Western Massachusetts Real Estate and Community News

Jan. 12, 2019

Beautiful Scenic Listing- 323 North Rd., Hampden, MA



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!


Call Brenda Cuoco today for more details and make this one yours! 📞(413)214-5365


Get a free estimate of your home today! https://www.wmasshomebuyer.com/cma/property-valuation/


Jan. 11, 2019

8 Habits All Successful Home Sellers Have in Common

8 Habits All Successful Home Sellers Have in Common

What’s the secret of selling your home fast, and for top dollar? Keeping your house looking fantastic, of course! To achieve that, most successful home sellers have certain key habits in common, whether it's clearing out their mail pile every day or doing a monthly deep clean.

So if you've resolved to sell your home this year, listen up: Here are the best habits you can adopt to proactively maintain your home all the way to a successful sale.

Daily: Tidy up

When your home is on the market, it's best to always have it “show-ready,” which means in tiptop shape, since buyers love an impeccably clean house.

"I recommend my clients create a daily checklist of what to quickly tidy up before they leave for the day, so they can be prepared for last-minute showings," says Jessica Creel, a real estate professional in Phoenix. The checklist will help you get into the habit of making sure beds are made, clutter is put away, countertops are wiped down, blinds are left open, and fliers are left on the table.


Daily: Respond to offers

Successful sellers are in the habit of responding to offers quickly. "It's very important to strike when the iron is hot," says Bruce Ailion, a real estate professional at Atlanta's Re/Max Town and Country. "Buyers get antsy when their offer isn't responded to and begin to doubt it, because so much of real estate is emotional."

Prepare yourself by figuring out in advance what you will and won't accept. This includes the lowest offer you will take and what contingencies you'll allow.


Weekly: Build buzz

Make it your mission to broadcast to friends far and wide that your home is for sale. This means promoting your listing on social media—not just once, but every week—and through good, old-fashioned gabbing. After all, you never know which friend of a friend is looking for a new home.

Weekly: Do a deep clean inside and out

Pick a day each week to do a deep clean of your home, to keep the daily maintenance to a minimum. If you have a pet, this might include a weekly refreshing of carpets and upholstery that may harbor unpleasant smells.

Monthly: Purge your closets and cabinets

"When a client approaches me about wanting to list their home, the first thing I tell them to do is go through closets and get in the habit of donating unwanted items every month," says Beverly Burris at William Means Real Estate in Charleston, SC. "Closet and storage space is extremely important to buyers, and a seller needs to make them look as spacious as possible." Getting into the habit of eliminating clutter will make it easier for you to keep your closets show-ready.

Monthly: Maintain your exterior

Establish the routine of ensuring your home's stellar appearance by replacing outdoor light bulbs and cleaning the front porch. Freshen up exterior paint, get a professional window-cleaning and plant new landscaping if needed. "Most buyers fall in love with a house before they even enter," says Molly Lasater, an agent in Midland, Texas, at soldwithmolly.com, so this area is especially important to maintain on a regular basis.

Monthly: Sit down with your real estate agent

Even though you'll regularly be in touch with your real estate professional on the progress of your home sale, get in the habit of having a monthly review. You'll want a breakdown of the activity going on in your neighborhood and on your property in particular. This will keep you alert to anything that needs to be recalibrated, such as changing the price or marketing if you aren't seeing the results that you would like, says Burris. The routine of checking in can also help drive an overall strategy to sell your home.

Annually: Make sure your home is in good repair

Once you know a sale is in your future, it's time to get a presale home inspection, so you can get in the habit of keeping your property in shape until you list it. An inspection will allow you time to make any major repairs, meaning that you'll be able to keep the negotiation power on your side instead of the buyer's, says Shawn Breyer of Atlanta's Breyer Home Buyers.

If you choose to forgo an inspection, a good rule of thumb is to replace mechanicals if they have reached 75% of their life expectancy. For example, if your water heater’s life expectancy is 10 years, you should replace it if it’s seven years or older.

All these habits add up to one thing—demonstrating pride of ownership. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Jan. 10, 2019

New Listing- 25 Grant St., Springfield, MA


Investors take notice!!! Within close proximity to the rotary, 291, Springfield hospitals and Colleges. This 2 family up/down units with 3 nice sized bedrooms and 1 full bath can be yours. Large over sized eat in kitchen a plus. Units offers open floor plan with combination living room / dining room. Separate family room is located in the heart of the home, perfect for gatherings or a quite space. Want something extra special? How about a Bonus 3rd floor for storage, extra space or potential living area. Off street parking and fenced in yard a plus!!

Call Danielle Barton today for more details and make this one yours! 📞(413)320-6829

#NewListing #Springfield #BrendaCuocoAndAssociates#SellingHomesLikeABoss #TheATeam


Jan. 10, 2019

Quaboag Heights- FOUR UNITS LEFT

We have ONLY FOUR units left for sale. Are you looking for an over 55 condo community? This is it! Low HOA fees & a beautiful community. 
Call us today for more information! (413)333-7776


Jan. 10, 2019

2019 Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll is open for voting

Thank you to all of our amazing clients, family and friends for a successful 2018. We are looking forward to all that 2019 has in store for us!

The 2019 Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll is open until January 31st. We would greatly appreciate if you would consider taking the time to vote for us as “Best Real Estate Agency.” We appreciate each and every one of you that have already voted. #BrendaCuocoAndAssociates #TheATeam #SellingHomesLikeABoss #Thankful #BringOn2019 #SellFast #SellHigh

Link to vote: https://valleyadvocate.com/2018/12/20/best-of-the-valley-readers-poll-2019-vote/

Jan. 9, 2019

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common

6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common

Welcome to 2019! Resolving to eat more kale and take the stairs are fine resolutions. But if this is the year you vow to buy a home, we'd love to suggest a few new habits to help you get there.

Here's a breakdown of home-buying habits to adopt now, especially if you hope to start looking once home-buying season is in full swing come spring. These behaviors are things you can do daily, weekly, monthly, or even just yearly. Taken together, they set you well on the path to homeownership with a minimum of pain and suffering.

1. Daily: Ditch an indulgence or two

Excuse us for stating the obvious—but saving for a down payment is vital to a successful house purchase. And buyers who can put down 20% don’t have to pay private mortgage insurance. Getting to that 20% down payment is a goal achieved by spending less.

Daily habits you may want to adopt now include eating out less often, cutting the cable bill, canceling (or downgrading) the gym membership, forgoing expensive coffee, and making your own lunch every day, says Patricia Vosburgh of NextHome Gulf to Bay in St. Petersburg, FL. And it's not just about skipping $4 coffee—buyers shouldn't make big purchases either.

"If you have an expensive car payment, consider selling the car or turning in the lease," says Vosburgh. "Buy a beater car for the time being, or use public transportation."

2. Weekly: Make deposits into a 'home savings' account

"When I was young and newly married, I couldn’t afford to buy an apartment or a house," says Dolly Hertz, licensed associate real estate broker at New York's Engels & Volkers. So she opened a designated "home savings" account, and she and her husband got into the habit of depositing a set weekly amount.

"Soon we had a tidy amount for a down payment," says Kullen. To meet their goal sooner, Kullen kept her starter home aspirations modest, which enabled her to get approved easily by the bank.

3. Weekly: Start attending open houses

Getting into the habit of attending open houses will not only give you a feel for what homes are available, but seeing homes that could be yours will also help motivate you to save.

"And it will educate you on the market," says Marie Bromberg, a sales agent with Compass in Brooklyn. "Every buyer at the back of their mind is thinking 'Is now a good time to buy?' Once you observe firsthand what houses are selling for what, it will help settle this question in your mind."

4. Monthly: Do a trial run at homeownership

Owning a home is more than just coming up with a 20% down payment. You also have to be able to pay the mortgage and home maintenance costs.

"Think lawn care, general maintenance, replacing mechanicals, and unexpected repairs," says Shawn Breyer of Atlanta's Breyer Home Buyers.

To make sure you won't max yourself out, test out the habit of saving as a homeowner. For one month, set aside the anticipated amount of your monthly housing expenses and what you'd need for an emergency fund. (A good rule of thumb is to save 10% of your mortgage amount every month for maintenance fees. So if your payment is $1,200, sock away $120.) Then see if you can live within your new budget.

This will allow you to test your lifestyle before committing to buying, says Nick Oliver, principal broker at New York's HomeDax Real Estate. If you can't live within the budget, you'll know to opt for a smaller home.

5. Monthly: Pay all bills on time

To qualify for a mortgage at a reasonable interest rate, you'll need a credit score that is in the 600s at the very least. The best way to keep your score high is to be in the habit of paying every single bill on time. Timely payments are especially important for auto loans and leases, since mortgage lenders look there first when checking reliability. Lest you forget, set bills on automatic payment.

Bills includes your rent, too. Remember, when you’re going into a home purchase, you sometimes need a referral from your landlord. Whether your rent check arrived on the first or the 15th of the month matters. And don't forget about medical bills, which stay on your credit score for seven years if late or unpaid, says Hertz.

Finally, always pay down credit cards with any extra cash you have at the end of the month.

6. Yearly: Check your credit report

Do you even know what your credit score is, or even laid eyes on your credit report? If not—or if you haven't done so recently—now's the time to check.

To get a free copy of your credit score, go to CreditKarma.com. For your full credit report, available for free once a year, go to AnnualCreditReport.com. Who knows, there may be things on that report you weren't aware of that are hurting your score—the only way to know and nip these problems in the bud is to check.

Jan. 7, 2019

2205 Boston Rd., Unit F57- Open House, 1/13 12:00-1:00pm

🌟 OPEN HOUSE: 1/13 12:00-1:00pm

Welcome to Beautiful Woodcrest Condominiums! This cozy END unit has an ATTACHED GARAGE... Wow!!! First flr highlights an open flr plan w/ spacious living & dining rm area w/ access to private trex deck overlooking wooded tree lined area and plenty of back yard space is a bonus!  Absolutely, wonderful renovated kitchen w/ hdwd flrs, granite c- tops & stainless steel appliances. Half bth is updated too. Second flr highlights a spacious master bdrm w/ w-in closet & window seat, second bdrm has dual closets & full bth w/ tiled floor. Partially finished lower level features a warm & welcoming family rm with bar area. Just the perfect location, Don't wait!

Join Kathleen Brenner at the Open House this Sunday, January 13th from 12:00-1:00pm and make this one yours! Call Kathleen for more details at (413)433-0290

#OpenHouse #Wilbraham #BrendaCuocoAndAssociates #SellingHomesLikeABoss #TheATeam


Jan. 7, 2019


Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI).
  • Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers.
  • Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th best renovations for returns on investment.
Jan. 7, 2019

660 Glendale Rd.- Open House on 1/12- 11-12:30pm

🌟 OPEN HOUSE: 1/12 11:00-12:30pm

WOW!! Entertain inside or outside at this Beautiful Colonial home situated on 1.38 acres of land. This property highlights great entertaining space, a beautiful formal dining room and a wonderful kitchen with a breakfast bar and dining area breakfast bar. Dual staircases lead to the second floor featuring a master suite with walk in closet and master bath, and four additional bedrooms. Lower level features awesome additional space with walk out basement. Outdoor entertainment begins here with a spacious backyard area, great for outdoor functions along with deck dining area. 

Join Shannon Lemonde at the Open House this Saturday, January 12th from 11:00-12:30pm and make this one yours! Call Shannon for more details at (413)519-3928

#OpenHouse #Wilbraham #BrendaCuocoAndAssociates#SellingHomesLikeABoss #TheATeam


Jan. 7, 2019

New Listing- 400 Springfield St.- Open House, 1/12 1:30-1:00pm

🗝️NEW LISTING 🌟 OPEN HOUSE: 1/12 11:30-1:00pm


WOW! UNDER $200k in WILBRAHAM!!! This Adorable ranch style home highlights a crisp & clean kitchen w/ all appliances, dining area opening to bright & spacious living rm & den area - perfect for entertaining guests! The left wing of this home offers a master bdrm w/ hardwood floors along with remodeled full bath and additional bedroom w/ gleaming hard wood floors. Outdoor enjoyment begins here with this generous sized flat back yard featuring patio dining area & shed. Offering potential possibility of additional space, this home features a walk out basement w/ full size windows as a sweet bonus! Come SEE, Come BUY!


Join Kathleen Brenner at the Open House this Saturday, January 12th from 11:30-1:00pm and make this one yours! Call Kathleen for more details at (413)433-0290


#NewListing #OpenHouse #Wilbraham #BrendaCuocoAndAssociates #SellingHomesLikeABoss #TheATeam