Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/22/14


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


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How to pick paint

paint bucket rollerI’m back from my all too brief respite of last week.

Now I’m in the fall season mode…organizing, cleaning, getting the house readyready for what, I am not sure :-)

Today I was going to do a post on getting a house ready for the fall selling season. There are still a few weeks left before it starts, so now is the time to start getting your house ready if you are, in fact, going to put it on the market.

The most impactful change or fix-up you can make is painting. New paint just seems to refresh everything in a house.

But, where to start?

Answer: Pick the type of paint you need.

Oil or latex? Flat or eggshell? Cream or a color?

No wonder so many people walk away from painting before they even start…there are a lot of decisions to make!

Here’s an ideabook from Houzz that can help you sort through the best choices for you.

Good luck!

Image: This Old House/Mark Wiess


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Weekly Homes Sales Snapshot – 8/15/14


They are a few days late, but here are the weekly sales results for last week…


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


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I need a break

gone-fishingOne thing I’ve been noticing over the course of this summer is that this blog has suffered.

I am busy at home and I am busy at work and I have been “phoning it in” to this blog all summer. My topics are less than insightful and my quickie posts are getting repetitive.

I need a fresh perspective for you awesome readers that come back every day.

I have an idea for a new blog that I am working on and seems to hold more interest for me.

Don’t get me wrong, real estate will always be my #1 passion and I could go on for days about it, but this new blog will focus on one particular aspect of houses that has forever fascinated me.

How’s that for a teaser!

That said, Gem of the Week will continue as I have too many opinions about real estate to simply keep them to myself.

Although, Gem of the Week will continue, I think I am going to take the next week off to really consider the direction I want BOTH blogs take.

Stay tuned…see you in a week!

Image: Art21 Magazine


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Sunday snooping time! They paid how much for that house?!?


Here are the local property transfers…happy snooping!

I am having problems with sourcing the property transfers again. The local Patch websites have changed formats and are not (as of yet) providing recent sales. I will have to find another source for each town. Hopefully, next Sunday, I will have it all worked out.

In the meantime, if your town is not individually represented, please check out the Master List shown below.





The Master List- Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Wilton




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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/8/14


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


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What kind of house should you live in?

Tradional HouseI woke up with a raging headache and a full schedule for today, so I decided a lighter post was in order.

I found a quiz on Houzz that, when taken, reveals the type of house in which the quiz-taker should reside.

I always take Houzz quizzes and my only problem with them is that sometimes the multiple choice answers do not offer an appropriate choice for me.

That said, I made do with the choices they offered and my quiz was actually pretty accurate.

I am suppose to live in a Traditional House…(no surprise there!)

You can take the quiz here.

Image: Houzz
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For some reason this door made me feel serene

So pretty…

white door diamond window

If white doesn’t work for you…

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




hereherehereherehere & here

Image: Jillian Harris
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Understanding the Role of a Realtor

buy:sold houseI read a lot of those articles that discuss why you should hire a Realtor.

Most of them say the same thing and not many of them are very enlightening.

Today I stumbled across one that actually outlined the role of the Realtor in a real estate transaction and it outlined the role WELL! That almost NEVER happens.

The article was written by Mary Boone and featured on Zillow’s Blog. I would have reproduced it here, but they did not allow that as an option.

The post is titled “Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent” and you can find it here.

Click the link and read it, it’s worth the 5 minutes.

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Another thought about backsplashes

solid backsplashIn the past, I have written about backsplashes as art. You can see those posts here and here. I’ve also written about dopey backsplashes here.

Today I am bringing you an ideabook from Houzz which posits that backsplashes with no seams are the way to go.

I get the logic of that. No seams (or grout lines) to catch greasy air-born cooking particles.

That’s a smart observation.

The only problem is, that I am not sure I like the way it looks.

Hmmmm, good looks vs. easy clean-up?

That’s a tough one.

Find the ideabook here.


Image: Houzz/Griffin Enright Architects


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