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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/18/2018


87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$264,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Surprising ranch with lots of living space on two levels! Tiled entry with half bath leading to the lovely eat in kitchen area with efficient galley kitchen, spacious living room with propane fireplace and french doors to the rear deck, large formal dining room also with french doors exiting to the front yard. Three bedrooms and full bath on the first level combine to make this very special home! The rustic family room with wood burning fireplace and laundry are on the lower level has new carpeting. A cozy guest quarters with another large room, full bath and walk-in closet also on the lower level with a separate entrance, walk out to the back yard. Many improvements include a new 200amp electric panel. Park on the upper level circular drive or in the two car attached garage below. Reed Conservation land with walking trails and pond is right next door and the scenic reservoir is a short walk/run away. Minutes to main routes and only a short drive to Amherst center and UMass.
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Sunday
September 23 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/17/2018


87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$264,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Surprising ranch with lots of living space on two levels! Tiled entry with half bath leading to the lovely eat in kitchen area with efficient galley kitchen, spacious living room with propane fireplace and french doors to the rear deck, large formal dining room also with french doors exiting to the front yard. Three bedrooms and full bath on the first level combine to make this very special home! The rustic family room with wood burning fireplace and laundry are on the lower level has new carpeting. A cozy guest quarters with another large room, full bath and walk-in closet also on the lower level with a separate entrance, walk out to the back yard. Many improvements include a new 200amp electric panel. Park on the upper level circular drive or in the two car attached garage below. Reed Conservation land with walking trails and pond is right next door and the scenic reservoir is a short walk/run away. Minutes to main routes and only a short drive to Amherst center and UMass.
Open House
Sunday
September 23 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 87 Gold Street, Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/13/2018

When it comes to buying a house, there is no need to deal with a stubborn home seller. However, you may encounter a stubborn home seller, regardless of how well you prepare for your homebuying journey. And if you're not careful, a stubborn home seller may cause you to miss out on an opportunity to purchase your ideal residence.

Don't let a stubborn home seller get the best of you. Instead, use these tips to ensure you can handle negotiations with a stubborn home seller like a pro.

1. Don't Panic

If you are forced to deal with a stubborn home seller, there's no need to get discouraged. Conversely, consider the property seller's perspective, and you may be able to get the best results out of a tough situation.

Open the lines of communication with a home seller – you'll be glad you did. If you maintain open communication, you may be able to find out the root cause of a home seller's stubbornness and plan accordingly.

Also, don't panic if a home seller fails to communicate with you, and try to avoid assumptions at all costs. By doing so, you'll be able to remain calm, cool and collected and maintain your patience as you try to figure out the best way to acquire your dream house.

2. Be Prepared for the Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

In the best-case scenario, a stubborn home seller will explain his or her demands. Then, you can negotiate with a home seller, find common ground with him or her and work toward finalizing a home purchase agreement.

On the other hand, it is important to understand the worst-case scenario as well.

In the worst-case scenario, you and a home seller may be unable to find common ground. And if this occurs, you should be prepared to walk away from a potential homebuying negotiation and restart your search for the perfect residence.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Are you unsure about how to deal with a stubborn home seller? There's no need to worry, especially if you consult with a real estate agent.

With an expert real estate agent at your side, you should be able to overcome any potential homebuying hurdles.

An expert real estate agent will act as a liaison between you and a home seller. He or she will learn about the needs of a homebuyer and home seller and ensure both parties can achieve their ideal results.

Furthermore, an expert real estate agent can respond to any homebuying concerns and questions. This housing market professional can teach you about the ins and outs of purchasing a residence and provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations. As a result, a real estate agent can help you simplify the homebuying process and ensure you can secure a first-rate house that matches or exceeds your expectations.

Ready to streamline the homebuying journey? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can get the support you need to deal with a stubborn home seller.




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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/6/2018

Owning a second home or vacation home is the dream of many Americans hoping to retire in style. However, owning a second home can also be a huge financial asset and even an added form of income if you’re savvy with the rental process.

What stops most of us from buying a vacation home in our ideal getaway? The funding, of course. But, there are ways to plan ahead to ensure you’ll be ready to take the plunge and purchase a second home when the time comes.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to be talking about the steps to buying a home away from home and give you some tip on how to accomplish this goal in the most financially-sensible way possible.

1.  Location is Key

When you buy a second home, you take on all the responsibilities of homeownership a second time. Since you won’t be around every day to tend to maintenance tasks and troubleshoot problems, you risk discovering costly repairs that could otherwise be avoided.

The most common issues to be concerned with are frozen pipes in northern climates, flooding in coastal areas, and problems like pests that can be found just about anywhere.

Depending on your budget, you might want a home you can drive out to on the weekends, meaning somewhere close by to your primary home. This option also makes it easier to stay up-to-date on home maintenance tasks before they become an issue.

2. Try before you buy

If your ideal vacation home is in an area you’re not totally familiar with, it’s a good idea to visit the neighborhood, talk to the locals, and gain their perspective on the area before buying.

This trip will also give you a sense of what you can expect to spend each time you visit the home. And, if you plan on renting out the property when you aren’t using it, you’ll be able to gauge what a reasonable rent price is for the location.

3. Earning income from your vacation home

Making extra cash from a home that you get to use pretty much whenever you want. Sounds like a dream, right? It can be if done properly, but you’ll need to ensure a few things before you can start earning income from your vacation property.

First, be aware that investment properties often require a larger down payment (typically 30%). Lenders also charge extra interest on homes that will be rented out.

Finally, there are local and state-level laws you’ll need to adhere to. These laws are designed to protect your interests as well as the people who rent out your property, so make sure you use a standard rental agreement for your area.

4. Making an offer

You’ve been here before. Once you’ve decided on a home, it’s time to start crafting your offer and negotiating with the seller’s agent.

However, before you pick a number, do some research on all of the expenses you’ll be paying on the house in question. Property taxes, homeowners association dues, utilities, and any other costs should be on your radar before determining if it’s the right home for your budget.

You’ll also want to be aware of the stipulations of renting out a property you own. This includes reporting income from renting your home to the IRS.


Now that you know the steps you’ll need to take to move toward your goal of buying a vacation home, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions that are best for you and your family’s future.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 9/5/2018


197 Mosier St., South Hadley, MA 01075

Single-Family

$374,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/2
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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Sunday
September 09 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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