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When inquiring about renting a home or condominium, you may not immediately be aware if the property is being self-managed by the owner or by a property manager or management firm that the owner has hired. There are some benefits and downsides to each. You should first ask who and how the property is being managed. This just could give you an indication of what to expect in your relationship.

Benefits of an Owner Landlord

One of the benefits of renting from a landlord who owns the property is that they have a direct vested interest in maintaining the house. This could mean that they may be more responsive and make repairs properly. Property owner landlords do not like replacing tenants and filling vacancies, so they will often treat their good tenants very well.

Negatives of an Owner Landlord

Often, the biggest downside of an owner landlord is they have too close of a personal connection with a property. They may have even done much of any remodeling or repair work themselves. They can take it personally if there is damage or a repair that needs addressing. This makes them more prone to inspecting the property more frequently. They also are more personally affected if a tenant is late with making a rent payment. They may not have the resources or be willing to spend the money, to keep a property properly maintained.

Benefits of a Property Manager

A professional property manager works as a liaison between the tenant and the owner. This keeps the owner at arm's length, making the relationship more professional and less personal. A property manager has their own reputation to maintain and should try to keep both the tenant and owner happy. A property manager often solely works on managing properties and can spend more time making sure a property is maintained.

Negatives of a Property Manager

Some would argue that the negative to working with a property manager is that they are a paid third-party with no “skin in the game” so to speak. Many property managers also manage their own properties and may manage so many properties they may not have enough time to pay sufficient attention to yours. So property managers are largely impersonal companies and may not offer the personal touch you desire.

Due Diligence Is Key

To key between selecting a professional property manager or an owner tenant usually lies in performing your due diligence before signing a lease. Ask for reference and see our reviews. Any landlord or property manager will ask for references from you. Do not be afraid to perform your own due diligence before making a decision on renting from them.

This Multi-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $455,100. This style home was sold by Kathy Zeamer - Jones Group REALTORS®.

19/21 Northern Avenue, Northampton, MA 01060


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This meticulously maintained 2-family side-by-side duplex is now available for the first time in over 30 years! Located just a short walk to the center of downtown Northampton, this property is situated on a desirable dead-end street that leads to the bike path. Spic and span clean and freshly painted, this home offers a large wrap around porch with southern exposure, wood floors, and an open floor plan that is both airy and bright. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, separate utilities, full walk-up attic with dormer windows for possible expansion, and a dry basement with laundry hook-ups. The current owners have routinely updated appliances, replaced heating systems and hot water tanks, installed new windows, and modernized the units (including kitchens and baths). This property has been exceptionally well cared for and is move-in ready for owner occupied or investors seeking a turn key operation to generate income on day one.

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If you plan to add your residence to the housing market soon, now may be a good time to list any unwanted items online. In fact, there are many reasons to sell furniture, decorations or other unwanted items online prior to listing your residence, and these reasons include:

1. You can eliminate clutter from your home.

Excess items may take up lots of space in your residence. As a result, these items may make your home appear small and cluttered.

By listing excess items online, you can give these items a new home. Then, you should have no trouble showing off the true size and beauty of your residence to prospective buyers once you list your house.

2. You can improve your home's overall appearance.

In addition to taking up space in your home, unwanted items may collect dust over time. These items therefore may make your residence look messy and dirty.

On the other hand, selling your unwanted items online gives you an opportunity to transform your home from drab to fab. You can clean items to improve their appearance and showcase them to dozens of prospective buyers online. At the same time, you can clean your residence from top to bottom and ensure your residence is show-ready as soon as you list it.

3. You can earn extra cash.

Selling a home may prove to be costly, particularly for those who need to invest in property repairs or upgrades. Thankfully, listing excess items online allows you to earn extra cash that you can allocate toward the home selling process.

Clearly, there are many reasons to sell items online before you list your house. If you start listing items online today, you may be able to move one step closer to kicking off the property selling journey.

As you get ready to sell your house, you may want to consult with a real estate agent too. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive extensive support from the moment you list your home to the moment you finalize your house sale.

A real estate agent is a home selling expert who will craft a personalized property selling strategy for you. Then, you and your real estate agent can work together to put your plan into action.

Typically, a real estate agent will showcase your residence to potential buyers and keep you up to date with any buyer feedback. If you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent can provide a recommendation about whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. And if you approve an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will help you navigate the final stages of the home selling cycle.

When it comes to selling a home and achieving the best possible results, it is crucial to employ a real estate agent. Because if you have a top-notch real estate agent at your disposal, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a seamless property selling experience.

This Single-Family in Westhampton, MA recently sold for $335,000. This Gambrel style home was sold by Kathy Zeamer - Jones Group REALTORS®.

213 Northwest Road, Westhampton, MA 01027


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This private rural home will appeal to buyers looking to live safely and sustainably in the new normal. It also provides quick and convenient access to downtown Northampton/Florence -- just 15 minutes away. Built in 1979 the post and beam construction exudes warmth, comfort, and rustic charm -- all in a retreat-like setting. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath Dutch Gambrel has wide-pine floors, recently renovated baths, new kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, replacement windows and doors, cathedral ceilings, library loft, wood stove, deck with hot tub and a large 16'x20' screened porch. Set on a knoll far back from the road with a small 2-stall barn and fenced paddock you can raise goats, sheep, chickens, bees, or horses. If you're looking for a peaceful spot to live, garden, raise animals, commune with nature, and return to what is essential in life this property could be that and more. Priced to sell, this home won't last long!

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This Single-Family in Granby, MA recently sold for $360,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kathy Zeamer - Jones Group REALTORS®.

132 Aldrich Street, Granby, MA 01033


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Beautiful cedar-sided Cape on 5.6 acres with trails and woodlands for excellent birding and wildlife observation, large backyard play/entertainment area. Privately sited, within a short 6-mile drive of downtown Amherst and South Hadley. Gorgeous sun room with wrap-around windows, skylight, and deck access is the heart of this home. Newer geothermal heating and cooling system; updated bathrooms; and recently updated chef's kitchen with granite countertops, tiled backsplash, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and under-cabinet lighting. Mudroom/laundry off kitchen leads to spacious 2-car garage with large storage above. Full basement adds ample workshop, storage, workout space. Living room features a wood-burning fireplace and hardwood floors, leads to family room and dining area with permitted woodstove and large picture window overlooking rear acreage. Newer roof, water heater, water purification, and Title V septic system add value and appeal to this lovely property.

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