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Blog :: 10-2017

At Berkshire Property Agents, we take pride in the advice we provide our clients. Here you'll find a variety of content pertaining to real estate news and tips for home buyers and sellers. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact our team. We would love to hear from you!

Take Better Photos of Your Home With These Helpful Tips!

When selling your home, it’s important for you to take plenty of attractive photos you can post online. These photos should display your home in its best light, showcasing attractive features that might be appealing to prospective buyers. Unattractive photos, on the other hand, can drive buyers away before they even have a chance to take a walkthrough. Today we’ll look at a few tips to help you take great photos that will be sure to generate interest from buyers. 

Use the right equipment.
You don’t necessarily need to run out and invest in expensive studio equipment that you’re only going to use once, but you should at least something other than your cell phone camera. Cell phones take decent photos, but they won’t capture the hi-res images you need. Instead, consider borrowing a decent camera from someone you know or ask your real estate agent for help obtaining equipment. You might even want to consider hiring a local photographer to take shots for you since that investment could very well pay off in the end. 

Clean up clutter.

When people scroll through the photos of your home, they shouldn’t be distracted by stray household items cluttering up the frame. Clean and stage your home in advance before you start shooting photos.

Use natural light to your advantage.

When taking photos of your home’s interior, you want it to be as bright as possible. Rather than using artificial light, wait for a nice sunny day when you get plenty of natural light through your windows. This will brighten up your photos and put your home into the best possible light, both literally and figuratively.

If you’re in the process of selling your home, Berkshire Property Agents would love to help! We can help you stage your home, market it to prospective buyers and more. Give us a call or contact us online today to get started!

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    How to Save Money as a First-Time Home Buyer

    How to Save Money as a First-Time Home Buyer

    In many cases, first-time homebuyers spend more money than they should on a home simply because they’re unfamiliar with the home-buying process. This is a multifaceted process, and it’s important to have a clear understanding of it if you want to get the best deal possible. Here are just a few ways homebuyers can save money when purchasing their first home.

    Check your credit score, and improve it if possible.

    The higher your credit score is, the better the mortgage rate will be. Before you start house hunting, take the time to check your credit score and see what you can do to improve it. By paying down any outstanding debts, you can probably improve your score in a matter of just a few months and qualify for a better mortgage rate in the future.

    Shop around for the best mortgage rate.

    Different banks, online lenders and credit unions will offer different mortgage rates based on your credit history. When you’re shopping around for homes, you should also be shopping around for the lender that will offer you the best terms on a mortgage. Don’t just take the first offer that comes along. Instead, be patient and look for a mortgage rate that you feel comfortable with before accepting it.

    See if you qualify for any first-time homebuyer grants or loans.

    Depending on where you live, you can usually find a first-time homebuyer grant or loan that can be used to pay for part or all of your down payment. Believe it or not, some first-time homebuyers don’t know this and end up missing out on a great opportunity. Check around to see what you qualify for, and you might be surprised by what is available to you.

    Berkshire Property Agents understands that going through the home-buying process for the first time can be stressful. Let us make it a little easier. Give us a call at (413) 528-6800 today to learn more about how we can help you find your very first home.

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