Cathy Toomey
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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 7/7/2020

A home showing often plays a key role in the property selling journey. In fact, if your house dazzles a buyer during a showing, you may receive an offer to purchase your residence shortly after this individual views your home.

Of course, there is no guarantee that a house showing will lead to a fast, profitable home selling experience. But if you know how to plan ahead for a house showing, you could boost the likelihood that this event will lead to an offer to purchase your residence.

There are many things that sellers need to consider before they host a house showing, such as:

1. The Condition of a Home

Dedicate time and energy to enhance your home's interior and exterior. That way, a buyer can fall in love with your residence during a showing.

To bolster your house's interior, you should clean each room of your home as best as you can. Also, don't forget to eliminate clutter that otherwise may make your house appear small and cramped.

Meanwhile, to upgrade your house's exterior, you should mow the lawn, fix any cracked or damaged home siding and perform other repairs. If you need assistance with home exterior upgrades, you can always reach out to property improvement professionals, too.

2. Scheduling Options

You should make it simple for a buyer to schedule a house showing at his or her convenience. By doing so, you can provide buyers with lots of options to view your residence – something that may help you speed up the house selling cycle.

For sellers, it helps to maintain flexibility in regards to home showings. And if you are open to home showings on nights and weekends, you could give buyers plenty of opportunities to check out your house in-person.

3. Your Home Selling Expectations

If a buyer wants to make an offer to purchase your home following a showing, you may have only a limited amount of time to determine how to proceed. However, if you establish house selling expectations, you can quickly decide whether to accept, reject or counter a buyer's offer to purchase your home.

For those who are concerned about hosting home showings or completing other house selling tasks, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional is ready to assist a home seller and ensure this individual can easily navigate the property selling journey.

A real estate agent is dedicated to a seller's success. Thus, he or she will work with a seller, learn about this individual's goals and plan accordingly. And if a seller ever has concerns or questions, a real estate agent can respond to them.

When it comes to hosting a home showing, there is no need to stress. By considering the aforementioned factors, a seller can plan ahead for a house showing. And as a result, a seller may be able to accelerate the home selling journey.

Posted by Cathy Toomey on 7/6/2020

29 East Greenwood, Amesbury, MA 01913



Light and bright with high ceilings. This first floor condo has new carpet in the bedroom, newer roof, new siding and has been freshly painted. The galley kitchen looks out over the dining room which flows into the living room with a bump out window, Laundry is in the unit. It has a nice private back yard and there is good access to downtown, beaches and commuter routes. Only two units in the building. Master insurance and water and sewer are split. This is a non-smoking condo. The town and condo docs call this a two bedroom condo but it lives better as a one bedroom
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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 7/1/2020

This Single-Family in Amesbury, MA recently sold for $314,000. This Victorian style home was sold by Cathy Toomey - Stone Ridge Properties.

56 Congress, Amesbury, MA 01913


Sale Price

Opportunity is knocking. This sweet mansard needs updates but it could be well worth the effort. Features include a detached two car garage with openers and newer roof. The windows are newer as is the boiler. Laundry is on the first floor. Great opportunity to build equity. All offers due Tuesday May 26th at noon.

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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 6/30/2020

Having equity in your home is an incredibly valuable thing. It allows you to borrow against your house and shows that the value of your investment is rising. Equity defined is the difference between your home’s value and the amount you still owe on the home. Equity allows you to move forward with other properties and sell your current one. 

As you pay down your mortgage, your equity increases. There is, however, always a risk of an equity slide where values drop a bit. There are a few ways that you can help your home’s equity value to increase faster.

Pay Towards The Principal

The first few years that you’re a homeowner, you’ll be paying a lot towards the interest and only a little towards the principal value of the loan. The quicker you pay down your home loan, the faster you’ll increase the equity of your home. Check your budget and see how much extra you may be able to pay. Then, talk with your lender to see if there are any pre-payment penalties. 

Complete Home Improvement Projects

You may not know that many home improvement projects can increase the value of your home substantially. There are many projects that you can complete in your home that won’t break the bank yet will give you a significant return. You can start simple, or think big. Some of the best home improvement projects that will add value to your home include:

  • Complete kitchen remodel
  • Replacing countertops
  • Refinishing cabinets
  • Installing new appliances
  • Replacing garage doors
  • Bathroom remodel
  • Putting on addition
  • Landscaping renovations

Any of these home improvement projects can add value to your home, bringing the equity value of the home up. Even if you’re not planning on taking out any equity in your home for some time, any improvement projects that you choose to do are beneficial for both you and how your home affects your finances.  

Increase The Amount Of Your Downpayment

You can increase the value of a home before you even buy it. If you put the traditional 20% down on a house, you’ll build equity a bit faster than if you put down a lower amount such as 3% or 5%. If you have already purchased your home, you can ask your lender to do what’s called a cash-in refinance. This type of refinance is where you bring cash to the refinancing closing table in order to lower the balance of your mortgage.   

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Posted by Cathy Toomey on 6/28/2020

This Single-Family in Kingston, NH recently sold for $415,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cathy Toomey - Stone Ridge Properties.

1 Kelley Road, Kingston, NH 03848


Sale Price

Your piece of the American dream! This colonial has been lovingly maintained by its original owners since it was built new in 2001. With exceptional curb appeal this is the perfect home in an ideal country setting. Inside the front door you'll be greeted by a centralized stair case and tons of natural light. As you flow through the first floor you enter a family room detailed by hardwood floors where you and your guests may choose to hang out or make your way into the eat in kitchen and/or formal dining room which offers tons of space to entertain. The first floor also has a full bath. As you make your way upstairs you'll notice it offers three bedrooms including a large master bedroom with a 7'x6' walk in closet and access to a full bath. There is also a separate laundry room on the second floor waiting for your design touches! The basement offers approximately 432 additional square feet of finished bonus room space to be used as you see fit.

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