Are you allowed to put a pool right next to a house?


I was roaming around the internet this weekend and I found this photo…

pool next to house

It is a pool right next to a house…and when I say “right next to” I mean the pool and the house’s foundation share a wall.

I don’t know why but this really bothered me. I admit, it’s a cool concept, but is it safe?

Can an unsuspecting guest, open the door to step out and wind up taking a swim?

I realize small yards have space constraints, but for some reason instead of finding this beautiful (which it actually is), it made me very nervous for the home owner.

Wonder if it was planned and executed to building code?

Or, maybe, I am just too much of a worry wort Realtor!

Image: Jean Allsopp/Coastal Living
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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 3/13/15



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


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The Average Life Expectancy of Household Items and Improvements

Life Expect

Image: Huffington Post


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I need to get this house sold!

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I have a wonderful listing that was a Gem of the Week a while back.

This poor house has suffered insult and travesty, after insult and travesty.

It has had several offers that have all fallen through. NONE of those offers fell through because of the condition of the house. They fell through for a variety of reasons, all of which had NOTHING to do with the condition of the house.

This house has had one tough break after the other…through no fault of its own. :-(

So, if you are reading this and would like (or know someone who would like) a great house, with great bones in an EXCELLENT area of Fairfield, please pass it along. Oh and by the way, it’s one of the LEAST expensive homes in the area!

It’s located at 80 Phyfe Road, Fairfield CT.

If you want more pictures or details click here or here.


It’s days like this that being a Realtor is no bueno!


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This is an important post – Smoke Detector Batteries!

Smoke AlarmI don’t usually post on Sundays but I feel strongly enough about this topic to do so…

Please, please, please change your smoke detector batteries and your carbon monoxide detector batteries TODAY.

They are so important. Getting in the habit of replacing batteries at the time change in the spring and in the fall is a really smart thing to do.

By doing so, you are protecting yourself and your loved ones!

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 3/6/15


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


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An adorable cottage with a sunny yellow front door

Oh. My. Gosh.

Another snow day in these parts. Another day off from school. More shoveling.

What can brighten such a bleak forecast?

Answer…an adorable cottage with a sunny yellow front door!


May your climes be warmer than mine :-)

madcap cottage yellow door


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




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Damn those ice dams!

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We had snow last night. We are getting freezing rain today and more snow tonight.

That is prime weather for ice dams.

Ice dams form on roofs in this type of weather and can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the inside of your home.

Essentially, the heat from a home rises and warms the underside of the roof. The bottom layer of snow sitting directly on top of the roof gets warmed up and melts. That water runs down to the edge of the roof. Once it hits the area of the roof that does not get any heat it refreezes and creates a big block of ice. That ice block builds and builds as more water runs down. Eventually the running water has no place to go because the block of ice at the edge gets too big for the water to run over it. As the water builds behind the ice block it pools and seeps up under the shingles. That’s how water finds its way into your home.

That is especially maddening if your home is on the market or going on the market in the spring season. You get your home all set up and “prettified” for sale and the next thing you know you have ice water pouring through ceiling, ruining everything.

It’s. Just. So. Wrong.

I just got a very informative postcard in the mail from my insurance company, Travelers. It explained what ice damming is and how to help prevent it. It also directed me to their website which has a whole section on ice damming.

Very helpful!

If you’d like to read up on ice dams and how to [hopefully] prevent them, you can find the website here.

Good luck!


Image: Travelers
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Well said AND a great doormat

I saw this great doormat on Etsy and really liked it…

At my real estate listings, I always leave a sign telling people to remove their shoes or use the surgical booties I provide. Perhaps I should just buy a couple of these!

leave worries at doormatSOURCE – DAMN GOOD DOORMATS/ETSY


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The perfect tote bag


I found this on the Pottery Barn website when I was looking for a small gift for someone…


Pottery Barn Tote



Perfect sentiment, no?!?

If you’d like to order one (they are only $19) you can find them here.


Please note, I have not been compensated by Pottery Barn to feature this, I just saw the tote and like it.


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