Where have I been the past week?

meant to be quoteI have been noticeably absent on this blog for the past several days.

I have been feeling sorry for myself and, quite frankly, didn’t feel like writing anything. :-(

My husband and I were trying to purchase a vacation property in another state and it didn’t work out.

Now, as I have written on this very blog several times, if a property does not work out there is ALWAYS a very good reason. You may not know what that reason is at the moment, or ever, but trust me, if it doesn’t work it it wasn’t meant to be.

I spent last week trying to remember my own advice! :-)

Anyway, if any good can come from heartache, I did learn a few good lessons, both as a buyer and as a Realtor and I will share some of them later this week.

Stay tuned…

 

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Weekly Home Sales for Fairfield County – 10/30/15

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

 

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I find mortgages confusing…

…there I’ve said it.

I’ll say it again…I find mortgages confusing.

Probably not the greatest thing for a Realtor to say but, my feeling is that, if I am confused, there are probably many people confused.

So, I hunted down this infographic to help map things out.

It’s basic, but helpful.

Home-Loan-Options Infographic

 

Image: HouseHunt.com

 

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Weekly Home Sales for Fairfield County – 10/23/15

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

 

 

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The median home price was $75,200 in 1985?!?

Sorry I have been missing-in-action for past couple of days…I have been working my fingers to the bone!

Real estate is NOT for the faint of heart.

Anyway, I saw this fact from the National Association of Realtors when I was posting on my Twitter feed this morning…

Median Home price in 1985

The median home price was $75,200 in 1985?!?

Wow…I graduated from college in 1985.

1985 seems soooo long ago.

If I only knew then what I know now, I would have figured out a way to buy 10 houses :-)

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Well said…

 

well said:how happy the home

 

Image: Things We Forget

 

 

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Weekly Home Sales for Fairfield County – 10/16/15

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

 

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Pricing your house for sale

house for sale I just listed a fantastic house for a GREAT price.

In my humble Realtor opinion, pricing your house for sale is the MOST nerve-racking part of the whole sales process.

The seller of my new listing is very savvy and when she sells a home, she doesn’t get too wound up in what she paid vs. her profit vs. what the current buyer mentality might be.

She makes things pretty simple…she looks at all the comparative houses for sale and then prices her house better.

Better.

She simply tries to be the obvious choice to buy.

She’s pretty smart.

I recently read an article on Fortune Builders about setting the sale price of a home.

In the article, Michael Seiler, a professor of real estate and finance at The College of William & Mary, said that most home buyers don’t realize that setting an asking price is primarily a negotiating tactic. “When you set a list price, you’re sending a signal to the market,” he says.

Well put.

That’s what my client tries to do…send a signal…she has the best property for the best price and that she is a very reasonable seller.

What buyer doesn’t want to deal with a very reasonable seller?

As I said, pretty smart.

 

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The Dining Room – Part 3

one kings lane_pencil & paper_BREAKFAST TABLEMany moons ago (2012!), I posted about whether a house needs a dining room or not. You can read those posts here and here.

Last night I was catching up with my brother on the phone and I inquired as to whom would would host Thanksgiving. We always trade off between our house and his.

We reached no conclusion, but after I got off the phone, my mind immediately focused on the fact that my house has no dining room. We did that intentionally, but nonetheless there are two days a year it bugs me…Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Today, I found a new blog I like written by an insanely talented designer named Gen Sohr from Pencil & Paper.

She and her husband were profiled on One Kings Lane recently and they discussed a renovation of their new home (which is stuhhninggg, btw).

In the profile they said…

“When they redesigned the house, Gen and Ben made the strategic decision to have a large kitchen, a living room that would be somewhat on the smaller side, and no formal dining room. This updated layout could be the blueprint for modern family living: Everyone gathers and eats in the kitchen, and the living room feels cozier with a single sitting area, unlike a more formal living room that might have two or three sitting areas.”

 

Do I still wish I had dining room for Thanksgiving? Of course!

Does it make me feel a bit better knowing someone so stylish made the same decision I did? Of course!

It’s the little things like this that get me through the day :-)

 

Image: One Kings Lane

 

 

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A stunning antique door knob…

I posted this on my other blog, Front Door Freak, and after thinking about it, I felt it might make a nice post here as well.

Enjoy!

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Last week my family and I went on a walking tour of historic homes in our area.

As I was leaving one of the homes, I spied this antique door knob…

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Old Hill Lock Set

The house, built in 1700, literally sits right across the street from where Benedict Arnold rounded up the troops to prevent the British from getting to their boats after the Battle of Ridgefield.

The tour was informative, the antique homes were stunning and that door knob was a show stopper!

They don’t make them like that anymore!

 

 

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