My Google Analytics is showing me that readership of this blog has really taken off since the temperatures have spiked through the 90's to nearly 100 degrees in the New York metropolitan area. Most of you that are finding me are living in or around New York City where I'm sure the sidewalks are literally sizzling. This isn't a complete surprise since most of Darien's new homeowners come from the Manhattan and surrounding boroughs. If indeed you are curious about the town and...Continue Reading!
Im through trying to predict what will go on in this market. The numbers are down across the board and I thought surely the summer doldrums would settle in along with the excessive heat to dampen the market further. Never mind that the Norwalk and Westport and Wilton markets are on fire (not literally of course), we in Darien seemed to be plodding along nicely,especially given the last few years. All of a sudden this week there are nine new listings including one...Continue Reading!
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!