Corinne Fitzgerald | Greenfield Real Estate, Northfield Real Estate, Franklin County real estate


If you plan to buy a home in the upcoming days, weeks or months, it often pays to learn about the real estate market. By doing so, you can understand various best practices for purchasing a house and streamline the homebuying process.

Ultimately, there are several best practices for buying a house, and these include:

1. Become a Homebuying Expert

What differentiates a buyer's market from a seller's market? How do you submit an offer on a house? And what should you expect during a home inspection? These are just some of the questions that you'll need to consider to become a homebuying expert.

As a homebuying expert, you'll be better equipped than others to plan a successful homebuying journey.

Typically, a homebuying expert asks lots of questions and devotes the necessary time and resources to learn about the housing market. This individual also is open to expert homebuying advice and recommendations and will do whatever it takes to discover the right house, at the right price, regardless of the real estate market's conditions.

2. Get a Home Loan

For those who plan to buy a house, it helps to save money in advance. That way, you can shop for a house and have sufficient funds available for a sizable down payment.

Furthermore, you should start searching for a home loan as soon as possible. Because the sooner that you secure a home loan, the sooner that you can kick off a home search with a budget in hand.

To obtain a home loan, you should meet with several banks and credit unions. These lenders will evaluate your credit history, income and other financial factors and make a home loan offer.

After you accept a home loan offer, you can officially start your home search. And if you find a home that you'd like to buy, you can submit an offer without having to scramble to get a home loan at the last possible moment.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying a home, hiring a real estate agent is essential. In fact, a real estate agent will provide plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey, ensuring that you can discover your dream house without delay.

A real estate agent first will learn about your homebuying goals. Then, this housing market professional can help you narrow your home search.

In addition, a real estate agent will set up home showings, submit home offers on your behalf and keep you up to date on homebuying negotiations. Perhaps best of all, if you ever have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them at any time.

Buying a home can be a quick, seamless process, particularly for those who work with a real estate agent. Reach out to a local real estate agent today, and you can move one step closer to making your homeownership dreams come true.


This Single-Family in Northfield, MA recently sold for $299,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Corinne Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald Real Estate.


355 Warwick Road, Northfield, MA 01360

Single-Family

$310,000
Price
$299,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
If you are looking for privacy where you can look out your windows and see only trees and lovely gardens with nature and wildlife all around you, you'll want to see this memorable property. As you cross the bridge and travel over the Mill Brook that meanders through the bottom part of this intriguing property and travel up the long and winding road you will begin to experience what it feels like to have your own retreat. With 2 levels of living space this lovely Ranch is much larger than it looks like from the outside. It's well maintained, updated and full of natural light. Recently remodeled kitchen with access to the deck and wonderful screened porch, dining area open to the living room and bath on the upper level and a family room, workout room, full bath/laundry, utility room with wood & oil systems and lots of closets on the lower level. Oversized 2 car garage, stone walls, beautiful gardens an in-ground pool with a cabana surrounded by a nice mixture of open space and woods.

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If you're in the process of preparing your home for sale, nothing can replace the marketing benefits of making it look its absolute best!

Successful home staging is all about effectively appealing to all the senses -- especially sight, smell, and sound. When prospective buyers are touring a home, they're essentially looking for two things: aspects that are appealing to them and areas of concern. To a large degree, their impressions will be based on emotional reactions and subconscious impressions. For example, if there's anything about your home that reminds them of fond childhood memories, then that will definitely work in your favor.

In some cases, the right kind of music playing in the background can have a positive effect on first impressions. Fragrances, such as cinnamon, lavender, citrus, baking bread, or coffee brewing can also help create an appealing ambiance. On the other hand, the presence of pet odors, stains, fur, or cat litter boxes can send a very negative message to prospective home buyers -- especially if they don't own pets or have allergies. By the way, one other item that can be an enormous turn off to people is seeing mouse traps anywhere in the house. (A worst case scenario, of course, is a visible mouse trap that has recently been sprung! That could easily be a deal breaker!)

Home Staging 101

It can be challenging to consistently keep your house in tip top condition while you're still living in it, but, considering all that's at stake, it's worth the extra effort. In addition to impeccable cleanliness, other priorities for staging a home include fresh coats of paint where needed (preferably a neutral color), attractive landscaping, up-to-date appliances, and furniture that's in good condition. If you're at all unsure whether a room looks cluttered, dated, or poorly decorated, your real estate agent can provide helpful suggestions and feedback. An experienced real estate agent can spot potential problem areas in seconds and offer valuable advice about improving the marketability of your home. After having observed hundreds of buyer reactions to everything from cluttered rooms and mismatched furniture to peeling wall paint and water stains on ceilings, they can advise you on what needs to be fixed, spruced up, replaced, or rearranged.

Curb appeal -- or lack, thereof -- is literally the first impression your home will make on prospective buyers. If you can give your lawn a manicured look, eliminate signs of peeling paint, repair cracks in walkways and driveways, and remove grime from windows, concrete surfaces, and siding, then you'll stand a good chance of making a positive first impression on home buyers. Although home staging does not have to be an expensive undertaking, it can help you get top dollar for your property and minimize the time it remains on the market.


This Single-Family in Greenfield, MA recently sold for $210,500. This Ranch style home was sold by Corinne Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald Real Estate.


966 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301

Single-Family

$199,900
Price
$210,500
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Sitting pretty on the hill surrounded by 1.4 acres with nicely manicured grounds you will find this neat and tidy, lovingly maintained single story home with beautiful hardwood floors and natural woodwork throughout. Spacious living room with picture window and a stone fireplace, dining area open to the kitchen. Freshly painted and newer, updated systems. Private back area with open space and a wooded backdrop. 3 car open garage and a 1 car under heated garage that houses the boiler, oil tank and the new circuit breaker box. If you are looking for one level living, you will want to see this one. If you do a drive-by, slow down you may miss this sweet home :)

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106 River Street, Bernardston, MA 01336

Single-Family

$275,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Originally built in the 1700s as a farmhouse, rebuilt the 1800s due to a fire and rebuilt and modified into a Cape in 1958 with a major renovation in the 1980s. Much large than it looks, this lovely home has lots of character and an interesting floor plan. Three fireplaces; One with a wood stove insert in the kitchen & dining area, another in the living room and one on the second floor of a spacious room with cathedral ceiling, skylights, full bath, double closets, cedar closet and a sitting room that would make an incredible Master bedroom suite or family room. Three bedrooms, full bath, laundry room, formal dining room with a bay window open to the living room on the first floor. New windows, updated systems, lots of storage including a walk in attic on the second floor. In-ground pool with a new liner, pump, slide and solar cover. The garage also offers lots of possibilities with its workshop, spare room and electricity. Professionally maintained grounds.
Open House
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