Erin Callahan | Holyoke Real Estate, South Hadley Real Estate, Northampton Real Estate


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When you go to sell your home, your real estate agent will take care of playing host for interested buyers. This is part of the service that you get when you hire a real estate agent. The agent will not only handle setting up the showing appointments; they will also meet the prospective buyers at your home, walk them through the house and point out attractive features. While this is happening, you and your family can relax elsewhere. When the showing is over, the agent will contact you and let you know the coast is clear for you to return home.

1. Your Presence Will Distract Buyers

Your agent needs prospective buyers to focus on the house. If you’re there, the buyers’ attention will be torn between you and the house. Since showings only last a limited time, that will be valuable time lost for the agent to point out reasons why the house is a great fit.

2. Buyers Won’t Feel Free to Browse

Buyers need to be able to feel free to open cabinet and closet doors and look closely at details around your home. This is what will help make them feel comfortable about making an offer on the property. If the owner is present, buyers won’t feel able to look around. They may constantly turn to you to ask permission. This detracts from their ability to imagine the home as being their own.

3. You Could be Asked Difficult Questions

Buyers may take advantage of your presence to ask challenging questions. They may ask things like if the basement ever floods, if there are leaks in the roof or why there appears to be a crack in the basement wall. Your agent will know exactly how to field these questions and allay fears.

You hired a great real estate agent for a reason, so the best thing you can do is follow advice during showings and the rest of the homebuying/home selling process. By trusting your agent, the process will move smoother and assure you get the most bang for your buck.


There are a number of reasons you may want to sell your home quickly. Whether you’re hoping to avoid making two mortgage payments, or if you are moving a long distance and have a limited time to close on your old home, it can become imperative to sell quickly.

Many homeowners in a rush to sell their home are at a loss for what they can do to increase their chances of selling quickly without substantially lowering the price.

If you’re in a competitive buyer’s market it can be even more difficult to make a quick sale. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help expedite the selling process. In today’s article, we’ll show you how to do just that.

Read on for tips on selling your home faster so you can move on to focusing on your new home.

Presentation matters

To give yourself the best chance of attracting buyers, you’ll want to focus on cleaning and staging your home.

Many sellers leave their belongings in the home and simply fill up their closet and basement while selling their home. A better approach is to rent a storage unit to keep your belongings in. This will make sure you can showcase the size of your closet and other storage areas in viewings and in your photography.

When it comes to photography, using high quality photos that show off the lighting and spaciousness of your home will attract more leads on your home. Spending money to hire a photographer for the day can save you valuable time and give you quality, marketable photos of your home.

Rethink your pricing

If you need to sell quickly, the easiest way to do so is to make sure you’ve priced your home reasonably. Many sellers have a tendency to aim high, thinking that they will be haggled down by a buyer.

However, fewer people will reach out if your home is outside of their budget. Set your home price close to its market value and make adjustments accordingly.

Add quick curb appeal

Curb appeal is the measure of how welcoming and desirable your home looks upon driving by or pulling into the driveway. This can be achieved with landscaping, paving the driveway, and cleaning the house’s siding.

However, you don’t have to spend thousands to clean up the outside of your home. Sometimes simply mowing and edging the lawn and adding fresh mulch goes a long way toward improving curb appeal.

Another thing to consider is the best time to take outdoor photos of your home. If you have a great view or sunsets, try taking photos at different times of the day to show off all your property has to offer.

Remove personal items

You want your home to appear livable--not lived in. Make sure family photos and other personalized items have been removed for real estate photography, open houses, and viewing.

Similarly, if you have any rooms painted colors that others may find jarring, re-paint them in a neutral, calming color. And, if any of your walls are painted a dark color, brighten them up to make the room appear larger.

This approach stands true for the driveway and garage as well. You want potential buyers to imagine how they could use the space--not how you’re currently using it. Make sure your vehicles and outdoor equipment are out of sight in your photos and during showings.



205 Beech St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Single-Family

$174,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Stately renovated row house on the parade route! This three bedroom, one and a half bath row house combines the classic charm of its age with a modern industrial aesthetic. High ceilings, pocket doors and large custom windows are complimented by exposed brick, restored tin ceilings and barn doors. Spacious and inviting this home has had the windows, roof and boiler all replaced in the last 5 years. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, first floor laundry in the pantry and pleasing grey cabinets with butcher block counters. Newer light fixtures and fans throughout. A bright and sunny office on the second floor perfect for work or school from home. Backyard includes wood patio and two parking spots accessed through the ally. Dry basement with freshly poured concrete floor for storage. Join us for an open house Sunday from 11-1pm and find out if the row house life is for you!
Open House
Sunday
January 10 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Masks required. Limited capacity will be enforced
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 205 Beech St, Holyoke, MA 01040    Get Directions

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205 Beech St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Single-Family

$174,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Stately renovated row house on the parade route! This three bedroom, one and a half bath row house combines the classic charm of its age with a modern industrial aesthetic. High ceilings, pocket doors and large custom windows are complimented by exposed brick, restored tin ceilings and barn doors. Spacious and inviting this home has had the windows, roof and boiler all replaced in the last 5 years. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, first floor laundry in the pantry and pleasing grey cabinets with butcher block counters. Newer light fixtures and fans throughout. A bright and sunny office on the second floor perfect for work or school from home. Backyard includes wood patio and two parking spots accessed through the ally. Dry basement with freshly poured concrete floor for storage. Join us for an open house Sunday from 11-1pm and find out if the row house life is for you!
Open House
Sunday
January 10 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Masks required. Limited capacity will be enforced
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 205 Beech St, Holyoke, MA 01040    Get Directions

Similar Properties



Stately renovated row house on the parade route! This three bedroom, one and a half bath row house combines the classic charm of its age with a modern industrial aesthetic. High ceilings, pocket doors and large custom windows are complimented by exposed brick, restored tin ceilings and barn doors. Spacious and inviting this home has had the windows, roof and boiler all replaced in the last 5 years. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, first floor laundry in the pantry and pleasing grey cabinets with butcher block counters. Newer light fixtures and fans throughout. A bright and sunny office on the second floor perfect for work or school from home. Backyard includes wood patio and two parking spots accessed through the ally. Dry basement with freshly poured concrete floor for storage. Join us for an open house Sunday from 11-1pm and find out if the row house life is for you!

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