Tuesday, November 3, 2015

5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

The days may be getting shorter, but the home-shopping benefits are growing.
Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers.
If you’re in the market for a home, here are some reasons why fall can be a great time to buy.

Leftover spring inventory may result in deals

Home sellers tend to go on the market for the first time in the spring. They often list their homes too high out of the gate, which could mean that a series of price reductions follow during the spring and the summer months.
These sellers have fewer chances to capture buyers after Labor Day. By October, buyers are likely to find desperate sellers and prices that may, in fact, be below a home’s true market value.

Fewer buyers are competing

Families who want to be in a new home by the beginning of the school season are no longer shopping at this point. These families have exited the market, which means less competition. That translates into more opportunities for buyers.
Taking out an entire segment of the housing market provides millennial, single, and baby boomer buyers some breathing room. You’ll likely notice fewer buyers at open houses, which could signal a great opportunity to make an offer.

Motivated sellers want to close by the end of the year

While a home is where an owner lives and makes memories, it is also an investment — and one with tax consequences. A home seller may want to take advantage of a gain or loss during this tax year.
Buyers might find homeowners looking to make deals so they can close before December 31st and get that tax benefit. Ask why the seller is selling, and look for listings that offer incentives to close before the end of the year.

Homes for sale near the holidays signal a motivated seller

As the holidays approach, the last thing a homeowner wants is for their sale to be dragging on and interrupting their parties and events.
If a home has not sold by November, and it’s still sitting on the market, that homeowner is likely motivated to be done with the disruptions caused by their home being listed for sale.

Many homes don’t show as well once the landscaping fades

The best time to do a property inspection is in the rain and snow, because the home will be truly exposed for buyers. The same holds true for fall, when flowers die, trees start to shed their leaves, and beautiful landscapes are no longer so lovely.
Scratching the surface of the pretty spring home season and fall reveals home flaws, making it a great time to see each home’s true colors. It’s better to see the home’s flaws before making the offer, instead of being surprised months after you close.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
Here are five reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to FSBO.
       The buyer who wants the best deal possible
       The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
       The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
       The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
       The appraiser if there is a question of value
       Your bank in the case of a short sale

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers
Recent studies have shown that 88% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 21% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3.  Results Come from the Internet
Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?
43% on the internet
 9% from a yard sign 
1% from newspapers

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.
In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process.  For the past two years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

However, the report also revealed that for the second year in a row 96% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their home directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the actual home they will buy (53%) or negotiate the terms of the sale & price (31%) or understand the process (63%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots”. This is obvious as the percentage of overall buyers who used an agent to buy their home has steadily increased from 69% in 2001. 

Bottom Line
If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This is a beautiful home in Stamford, Connecticut

For a new home in a location featuring the best of urban amenities and breathtaking natural beauty, ask me about available properties in Stamford, CT. Adults and families alike are served by a city featuring a host of art galleries, upscale night clubs, restaurants and several annual festivals. Stamford's climate means residents can enjoy activities all year long. From luxurious waterfront homes to more moderate dwellings, let me find just the right Stamford, Connecticut home for you.

If you are looking for a new home in an area that boasts a combination of breathtaking natural beauty and all the amenities of a thriving metropolitan area, I would love to show you some Stamford homes for sale and let you see what the region has to offer.
From Stamford waterfront view homes to downtown dwellings, the region provides me with the opportunity as a realtor in Stamford CT, to showcase a city that offers a wealth of entertainment, shopping, dining and recreation, all set amidst the natural beauty of the Long Island Sound.

Unique Features of the Region

The city of Stamford boasts a population of over 126,000 and has been described as one of the best places to live by a number of national media. There are a variety of available properties in the region, from Stamford waterfront view homes to modest city dwellings.

As a realtor Stamford CT, I always like to point out to clients the interesting features of the region.
Stamford was the ninth-safest city in the United States in 2006 (among cities with populations of 100,000 or more), up from the 11th safest in 2005, according to the FBI.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $72,315, and the median income for a family was $88,205

Stamford is situated near the southwestern point of Connecticut. It comprises a number of neighborhoods and villages including Cove-East Side, Downtown, North Stamford, Glenbrook, West Side, Turn of River, Waterside, Springdale, Belltown, Ridgeway, Newfield, South End, Westover, Shippan, Roxbury and Palmers Hill. There are still a number of references to North Stamford as a separate town, but they legally and functional act as one town. Surrounding towns include Pound Ridge, New York to the north, Greenwich to the west, and both Darien and New Canaan to the east.

The warm/hot season in Stamford is from May through late October. Late day thundershowers are common in the hottest months (June, July, August), despite the mostly sunny skies. The cool/cold season is from late November though mid March. Winter weather is far more variable than summer weather along the Connecticut coast, ranging from sunny days with higher temperatures to cold and blustery conditions with occasional snow. Like much of the Connecticut coast and nearby Long Island, NY, some of the winter precipitation is rain or a mix and rain and wet snow in Stamford.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Stamford, CT - Lovely and well maintained Residence for sale

Lovely and well maintained Residence with all the amenities to live comfortably and spaciously. Two full levels of living space with potential for an In-Law unit downstairs or simply as additional space for a large family. Located in a very quiet street but yet conveniently close to High Ridge Road and The Merritt Parkway. Close to the Newfield Golf Course, Shopping and areas of public entertainment.
$744900 - 5 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms - 1 Fireplace - Sqft. 2796 -
171 Dannell Drive, Stamford, CT 06905