When prospective Darien homeowners begin their search online, there is no shortage of information on homes for sale. There are multiple websites that feature bits and pieces about the experience of living here. However, there really hasn't been a comprehensive publication that functioned as a guide for potential newcomers; one that offers in print format the true flavor of living in our town. Until now. In conjunction with Moffley Media, the Darien Board of Realtors (of which I'm Treasurer incidentally), has produced a...Continue Reading!
Traditionally, the real estate market slows to crawl in the months of November and December while homeowners deck their halls ,trim the tree and yes shovel their driveways. People hunker down to wait out New England's increasingly long winter months and put all hopes of selling their homes until the cherry blossoms emerge. Homeowners temporarily remove their homes from the market and just wait for spring. No seller WANTS to do this but for whatever reason their home has not sold during...Continue Reading!
Don't breathe a word. I'll be listing a Darien home this week in the impossibly hard to find $1million price range. It's a three bedroom classic Cape, with a den, beautiful big,new mudroom, one and a half baths and carpeted, finished basement. The bedrooms are all upstairs and the house is sited on 1/2 acre in the Tokeneke School district. The kitchen has been updated and even has a Sub Zero fridge. The property is private with sliders and a stone patio off...Continue Reading!
I'm starting a new category this week for something called, "Quick Posts". Not quite Twitter and nor Facebook, they will just be random thoughts on the Darien real estate market. Todays offering, "I'm seeing some homes selling in bidding wars where is the price is being inflated to a point that doesn't seem right, that is, just too high. Some would argue that that its" market pricing,"but if you get caught up, you could wind up overpaying and have to wait a year or two to...Continue Reading!
One of the things I am most asked about when couples move to Darien is the parking situation at the commuter Metro North stations. As someone once said, "Its complicated." Darien, Ct is blessed to have not one but two commuter Metro North stations, Noroton Heights and downtown Darien. The early risers get the best spaces but the problem is that we are running out of spaces and logical ways to pay for them. For whatever reason, large numbers of past commuters...Continue Reading!
How do I describe the doings in Darien Ct real estate this year so far? Well first, the season ,as we all know was severely delayed to to severely lousy weather,and a late spring that still is grudging. Repairs needed from ice dams, slowly melting snow and dazed homeowners kept things in a deep freeze well into April, 2014. Then came the thaw, or should I say partial thaw. Homes were listed and anything with a working front door and a price tag...Continue Reading!
I am very proud to be the agent in Darien and environs for Suburban Jungle Realty. If you haven't heard of them, they help people relocating from other areas find their perfect,suburban town. The idea is to have you fill out a questionaire asking you what's important in a town to you. This weeks New York Times wrote an article about some of the measures that Suburban Jungle uses...ones you may never have thought about. Take a look. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/your-money/43-questions-to-ask-before-picking-a-new-town.html?_r=2Continue Reading!
Back "in the day" I used to post my favorite "House of the Week" on this blog but as usual things have gotten complicated. Legally, I am not allowed to post any information much less a review of any other agents' listings. It is considered advertising and one agent does not have the right to advertise another's listing without expressed permission. Since no one would grant me permission to write an unbiased review of a home, there is no sense to...Continue Reading!
Here is an unbiased report from Darien/New Canaan Magazine about the new normal in this areas real estate market....http://www.newcanaandarienmag.com/n/March-April-2014/The-Real-Estate-Survival-Guide/Continue Reading!
Just a snippet of information for those dipping their toes in the Darien real estate market....get in line. The number of homes sold as of February 28 0f 2014 is two times that of 2013. That is 18 versus 32 this year. Mostly entry level price points but not all. Lets see what the spring brings....Should be a barn burner.Continue Reading!