Julianne Krutka
Park Square Realty | 413-297-6718 | julianne.krutka@gmail.com


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/14/2017


76 Lee Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Single-Family

$399,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Dream Home Alert! This stunning 3 year young home still looks like NEW! This home has 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths and one half bath plus laundry on the main level. It boasts an open, well lit floor plan with a gorgeous living room w/gas fireplace, wide open dining space and a gorgeous kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite counter tops. The dining area overlooks a very private, entirely fenced in yard where you can relax on your back deck and observe the grass growing or the youngsters playing on their beautiful playscape that will remain for buyer's enjoyment! The second floor features a large and luxurious master bedroom hardwood floors, a master bath and not one, but TWO walk in closets! Three other bedrooms and another large full bath round out the second floor. This home includes the attached two car garage with entry direct to the kitchen and a full basement that has been framed and insulated and is ready to be finished! Showings deferred until Open House 8/20.
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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/10/2017

Humans have been thinking about the way they decorate their homes for thousands of years. In ancient India, Vastu shastra (literally, "the science of architecture") has been informing decorating techniques since as early as 6,000 BCE. The more commonly known influence for home decorating, feng shui,†has its roots in ancient China where practitioners were inspired by astronomy. In the early 1900s, however, a modern science was founded that attempts to solve some of the problems that arise based on our environments. Environmental psychology is a field that focuses on the interplay between humans and the environments they live and work in. Scientists have studied the way humans (and other animals, like rats) are affected by their environment. Their findings help to inform us of how we can live more relaxed or focused based on how we decorate our home and workplace.

A place to call your own

As society becomes increasingly urbanized, many psychologists are studying the problems that arise from being in constant contact with one another, both physically and in the digital world. One thing that scientists have discovered is that it is important for humans to have a place of sanctuary during their day. Whether this is your cubicle at work, your home office, or your tool shed, everyone needs a place they can be alone. Ask yourself if your home setup provides you with a space that you can go to be alone.

How colors can affect mood

Have you ever been in a school or hospital that was painted an awful color that just made you uncomfortable? Many of us have trained ourselves to adapt and live with environments that aren't ideal for us. For example, the bright red walls of McDonald's or the blinding fluorescent lights in a department store probably aren't conditions we'd pick for our homes. Scientists have discovered that there is a correlation between colors, brightness, and our mood. Try to match the colors of your rooms with their functions. For example, you wouldn't want to paint your bedroom bright red, as your bedroom should be a place you can relax to fall asleep. Instead, go with a less-pronounced color for the bedroom.

The balance between cluttered and sterile

Much of the way we choose to decorate our homes is informed by our childhood. If you learn meticulous cleaning habits from your parents, you might carry on with this into adulthood. As a child, you probably went to a friend's house and marveled at how differently they did things. Part of that lesson is learning that the way someone chooses to decorate and clean their home is part of their personality. But like most things in life, it's important to find a balance. If you find yourself restless or distracted you should ask yourself if the room is too cluttered or messy. Maybe it's the opposite; you could just as easily become distracted or uncomfortable by an environment that is too sterile looking.

Listen to yourself

The most important thing to remember when decorating your home is to follow your intuitions. Decide if you decorated a room a certain way because that's what everyone else does or if it actually makes you feel more at home.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/3/2017

It can take time to adjust to life in a big city even if close family members live in the city. People tend to walk and drive faster in a big city. Corporate executives and business managers stretch you, pushing you for more sales or support work. It's easy to get caught up in the pace of big city living.

Before you know it, months have passed and you haven't kept in touch with friend where  you formerly lived as you promised that you would. You also might have started to worry that you won't be able to keep up with the speed that events occur in the town you moved to.

Tips to become more comfortable with your big city home

Be patient with yourself. A lot of people who buy a house in a large town feel out of sorts until they get adjusted to the change. You can adjust to your move and enjoy a deeper appreciation for your new home. Following are a few actions that can help you to make the adjustment.

  • Research the city, not just housing, months before you make the move. Learn about restaurants, hospitals, shopping centers and entertainment venues. Find out how far your house is from these and other facilities.
  • Join online discussion forums that are led by people who have lived in the city for years. Ask questions and pay attention to key topics that forum members raise.
  • Consider becoming a member of book clubs,professional networking groups and arts organizations in the big city that you recently bought a house in.
  • Tune into online radio and television stations that are headquartered in the town your new home is located in.
  • Visit the city several weeks before your scheduled move. Spend a weekend or longer exploring the city. Take public transportation to tourists venues and other major locations. It's a good way to learn about a city.
  • Schedule events that you'll attend after you move. The sooner you get involved in local events, the sooner you can start getting adjusted to a big city.
  • Look at the move as a positive choice instead of as a loss.
  • Enroll your children in schools early. This could help your children to adjust to the move.
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors after you move.If you're moving to a rental property, get out and attend community events.It's a great way to meet more people who share the same community that you do.
  • Sign up to mentor youth.
  • Volunteer with community and local charitable organizations. It feels good to give back. It's also a good way to feel a part of a town. You could even get involved with charitable events through your employer.

Moving to anew home can get you closer to fulfilling your personal goals. If your new home is located in a big city, the move can create uncertainty. Knowing what to expect before you move, can remove some uncertainties and strengthen your confidence that you will spot and take advantage of rewarding  opportunities as you continue to explore and settle into your new community.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/27/2017

Before you even set out to buy a home, you may think that you need to look at a magic number of homes in order to find the house thatís right for you. Thereís always a fear among buyers that they didnít look at enough homes before settling on one. The number of homes that you look at is up to you. There is no magic number that will dictate finding the perfect home. The most important thing is to trust your own intuition. In A sellerís market, you also may not have much choice. When inventory is low, if you find a home you love, youíll need to move to make an offer on it! 


The Average Buyer


People looking at condos take between 1 and 3 months to find the property thatís right for them. Those looking for single family homes tend to take a bit longer- between 3 and 6 months to find a home. Buying a traditional house seems to spark more questions and more uncertainty, which leads buyers to take their time to find what theyíre looking for.


Know Where You Want To Live


Before you start your home search, you should have a good idea of where you want to live. Have a list of cities, towns, and neighborhoods narrowed down to make your search a bit easier from the start. Take a ride around potential neighborhoods and get a feel for them. See the stores, restaurants, and nearby parks to really understand the area. 


Match Your Lifestyles


Where you choose to live has a lot to do with your lifestyle. Think of the following:


  • Where your friends live
  • Where your family lives
  • Where you work
  • What you do for fun


Whatever you love and whatever you love to do should be a factor in your home search. If you love the beach, you donít want to be a three hour drive away if you can help it. You also donít want a 2-hour commute to work. Find the balance to make your life happier in the new space you choose.      


Make A List


It sounds simple, but making a list of what you must have, what youíd like, and what would be a bonus can really help you in your home search. This holds true whether you look at 2 homes or 50 homes. The number of homes that you look at isnít as important as your needs and wants. Buying a home is a huge investment and you need to be happy with your decision. While itís not completely advisable to buy the first house that you see, if you have a good idea of what you want in a tough market, itís best to put an offer in.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/20/2017

This Mobile Home in Westfield, MA recently sold for $50,500. This style home was sold by Julianne Krutka - Park Square Realty.


14 Williams Way, Westfield, MA 01085

Mobile Home

$55,000
Price
$50,500
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
If you are looking for affordable retirement living, look no further than this unique home at Hampden Village! Technically a single wide mobile home, this home features a 9X21 buildout making it feel like a double wide that provides a generous foyer/entryway and a dedicated dining room that sits alongside the already oversized living room and kitchen space. From the dining area step out the slider doors to a spacious deck for your outdoor enjoyment. This home features front and back bedrooms, each with their own full bath. The front bath includes tub/shower while the rear bath boasts a double vanity setup along with a stand up shower PLUS a large garden tub! Both bedrooms have built in dresser units and the front bedroom could also double as a den or home office space. Hampden Village is a mobile home community for persons age 55 or older. Buyer is responsible for park approval upon accepted offer. Septic and in-ground oil tank are responsibility of the park.






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