Tucked away just off the Post Road on the Darien/Norwalk border is a small enclave eight homes known as Highmeadow.These homes,built in 2001 have never traded on the open real estate market but instead have been lovingly transferred from owner to owner privately. Such is the demand for these homes. They are a cross between a single family home and condominium. Residents own the property the house sits on but not the common areas which are maintained by the homeowners...Continue Reading!
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!
As predicted, this week, heralds the beginning of the fall market in Darien real estate. So far there have been ten new listings, which included, a smattering of everything from rentals to $6million compounds in North Darien. Many of the listings are also in our sister town of Rowayton. Nice selection in all price points. Come and get 'em...while they last....Continue Reading!
Tomorrow is the big day. The official beginning of the fall real estate market here in Darien and throughout Fairfield County, We are all praying for lots of nice,entry level homes to fill the screaming need in this price range. The next two weeks or so will be interesting.Sellers in that price range....700-1.5million.... price it right and they will come.... hopefully allowing you to trade up and bump the higher price points. Homes have been selling all summer but at the rate of one...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!
It's that time of year again when everything from politics to fashion gets recapped. We'll soon see 2012's most important events,photographs,people, films, stocks and kitty videos trotted out before us. Similarly, Realtors and brokerages will soon regale us with statistics that invariably point the Darien real estate market in the "up" position. (I happen to agree, this year.) No one has seen the full year 2012 stats yet, but I have seen them as of November. I don't expect any significant variances in December, so I...Continue Reading!
I was at a Darien Christmas lunch today and someone asked me an interesting question about selling a home during the holidays. She has four children, the house is festooned with holiday decor, and she wondered if that was a bad idea. At the risk of sounding like a "Scrooge", I think almost anything that detracts from the focus on the house,its size, or amenities is a no-no.A few common sense tips: Keep your tree, if you have one, to a reasonable size 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!