Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 12/5/14

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

 

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If your house is for sale should you put up holiday decorations?

I re-run this post every year because I think it bears repeating…

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We put up our Christmas decorations last weekend. Every year my husband and I have the exact same discussion:

On the day after Thanksgiving…

Me:  Let’s get the tree next weekend.

My Husband:  It will be a dried out tinderbox by Christmas.

Me:  Christmas only comes once a year and I want to enjoy as many moments of it as I can.

My Husband:  It will be a dried out tinderbox by Christmas.

Me:  Okay, I’ll make sure our calendar is clear so we can get it next weekend.

The only year we did not have that discussion was the year we were selling our house in Fairfield. We listed the house two days before Thanksgiving and our agent advised us to keep the decorating to a minimum so as not be polarizing to those who do not celebrate. I grudgingly complied as she was the expert.

Now that I am a Realtor, I am not sure I agree. Certainly decorating your house like the Griswolds in the movie Christmas Vacation is not recommended, but, that said, I rather like a tastefully done holiday-scape. Not unlike displaying family pictures, I think holiday decorations can make a home seem happy, and to me, that is a good sales tool.

Image: Hooked on Houses

 

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A busy day and a cool door…

I have a really busy day today so I am just going to share a very cool looking front door.

Enjoy!

 

cool lattice door

Image: Farrow & Ball

 

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Mortgage rates are really low!

Last week while luxuriating in the slower pace of Thanksgiving, I was able to spend a wee bit more time searching around the internet.

As I was reading CNNMoney, I noticed that Bankrate.com had posted average mortgage interest rates for my area (NY Metro). They quoted an average 30-year fixed rate last week of 3.97%! Today, some of the banks are even lower at 3.875%.Mortgage Rates

Last year at this time rates were about 3.5% and EVERYONE predicted they were on the rise. While 3.97% is not quite that low, the increase to your monthly mortgage payment is negligible vs. 3.5%.

I guess all this is to say…GO BUY A HOUSE!

Preferably with me as your agent :-)

Check out Bankrate.com here.

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I love a good doormat

I thought this was a great (and easy) way to ease into the week…

As I’ve written before (here and here), doormats can make a home buyer’s viewing experience  better.

I don’t know why, but when I walk into a home to show it to a buyer, I feel better when everything is thought out and taken care of for me…including what to do with my shoes. I want my buyers to focus on the house, not on their messy shoes and where to put them when they enter someone’s home.

I saw this doormat this morning and it made me chuckle. Then I started thinking about how that might make buyers feel more favorable when they enter someone’s home.

Maybe I will buy one and use it at all my sale listings :-)

XX

doormat-for-friendly-people

 

Image: Not on the High Street

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 11/28/14

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

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving

 

Image: The Gohemian

 

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Well said…

shower works quote

Image: QS PRN
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Ode to the Dutch Door

For a very long time I have been besotted by Dutch Doors. I mean I am totally ga-ga for them. I find them absolutely unique and charming.

Here’s an example of one…

dutch door

 

Stunning, right?!?

The origin of the door, and its name, is literally from the Netherlands. Seen in many 17th century Dutch paintings, these doors came to this country before the American Revolution and were typically found in the Dutch settled areas of New York and New Jersey.

Here’s a little history from Wikipedia

Dutch door (American English), or stable door (British English), or half door (Hiberno English), is a door divided horizontally in such a fashion that the bottom half may remain shut while the top half opens. Known in early New England as a double-hung door. The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open top. And when the top half was open they also allowed the breeze, but stopped the wind from blowing street and lawn dirt into the house. This type of door was common in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century and appears in Dutch paintings of the period. They were also commonly found in the Dutch cultural areas of New York and New Jersey before the American Revolution.[1]

I think I might actually even buy a house just because it had a Dutch door :-)

Image - Pinterest

 

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 11/21/14

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

 

 

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