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Looking to buy a house? Ultimately, you'll want to attend at least a few open houses in your city or town. By doing so, you'll be able to understand exactly what you'd like to find in your dream house.

Before you attend an open house, there are several factors to consider, and these include:

1. Your Homebuying Budget

With a budget in hand, you can narrow your search for the ideal home. That way, you can avoid the temptation to attend open houses for residences that fall outside your price range.

To establish a homebuying budget, take a look at your current financial situation. Then, consider your future expenses like those related to student loans or children and plan accordingly.

In addition, it never hurts to get pre-approved for a home loan. If you gain pre-approval, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and review a broad array of houses that match your budget.

2. Your Homebuying Checklist

If you're living to a warm-weather climate, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. Or, if you plan to reside near the ocean, you may consider houses where you can dock your boat nearby.

Create a homebuying checklist before you visit open houses. This will allow you to streamline your home search and accelerate the homebuying journey.

Also, it may help to separate your homebuying checklist into "wants" and "must-haves." Although your dream house may not include all of your homebuying checklist "wants," you can use these categories to determine exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal residence.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Are you planning to move next week or in the next several weeks? Some homebuying journeys are faster than others, and you'll want to map out your property buying journey based on when you need to move.

For example, if you've accepted a new job in the city, you may need to move quickly to relocate. This may require you to act so you can get settled in a new home before you begin your new job.

Comparatively, if you're in no rush to relocate, you can take a wait-and-see approach to the housing market. And if you attend an open house and like what you see, then you can submit an offer to acquire a residence.

If you're unsure about how to approach open houses, there is no need to worry. In fact, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide to assist homebuyers.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into a home before a homebuyer attends an open house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and will even negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf.

Get ready for an open house – consider the aforementioned factors, and a homebuyer should have no trouble exploring a broad array of residences and finding one that he or she can enjoy for years to come.



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The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets could slip right past them and end up roaming the neighborhood. For the safety and comfort of all, confine or remove your pets during a showing in one of the following ways. 

What to do with Pets When you Show your Home

Contain them: This works best with smaller animals, like cats, petite, quiet dogs and even exotic animals like house rabbits. When they are present, but not roaming around, your pet will be safe and won't be much of a distraction. Ideally, a pet carrier or crate can be used for this purpose -- and allows your home to be shown at a moment's notice. 

Take a walk or drive: If you know when a showing is happening and will be home, then put on a leash and head to the sidewalk or car. Even a very friendly large breed dog can be alarming to some prospective buyers and any dog is a distraction. Showings don't take long, so if you can conveniently do so, taking a walk or drive gets you both out of the house and out of the way -- and ensures your home is the true focus of the visit. 

Rely on a neighbor: If you have a neighbor, friend or family member nearby that can pet sit for an afternoon, this is a good time to visit. Your pet will benefit from the attention and fresh environment and you won't have to worry about them getting out or alarming a buyer. 

Consider boarding: If your agent is holding an open house, consider boarding your pet on the big day. You won't have to worry about finding a place for them to stay and you'll be able to show the home with confidence. If you do have many people walking through the house, even a friendly pet can be overwhelmed, so this is often the best solution for all. 

Securing your pets while your home is shown will give you peace of mind about their safety and will also allow the viewers to envision themselves living there without distraction. It also gives you a chance to check all latches, doors and gates before returning your pet to their normal space -- prospective buyers could leave a door, gate or window open, allowing for an easy escape route for a curious pet. Take these simple steps before a showing and you will benefit in several key ways -- and your pets will, too. 

 



95 East Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$459,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
DOWNTOWN CONDO! Completely renovated, charming two bedroom condo. One of two units in the main house at Tanbrook. Updated plumbing, electrical, structural, roof, insulation. Complete renovation in 2017. Absolutely gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 full bath in town condo. One level living. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a spacious entryway, guest room with attached full bath and closet, open modern kitchen, dining, sitting room with Napoleon gas stove, sunken sunlit living room, large master bedroom and full bath. High ceilings, four separate heat pumps, tankless water heater, efficient. The spacious porch belongs to this unit. A perfect combination of style and ease. Great location!
Open House
Saturday
May 30 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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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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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!
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Sunday
March 01 at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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