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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 8/6/2020


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There has been a lot of concern about the state of rural America and how it's being affected by large businesses. Big box stores like are said to destroy local businesses, causing an economic drought in small towns. But despite the statistics, there's a bigger picture to consider. We'll look at how big businesses cause big and small changes alike for the rural homelands of America. 

The Dominos 

Many people living in a small town will tell you that big business destroys it from the outside in. In Winchester, IL, one local lawyer met serious challenges in trying to get a local market off the ground, largely because his main produce supplier backed out of their original deal. 

His concern is that if neighbors can't even buy a banana in their town, what exactly is their incentive to stay? There are about 5 million people living in rural areas that need to travel at least 10 miles or more to purchase fresh (not prepackaged or frozen) groceries. 

Real Estate in Rural America 

The story of grocery stores is an important one when trying to understand the larger effects of what big businesses do to small towns. These anecdotal tales support the larger real estate trends in America, in that there are few people moving to small towns. This lack of interest has caused very few property owners to improve or modernize properties in rural areas.

The scarcity of well-maintained homes has caused their value to increase. So while the average cost of a home in rural America may seem very affordable, it's likely because the home is in a state of disrepair. In addition, financing may be difficult to obtain, due to the lack of available lenders in the area. 

The Good News 

The people who still live in rural America are not prepared to let their communities fall by the wayside. Across the country, residents are creating (and supporting) local markets that offer everything from fresh food to homemade crafts. Other communities are offering everything from utility credits to free swim passes for families. 

There are also government programs available that incentivize people to move to rural areas and invest their efforts into the forgotten properties. USDA loans offer extremely reasonable interest rates and lending terms to buyers who want the chance to own their own home and participate in their community. 




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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 7/31/2020

This Multi-Family in Holyoke, MA recently sold for $215,000. This style home was sold by - Maria Acuna Real Estate.


318-320 Oak St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Multi-Family

$224,900
Price
$215,000
Sale Price

2
Units
1,600
Approx. GLA
GREAT INVESTMENT~SIDE BY SIDE RANCH STYLE DUPLEX! These well laid out units feature eat in kitchen with updated cabinets; Full bathrooms with tile tub surround and new vanities; Hardwood flooring in living and bedrooms; Washer/Dryer hookups; separate driveways each with a detached garage with new metal roofs; Conveniently located near major routes, points of interest in area amenities.

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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 7/30/2020


 

Are you looking for some new and unique flooring options for your home? Check out this list of artistic, eye-catching and unique flooring options from around the globe.

Roman Tile Floor

The most luxurious homes during the Golden Age of Rome boasted floors that were a fantastic work of art. Tiny colored tiles were created with meticulous care to make beautiful mosaics. Animal motifs were common, but so were geometric patterns. Some Romans also enjoyed heated floors. In this present day, you can have a mosaic floor just as the Romans, and have it heated for some extra cash, too.

Bamboo Cane Floor

Over the years, bamboo has become popular as an eco-friendly choice to hardwood. Bamboo has the same shiny, grainy and smooth appearance of a typical wooden floor and the same durability, too. However, bamboo grows faster than regular trees, which makes it a renewable source. Bamboo is easy to clean and can last for many years.

Log End Floor

Log end floor is a different twist on the standard hardwood floor. With an amazingly rustic yet sophisticated appearance, the log-end floor is made of well-crafted log pieces to bring the feeling of a traditional log cabin and a splash of high-class.A log-end floor has a very flexible design and is superbly comfortable to walk on.

Rubber Floor

If you want to think out of the ordinary in regard to floors for your kitchen, a rubber floor is a beautiful, unique flooring choice. Typically, used in playroom and gyms, rubber is springy underfoot and soft, so it is excellent for standing for an extended period, such as when cooking or washing the dishes. A rubber floor is durable and requires low maintenance. It will provide a fresh and unique look for homeowners who want something different.

Penny Floor

A fresh and exciting trend is known as a penny floor aka copper floor. Penny floor is just as the name implies: a layer of pennies makes up this unique floor, held firmly into place with a sealant. Even though it takes a considerable amount of time to lay down all the pennies, it is surprisingly affordable. If you want stylish flooring for your home without spending too much, the penny floor is a great choice.

When renovating your home, you should consider choosing a unique flooring option as it can boost the value and appeal of your home. Not sure what to pick? Ask your real estate agent what flooring types are the best return on investment in your market.





Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 7/24/2020


19 Craig St, Springfield, MA 01108

Single-Family

$209,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Enjoy the summer nights on this Gorgeous front porch, Beautiful wood floor. Enter into nice size living room bright and shiny wood floor Fresh paint makes it shine. Open to gorgeous eat-in kitchen you'll love the cabinets and set up with newer appliances. 1/2 bath off kitchen and nice back mud room to back yard. Open staircase to second floor w/ 3 bedrooms and the full bath. Fresh paint and Much Much updating throughout. Very Nice private back yard backs up to stream and conservation. Lots of peaceful wildlife to observe. Detached garage with extra Storage space plus a nice size storage shed. Full clean basement washer and dryer hookup. ALL PARTIES PLEASE WHERE A MASK
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Maria Acuna Real Estate on 7/23/2020


42 Coral Rd, Springfield, MA 01118

East Forest Park

Single-Family

$178,500
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
If your Looking for open floor plan, this is it. Nice large Eat-in kitchen Very bright Plenty of nice cabinets. Family room with fireplace open living room. Vaulted ceilings in living room and kitchen. 3 bedrooms. office could be 4th bedroom. 2 full baths. Laundry room off kitchen. Large private fenced yard.
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No scheduled Open Houses

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