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Posted by Paul Zingarelli on 7/15/2018

Buying a new home can be an exciting but anxiety-inducing experience. With so many things to consider, it can be difficult to keep track of the things that matter most to you.

This process is complicated further when you discover a second or third home that you like as much as the first and you’re trying to decide which one to make an offer on.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can effectively compare houses to ensure that you’re making the most sensible, long-term decision for you and your family.

It’s all about the spreadsheet

Today, our method isn’t going to rely on any fancy new apps or paid tools. Everything you need to accomplish your spreadsheet is a tool like Google Sheets (it’s like a free version of Excel) or a simple pencil and notebook.

The columns of your spreadsheet will be made up of the factors that will influence your decision. This will include the obvious details like the cost and square footage of the home, but also finer details like its proximity to key places in your life.

The rows of your spreadsheet will be the properties you’re comparing. Now, it may be tempting to start listing every house on your radar in the columns of your spreadsheet. However, I think it’s more time-effective to only include the homes that you’re likely to make an offer on. This means doing some hard thinking and having a conversation with your family about your realistic goals for buying a home.

What is most important to you in a home and neighborhood?

Let’s turn our attention back to the top row of your spreadsheet. We want to fill that section with around 10 factors that are most important to you in a home and the location the home will be in.

In this section, you can include the estimated cost of the home and the estimated monthly expenses for owning that home (utilities, taxes, etc.).

Here’s the secret weapon of our spreadsheet, however. Rather than listing the actual cost of the home in this row, we’re going to give it a rank of 1 to 5. A score of 1 means the house is a lot more expensive than you want. A score of 5 means the house is the ideal cost. A 3 would be somewhere in the middle.

We’re going to use this 1 to 5 ranking system for all other factors on our spreadsheet as well.

Next to these costs, you’ll want to add other important factors to your home buying decision. Does it have the number of rooms you’re looking for? If a backyard is important to you, does it provide for that need?

In terms of upgrades, how much work will you have to do on the home to make it something you’re satisfied with? For DIY-minded people with time to spare, home improvement might be a welcome concept. For others, it simply would take too much time to accomplish everything you want. So, when you fill out the “Upgrades” column of your spreadsheet, make sure you determine a system for ranking the homes that suits your needs.

House location shouldn’t be overlooked

It’s a sad truth, but in today’s busy world, the average homeowner spends most of their time away from home, whether they’re at work, commuting, or bring their kids to and from after school activities.

You’ll want at least one column on your spreadsheet to be devoted to location. When ranking the location of a home, consider things like commuting time, distance to schools, hospitals, parks, and grocery stores. All of these things will have a larger impact on your day-to-day life than small details of the house itself.

Ranking the homes

Now that you have the first row and column of your spreadsheet built, it’s time to fill in the details and tally up the totals. These numbers will help inform your decision as to which house is really right for you.




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Posted by Paul Zingarelli on 7/10/2018


132 Prynnwood Rd, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Single-Family

$719,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Come view this amazing home along the 2ND HOLE OF LONGMEADOW'S FINEST COUNTRY CLUB! This remarkable and stunning 4646 sq ft Elroy Webber home resides on 1.61 acres and offers cinder block and steel beam construction, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, the ultimate one-level living experience.This solid home offers Impressive floor-to-ceiling windows and doors with an abundance of skylights bathing the house in natural light. Other features include fine quality wood ceilings, poured solid floors and a gorgeous full-size indoor heated, gunite pool. The recently updated eat-in kitchen includes new cabinetry, updated appliances, barbecue area, pass-through bar to dining room, walk-in pantry and glass subway back splash. Family room hosts a gorgeous wood burning fireplace open to the dining area, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. The Asian-inspired landscape design features bamboo, professional lighting and pools of smooth stones for the ultimate calming experience
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July 15 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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Posted by Paul Zingarelli on 7/10/2018


977 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Single-Family

$329,000
Price

10
Rooms
6
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
WOW!!! 6 BEDROOMS AND 4.5 BATHS FOR ONLY $329,000!!!! Well Below Assessed Value. All Situated on .7 Acres Along One of Longmeadow's Most Well Known Attractions "THE GREEN". This Home is Filled with Hardwood Floors, High Ceilings and Details Throughout. The Gorgeous Formal Dining Room with French Glass Doors Opens to a Huge Living Room with Fireplace and Access to your Private Outdoor Patio. Off the Kitchen is a Relaxing Study with another Fireplace and Access to your Private Deck, Perfect to Unwind or Enjoy your Favorite Movie. The 2nd Floor host 6 bedrooms and 4 Full Baths including a Master Bedroom Bath.. The Beautiful oversize Flat Lot is Perfect for Gardening, Sports or Entertaining. Attached 2 Car Garage. Please see Plot Plan to Explore your Building Options. Enjoy all the Conveniences this Home's Location has to Offer such as Longmeadow Days, Longmeadow Montessori Internationale, Center Elementary School and The Storrs Library to name a few!!!!!
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July 15 at 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM
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Posted by Paul Zingarelli on 7/8/2018

Summer brings warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. It also may serve as the best time to sell your house, and perhaps for good reason.

Many families relocate during summer to ensure that children can enroll in school before the new school year begins. Plus, summer often means longer days and extended vacations, ensuring that many homebuyers have extra time to browse properties.

For a home seller, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to get your home ready for the summer housing market. Lucky for you, we're here to help you do just that.

Here are three tips to prep your home for the summer real estate market.

1. Clean Up Your Home

Vacuuming the rugs, wiping down the walls and performing other home cleaning tasks is essential for home sellers, particularly during summer.

If you spend some time cleaning up your residence, you'll be able to improve your chances of making a great first impression on homebuyers. In addition, keeping your residence neat and tidy may help you show off the true beauty of your home, increasing your chances of maximizing the value of your property.

Also, don't forget to get rid of clutter before you add your house to the real estate market. By doing so, you can show homebuyers the true size of your living space.

2. Focus on the Landscaping

Your home's curb appeal will play a key role in its ability to generate interest from homebuyers.

For instance, a messy, weed-filled front lawn likely will be an eyesore to homebuyers. Comparatively, a clean, pristine front lawn will help your home sparkle in homebuyers' eyes.

Mow your lawn regularly – you'll be glad you did. With a beautiful lawn, your home will dazzle. As a result, a stunning lawn may help your residence stir up plenty of interest from homebuyers.

3. Offer the Right Price

Summer represents a popular time for homebuyers to look for bargains. In fact, many homebuyers may look to purchase a home at a below-average price, make various home improvements and "flip" it for a profit during summer.

An informed home seller will be able to set the right price for a residence from the get-go. If you learn about the prices of comparable homes in your city or town, you should have no trouble establishing a competitive price for your house.

Furthermore, working with an experienced real estate agent often is a great idea to maximize the value of your home. Your real estate agent can offer housing market data that you may struggle to find elsewhere, ensuring that you can set the ideal price for your home in summer.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent will offer recommendations to help you get your home ready for the summer housing market. He or she will respond to your real estate queries as well, guaranteeing that you can optimize the value of your residence.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can streamline the process of selling your home in summer.




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Posted by Paul Zingarelli on 7/2/2018


45 Twin Hills Dr, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Single-Family

$949,000
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
This Amazing 2008 Custom Laplante Built Home Offers 4091 Sq Ft of Quality Newer Construction Hosting 11 Gorgeous Rooms, 5 Beautiful Bedrooms(One with a Amazing and Inviting Loft Area), 4.5 Updated Baths, 3 Car Garage All Situated on .79 Acres of Manicured Grounds Overlooking the 5th Green of the THCC. The First Floor Host a Custom Cook's Kitchen with Schist Stone Counters, Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Stainless Wolf 6 Burner Range with Water Filler and Double Ovens, 2 Asko Dishwashers and a Built in Espresso Maker. Off the Kitchen You Will Find an Inviting Dining Room, Living Room with a Beautiful Gas Fireplace and Wet Bar with a Sub-Zero Ice Maker/Cooler and Access to an Blue Stone Patio with a Wolf Grilling Area, Gorgeous Private Study, Family Room Offers High Cathedral Ceilings and a 1st fl Master Bedroom with a Spa Like Bath, Double Closets and Private Laundry. The 2nd Level Host 4 Beautiful Bedrooms Attached to 3 Elegant Full Baths and Full Laundry Area.Click on the List Of Features!!
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