Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/28/15


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


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School starts today!

schoolMy main man is headed off to fourth grade today. I am happy to be back to a more regimented schedule, but I will miss having him around.

What does that have to do with real estate? Absolutely nothing. It just means my mind is so preoccupied with getting him on the bus that I don’t have a new post in me this morning.

Take a look back at these posts about school and real estate. One is about how schools affect the average list price of a house. Another is a brief history of the Westport school system. The other is a present my son made for me that I love more than mere blogging can express.

If your kids are going to school today, have a great day and remember they’ll be home by 3.

image: Google Images


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Buyer Turn-offs

Cigarette-smoke-f6dbd9The other day I was reading the Zillow Blog and found a list of potential home buyer turn-offs.

Some of the things on the list were so obvious they gave me a chuckle.

You can find the list here.


Image: Jocelyn
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Little things that make a BIG difference – Tangled electrical cords

messy cords

I had a house listed for sale several months back that was not occupied by the owner, but rather by a tenant. The house was decorated with very nice things and the tenant kept things very neat. It was easy to show.

That said, because the tenant knew her stay was temporary, she never bothered to sort out and hide all her TV and cable cords.

You know what I am talking about, that tangled messy “octopus” we all have the potential to have under our TV entertainment centers.

To make matters worse, because she used an entertainment cabinet with no legs…no legs, no space underneath to hide anything…the knot of cords was out in the open, on the floor, in a tangled mess, next to entertainment center.

The front door of the house entered right into the living room where these tangled electrical cords lived and immediately upon entering, it was the first place my eyes traveled.

For the tenant, it was a temporary situation, for me, as the Realtor trying to sell the house, it was a buyer repellant!

So, if your home is on the market, take a good look at all the areas where you have electronics with cords.

Are the cords well hidden and neat?

If not, here’s an article from the blog Poofy Cheeks which demonstrates how to neaten up your tangled electrical cords. It may be well worth reading to help you get things straightened out!

Image: Poofy Cheeks


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Moss on the Roof – One Realtor’s Opinion

mossy roofAs I mentioned, we were recently vacationing in Maine.

Every year we stay in the same cottage. For a variety of reasons, this particular cottage just works for my family. It’s a bit older, and not as “deluxe” as some of the other rental houses, but its amenities and floor plan work well.

This year, as I was sitting having my morning coffee out on the deck (sheer bliss), I noticed the roof had a fair amount of moss. The house is fairly shaded by large trees, so it would seem this moss was inevitable.

As I looked at it, I wondered why they didn’t have it removed. Does moss ruin the shingles? Does it grow up underneath them, thereby forcing them out of shape and allowing moisture to come in?

The roof on my house at home is in the direct sun all day, every day. We have no moss whatsoever, so this is a bit of a foreign concept to me.

As a Realtor, I was thinking about how buyers must feel when they see moss on a roof…is it a sale deterrent?

Anyway, I mentally noted that, from now on, I would take a look up on the roof of any houses I list to check for moss. If there is some, I will most likely advise sellers to look into having it removed. It makes a perfectly fine home look neglected.

Moss just does NOT leave a good impression…one Realtor’s opinion!

If you are thinking of selling and you have moss on your roof, here is an article from Bob Vila about removing it.

Good luck!

Image: BobVila.com




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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/21/15


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


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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/14/15

Sorry for the silence! I was on vacation and fell off the blogosphere grid. Every time I sat down to write a post there was something more fun to do! I am back and decided to start by catching up with weekly home sales.



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

Looking-at-Homes-Online-Vs-In-Person1Image: Great Colorado Homes

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Painting Attic Stairs – One Realtor’s Opinion

Attic-Stairs-before-and-afterI live in an area with many antique homes and I love it. I am a huge lover of antiques!

One thing many antique homes have are walk-up attics.

Most modern homes have pull down stairs to access their attic space. Antiques have their own staircase up to an attic and it’s usually behind a door that looks like a closet.

When I owned an antique, I too had a walk-up attic and my stairs were raw wood that were never touched by anything but feet. As you can imagine, after 175 years, they didn’t look great. They were sturdy and useful, but somewhat ugly too!

Anyway, I just read a blog post on Maison de Pax where the writer finished her attic and her attic stairs and what a difference it made!

It made the place seem so much more welcome and inviting.

As a Realtor, whenever I see a walk-up attic, 99% of the time the stairs are unfinished and in less-than-fabulous shape. Most of my clients open the door where said staircase is located, look up and say, “Oh just an attic. I’m not going up.” It always frustrates me a bit because, many times, there is very good, usable (and sometimes expandable) space up in these old attics. Extra finish-able space is definitely an added bonus feature in real estate!

When I read this blog post, it got me thinking…If you make your attic stairs look more inviting, will you lure potential buyers up to a space they might otherwise overlook? I bet you will! Will that extra space make them see your house in a different way? I think it might!

Painting attic stairs is a good thing…One Realtor’s opinion!

If you are thinking of your painting attic stairs, here is a tutorial from Maison de Pax.


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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 8/7/15

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