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Posted by Alyx Akers on 10/13/2019

When you make the decision to buy your first home, you should be certain that you’re ready to make the leap into homeownership. There’s many different things that you should do as a buyer to get ready before you even set out on the search of a perfect home.


Choose An Agent


You may think that one real estate agent is the same as any real estate agent that you’ll find. This is far from the truth. Some agents have certain specialties. The knowledge that an agent will bring to your house hunt is often invaluable. You are making one of the biggest purchases that you’ll ever make in your lifetime. While many buyers think that they can simply do an online search themselves to find a home, your realtor will have many more resources to assist you in finding exactly what you’re looking for.


Figure Out The Financial Portion Of Buying A Home


While knowing how many bedrooms you need and where you hope to live is important, understanding your finances is even more important. You’ll need to talk to a lender to get the process started. After looking at your own personal budget, you should get pre-qualified. Getting pre-qualified allows you to see a general number of how much house you can afford. That can help you start the process, however, there’s still a few more steps. 


From here, you can do what needs to be done to get your entire financial picture ready to buy a home. This includes saving for a downpayment, improving your credit score, and continuing to keep up bill payments and consistent work history. 


Next, you’ll want to get pre-approved. This allows your lender to dig into your financial picture. Everything from your credit score to your income and employment history will be considered. Your lender will then give you a more definitive number of how much you’ll actually be able to get for a loan when you buy a home. To get pre-approved, be prepared with 1099 forms, pay stubs, tax returns, and bank statements. You’ll then have the concrete amount that you’re approved for along with the interest rate that you qualify for. 


Once You Have Applied For A Home Loan


Once you find the realtor to assist you and secure the home of your dreams, you’re not free to head out and buy all the furniture that you need to fill up your house. The home loan must go through the underwriting process and until that is complete, your finances are essentially on lockdown. If you start opening new credit cards, decide to buy a car, or fall behind on payments, you could end up in a lot of trouble. You want to keep your credit score stable throughout the process of buying a home for smooth sailing.





Posted by Alyx Akers on 10/12/2019

This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $823,000. This Victorian,Other style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


94 Lessey Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$895,000
Price
$823,000
Sale Price

14
Rooms
7
Beds
4
Baths
A Stunning,historic home in central Amherst in excellent condition! Located on a quiet street and short walk to downtown. Close to schools, Amherst College and UMass. Fourteen well-proportioned rooms, a gourmet kitchen filled with sunlight and eat-in area that opens onto a large stone patio and fenced backyard. Living room with fireplace and French doors that open onto the front porch and a formal dining room. Second floor has master bedroom suite with dressing room,gas fireplace and large bath with heated marble floor,shower and soaking tub and in addition there are three rooms,bath and screened porch. The third floor has four rooms,bath and skylights. The carriage barn has ample room for two cars,new roof, flooring and large second floor loft perfect for studio or business. The house has a new roof,new driveway and gas heat and a generator.Other features include narrow strip oak floors,bay windows and beautiful detailing throughout. Enjoy this well appointed home full of ambiance

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 10/9/2019

This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $409,000. This Cape style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


37 Hartman Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$409,000
Price
$409,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This well-maintained 4 Bedroom with 2.5 bathrooms Cape is located on a quiet street in a highly desirable North Amherst neighborhood. The updated kitchen and open dining area lead to a large deck overlooking a size able fenced in yard with mature plantings. The living room boasts hardwood floors and a fireplace. Also on the first floor are two bedrooms with hardwood floors and a full bathroom. Upstairs you'll find two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. There are plenty of closets and storage space throughout plus a partially finished basement. With both the UMass campus and Amherst town center less than five minutes away and shopping areas a 10-minute drive, this house will fit all your needs. The heating and A/C systems were replaced in 2017. Don't miss out!

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 10/9/2019


31 Loudville Road, Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$475,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This one has it all: First floor master bedroom with ensuite bath, open floor plan and plenty of privacy on nearly 2 acres of land across the street from the north branch of the Manhan River, just a few minutes from town! Foyer welcomes you to bright open floor plan featuring living room with gas fireplace, dining room with French doors (could be home office?), and like-new chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances. First floor master suite offers en-suite bath with walk-in shower, soaking tub, private water closet and walk-in shower. First floor laundry room and half bath too! Second floor features three spacious bedrooms with plenty of closet-space, and full bath. Front sitting porch and large rear deck are perfect for reading and entertaining alike. Full, unfinished basement offers possibility of future expansion...much more. Showings begin right away!
Open House
Saturday
October 12 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 31 Loudville Road, Northampton, MA 01062    Get Directions

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 10/7/2019

This Single-Family in Leverett, MA recently sold for $275,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


15 Two Mile Rd, Leverett, MA 01054

Single-Family

$275,000
Price
$275,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Passive-solar, tri-level Contemporary Saltbox with secluded feel abutting conservation trailhead. 3 bedrooms, office, 1.5 baths! Kitchen has been gutted and house needs general TLC, but worth the effort. Priced below appraisal! 3.89 acre lot.






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