Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®



Posted by Cynthia Owens on 1/3/2019

Want to add your condo to the real estate market? As a condo seller, you'll want to do everything possible to prep your residence so you can streamline the property selling process. Fortunately, we're here to help you do just that.

Here are three tips to help you simplify the condo selling process.

1. Conduct a Property Appraisal

What you paid for your condo a few years ago is unlikely to match what your residence is worth today. Therefore, a condo seller should conduct a property appraisal to understand the true value of his or her residence.

A property appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable for a condo seller. This appraisal ensures a property expert will examine your residence both inside and out and help you uncover any problems with your condo. Then, you can allocate the necessary time and resources to complete any condo repairs or mainteanance to boost your property's value.

With a property appraisal, you can learn about your condo's strengths and weaknesses and plan accordingly. You'll also be able to establish a "fair" price for your home based on your property's condition.

2. Declutter Your Condo

For condo sellers, decluttering a property is paramount. With a clutter-free condo, you can make it easy for condo buyers to envision what life would be like if they purchase your residence.

To declutter a condo effectively, you'll first want to remove any personal belongings from your property. Antiques, photographs and other personal belongings can be put in storage until your condo sells.

Furthermore, don't forget to clean your condo's interior as much as possible. A pristine interior can boost your condo's chances of making a positive first impression on property buyers as soon as they walk through the front door.

If you need extra help with condo cleaning, don't hesitate to hire a professional cleaning company. By doing so, you may be able to transform an ordinary condo into an awe-inspiring property.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to selling a condo, why should you be forced to leave anything to chance? Conversely, work with a real estate agent, and you can take the guesswork out of selling your condo.

A real estate agent with condo selling experience understands what it takes to promote a residence to the right groups of property buyers. This real estate professional will go the extra mile to ensure you can move quickly and effortlessly through the condo selling process.

For example, a real estate agent will set up condo showings and open houses. These events will make it easy to showcase your residence to property buyers and increase your chances of receiving multiple offers on your condo.

A real estate agent also serves as a housing market expert. He or she will be ready to respond to any condo selling queries, at any time. That way, you can receive the support you need to make informed condo selling decisions.

Leverage these tips, and you can simplify the condo selling process.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 12/27/2018

AI (artificial intelligence) is moving in on the homefront. And at the head of the pack is Amazon’s Echo with its assistant, Alexa. Echo comes in 3 options: a minimal hockey-puck-shaped device, a sleek tube in fashionable shades that make it a natural addition to your home decor, and a square-shaped device with a video screen, camera and mic capabilities.

Many are eager to bring home Alexa and make it the newest addition to their home but are left wondering what exactly does it do?

First, you need to teach Alexa which commands to recognize and perform. These commands are called “skills” And there is a whole library jam-packed with them. So where to start?

Create a Flash Briefing. Create your own daily update feed with the Flash Briefing option. You choose which sources you want Alexa to pull from and which time to report in. Get the weather, news and other updated while you get ready every day.

Use as an alarm in the morning - wake up to music, a radio station, the news, etc. If it’s available via Amazon Music it’s fair game.

Order a ride via Lyft or Uber. You can ask how much the trip will be and have it automatically billed to your account. Speed up getting ready to go out by coordinating your ride while you put on your final touches.

With multiple devices, you can sync music to play throughout your house. The app allows you to group all of your devices together into one cohesive house-wide system. Whether you want to listen to music, the news, a podcast or an audible book you can hear it no matter where you go - perfect for cleaning days.

Order pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Who doesn’t want pizza to arrive at their beck and call?  

Tune your guitar. With this skill, Alexa plays a song for you to match and listens in until you match up perfectly. Which means you don’t need another device, app or website to keep track of.

Sync up to your Fitbit to ask for updates on your latest activity and step progress for the day. In fact, you can even get more steps in while you ask since you don’t have to sit down at the computer.

With a Wemo Smart Plug, you can enable Alexa to turn devices on and off with a simple voice command. And with their light switches, you can turn lights on, off and change the brightness to match your mood.  

If you have a Hyundai, Mercedes or Ford with the right capabilities you can have Alexa start your car for you. Giving you five more minutes to grab breakfast for once.

Meditate with the Stop, Breathe, & Think meditation skill for Alexa. Just say how long you want to meditate for and settle in to clear your mind. Who said technology keeps us distracted?

And then there is always the option to ask Alexa which skills to enable. So meta!





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 12/21/2018

This Single-Family in Montague, MA recently sold for $650,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.


139 Dry Hill Rd., Montague, MA 01376

Single-Family

$724,900
Price
$650,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Custom built 2924sqft French Country Home nestled on a hillside with 35 acres overlooking Pocumtuck range and Mount Sugarloaf. Energy efficient, solar hot water and PV system and radiant heat. Open floor plan living room and dining room with stunning views! The large open kitchen is a cook's delight. Master suite with full bath and walk in closet on the first floor, two bedrooms and full bath on the second. Additional living space in the walk out basement, game room, office, craft room, and laundry & another full bath with acid stained floors adding warmth and character. This home has plenty of thoughtful design details to meet every need, each space enjoys surround sound! Huge 24x30ft Barn with loft, whole house automatic generator. A refuge 20 minutes from Amherst, easy access to major routes and all the Valley has to offer. Enjoy the outdoors, hiking or gardening or travel to the nearby Berkshires for summer fun or winter skiing. The perfect combination of privacy and proximity!






Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Cynthia Owens on 12/20/2018

While there's a lot to be said for the value of high-tech home security systems, there are many basic, inexpensive things you can do to safeguard your home from intruders. Keeping your home secure begins with awareness, good communication, and positive habits.

Where does good communication come into play? One example is the need to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home when you're out of town or away on vacation. Even if you've had the foresight to suspend your mail and newspaper deliveries during your absence, things don't always work out as planned!

When you factor in the possibility of human error, unplanned deliveries, or even power outages, it's a good idea to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house when you're gone. Unexpected deliveries could run the gamut from free phonebooks left on your front steps to promotional literature placed on your doorknob or stuffed into your mailbox. And even if you don't subscribe to a newspaper, free sample issues may occasionally be left in your driveway -- often with an invitation to become a subscriber. An alert neighbor can clear away any telltale signs that no one's home. They can also notify you or the local authorities of any suspicious activity on your property.

A good rule of thumb when you're away for more than a few hours is to make your house look as if it's occupied. Even old-school techniques, like hooking up a couple indoor lights to automatic timers, can create the impression someone's home. If you happen to have outside lights on a timer or motion-detector floodlights, then that can help deter nighttime trespassers, too. Solar-powered lights which turn on when the sun goes down are another option.

In spite of good habits, like locking doors and staying in touch with neighbors, windows left open can be an overlooked security breach -- especially if you didn't leave them open, yourself! This can and often does happen in unexpected ways, like when your houseckeeper decides your home smells a little stale and needs an infusion of outside air to freshen things up! Although their intent is typically helpful and good, they may be solving one problem while creating another.

The same thing could happen if you have painters or other contractors doing interior work at your home. You can address that problem by reminding them to close windows when they're done for the day. You can also leave a note to that effect. Just in case they happen to be on the forgetful side, though, it's always a good idea to follow up your reminders with your own security checks! Since other people (especially those who don't live in your house) may not be nearly as security conscious as you, it's always better to err on the side of caution!





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 12/13/2018

Do you know how to get your house ready for the real estate market? If not, you may miss out on opportunities to showcase your home to the right buyers. Perhaps even worse, you may struggle to maximize your home sale earnings.

When it comes to selling your house, it usually helps to plan ahead. Fortunately, we're here to help you do just that.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get your house ready to sell.

1. Clean As Much As Possible

Let's face it – a messy kitchen, bathroom or bedroom is an eyesore. And if you fail to clean your house prior to listing it, you risk alienating buyers time and time again.

Cleaning is a necessity for home sellers, regardless of a house's age or condition. If you allocate time and resources to ensure each room in your home looks pristine, you can increase the likelihood that your residence will make a positive first impression on buyers.

Mopping the floors, wiping down walls and taking a room-by-room approach to home cleaning generally is recommended. In addition, if you need extra assistance, you can always hire a professional home cleaning company.

2. Perform Home Exterior Maintenance

Although you may spend a lot of time cleaning your house's interior, you shouldn't forget about your home's exterior as well.

Ultimately, how your home's exterior looks may dictate how quickly your residence sells. If your house boasts a beautiful front lawn and immaculate exterior, a buyer may fall in love with your home instantly. Conversely, if your home's front lawn is uncut and your house's siding is damaged, your residence is unlikely to impress potential buyers.

When it comes to home exterior maintenance, it helps to do as much as you can. Trim the front lawn, repair damaged home siding and perform assorted home exterior maintenance. By doing so, you can immediately bolster your house's curb appeal.

3. Remove Clutter

Over the years, you may have collected a lot of items. But these items may make your house appear smaller than it actually is – something that all home sellers should try to avoid.

If you have a large collection of clutter, you may want to consider selling or donating various items. Or, you can always rent a storage unit for assorted belongings and move these items to your new residence after your current house sells.

Clearly, there are many ways to prepare your house for the real estate market. If you want to ensure the best-possible results from the home selling journey, you may want to reach out to a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can guide you along the home selling journey and ensure you can get the support you need to achieve your desired goals.

Start getting your house ready to sell – use the aforementioned tips, and you can quickly and effortlessly enhance your residence before you list it.







Tags