table> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573784" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="150" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/lp_ho32a.jpg" style= "border: 0;padding-top: 10px;vertical-align: middle" width= "200" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><a href= "http://www.visualtour.com/showvt.asp?t=3573784" style= "color: #0967ad;text-decoration: none" target="_blank"><img alt= "Play VisualTour" border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/playbutton_animated.gif" style="padding-bottom: 2px" /></a></td> </tr> </table> <p>You will appreciate the quality workmanship in this beautifully maintained antique Colonial. It was tastefully renovated incorporating period details that include hand planed pine paneling, crown moldings, custom cabinetry, wide pine floors and built-ins. The spacious interior includes a kitchen, 4 bedrooms, formal living room w/ a restored period fireplace, dining room w/cherry sideboard, and 2 1/2 baths. &nbsp;It provides a comfortable living environment as a large single family home or it can be used as a 2-family with an apartment that includes a kitchen, full bath & living/sleeping area. Perfect for guests, rental income, home office or convert to a fabulous master suite. &nbsp;You will enjoy relaxing outside on the back patio that overlooks the picturesque 3 acres w/views of the lovely gardens. &nbsp;Come take a look and see why the Town of Ashfield was recently featured in Yankee Magazine. This home is conveniently located near the charming downtown and nearby recreation & cultural activities. $415,000</p> Uncategorized Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0400 March Real Estate Update for the Pioneer Valley Region - Sales are Up! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/27/march-real-estate-update-for-the-pioneer-valley-region-sales-are-up/ <div class="p1" style="text-align: center"><span class= "s1"><b>March 2015 Single Family Sales Report</b></span><br /> <span class="s1"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div class="p1"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/March%2BSales%2BSheet1.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/March%2BSales%2BSheet1.jpg" height="255" width="400" /></a></div> <p><span class="s1"><b><br /></b></span></p> </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> </div> <div class="p1"><span class="s1"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div class="p1" style="text-align: center"><span class="s1"><b>Key Points - Pioneer Valley Single Family Homes</b></span></div> <div class="p2"></div> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Sales - Up 14.2&nbsp; percent from 246 in March 2014 to 281 in March 2015.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Median Price - Down 2.8 percent from $185,225 in March 2014 to $180,000 in March 2015.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Inventory is down 6.1 percent from 2,067 single family listings at the end of March 2014 to 1,941 single family listings at the end of March 2015.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Supply - At the end of March 2014 there 8.4 months of supply at the current rate of sale.&nbsp; At the end of March 2015 there were 6.9 months of supply at the current rate of sale.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>Days on Market - The average days on market is down 4.5 percent from 156 days in March 2014 to 149 in March 2015.</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li>A Six-Year View - The median price remains the same from $180,000 in March 2010 to $180,000 in March 2015.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div class="p3"></div> <ul> <li><span class="s2">Mortgage Rates - 30 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.69 percent with an average of 0.6 points for the week ending March 26, 2015.&nbsp; Last year at this time the 30 year FRM averaged 4.40 percent with an average 0.6 points.</span> <span class="s3">(Source: <a href= "http://freddiemac.com/"><span class= "s4">FreddieMac.com</span></a></span><span class="s5">)</span></li> </ul> <div><span style="font-size: x-small"><i>This information is provide by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.</i></span></div> Uncategorized Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400 Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail - April 25th and 26th https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/24/asparagus-valley-pottery-trail-april-25th-and-26th/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k5iwZW7vPGE/VTqtRFdcloI/AAAAAAAAEfU/AfFC7z6pkSw/s1600/avpt_header1a.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k5iwZW7vPGE/VTqtRFdcloI/AAAAAAAAEfU/AfFC7z6pkSw/s1600/avpt_header1a.jpg" height="141" width="400" /></a></div> <div class="head1" style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align: center"> <b><span style= "background-color: white;color: #38761d;font-size: large">Perfect weekend to check out some pottery! &nbsp;</span></b></div> <div class="head1" style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></div> <div style="text-align: center">11th Annual Asparagus&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center">Valley Pottery Trail</div> <div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></div> <div style="text-align: center">April 25 and 26, 2015</div> <div style="text-align: center">10 am - 5 pm</div> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align: center">The Pottery Trail is a self-guided driving tour of clay studios in western Massachusetts.&nbsp;</div> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align: center"> There will be many guests in addition to the 9 potters that will welcome visitors to their studios.Bring along a friend and visit the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this spring.</div> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align: center">For more information and directions check out the website by <a href= "http://www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com/trail.html" target= "_blank">clicking here!</a></div> Uncategorized Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:57:00 -0400 Franklin County Better Living Show this weekend April 18th & 19th https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/14/franklin-county-better-living-show-this-weekend-april-18th-19th/ <div class="separator" style="clear: both;text-align: center"> <a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/fcbetterlivingshowlogo.png" style= "clear: left;float: left;margin-bottom: 1em;margin-right: 1em"><img border="0" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/misc/fcbetterlivingshowlogo.png" /></a></div> <div style= "background-color: white;color: #555555;font-family: Lato, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 20px;margin-bottom: 10px"> </div> <div style= "background-color: white;color: #555555;font-family: Lato, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 20px;margin-bottom: 10px"> The <a href="http://www.fcbetterlivingshow.org/" target= "_blank">Franklin County Chamber of Commerce</a> and the Greenfield Business Association are pleased to present the 34th annual lifestyle trade show and green fair to be held on April 18 & 19 at the "dome" at <a href="http://www.indooraction.com/" target= "_blank">Indoor Action Sports</a> from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>FREE Admission.</strong></div> <div style= "background-color: white;color: #555555;font-family: Lato, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 20px;margin-bottom: 10px"> The Franklin County Better Living Show is an eco-friendly event combining a home show and green fair that highlights businesses, products, leisure services, green living, and information available in the greater Franklin County area in a trade show setting.</div> Uncategorized Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400 What's Trending Now in Real Estate https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/08/what-s-trending-now-in-real-estate/ <h1 style= "background-color: white;font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;font-size: 2.5em;font-weight: normal;line-height: 1.2em;margin: 0.5em 0px;padding: 0px"> What's Trending Now in Real Estate</h1> <div id="resize" style= "background-color: white;color: #333333;font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;font-size: 12px"> <div class="section-date-author" style= "color: #666666;font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 0.9em;margin-bottom: 24px"> <b>DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS</b>&nbsp;</div> <div class="body-content"> <div> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> The spring selling season is in full swing. Here's a breakdown of what you and your clients need to know about the state of the housing market.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Home prices are surging</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> Price growth is&nbsp;<a href= "http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/03/existing-home-sales-slightly-improve-in-february-price-growth-gains-steam" style="color: #0066cc" target="_blank">only increasing</a>, due to a lack of inventory in some markets. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist "Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices to near unsuitable levels." Buyers in many areas<a href= "http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/03/24/home-prices-surge-fastest-pace-in-year" style="color: #0066cc">need to be prepared</a>&nbsp;for an increased amount of competition due to low housing inventory this spring.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Mortgage rates hold steady</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> 30-year fixed rate mortgages remain at 3.7 percent, but that is likely to change. "Low mortgage rates are a welcome sign for those in the market to buy a home this spring season and will help to support homebuyer affordability," says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.&nbsp;</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Sellers are needed</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> It continues to be a seller's market, as total housing inventory at the end of February increased just 1.6 percent to 1.89 million existing homes available for sale. For the second month in a row, unsold inventory is at a 4.6-month supply, below what is considered normal for a healthy market.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Buyers want move-in-ready properties</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> Despite the low housing inventory, buyers are picky about the condition of properties for sale and expect homes to be move-in-ready. "Buyers don't want to assume any risk with properties that need work, particularly first-time buyers with limited cash resources," says Budge Huskey, chief executive officer at Coldwell Banker Real Estate.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Foreclosures keep slipping</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> After peaking in 2006, foreclosures are returning to&nbsp;<a href= "http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/03/20/foreclosure-rates-near-significant-milestone" style="color: #0066cc">significantly low levels</a>&nbsp;across the country. "Given that August 2006 was the peak of the housing bubble, this eight-and-a-half year low in foreclosure activity is a significant milestone and a sign that nationwide foreclosure activity is on track to return to historic norms this year," says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.</div> <blockquote> <div style= "font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.2em;padding: 5px"> <strong>Trending in 2015</strong></div> <div style= "font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.2em;padding: 5px"> <a href= "http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2014/12/21-hot-housing-trends-for-2015" style="color: #3366cc;line-height: 0.5em">21 Hot Housing Trends for 2015</a></div> <div style= "font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.2em;padding: 5px"> <a href= "http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2015/01/designers-builders-reveal-hot-trends-for-2015" style="color: #3366cc;line-height: 0.5em">Designers, Builders Reveal Hot Trends for 2015</a></div> </blockquote> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Investor slowdown</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> Competition between regular buyers and investors is decreasing. Home prices are getting so high that the share of home sales to investor clients recently reached a&nbsp;<a href= "http://www.realtytrac.com/content/foreclosure-market-report/-four-year-lows-in-institutional-investors-and-all-cash-buyers-in-2014-despite-increase-in-fourth-quarter--8208" style="color: #0066cc" target="_blank">four year low</a>.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Buying: it's cheaper than renting</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> A recent study from NAR found that&nbsp;<a href= "http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/03/nar-study-accelerating-housing-costs-have-renters-feeling-the-squeeze" style="color: #0066cc" target="_blank">rents are on the rise</a>&nbsp;in many parts of the country. "In the past five years, a typical rent rose 15 percent while the income of renters grew by only 11 percent," says Yun. A recent study also showed that renters are spending around 30 percent of their wages on rent, compared to homebuyers who spend below 15 percent of their wages on mortgage payments.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> A focus on first-time buyers</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> New programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seek to make it easier for first-time borrowers to buy a home. They recently introduced&nbsp;<a href= "http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/03/18/freddies-3-down-payments-start-next-week" style="color: #0066cc">3 percent down payment mortgages</a>-- the first time down payments have been this low on Freddie Mac loans in nearly five years. Besides this, Freddie Mac launched the "Our Home Possible Advantage Program", which is aimed at supporting first-time buyers by allowing no minimum from borrowers in contributions, which means that parents or relatives now can cover 100 percent of the down payment through gifts.</div> <h4 style= "font-family: arial, sans-serif;font-size: 1.325em;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 5px"> Going green</h4> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> Millennial clients are providing the push for home builders to downsize. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average size of a new home is 10 percent less than the typical home five years ago. Younger clients are leading the push for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.realtor.org/infographics/going-green" style="color: #0066cc" target="_blank">green and energy efficient homes</a>, according to a recent study by NAR.</div> <div style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 1.2em;line-height: 1.7em;margin-bottom: 1.1em"> <em style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 0px">Source: "<a href= "http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/27/9-Real-Estate-Trends-Watch-2015?utm_content=buffer84eb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer" style="color: #0066cc" target="_blank">9 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2015</a>," The Fiscal Times (March 27, 2015)</em></div> </div> </div> </div> Uncategorized Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400 Staging Your Home Makes a Difference When Selling https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/07/staging-your-home-makes-a-difference-when-selling/ <h2 class="js-article-title" style= "border: 0px;font-family: arial, 'Helvetica Neue', helvetica, sans-serif;line-height: 21px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <span style="font-size: small"><u>7 Tips for Staging Your Home</u></span></h2> <div><span style="font-size: small"><u><br /></u></span></div> <div class="author" style= "border: 0px;font-family: arial, 'Helvetica Neue', helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 21px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> By:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.houselogic.com/authors/G-M-Filisko/" style= "border: 0px;color: #16a8d3;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none;vertical-align: baseline">G. M. Filisko</a></div> <div class="article-body" style= "border: 0px;font-family: arial, 'Helvetica Neue', helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 21px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <div class="summary" style= "border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home's value and speed up the sale process.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 1.&nbsp; Start with a Clean Slate</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a&nbsp;thorough cleaning&nbsp;right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;Stow Away Your Clutter</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">It's harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they're looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don't make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leave three items of varying heights on each surface, suggests Barb Schwarz of&nbsp;<span class="external" style= "border: 0px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">Staged Homes</span>&nbsp;in Concord, Pa. For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 3.&nbsp; Scale Back on Your Furniture</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">When a room is packed with furniture, it looks smaller, which will make buyers think your home is less valuable than it is. Make sure buyers appreciate the size of each room by removing one or two pieces of furniture. If you have an eat-in dining area, using a small table and chair set makes the area seem bigger.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 4.&nbsp; Rethink Your Furniture Placement</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Highlight the flow of your rooms by arranging the furniture to guide buyers from one room to another. In each room, create a focal point on the farthest wall from the doorway and arrange the other pieces of furniture in a triangle around the focal point, advises Schwarz. In the bedroom, the bed should be the focal point. In the living room, it may be the fireplace, and your couch and sofa can form the triangle in front of it.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;Add Color to Brighten Your Rooms</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> Brush on a fresh coat of warm, neutral-color paint in each room. Ask your real estate agent for help choosing the right shade. Then accessorize. Adding a vibrant afghan, throw, or accent pillows for the couch will jazz up a muted living room, as will a healthy plant or a bright vase on your mantle. High-wattage bulbs in your light fixtures will also brighten up rooms and basements.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 6.&nbsp; Set the Scene</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh fruit or flowers. Create other vignettes throughout the home -- such as a chess game in progress -- to help buyers envision living there. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">Make your bathrooms feel luxurious by adding a new shower curtain, towels, and fancy guest soaps (after you put all your personal toiletry items are out of sight). Judiciously add subtle potpourri, scented candles, or boil water with a bit of vanilla mixed in. If you have&nbsp;pets, clean bedding frequently and spray an odor remover before each showing.</div> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> 7.&nbsp; Make the Entrance Grand</h3> <div style="border: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline">Mow your lawn and trim your hedges, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before showings to make your lawn sparkle. If flowers or plants don't surround your home's entrance, add a pot of bright flowers. Top it all off by buying a new doormat and adding a seasonal wreath to your front door.</div> <h3 style= "border: 0px;font-size: 14px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> </h3> </div> <p><span style= "border: 0px;font-family: arial, 'Helvetica Neue', helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 21px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;vertical-align: baseline"> <br /> Read more:&nbsp;<a href= "http://members.houselogic.com/articles/7-tips-staging-your-home/preview/#ixzz3WU0o8yx9" style= "border: 0px;color: #003399;margin: 0px;padding: 0px;text-decoration: none;vertical-align: baseline">http://members.houselogic.com/articles/7-tips-staging-your-home/preview/#ixzz3WU0o8yx9</a><br /> </span></p> Uncategorized Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400 February Real Estate Update for the Pioneer Valley Region https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/04/06/february-real-estate-update-for-the-pioneer-valley-region/ <div class="p1"><span class="s1"><b><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><u>Pioneer Valley</u></span></b></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sales up 3.7%</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Number of units closed - 215</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Number of units closed - 223</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Average Sales Price - 190,972</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Average Sales Price - 211,661</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s1"><b><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><u>Franklin County</u></span></b></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sales down 8%</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Number of units closed - 25</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Number of units closed - 23</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Average Sales Price - 151,270</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Average Sales Price - 187,474</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s1"><b><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><u>Hampshire County</u></span></b></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sales up 23%</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Number of units closed - 48</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Number of units closed - 59</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2014 - Average Sales Price - 241,516</span></span></div> <div class="p1"><span class="s2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Feb 2015 - Average Sales Price - 277,700</span></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p3" style="text-align: center"><span class= "s1"><b><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><u>Key Points - Pioneer Valley Single Family Homes</u></span></b></span></div> <div class="p2"><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br /></span></div> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sales - Up 3.7 percent from 215 in February 2014 to 223 in February 2015.</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Median Price - Up 11.2 percent from $169,900 in February 2014 to $189,000 in February 2015.</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Inventory is down 5.8 percent from 1,922 single family listings at the end of February 2014 to 1,811 single family listings at the end of February 2015.</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Supply - At the end of February 2014 there 8.9 months of supply at the current rate of sale.</span><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">At the end of February 2015 there were 8.1 months of supply at the current rate of sale.</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Days on Market - The average days on market is up 6.5 percent from 138 days in February 2014 to 147</span><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">in February 2015.</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">A Six-Year View - The median price is up 9 percent from $173,250 in February</span><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">2010 to $189,000 in February 2015.</span><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <div class="p1"></div> <ul> <li><span class="s2" style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Mortgage Rates - 30 year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent with an average of 0.6 points for the week ending February 26, 2015.&nbsp; Last year at this time the 30 year FRM averaged 4.37 percent with an average 0.7 points.</span> <span class="s3" style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">(Source: <a href= "http://freddiemac.com/"><span class= "s4">FreddieMac.com</span></a></span><span class="s5" style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">)</span></li> </ul> <div><span style= "font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: x-small"><b><i> This information is provide by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley</i></b></span></div> Uncategorized Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400