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!
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!
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!
Here is this weeks Darien real estate market report. It reflects, as I have mentioned in previous posts that the market has slowed to a crawl. Every day there are several closings that are reflective of the springs relatively active market. Now however, the number of new listings has dried up and the parade of price reductions has commenced. If you're still in the market,act now while there is still inventory and be settled in time for the September school year....Continue Reading!
Here is an update on the Stamford,Ct. Harbor Point project which I have written about in the past. In spite of what the Times calls a "speed bump",it doesnt change the fact that this is and will be a great place to live. It just might take a little longer.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/realestate/connecticut-in-the-region-stamford-development-hits-a-speed-bump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss If you are interested in seeing the apartments just contact me at 203-554-0951. If youre reading about this for the first time, the general rule of thumb for rent here is $2000/mo...Continue Reading!