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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/23/2020

Before you even set out to buy a home, you may think that you need to look at a magic number of homes in order to find the house that’s right for you. There’s always a fear among buyers that they didn’t look at enough homes before settling on one. The number of homes that you look at is up to you. There is no magic number that will dictate finding the perfect home. The most important thing is to trust your own intuition. In A seller’s market, you also may not have much choice. When inventory is low, if you find a home you love, you’ll need to move to make an offer on it! 


The Average Buyer


People looking at condos take between 1 and 3 months to find the property that’s right for them. Those looking for single family homes tend to take a bit longer- between 3 and 6 months to find a home. Buying a traditional house seems to spark more questions and more uncertainty, which leads buyers to take their time to find what they’re looking for.


Know Where You Want To Live


Before you start your home search, you should have a good idea of where you want to live. Have a list of cities, towns, and neighborhoods narrowed down to make your search a bit easier from the start. Take a ride around potential neighborhoods and get a feel for them. See the stores, restaurants, and nearby parks to really understand the area. 


Match Your Lifestyles


Where you choose to live has a lot to do with your lifestyle. Think of the following:


  • Where your friends live
  • Where your family lives
  • Where you work
  • What you do for fun


Whatever you love and whatever you love to do should be a factor in your home search. If you love the beach, you don’t want to be a three hour drive away if you can help it. You also don’t want a 2-hour commute to work. Find the balance to make your life happier in the new space you choose.      


Make A List


It sounds simple, but making a list of what you must have, what you’d like, and what would be a bonus can really help you in your home search. This holds true whether you look at 2 homes or 50 homes. The number of homes that you look at isn’t as important as your needs and wants. Buying a home is a huge investment and you need to be happy with your decision. While it’s not completely advisable to buy the first house that you see, if you have a good idea of what you want in a tough market, it’s best to put an offer in.





Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/19/2020


15 Ryan Rd, Northampton, MA 01062

Florence

Single-Family

$249,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Walk to Florence Center! This wonderfully updated home features 3 bedrooms/2 baths, and a 2-car detached garage with storage above. Large, remodeled kitchen features updated cabinets, granite countertops, hardwood floors and updated appliances. Living room with wood floors, laundry and full bath, mudroom entry and front porch complete the first floor. 3 bedrooms upstairs and bath with walk-in shower. Updated electrical, 2015 roof (apo), and gas furnace. Fenced rear yard and more! Access point to Sawmill Hills for hiking and biking right nearby.
Open House
Saturday
February 22 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/19/2020


15 Ryan Rd, Northampton, MA 01062

Florence

Single-Family

$249,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Walk to Florence Center! This wonderfully updated home features 3 bedrooms/2 baths, and a 2-car detached garage with storage above. Large, remodeled kitchen features updated cabinets, granite countertops, hardwood floors and updated appliances. Living room with wood floors, laundry and full bath, mudroom entry and front porch complete the first floor. 3 bedrooms upstairs and bath with walk-in shower. Updated electrical, 2015 roof (apo), and gas furnace. Fenced rear yard and more! Access point to Sawmill Hills for hiking and biking right nearby.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/16/2020

As a home seller, you need to do everything possible to learn about the competition. By doing so, you can find out what sets your house apart from other available residences and promote your home accordingly.

Ultimately, gaining a competitive advantage over rival home sellers can be simple – here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Become a Real Estate Market Expert

Allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze the real estate market closely – you'll be happy you did. With housing market insights at your disposal, you can map out a successful home selling journey.

Take a look at the prices of homes that are currently available in your city or town. Focus on houses that are similar to your own, and you can establish a price range for your residence.

Also, examine the prices of recently sold houses in your area. This will allow you to see how long it took for these residences to sell. Plus, you can find out whether you're about to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

2. Learn About Your Home's Condition

Conduct a home appraisal, and you can gain unparalleled insights into your house's condition.

A home appraisal usually takes just a few hours to complete. During this appraisal, a property inspector will examine your residence and identify any home problems. Then, the inspector will offer a report that outlines his or her findings.

Following a home appraisal, you can determine the true condition of your house. That way, you can prioritize various home improvements and ensure that your home's condition serves as a key differentiator after you list your residence.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to approach a competitive real estate market, there is no need to worry. Many real estate agents are available to assist home sellers and provide these sellers with extensive support throughout the home selling journey.

A real estate agent can offer tips to help a home seller bolster a house's interior and exterior. This housing market professional understands what it takes to promote a residence to the right groups of homebuyers too. Thus, he or she will do everything possible to guarantee your residence stands out from the competition.

Perhaps best of all, no question is too big or too small for a real estate agent. If you want to know the prices of recently sold houses in your neighborhood, a real estate agent can provide you with the pricing data that you need. Or, if you want to enhance your home's interior, a real estate agent is happy to help you discover the best ways to transform your house's interior from drab to dazzling.

Competition is fierce among home sellers. But with the aforementioned tips, a home seller can gain a competitive edge, one that can help this seller accelerate the home selling journey and get the best price for his or her house.




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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/15/2020

This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $630,265. This Colonial,Bungalow style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


35 Higgins Way, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$630,265
Price
$630,265
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
CUSTOM 4 bedroom 3 bath home in Northview at Village Hill: Northampton's only walk-to-town new-construction neighborhood offering single family homes! Open floor plan features family room w/ hardwood floors and free-standing gas fireplace, open to dining room! Chef's kitchen offers generous storage, center island, and granite countertops. First floor bedroom with ensuite bath! French doors to deck from dining room! Upstairs you'll discover master bedroom with ensuite bath, two additional bedrooms w/ hardwood floors, a full bath with tub/shower, and laundry area. 1-car garage. Full, unfinished basement adds possibility for more living space. High-efficiency ductless mini-split heating and cooling, on-demand hot water. Walk to town, connect to the bike path, enjoy the nearby community gardens, or stroll along the many lovely paths to Smith College directly from your home at Village Hill!

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