Sally Malsch, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePRO, SRS
Five College REALTORS | 413-519-4465 | [email protected]


Posted by Sally Malsch on 9/21/2019

This Single-Family in Hadley, MA recently sold for $265,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS .


14 Cold Spring Ln, Hadley, MA 01035

Single-Family

$289,900
Price
$265,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This original owner, well maintained, 1979 ranch is sited in one of Hadley's most picturesque settings on Cold Spring Lane lined with mature, towering locust trees on both sides of the road. From the back of the house at the end of the street, you enjoy a vista over farm fields as far as the eye can see but framed by borders of trees that enhance your sense of privacy & pride in your own haven of nature. 1st time home buyers or folks downsizing will relish one level living in this 2 bedroom, one bath ranch w/ one car attached garage. Besides the oil, forced air heat, a fireplace, great for a woodstove insert, provides another source of warmth on cold, New England nights. Other amenities include low Hadley taxes & state ranked, tier one Hadley schools. Hadley also affords quick & easy access to points north (Sunderland) & south (So Hadley), west (Northampton) and east (Amherst) and, of course, to the coveted shopping district along Rt. 9 with its specialty & big box stores






Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Sally Malsch on 9/18/2019

Nothing can quite compare to the emotional cocktail of excitement, fear, and anxiety of being a first-time home buyer. Being a homeowner is made out to be a huge milestone in life, and rightly so. Have you ever signed your name 37 times in a row? It's enough to intimidate anyone. By the end of the entire homebuying ordeal, you will have signed your name so many times that you'll feel like you should have just made yourself a signature stamp. You're in for quite the bumpy road being a first-time home buyer, some highs, some lows and everything in between. 

The lows? 

Oh boy, where to start? Did you know your credit score before you started looking for a home? Sure, maybe you have a credit card you keep some line of credit in your name. However, a house? Its a whole different ball game! What is a good credit score? They did not teach us this in high school, but thank goodness we all know the order of math operations as P.E.M.D.A.S. (parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) right? Whats an escrow? What if the inspector missed something? When is my first mortgage payment due? Youll have so many questions about being a first-time homebuyer, so do yourself a favor and get a realtor who can adequately answer all those questions! A great realtor can make the entire process feel like a cool Island breeze.

The highs? 

House shopping honestly is so much fun! Getting to figure out your unique taste in the architecture of your home is a fantastic experience. Sure, there are things that you must specifically look for to fit your needs, after all, you'll be spending the next 20-30 years of your life in this house if you do it right. The day you close on your home is exciting as well, disregarding the whole signing your name a thousand times. The moment comes with a sense of pride and accomplishment that you'll feel on closing day. Looking for your first home can be a long process, and sometimes can take months to years depending on the market. So, when it finally happens, and all the stars line up you can't help but feel a great sense of accomplishment. High five yourself on that day, cause all the stress and worries that you had in buying your first home are finally coming to a close. Now you can focus attention on the fun part: home improvement! 

 Being a homeowner can be such a fun-filled adventure, but hold on, because it will be a bumpy ride. Let your professional realtor navigate those bumps for you.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 9/16/2019


48 Van Meter Dr, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
One owner, large & well maintained Cape (with one car garage & south facing, enclosed porch/sunroom addition) welcomes you to beautiful haven with gardens abutting meadow in neighborhood setting off East Pleasant St. Just ten minutes by car or PVTA to UMASS or to Amherst Center. 1520 sq. ft. comprise on main level: living and dining rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms & 3/4 bath. Perks: oak floors & woodstove to augment oil heat. Two bedrooms with full bath occupy 2nd floor. Family loved 396 sq. ft. encl., 3 season porch for summer dining, sleep overs, bird watching. Slider invites you to deck & backyd to enjoy variety of athletic & gardening activities. Van Meter, a cul-de-sac, is coveted for trail access to UMASS, to Eastman Ln, School of Ed, sustainability farm, etc. One path leads through a UMASS meadow; the other gravel access for walkers & bikers is at end of street. Field is also popular for cross country skiing & sledding. This special Cape awaits your updates! 1ST SHOW OH, 9/21, 12-2
Open House
Saturday
September 21 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
East Pleasant Street to Van Meter, house on left
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 48 Van Meter Dr, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Sally Malsch on 9/16/2019


48 Van Meter Dr, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
One owner, large & well maintained Cape (with one car garage & south facing, enclosed porch/sunroom addition) welcomes you to beautiful haven with gardens abutting meadow in neighborhood setting off East Pleasant St. Just ten minutes by car or PVTA to UMASS or to Amherst Center. 1520 sq. ft. comprise on main level: living and dining rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms & 3/4 bath. Perks: oak floors & woodstove to augment oil heat. Two bedrooms with full bath occupy 2nd floor. Family loved 396 sq. ft. encl., 3 season porch for summer dining, sleep overs, bird watching. Slider invites you to deck & backyd to enjoy variety of athletic & gardening activities. Van Meter, a cul-de-sac, is coveted for trail access to UMASS, to Eastman Ln, School of Ed, sustainability farm, etc. One path leads through a UMASS meadow; the other gravel access for walkers & bikers is at end of street. Field is also popular for cross country skiing & sledding. This special Cape awaits your updates! 1ST SHOW OH, 9/21, 12-2
Open House
Saturday
September 21 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
East Pleasant Street to Van Meter, house on left
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 48 Van Meter Dr, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Sally Malsch on 9/11/2019

Photo by: Will Malott via Unsplash

When it comes to buying things for the home, the air conditioning unit is not the most intriguing. But it is one of the essential components. Choosing the right A/C unit may be the difference between utmost comfort and sizzling heat. Determining the right type of air conditioning unit and how to measure for it will help you find the ideal one for your home.


Types of Air Conditioners

Before you buy an A/C unit, you need to know which type is right for your home. Air conditioning units come in varied sizes, shapes, and prices. Below are four types to consider when shopping around.

Central Units: This kind of A/C pumps cooled air from a split unit into an entire home via duct work. Although it is expensive, it is more energy efficient. If your home already has duct heating, this is an excellent choice for you.

Window Units: A window unit sits on a window sill and pumps cool air inside a room and forces warm air outside. They are great for keeping single rooms cool, but in a larger home you may need several to keep the temperature comfortable.

Through-the-Wall or Mini-Split Units: These systems attach to an exterior wall with the compressor and condenser portions of the unit on the outside and the controls and airflow on the inside. These come in various shapes and sizes. Some are meant for installation below a window while other designs allow for overhead placement.

Portable Units: This type is ideal if you have limited space and want to move from room to room with ease. If you are conscious about home decor, portable units are very sleek-looking. Some portable units utilize a hose to eject hot air outside a window while others simply recirculate the air within the room.


Things to Consider When Choosing an A/C Unit

Once youve narrowed down the type of system, choosing the right A/C unit is not difficult. Below are the items to check when selecting the perfect A/C unit for your home.

Capacity: When it comes to choosing the right A/C, it is vital to pick the correct size. Picking the right size does not mean the physical size of the A/C unit but for the output of your home. Generally, air conditioner sizes measure by BTUs (British Thermal Units) for window, wall or portable units or by the ton for central-duct units. To know the right size for your home, you need to know the square footage. For a BTU system, 8,000 BTUs will cool 350 square feet and 1,2000 BTUs will cool 550 square feet. For centralized systems, you add one ton for every 600 square feet of your home. That is to say, if a home has 3,000 square feet and you want to cool the entire house, purchase a 5-ton air conditioner unit. Figure out the size of your home and choose an A/C unit that is the ideal size based on tons.

Energy Efficiency: Now that you know the size of the A/C unit, its time to think about energy efficiency. Energy efficiency may be complicated, so its best you consult an HVAC professional for expert advice. Choosing a more efficient A/C unit saves money, and its eco-friendly.

Features: Some A/C units come with better features than others. Check for features such as smart thermostats, auto delay switches and fan-only options before buying an A/C unit for your home.

Warranty: Before you buy, double check the warranty of the A/C unit to make sure any foreseeable malfunctions are covered. Some warranties only cover parts like the condenser or the pump while others cover labor and parts if the unit becomes faulty.

For expert advice on finding your perfect air conditioning unit, have an energy efficiency inspection done for your home, or consult an HVAC professional.




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