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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 7/9/2020


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Booming housing markets are obviously bad news for buyers, especially if they're afraid they're about to buy smack dab in the middle of a bubble. However, there are also reasons why residents and even home sellers should fear housing booms as well. When a city or town undergoes rapid growth due to a major corporation striking it rich, it isn't all champagne and caviar for the everyday people who live in the neighborhoods. 

1. Owners Move Up Their Sale Dates 

Owners who want to capitalize on the housing boom face two major problems. The first is that they likely weren't ready to move, and the second is the question of where they should move to. Because housing booms extend far past where the corporation has set up shop, it's not as though owners can purchase a property in the next town over. To reap the profits of their sale price, they may need to move clear out of state! Add that to the added stress of an early sale date, and it's easy to see why sellers aren't always making out like bandits. 

2. Residents Face Increased Costs of Living 

When housing prices go up, so too does everything else. From insurance to groceries to entertainment, those with a steady income find that it doesn't stretch as far as it used to. So unless residents are planning to move to a cheaper area or they're about to get a serious raise, they're essentially left in a worse position. This undisputed fact has put residents in a tenuous position, especially if they were trying to save. 

3. Neighborhoods Lose Their Appeal 

Unfortunately, it's usually the same developers who are buying up property during housing booms. These owners are primarily concerned with how to squeeze the most money from the well-paid employees at the nearest corporation. And while this is understandable, it tends to whitewash neighborhoods so everything starts to look the same. Even the landowners who try to brand themselves as funky to appear hip the younger crowd tend to water it down to the point where there's little personality or charm to what were once thriving and close-knit communities. 

There's no doubt that corporations can bring unprecedented success to neighborhoods, but they certainly don't help everyone. The real value of a city or town doesn't come from CEOs, but rather from the people who work to build the community through its patchwork efforts. That kind of appeal can take years before it's noticed and appreciated and that's part of what attracts big business in the first place. 




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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 7/7/2020


19 Beech St., Greenfield, MA 01301

Single-Family

$240,000
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
1
Baths
Charm and quality in the established neighborhood on Beech St! This meticulously maintained home welcomes you in the front entry opening to a spacious living room, formal dining room and the updated kitchen. First floor laundry and rear mud room complete the first level. The second floor master bedroom with generous closet space, bedroom and family room leads to the third level of living space with two additional bedrooms and storage. Lovely, updated bath on the second level. The wrap around porch invites you to relax and enjoy the established perennial gardens. Low maintenance vinyl siding, replacement windows and garage are additional perks. Excellent location, short walk to town center, close to schools, easy access to points north and south. This home displays pride of ownership, thirty years of loving care! Schedule your private showing!
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Saturday
July 11 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 7/2/2020

If you receive an offer to purchase your house, determining how to proceed with this proposal sometimes can be difficult. Ultimately, a home seller needs to weigh the pros and cons of accepting an offer to purchase. And if the pros outweigh the cons, it probably is a good idea to accept the homebuying proposal.

When it comes to reviewing an offer to purchase, there are many reasons why a seller should accept this proposal, and these include:

1. An offer to purchase matches or exceeds a home seller's expectations.

If a home seller receives an offer to purchase at or above the initial asking price for his or her house, accepting the proposal likely is a no-brainer. In fact, a seller may want to provide an instant "Yes" to this offer so he or she can quickly move on to the next step of the property selling journey.

Of course, it helps to establish realistic home selling expectations before listing a residence. If a seller sets a competitive initial asking price that corresponds to his or her home selling expectations, then this individual may be better equipped than others to enjoy a seamless property selling experience.

2. An offer to purchase falls in line with the current housing market's conditions.

If you're selling a home in a buyer's market, you may pounce at the opportunity to accept any offer to purchase that comes your way. Comparatively, if you list your house in a seller's market, you may need to consider all of your options closely before you accept an offer to purchase.

As a home seller, you should evaluate the current state of the real estate market. If you allocate time and resources to learn about the housing market, you can gain real estate market insights to help you determine whether to accept an offer to purchase.

3. An offer to purchase enables a home seller to speed up the property selling process.

If you're operating on a tight home selling timeline, you may be more inclined than ever before to accept an offer to purchase, even if it falls below your initial expectations. Conversely, if you plan ahead for the home selling journey, you may reduce the risk of facing a time crunch to sell your house.

For home sellers, hiring a real estate agent is key. This housing market professional can help a seller prepare for the real estate market and ensure that a seller sets a competitive price for his or her house. Plus, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events to showcase a residence to prospective buyers. And if a seller receives an offer to purchase, a real estate agent can provide a recommendation about the best way to respond to this homebuying proposal.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can boost the likelihood of getting an offer to purchase your home that allows you to maximize the value of your property.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 6/29/2020


19 Beech St., Greenfield, MA 01301

Single-Family

$240,000
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
1
Baths
Charm and quality in the established neighborhood on Beech St! This meticulously maintained home welcomes you in the front entry opening to a spacious living room, formal dining room and the updated kitchen. First floor laundry and rear mud room complete the first level. The second floor master bedroom with generous closet space, bedroom and family room leads to the third level of living space with two additional bedrooms and storage. Lovely, updated bath on the second level. The wrap around porch invites you to relax and enjoy the established perennial gardens. Low maintenance vinyl siding, replacement windows and garage are additional perks. Excellent location, short walk to town center, close to schools, easy access to points north and south. This home displays pride of ownership, thirty years of loving care! Schedule your private showing!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 6/29/2020


268 West Pelham, Shutesbury, MA 01072

Single-Family

$370,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This lovely home will charm you the minute you enter! The welcoming family room and updated kitchen provide a comfortable space drawing you in to this charming, expanded Gambrel Colonial. The formal dining room and spacious living room with hardwood floors and a wood stove make for great entertaining or cozy times at home. First floor laundry and powder room complete the first level. The master bedroom with skylights and sitting room, two bedrooms and two baths on the second level. The private rear deck overlooks a small pond, terraced gardens and plenty of space for play! A gardeners delight with abundant established perennial, flowering trees. A peaceful haven! Newer appliances, broadband internet and a great location a short drive to Amherst, easy access to points north or south. Schedule your private showing!
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