Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 3/27/15



Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op


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I really want one of these…

cottage w:lilac door


Image: Traditional Home



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5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent

I typically don’t repost someone else’s blog post in it’s entirety. Usually I reference the post, put my own spin on it and then link to the original writer. That said, I am a big fan of the real estate blog Keeping Current Matters (KCM). They posted the article below yesterday and I think it bears repeating, in its entirety…


5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent

by  on March 24, 2015 in For SellersMove-Up Buyers

5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent | Keeping Current Matters
The busy spring real estate season is here. Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct?

Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant.

You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one.

Here are the top 5 demands to make of your Real Estate Agent when selling your house:

1. Tell the truth about the price

Too many agents just take the listing at any price and then try to the ‘work the seller’ for a price correction later. Demand that the agent prove to you that they have a belief in the price they are suggesting. Make them show you their plan to sell the house at that price – TWICE! Every house in today’s market must be sold two times – first to a buyer and then to the bank.

The second sale may be more difficult than the first. The residential appraisal process has gotten tougher. A survey showed that there was a challenge with the appraisal on 24% of all residential real estate transactions. It has become more difficult to get the banks to agree on the contract price. A red flag should be raised if your agent is not discussing this with you at the time of the listing.

2. Understand the timetable with which your family is dealing

You will be moving your family to a new home. Whether the move revolves around the start of a new school year or the start of a new job, you will be trying to put the move to a plan.

This can be very emotionally draining. Demand from your agent an appreciation for the timetables you are setting. Your agent cannot pick the exact date of your move, but they should exert any influence they can, to make it work.

3. Remove as many of the challenges as possible

It is imperative that your agent knows how to handle the challenges that will arise. An agent’s ability to negotiate is critical in this market.

Remember: If you have an agent who was weak negotiating with you on the parts of the listing contract that were most important to them and their family (commission, length, etc.), don’t expect them to turn into a super hero when they are negotiating for you and your family with the buyer.

4. Help with the relocation

If you haven’t yet picked your new home, make sure the agent is capable and willing to help you. The coordination of the move is crucial. You don’t want to be without a roof over your head the night of the closing. Likewise, you don’t want to end up paying two housing expenses (whether it is rent or mortgage). You should, in most cases, be able to close on your current home and immediately move into your new residence.

5. Get the house SOLD!

There is a reason you are putting yourself and your family through the process of moving.

You are moving on with your life in some way. The reason is important or you wouldn’t be dealing with the headaches and challenges that come along with selling. Do not allow your agent to forget these motivations. Constantly remind them that selling the house is why you hired them. Make sure that they don’t worry about your feelings more than they worry about your family. If they discover something needs to be done to attain your goal (i.e. price correction, repair, removing clutter), insist they have the courage to inform you.

Good agents know how to deliver good news. Great agents know how to deliver tough news. In today’s market, YOU NEED A GREAT AGENT!

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I spied…

This post is a copy from other blog, Front Door Freak


My family and I were out and about a couple of weekends ago and we found ourselves in Middlebury, CT.

What a sweet little town.

We were looking for a store and found ourselves a bit lost.

What fortune!

We happened upon a road where one house was more lovely than the next.

And, where there is a lovely house, usually there is a lovely door.

Check this one out…


Middlebury Door w:logo

It was a bit cloudy, I am an awful iPhone photographer AND I was taking the picture through my window…thus the visual quality (or lack thereof).

That said, you can still see what a great door it is…arched, the perfect color and surrounded my gorgeous old stone.

Sheer perfection!

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The Property Brothers added a Brother

The Brothers for GemA couple of weeks ago I entered a contest to win two tickets to the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City.

I NEVER win anything.

But, lo and behold, late last week I received an email telling me I won!


So, I went over to the show’s website to see what exhibitions there might be and…dum dah da dum…The Property Brothers were having a question and answer series!!

How perfect! The Property Brothers is one of the FEW shows we can all agree to watch as family. It has universal appeal at our house.

When I mentioned the Property Brothers were going to be there live, needless to say, I had no trouble convincing my eight-year-old (and my husband) that this might be a fun outing. Without the Property Brothers, I’m not sure I would  have been able to get them to go with me :-)

Anyway, after their fun and informative (and VERY crowded) question and answer series, “the brothers” stopped and posed for pictures with all attendees. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. Seriously, they posed with every person and didn’t rush anyone through the VERY LONG line despite having to catch a plane after the show. They were as cordial to last person on line as they were with the first.

After I got the picture of my son with “the brothers”, I texted it out to a few friends that I knew would get a kick out of it. Every single one, shot back the same response/question…”Are they as nice in person as they are on the show?”

My answer is a very resounding…YES!

If possible, these two fellows are even nicer. So polite. So genuine. So fun (they chose the pose they did with my son). So generous with their time. Just lovely people.

All I have to say is, their mother did one fantastic job raising two great guys.

I only hope I do half as well with my “brother”!

Needless to say, we will be watching the show even more (if that’s possible!)



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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 3/20/15


Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op


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Tired, tired,tired

Too much on my plate this week…

What’s a real estate blogger to do?

Show a pretty front door of course…



beautiful green door

You can look at many other pretty front door colors I have featured




hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere & here

Image: Pinterest
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

1,000 welcomesA front door plaque that says “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” in Gaelic.


Image: The Irish Jewelry Company


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Are you allowed to put a pool right next to a house?


I was roaming around the internet this weekend and I found this photo…

pool next to house

It is a pool right next to a house…and when I say “right next to” I mean the pool and the house’s foundation share a wall.

I don’t know why but this really bothered me. I admit, it’s a cool concept, but is it safe?

Can an unsuspecting guest, open the door to step out and wind up taking a swim?

I realize small yards have space constraints, but for some reason instead of finding this beautiful (which it actually is), it made me very nervous for the home owner.

Wonder if it was planned and executed to building code?

Or, maybe, I am just too much of a worry wort Realtor!

Image: Jean Allsopp/Coastal Living
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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 3/13/15



Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op


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