Western Massachusetts Real Estate and Community News

May 30, 2019

Coming Soon With Maria!!

🗝COMING SOON- GOING LIVE May 30th! 🌟OPEN HOUSE: 6/2, 1:00-2:30pm🌟

Peaceful living surrounds this 4 bedroom Cape just full of surprises inside! Situated on a corner lot with a lg flat yard offering lots of space for summertime fun!

Join Maria LoPriore at the Open House Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00-2:30pm and make this one yours! Call Maria for more details! 📞413-218-2358

May 30, 2019

Coming Soon With Maria!

🗝COMING SOON- GOING LIVE June 6th! 🌟OPEN HOUSE: 6/8, 11:00-12:30pm🌟

Featured on a large flat lot, an awesome starter home that gives you lots of playing field! Freshly painted throughout, making it a HOME run!

Join Maria LoPriore at the Open House Saturday, June 8th from 11:00-12:30pm and make this one yours! Call Maria for more details! 📞413-218-2358

#ComingSoon #NewListing #OpenHouse #Chicopee#BrendaCuocoAndAssociates #TheATeam#SellingHomesLikeABoss

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May 29, 2019

Home of the Week

🌟LOVELY CAPE🌟
From the moment you enter you will enjoy the crisp & clean feel this Lovely 4 bedroom Cape has to offer!!! One of Wilbraham’s sought after neighborhoods is just the beginning bonus here. Outdoor enjoyment begins here on this flat lot offering a nice sized back yard abutting woodlands! 

Call Brenda Cuoco for more details! 📞413-333-7776

#LovelyCape #Wilbraham#BrendaCuocoAndAssociates #TheATeam#SellingHomesLikeABoss

Website link: https://www.wmasshomebuyer.com/property/72477409/?addrs=1

May 29, 2019

Starting The Search For Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approvedfor a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

5. Document Your Home Visits

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy to document what you love and don’t love about each property you visit.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home.

May 27, 2019

Top Days To List Your Home For Sale

Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

 

Some Highlights:

  • ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale.
  • The top five days to list your home brought in a 10% premium over market value and are all in either May or June!
  • “Families start their home search when they know their kids will be out of school and when the weather is ideal for home viewing and moving, giving home sellers an upper hand in price negotiations.”
  • There is still time to list your home before these dates pass you by!

 

May 24, 2019

4 Tips For Making A Competitive Offer

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Below are 4 steps provided by Freddie Mac to help buyers make offers, along with some additional information for your consideration:

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 or the condition of the house and what you can afford), your agent will help you to determine the offer that you are going to present.

Getting pre-approved will not only show home-sellers that you are serious about buying, but it will also allow you to make your offer with confidence because you’ll know that you have already been approved for a mortgage in that amount.

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 if there are any ways in which you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market! A licensed real estate agent who is active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer.

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, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller or even cancel the contract altogether.

4. Act Fast

The inventory of homes listed for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.

Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as quickly as possible. Happy house hunting!

May 22, 2019

Look on the Bright Side: 6 Ways to View Your House's Flaws in a Positive Light

 

So you’re getting ready to list your house for sale, but its flaws keep staring you straight in the face. Your bedrooms are small. The kitchen needs new paint. The place desperately needs a new roof.

As hard as it may be, don't beat yourself up over the features that some buyers may see as undesirable. The truth is, no house is perfect, and a successful sale always comes down to connecting with the right buyer.

Here's the reality: Many potential buyers may actually see the flaws of a home as challenges they can design around or things they can negotiate into the sale price.

Of course, you don't want any glaring weaknesses to scare off potential buyers and kill any buzz surrounding your home. So the best thing to do is to come up with a plan. The tips below will help you smooth over your home's shortcomings.

1. Focus on the positive

 

Photo by Flippa Interiors

Buyers tend to see features like a large front yard, a multicar garage, outdoor living space, wood floors, lots of storage space, a renovated kitchen, a master suite, large bedrooms, and an open layout as major positives. So if your home has any of these features, talk them up!

For some buyers, the highly desirable features can far outweigh the undesirable ones.

"Your goal is to ensure that the buyers take notice of these really appealing features during the open house," says Sophie Kaemmerle, a home improvement and neighborhood expert for NeighborWho.com.

Highlight all of your home's desirable features on the listing and the information sheet you leave out for buyers to take at open houses.

2. Create curb appeal

Photo by Allard Ward Architects

The goal of an open house is to impress potential buyers from the moment they pull into your driveway. So if your curb appeal is on point, they'll likely be excited to see the rest of the house.

"Your home’s curb appeal will be their first exposure to your home, thus making it an important component in leaving a positive lasting impression on the buyers," says Kaemmerle.

To increase the home’s curb appeal, make sure to keep the lawn clear of clutter. Remember to keep the grass cut and the bushes trimmed, and remove any dead shrubs and trees. Giving the shutters and front door a new coat of paint will add a fresh appearance to the exterior of the home.

3. Design a focal point in each room

Photo by Rez Studio

To bring awareness to the favorable parts of each room, Kaemmerle suggests creating a focal point that accentuates the best features.

For example, if the best feature in your home is the high ceilings, display vertical art that emphasizes the height of a room. A small bedroom could be seen as a bummer, but a striking wallpaper statement wall can create visual interest.

4. Add soothing sounds

The sound of a babbling brook or relaxing music can dull a negative noise feature like a nearby highway or heavy airplane traffic.

Mike Gobber, president of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors® in Illinois, encourages sellers to add a water feature (like a portable fountain) or play some mellow music. While these sounds won’t eliminate or hide the noise, they can lessen the impact and make the ambiance during the open house more pleasant.

5. Get estimates

If an undesirable aspect of the home could be easily changed, Gobber says, it's not a bad idea to go ahead and get a few estimates for the work ahead of time. Then share this information with buyers who ask about what it would take to change that feature. If necessary, you can even offer to work those costs into the offer. Be prepared.

6. Sweeten the deal with a fun gift

Photo by Vinotemp

Everybody wants a deal, especially home buyers. Many sellers, at the behest of their real estate agent, will throw a gift in addition to the home.

"When selling a home, you can offer to include a six-month gym membership, stock the wine fridge, or pay to have the outside power-washed," says Kimberly Friedmutter, a motivational coach in Las Vegas.

An unexpected bonus like this could make the purchase worthwhile for the buyer and minimize any undesirable features in the house.

Article by: Realtor.com https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/how-to-explain-your-home-flaws/

 

 

 

May 20, 2019

Choosing the Right Agent

🔎Choosing the right agent might be stressful, however, there is one very easy and quick method:
ZILLOW! 
As much as we dislike Zillow for giving inaccurate values on 🏠 homes, they NEVER lie on sales. 💰📊?So check me out on Zillow, why not? ?🌐https://www.zillow.com/profile/Brenda-Cuoco/

This is where you’ll be able to look at each Agents reviews and ensure they have a great rating! ?🔢Numbers do not lie.
This is the website where you can type in any agents name to get their 📊stats:
Look up an agent 🌐https://www.zillow.com/agent-fin…/real-estate-agent-reviews/

This will share the level of expertise the Agent has and how many past sales they’ve done. Obviously, the more past sales, the more expertise that Agent has. ?Of course, there are many other factors, but expertise and results are a critical factor in selling your largest investment. 🏠

Don’t make a costly mistake!! Think Brenda Cuoco & Associates as your Agent of Choice! 

May 17, 2019

The Cost Of Renting Vs. Buying This Spring

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
  • Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (27.7%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.5%), the choice becomes obvious.
  • Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!
May 15, 2019

Why Access Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Getting Your House Sold!

Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by conditionfinancing, and price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2 pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

With more competition coming to the market this spring, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.