Ann Marie Martin


Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 3/28/2018


45 Hunter Road, Ludlow, MA 01056

Single-Family

$300,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Spectacular Contemporary home in a very nice location. Home offers a formal living room, open floor plan to fully appliance kitchen, to open dining room. Large family room with fireplace, with slides to your large flat back yard. The exterior has beautiful brick walkway, to a brick front porch. 3 large bedrooms with beautiful hardwood parquet flooring. Beautiful 6 panel wood doors. Partial finished basement, with counter/cupboards, and sink, separate laundry room, and wine cellar. 2 car attached garage with automatic openers on both doors, and a separate storage/work area in the back as a separate room. Gas heat, Central A/C, Central Vacuuming, this home has lots to offer.
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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 3/26/2018

The concept of a starter home is an American tradition that has existed for decades. Buying a starter home makes it possible to achieve homeownership, financial independence, and to build equity and credit while you transition to a larger home.

However, your first home doesn’t need to be a tiny, one-bedroom house with none of the amenities that you want.

In today’s post, we’re going to look at some of the things that are desirable in a first home or starter home, so that you can make the best financial decision now that will help you save more in the long run.

Top things to look for in your first home

1. Resale value

Perhaps the most important thing to think about when buying your first home is the day that you eventually decide to sell it and upgrade. There’s a lot that goes into the purchase value of a home. But, if you maintain the home or even make some upgrades, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to sell it for more than you paid.

Other factors that affect resale value are the location and real estate market trends. While you may not be able to change the economy, you can choose to buy a home that is in a location others will find desirable in the coming years.

2. Size

The cost of your first home will be determined by its location, as mentioned before, but another huge factor will be the size or square-footage of the home and yard.

If you don’t plan on having children in the next few years and don’t currently have kids at home, having several bedrooms and a large backyard probably aren’t huge priorities. This means you’ll be able to save by buying a small home on a small property.

Similarly, if it’s just you and a significant other living in the home, you may be comfortable with just one bathroom for the next few years. These omissions can save you a ton of money on your first starter home.

3. Transportation and proximity

Typically, when people buy their first home they are just getting settled into their career and may still change jobs a few times. Most workers in today’s economy change jobs between 10 and 15 times throughout their career and do so more often toward the beginning.

This means it will make sense for you to buy your first home within commuting distances to companies in your industry.

4. DIY and fixer-uppers

Homes that are in need of repairs or renovations can be a great way to save money and see a return on your investment when you decide to sell. Of course, there are limits to how many repairs are reasonable while still getting your money’s worth from a home.

You’ll know from your home inspection or by doing a walk-through with professional contractors how much work is required to bring the home up to standards. Use those resources to ensure that you’re making a sound financial decision for your first home.





Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 3/19/2018

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.





Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 3/18/2018


45 Hunter Road, Ludlow, MA 01056

Single-Family

$310,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Spectacular Contemporary home in a very nice location. Home offers a formal living room, open floor plan to fully appliance kitchen, to open dining room. Large family room with fireplace, with slides to your large flat back yard. The exterior has beautiful brick walkway, to a brick front porch. 3 large bedrooms with beautiful hardwood parquet flooring. Beautiful 6 panel wood doors. Partial finished basement, with counter/cupboards, and sink, separate laundry room, and wine cellar. 2 car attached garage with automatic openers on both doors, and a separate storage/work area in the back as a separate room. Gas heat, Central A/C, Central Vacuuming, this home has lots to offer.
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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 3/18/2018


53 Martha St, Springfield, MA 01151

Indian Orchard

Single-Family

$194,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Great open floor plan in this newer home, built in 2005. Nice front porch and front entry living room with an open staircase. Open floor plan with an oversized kitchen/dining area, with center island. Sliders lead to a 12x11 deck, spacious fenced in back yard. Large master bedroom with plenty of closet space, and 3 additional bedrooms. This is a lovely home, don't let it pass you by.
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