Stratford, CT 06615
2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
This was a long-distance estate sale with plenty of challenges for both my client and myself, but we worked together and got it done! My client, Maralou, was the executrix of her mother's estate and as such it was her job to sell her deceased mother's Connecticut condo even though she lives in North Carolina. Maralou and I did most of our coordinating over the phone. I helped her arrange for local contractors and service providers to get the condo ready for sale and she mailed me any and all paperwork I needed to get the condo listed for sale. By the time she made her trip up to Connecticut to finalize everything, it already felt like we were old friends the first time we met. It was a sincere pleasure to help Maralou sort through the odds and ends of this transaction and I'm glad I was able to help her with a difficult sale. She did a great job and really impressed me with the hard work she did!
1460 Elm St #228
Stratford, CT 06615
2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
A great house for a great family! Meet Shawn and Kristen! Missing from this photo is their adorable toddler, Aubrey, who kept me smiling at all showings and who was on her best behavior for the entire home inspection. Inspections can be boring for adults and Aubrey handled it like a champ! Kristen had a good idea of what she wanted in her first home and we didn't have to look at many before she found what she was looking for. She was a savvy first time home buyer who did her homework before making any offers and was a shrewd negotiator when we got down to it. She walked away from the first house she liked when the sellers wouldn't budge on their too high asking price, refusing to overpay for a flashy remodel. Respect. Her ability to stick to her guns on that one, made it possible for her to end up with this one, the one. Congratulations on your great new place guys!!! Shout out to our good friend, Nick Fournier, for connecting me with these fine folks!
106 Smith Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
97 Riverview Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
Spacious colonial in a fantastic Longmeadow neighborhood! Situated on a corner lot this charming home has all you need! The cozy kitchen has plenty of counter space and even a breakfast bar if you want to pull up a stool. The formal dining room and front to back living room have hardwood floors and lots of windows to let that natural light in. There is a half bath on the first floor and a full bath on the second floor. There are three bedrooms upstairs including a large master. The basement offers a finished space to use as you choose and still has room for laundry and storage. Outside you have plenty of space to enjoy but not too much yard to mow! Detached 1 car garage.
If you know me, you know I love my seniors! From my guest appearances at local senior center book discussions to the amount of time I spend visiting a long term care facility, I've been called an "honorary senior" more than once. So I am very happy to have partnered with Hazel Bridges of www.agingwellness.org who will help me share some real estate information specifically for seniors...
I'm proud to welcome back guest blogger, Hazel Bridges!
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Downsizing—it’s one of the most bittersweet moments in a senior’s life. It’s also one of the most liberating. Purging decades of knickknacks, furniture, keepsakes, and clothes can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. But for many seniors, especially those moving into a smaller, more manageable home, it is a necessity. Here are nine tips to help make sure you avoid any downsizing dilemmas.
Tip #1: Assess Worn-Out Furniture
Did you know you should be changing your mattress every seven to 10 years? Many of us sleep on mattresses that are old enough to vote. When downsizing, be sure to take stock of furniture that is old, broken, unused, or in need of upgrading. When it comes to a comfortable mattress, be sure to research online for reviews and options.
Tip #2: Pare Down a Collection
Over the course of a lifetime we can—intentionally or unintentionally—collect themed items. These collections can really add up. When it comes time to purge, commit to keeping only one or two special or cherished items in a collection.
Tip #3: Find Someone Who Will Appreciate It
Knowing your beloved items will go to a home where they will continue to be cherished can make downsizing much more emotionally palatable. Whether it’s a relative who could use a bigger kitchen table or would appreciate a keepsake from a loved one who has passed away, look for someone who will find value in your belongings.
Tip #4: Eliminate Unused Items
Look around your house. Chances are you have several items that serve a similar purpose—especially in the kitchen. Think of downsizing as a way to consolidate. Do you need a toaster and a toaster oven? When you purge, ask yourself if you can remember the last time you needed that item.
Tip #5: Donate to a Cherished Cause
Getting rid of your possessions is a lot easier when you know they are going to support a cause you believe in. You can unload items in an estate sale and donate the profits or give the items directly to support a charity. Either way, you’ll be making a difference in your life and for others.
Tip #6: Organize by Room
Categorize your possessions so you take full stock of each room and every need before you downsize. Not only will this help with packing before a big move, but it will also help you make decisions about what you need for each room. For example, if you’re moving from a house with two bathrooms to one, you might not need two shower curtains, two bath mats, or two toothbrush holders.
Tip #7: Store Items You’re Unsure of
Many of your possessions are more than just items, they hold memories of a person, time, or place. Though you may not use the item, it holds a priceless amount of sentimental value. Place these items in storage so you have the breathing room to make a decision without pressure or force.
Tip #8: Think About Accessibility
While you may be in tip-top shape today, it’s important to recognize tomorrow could hold a different reality. When downsizing, look for places that emphasize accessibility. For instance, a single-story home will be easier to navigate if mobility issues become a concern.
Tip #9: Get Family Involved
Purging an entire home after decades is a huge undertaking. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you have to go through this alone. Though it may be scary to relinquish control, enlist the help of a trusted loved one to help with the downsizing process. This will reduce some of the stress you face making tough decisions, as well as keep some objectivity in the process.
Downsizing takes time. Doing it well means you cannot rush through it. Downsize at a pace that feels comfortable. Just keep in mind that once you are unburdened by a house that has become too weighty, you’ll find more joy and peace in your golden years.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled real estate related blog post to inject a little fun! From our speeder bike on the forest moon of Endor the Martins wish you a Happy Star Wars Day!
When your client is a doctor with excellent credit and is looking for a 2+ year lease, it should be easy to find him a place, yes? I thought so too! But the pickings were slim and the competition apparently was tough! After a few swings and misses, we finally knocked it out of the park when we found this one! Complete with attached garage! So happy to know my client can finally settle in and finish his residency undisturbed! Welcome home!
3 Grant St
Agawam, MA 01001
3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
$1800 per month
I love small business and I love people who are passionate about what they do or who make their passion their work! I recently worked with a client in Holyoke, MA who has a fantastic pet care business! If you are in the Chicopee/Holyoke area and need ANY help with you pets, please check out Pet Kare by Krystal...
Krystal offers dog walking, pet sitting, overnight care and vacation care! Best of all, her in-home visits and walks are un-timed so she can take care of your pets' needs without rushing and give them the amount of attention they deserve. Each visit is tailored to what is best for you and your pet. She even uses a pet sitting software to send pictures and updates to your phone in real time while caring for your pet!
Krystal is an animal lover who enjoys giving peace of mind to pet parents in her area. She has great reviews from her clients and offers FREE consultations. Call her for a meet & greet today!
Look at these happy homeowners! It was such a good time home shopping with these guys! Our showing appointments were well attended by their supportive family members and the kids always gave me something to giggle about. It was a real pleasure getting to know them and I'm so glad they found a new home with so much space to grow into! Congratulations, Melissa & David! May you enjoy many, many happy years in your new house!
39 North St
Enfield, CT 06082
4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
So happy to see my clients settling in to this second floor apartment in a neat location in Holyoke, MA with views of the CT River! With a strong application package including good income, credit and references, my clients should have had a very easy time getting approved for the rental of their choice. But the competition is tough for good rental properties in Western, MA and we applied at two others before getting approved here. I'm a big fan of timing and believe that the universe will provide the right thing at the right time and I'm excited the other apartments didn't work out so this one had time to come along for them. Welcome home guys!
Work in real estate long enough and you'll have some tales to tell. I think it's time I share some of mine. Names and addresses withheld to protect the innocent.
This was a first for me. A stairway to nowhere. These stairs end at the ceiling! Spotted on a recent tour with a rental client somewhere in Massachusetts, this was a ranch style home that never had a second floor. So why a staircase? Maybe they were going for a Winchester Mystery Mansion vibe? Has anyone else encountered a mystery staircase to nowhere in their travels? If so, please share!