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So You Think You Can’t Afford Darien,CT. How’s $799K?

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Not all homes in Darien are multi million dollar estates, on the water. The price of admission to this tony town of Darien is often much less than you might imagine.Condominiums in town are the most obvious choice to entry with pricing starting in the 400's and going up to $1.8 million or so for the new Kensett development. So what's in between if you want to take advantage of Darien,CT's waterfront community, one hour commute, and award winning schools. Case in...Continue Reading!

Coming Tomorrow to the Darien MLS……Under $1 Million

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

It's not everyday that you can find  a home in Darien Ct that is absolutely pristine, and walking distance to train and shopping for under $1million. In fact,it happens almost never....except for TOMORROW, May 4,2015. I will be listing a beautiful 1940 square foot, 3 bedroom colonial on an "in demand "street in Darien for $945,000. On .23 acres this home has been freshly painted and carpeted. It has a large Master suite with remodeled master bathroom and large walk in closet. There...Continue Reading!

Why Real Estate Agents Don’t Make What You Think They Do…….

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

As the famous Princess  Diana once said...."There are three of us in this marriage." That in a nutshell is the reason buyer and seller agents gross the amount of money that they do. But all is not what it seems. On the surface of it, in Connecticut a listing agent is entitled to 5% of the sales price of a home...or are they? Lets say your home is on the market for $1million. A 5% commission on the sale of that home is...Continue Reading!

Subversive Real Estate Tactics in a Tough Market…Darien Real Estate

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Tip of the day: Look over the sheet that your agent signs into when he/she shows you the house. If the home has just been listed and there's a long list of showings...the house may be a candidate for multiple offers, usually by the end of the weekend.It's not always true but it can offer some insight as to the level of interest.....of course, ask your agent too!!Continue Reading!

Ever See An Owl Egg Hatch in Brooklyn? Darien, Ct Homes and Life…

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

If you're coming out of the city,nature probably hasn't been a big part of your child's life. But hey, you're not in Kansas anymore. Darien, Ct has one of the loveliest Nature Centers anywhere in Fairfield County. There is a full range of programs from winter vacation programs to summer camp. Take a look at the offerings for Spring 2015 and remember why living in Darien is so great. http://www.dariennaturecenter.orgContinue Reading!

It’s That Time of Year Again,Darien, CT Homes…

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

No, it's not Christmas.Spring is beginning and so are the real estate wars in Darien. As I've said many times the competition is in the $800-$1.6 million dollar range and I think we'll have one of the first bidding wars this weekend. Cute house, nice cul de sac, walk to train...right in the  pricing sweet spot...back to back showings for two days and it's not even the weekend yet. If you're in the market you're not "in the market" unless you're up...Continue Reading!

Darien Real Estate… But It’s New Construction… Why Do I Need A Realtor?

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Not only do you need a Realtor but you need an experienced Realtor. In small Fairfield County towns such as Darien and New Canaan there are builders and then there are builders. The high quality, established builders have almost all been around for a long time. Even when the market was down and new construction was non-existent, they busied themselves with remodels. The local builders are known quantities and their product has a reputation around town. The experienced Realtors all know...Continue Reading!

January 2015 Darien Real Estate Report

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Don't let anyone tell you the weather doesn't affect home sales. No one wants to venture out in the snow and ice and home buyers are no exception. The January numbers in Darien,CT real estate reflect the classic winter deep freeze.Listings are down,sales are down etc. It'll thaw. In fact there has been an uptick in showings at the few new listings that have come out.on the Darien MLS. One home, listed at under $1 million last week, reported showings all afternoon. Smart...Continue Reading!

Darien CT,and Special Education, A List of Resources…

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

If you are thinking of moving to Darien,CT and your child has special needs, you should learn all you can about the town and State of CT resources. Hope the following link will help. If you are looking to buy,I can introduce you to local Moms in the same boat and you can learn firsthand about what the town and State has to offer. https://dariensepac.wordpress.com/resources/Continue Reading!

Two Homes, One Price..Darien CT Real Estate

The Gold Coast Standard and Darien Real Estate

Things are starting to percolate a bit in Darien real estate. I went to a few open houses today and oddly saw two homes priced exactly the same. I thought one was overpriced and the other underpriced at around $2.3 million. Same general neighborhood.Which was which?  Call me to find out why. 203-554-0951.Continue Reading!