Maria Acuna Real Estate



Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 2/15/2019


38 Porter St, Springfield, MA 01104

East Springfield

Single-Family

$164,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Hola! Nicely maintained vinyl sided home. Cozy closed in front porch, for relaxing, brings you into large living room with fireplace. Dining room is opened to a great kitchen with island. Plenty of cabinets and washer- dryer hook- up. Off kitchen you have a full bath and a wonderful family room with exit. Second floor offers three bedroomms and another full bath. Full basement with room for extra living space. Brand new gas water tank. Young gas heating system. Circuit breakers. Plus one car garage.
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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 2/14/2019

There is a lot that goes into the buying and selling of a home Not only are there many steps to take but it can feel like there is a report for everything. It’s easy to forget what they are or why they are necessary.

Three processes that seem similar to home buyers are the home inspection, comparative market analysis, and the appraisal.

Here’s what each them is and how they are different:

First, let’s look at the home inspection.

The home inspection

What it is:

This is probably the one you are most familiar with and have heard the most about. During a home inspection, an inspector is paid to come and test all of the appliances, outlets, plumbing as well as the heating and cooling system.

What this information is for:  

This information is for you the buyer, It is to help make a well-informed decision as to whether the investment you are making is worth the current state of the home. Whether there be repairs that will have to be made or replacements that will need to happen down the line.

The custom market analysis or CMA

What it is:

A sales report your real estate compiles using data they have exclusive access to. This data is compiled into a database used solely by other real estate agents.

What this information is for:

A CMA is used by you and your agent to determine if an asking/selling price is fair. You’ll be able to compare the pricing to other listings and conclude whether it is higher, lower or on par with other offers. This is incredibly useful no matter which end of the spectrum you plan on selling or buying.

An appraisal

What it is: A licensed appraiser comes to visit the home and inspect it solely for value. This is determined by the location, state of and surroundings of the home. Your potential home will be compared to other similar properties in the area to come to a conclusive value.

What this information is for:

The final approval of your mortgage terms by your lender. If the determined value is much lower than your offering price you can be declined a mortgage.

As you can see, each of these processes has varying impact on the final purchase of your home. The information obtained from a home inspection is up to solely your discretion. That gathered from the CMA helps you to determine where the asking price of a home is sitting in comparison to others on the market. And in turn, whether you’ve got a really great deal on your hands or an inflated price. And lastly, perhaps the most important is the appraisal. The information gathered from this process is what your lender uses to determined whether or not to lend you the requested amount.




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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 1/31/2019

It’s a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.

There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale.

However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to give their home a competitive edge in the housing market.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some of the features in homes that are major selling points for today’s average buyer. That way, you’ll be able to update your listing and materials so that everyone who looks at your home knows exactly what it has to offer.

1. Location and convenience

Odds are you can find some major location selling points for your home if you think about it. Is your home near grocery stores, hospitals, parks, or major highways? Does it lack the rush hour traffic that other neighborhoods have?

Just because you’ve gotten used to the convenient location of your home doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated by your potential buyers.

2. Low upkeep and utility costs

If you live in a newer home in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it will beat out much of the local competition in energy efficiency and maintenance costs. If you’ve recently upgraded energy-related parts of your home (think windows, HVAC, insulation, etc.), you should highlight these upgrades in your listings.

This is also a good time to show off your utility savings. Many utility companies show you how much you spend compared to your neighbors. If your home is energy efficient, don’t be afraid to show off in your listing.

3. Storage space

Ever notice how self-storage facilities seem to be popping up just about everywhere? Storage space is a huge concern for homeowners and buyers alike.

Make sure your photos and listings reflect the amount of storage your home has.

4. Major upgrades

If you’ve recently replaced the septic system, roof, windows, HVAC or other major upgrade, be sure to list the date and cost of the system in your listing. They can help assure potential buyers that they won’t need to make any costly upgrades or repairs anytime soon.

5. Pet and smoke-free

If your home is free of any odors or signs of pets or cigarettes, it will likely be a plus for buyers who are only focusing on homes that are clean and move-in ready.

6. Natural lighting

If your home has a lot of windows or skylights, be sure to include them in your photo and listing. Natural lighting can dramatically improve real estate photos, and it will make your home seem more spacious and welcoming.





Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 1/24/2019

New windows can work wonders for a house. Depending on how old your windows are, replacements can make your home less drafty, and much quieter, but they can also spruce up a room that’s starting to look dated.

When you replace your windows you also might see a drop in your heating bill. However, the cost of replacing windows is steeper than you’re ever likely to save on heat. So, if you’re thinking of replacing your windows just to save cash, in the long run there might be better ways of doing so.

In this article, we’re going to talk about choosing replacement windows for your home. We’ll walk you through the different types of windows so you can find the type that fits your needs. Read on for our replacement windows buyer’s guide.

Choosing the right window style

There are endless types of windows that you could find in a given home. However, four main styles are what we normally think of when talking about replacement windows.

Single vs double-hung windows

First, there are single and double-hung windows. In double-hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable, or able to be opened. Being able to utilize both sashes is beneficial for airflow. Opening the top sash will allow the warm air escape, opening the bottom sash will allow cool air to enter.

In single-hung windows, only the lower sash is able to be opened and closed. But otherwise, they are very similar to double-hung windows.

Both of these types of windows come in variants that allow you to pivot the sashes inward to clean the exterior glass. However, if you buy single-hung windows you’ll only be able to wash the lower sash. Keep that in mind if you’re buying windows for a second floor or attic window.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows are those which move horizontally on their tracks. They produce good ventilation and are easy to use. However, just like single-hung and double hung windows, they do slightly obstruct your view at the midpoint when closed. The rectangular shape of sliding windows, however, means you won’t likely be able to install an air conditioner.

Casement style windows

The last main type of window we’ll talk about are casement style windows. This type of window operates on a hinge like a door would. When they’re fully opened, they produce good ventilation. When they’re fully closed, they don’t obstruct the view at all.

However, just like with sliding windows, you won’t be able to install an AC unit. Furthermore, this type of window is more prone to malfunction due to the crank and hinge system, and cranking it open and closed all the time could be a minor annoyance for some homeowners.

Frame materials

Window frames come in four main materials--vinyl, wood, clad-wood, and aluminum.

  • Vinyl is the most common. They look clean and modern, and they also resist heat and condensation making them easy to maintain.

  • Wood frames are regaining popularity. Since they often come unfinished, you can easily customize them to your home.

  • Clad-wood frames are wood on the interior and aluminum on the exterior, making them rugged and resistant to weathering and rot.

  • Aluminum windows are economical, lightweight, and easy to maintain.


Now that you know a bit more about windows, you’ll be better equipped to decide what type of replacements to purchase for your home.




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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 1/17/2019

One of the quickest ways to lose a sale is to ignore odors in your home. Of course, you don't always smell them, so it's best if you have someone else come in with, ahem, a fresh nose, to point out issues. But, what if you’re the one that bought the house … you assumed the odors would leave with the sellers, but on they linger, long after you’ve moved in.

First things first

Start by removing the cause of smells. Of course, if it’s your spouse, that might not work, but old furniture, pet beds, trash cans and the like should go. Some smells are part of you or your family’s lifestyle. These include certain foods and spices, pet odors and smoke.

If you're a smoker, know that your home smells like stale nicotine, so unless you're ready to give up smoking to sell your home, you might need to move out first.

When you’re ready to get rid of the odors, try these methods:

  • Pet odor—long-term pet owners can’t always smell their furry friends, but as long as there is pet hair, a litterbox, or pet urine and feces left over from puppy training, there are odors. Vacuum up as much hair as possible. You may have to vacuum in the ductwork too since pet hair tends to get sucked up into the HVAC system. Use a baking-soda based cleaner on the carpets and any upholstery in the house.
  • Nicotine and smoke—long-term smoking can leave stains on the walls, so first, consider washing those walls. You'll need a heavy-duty cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate or an organic cleaner to clean the walls, woodwork and cabinet faces.
  • If odor persists, you may need to have a professional carpet cleaner that specializes in odor removal come in. Or, consider removing the carpet if it is older and needs replacing anyway.
  • Dry-clean upholstery and drapes. Wash windows and blinds too.
  • Clean the ducts yourself or hire a service to do it for you. Otherwise, you risk bringing back odors when the season changes and you go from heat to air conditioning or vice versa.

Use some tried and true remedies:

- vinegar (white for windows and fixtures)

- apple cider for smells in the drain or garbage disposal

- a cut up lemon to run through the disposal

- baking soda for the refrigerator and near where smells originate

- coffee grounds in bowls around the living areas to absorb smells

- or use commercial odor neutralizers in a neutral fragrance.

If you’re selling your home, ask your agent to give you an honest assessment of how your home’s odors might affect a sale.