Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 7/25/14



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


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Well Said…

Laura Ingalls Wilder Quote

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A new twist on door color…interior door color

black interior doorI write a lot (and I mean A LOT) about front door color.

But today I bring you a new type of door color…interior door color.

I was reading my mid-week Houzz newsletter and there was an article on painting interior doors black.

I must say when I started reading the article, I was skeptical. Black is a very dark and a VERY specific color. It either works well or it completely does not work at all.

After reading through the entire article, I have to say I am far less skeptical. Not only were some of the reasons for black paint well thought out (e.g. you won’t see fingerprints), the supporting pictures also looked lovely.

Now, I personally have louvered doors and I do not think they will lend themselves well to the “black concept”, but I will keep this in mind for other homes.

My one outstanding question after reading the article is…if you paint one door black do you have to paint all the doors in your house black?

Please feel free to comment on that!

Image: Houzz/The Yellow Cape Cod


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This just captures it for me today…



Image: Point 2



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Homebuyers can annoy sellers?? Apparently so…

Just listed:Just soldSomeone in my office just sent around an article from Bankrate.com and written by Dana Dratch titled “8 Ways Homebuyers Annoy Sellers”.

It was an interesting read and made some good points.

If you are currently shopping for a house, some of these points are good to keep in mind.

Find the article here.

Now we need an article titled “8 Ways Sellers Annoy Homebuyers”! :-)



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

Here are the local property transfers…happy snooping!

I am including Patch.com as a source for property transfers (by town). Originally I did not want to use this as a source because the pages don’t always load properly. I use a Macbook Air and my preferred browser is Chrome and unfortunately the way the real estate sales are coded, the pages appear blank on my computer. If I want to see the pages, I have to switch browsers to Safari. If you pull up the pages and nothing appears, switching browsers may do the trick. Good luck and happy snooping!









The Master ListDarien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Wilton

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 7/18/14


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


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This is so true, especially for real estate!

Jack Welch Quote

When the real estate bubble “burst” in 2007, the market as we knew it completely changed. But then, in typical post-bubble-bursting fashion, the market started to recover in 2012.

Since 2012, two things have become very apparent to me…

First, like never before, location has become even more important. Certainly the expression location, location, location has been around for some time and location as a value criterion has always been important.

That said, after the 2012 rebound started, I noticed that, while many properties have fully recovered in their asking price value, those properties in challenged locations did not rebound as fast nor did they ever return to their pre-bubble value. Buyers are no longer willing to compromise on location the way they once did.

The second thing I have noticed since that time is that buyers want to feel like they are getting a value.

For the longest time, especially in the area of the country in which I work, it had been a sellers’ market. In the pre-2007 market dynamics, sellers could make the most terrific demands and buyers had no choice but to meet them if they wanted a particular house. Buyers understood that, even if they didn’t want to meet the demands, there was always a buyer right behind them who would. Buyers didn’t like it, but what choice did they have?

After the bubble burst, buyers got to take a turn in the driver’s seat and they were responsible for determining the value proposition of a deal.  All of a sudden, they got a taste for what it’s like to call the shots on a deal and trust me, they liked it! Who could blame them.

Now that we are in post bubble equilibrium, that is one aspect of real estate that buyers are not willing to cede to sellers. Sure, sellers are able to ask for more money for their properties than they were able to ask from 2007 to 2012 and they are likely to get it. BUT, they will only get it if their home offers a good value for that higher price.

Buyers are no longer willing to settle for less-than-perfect houses that are priced like perfect houses. They are not willing to pay when they do not obviously see the value. Buyers simply will not buy when their value ideals are not met.

So, when I read the above quote by Jack Welch, the retired CEO of General Electric, all I could say was, true that!

Welcome to the Value Decade!

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What is my new fascination with orange front doors?!?

I could not sleep today. I woke up at 3am and just couldn’t go back to sleep. When I got out of bed, it was so early, my dog didn’t even get up with me…he opted to sleep another hour and a half before rising to beg for breakfast :-)

In any event, I padded out to the kitchen to do what I always do when I can’t sleep…I trawled through Pinterest to look at pretty pictures of stuff that I have absolutely no use for but still want nonetheless.

When I do get to have a moment on Pinterest these days (unfortunately those moments are few and far between), I find myself absolutely drawn to orange front doors.

Orange front doors?

I don’t really consider myself an “orange” type of gal, but for whatever reason, orange seems to be flipping my switch these days.

I saw this picture and I really liked the door. The whole door…the color, the hardware, and especially the trimwork. The rest of the entryway is a bit busy for me, but that door is just a standout feature.

Take a look…

Orange Door

So bright and cheery, right?!?

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




herehereherehere & here


Image: Style at Home



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Well said…

Maya Angelou QUote

Image: Finding Home


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