If you had asked me last April, if things had turned the corner in Darien real estate, I would have answered with a resounding yes!. In fact, I believe I wrote just that on this blog. Three months later, the picture is different and quite mixed. Pending sales are down from last year over 6% and the number of homes sold is down 10%. That said, this time, the reasons for the drop are different than in previous years. Before, we had...Continue Reading!
This weekends article in The Wall Street Journal article about life and real estate in Darien, CT features a brief, but riveting comment from "moi". Take a look. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323528404578453591680866904.htmlContinue Reading!
You can see from other local bloggers that Darien spring real estate is in full swing.As I've mentioned before buyers are out in force.Inventory is sparse and that's creating a bit of a frenzy. As a result several properties in the past few weeks have gone to multiple offers,a situation we haven't seen in a consistent way for awhile.One new listing had back to back appointments from Thursday through Sunday. This is potentially a very good thing but....In a perfect world, the law...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!