I was in New York City with a number of agents from Sotheby's affiliates in Westchester and points north in CT. The Westchester market is booming with Hudson River towns on both sides of the River seeing rising sales. I'm told the attraction is a more "Brooklyn" compatible vibe. More artsy, laid back etc. Commutes are well under an hour to Grand Central too. That said at $30,000 per million dollars of home value in taxes, I question whether CT isn't clearly...Continue Reading!
Labor Day is in the rearview mirror and we are now entering the short but sweet Darien Fall Real Estate Market. Generally weaker than the spring in the number of listings, it hits like a summer storm,it passes very quickly. It only lasts around eight weeks.That said, you are more likely to find a bargain in the fall than spring because homeowners are facing upkeep on their homes through the long winter. That can mean, heating,plowing and extra mortgage payments if they've...Continue Reading!
Looking to make a move to the Fairfield County area but don't know who to trust? There are tons of Realtors out there with varying degrees of experience and expertise. You want someone who has seen and navigated through a lot of different markets and transactions. As any real estate agent will tell you, EVERY transaction is different and it takes years to accumulate great knowledge and experience. There is market knowledge, transaction knowledge, customer care, mortgage knowledge, local connections and so much...Continue Reading!
Every Realtor in the world loves to publish the weekly,monthly, even daily real estate report here in Darien and well everywhere. The problem with that is that numbers can only tell a one dimensional view of a situation. If you look at the Darien statistics, we show a "flat to slightly up "market, average price is up a bit, sales are comparable with last years....the patient is healthy but not robust. The "Boots on the Ground Report" reflects a similar situation...Continue Reading!
Rarely does a home of this quality come on the market in Darien. This home,listed at $2,995,000 has ALL the must haves for today's buyer. Open floor plan but with 1930's charm and details, totally modern kitchen and baths, magnificent yard with professional landscaping and expansive stone patios, great neighborhood,close to town and shopping too. Don't take my word for it...take the tour. I think you'll agree this is one of a kind. I'm proud to have it as my listing. http://bit.ly/1Jrvztx As...Continue Reading!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!