Real Estate

What is the value of home staging?

What is home staging and should I consider it for my home?

If you have ever toured a home that is completely empty, you know how difficult it can be to imagine what your furniture might look like in the rooms, or to estimate how large certain spaces really are. The emptiness can be confusing - conversely, too much clutter in spaces can also be overwhelming.

One way to solve this problem for real estate agents and clients is home staging. The goal of staging is to increase the appeal of the home to the highest number of potential buyers, in order to sell the property quickly and for a high value. There are many strategies for effectively staging your home depending on how much time and money you would like to invest.

Some home-staging strategies:

  • Removing clutter
  • Rearranging room layouts to be open and inviting
  • Moving excess furniture into storage
  • Changing lighting
  • Introducing plants and other inexpensive artwork or home accents
  • Styling shelving

Most Realtors agree that a well-staged home may increase the value of the home as well has help to sell it more quickly. Even staging one or two rooms can impact the marketability of a home.

Rooms that Realtors often recommend staging are:

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Master Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom

If you are interested in selling your home and learning more about if home-staging would be a good option for you, contact your Stone Ridge Properties Realtor.

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Are you beginning your home search or thinking about listing your home? Maybe you are just curious about real estate transactions in your neighborhood?  Register now to receive daily emails with home listing and activity results for your area.

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Want to speak to a Real Estate professional about your home search? Contact us:

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978-463-4322

1 Merrimac Street #2, Newburyport, MA 01950

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978-388-0880

20 Market Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
 

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5 reasons to Choose a Stone Ridge Properties Realtor

Although winter is just beginning, it is never too early to start thinking about your real estate needs for the spring. At Stone Ridge Properties, we are committed to being your trusted resource every step of the way during your home buying or selling process. Real estate transactions can become complicated, and unexpected questions or issues often arise. You will want and need a professional Realtor by your side every step of the way navigating the process for you - and with over 25 years experience in the Greater Newburyport area, we are able to expertly assist our clients with every aspect of buying and selling property.
We understand that buying or selling a home may be one of the biggest transactions of your life.

Here are 5 reasons to choose an SRP agent for your real estate needs.

1. We are a dedicated team that believes in personal, professional relationships with our clients. We will be your trusted resource from the minute you choose us as your partner, long after the transaction is complete.

2. We know the communities on the north shore of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire inside and out, which means we know the people you will need to navigate every aspect of selling your home or finding your dream home. From movers, to lawyers, to contractors for every small job - we are your resource to connecting you with local, tried and tested experts.

3. We will work hard for you and ago above and beyond your expectations of a real estate agent.

4. We are trusted, respected and as a team of top-producing Realtors, we are the dominant independent real estate agency serving the Greater Newburyport area.

5. The community has voted us the Best Bet of Newburyport in The Newburyport Daily News for 8 years in a row.

Contact us today to get started and experience the difference for yourself. Finding the right Realtor to guide you through the process is just as important as finding the right home!

Fall Real Estate Market Update

This fall is going to be an incredible time to buy or sell based on market trends in the North Shore of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Aside from the fact that Essex County and the Merrimack River Valley are extremely desirable places to live, there are other factors, like a strong job market, that are factoring into this exciting season.

Stone Ridge Properties Co-Owner Cathy Toomey comments, “whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned real estate pro, you have to admit these interest rates allow for much greater purchasing power.”258 High Street Newburyport MA

Earlier this year The Boston Globe predicted that this Fall would be a great time to buy or sell: “Interest rates are still low; mortgage guidelines are loosening; inventory is on the low side, keeping the supply under control and demand high; the economy in Greater Boston is booming; home equity is rising; and pride of homeownership is definitely back.” Inventory is still low which is great for sellers hoping to get an offer on their home quickly, and buyers can be optimistic about mortgage approval as mortgages are getting easier to obtain.

With low inventory and eager buyers, be sure to connect with a Stone Ridge agent soon to make the most of this busy season. We are ready to get working for you! Visit our website to find an agent and set up an account to receive daily real estate updates.

IMAGE: 258 High Street, Newburyport, MA $599,900, click image for complete listing.

Sources: The Boston Globe, Feb 7 2016: Another Big Year for the Housing Market Ahead. The Fiscal Times, May 2016: 10 Trends Driving the Housing Market Now.

Upcoming Open House Super Sunday!

Stone Ridge Properties Open HousesHoping to find your dream home this Fall? We are here to make the process as fun and easy as possible! Be sure to visit our Open House Super Sunday Sunday, October 23.

Be entered to win a $150 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice when you sign into any of our Open Houses on Super Sunday. Check the Stone Ridge Properties website and facebook page for updates and to learn about the listings and locations.

The link to scheduled Open Houses will be updated regularly as the dates approach: www.stoneridgeproperties.com/realestate/openhouse.

Visiting Open Houses is a great way to get a sense of the market value of homes in the area, determine what you want to spend on your property, and visualize the community you may be moving into. Want to make the most of your Open Houses you attend? Here are some tips for maximizing your visit:

  • Open House Super SundayHave a good idea of what you are looking for: Be vocal with your goals of your Open House visit. Even if the Open House you are attending doesn’t end up being your dream home, our agents know the local market well and will know of other available listings or properties that may be "coming soon."
  • Ask lots of questions! This is the best way to learn about the interesting facts about the property and the history of the home. Our agents will do their best to answer, and if we don’t have the answers - we will find them out and get back to you.
  • Take notes: If you are visiting several Open Houses in the same day, you might forget which home had what amenities. Keep them all straight on a notepad or in your phone to remember key information.

Happy house hunting!

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Best of The Daily News

Thank you Greater Newburyport Area! We are so thrilled and humbled to have named "Best Real Estate Agency" by the Daily News of Newburyport for the eighth year in a row. 

And our very own Mike Mullins was voted Best Real Estate Agent! Although he is a native of Australia, he has called Newburyport home for over 30 years.

According to the Daily News, the results are tabulated from paper ballots distributed by The Daily News via a newspaper special section, and from a poll conducted on their website, newburyportnews.com.

We take pride in serving this community as an independent real estate agency that has been in business for over 25 years. We hope to continue to assist you through the home buying and selling process for many years to come.

Thank you, thank you!

Benefits of Listing your Home in the Summer Months

Many people consider spring the best time to list your home - but the busy selling season in real estate extends throughout the summer months. If you have been considering listing, this is a fantastic time to do so. Here are a few reasons why summer is the time to sell!

summer flowers

More eyes on your home: People love visiting the Greater Newburyport area and Southern NH during the summer months to marvel at the coastline and visit local farms. If your home is on the market, you can expect increased “drive-bys” by eager homebuyers or by people who may suggest your property to family and friends. Make sure the exterior of your home looks fantastic.

Longer Days: People are busy, and the long daylight hours of summer can certainly benefit buyers and sellers when the after-work showings have the advantage of natural light.

Great first impressions: Use the summer months to your benefit by creating a beautiful natural landscape. Have your garden looking its best and your entry ways tidy and neat. Make sure your shrubs and lawn are well-cared for during the showing process.

Wonderful smells! Keep your windows open and fresh flowers out on your surfaces. Having a home that smells nice will keep potential buyers happy.

School’s out: Parents may hesitate to disrupt the kids’ schedules with the selling and buying process during the school year, and may be more likely begin looking and make a purchase during the summer months to have a fresh start in September.