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!
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!
Its mid summer and the listings are down to a trickle.Just one or two a day. There are few accepted offers to speak of but an interesting phenomenon has occurred. When a new listing does come on the market,and it is a good value, there are multiple offers. Ive been involved in three of these so far and its very interesting.The only conclusion I can draw is that there is still demand to move into town and a lack of inventory...Continue Reading!
The summer has set in and new listings are few. This is no surprise since most of the town has gone AWOL until after Labor Day. If you are looking for a home, unless it is in the upper price ranges of $2.5million or above, the choices are slim. Anything new that comes on the market- if it's a value, sells immediately.Rentals are basically all gone again except in the upper price reaches. However, I will be listing a rental on a...Continue Reading!
Much of what I write about is based on statistics on real estate sales and rentals here in Darien. My experience in the past couple of weeks however, points to an interesting phenomenon that often takes place during this time of the year. In the past two weeks, I've been part of multiple bid situations on two separate homes. At this time of year,inventory, although healthy consists of lots of homes that for one reason or the other have not sold...Continue Reading!
Here are the numbers for the six months ending June 2012 in Darien real estate. They are better than I anticipated in spite of the summer doldrums in home sales. New listings are down to a trickle and rentals continue to go quickly. If we have a robust fall, this could turn out to be a good year after all. Continue Reading!