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First Impressions: Your Front Door

445 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Nothing makes more of a statement about a home than the front door. The front door is the first thing people see when they go to your home. Since the front door is a key focal point when people go to your house it is important to make a good impression. Remember first impressions may end up being lasting impressions.

According to the latest research, it takes just ten seconds to decide whether or not you will buy a house. Four of those ten seconds will be standing at the front door. According to designer Ceciia Neal, "Your front door reflects what you think about a house. A door can sell a property." You never get a second chance to make a good impression, so why not get it right the first time?

There are many ways to make a front door and entry way more appealing without breaking the

445 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002

bank. If you have an open porch, spruce it up, add seasonal decorations, a basket of flowers. Use window boxes or hanging baskets. Put down a new door mat, nothing to crazy. Make sure the front door is not in need of any repairs, and give it a good cleaning. Create a welcoming entrance leading to your front door with flower beds and big pots of flowers.

Consider painting your front door to an eye catching color that makes a statement. Change your door knob, maybe try decorative hardware. You will be surprised how these few changes can transform your front door into an inviting entrance

Weekend Open Houses

OPEN HOUSES-December 8th & 9th, 2012

Saturday Noon -2pm

511 Boyden Road

Conway, MA

Mathews Rd or Graves Rd to Boyden Rd.

Sunday 11am-1pm

34 Prospect Street

Erving, MA

Route 63 to Prospect Street.


Sunday Noon - 2pm

110 Zerah Fiske Road

Shelburne, MA

Route 2 to Zerah Fiske Rd.

Sunday 3pm-5pm

19 Central Street

Erving, MA

Route 63 (Lester St to

Central St.)

Market Watch in Franklin & Hampshire County

The table below is a quick look at single family sales in Franklin & Hampshire Counties for October 14th-November 14th.  This is a good example of the activity we have seen for the past several months.  With 415 single family homes on the market in Franklin County and 667 homes in Hampshire County, supply appears to be holding steady.  Interest rates continue to remain low and with that in mind, this may be the right time for you to consider your next move.  Call one of our Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors to see how we can help you fulfill your home ownership goals.


To see Single-Family Homes in Franklin County, MA click HERE.

To see Single-Family Homes in Hampshire County, MA click HERE.

Single-Family - 36 Swamp Rd Whately, MA 01093 is now new to the market!

Solid 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath contemporary on just under an acre of land. Wood floors, master bath, open living area are some of the features. Purchase this property for as little as 3% down!

This is a Contemporary style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.96 Acres, and is currently available for $189,900.

For complete details click here.

Single-Family - 25 Stone Road Buckland, MA 01370 is now new to the market!

Picturesque Buckland Cape on Quiet Country Road! Sturdily built in 1974, it offers pegged oak floors, fabulous private wrap around deck, open country kitchen/dining area, woodstove hearth in livingroom, first floor master bedroom/bath, 2 cozy second floor bedrooms w/ 1/2 bath, walkout basement workspace recent roof - all on 2.5 peaceful wooded acres. Meticulously stewarded, well landscaped, easy to heat - simply move in and enjoy! Clever carport means no snow brushing your car this winter!

This is a Cape style home and features 6 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 2.50 Acres, and is currently available for $269,900.

For complete details click here.

High Rents Make Buying a Better Option

For the past several years there has been some confusion over whether it has been a better deal to rent or buy a home. Buying has always been the best long term investment. With the changes in the market it is now clear that in almost any situation buying is the best bet.

Rents over the past few years have been on the rise and the demand for rental housing has been shrinking rental availability raising the rents and the competition for acceptable units. Rents have been increasing at about a rate of 2.5 percent a year while home prices have been dropping at about 3.1 percent a year. This makes buying a much better option.

Lately, there has been an uptick in the home buying market and in some price ranges inventory is low for prospective buyers. Because prices and mortgage rates remain at all-time lows this is a perfect time to get out of a rental and into your own home.

If you are looking for some hard numbers on your own personal financial picture the New York Times has an easy to use calculator that will help you determine how much you will save by buying a home. Click here to use the calculator.

Start your home search with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS.  For single-family homes in Franklin County, MA click HERE.  For single-family homes in Hampshire County, MA click HERE.

Single-Family - 144 Avery Brook Rd Charlemont, MA 01339 is now new to the market!

Immaculate and spacious single level living is yours less than 10 minutes from Shelburne Falls. This well-maintained home features a large fireplaced living room and huge country kitchen. There's a newer kitchen island with cooktop range and stone counter and a practical tile floor that's easy to clean. Large yard with a screened gazebo and plenty of room for gardens or critters. Whether you're looking to downsize and want single living ease or just starting out, look at this affordable home.

This is a Ranch style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 bedrooms, 3.74 Acres, and is currently available for $178,000.

For complete details click here.