Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 6/26/15

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


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Sorry for the silence this week…

I'm going crazyI have a wonderful client who, every time he calls me, greets me with, “Hi. Are you killing real estate or is real estate killing you?”

It never fails to make me laugh and it always makes me think!

This week, my answer is…real estate is definitely killing me!

I have started every morning this week with 5am text messages from another agent with whom I am doing a deal. Without mentioning particulars, it’s not going well. Everyone involved is angry and somehow all the anger is landing on my plate.

As a result, I haven’t had the energy to get any posts out.

I think I am going to have to sign off this week because I have nothing left to give.

Please come back next week. Thanks.


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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 6/19/15

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


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More on mortgage rates…

mortgage rate seesawThe other day I wrote a post about mortgage rates and how they really have not risen very much.

I asked how long these cheap rates could possibly last.

Well, yesterday, Janet Yellen gave me the answer…they will probably be around at least until September.

According to CNNMoney

The Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates in June, but comments Wednesday suggests the long awaited rate hike could come in September.

“No decision has been made by the committee about the right timing of an increase, but certainly an increase this year is possible,” Fed chair Janet Yellen said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

If you are considering buying a house, you might want to get to it before September!

Read the full article here.


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Well Said…

If you are shopping for a home, whichever house you end up buying, make sure it makes you feel like this…

Tolien Home Quote

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Beyond the pale…a dog hotel in a home?

Not too long ago I wrote about a new trend I spotted where homeowners were putting doggie shower/clean-up rooms in their houses.

As I mentioned, while I love my dog Edgar, we are not renovating for him!

Also, as a Realtor, I would think dedicating precious square footage to a dog would be a bit of a re-sale “limiter”.

Well, this morning, while I was looking for something else, I happened upon a Zillow blog post that said Denise Richards (ex of Charlie Sheen) had just listed her house for sale.

That’s not the point of this post…celebrities list their homes for sale everyday. More intriguing to me was the fact that she had a dog hotel in her home that was used for rescue dogs. Take a look…

Denise-Richards-dog hotel

Wow…that room is nicer than most people’s homes.

Again, I ask, is America going to the dogs?


Image: Zillow
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Mortgage rates since the 1970s…

I have been focusing on mortgage rates lately for a variety of reason…for both my clients and myself.

Money is so cheap and has been for a while. I thought rates would have risen by now, but they really haven’t.

It can’t last…can it?

I hope it does!

Here is an infographic from the blog Keeping Current Matters that lays out mortgage rates since the 1970s.

Veddy intahresting when you look at mortgage rates over time…


Mortgage Interest-Rates

Image: Keeping Current Matters



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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 6/12/15

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


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Don’t ask a question if you don’t want the answer! One Realtor’s Opinion.

Spoiler Alert!! If you are not looking to read an angry post today, skip this one :-)


ask a question

Here’s a hypothetical situation…

Let’s just say you are looking at houses to either rent or buy on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com or any of the other syndicated listing websites…

AND then, while looking around, you use the very convenient feature “Click here for More Info or an Appointment”…

AND then, you take the time to send an email to inquire about the property to the Realtor representing that property…

AND then, that Realtor gets the message and responds back with info or times to view the property…


Why people? I ask you,why…why would you take the time to inquire about a property and then NEVER follow up.

Did you change your mind?

Did you push the inquiry button accidentally?

Is it just fun to waste a friendly, neighborhood Realtor’s time?

What is it that accounts for the lack of response?

Can you tell this frustrates me beyond belief?!?

I recently had a small rental listed on all the syndicated sites. I would say I got about dozen email contacts a day from people requesting to see the property from some of these sites. I responded to each and every contact, as well as managing the showings coming in from the MLS. In some cases, I would respond immediately because I was sitting at my computer when their request came in.

I would LITERALLY respond in minutes to their request and yet, all I received back was…crickets…yes that’s right…absolutely no response…all I would hear was crickets.

Did they change their minds in mere minutes? Where they just goofing around?

I don’t know, but I will tell you, it’s just plain rude. When you get the Realtor’s responding email, simply say you’ve changed your mind or you have something else, or you are no longer interested…whatever…just let them know. You took the time to send the email and they also took the time to respond.

OR…better yet…don’t send emails if you have no intention of following through.

And, if you are sitting there thinking that this type of thing is just part of the real estate business or an occupational hazard for Realtors, let me be clear in saying…NO, actually it is not.

Wasting people’s time, no matter what their occupation, is not okay. It’s just not okay.

I am done with my rant…

Don’t ask a question if you don’t want the answer! One Realtor’s Opinion!


Image: Realtor.com



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The power of a beautiful front door

This post is copied from my other blog, Front Door Freak because I thought it applied here.

If your house is on the market, seriously consider how your front door looks. It has great power to lure buyers in…


Just by looking at this front door, can’t you just tell what the rest of the house looks like inside?

It totally makes me want to go inside and look at the other beautiful spaces this house surely must have.

So simple, so stunning.

Oh, the power of a beautiful front door!


Nantucket Front DoorSource - Franceseattle/Cottages of the USA/Flickr



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