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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 2/14/2020


315 Winton St., Springfield, MA 01118

East Forest Park

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
A great opportunity for a move in ready meticulously maintained Cape. This lovingly cared for home had the same owner for sixty plus years! This three bedroom, two bath home has gleaming hardwoods in the living room, dining room and two first floor bedrooms. The Hertzenberg kitchen & family room, also on the main floor, have new laminate flooring. Third bedroom with hardwood floors, a full bath and storage area on the second floor. Newer mechanics, efficient natural gas heat and central air! New laminate flooring in both baths. Nice yard with rear patio, lots of space for outdoor entertaining and fun. Attached oversize one car garage. Prime location, easy access to major routes ,nearby schools and minutes to shopping, Forest Park or downtown. First showings at the open house Sunday Feb 16, 12pm to 2pm.
Open House
Sunday
February 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 315 Winton St., Springfield, MA 01118    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/9/2020

As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            






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
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 123 Peekskill Ave, Springfield, MA 01129    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 10/3/2019

Photo by Mark McCammon via Pexels

Anyone who has ever gone out on a job interview or a date knows how important a good first impression is. First impressions can color the entire way we approach a person and environment. When it comes to your home, you want to create a positive setting that draws people in on first sighting.

But did you know that there are several common home staging mistakes that sellers do that actually have an opposite, polarizing effect; turning away potential buyers?  The following is a look at those common faux pas to ensure you avoid them and instead sell your home fast:

3 Common Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

Not professionally cleaning before the stage. Regular house cleaning, even if it's the best house cleaning efforts you've ever done, may not be enough to really appeal during home staging. This is one of those situations in which you want a deep clean done by the professionals. Professional house cleaning services will ensure everything is pristine from floorboard to ceiling corner, helping both get out stains and lingering odors. This is important both because a deep clean best shows off a property and it sends a subliminal message that the house has been well-cared for and maintained.

Forgetting about storage areas (including the garage). Storage areas can be make or break spaces for your future buyers. So it's important to not neglect these areas when prepping for photographs or open houses. If necessary, consider renting a storage facility to store all of your excess clothes, blankets, Tupperware, etc. Thus, whether it's a closet or garage, make sure it's included in your list of places to prep!

Not putting away personal items. This can be a very, very hard thing for home sellers to avoid but it is important. Remember, the goal of a home staging, both in pictures and when setting up an open house, is to get potential home buyers to imagine what the home could be like if it were theirs. You want to create a neutral canvas that allows your audience to paint in the details. As such, having too many personal items and personalized decor touches can turn off potential home buyers. So pack them up and send them off to the storage unit before the cameras come out and the buyers start a'knocking. 




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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 10/1/2019


123 Peekskill Ave, Springfield, MA 01129

Single-Family

$224,900
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
Sunday
October 06 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 123 Peekskill Ave, Springfield, MA 01129    Get Directions

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