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Posted by Five College REALTORS ® on 6/25/2017

Many of us will move home several times throughout our lives. Whether it’s relocating for work, needing a bigger house for children, or a quiet place to retire to, it’s likely that the home you live in now won’t be yours forever.

 As a result, many homeowners wonder what they can do to ensure their home will have a high resale value when the time comes to move on.

 The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do now that will give you a good return on investment when it comes to selling your home later. However, there are a few factors that affect a home’s valuation that are out of your control. We’ll talk about all of those factors below. So, read on for a list of the factors that affect your home’s resale value.

 The age of your home

Your house may not complain about it, but it isn’t getting any younger. Homes tend to slowly decrease in value over time. A home built in the late 1970s, even if it’s well taken care of, most likely won’t sell for the same price as a 15-year-old home.

There is one exception to the rule, however, and that is historical houses. Homes that are a century old can sell for top dollar because of the craftsmanship and history that the house contains.

Admittedly, this is a niche market, as many people just want a safe and efficient home to live in. However, there are some homebuyers who will put in a bit of extra work around the house for the chance to live inside of a piece of history.

Smart renovations

When you’re upgrading your house it’s important to remember how that upgrade will pay off years down the road. Some renovations will almost always give a good return on investment such as a finished basement or attic and improving efficiency via added insulation or replacing windows.

Renovations that match a very specific decorative taste or style could come back to haunt you. This includes bathroom sinks, kitchen cabinets, countertops, and other expensive projects that are subject to the next owner’s taste. While these upgrades can give a good return on your investment, they’re more likely to be successful if they fit the current trends of style and craftsmanship.

Neighborhood and town

One of the factors of home valuation that you have little control over is the town and neighborhood the house is located in. If there are closed down businesses, foreclosed and deteriorating homes then potential buyers might be turned off to the neighborhood.

Similarly, the town you live in has a lot to do with how much people are willing to spend. If you have easy access to interstate highways and large cities, highly rated schools, and good local infrastructure, then buyers are likely to take these into consideration when making an offer, as the average cost of a home in your town is likely higher than some surrounding towns.




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Posted by Five College REALTORS ® on 6/24/2017


15 Number 6 Rd, Leverett, MA 01054

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Privacy and a gorgeous setting are found at this desirable location. Tucked on a quiet side street and bordered by a a meandering brook, the setting couldn't be more quint essential New England. Sporting a contemporary style home with an open floor plan there are 3 levels of finished space. A screened porch which leads to a spacious deck overlooks the wooded vista and enjoys the sounds of birds and the lulling sounds of the stream. Amenities include cathedral ceilings,hardwood floors and built-ins. Custom built by the present owners in 2010 is a large 3 car garage with lower level which includes an additional 2 bays. The second floor is unfinished - a perfect spot for a studio or workshop. The gardens are beautiful as is the the goshen stone walk and stone walls. Garden shed a plus! Located within minutes of Amherst center, this location is a winner in todays market!
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Posted by Five College REALTORS ® on 6/21/2017


19 Stage Road, Deerfield, MA 01373

South Deerfield

Single-Family

$239,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
NEW septic has been installed! Come take another look at this well-maintained home nestled on a wooded lot in a quiet desirable South Deerfield neighborhood. The efficient first floor layout provides 3 bedrooms, one with an attached remodeled bath. There is another remodeled full bath in the common hall, an eat-in kitchen with new floor and dishwasher, and a good-sized living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace with new chimney by a renowned local mason, and a picture window with a southerly view. The lower level is partially finished with a family room, laundry area, potential office, storage space and attached garage. The yard is spacious, with room for play, gardens and outdoor dining. Beautiful southerly views and a short walk to two trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing, this is an ideal location for enjoying all the outdoor activities this area has to offer. This sweet home is ready to meet its new owner – come take a look.
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Posted by Five College REALTORS ® on 6/21/2017


138 Lower Road, Deerfield, MA 01342

Single-Family

$459,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Ringed with trees, this architect-designed 4 bedroom/3 bath contemporary sits 50 feet above fields overlooking the Deerfield River. Light-filled with cathedral ceilings on both levels, the home has central air and a 4-season porch. Off the porch is a wheelchair accessible in-law suite. The master bedroom suite includes a loft, sitting room, walk-through closet, 2-person shower and whirlpool tub. With a sink and folding area, the laundry is spacious and functional. A trinity of birch trees shade the 500-sq. ft. south-facing deck. With no neighbors on 3 sides, there's total privacy to enjoy the 1.5 acres bordered by a stream and filled with perennials. The 3-car garage has a workbench, loft, and 150 sq. ft. kennel with doggie door. The dry basement is poured concrete with plenty of storage. Recent improvements: oil tank, water heater; cedar shingles restained; stainless appliances. The home has town water and is biking distance to the Deerfield Academy where residents pay ½ tuition!
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Posted by Five College REALTORS ® on 6/21/2017

This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $200,000. This Ranch style home was sold by - Five College REALTORS ®.


7 Town Beach Rd, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$199,900
Price
$200,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
View of water from the deck walk to town beach for a swim, what a great way to start the summer. This charming home features hardwood floors fireplace in the living room and a large partially finished basement with large windows and lots of lights. New refrigerator and washer and dryer. This home offers easy living and a great location!

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