A green front door color that’s beyond fabulous


This green front door is BEYOND fabulous…


bright green door

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




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Image: Stephan Hoerold/E+/Getty Images
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Little things that make a BIG difference – Sculpted Shrubbery

sculpted shrubbery

What is “sculpted shrubbery” you ask?

It is the plantings, bushes and hedges on the outside of your house that have been trimmed and neatened with a hedge trimmer.

As an example, I have a listing coming on that is an estate sale. It’s a GREAT house with tons of potential. Great bones, but it just hasn’t seen any interior decorating in about 40 years. In its day it was probably a beauty…today, it definitely needs some 21st century zhooshing.

While the interior of the house is being cleaned out, I have been inviting other Realtors over to preview the house for any potential clients.

Everyone that comes to house says the exact same thing…the outside looks too good for this house to be a fixer-upper…then they step inside and say “ohhhh, now I see”.

So, what makes the outside look so good?

Well, it has been impeccably maintained for 40 years. The outside is clean, fresh and the hedges have been kept razor sharp. As you walk up to the house you can’t help but think, either consciously or subconsciously,  ”Wow, this house has been well cared for.”

So, if your house is on the market, make an assessment of your shrubbery. Is it razor sharp? If the answer is no, get out the hedge trimmers (or call your lawn guy) and give them a haircut. It will definitely give buyers a favorable impression as they approach your home.

Good luck!

Image: Dunns Lawn Service


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An Orange-y Red Front Door for Monday

I had another post planned, but I saw this and had to showcase it immediately.

What a great orange-y red color. The door itself is very pretty too.

Happy Monday, have a great week!

orange red front door


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




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Image: Adore Your Place
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Sunday snooping in the property transfers! They paid how much?!?

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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Realtors don’t make as much as you think

It’s funny, I’ve been trying to write this post for months and I just couldn’t get it right without sounding angry. It still may sound a bit angry, but this version is waaayyy tamer than some of my prior attempts.

In the few years that I’ve been selling real estate, I have had several clients ask for, hint at and even outright demand a piece of my commission.

I think people feel that a Realtor’s money is “found money” and, as such, the amount we agree upon at the start of a deal can be lowered (at that time or later on in the process) and we, as Realtors, will still have plenty left over. Since it’s “found” money, the amount doesn’t matter…right?!?

For those of you out there nodding your heads in agreement that it is “found money”, how would you like it if your boss told you he/she is going to take $10,000 out of your annual pay because the company feels like using the money for something else? Wouldn’t go over so well, would it?

My commission = My salary

I rest my case.

So, yes, I do bristle when I hear things like…

“My house will sell fast and you won’t have to do much because the house will sell itself, so how about a flat fee instead of a percentage.”

“I can’t really afford that much of a house, but if you chipped in part of your commission, then I can buy it.”

“I need to make a PROFIT on my house, since you have both sides of the transaction, then you will have to chip in from your commission. You’ll still make more than if you only got half.”

Yes, I have had all of the above said to me. Clients telling me why they deserve a piece of my salary.

Also, just to prove why Realtors are worth the money…the  client that offered me the flat fee agreed to pay me a commission because I said I wouldn’t be able take the listing if they didn’t. At the end of their transaction, they told me that they now understood why I was worth every penny. They couldn’t believe how much effort went into selling a house.

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Hopefully I did not sound as angry as the whole topic makes me feel :-)

Image: Point2


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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 9/5/14


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

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Can colored kitchen cabinets be too colored?

I was looking through a post on House Beautiful. The title of the post was “28 Colorful Kitchens That Will Inspire You”.

I clicked through the pictures and happened upon this one…




That is one heck of a design statement. Kudos to the designers who conjured this up. This is a unique, one-of-kind kitchen!

I am fairly certain I would NEVER have the guts to make such a bold and lasting color statement at my house.

My one question is though, how long does it take before the owner gets sick of the kitchen cabinet color?

Also, as a Realtor, let me tell you that this would be VERY polarizing to buyers. They’d either love it or hate it.


Image: House Beautiful/TREVOR TONDRO



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Shiny front door paint…A new front door trend

shiny turquoise front doorAround the blogosphere I am seeing a new trend…shiny front door paint.

Now, I have only just begun seeing the trend in the last month, so consider Gem of the Week a cutting edge blog in itself :-)

How exactly does one get a shiny front door?

Well, The Washington Post has posted an article detailing the steps.

Not sure I will be doing an ultra-shiny front door at my house, but as anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows, anything having to do with front doors can be fascinating reading.

If you are going to try a shiny front door let me know how it turns out. I am completely intrigued by this trend!

Image: Eric Linkins Custom Painting


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To wallpaper or not to wallpaper – Part 2

bathroom wallpaper

Lately I have been thinking a lot about wallpaper. Don’t know why. I have written about wallpaper in the past.

It’s not the most practical thing to have when you have a young boy. In their own special way, young boys can take a toll on a house (not to mention an older “boy” and a dog that is a boy as well :-) )

That said, I have been fixated on grasscloth wallpaper for a while now. The only question is where to put it?

Houzz just wrote an article on home trends. The first topic they covered was wallpaper and who (by age group) wants it. The youngest of the home owners had the most interest, which makes sense. Their parents probably did not have it and they most likely have no personal experience with its installation, or worse yet, it removal. Now, wallpaper technology has improved greatly in the last few years, but for any of us who have ever removed older wallpaper, it’s not an experience soon forgotten.

Houzz Wallpaper graphYet, I still want the grasscloth.

If you have an interest in wallpaper, Houzz also published an ideabook about selecting the right wallpaper for you. They made several good points on the selection process.

Now, as a Realtor, if your house is on the market or going on the market soon, I might suggest saving the wallpaper for your next house. But, if you are not to be dissuaded, keep your choices on the neutral side.

You can find the complete Decorating Trend Study here.

You can find the wallpaper selection ideabook here.

Images: Bathroom – SAS Interiors, Graph – Houzz


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Happy Labor Day!

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