Good News on the Homefront!

Single Family Home sales show steady increase through October 2014.

Single-family home sales growth stays STRONG across Massachusetts through October 2014.

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) reported this week that pending sales of single family homes were up for the 20th straight month according to October Future Indicators Report.

The report indicated there was a 23.5 percent increase in accepted offers compared to the same month the year before.

Pending sales for the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) saw a .8 percent increase from October 2013 to October 2014.

(Information obtained from RAPV, 11-18-14)


Most popular Homes For Sale in Southwick, Mass

Located in southwestern Massachusetts, Southwick is a delightful rural town with a population of less than 10,000. Here are some beautiful homes currently available in the Southwick area. Click on any photo to learn more about each property.

Call any time. I’d be happy to show them to you.

15 Sunnyside Rd, Southwick, MA 01077 This Custom Golf Course home provides tremendous curb appeal that lends a French Country influence. Character-rich architecture takes its place with all of the right amenities throughout the home, creating an inviting retreat with room to grow.

10 Oak St, Southwick, MA 01077

Beautiful Colonial – New construction, water views, covered front porch, master bedroom, master bath, open floor plan, kitchen with granite counter tops & breakfast bar and much more.

3 4th St, Southwick, MA 01077

This is not a drive by approx. 1900 sq ft. Updated 3 bedroom Cape with newer furnace and Central Air, replacement windows, roof. New hardwoods in LR and so much more. Additional lot included: possible building lot. It’s definitely a must see!

Contact me for a showing of any of these gorgeous properties today!

What your Home Inspector May NOT examine

While hiring a professional Home Inspector is recommended before buying or selling your home, you should make your own checklist for the property.

Below is a list of home areas that generally are NOT included in a Professional Home Inspection:

  • pools,
  • spas,
  • fencing,
  • accessory buildings,
  • wells,
  • pumps,
  • sprinkler systems,
  • washing machine connections,
  • alarm systems,
  • heat exchangers,
  • humidifiers and dehumidifiers,
  • window AC units, and
  • appliances.

The following areas may be required and/or require a separate inspection by a qualified professional:

  • Pest/Insect/termite inspection
  • Water/ Well
  • Title V/ Septic
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Lead

Most Professional Home Inspectors also will not examine anything that’s not readily accessible.

Home inspections are generally described as a “non-technically exhaustive visual inspection.” They will not do anything destructive to make an observation.

Home inspectors will not enter areas they consider a safety hazard, such as areas whose point of access does not meet minimum opening sizes or clearance for safe egress or places that appear to contain hazardous chemicals, molds or asbestos. Crawl spaces, attics and roofs are often excluded from inspections as a result of these safety hazards.

Strange but true if you don’t have a ladder ready for viewing the attic they won’t go up there…. If you put a ladder there they might go up and take a peak for you but they won’t climb up and check your roof fan or air cooling system.

You, along with your Realtor®, should make a checklist of these spots that you would like inspected. The worst your inspector will say is no, but you won’t know if you don’t ask.

Individual inspections of these areas – such as pools and spas, underground water sprinkler systems, may be worth the extra cost. The outcome of these inspections should be included in your Offer to Purchase. A troublesome pool could make or break a transaction.

Keep in mind: Home Inspection Professionals will only be responsible for the information contained in their written report.

Be knowledgeable, Be informed, Make Qualified Choices

Eight Great Ways to Prepare Your House for Selling

Eight Great Ways to Prepare Your House for Selling

Here are some great ways to prepare your home for selling. Sometimes it’s just that one little extra step that will make all the difference to the right buyer. Giving you not just the sale you want but that desired purchase price too.

Here’s How to jazz up your home:

  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home – think of this as someone else’s home for a minute. What would you change about the set-up, the pictures, what will inspire the buyer’s imagination.
  2. De-Personalize and de-clutter – Start packing, seriously… As much as those sentimental pictures and that eclectic style mean to you they brand your home. A buyer with a country or modern flair will not think your cows and roosters say “buy me.” Pack away all those books, knick-knacks, clean off the kitchen counters… You will be glad you did. Leave out a few tasteful pieces. Have a yard sale and use the proceeds for lunch on moving day.
  3. Rearrange Closets and Cabinets – Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. Also remove any medications or other personal items and store away during showings.
  4. Rent a Storage Unit – Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You want buyers to be able to picture their furniture in each room.
  5. Remove/Replace Favorite Items – If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
  1. Make Minor Repairs – replace cracked tiles, patch holes in walls, fix leaky faucets, spray squeaky doors and windows with silicon spray, replace burned-out light bulbs, and consider painting custom walls and funky bathrooms in neutral colors.
  1. Make the House Sparkle- Wash windows, clean cobwebs, wash bathrooms and polish chrome faucets and mirrors, clean out the refrigerator, vacuum and wash floors, hang up fresh towels, and empty trash. Take a good smell. Too much scent can be a real turn-off but if you had fish last night a little Fabreeze may be entirely necessary. Try a neutral scent like lavender.
  1. Check Curb Appeal and scrutinize – If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside. Keep the sidewalks cleared, mow the lawn, paint faded window trim, plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive, trim your bushes.
Sometimes a little maintains is all it takes to make your home stand out in this market!


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