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!
So the real estate market in your town is in full swing but your home seems to be langusihing. What's going wrong? It could be a bunch of things.It could be that the right buyer just hasn't come along. Perhaps your garden gnome collection is a turn off or that those avocado colored countertops are not everyone's cup of tea. OR it just could be one of the top three reasons that homes don't sell.Pricing, pricing and pricing. The real estate market in Darien...Continue Reading!
No, it's not Christmas.Spring is beginning and so are the real estate wars in Darien. As I've said many times the competition is in the $800-$1.6 million dollar range and I think we'll have one of the first bidding wars this weekend. Cute house, nice cul de sac, walk to train...right in the pricing sweet spot...back to back showings for two days and it's not even the weekend yet. If you're in the market you're not "in the market" unless you're up...Continue Reading!
Not only do you need a Realtor but you need an experienced Realtor. In small Fairfield County towns such as Darien and New Canaan there are builders and then there are builders. The high quality, established builders have almost all been around for a long time. Even when the market was down and new construction was non-existent, they busied themselves with remodels. The local builders are known quantities and their product has a reputation around town. The experienced Realtors all know...Continue Reading!
Don't let anyone tell you the weather doesn't affect home sales. No one wants to venture out in the snow and ice and home buyers are no exception. The January numbers in Darien,CT real estate reflect the classic winter deep freeze.Listings are down,sales are down etc. It'll thaw. In fact there has been an uptick in showings at the few new listings that have come out.on the Darien MLS. One home, listed at under $1 million last week, reported showings all afternoon. Smart...Continue Reading!
If you are thinking of moving to Darien,CT and your child has special needs, you should learn all you can about the town and State of CT resources. Hope the following link will help. If you are looking to buy,I can introduce you to local Moms in the same boat and you can learn firsthand about what the town and State has to offer. https://dariensepac.wordpress.com/resources/Continue Reading!
Things are starting to percolate a bit in Darien real estate. I went to a few open houses today and oddly saw two homes priced exactly the same. I thought one was overpriced and the other underpriced at around $2.3 million. Same general neighborhood.Which was which? Call me to find out why. 203-554-0951.Continue Reading!
How’s the market? That's the evergreen question posed to me at the gym,supermarket and every cocktail party in town. At any given moment the state of real estate in Darien can be up, down or even sideways.It all depends on price point, seasonality and supply of listings and buyers. What we Do know is whats happened in the recent past, so let’s take a look backward at how Darien real estate fared in 2014. In a word, I’d say FINE. The statistics for 2014 demonstrate that...Continue Reading!