Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/16/2019

Selling a home sometimes can be a hassle, particularly if a homebuyer wants to negotiate. Fortunately, expert real estate agents are happy to help you take the guesswork out of a home selling negotiation.

Ultimately, there are several reasons why you should consider hiring a real estate agent to handle a home selling negotiation, including:

1. A real estate agent boasts comprehensive experience with home selling negotiations.

Let's face it – a home selling negotiation can be stressful. But with a real estate agent at your disposal, you can receive plenty of guidance as you make the final push to sell your residence.

A real estate agent is a master of the art of negotiation. As such, he or she will help you seamlessly navigate a home selling negotiation.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can help you up to date as a home selling negotiation approaches its conclusion. This housing market professional will even provide honest, unbiased recommendations, ensuring you can make informed decisions at each stage of a negotiation.

2. A real estate agent will ensure both you and a homebuyer get the best results possible.

As a home seller, your goal is to get the best price for your residence. Meanwhile, a homebuyer likely wants to purchase your residence at a price that suits his or her budget perfectly.

Finding common ground with a homebuyer may prove to be difficult. Lucky for you, a real estate agent will work with both a home seller and a homebuyer to guarantee both parties are satisfied with the end results of a negotiation.

A real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to understand your home selling goals and help you plan accordingly.

Furthermore, this housing market professional will serve as a liaison between you and a homebuyer. He or she will work directly with you and a homebuyer to finalize a home sale agreement that meets the needs of both property seller and buyer.

3. A real estate agent will help you overcome any challenges during a home selling negotiation.

There is no need to let challenges arise during a home selling negotiation. Conversely, a real estate agent will help you identify any potential problems and mitigate such issues before they escalate.

For example, a homebuyer may make a variety of home improvement demands after a property inspection. And if a home seller refuses to complete these property improvements, a homebuyer may walk away from a home sale.

A real estate agent will help a home seller prep his or her house for a property inspection. Plus, he or she can provide details about a homebuyer's demands after a property inspection and help a home seller determine the best way to proceed.

Ready to finalize a home sale? Collaborate with a real estate agent – you'll be glad you did. A real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to assist you during a home selling negotiation and ensure you can optimize the value of your house.

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/14/2019

This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $381,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.

72 Blackberry Ln, Amherst, MA 01002


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Lavished with TLC, this large ranch with 2 car garage features desirable North Amherst location with bright, southern exposure; one level living, plus full, finished basement; all enhanced by mature, flowering perennials & no care, ground cover in both front and backyards. On main level 1736 SF are configured into family friendly, floor plan: adjoining living and dining rooms are most inviting with southern light that streams in through picture windows; the eat-in kitchen, replete with birch cabinetry, is large but cozy, steps away from the separate laundry/mudroom & half bath. Comfortable family room with fireplace invites family & guests to gather & to access the deck & private backyard through the slider. The master bedroom sports its own full bathroom, while 2 other bedrooms share a full bath. The finished 560 SF basement is multi-purpose (rec rm, office, exercise space). Tinkerers will delight in the workshop. Perks: oak floors on main level + ample storage + generator.

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/9/2019

If you believe you are coming close to the time to buy your first home, you'll want to be informed. It’s never too early to begin preparing for a home purchase. The more organized you are, and the better you have your financial situation in order the better off you’ll be when it comes to the home search. Where should you start? Below, you’ll find some key things that you can do to maximize your chances of finding and securing your first home.

Check Your Credit

Your credit score is one of the most critical pieces of your financial picture. A FICO score ranges from 300 to 850. The higher the number, the better off you are. When you’re getting a mortgage, you want to have good credit. If your credit score is above 740, you’ll be eligible for the best interest rates. If your credit score needs help, a higher score will get you the best interest rates available. Once you get your credit score, (It’s free to get through a variety of services.) aim to improve your score. Pay your bills on time. Use less of your available credit (target to use 30 percent or less of your total available credit.) The bottom line is that a low-interest rate will save you a significant amount of money over the life of your loan. 

Refrain From Opening New Accounts

If you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s probably best for you to stay away from opening new accounts. Every store has their credit card and offers deals to open an account in store. While it could save you some money on your purchase, opening new accounts has a negative impact on your credit score in the short term. A car loan, for example, will also affect your credit score because it brings your debt-to-income ratio up, which can put a damper on your chances of getting a mortgage for a low-interest rate.

Save, Save, Save

If you want to buy a home soon, you’ll need to save up a significant amount of money. These savings will go towards a downpayment, closing costs, and furnishing your new place. Every chance you get, you should be putting money away. Include gifts, bonuses, and any other income that’s outside of your average take-home pay. 

It’s also a good idea to set up a second bank account dedicated to saving for the home. Set up an automatic transfer each month that will go into that account from your primary earnings. You can d this based on how your employer pays you.

Look For A Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent will be a crucial part of your home search. They will help in everything from finding the property of your dreams to negotiating the deal to sitting by your side at closing. You should do a bit of research to help you find a real estate agent who can assist you in finding the right property for you. 

Ask family and friends for recommendations of agents. You can search for the real estate agent’s name online and see what kind of reviews the agent has and contact different agents. From there. You can make a decision.          

Now, good luck with your home search! 

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/3/2019

This Single-Family in Hatfield, MA recently sold for $423,500. This Cape,Contemporary style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.

118 Old Stage Rd, Hatfield, MA 01088

West Hatfield


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Well appointed Contemporary home sporting a wonderful, light filled floor plan. Enter into a two-story Foyer, Master Bedroom Suite on the first floor with custom walk-in closet and large Master Bath with 2-person jetted tub, double vanity and separate shower. Large sunny Living Room with 3 skylights, wood stove, and built-in cabinets. Eat-In Kitchen has granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and access to the elevated 3-Season Porch with views of the beautiful backyard. Mud/Laundry Room leads to the 3 car garage and large rear deck. Upstairs are 2 spacious Bedrooms both with En-Suite Bathrooms, and an Office. Walk-out Basement is partially finished. Loads of storage throughout. Private and peaceful, the great 3.88 acre lot is professionally landscaped with small orchard, hot tub and fire pit - perfect for relaxing, entertaining and gardening. Minutes to Northampton center, Rt 5/10, I-91 - This home is the complete package, come take a look!

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/2/2019

139 High Point Dr., Amherst, MA 01002



Full/Half Baths
Enjoy the special surroundings of this Post and Beam Contemporary! Tucked on a partially wooded lot, this is the perfect balance of country setting and proximity, only a short drive to Amherst Center, UMass and area shopping. The spacious open floor plan includes Cathedral ceilings and a cozy living area with wood stove, window seat and rustic charm, enjoys ample sunlight through the slider and picture windows. Open concept kitchen and dining room, full bath on the first level. The second level with loft study, bedroom with half bath. The lower level has three bedroom, full bath and laundry. The large wrap around deck is ideal for outdoor entertaining or enjoying the private surroundings. A well maintained home with newer metal roof, freshly painted interior and deck and two car garage. The nearby scenic reservoir and conservation area is an added bonus! First showings at Open house Sunday May 5, 12 to 2pm.
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Location: 139 High Point Dr., Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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