real estate: “Clients that Don’t Heed the Advice of a Home Inspector” - 03/14/15 05:13 AM
AKA: You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, and when to run away screaming like a little girl! 
Joe Petrowsky wrote a great post about how a buyer can get in so deep they don't realize that it's time to run screaming like a little girl! 
As a real estate agent in Southern Litchfield County CT, I have seen this happen before. I have tried to move clients on as the deal becomes so twisted that even Houdini couldn't untie the knots in it. Getting caught up with the end result no matter what will … (6 comments)

real estate: Good, bad, or ugly? New Milford CT year end real estate market report. - 02/24/15 11:51 AM
Sales in New Milford, CT have not been robust for the past few months, some are blaming the weather, but even before the cold and snow, things had started to slow down. 
The good, the bad and the potentially ugly, New Milford CT real estate market. 
2013 saw higher average sales price over 2014. 2014 saw one more single family home sell over 2013. 2013 and 2014 were both better years for the real estate market than 2012. Here is how it looks on paper.
We are still moving through distressed sales, both foreclosure and short sales. In 2014,  21% … (6 comments)

real estate: Why DIY septic repairs may not be the best idea - 10/08/14 02:55 AM
Southern Litchfield County Real Estate, getting your house ready to sell.
The majority of homes here in Southern Litchfield County have septic systems. Many of the older homes have the original systems which can pose problems. They are not "for life", they do need upkeep, repairs, and yes even sometimes they need to be replaced.
Don't DIY it on the septic systems or you could be knee deep in stinky sludge!
I can't say that I am a big proponent of DIY septic repairs. Although they don't have many "moving parts", they require knowledge of how a system works and they … (12 comments)

real estate: How much is my house worth? aka here comes the kiss of death - 10/06/14 03:44 PM
Southern Litchfield County Real Estate. 
Connecticut real estate has not yet caught up with the rest of the country despite what the national news says. I am sure there are some markets around the country that are doing well, and there are many that are like we are here in Connecticut. And yet there are some places in Connecticut that I hear are doing better than we are here in Southern Litchfield County. 
The bottom line is, real estate is hyper local. Because of that, our local market might not be living up to the national news. Your house may not … (34 comments)

real estate: 29 Revere Rd, New Milford CT, A Meadowbrook Colonial For Sale - 07/12/14 04:57 AM
A Meadowbrook Colonial For Sale in New Milford, CT.
Set in the much sought after Meadowbrook Subdivision, this 4 bedroom colonial has to much to offer. Wide, tree lined streets welcome you, homes set back from the road, views of the surrounding hillsides. Meadowbrook has long been a favorite place to live. 
29 Revere Rd is a 4 bedroom colonial, built for an active lifestyle. From the large family room with a focal point fieldstone fireplace, to the spacious eat in kitchen, the formal living room, the dining room and 4 bedrooms upstairs, it is sure to please. 
Photo tour of … (3 comments)

real estate: 80 Sullivan Farm, New Milford CT Condo for Sale - 07/11/14 07:15 PM
80 Sullivan Farm, New Milford CT listed for sale.
Sullivan Farm Condos are a hot commodity these days, and there is a reason why. Located in a wooded area around Candlewood Lake, they offer privacy, a quiet country lifestyle with all the conveniences living in New Milford has to offer. 
Sullivan Farm has a pool, a private beach on Candlewood Lake, woodlands galore and green open spaces. Just moments from Route 7, you can be on I-84 in minutes, or at our beautiful New Milford Village Center in about 6 minutes. The best of all worlds!
This is one special home. … (2 comments)

real estate: Build your dream home on 16 private acres in Warren CT - 07/10/14 07:20 PM
16.34 acres for sale in Warren, CT.
Privacy and views over the Litchfield Hills are first on the list for this property. It has been approved for a 5 bedroom home, imagine the lifestyle you can create for yourself here!
Located in the town of Warren, home to Lake Waramaug, under 2 hours from New York City. This is the perfect place to summer, to enjoy weekends away from the hectic city life, to spend holidays with friends and family. The Warren town beach on Lake Waramaug is at your disposal.
Imagine relaxing in your dream home here, enjoying some of … (7 comments)

real estate: Open House Sunday 7/13 West Arts Condos #8, New Milford CT - 07/10/14 04:20 AM
Open House One Bedroom Condo in New Milford, CT.
Join me this Sunday, July 13th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to see a spectacular condo at 83 West Street #8, West Arts Condo's. 
The condo has been recently updated, freshly painted and has a brand new kitchen. West Arts is located in an old factory building on the corner of West Street and South Avenue in New Milford. Much of the original detailing of the old building has been left intact. Soaring ceilings, wonderful windows, old beams, it has that trendy New York loft feel to it. 
Take a look … (0 comments)

real estate: 3 Dogwood Drive, Danbury CT. A Mid Century Modern Gem For Sale - 07/09/14 03:00 PM
For the Mid Century Modern Lover, Your New Home is Here!
The first time I walked into 3 Dogwood Drive in Danbury, CT I was convinced I was going to run into one of the "Rat Pack"
The home drips with mid century architectural details, each one a delight to the senses. I love this time period, and finding a home like this is very rare indeed.
The bedroom suite consists of a bedroom located at the end of the house, away from it all, a large office, a beautiful master bath, built in closets and even a cedar closet. Step outside … (3 comments)

real estate: Photos of Litchfield County, Punk Rock Cows and Old Things - 07/07/14 05:35 AM
Litchfield County CT Photos. Many people don't realize how much farmland we still have tucked away here in New Milford, and on that farmland you never know what you might find. Much of it is truly photo worthy, at least in my humble opinion!
I love to take pictures of old things, I have been waiting to take photos of an old pool and pool house for years! It belongs to a friend who called me yesterday to see if I wanted to walk the property, see the cows and take those pictures that I have been waiting to take!
Cows make … (6 comments)

real estate: You may not understand curb appeal, but the buyer sure does! - 06/24/14 02:29 PM
How important is curb appeal when selling your home? I have one word... VERY! 
Buyers see everything you no longer see, and what they see translates to $$$ in their mind. That would be dollars they will have to spend on cleaning up overgrown gardens, foundation plantings that have grown over the roof top, dollars that will be deducted from the price they offer on your house.
If they put an offer in on your house.
If they even bother to get out of the car. 
Most of us are guilty of curb appeal faux pas. Hey, I'm not selling my … (31 comments)

real estate: One bedroom condo for sale New Milford, CT - 06/11/14 11:28 AM
Wow, take a look at this one bedroom condo for sale at 56 Beard Drive, New Milford, CT.
Located in Prospect Common, convenient to everything, just minutes from downtown New Milford. This condo takes advantage of some pretty amazing views and has plenty of light. 
The unit has a stackable washer and dryer, newer stainless appliances, and a fireplace in the living room. 
Prospect Common offers tennis courts, swimming pool and a club house. 
Priced to sell and ready to move in! Don't miss out on this opportunity at Prospect Common. This unit is priced far below the others, the owner … (9 comments)

real estate: What can you expect from a home inspection? New Milford CT real estate - 06/07/14 08:03 PM
When you are buying a home in Southern Litchfield County you really do want to have a home inspection from a home inspector with a good reputation. Most real estate agents know quite a few home inspectors and we usually have a list of inspectors that we trust. Personally I have two lists, the "fantastic home inspector" list and the "cold day in hell" list.
What can you expect at your home inspection? Most home inspections in my neck of the woods consist of a few parts. There will be the general home inspection, water and well testing, radon testing and … (9 comments)

real estate: November 2013 Real Estate Market Report for New Milford CT - 12/03/13 04:44 AM
Single Family Home Sales for New Milford CT, November 2013
The real estate market in New Milford CT is still recovering. We are in a buyer's market, slogging through short sales and sale prices are not rising.
Although October showed a rise in the average sale price, the numbers were skewed as the result of a sale of a property of over 4 million. The November average sales price was down again. Given that we can see the numbers are really fairly consistent, hovering between the high $200,000's to the low to mid $300,000's. 
Comparing November 2012 to November 2013, … (3 comments)

real estate: It's not a closing, it's a bar exam question! - 11/06/13 07:41 AM
It's like the real estate Ripley's Believe it Or Not! 
The closing should have already happened. The buyers agent was going to be out of town the day before the closing, so he asked an associate to do the walk through with the clients. No problem. And being the responsible agent he is, he did a walk through himself before going out of town.
Things looked good, the house was all cleaned out and ready to sell! Walking around the back of the house he noticed something.... boxes with new locksets and a combo lock box, plus a notice from a … (30 comments)

real estate: 87 Pumpkin Hill Rd, New Milford CT for Sale - 10/30/13 11:07 AM
Great House, Desirable Location, It's a WIN-WIN!
Southern New Milford CT Raised Ranch for Sale


real estate: 88 Elm St Extension, New Milford CT, $139,000 for the Investor - 10/29/13 11:47 AM
Are you looking for a real estate project in New Milford, CT? Take a look at 88 Elm Street Extension, New Milford, CT 06776. Offered at $139,000, this 4 bedroom colonial is just waiting for a renovation. 
Close to town, large yard, 2 car detached garage, town water & town sewer. Home has 200 amp service and garage has 100 amp service. 
Perfect opportunity for the cash buyer to renovate and flip. Not a short sale or foreclosure, this is a straight sale. This home will not qualify for conventional financing.  

real estate: 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)

real estate: How's the real estate market in New Milford CT, September 2013 - 10/08/13 12:53 PM
New Milford CT is losing ground in the real estate market. 
Nationwide things look good, even other parts of Connecticut are doing better than we are in Litchfield County. So what is happening in New Milford? 
Currently we have 211 single family homes listed for sale. Out of those 211 homes on the market, 8 are foreclosures and 22 are short sales. The amount of short sales is slowing creeping up. 
10% of the single family homes listed for sale in New Milford, CT are short sales 4% of the single family homes listed for sale in New Milford, CT are … (4 comments)

real estate: 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)

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New Milford, CT

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