Kathy Zeamer | Hadley Real Estate, Amherst Real Estate, North Hampton Real Estate


As a home seller, you need to do everything possible to learn about the competition. By doing so, you can find out what sets your house apart from other available residences and promote your home accordingly.

Ultimately, gaining a competitive advantage over rival home sellers can be simple – here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Become a Real Estate Market Expert

Allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze the real estate market closely – you'll be happy you did. With housing market insights at your disposal, you can map out a successful home selling journey.

Take a look at the prices of homes that are currently available in your city or town. Focus on houses that are similar to your own, and you can establish a price range for your residence.

Also, examine the prices of recently sold houses in your area. This will allow you to see how long it took for these residences to sell. Plus, you can find out whether you're about to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

2. Learn About Your Home's Condition

Conduct a home appraisal, and you can gain unparalleled insights into your house's condition.

A home appraisal usually takes just a few hours to complete. During this appraisal, a property inspector will examine your residence and identify any home problems. Then, the inspector will offer a report that outlines his or her findings.

Following a home appraisal, you can determine the true condition of your house. That way, you can prioritize various home improvements and ensure that your home's condition serves as a key differentiator after you list your residence.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to approach a competitive real estate market, there is no need to worry. Many real estate agents are available to assist home sellers and provide these sellers with extensive support throughout the home selling journey.

A real estate agent can offer tips to help a home seller bolster a house's interior and exterior. This housing market professional understands what it takes to promote a residence to the right groups of homebuyers too. Thus, he or she will do everything possible to guarantee your residence stands out from the competition.

Perhaps best of all, no question is too big or too small for a real estate agent. If you want to know the prices of recently sold houses in your neighborhood, a real estate agent can provide you with the pricing data that you need. Or, if you want to enhance your home's interior, a real estate agent is happy to help you discover the best ways to transform your house's interior from drab to dazzling.

Competition is fierce among home sellers. But with the aforementioned tips, a home seller can gain a competitive edge, one that can help this seller accelerate the home selling journey and get the best price for his or her house.



468 Ashfield Road, Conway, MA 01341

Single-Family

$485,000
Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Acreage, character, period details, gardens, fruit trees, solar energy production, pastoral views with beautiful open land and...the South River runs through it! This 1790 well-maintained 3 bedroom/2 bath Antique Colonial is a splendid mix of old and new. There are seven fireplaces with handcrafted mantles (two with beehive ovens), built-in bookcases and shelving, wainscoting and chair rails, exposed beams in the kitchen, wide pine flooring, and a beautiful Palladian window that captures western light. This property offers a rare opportunity for sustainable living with options that could take you off the grid. Spacious rooms with tall ceilings; possibilities for a first floor master suite, separate guest quarters, or a home business; space for woodworking, organic and tree farming, livestock or horses, greenhouses, and beekeeping. The property provides plenty of open space plus 80 acres of adjoining conservation land for cross country skiing and hiking. Just 2 miles to Village center!
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Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or someone who has previously owned a home at some point in their life, you most likely know how expensive buying a house can be.

Fortunately, there are many organizations who would agree and who seek to help qualified buyers. There are a number of programs available at the state, local, and federal level designed to help certain buyers purchase a home.

There are also a number of myths around these programs, such as what the term “first-time homebuyer” really means.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the programs you can look into to get help paying for a home.

Who Qualifies as a First-Time homebuyer?

Contrary to what it sounds like, you can still qualify as a first-time homebuyer if you’ve owned a home in the past. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has been helping people achieve their goal of homeownership since the 1930s. The FHA connects first-time homebuyers with lenders if the buyer meets certain criteria. Those criteria are:

  • Someone who hasn’t owned a home in the time previous three years. This includes spouses.

  • A single parent who previously owned a home with a former spouse, or a “displaced homemaker” who has only owned a home a former spouse.

  • People who have only owned homes that didn’t meet building code or a residence not fixed to a foundation.

The way the FHA helps buyers secure an affordable home loan is by insuring the mortgage. This makes it safer for lenders to approve you for a better rate for your home loan.

Veteran, Rural, and Native American Loan Programs

Aside from FHA loans, you might also qualify for a VA loan, a USDA program, or the Section 184 Indian Home Loan program.

VA loans from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs help veterans secure low-interest loans with affordable down payments. They will also help repeat veteran home buyers who have had financial difficulties in the past such as foreclosure and bankruptcy.

The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program works similarly to an FHA loan in that the federal government insures the loan so that the buyer can receive a better rate and lower down payment.

This program is designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families. However, not every state is eligible for the loan.

The United States Department of Agriculture is another federal department that offers mortgage assistance. You don’t need to be a farmer or have agricultural aspirations to be approved for a USDA loan. Rather, these loans are designed to help develop rural areas by offering loans with no down payments.

State, Local, and Private Programs

Each state in the United States offers various buyer’s assistance and incentive programs. Be on the lookout for programs specific to your area to find low-interest rates and affordable down payments.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other companies work with lenders to create affordable lending programs throughout the country. Remember to shop carefully when dealing with private lenders and look out for hidden costs.


This is one of the sweetest and best maintained properties in Laurel Park! Situated on the quiet back side of the Park, this 3-bedroom, 1-bath home is warm, charming, and move-in ready. It has beautiful wood floors throughout, newer windows, solid interior wood doors, a 2-year old roof, and is tastefully painted inside and out. The master bedroom has a loft accessed by a library-style ladder. The current owners have converted an L-shaped screened porch into two new living spaces -- a first floor bedroom which can double as an office or guest room and a 3-season sunroom that faces due-south for passive solar gain. These converted spaces were fully insulated when remodeled and new windows installed. Care was taken to thoroughly insulate, install a moisture barrier, and provide thermostatically controlled heat for the under-house piping. A stone path leads to a mahogany staircase/landing which enters into a spacious mudroom with abundant storage. This is a great place to hang your hat!

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This is one of the sweetest and best maintained properties in Laurel Park! Situated on the quiet back side of the Park, this 3-bedroom, 1-bath home is warm, charming, and move-in ready. It has beautiful wood floors throughout, newer windows, solid interior wood doors, a 2-year old roof, and is tastefully painted inside and out. The master bedroom has a loft accessed by a library-style ladder. The current owners have converted an L-shaped screened porch into two new living spaces -- a first floor bedroom which can double as an office or guest room and a 3-season sunroom that faces due-south for passive solar gain. These converted spaces were fully insulated when remodeled and new windows installed. Care was taken to thoroughly insulate, install a moisture barrier, and provide thermostatically controlled heat for the under-house piping. A stone path leads to a mahogany staircase/landing which enters into a spacious mudroom with abundant storage. This is a great place to hang your hat!

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts



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