Sharon Simmons | Fairhaven, MA Real Estate, Dartmouth, MA Real Estate, Rochester, MA Real Estate


Everyone defines the term "quality of life" differently, but if you asked 100 people, you'd probably hear a lot of similar answers.

According to a Gallup study entitled "The State of American Well-Being," the  basis for a good quality of life includes having a sense of purpose, feeling good about what you do every day, having supportive relationships, being motivated to achieve your goals, being able to effectively manage your finances, having the energy and health to pursue your interests, and sharing a sense of community pride. Feeling safe and liking where you live were also key ingredients in the formula for a high quality of life .

The Gallup/Sharecare report focuses on several aspects of community life, such as the role local governments play in offering amenities and resources to citizens. The study concluded that "communities that invest in active living, including bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit, have residents with better health and well-being outcomes."

While factors such as the quality of school districts and low crime rates are often foremost in the minds of house hunters, there's also a lot to be said for communities that offer public recreational facilities, educational programs, cultural events, and services that promote health, safety, and a clean environment.

Advantages that can help make one community more desirable and family friendly than another can range from free outdoor concerts and public tennis courts to the availability of farmers' markets and clean, updated playgrounds. Other features which can positively impact the quality of life in a community include well-maintained roads and bridges, the availability of dog parks, community parades, and programs to encourage the proper disposal of drugs, electronics, household chemicals, and recyclable products.

At the neighborhood level, quality of life is often measured by factors like noise, the condition of nearby properties, the overall safety and security of the area, and the amount of street traffic. Clean air, mature trees, and friendly neighbors can also contribute to a wholesome living environment that can be enjoyed for generations.

While there are many advantages to designing your own home or buying new construction, one might need to make short-term sacrifices when it comes to things like noise, neighborhood aesthetics, and other temporary inconveniences. Your real estate agent or home builder can probably fill you in on things like construction timetables and project completion dates.

If you're in the market for a new home, it's always a good idea to clarify in your own mind what you and your family needs to feel comfortable, happy, and secure. Creating a priority list of needs, desires, and preferences not only helps you stay focused in your real estate search, but also increases the probability that you'll be satisfied with your new home on a long-term basis.


This Single-Family in New Bedford, MA recently sold for $266,250. This Colonial style home was sold by Sharon Simmons - RE/MAX Vantage.


101 Topham Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Single-Family

$269,900
Price
$266,250
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
WHOA!!! Look at this beauty!! You can start the New Year off right in this 3 Bedroom Colonial all completely renovated. From the new roof, to the siding to the windows, and the entire inside, this home is a pleaser. Hardwood floors throughout the home, 3 levels of living with a bonus room on the 3rd floor. Large kitchen with gorgeous black, stainless steel appliances. Deck off kitchen. Entry way / mud hall in both the front and side door entrances. Two, Full baths. Master bedroom with a dressing area and walk in closet. Large yard. A sure to please home!

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This Condo in Fairhaven, MA recently sold for $256,513. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sharon Simmons - RE/MAX Vantage.


401 Nasketucket Way, Fairhaven, MA 02719

Condo

$264,013
Price
$256,513
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Great townhouse/Condo in Nasketucket Way Fairhaven, this end unit offers a open floor plan with a beautiful updated kitchen, baths and custom fireplace. Master bedroom features cathedral ceilings with lots of closets throughout. Quiet and private home surrounded by conservation land and walking trails. Close to highway, shopping and beaches. Unit has parking for 2 cars and plenty of parking for guests. Gorgeous outside patio is perfect for entertaining. Full basement has lots of potential. This condo is absolutely beautiful and easy to show.




If you’re selling your home it can be frustrating when you aren’t receiving any offers. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a seller’s market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, it’s more complicated than that.

Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that aren’t. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.

In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if your house just isn’t selling. We’ll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.

Revisit the comparable properties

If your home has been on the market for a while, it’s a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.

When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean you’ve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.

Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:

  • Square footage

  • The year the house was built

  • Number of bedrooms and baths

  • The lot size

  • The condition of the home

Remember, it isn’t all just about location.

Getting more leads

If people aren’t making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).

Next, ensure that you’ve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesn’t mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.

Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.

Getting more offers

If you’ve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you aren’t getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply don’t want to make.

If your house is priced to be move-in ready but it’s not, you’ll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.

Not working with an agent

Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), you’re missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.


This Single-Family in Mattapoisett, MA recently sold for $480,000. This Cape style home was sold by Sharon Simmons - RE/MAX Vantage.


42 Crystal Spring Rd, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Single-Family

$499,000
Price
$480,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
NEW PRICE! MOTIVATED SELLER! This modern 3-br/2.5-ba extended Cape is located on bucolic Crystal Spring Rd, minutes from the village and easy access to the highway. It offers over 2,200 sq ft of living space, plus 1,000 sq ft of finished basement including bar and entertainment/workout area. The landscaped backyard has a seating area with pergola, fire pit, and in-ground pool all comfortably situated on 1.19 acres. The open concept first floor living room has a 2-story vaulted ceiling and opens to a modern kitchen with direct access to the backyard. The 2nd floor master suite offers privacy with a large vaulted room, walk-in closet and ensuite bath. For the size and amenities, this home is a great value for the money.

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