Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 9/4/15


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


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What to consider when choosing an EXTERIOR house color

painting-exteriorsPainting the outside of your house is a great way to boost your curb appeal prior to listing your home.

Choosing the CORRECT color can instantaneously update a home and make it seem more modern and fresh.

The operative word in the sentence above is CORRECT color…

Choosing a less-than-correct color can be a big waste of time and money and may actually make your house less appealing!

I keep tabs on a blog called Colour Me Happy and they just posted an article about choosing the right color for the exterior of a house.

They posit that there are three questions a homeowner should ask themselves prior to choosing a color…

  1. What is the look and feel of the subdivision? You don’t want your home to stick out like a sore thumb, no matter how beautiful it may look on its own.
  2. What is the architectural style of the home? Your colors should follow suit.
  3. What are the unchanging elements of the home? Okay, this is where you can really screw things up. The starting point for finding the right color palette for the exterior is to take note of the roof color, brick, mortar, stone, and anything else on the home that is unchanging.

These are great questions most folks don’t even consider.

If you are thinking of painting your exterior, head over to Color Me Happy and read the full article. It has before and after pictures to show what the correct exterior color can do.

Good luck!

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Making an offer on a house

meant to be quote

The most important thing to remember when making an offer on a house…what’s meant to be, is meant to be.

If you are suppose to live in the house you want, then it WILL happen, one way or the other, it really will.

If, on the other hand, the deal falls through, most likely many years from now when you look back on it you will think to yourself that you are so glad it did!

I know that, when deals have fallen through for me, it ended up being the best thing for me…every single time!

If you are out there trying to buy…good luck!

I found this article on the Zillow blog.

While a bit simplistic, it is a good basic thought piece for anyone buying a home.


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How old are the houses in your state?

I saw this chart on Zillow and, of course, I had to check out my state, Connecticut.

I was shocked that the average age of homes was from the 1950s. I was sure the houses would have been older since there are a lot of antiques in my area.

Click on the map below to go directly to the article.




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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.

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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.


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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!

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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!

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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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