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Its not yet 2015 but no doubt those thinking of buying a home in Darien or just about anywhere are all wondering the same thing. When should I begin my search? Is January too soon? May too late? Do prices spike in the spring? Is there anything wrong with homes that didn't sell over the winter? What do I do first? These are all reasonable questions with simple answers. As you've undoubtedly heard, all real estate is LOCAL. What holds true...Continue Reading!
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!
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!
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!
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!
This little compendium is compliments of my friend ,Nicole Lyons. She has a great website called www.AllAboutDarien.com and you can get a real flavor of the town just by going to her site. In the meantime, here is a list of things to do this week....as usual its all (or mostly) about the little ones. Enjoy.http://allaboutdarien.com/2014/03/whats-doin-in-darien-weekend-of-march-6th/Continue Reading!
FINALLY, we are seeing more inventory come onto the Darien home marketplace. Its been a" fits and starts" sort of thing up until now,particularly in the entry level price point. So if you're interested in buying a home from $700,000-$1,500,000 NOW is the time to keep your eyes and ears open. These houses will go to the swiftest of buyers and those who are willing to step up in multiple bid situations. What does that mean exactly? Well just the way it sounds. If...Continue Reading!
By now you know about the inventory issues in Darien real estate. If you're looking to buy a home below $1.6million, you have few to no choices. Now that the weather has for the moment, turned warm all the ice and snow that has built up on the roofs of Darien homeowners is finding its way indoors. Ice damming has been a big issue during this cold snap and as the deep freeze abates, water will continue to make an appearance in family rooms...Continue Reading!