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If you’re a dog lover, you’re probably going to want to move into a community that caters to your love of animals. As you cruise different communities to find just the right place to live, there are a few things that you should be on the lookout for if you want your pooch to feel at home as well. 


You See A Lot Of Dogs Around


This may seem obvious, but it’s something to be aware of on your home search. If you see a lot of dogs, you know that the people in your neighborhood are supportive of dogs. If there doesn’t seem to be too many four-legged friends running around, then maybe the community won’t be as receptive to your own pet. You would hate to move into a home, only to find out that your neighbors really don’t like dogs. This could be a sign of future problems in the neighborhood.


You See Dogs At The Parks Nearby


If you are riding around a community, exploring, and see plenty of dogs at the park, or even better, a dog park, you’ll know that you have chosen a good place to live. This shows that dogs are welcome in the area. If there’s a playground nearby, but many “no dogs allowed” signs, you could be in a place where dogs aren’t welcome many places. You want to feel that your dog is welcome especially in outdoor spaces. 


There Are Facilities For Dogs Nearby


If you can easily find a groomer, a vet, and a pet supply store nearby, you know that you’re in a good place for your dog. You can see that there’s a community surrounding you that cares about animals. These types of facilities allow you to keep your pet healthy, clean, and happy. You may even have easier access to other important things for you and your dogs like pet sitters, dog walkers, and more. 


You Can Find Plenty Of Walking Paths


If you love to walk, you’ll probably be looking for this feature in a neighborhood anyways, but walking paths are a good sign that dogs are welcome in a place. You need sidewalks, places without a lot of traffic, and perhaps some trails to help keep your dog active and healthy. Dogs will also love exploring new places often to keep their keen senses in check. 


Look At Local Establishments


If you stop into local coffee shops or restaurants and see dogs there, you definitely know for sure that you have chosen a great community for dog lovers. This is a sign that dogs are a part of everyday life, accepted, welcome, and almost required! Pets are a part of the family in a community like this. Your new home will not only be great for you but for your beloved pet as well.



9 Ferrante Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming Antique shingled Colonial in a great location! Inside you will find formal front entrance with built in bench and coat closet, french doors, glass door knobs, hard wood floors and woodwork throughout. Living room with fire place/wood stove, sun lit sun room for reading and relaxing, open kitchen and dining room floor plan with granite counters, peninsula, high ceilings, ample cabinet space, 1st floor laundry, and half bath. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath with tub, and plenty of closet space including a cedar closet. There is an attached one car garage, deck for entertaining, large fenced in yard with separate fenced in area for pet, Basement is perfect for storage and with a wine/root cellar. Close to all area amenities, schools, Rt 91. Excellent location.
Open House
Saturday
March 07 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 9 Ferrante Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301    Get Directions

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As a homebuyer, entering the real estate market with insights into what it takes to find the perfect house is essential.

Becoming an expert homebuyer, however, may seem impossible at times. Lucky for you, we're here to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to make your homeownership dreams come true.

What does it take to become an expert homebuyer? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Look at Real Estate Market Trends

The housing market ebbs and flows. Therefore, a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow.

Ultimately, the real estate market fluctuates constantly, and you'll want to learn as much as possible about the housing sector to ensure you can map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

In a buyer's market, there are usually more home sellers than buyers. This means homebuyers may be better equipped than ever before to secure a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.

On the other hand, a seller's market features an abundance of homebuyers and a shortage of sellers. For homebuyers who operate in a seller's market, they may be forced to submit competitive offers on homes quickly, or risk missing out on a dream residence to a rival.

When you study the housing market, don't forget to check out the prices of residences that recently sold. By doing so, you can gain a better understanding of how much you'll likely need to pay to acquire a first-rate house based on the current state of the housing market.

2. Learn How a Mortgage Works

What differentiates a fixed-rate mortgage from an adjustable-rate option? An expert homebuyer will know the ins and outs of assorted mortgage options and select one that corresponds to his or her finances.

To learn about mortgages and how they work, you'll want to meet with credit unions and banks. These lenders can describe the different types of mortgages and the pros and cons associated with them.

Also, an expert homebuyer will get pre-approved for a mortgage. With a mortgage in hand, this homebuyer will be able to stick to a price range as he or she searches for the ideal home.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – no homebuyer can afford to make mistakes. Fortunately, you can work with a real estate agent to receive expert guidance as you navigate the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent boasts the skills and know-how needed to streamline the homebuying process. He or she may have many years of housing market experience and is happy to teach you about the opportunities and challenges associated with buying a house.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will help you accelerate the homebuying cycle. He or she can set up home showings, negotiate with home sellers on your behalf and much more. That way, you can focus on what's important – finding a terrific house at an affordable price.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can become an expert homebuyer.



41 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$230,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Private freestanding townhouse at Pine Grove with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a one car garage. Located at the end of the complex where one can enjoy peace and quiet, yet close proximity to town center, amenities, schools, and UMass. Post & Beam structure with gorgeous wood throughout, sunlit windows, ample closet space, patio, and shed. The main level includes kitchen, dining area, and large living room with fireplace. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and one full bath. The lower level includes a den/office with walkout, bedroom, bath, and laundry. Truly a good find in today's market!
Open House
Sunday
March 01 at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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Location: 41 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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41 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$230,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Private freestanding townhouse at Pine Grove with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a one car garage. Located at the end of the complex where one can enjoy peace and quiet, yet close proximity to town center, amenities, schools, and UMass. Post & Beam structure with gorgeous wood throughout, sunlit windows, ample closet space, patio, and shed. The main level includes kitchen, dining area, and large living room with fireplace. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and one full bath. The lower level includes a den/office with walkout, bedroom, bath, and laundry. Truly a good find in today's market!
Open House
Sunday
March 01 at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 41 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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