Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/24/2018

197 Mosier St., South Hadley, MA 01075



Full/Half Baths
Lovely Cape located a short walk to Mount Holyoke, Elementary and Middle schools, fields and trails as well as Gorse Children's Center. Warmth and charm abound in this well maintained home, four bedrooms, two full bathrooms plus two half baths! Located on a large corner lot with a circular drive, welcoming front porch, mature plantings and a beautiful yard for outside fun! The renovated kitchen with cherry cabinetry, double ovens and gas cooktop opens to the expansive Great Room with hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace for cozy gatherings. First floor Master Suite with updated bath and adjoining multi function room, nursery, office or sitting room with separate entrance. Second floor with three bedrooms and updated bath. The recently added basement play/family room provides additional space. The multi tiered rear deck and above ground pool combine for great outdoor entertaining. The oversized single car garage, fenced yard and sprinkler system are additional perks!
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May 26 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 197 Mosier St., South Hadley, MA 01075    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/24/2018

Deciding whether to submit an offer to purchase a house may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help you weigh the pros and cons of submitting a homebuying proposal so you can make the best-possible decision.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you determine whether now is the right time to submit an offer to purchase a residence.

1. Evaluate Your Budget

If you believe you've found your dream home, you should take a look at your budget. That way, you can verify whether you'll be able to afford this residence both now and in the future.

Oftentimes, it helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start a house search. If you meet with banks and credit unions, you can learn about all of the mortgage options at your disposal. Then, you can select a mortgage that allows you to pursue a house with a budget in hand.

2. Consider Your Homebuying Criteria

You want to discover your dream residence as quickly as possible, but it is paramount to find a house that you can enjoy for years to come. If you have a list of homebuying criteria, you may be able to quickly determine whether a residence is right for you.

As you craft homebuying criteria, think about what you want to find in your dream residence. For instance, if you've always wanted to own a house on a beach, you can narrow your home search accordingly. On the other hand, if you would like to own a home that has an above-ground swimming pool but can live without this feature if necessary, you should include an above-ground swimming pool as a low-priority item on your homebuying checklist.

3. Assess the Housing Market

The housing market often fluctuates, and a buyer's market today may shift into seller's favor tomorrow. If you analyze the housing market closely, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one. You then can decide whether to submit an offer to purchase or hold off on providing a homebuying proposal until housing market conditions improve.

To distinguish a buyer's market from a seller's market, it generally is a good idea to look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. You also should find out how long these residences were available before they sold. By reviewing this housing market data, you can assess the demand for houses in your city or town.

Lastly, as you debate whether to submit an offer to purchase a residence, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional is happy to provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations. As a result, a real estate agent can help you perform an in-depth evaluation of a home and determine whether to offer to buy this house.

Make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer to purchase a residence – use the aforementioned tips, and you'll be better equipped than ever before to decide how to proceed with any house, at any time.

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/23/2018

139 Dry Hill Rd., Montague, MA 01376



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!
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Categories: New Homes  

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/18/2018

This Single-Family in Granby, MA recently sold for $280,000. This Split Entry,Multi-Level style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.

117 Amherst Street, Granby, MA 01033


Sale Price

What a wonderful location, nestled in nature. This home boasts 2 working fireplaces, hardwood floors through out. A wonderful large kitchen with newer appliances, large dining area, large closets, big bedrooms, a large yard, with storage shed and a almost new Buderus furnace which is a top of the line model. In addition, a wonderful and large three (3) season room over looking the LARGE back yard.

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Categories: Sold Homes  

Posted by Cynthia Owens on 5/17/2018

Although you may be tempted to spontaneously make an offer on a house that triggers happy memories of your childhood, it's usually best to approach house buying in a methodical, dispassionate way.

Your emotions will come into play as you visit different listings, but they should be tempered by a realistic budget, a list of personal requirements, and a sprinkling of "wish list" items -- ones that will help make your new home extra special!

A lot will depend on whether you're a first-time home buyer or a seasoned home owner. In all likelihood, the more houses you've owned, the higher your expectations will be. That's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, but it does lend itself to reason. As is the case with most things in life, experience tends to clarify our needs, our tolerances, our quality standards, and our lifestyle preferences.

Buying a home is a huge decision for two reasons: It not only impacts our financial situation (both immediate and long term), but it effects our quality of life for the foreseeable future. So, similar to the institution of marriage, buying a house is a commitment that should not be taken lightly!

Fortunately, there are several effective ways to help ensure that the home you buy will live up to your expectations. One of the most steadfast "anchors" you can have in your search for the ideal home is a seasoned real estate agent. They have the training, knowledge, and communication skills to help you find the house, the right property, and the optimal location that will best suit your needs.

Your agent will work closely with you to create a list of house hunting requirements and preferences. Although the location, school district, and number of bedrooms will probably have a major bearing on your decision, there are literally dozens of other features and characteristics that will influence your final choice. Among those will be square footage, number of bathrooms, and the property's tax rate.

Standard checklists that include a wide range of home buyer requirements are available online and through your real estate agent. These checklists will help you rank each house you visit and objectively compare the homes you like the best. While flexibility is a necessary part of a successful house-hunting campaign, there will invariably be items you won't want to compromise on.

By deciding in advance what your new home should include, you'll create a clear vision of the type of living environment you and your family will find the most satisfying. Whether you're looking for a home with an open floor plan, a screened-in porch, one or more fireplaces, a finished basement, a two-car garage, or ample space between neighbors, getting your requirements down on paper is the first step to turning your house-buying goals into reality!