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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 11/21/2019


 

Are you looking for some new and unique flooring options for your home? Check out this list of artistic, eye-catching and unique flooring options from around the globe.

Roman Tile Floor

The most luxurious homes during the Golden Age of Rome boasted floors that were a fantastic work of art. Tiny colored tiles were created with meticulous care to make beautiful mosaics. Animal motifs were common, but so were geometric patterns. Some Romans also enjoyed heated floors. In this present day, you can have a mosaic floor just as the Romans, and have it heated for some extra cash, too.

Bamboo Cane Floor

Over the years, bamboo has become popular as an eco-friendly choice to hardwood. Bamboo has the same shiny, grainy and smooth appearance of a typical wooden floor and the same durability, too. However, bamboo grows faster than regular trees, which makes it a renewable source. Bamboo is easy to clean and can last for many years.

Log End Floor

Log end floor is a different twist on the standard hardwood floor. With an amazingly rustic yet sophisticated appearance, the log-end floor is made of well-crafted log pieces to bring the feeling of a traditional log cabin and a splash of high-class.A log-end floor has a very flexible design and is superbly comfortable to walk on.

Rubber Floor

If you want to think out of the ordinary in regard to floors for your kitchen, a rubber floor is a beautiful, unique flooring choice. Typically, used in playroom and gyms, rubber is springy underfoot and soft, so it is excellent for standing for an extended period, such as when cooking or washing the dishes. A rubber floor is durable and requires low maintenance. It will provide a fresh and unique look for homeowners who want something different.

Penny Floor

A fresh and exciting trend is known as a penny floor aka copper floor. Penny floor is just as the name implies: a layer of pennies makes up this unique floor, held firmly into place with a sealant. Even though it takes a considerable amount of time to lay down all the pennies, it is surprisingly affordable. If you want stylish flooring for your home without spending too much, the penny floor is a great choice.

When renovating your home, you should consider choosing a unique flooring option as it can boost the value and appeal of your home. Not sure what to pick? Ask your real estate agent what flooring types are the best return on investment in your market.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 11/7/2019

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When you have a million-dollar home to sell, don’t just get any real estate agent. The same goes if you are buying a million-dollar home. It would be best if you had a real estate agent that does more than think like a millionaire. When you choose a real estate agent who has never sold a high-end home, your listing could end up sitting on the MLS for too long.

Multi-State Listings

Because those who can afford your home are probably limited in your hometown, you need a real estate agent who is able to list your property in several states. The agent should be able to list your home on some of the larger cities’ MLS listings, including New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston and other large cities. The agent should also know which counties in different states tend to have a higher number of rich people and post the listing on the MLS for those areas.

Knowing Brokers

Your real estate agent should have a list of brokers that represent buyers and sellers of million-dollar+ properties. As soon as they get your listing, they should be on the phone with these brokers to let them know they have a high-end listing. When the agent contacts these brokers, they should be asking about buyers in the market for high-end homes.

Buying a Million-Dollar Home

Chances are, you are not interested in looking at pictures and driving by homes with signs out front. Your real estate agent should be emailing you with listings that they think you might be interested in, even if those listings are in another state – unless you specify that you want a specific area only.

If you are in City A, you might find a few high-end homes, but they may not meet your specifications. If you are ready to move, the agent might find a home in another nearby city – but that agent must look in other cities. It is the same as with states. If you are the type who wants the house you want, no matter where it is, your agent should be in contact with brokers in areas that sell high-end real estate.

Keeping It Simple

Whether you are buying or selling a million-dollar+ home, a real estate with contacts makes all the difference in the amount of time it takes to sell or find the perfect home. In the right market, you could sell your high-end home much faster than average if your agent has a list of brokers with high-end buyers.They’ll reach more buyers at one time by knowing how to play the game.

Likewise, for buying – instead of looking at 10 homes that are not even close to what you are looking for, an agent with contacts will be able to find your home faster.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 10/31/2019

An open approach to selling a home can make a world of difference for any seller, at any time. In fact, there are many reasons to maintain an open approach to selling a house, and these include:

1. You can consider all of your home selling options.

The prices of homes in one part of the country may vary from the prices of similar houses in another. Fortunately, a home seller who keeps his or her options open can map out the home selling journey based on the current housing sector's conditions.

As you prepare to sell your house, it helps to analyze the local real estate sector and keep your options open. That way, you can price your house appropriately, promote it to the right groups of buyers and boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

2. You can wait to accept an offer that matches your expectations.

Let's face it – no home seller wants to deal with underwhelming offers to buy his or her residence. If you maintain an open approach to selling your home, however, you may be better equipped than others to avoid selling yourself short.

Ultimately, an informed home seller is open to any offer on a residence but will only accept a proposal that matches his or her expectations. If this seller receives a "lowball" offer, he or she will have no trouble politely declining the proposal. Or, if this seller gets a "fair" offer, he or she can accept the proposal and move forward in the home selling journey.

3. You can reduce the risk of making rash home selling decisions.

The pressure to sell a house can be immense, particularly for an individual who is selling a residence for the first time. But with an open approach to selling a house, you may be able to avoid making rash home selling decisions.

When the going gets tough for a home seller, he or she knows how to calm down and stay focused. By taking a deep breath and looking at the big picture, a home seller can think and act logically. Then, this seller can allocate the necessary time and resources to make informed home selling choices and increase the probability of making the right decisions based on his or her individual needs.

For those who are getting ready to sell a house, it helps to maintain an open approach to the home selling journey. Furthermore, if you need extra assistance as you prepare to list your home, you may want to reach out to a local real estate agent.

A real estate agent will help you showcase your residence to potential buyers and review offers. Perhaps best of all, he or she can provide honest, unbiased home selling advice and help you remain calm, cool and collected in even the toughest home selling situations.

Make the most of your home selling experience – take an open approach to the home selling journey, and you can move one step closer to accomplishing your home selling goals.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 10/25/2019

This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $245,000. This Cape style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.


26 Stebbins Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$250,000
Price
$245,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Make this classic New England cape your home. This home has many great features and is just waiting for your personal touches. The location is prime to commute to both Springfield and Amherst. There are hardwood floors that run through the kitchen and dinning room. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinet space. The dinning room is large with a pellet stove for an alternate heat source and could be used as a second living room if you so choose. The living room is carpeted and has a fieldstone fire place for those cold Winter nights. There is also a first floor bedroom that could also be used as a home office. The 2 upstairs bedrooms are large. When your guests come to watch the football game there is a large finished room in the basement to entertain. This home features solar panels to offset the costs of heat and electricity.

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 10/24/2019


123 Peekskill Ave, Springfield, MA 01129

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to this lovely home minutes to the Wilbraham line or Sixteen Acres center. This light and bright home enjoys an open floor plan kitchen and dining room, spacious living room with fireplace, a great space for entertaining or cozy home times. Extra space for family room or office on the first floor. Two full updated baths, central air, beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen exits to a large deck showcasing the private fenced back yard, lots of space to play! A winning combination of space, charm and location!
Open House
Saturday
October 26 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 123 Peekskill Ave, Springfield, MA 01129    Get Directions

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