Sally Malsch, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePRO, SRS
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/4/2019


159 Lyman St, South Hadley, MA 01075

Single-Family

$237,500
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Buyers, your remodeling work is done: Grasp this opportunity to own an affordable 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch, lavished with TLC for over a decade, and located close to Mount Holyoke College and The Ledges Golf Course. Easy access via Rts.116 and 202 to all points south & to I-91. Essential upgrades include: beautiful oak floors; ceiling fan/light fixtures; modernized kitchen with maple cabinetry, SS appliances, granite countertops; basement bedroom with an 'exitable' window and closet; a three quarters bathroom with laundry, as well as an attractive family room with bar. The house features many energy efficiencies: new hybrid hot water heater; installation of replacement windows & cellular blinds, and added insulation in the attic & basement walls through the Mass Save program.. In 2015 re-roofing was done which included the extension of the roof overhang and the addition of gutters. You will enjoy family activities in the large, fenced-in, flat backyard with patio area and garden shed.
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/4/2019

This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $448,000. This Cape style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


5 Trillium Way, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$465,000
Price
$448,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Remodeled 4 Bedroom Cape in Amherst Woods with stunning sunroom. The west facing, front foyer opens to a circular staircase & leads you into spacious living room with fireplace. The adjoining sunroom welcomes you to lounge or to access backyard deck. Upgraded kitchen features ample cabinetry, granite counters with peninsula plus separate dining area. Other desirable features include bedroom & 3/4 bath; mudroom with laundry; oak floors. From upstairs overlooking foyer you'll find a large master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, updated 1/2 bath. Full bath w/ entry from hall or MBR, sports double sinks, tiled tub/shower. Two additional bedrooms complete second story. The basement sports 2 multi-purpose, family room areas. Another perk are major window replacements, including Palladian window, central AC, fresh air exchanger, 2-200 amp electric panels. Lovely, private yard with plethora of plantings & ground cover on hillside.

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/4/2019

Two terms that you may have heard when talking about real estate is fair market value and assessed value. These two terms are not the same or even interchangeable terms. 


The assessed value of a home can often be higher than the price the house is being sold. These properties can often be seen as a “bargain” in the real estate community. The problem is that this is often a red flag. The property may be overassessed by the town which means the taxes are higher than necessary. 


Homes can also be listed at a higher price than the assessed value. Contrary to popular belief, a low evaluated cost doesn’t mean that the value of the home is less than the asking price. The asking sale price for a property is based on many factors, none of which are what the town deems the property is worth. 


Fair Market Value


Fair market value is what a buyer is willing to pay with no outside influence. As a homeowner, the best way to determine the fair market value of your home is to look at what’s real estate agents call a “Comparative Market Analysis” or CMA. The agent will look at similar properties in the area that have recently sold- generally within the last six months. This analysis will often include things that the assessor doesn’t take into account when pricing a home.


The Appraisal


When you buy a home, and the appraisal is done for the lender when the buyer is obtaining a mortgage, the purpose is specific. The lender is protecting themselves and the buyer. The lender wants to be sure that the property they are lending money on has a value greater than or equal to the purchase price of the home. Appraisals are also done in this manner when homeowners are refinancing the house. 


Challenging Assessed Values


Often, homeowners will buy a property and then later challenge the assessed value of a home for tax purposes especially if the owner feels that the assessed value is worlds apart from the fair market value of the home. If you believe that the assessed value is out of sync with the fair market value of the house and out of line based on the values of another home in the town, you need to file what’s called a tax abatement. Your city or town hall has all of the necessary information for submitting these forms. From there, each city and town has their own timelines for how long the tax assessor has to address this.                  




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 11/27/2019

Chimney maintenance and repair is incredibly important. You need to complete certain tasks to ensure that your fireplace is working safely and effectively. There’s no better time than the off season to get these tasks in order. 


Remember that you should only burn dry wood in your fireplace. Although fireplaces aren’t high on the technology spectrum, they do require some effort to keep in working order. Failure to do so can result in smoke and even a chimney fire. Soot build up can put a damper on the proper ventilation of the chimney. The soot is partly a result of creosote- a combustible, tar-like substance. It’s a natural by-product of wood that has been burned. With reduced ventilation, the creosote will cause potentially dangerous build up.


While creosote itself is not flammable, it can cause the chimney to clog and structural damage could result. It’s important to properly maintain your chimney in order to prevent dangerous oil build-up that can cause a chimney fire.


Inspections


A professional can come and inspect your fireplace and chimney. They can check for damage, obstructions, build-up, or soot. The inspector will be able to determine if you need a sweep of your chimney. The inspector will be able to do the sweep on the spot in most cases. An inspection of your chimney should take place every year.   


There are different levels of chimney inspections that occur. Basic inspections are a visual look at anything that could be in your chimney from soot to a bird’s nest. More complex inspections could involve taking the chimney apart and physically reconstructing the structure. This would occur after some kind of a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado. The cost of these inspections depends on how extensive they become.


Other Maintenance


You can improve your fireplace’s functioning with a few basic steps. Fist, you should only burn dry wood. Logs should be split and dried for 8-12 months. You should also burn certain types of wood especially hardwoods like hickory, oak, beech, maple and ash. These woods burn the longest. The most important thing about wood to be burned in the fireplace is that it is dry.       


Burn Only Wood


It can be tempting to throw things into your fireplace to burn, but you should keep away from burning construction wood, plastics, or other things that could let off odors. Even burning paper can be dangerous because of the embers that result as the fire burns.


If you keep on top of your scheduled chimney maintenance and replace parts as needed, you’ll be able to have lovely fires all winter long with peace of mind.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 11/25/2019

This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $500,000. This Victorian,Antique style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


59 Dryads Green, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$499,900
Price
$500,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Location, location, location, akin to the Gold Coast in Northampton! This distinctive Antique Victorian with 3026 square feet is sited on a quiet cul de sac close to the Mill River foot path that leads to Paradise Pond and within walking distance of Smith College campus and downtown Northampton. Join several new owners in the neighborhood. Exterior features that enhance the value of the Victorian and its curb appeal are scalloped shakes and stone exterior set off by newer white replacement windows. a grand front porch, circular balcony and metal covered dome. Interior features include fireplace, pocket doors, carved Newell posts on stairway, Douglas fir floors denote original period design. New gas boiler installed for radiator steam heat, 100amp circuit breaker. New owner can continue remodeling kitchen and 2.5 bath renovations and possible 3rd floor ensuite.

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