Western Massachusetts Real Estate and Community News

Jan. 18, 2019

Top Landscaping Trends of 2019: Jazz Up Your Yard With These Must-Haves

Top Landscaping Trends of 2019: Jazz Up Your Yard With These Must-Havespergolas-going-high-tech

Why go out and blow a ton of money when you can stay in—and invite people over to your beautifully landscaped backyard? And why would you want to sign up for a crowded yoga class when you can get your bliss—and downward dog—on in the privacy of your tranquil patio with the soothing sounds of trickling water in the background?

Many folks enjoy spending time outdoors in their own private oases—provided they're landscaped just right. And what people want in landscaping changes all the time. So what are the top landscaping trends of 2019? The National Association of Landscape Professionals, a trade organization with about a million members, provided its annual forecast of this year's must-haves.

"What we're seeing is people's desire to make their outdoor living space an extension of their home. People are being very intentional with how they want to use their outdoor spaces," says NALP spokeswoman Missy Henriksen. "It used to be people would put in the basics of outdoor decks or patios. Now people are looking more at how they will use their space. So perhaps the pergola they put in has shading so if they work outside they can see their laptops. We're seeing more requests for charging stations."

Two-in-one landscape design

It's not enough to just have a scenic backyard. Homeowners want it to be functional too. That means the things in that yard need to serve multiple purposes. For example, a vertical vegetable garden grown on a trellis can also serve as a privacy fence. Or a retaining wall can include built-in seating, good for conversing with friends or watching movies projected onto a screen. Folks are getting creative!

"We're all very busy people," says Henriksen. "Instead of people putting a new feature in their landscape, they expect it to be more than just pretty."

Automated maintenance

People are looking for automated devices to do the work for them.
People are looking for automated devices to do the work for them.

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Forget waking up early on the weekends to tend to the garden. Homeowners these days are embracing new technologies that take away the humdrum tasks they dread—like mowing the lawn and watering the plants. So they're investing in things like robotic lawn mowers, programmable irrigation systems, and lighting that turns off automatically. Set it and forget it!

Sophisticated pergolas

This isn't your grandmother's pergola. These overhead structures, which provide shade and a place to string lights and hang plants, are getting a 21st-century upgrade. This means enclosed versions with space heaters, state-of-the-art sound systems, and sophisticated, built-in lighting.

"People now design around them," says Henriksen, adding things like outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and seating areas. "People are recognizing they are magical experiences to be enjoyed outside."

Pops of pink

The hot color to incorporate into your yard this year is pink. NALP expects homeowners will pick roses, petunias, zinnias, and hibiscus flowers in shades of coral and blush to add color to outdoor spaces. Light blush tones could even become the "new neutral."

Mesmerizing metals

Metal accents are a popular landscaping trend for 2019.
Metal accents are a popular landscaping trend for 2019.

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Homeowners looking to add sleek pizzaz to their outdoor escapes may want to turn to metal elements, like steel and iron, to incorporate into their design. This can include accents like decorative art, focal points such as streaming fountains or mini waterfalls, and furniture.

 

source: https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-landscaping-trends-2019-yard/ 

Jan. 16, 2019

The results are in! What an AMAZING 2018 we had!

The results are in! What an AMAZING 2018 we had! A total of 26.4 million in sales and 103 transactions! Thank you to all of our wonderful clients!
2019 is just getting started! Our team has big goals to help even more clients and make buying and selling a home easy and enjoyable. With an average of 37 days* on the market, a list to sale ratio of 98%* and over one hundred homes sold the past two years in a row, our real estate team knows how to price and sell homes. Call Brenda Cuoco & Associates today! (413) 333-7776 Your smart choice in real estate! 
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*Per MLSPIN SOLD single family homes from 1/1/2018-11/31/2018

 

Jan. 16, 2019

SOLD!- 13 Pidgeon Dr., Wilbraham, MA

Brenda did it AGAIN! So excited to announce this Lovely Cape was SOLD in just 21 DAYS! Are you or anyone you know looking to Buy or Sell? We have the expertise to get your home SEEN & SOLD!💥 Call Brenda today! (413)214-5365 🏠🗝 
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Jan. 16, 2019

THE BEST TIME TO LIST YOUR HOUSE? TODAY!

THE BEST TIME TO LIST YOUR HOUSE? TODAY!

 

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still a severe shortage of listing inventory in many regions of the country.

In a recent interview discussing the housing market, First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming put it simply:

“The biggest challenge is really the availability of supply.”

When we look at available inventory numbers released by the National Association of Realtors(NAR), we see that the actual number of homes for sale has decreased in each of the last five months.

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY! | Keeping Current Matters

What does this mean to you as a seller?

The best time to sell is when there is less competition. That guarantees you a better price and fewer hassles in the transaction.

Bottom Line 

If you are thinking of selling your house this year, the best time to put it on the market might be right now. Check with a local agent to see whether that is true in your neighborhood.

 

source: http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2019/01/10/the-best-time-to-list-your-house-today/?utm_campaign=Blog_Promo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email-automated&utm_content=DailyBlogSubscription&utm_term=BlogPost

Jan. 15, 2019

How to Organize Your Bathroom Fast—Even in 15 Minutes

How to Organize Your Bathroom Fast—Even in 15 Minutes

Got 15 minutes?

No matter how busy your day is, you can probably squeeze in 15 minutes to make a dent in the clutter you've accumulated in the bathroom.

Use bins and baskets to keep under-sink clutter under control.
Use bins and baskets to keep under-sink clutter under control.

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Certified professional organizer Lauren Williams, owner of Casual Uncluttering in Woodinville, WA, says you should start with the cabinet under the sink.

"Always start with an objective of letting go of the stuff that has expired—in a bathroom, that's a safety issue more than in other spaces," she says.

According to Williams, it's important to use something to organize that space, such as baskets, bins, or pull-out shelves.

"Put your stuff in something that either raises it off the cabinet floor or protects it from the floor," she warns. "I've had two leaks ruin stuff which was directly on the cabinet floor."

Organized bathroom drawers make it much easier to find what you need.
Organized bathroom drawers make it much easier to find what you need.

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Professional organizer Nancy Haworth, owner of On Task Organizing, says you can also tackle the bathroom drawers in 15 minutes—though you may not get more than one drawer done. Just empty the drawer and discard anything you don't need, use, or like.

Williams adds, "That includes the stuff you don't like but spent too much money on to part with, because you'll never use it."

If you really don't want to waste it, pass it on to a friend. Once you've whittled everything down to what you're going to keep, put it back in the drawers in a way that makes sense to you, so you can find everything without creating a whole new mess.

Keep your counter clutter under control with a tray.
Keep your counter clutter under control with a tray.

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Finally, it's time to corral the most obvious clutter—the bathroom counter. If you've organized all the drawers and cabinets efficiently, it shouldn't take much time at all to go through everything currently residing on your counter and put it in its appropriate storage spot.

It's best to clear off your counters as much as possible, but if you have items you just have to have on hand, store them in pretty canisters and tins, and then keep all of that on a tray to contain the overflow. Once your counters are clear, you'll be amazed by how much cleaner your entire bathroom will look.

Got 30 minutes?

While you can accomplish a lot in 15 minutes, you can get even more done in 30. With each half-hour, you can sort through each "clutter collection" (you know, those bins and boxes you sorted around while you were cleaning drawers and cabinets), and pare it down to a more manageable amount of items.

Travel-size products and beauty samples can quickly get out of control.
Travel-size products and beauty samples can quickly get out of control.

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According to Haworth, 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time to sort through your collection of samples and travel toiletries. Unless you're a frequent traveler, get rid of anything you won't use in the next six months.

"These are great items to donate to a shelter, if you don’t need them," she says.

Organizing and labeling your medicines make it easy to find what you need in a pinch.
Organizing and labeling your medicines make it easy to find what you need in a pinch.

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It's also a great idea to spend a half-hour organizing your first-aid kit.

"Organize first-aid supplies so they are easy to access in an emergency," says Haworth.

Along those same lines, Williams says you should spend 30 minutes cleaning out your medicine collection. First things first: Find all of your expired medicines and let them go. Contact your local government to find out about safe ways to get rid of meds.

Williams warns that medicines shouldn't even be stored in the bathroom, and suggests you take this opportunity to relocate them.

"It is considered safer to keep meds out of the bathroom to avoid extremes of humidity and temperature, which can decay medicines," she explains. "I like them in the kitchen—it's often easier to make a routine of taking the meds when they're near the food and water."

Williams suggests sorting medicines into bins according to the person (or pet) who uses them.

"I fiercely advocate that as a way to avoid mistakes," she says. It may also be a good idea to sort shared medicines by use, making it easier to find what you need.

Any collection turns into clutter if it's not pared down and organized.
Any collection turns into clutter if it's not pared down and organized.

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Got an hour?

If you have a free hour, it's time to tackle the biggest projects your bathroom has to offer.

An organized bathroom closet will bring peace to your whole space.
An organized bathroom closet will bring peace to your whole space.

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Haworth says this is likely how long it will take you to organize your linen closet or bathroom closet. Pull out everything that doesn't belong in there (there's probably a lot), and move it to its appropriate home. Refold all of your towels, and get rid of anything that's full of holes or too old and grungy to use. Finally, use baskets with labels to organize everything that's left.

The space over the toilet is wasted if you're not using it for storage.
The space over the toilet is wasted if you're not using it for storage.

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Williams has another big project that will take about an hour, and that's installing more storage—because every bathroom needs it.

If your bathroom doesn't have over-the-toilet storage, she says, it's time to find a cabinet or shelving unit that you like, and hang it up.

"Any bathroom can benefit from one if one will fit over the toilet," she says. "Extra towels, extra toilet paper ... the options are endless."

 

source: https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/how-to-organize-your-bathroom-fast/ 

Jan. 15, 2019

OPEN HOUSE- 323 North Rd., Hampden, MA-Sunday 1/20- 11-12:30pm

🌟OPEN HOUSE- Sunday, January 20th, 11-12:30pm 🌟

 

Beautiful scenic views await on this 3.59 acre private mountain top retreat! This Pristine Cape highlights 6 ft long windows throughout first flr, central air & a unique open floor plan fantastic for entertaining! First flr offers a crisp & clean kitchen w/ cabinets galore, gleaming hardwood flrs, granite counter tops, center island, dining area w/ atrium door to a relaxing 3 season porch. Wide open to the kitchen is a spacious family rm w/ wood burning frplc/ heatolater highlighting scenic views and views of the pool area. Formal dining & living rm await you offering scenic views & gleaming hdwd flrs. Down the hallway features a full bth, laundry area, master suite w/ hdwd flrs and 3/4 bath, second bdrm w/ hdwd situated across the hall. Second flr features massive bonus rm, full bth & two additional bdrms. Outdoor entertainment is a winner with much privacy, parking, in-ground pool, screened in porch dining! This home is truly meticulous throughout, come tour, come buy!


Join Shannon Lemonde at the open house this Sunday, January 20th from 11-12:30pm. For more information call Shannon today! (413)519-3928

 

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Jan. 14, 2019

OPEN HOUSE- 4 Quaboag Hts., Monson, MA- 1/19, 12:30-2pm

OPEN HOUSE- Saturday January 19th, 12:30-2:00pm

 

Check out our small village of 34 Modern Cottage style units located in Quaboag Heights over 55 community! Exceptional value packages featuring bells & whistles galore. See what Quaboag Heights has to offer & you'll be glad you did! Outstanding quality craftsmanship by Bukowski Construction!!

 

Join Danielle Barton at the open house this Saturday, January 19th from 12:30-2:00pm. For more information call Danielle today! (413)320-6829

 

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Jan. 14, 2019

ACCEPTED OFFER! - 162 Hampden St., Chicopee, MA

Maria did it AGAIN! So excited to announce this Fantastic Home is SOLD! 
Are you or anyone you know looking to Buy or Sell? We have the expertise to get your home SEEN & SOLD!💥 
Call Maria today! (413)218-2358🏠🗝 

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Jan. 14, 2019

NEW LISTING- 229 Pasco Rd., Springfield- Open House 1/19-11-1pm

🗝️NEW LISTING 🌟 OPEN HOUSE: 1/19 11:00-1:00pm
 
ADORABLE…This Ranch has really nice bones, allowing for the incoming buyer to bring back this home to their beauty and charm. This property offers a cozy family room opening to dining rm, which was 3rd bdrm. Could easily put wall back up. Also on the first floor, kitchen area offers a small dining area, opening to sun rm/ enclosed porch for sitting area overlooking back yard. This home features a full bath, guest bedroom & master bedroom w/ hardwood floors Nice size yard, walk out basement and one car garage under! Plenty of parking space around back is just a bonus! Don't miss out, this home will have some beautiful resale done right! Use your vision and submit an offer.
 
Join Alla Burkovskiy at the Open House this Saturday, January 19th from 11:00-1:00pm and make this one yours! Call Alla for more details at (413)388-3553
 
Get a free estimate of your home today!
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Jan. 14, 2019

NEW LISTING- 1168 Boston Rd., Springfield, MA

🗝 NEW LISTING🗝
 
HIGH TRAFFIC LOCATION!!! Excellent Condition throughout all THREE UNITS!!! Palate Restaurant w/ long term lease til 2020. Restaurant front dining area fully renovated in 2015 as per tenant/seller. All equipment is that of the tenants. CASA DEL PADRE Church in MINT condition w/ newer central air & lease til 4/19. GLOSSY DESIGNS is the third tenant retail store in very nice shape w/ month to month lease.
 
Call Brenda Cuoco today for more details and make this yours! 📞(413)214-5365
 
Get a free estimate of your home today!
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