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Here's a brief but accurate assessment of the assessments on Zillow known as Zestimates. The public has embraced them as a "go to "site for buyers and sellers alike but as we know.....you cant believe everything on the Internet. Anyway, here's what Ive known all along.....Zillow is just plain wrong.....a lot! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lFZ6p9-z0-o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Continue Reading!
You can stay in the hammock for a few more weeks. The real estate market here basically in summer mode with the exception of one or two sales a week. Inventory remains low in the entry level price point and there has been some movement in the $2-3 million dollar range in the past few weeks both in Darien and Rowayton. Some homes are even selling within a week. There are precious few of these however so if you're in...Continue Reading!
Im through trying to predict what will go on in this market. The numbers are down across the board and I thought surely the summer doldrums would settle in along with the excessive heat to dampen the market further. Never mind that the Norwalk and Westport and Wilton markets are on fire (not literally of course), we in Darien seemed to be plodding along nicely,especially given the last few years. All of a sudden this week there are nine new listings including one...Continue Reading!
If you had asked me last April, if things had turned the corner in Darien real estate, I would have answered with a resounding yes!. In fact, I believe I wrote just that on this blog. Three months later, the picture is different and quite mixed. Pending sales are down from last year over 6% and the number of homes sold is down 10%. That said, this time, the reasons for the drop are different than in previous years. Before, we had...Continue Reading!
Sometimes you're just starting to THINK about buying or selling a home in Connecticut and you just have one measly little question. Who do you ask? Well how about me? Ive been selling and listing real estate for almost twelve years and have lived in Fairfield County twice as long as that. I've put three children through Connecticut schools,belong to a local country club and know tons of people from plumbers to tax accountants. If there is anything you want to know about the area and...Continue Reading!
For years, specifically the past six or more,we've all been reading reports that the real estate market in this country is showing signs of life. A tick up in new home starts, word of rising prices in some markets and persistently low interest rates are a constant.Yet, as a realtor here in Darien Ct, I never really felt it-until this year. Sure homes have been selling over the years since the real estate downturn but at a fraction of the pace and...Continue Reading!
Ive been writing here and elsewhere about the new development in Darien called Kensett. It is a development of 60 or so luxury condominium homes here in town. Until now, the models have been under construction but they are now ready to be shown. Of course, Id be happy to show anyone who wishes to make an appointment but there's another way to see them as well. Next Thursday October 18 from 6-8PM I will be hosting a model home viewing...Continue Reading!
One of the staples of real estate marketing in Darien and everywhere else for that matter is the ubiquitous,Sunday Open House. Every listing gets one or more during its time on the market and the papers and Internet are full of them. But do they really work? Well, it depends on what you mean by work? Over the past eleven years 'Ive personally only seen open houses sell a property a handful of times. They usually draw a cross section of...Continue Reading!
For years residents of Darien,CThave bemoaned the lack of single family housing that allowed them to take advantage of Darien and all it has to offer without the bother of home upkeep and expenses. Also lacking has been a place for long-time residents and empty-nesters to scale back on their homes while staying in Darien. Weep no more, Darienites. Kensett is coming. Kensett represents an entirely new way to live in Darien. Set on 15 acres, the development will be home to over 60 homes in a...Continue Reading!
For those of you coming out of the city and wondering what will you do without NYC restaurants, fear no more. The website www.CTBites comes to your rescue. If you think your move to the 'burbs means you'll be giving up trendy and delicious foods you couldn't be more wrong. This website gives a great overview of all the gastronomic wonders of Fairfield County. New restaurants, farmers markets, openings (and closings), festivals,food events, wine info and all things food and drink in CT! Highly...Continue Reading!