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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/27/2017

If you're ready to pursue your dream house, it generally is a good idea to enter the real estate sector with an open mind. In fact, there are many benefits to keeping your options open as you search for your ideal residence, and these benefits include:

1. You may be able to discover a bargain.

As you kick off your home search, it helps to pursue houses in a wide range of cities and towns. Doing so can help you separate your dream home must-haves from your wants. Also, this may enable you to find an affordable residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.

There is no telling whether a real estate market will favor buyers or sellers. The housing sector fluctuates constantly, and a buyer's market today may morph into a seller's market tomorrow.

Luckily, if you maintain an open approach to buying a house, you can remain patient as you search for your perfect residence. Perhaps most important, you can capitalize on homebuying opportunities as they become available and avoid the temptation to overspend on a house.

2. You can move quickly to acquire your dream residence.

With an open approach to the homebuying journey, you should have no trouble moving quickly to acquire your ideal residence. If the opportunity presents itself to buy a great house at a terrific price, you can submit an offer and proceed accordingly.

Of course, you should always think ahead before you submit an offer on any house, at any time. If you put together a competitive offer on a residence, you may receive an instant "Yes" from a home seller. Then, you can seamlessly finalize your home purchase and move into your dream residence.

3. You can minimize stress throughout the homebuying journey.

Buying a home is a major decision, and as such, stress can be problematic throughout the homebuying journey. If you are open to new ideas as you pursue a home, however, you may be better equipped than ever before to purchase your perfect residence.

Remember, stress may force a homebuyer to make rash decisions Ė something that a homebuyer probably wants to avoid at all costs. But if you're willing to take a deep breath and step back from the homebuying cycle at times, you can look at the big picture. And as a result, you can remain calm, cool and collected as you consider all of your homebuying options.

For those who are looking for extra help in their pursuit of the perfect home, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can share details about a broad array of houses in cities and towns where you want to live. Plus, a real estate agent can keep you informed about new residences as they become available, help you submit offers on houses and much more.

Make your homeownership dream come true Ė take an open approach to the homebuying journey, and you may be able to accomplish your homebuying goal faster than ever before.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/20/2017

If youíre looking to increase the value of your home before you sell, there are certain things that you can do to attract buyers and get a high return on your investment in your home. Thereís only so much time and money that you have to invest in your home. You will be purchasing a new place most likely and will need some capital for that. Read on for some tips on how to cheaply and efficiently make some quick improvements to your home. 


Stage Your Home 


You donít have to create a significant expense to make changes to your home. If thereís one thing you should know about selling your home, you should make an appearance. Clear out the clutter in your home. Then, take some time to stage it. No one who is touring your home should see your personal papers, childrenís toys, and celebrity shrines. Think minimalistic when it comes to the things that need to be in your home when itís put on the market. Having a clean house can make all the difference in selling your home.


First Impressions Are Everything


A mess never makes a good first impression. If things appear in disarray around the property, itís going to deter interest in the home. Make sure the yard looks presentable. Add some plants to the outside of the house. A simple clean up can make a big difference in the property. 


The Kitchen And The Bathroom Are Points Of Interest


People pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms of a home. One reason for this is that these rooms are particularly expensive to renovate. At the very least make sure that these rooms are clean. If you have the time and funds to replace tiles, or replace the sink, definitely complete these projects. 


Donít Try To Take On Projects Yourself


Itís important to recognize what you can and canít do. Hiring a professional to complete your projects can make a big difference. If you donít have a grasp on home renovation procedures, an improvement can turn into a nightmare. It could end up costing you more money and time in the long run. 


Hire A Real Estate Agent


Hire a real estate agent to help you sell your home. Real estate agents understand how to price and market a home for an optimal sale. Fees for sellerís agents are very reasonable and worth it if you want a good price for your home.  


As you can see, there are many simple ways you can get more value out of your home when you head to sell it.            





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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/16/2017

This Condo in Northampton, MA recently sold for $467,500. This Loft style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ģ.


35 New South Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Condo

$475,000
Price
$467,500
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This 2320 s.f. penthouse/loft condo is an architectural gem with dramatic angles throughout; skylights, beautiful brazilian cherry floors and structural exposed beams. Steps to the vibrant downtown, Academy of Music, Smith College, and the bike path. The flexible floor plan offers many alternatives for use of space throughout. Huge south facing windows, and skylights, allow for an abundance of natural light. Situated on the south side of the building with a private balcony and seasonal mountain views. Upscale kitchen with a breakfast bar and an open dining area. 1st floor office , currently being used as a 3rd bedroom. The open floor plan and center hall makes it perfect for entertaining. Ample closet space, first floor laundry and additional storage. Central A/C. New HWH. Truly an exceptional condo that will not disappoint! Custom finishes throughout. Elevator in building. Two domestic pets allowed.






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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/13/2017

Bedrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You bedroom is more than a place for sleeping. They have become multi-purpose rooms over the years. Depending on your circumstances, bedrooms may need to house a home office, a playroom, or a tv and movie hub in addition to a bed. The most important role your bedroom plays is providing you with a good nightís rest. We have a bunch of different ideas here to help you maximize your space and style in the most comfortable way possible. Consider What The Space Will Be Used For Will your bedroom be used as a reading room? If so, you need to add a comfy chair to the space. If your bedroom has a multi-purpose as a home office, youíll need to add a comfy desk and chair to the room for your working hours. Plan the room around the pieces that must be in there. Many pieces of furniture can also be double purposed like a table that can also be used as a desk. Itís All In Where You Place Things The biggest decision that youíll need to make is where to put the furniture. If you place things strategically, youíll be able to fit everything you need in the room without sacrificing charm and style. Placing the bed near the windows is a great way to save space and let light in, since a bed wonít completely block the window. Add Your Character To The Space If your bedroom represents the things that you love, you canít go wrong in the space. While itís usually not recommended that we work and sleep in the same space, sometimes itís unavoidable. There are ways that you can separate the two worlds with a room screen, for example. Whatever your bedroom space is being used for, be sure to provide balance to the room. As long as an object is pleasing to you, you canít go wrong placing it in the bedroom. Think outside of the box with objects like benches, love seats and even antique radios. If you can use it and it makes you happy, thereís a way to make the object fit within the purpose of your bedroom. Lighting No matter what your bedroom will be used for, lighting is extremely important. Make sure that thereís lights near each side of the bed. These will be useful for many different things from early morning risers to reading in bed to night owls. Planning Makes The Process Smoother Remember that the most important thing that you can do for your bedroom furniture arrangement- or any room for that matter- is to plan. With careful measurements of the pieces that must go into the room and careful thought of what youíd like to go into the room, you can create the perfect bedroom.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/6/2017

Working in your attic may not be a chore you perform frequently but it is one that must be done on occasion. Whether you use yours as a storage space or are performing an energy assessment in your home, safely accessing your attic should be a top priority. Below are some tips you can practice the next time you need to go up into the attic to ensure a safe working experience. Before you begin working make sure you have dressed appropriately. Wear a long sleeve shirt tucked into pants and gloves to avoid materials sticking to your skin which can cause irritation. You will also want to wear a dust mask and protective eyewear to avoid inhaling airborne fibers or other harmful debris that could be airborne in your attic. Attics can house mold and mildew among other hazardous materials that can bring you harm and/or make you sick when not properly protected against them. If your attic requires a fold-down ladder to access it check that the ladder is safe to support your weight. Look for any missing or loose screws that are intended to hold the ladder together and tighten/replace them before using it to get into your attic. You will be climbing up and down it as you work so you want to make sure that it will be safe to use. Adding a railing around the opening of your attic access will also add extra safety measures against falling. If your attic is unfinished and/or has potentially unsupportive flooring consider installing a safer floor by laying plywood down. Add walk boards or temporary platforms to an unfinished attic that doesnít require permanent flooring. Always be cautious of where you step to avoid stepping on wires, ductwork or areas lacking trusses and joists. This precaution will save you from accidentally breaking through the ceiling which will put you at risk of serious harm and some major repairs. You will also want to be aware of any roofing nails poking down or old faulty wiring that requires repair. Be sure to check for signs of any animals that may have decided to move in over the winter months. If you do discover unwelcome tenants take the proper course of action by hiring a professional to rid your attic of them safely for both you and them. Some animals, like bats, may be protected by federal law so you will want to rid your house of them responsibly. When you are finished working in the attic for the day be sure to change and wash your clothes to avoid spreading hazardous debris over the rest of your house. Before you begin working spread an old sheet under the hatch and vacuum the surrounding area afterward for easy clean up. Attic safety practices are crucial to avoid harming yourself and preventing damage to your home. With some simple preparations and an active awareness, you can get chores done in your attic effectively and safely!




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