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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/12/2019

If you’re in the market to buy a home soon, you probably have a long list of things to look for. You also are most likely focused on savings and shopping around for the best mortgage rates. You may know everything that you should do when you’re buying a home, but has anyone told you what you shouldn’t do? Read on to discover some of the worst practices of people searching for a home. 


Lack Of Research


You need to search for a home before you even set out to look at properties in person. While you’ll want to work with a realtor, you should know what you want before you start working with him. Your agent will be able to set up alerts for you that enable you to see properties put on the market as soon as they become available. This search will be tailored to your wants such as a large yard, master bathroom, or separate dining area. If you understand what your needs will cost you in relation to your budget ahead of time, working with a real estate agent will be a more fruitful experience.


Not Letting Your Real Estate Agent Do Their Job


Real estate agents are experts in the housing market. Your agent will research prices and help you to understand what a reasonable offer on a property will be. Your agent has the tools to get you the information you need to make an informed offer on a property. Sellers get insulted if an offer is well below the asking price. Trust that your agent knows what he’s talking about. 


You’ll have a close relationship with your agent throughout the house hunting process. You’ll need to make arrangements with your agent to go to open houses and home showings. Your agent will accommodate you to the best of his ability. All you need to do is communicate with them. 


Not Looking Beyond The Online Search


If you are out and about and see a property for sale that interests you, don’t assume that it’s out of your reach. Sometimes the online searches miss things. A property may include (or not include) something that you’re looking for. You can take down the address where you saw the “for sale” sign and speak with your real estate agent about it.


Skimming Over Properties


When you have the opportunity to look at a property, really take the time to view it. You can miss a lot of details by quickly going over a property due to your first impression. There’s a lot of things that you may not see if you don’t look at the details of a home as you walk through it.       





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Categories: real estate   Buying a Home  


Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/5/2019

For home sellers who want to accomplish the optimal results, it is important to remain open to negotiations with buyers. There are many reasons why home sellers should negotiate with buyers, and these include:

1. You can accelerate the house selling journey.

If your mission is to sell your house as quickly as possible, you should be open to negotiating with a buyer. Because if you can negotiate a home purchase agreement, you can move one step closer to concluding the house selling journey.

As you enter a negotiation with a homebuyer, it is important to keep your house selling goals in mind. At the same time, you should be willing to adjust your goals as needed. If you maintain flexibility throughout a negotiation with a homebuyer, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience.

2. You can reach an agreement that works well for both a seller and buyer.

If you find a buyer's initial offer to purchase your house falls short of your expectations, you can open up negotiations with this individual. Then, you and a buyer can work together to come to terms on a home sale agreement that suits both parties.

Of course, a negotiation with a buyer does not guarantee instant success. If you and a buyer cannot reach a home sale agreement, there is no need to worry. Even if negotiations with a buyer fail, you can wait for another offer to purchase your home that falls in line with your expectations.

3. You can get the best price for your house.

As a home seller, it is important to do everything you can to optimize your house sale earnings. If you negotiate with a buyer, you can increase the likelihood of getting the best price for your house.

Furthermore, home sellers should keep in mind that they have options during a negotiation with a buyer. If you are not satisfied with the progress of a negotiation, you can walk away from the negotiating table.

When it comes to negotiating a home sale, you may want to hire a real estate agent, too. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of home sale negotiations and will do whatever it takes to help you achieve the best-possible results.

Typically, a real estate agent can handle a negotiation with a buyer on your behalf. This housing market professional will continue to provide status updates throughout a negotiation and do what it takes to streamline the house selling cycle. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions during a home sale negotiation, a real estate agent can instantly respond to them.

Don't stress about negotiating the sale price of your home. If you are open to negotiating your house's sale price with a buyer, you may be able to speed up the home selling journey. Best of all, you could maximize the profit from your home sale.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 8/29/2019

This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $200,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.


50 North Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$229,000
Price
$200,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Privacy and a great location convenient to Amherst are found in this 2 story Contemporary home. The sunken living room opens up to a front deck. One BR and full bath on the 1st floor, 2 more BR's and a gutted 2nd bath on the 2nd floor. A nice balcony overlooks the living room. Needs a little sprucing up, but this will make a wonderful home! Route 9 bus stop at end of North Street.

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 8/29/2019

This Condo in Northampton, MA recently sold for $349,000. This Garden style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.


11 Edwards Square, Northampton, MA 01060

Condo

$348,000
Price
$349,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Here's a recently remodeled, beautifully appointed 1st floor garden condo on 2 levels tucked into a quiet side street and surrounded by nature in downtown Northampton! Located next to the bike path and with off street parking, you can leave the car and ride or stroll to everything this vibrant city has to offer! Beautiful wood and tile floors throughout, central air, gas heat, an open floor plan between living and dining rooms and multiple windows in each room. The smartly designed kitchen has granite counters, SS appliances, pantry, and breakfast nook. The MBR features a walk-in closet and desk area, and the full bathroom has a large jetted soaking tub, subway tile and private access from the MBR. A second BR and tiled half bath round out the first floor. In the finished walk-out basement you'll find a great family/office/kid space, laundry, mud room, access to the parking area and another half bath. Enjoy the private rear porch! OPEN HOUSE SAT, 7/13, 11-1

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Tags: Real Estate   Northampton   Condo   01060  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Cynthia Owens on 8/29/2019

When you’re trying to sell your home, there are a few mistakes that could make or break completing the sale of the home in a timely manner. While some things like a tough market or a home with a lot of extra-special features are out of your immediate control, there are plenty of things that you can do when it comes to selling your home. Read on for expert selling tips on what to avoid when your home is going on the market.


Your Home Is Overpriced


Overpriced homes tend to sit on the market for a longer period of time. This is because buyers can see that the price isn’t right and are waiting for a price drop. It’s so easy to overestimate the value of your home as well. 


When a home sits on the market for a longer period of time, buyers also wonder if there’s something wrong with the home. Was there a botched inspection? Does the home need major work that’s not visible to the naked eye? An idle home sale leaves buyers wondering, and your home still left on the market.


As far as price goes, if your home has been sitting on the market, you’ll need to consider dropping the price in a timely fashion if the price isn’t right. You also should be open to bargaining with buyers. In the grand scheme of selling a home sometimes being stubborn with $5,000 doesn’t pay off in the end. 


You Didn’t Clean Before A Showing


When your home goes on the market, you’ll need to do a deep clean of the home. This could mean shelling out some money for a professional cleaning service. Buyers want to see homes that are in pretty good condition. It’s hard to picture living in a place where there’s a lot of dirt and clutter. If you need to, put some of your stuff in storage for the showing. Buyers need some vision to help them decide on the home that’s right for them. You can help them to find that vision with a spotless house.


Using Subpar Photographs


When it comes to selling your home, you want the best possible photographs to depict your property. Most home buyers start their search online these days and high-quality photographs are the best first impression of your property that you can give. A few cell phone pictures just won’t cut it. If you can’t get professional photographs done to sell your home, you might want to find someone with a more professional camera or a bit of amateur photography skills. Buyers are focusing on the pictures way more than they are the words in descriptions for online listings. Find the best way to give buyers an overview of your property in images with a good impression.







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