litchfield county: Aw, come on, how important could that chimney really be? - 10/12/13 11:46 AM

Let something go wrong and you will find out how important your chimney really is!
Perhaps those who don't have a fireplace don't fully grasp the importance of the chimneys in their homes.
My daughter was one of them, guilty as charged. Her boiler stopped working for a very good reason, the chimney was plugged. She was lucky that nothing bad happened as a result of it. She called in Scott Waldron of Washington Chimney Sweep in New Milford, CT and he arrived the same day to clean the chimney.
After he inspected the chimney he told her the chimney needed a liner in … (43 comments)

litchfield county: P.U. This one stinks! Just don't let it be your house.... - 10/04/13 07:56 AM
What's that funny, funky smell in the house? Did someone die in here?
Selling your home in Litchfield County CT? Take a wiff and see if it stinks!
Years ago an agent I know was pulling up listings to show a buyer and the remarks on one house said... "P.U. This one stinks!" And that was all it said in the description. The listing agent was spot on from what we all heard when she returned from showing the property. 
The other day we were out previewing homes and noticed a theme. Out of the 12 houses we saw, the majority … (64 comments)

litchfield county: Get thyself to the building department! If you don't, someone else will. - 09/28/13 04:30 AM
Permits and C.O.'s in Connecticut real estate transactions. 
A thorn in the side for many of us, home owner, real estate agent, home inspector, attorney, appraiser, loan officer, underwriter. The lack of a permit or certificate of occupancy can put the brakes on a real estate transaction faster than you can say "I sold my house".
In Connecticut it is the responsibility of the contractor doing the work to obtain the proper permits and certificate of occupancy (if required). But as a very smart real estate attorney pointed out recently, trying to track them down after the fact can be … (23 comments)

litchfield county: Berkshire Hathaway in New Milford CT? Believe it!!!! - 09/26/13 02:25 AM
What happened to Prudential Connecticut Realty?
We didn't close, we just put on a new suit! Same office, same people, same high level of service with a very, very classy new name! We were purchased in late 2012 by Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America, but we continued to work as Prudential Connecticut Realty. Until today that is.
We have unveiled our new name, and continue on in our new "clothes". I think it looks very, very classy, what do you think? Our new colors stand out from the rest, you can't mistake us for any other company now!
Being … (17 comments)

litchfield county: I refuse to answer on the grounds it may incriminate me! - 09/24/13 05:31 PM
In Connecticut those pesky Property Condition Disclosure Reports can come back to haunt you!
What the heck am I talking about? When you are selling your home in Connecticut there is a form called a "Property Condition Disclosure Report". As the owner of the property you must fill it out to the best of your ability and provide it to the potential buyer before they make an offer. Many times a buyer will base their offer price on what is in the report.
You can elect not to fill one out but you will be writing out a check at … (40 comments)

litchfield county: 31 2nd Hill Rd, New Milford CT, Affordable 3 bedroom home for sale! - 09/19/13 03:38 AM
Looking for an affordable home for sale in New Milford CT?
How about this wonderful 3 bedroom home for sale just minutes from downtown New Milford. Take a look at 31 Second Hill Road and see all this home has to offer! Don't forget to check out the additional 956 square feet of finished space in the lower level, perfect for a media room, plus game room, with a wet bar plus a full bath!. The perfect man, woman or childs cave!
Affordable 3 Bedroom Ranch for Sale, New Milford, CT


 
 
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litchfield county: Unintended consequences with the new normal in real estate - 09/04/13 05:12 AM
Another new hurdle for home sales and purchases in Southern Litchfield County, CT.
We are seeing another new hurdle arise as lenders tighten their grip. I recently wrote about mortgage extensions becoming the new normal in real estate, and it is causing even more issues to crop up in home sales. 
Muliple extensions are asked for and granted, the closing date looms large in front of both buyers and sellers, however it is unclear if they will indeed get their mortgage. Sellers get very, very nervous and buyers are on the edge of their seats.
Will everyone be moving after all? 
Some … (107 comments)

litchfield county: HELP! Those buyers keep asking for a mortgage extension! - 08/29/13 06:18 AM
It seems to be a sign of the times, the new normal for home purchases.
The all important mortgage contingency clause. There is a date on the contract, then there is reality. It would seem that more and more requests for extensions on the mortgage contingency dates are being made by the buyers attorney these days as lenders heighten their scrutiny of their customers mortgage applications.
Sellers get very worried as these extensions come in. Is the buyer going to be able to perform? Is the house going to have to go back on the market? Valid questions indeed. Two questions … (31 comments)

litchfield county: How to minimize your losses when selling your home in Litchfield County CT - 08/26/13 06:01 AM
Minimizing your losses means maximizing your gain when selling your home.
In order to protect what is likely your most valuable asset if you are going to sell in what is clearly still a buyers market in Southern Litchfield County, following these 3 key points will help you to obtain the highest price for your home as possible.
Pricing your home to sell
It is very important that you price your home according to the current local real estate market, according to the location and the condition of your home. Your price should reflect a realistic price which will show … (4 comments)

litchfield county: Breaking a real estate date - 08/22/13 05:39 AM
Just how important are those dates in real estate?
In my neck of the real estate woods, Southern Litchfield County, we can do things one of two ways when you make an offer on a home. We can use an offer to purchase or an actual contract form when presenting the offer. 
So what is the difference? Is there a major difference between an offer to purchase and a contract form?
Yes, there are very important differences. The first is an offer to purchase, which will be followed up by a formal contract written by the sellers attorney. Usually the attorney … (3 comments)

litchfield county: 121 Guernsey Lane, New Milford CT. Style, sophistication and just beautiful! - 08/16/13 01:59 PM
121 Guernsey Lane, sophisticated 4 bedroom colonial for sale!
Check out our newest listing, 121 Guernsey Lane in New Milford, CT. Built by award winning Danziger Homes in 2004, this spectacular home is amazing, and what a home for the price!
Sophisticated, amazing attention to details, fantastic floor plan, energy efficient, see for yourself!
 
Grand 4 Bedroom Colonial For Sale New Milford CT



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litchfield county: How my visit to Russia and Ukraine trained me for short sales. - 08/13/13 04:07 PM
Hurry up and wait, then hurry up and wait again. 
I learned my lesson well about what I call "hurry up and wait" while visiting Russia and Ukraine. We had many appointments scheduled and were always at the mercy of whoever was driving us here there and everywhere. My dear friend who I was traveling with has a habit of being late, but not wanting to cause an international incident she worked hard to be ready on time during our entire trip there. 
After all, we were scheduled to be on TV, to go to important meetings, to be at events. … (12 comments)

litchfield county: The senses of real estate in Southern Litchfield County - 08/01/13 02:06 PM
Senses and real estate, yes they really do matter.
I was driving my car and wondering why I was feeling warm air when I had the blower off and the temperature set on cold. No hot air should have been blowing out. I kept looking and looking at the control panel when suddenly it hit me. Red is warm, blue is cold. It was set on the red side. I felt so silly. 
You see it, it evokes a feeling. Red feels hot, blue feels cold.
Then I wondered how it was decided that red was hot and blue was cold. … (1 comments)

litchfield county: Concert on the Green Series, New Milford CT Starts August 3, 2013 - 07/28/13 06:32 AM
The Edwin Kinkaide Concerts on the Green series 2013 in New Milford, CT.
 
 
It's that time of year again! The free concert on the green series will kick off next Saturday at 7:30 pm. I love this series, the music is always great and we have such a good time. I even see people bring full dinners, complete with folding tables, to take full advantage of the programs. Bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks and get ready for a great time! Concerts held at the bandstand on the south end of our beautiful Village Green.
And this year we … (7 comments)

litchfield county: Open House July 27th & 28th Affordable New Construction New Preston CT - 07/26/13 06:14 AM
Join us this Saturday & Sunday at Myfield Lane, New Preston, CT 06777 from 12-3 pm for an open house.
Affordable new construction listed starting at $269,500 are now available for sale in the New Preston section of Washington, CT in Southern Litchfield County!!! Learn about the Myfield project, tour the two homes already built.
This is a 13 home subdivision located just off Route 202 and Mygatt Road in New Preston.
Also for sale at Myfield, 3 units under the affordable homes program starting at $165,000. See internet flyer below for more details.
 
 
New Construction in Washington … (6 comments)

litchfield county: Living in New Milford, CT. What's so good about it? - 07/24/13 05:44 PM
I know what I think about living here in New Milford, CT, I love it!
I recently watched a news clip about life in West Hartford, a fairly affluent town about an hour plus away from New Milford. Residents were approached while walking in the downtown area were asked what they liked about living there. There were three answers that resounded from all questioned. While I was watching I realized that New Milford, CT has the same things to offer our residents that the people of West Hartford were raving about.
So I decided to do a little raving and bragging … (6 comments)

litchfield county: Village Fair Days New Milford CT, July 26th & 27th - 07/23/13 08:32 PM
46th Annual Village Fair Days in New Milford CT!
It's almost here, I am watching our beautiful Village Green change from the picturesque centerpiece of our downtown area to... well.. a place buzzing with activity! This morning when I got to the office they were just starting to set up the tents, when I left, they were up!
Village Fair Days is always full of fun, food, shopping, information from local companies, crafts, races, games, performances and more! The list of scheduled activities just keeps going on and on, better to visit the Chamber of Commerce website to check out the … (5 comments)

litchfield county: Staying cool without AC in Southern Litchfield County - 07/05/13 11:51 AM
How on earth can you stay cool in this weather?
Many new homes have central air, others make use of window or wall air conditioning units. There are some homes that just don't have AC. Getting overheated is no laughing matter, stay indoors as much as you can. But without that AC, how can you stay cool when the temps soar to 90+?
A few tips on staying cool in this unbearable heat:
During the day, keep those windows, shades, blinds and curtains closed! At night, open the windows up as soon as the temps outside drop to below the house … (12 comments)

litchfield county: June 2013 Real Estate Market New Milford CT, Sales are UP! - 07/05/13 09:23 AM
Home sales are UP in New Milford, CT!
We are seeing an improving real estate market in New Milford. Single family home sales for the month of June 2013 reached 30, which is the highest it has been for a long, long time. (June 2010 had 31 sales). According to the absorption rate we are still in a buyers market, but that number is sliding down. The tide could turn very quickly in the next few months to a sellers market. Buyers should take advantage of this while they can!
It is still a buyers market.
The absorption rate is … (3 comments)

litchfield county: #1 Rule for a FSBO, buyers are NOT telepathic! - 07/01/13 07:14 PM
Here is it, my best advice to FSBO's in New Milford, CT.
The for sale by owner sign is on a very busy street, perfect place for a sign actually. Traffic often comes to a crawl by the sign. But ... you can't read the telephone number! And I have tried, even when I am stopped. I just can't read the number!!!
Most people aren't telepathic. Seriously.
If you are going to go it alone when selling your house in New Milford, CT, or anywhere in Southern Litchfield County, make sure you know what you are doing. I feel for this … (39 comments)

 
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