Checklist for Pricing Your Home

CB-for sale 3You have decided to sell. But before you put the sign in the yard there are some things you will want to make sure you have done. Time spent doing research and setting the right price will most likely yield you a better return in the end. A home is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. 

The process can be overwhelming - Where Do I Start?

Your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR has all the resources necessary to help your choose the right listing price for your home.  We list and sell real estate throughout the Pioneer Valley every day.  With our local knowledge and national reach you have all the tools working for you with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS.

Track your neighborhood values

Our REALTORS can track home values right in your neighborhood, find out what homes similar to yours are selling for, so you will have a good idea what your home is worth.

Buyer or seller market

Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors, live and work in Western Mass 365 days a year, they know how to judge whether it's a sellers' market or a buyers' market in your neighborhood. Remember that all real estate is local. You will want to research things like interest rates, home inventory, job forecasts, and even time of year.

Research inventory

How many homes are for sale? If you live in a desirable neighborhood and there aren't many homes for sale, you will have a clear edge here. However, if you see lots of homes on the market and they're not selling very quickly, you might have to reduce the price you had in mind.  Our agents watch the stats on the local market daily, just to be able to help home owners, like your, make some of the most important decisions of your lives.

Call us today, we look forward to helping you reach your real estate dreams!

So. Deerfield: 413-665-3771     .     Shelburne Falls:  413-625-6366

Amherst:  413.461-3650          .          Florence:  413-586-8355   



Springtime Spruce Up for Sellers

Spruce Up copyHome value is top of mind for sellers and renovations or remodeling can play a critical role in both increasing the value of a home and ensuring that it stands out to potential buyers. 

Most consumers are looking to do more with less, few homeowners may be ready to commit the thousands of dollars it can take to fully redo even a single room.  Before breaking out the tool belt, Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors advises homeowners to check out the free online tools that can help them chart their home remodeling efforts, such as "Tips for Selling Your Home" available at  Homeowners can also speak with your Coldwell Banker real estate professional to learn more about specific home improvements that most appeal to buyers in your area.

The professionals at Coldwell Banker suggest the following 8-affordable home improvements for potentially increasing the overall value of a home, without breaking the budget:

NOTE* We always recommend to homeowners who are not comfortable taking on a home improvement project themselves should always hire a qualified professional.

1.  Reface Kitchen Cabinets. Kitchen updates are among the smartest remodeling projects when it comes to "upping" the resale value of a home. But homeowners do not need to spring for an entire new cabinet set to improve the room's appeal. Refacing existing cabinets, applying a fresh coat of paint or replacing tarnished pulls and knobs with new hardware might be just the quick fix a kitchen needs to make it look and feel like new.  light bulb

 2.  Improve the Lighting. Updating lights and lighting fixtures is another simple enhancement that does not require a major investment. Replacing old bulbs with stronger, more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs will brighten up the house and make it more inviting - while cutting down on energy costs over the long term. In addition, replacing recessed lights in a dining or living room with an affordable chandelier or installing accent lighting to draw attention to artwork or other room features can create an entirely fresh ambiance.

3.  Freshen up a Fan. An updated ceiling fan can give a room a more contemporary feel, but purchasing a new one isn't always a necessity when looking to upgrade. Improving an existing fan is simpler than homeowners might think and does not have to come at a high price.  First, try unscrewing the fan blades and turning them over. Typically, blades have alternate colors or patterns on the reverse side. If not, simply add a coat of paint and reattach. One can even install new pull chains to complete the look as well as match the fan accents to new lighting fixtures or cabinet hardware.

4.  Hang More Mirrors. It sounds simple, but the addition of a mirror on any wall adds depth and light to a room, making even the smallest space seem larger. Mirrors also add elegance and charm to a home's décor, and often at a reasonable price.

5.Paint Can-Brush  Break Out the Paint Brushes. Applying a couple coats of paint can make a remarkable difference and is always a low-cost, high-return project. Coldwell Banker recommends a warm, neutral wall color that can make a room seem more spacious, create a more modern feel and appeal to a wider variety of buyers.

6.  Install Laminate Flooring. Even if the cost of hardwood or tile floors is out of the question, for under $5 per square foot, homeowners can easily install laminate flooring in their kitchens, hallways and bathrooms - provided that floors are level with those in adjacent rooms. Laminate flooring can hide chipped tiles or old linoleum and give the room a more modern feel.

7.  Refinish Your Appliances. Purchasing brand new matching appliances can cost thousands of dollars. However, for a few hundred dollars, an appliance refinisher can re-enamel the surfaces of appliances covering up any out-dated colors that may be ruining the look of your kitchen.yard tools

8.  Spruce up Your Home's Exterior. When planning to put money into a house, homeowners should not overlook simple exterior renovations that can add substantial worth and attract more buyers. A freshly-mowed lawn, a clean, even walkway and a few well-placed bushes can make a huge difference. If you don't have a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper on a one-time basis to plant some shrubs or give the front yard a good cleanup.

*Homeowners who are not comfortable taking on a home improvement project themselves should always hire a qualified professional.

First Impressions: Your Front Door

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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

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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

Market Watch in Franklin & Hampshire Counties

 The Spring Real Estate Market appears active with almost no change in the statistics when compared to last year this time. The local MLSPIN information is also showing inventory is down slightly and it appears the prices may be increasing.

Franklin County
Hampshire County
April 2,2013-May 2, 2013
Single Family/Condo Homes Sold:
 *(Up 26.6%)  38
  *(Down 23.9%)   73
Average Sale Price:
Average Days on Market:
*May 2, 2012/May 2,2013
Single Family/Condo Inventory:
Average List Price:
Average Sale Price:
Average Days on Market:
May 2, 2013
Single Family on market today:
Condos on market today:
*When compared to the same time period 1 year ago. 
All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. 

Ready for the Spring Market?

The snow is almost gone up here in the hilltowns and I am sure the Pioneer Valley is drying out.  Time to start that yard clean up before the leaves and flower gardens start blooming.  If you are in the market for selling your home this is a crucial time to spruce up for the Spring Market.

With first impressions as important as they are, Coldwell Banker Blue Matter shares "3 Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Porch For Spring".  Coldwell Banker created a board for those interested in their front door wreath idea, check it out!

Here is an article from "This Old House" about spring clean up.  The blog posted this article in March, which probably was good timing for many but we are just passing the "squirt" test up here.

ehow Home shares tips and instructions about cleaning up your yard after a long winter.

AND, for the Pinterest fans the pins are unlimited with ideas, instructions and more for your Spring Clean Up Projects.  We just started our own boards on Pinterest, check out our progress.

Hope everyone enjoys this Spring weather....

Is Your Home Turning Off Buyers?

You think you live in a palace. Your home is your kingdom but when it comes to selling your home buyers may not be in agreement. In today's market, buyers are pickier than ever and may be literally turning their nose up at your home.

Here are a few things that buyers hate about homes:

1. Smells

Buyers don't like homes that have a strong smell especially bad smells. Make sure to get rid of any source of odor. The biggest culprits of strong smells are smoking, pets and cooking with strong odors. If you have pets or smoke have the carpets, drapes and all professionally cleaned. If you have a cat make sure the litter box is clean and kept out of the way. You will also need to refrain from cooking things with strong odors. Stay away from strong spices like curry and foods like fish.

2. Bathrooms and kitchens.

They say bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, just as easily they can prevent a sale. Concentrate on keeping the bathrooms and kitchen spic and span. Keep the floors vacuumed, the counters clear of clutter, and make sure the sink is free of dirty dishes. Keep freshly cleaned towels available for the showings.

3. Clutter

Keep the clutter at bay by investing in some inexpensive wicker baskets. Putting clutter in baskets can be a quick way to pick up toys, store laundry and catch all the mail on the kitchen counter.

4. Poor lighting

Who wants to live in the dark? Replace all burnt out bulbs with high efficiency, bright bulbs. Buy some lamps to bring light into poorly lit rooms. Make sure to open all the blinds and pull back the drapes and let as much natural light in as possible. Cleaning the windows will also help show off the light. If you are able turn on all the lights in the home before a potential buyer walks through.

6. Bold colors and wallpaper

You may love the bright pink room or the living room clad in wallpaper but chances are a buyer does not share your style. Try to neutralize rooms with creams and off-whites. These colors can also make a room feel larger and brighter. If your home is covered in wallpaper consider removing it. Buyers are often deterred by the thought of having to remove wallpaper.

7. Man's best friends

You love Fido the dog and Mittens the cat is just so cute but buyers may have allergies or even be afraid of your pets. Keep the pets away from the home or crated when buyers are looking at your home.

8. You

Believe it or not you do not help the sale. The buyer wants to be able to view your home without feeling watched or pressured. If you are in the home or the driveway the buyer will not take the time they need to view the home properly. Leave the selling to the professional.

Our Coldwell Banker agents have the experience and know-how to get your home sold.  Spring is here and listing season is about to begin.  Call your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Agent today to get started on your real estate goals.

MAR Announces RMCI up 57.73 percent!

According to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, the REALTOR Market Confidence Index (RMCI) is up 57.73 %.  This increase is 166% higher over the same time last year.  This is the 14th straight month there has been an increase of the RMCI.  For details on how this information is compiled check out the MAR article.  This is great news for those homeowners that have been waiting for market increases to list their homes.  Confidence is up, markets appear stable and interest rates still at all time lows.

Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors is locally owned and nationally known, the company to get the job done.  Whether you are selling a home or buying a home, we are the agents with the tools and expertise to assist you.  Check out our website!

Ashfield Fall Festival - October 6th & 7th

Head out to the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend for some family fun, an annual event for the Columbus Day Weekend in the Town of Ashfield, Massachusetts.  While at the festival be sure to join Phil Pless and Carol Bolduc at these local Open Houses.

Saturday 12:00-2:00pm

243 Main Street, Ashfield, MA

Solid village farmhouse abuts park, offers fir floors & beautiful woodwork, 2 bay garage, updated furnace & electric, 3+bedrooms, 2 baths, terrific yard.  $175,000


2 houses west of Main Street/Buckland Rd Intersection

 1200 Cape Street, Ashfield, MA

Immaculate log home with newer kitchen, covered porch, woodstove, 2 bay garage, insulated workshop/barn with 10' doors & radiant floor heat. $224,000

Route 112, Approximately 1 mile south of elementary school 

Sunday 12:00-2:00pm

449 Hill Road, Ashfield

South-facing home with pleasant views of countryside! Features fabulous gardens, stone walls, cherry cabinet kitchen with Silestone counters, 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large shed. $375,000

Route 116 to Hill Road

 1446 Ashfield Road, Conway

Immaculate 1-owner ranch on 23 acres!  Offers vintage kitchen, oak floors, fireplace, 3 bedrooms, office, 2 car garage, small barn. On the Ashfield line. $219,000

2nd property south of Ashfield/Conway town line

Limit Spending When Selling

Preparations for selling your home can be an overwhelming task, Coldwell Banker has some great advice for soon to be sellers. Contacting a seasoned REALTOR is a good place to start.

Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors has exceptional agents throughout the Pioneer Valley. Our offices in Northampton, South Deerfield and Shelburne Falls are placed strategically throughout the valley to best serve you. Each office is staffed with knowledgeable, professional agents who strive to help sellers and buyers obtain their goals.

Check out this informative article, then call one of our experienced agents. Northampton (413) 586-8355 South Deerfield (413) 665-3771 Shelburne Falls (413) 625-6366


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