Sally Malsch, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePRO, SRS
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 1/23/2019

Ready to buy or sell a house? With the right real estate agent at your disposal, you should have no trouble acquiring a new home or selling your current residence.

Ultimately, it is important to assess a variety of real estate agents. This will enable you to find the right housing market professional to guide you along the homebuying or home selling journey and ensure you can get the best results possible.

Comparing and contrasting several real estate agents may seem difficult at first. Lucky for you, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of hiring the ideal real estate agent.

Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider as you evaluate real estate agents.

1. Industry Experience

An experienced real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. As such, he or she can offer comprehensive housing market insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Take a look at a real estate agent's background and education. By doing so, you can learn more about this housing market professional's experience and determine whether this individual is the right person to guide you along the homebuying or home selling journey.

2. Communication Skills

Is a real estate agent an effective negotiator? Meet with a real estate agent, and you can learn about his or her communication skills.

A real estate agent should possess the communication skills to succeed in any housing market, at any time. He or she should be able to help you make sense of the housing market and respond to your concerns or questions as the homebuying or home selling journey progresses.

Furthermore, a real estate agent should be unafraid to be honest with you Ė without exception. This housing market professional will provide you with the support you need throughout the homebuying or home selling process. That way, you can reap the benefits of a fast, seamless homebuying or home selling journey.

3. Client Referrals

What are past clients saying about a real estate agent? Ask a real estate agent for client referrals, and you can gain first-hand knowledge about how a particular housing market professional supports his or her clients.

Typically, a real estate agent should be able to provide you with multiple client referrals. As a homebuyer or home seller, it is your responsibility to reach out to these past clients and use their insights to make an informed decision about a real estate agent.

Client referrals are exceedingly valuable because they can help you better understand what it's like to work with a real estate agent. They also can give you a glimpse into whether a particular real estate agent can provide you with the assistance you need to accomplish your homebuying or home selling goals.

Allocate the necessary time and resources to compare and contrast several real estate agents Ė you'll be glad you did. If you find the right real estate agent today, you can move one step closer to enjoying an unforgettable homebuying or home selling experience.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 1/16/2019

If thereís one room in the house most people long to be high end, itís the bathroom. A room of relaxation and rest. The one place everyone can find time to themselves within, even if itís two minutes. The bathroom is our sanctuary. And you donít need to break the bank to create a luxe environment. 

Frame a flat bathroom mirror with molding for a classic and one-of-a-kind look. Detailed millwork is synonymous with an upscale home because more time and effort has been put into the fine details. Pick a style of molding that matches your unique preferences and a wood stain or paint color to match the rest of your decor.

A new shower head isnít immediately visible so itís not a style upgrade. However, itís an upscale lifestyle upgrade to be certain. A rain shower head provides a steady, even flow of water while covering more surface space.

Update the light fixture(s) in your bathroom to change the aesthetics and light quality. There are many sleek, minimalist vanity light fixtures on the market if you are looking to keep up with trends. For a dramatic change look for sconce shapes that differ from those already installed. If you have bell-shaped sconces look for a square or rectangular option. If you have bulbs try ovaluar or sleek coned shape sconce.

Install matching metal finishings from the faucet to drawer pulls. Sometimes as we update our homes feature by feature mismatched hardware happens. Take the opportunity to create a cohesive harmony throughout the room by matching knobs, faucets and light fixture finishes. Knobs being the most budget friendly and easiest to swap, try to match these to your existing hardware and not the other way around.

A new coat of paint can make the world of difference in any room. Bathrooms seem to seldom get the same playful attention to color as other rooms do. And a color from years past can dramatically date a room despite more classic pieces within it. Donít be afraid to make a bold statement with a pop of color. Or cover up tired blue walls with a neutral shade for a high-end look.

Invest in a towel warmer for a luxe after-bathing experience. With many styles to choose from youíll be sure to find one in a style that fits your current decor without a problem. Towel warmers come as drawers or as a rack. Racks either install on the wall or come as a stand-alone piece. All three options can utilize an outlet without having to be installed as a part of your electrical work like a light fixture would.

One surprising way to upgrade your bathroom is with plants. Look for varieties that thrive off of humidity to create a lush, paradise. Plants have a soothing effect and will have your bathroom feeling like a true oasis. If you donít have a natural green thumb consult an expert at your local gardening center to find those that will do best in the lighting and air conditions of your bathroom.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 1/9/2019

Yes, prepping your home for sale seems like a lot of work, but its definitely worth it! Selling your home "as-is" can increase the time on the market and decrease the sale price. Depending on how much you can to invest, its possible to go all-out with the exterior design process but you can make great strides with just a few dollars in your pocket and a weekend to work on it.

Your real estate professional can give you specific suggestions after viewing your property, but here are a few that help just about everyone:

Start with the Garden

First things first, clean up your yard and garden. Getting rid of those fall leaves you've neglected to pick up, and dead branches hanging on your trees and bushes makes a big difference. If you have a lawn, make certain itís mown down to a practical level so that it always looks clean and cared for. If you have a xeriscape, make sure your ground coverings are spread evenly. Mulch, gravel, and rubber are all easy to rake back into place with standard gardening tools. A cared for landscape will draw in buyers, helping them fall in love with the vibe of your home.

Add Some Color

Adding some window boxes or planters with seasonal flowers can brighten up your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Be careful not to over-water them and clean up any old blooms to keep them looking fresh. Worried about the upkeep? You can simplify your gardening efforts by adding a drip-irrigation system. Not only are they automatic, but the EPA also says they save water and are more efficient than sprinkler systems.

Be Visible

A lot of buyers drive around their favorite neighborhoods looking for just the right home. Want to make sure they can find your property? Check to see just how visible your house number is. The easier it is for a home seeker to find you, the faster your property is likely to sell. If you have existing door numbers, try a metal polish to clean up brass or steel numbers or a new coat of paint for wooden or even plastic ones. If your home is missing digits, or they are hard to see from the street, check out your local home improvement and craft stores for larger or more decorative options.

Do Some Painting (but just a little)

It can be expensive to repaint your entire home, and that's not in every budget. It's okay! Start by just cleaning off your existing paint. Use a proper hose attachment or rent a power sprayer from your local home improvement store and see just how much brighter and more inviting your home is when the paint is clean. To add that extra something, consider repainting your door and window shutters with a matching or contrasting color. Just that little bit of fresh paint at the focal points can make your home much more inviting. Make sure you do a clean job though, paint on door handles and windows won't help your cause.

Make it Bright

If you have existing outdoor lighting, now's the time for some elbow grease. Make sure all your lights are clean of dust and grime, so they show at their best. Get some bright new bulbs for them to ensure none are burnt out. Need some extra appeal? Try adding lights along your driveway, walkway or to accent a specific part of your landscape like a tree, statue or fountain. Landscaping lights can be easy to set up, just look for solar-powered LED lights. Available in a variety of colors, with no batteries or cords required, just stick them where you want for a dramatic evening look.

Your property may benefit from a couple weekends spent in the yard. Ask your real estate professional for specific advice about how to best show off your home.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 1/8/2019


52 Longview Dr, Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$254,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Move-in ready! Value Added, Expandable Ranch in neighborhood on .44 Acres has fenced-in backyard & enjoys vista to the east with a mountain backdrop. Owner has tastefully renovated kitchen and baths. Kitchen sports newer appliances. SS Frigidare dishwasher and Samsung refrigerator, GE range with overhead microwave. 1008 SF comprise 4 bedrooms with oak floors & 1 bath on main floor, but windowed, walk-out basement with 3/4 bath and laundry could readily be finished for more family room space. You have easy access to backyard for gardening & outdoor activities. Currently heated with ELBB heat, the house HVAC system is already setup for propane use. & central A/C is available. All one needs is to buy or rent a propane tank. Other upgrades include: Andersen Silverline, replacement windows, new storm doors, 5 yr. old roof & gutters, repaved front walkway with attractive, new vinyl fencing, re-pointed chimney with capped flue. All the work is done; come and enjoy your new home!
Open House
Saturday
January 12 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ryan Rd, rt. onto Brierwood, rt. onto Acrebrook, left onto Austen, right onto Longview Dr.
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 1/7/2019


52 Longview Dr, Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$254,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Move-in ready! Value Added, Expandable Ranch in neighborhood on .44 Acres has fenced-in backyard & enjoys vista to the east with a mountain backdrop. Owner has tastefully renovated kitchen and baths. Kitchen sports newer appliances. SS Frigidare dishwasher and Samsung refrigerator, GE range with overhead microwave. 1008 SF comprise 4 bedrooms with oak floors & 1 bath on main floor, but windowed, walk-out basement with 3/4 bath and laundry could readily be finished for more family room space. You have easy access to backyard for gardening & outdoor activities. Currently heated with ELBB heat, the house HVAC system is already setup for propane use. & central A/C is available. All one needs is to buy or rent a propane tank. Other upgrades include: Andersen Silverline, replacement windows, new storm doors, 5 yr. old roof & gutters, repaved front walkway with attractive, new vinyl fencing, re-pointed chimney with capped flue. All the work is done; come and enjoy your new home!
Open House
Saturday
January 12 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ryan Rd, rt. onto Brierwood, rt. onto Acrebrook, left onto Austen, right onto Longview Dr.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 52 Longview Dr, Northampton, MA 01062    Get Directions

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