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Today I’m excited to share a special benefit you can receive by working with myself and my team. We are USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union affinity brokers. This means if you’re a member of either of those banking institutions or you have family members who are, we can save you a boatload of money at the closing table. To hear my full message about this benefit, watch this short video.

We can save you a boatload of money at the closing table.


 

What Does the Future of Real Estate Marketing Look Like?

What does the future of real estate marketing looks like? Here’s what I think.


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What does the future of real estate marketing look like? I wanted to take a moment today to examine this topic.

I’d love to sit down with you to discuss sometime.


There are still going to be traditional elements like print, radio, and lots of phone calls. However, so much of it is going through social algorithms. If you don’t have a marketing-savvy Realtor to properly place and write the correct verbiage into your listing description, it will not be found by potential buyers. This marketing technique is growing by leaps and bounds every day and older Realtors are getting left in the dust.

If you want to learn more about the future of real estate marketing, I would be happy to sit down with you and talk about it. If you have any other questions for me, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Are My Market Predictions for 2018?

What can you expect from the real estate market in 2018? Here are my predictions.

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We are getting closer and closer to the end of 2017. It’s time to start thinking about where the 2018 real estate market is going. Here are my predictions.

 

You are going to see an increase in home values of 2.5% to 3%, along with an increase in the movement of inventory. There will be some down spots throughout the year, most notably in the heat of the summer, just like we saw this year. However, I believe it’s going to be a great year overall.

 
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You still have to be smart as a seller.


If you’re a seller, don’t get overzealous or greedy when pricing your home. You still have to be smart, but we can negotiate a little bit harder in 2018 than we have been able to in the past.

 

If you have any questions for me about the market or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email today. I would love to hear from you.

Should You List Your Home Now or Wait Until Spring?

If you list your home in the first quarter, you’ll face much less competition because supply is lower during that time.


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When should you list your house? Should you wait until the traditional spring market or try it now?

I’ve covered this topic before, but it’s always good to get a refresher—my favorite time to list a home is in the first quarter.

I can imagine what you’re thinking right now: “Andy, there’s snow on the ground. It’s really cold. Who the heck is looking at homes in the first quarter in the Connecticut real estate market?”

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 There is always an undercurrent of people looking for homes.


Believe it or not, there is always an undercurrent of people looking for homes. We’re much more transient than we used to be. Statistically, if you look back 15 to 20 years, you’d absolutely see massive peaks and valleys throughout the traditional spring and early summer sale and closing market.

Those peaks and alleys are still there, but they’re much less pronounced. The reason the first quarter is my favorite time to list is there is less supply, which means you’ll be competing against fewer people.

 

If you have any other questions about the best time to sell your home or you’re curious about what’s happening in our Connecticut market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help.

Work With Your Realtor When Selling Your Home

If you plan on selling your home, it’s very important that you work hand-in-hand with your Realtor.  After all, you both have the same goals.

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If you are a seller, sometimes, things don’t work out.

Sometimes we miss the mark on pricing. Sometimes we don’t fulfill your expectations. After all, real estate is a very human business.

I’m not trying to make excuses for our service. I wish I could tell you that we sell all of the homes that we list. Don’t get me wrong—we sell most of them.

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 You and your Realtor are a team.



The bottom line is that you and your Realtor are a team.

The best thing you can do as a seller is work hand-in-hand with your Realtor. Ask them questions and point out things about the house that they might not know. You will always know your house better than your Realtor, and you need to be on the same page with them.

You are on the same team because you have the same goals.

If you have any questions or you’re interested in selling your home, just give us a call or send us an email. My team and I would be happy to help you!

How Will 2018 Improve Our Current Market?

We’ve been scraping along the bottom of the market for a little over a year now, but there are expectations of an improved market on the horizon.

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Today I want to tell you why now is actually an exciting time to buy in our current market.

We’ve been scraping along the bottom of the market for a little over a year now, but there are expectations of an improved market on the horizon.

Right now is the time to get in the market.
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 There are expectations
of an improved market on the horizon.



But if you’re a seller, don’t get overzealous. The market isn’t going to skyrocket right away, so expect stability instead of a night and day difference.

The market increase in 2018 is going to be modest, but it is coming.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why Can’t Our Economy Catch Up With the Rest of the Country?

Our state’s economy hasn’t been recovering like the rest of the country due to three main reasons: government, infrastructure, and business flight.

 

Why isn’t Connecticut’s economy recovering like the rest of the country?

The bottom line boils down to three factors: government, infrastructure, and business flight.

As far as government goes, we don’t have the necessary leadership installed. Granted, I’m not a big political guy and I’m not trying to take sides, but the proof is in the pudding—as taxes go up, services go down.

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 With a weak infrastructure, you won’t be able to attract businesses.



 

Our infrastructure is weak, and with a weak infrastructure, you won’t be able to attract businesses. On the opposite end of the spectrum, businesses keep leaving.

Lastly, we don’t have the businesses to attract young buyers to come in and buy up more inventory. Our inventory is aging, meaning the homes themselves are physically getting older, and we don’t have a lot of new construction for people to be attracted to.

If you have any questions about our market or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to help you.

How Is the Real Estate Market Heading into the Fall

Homes are still hard to sell above the $400,000 price range in our market, but inventory is still moving below that.

 
What’s the latest news on our fall market?
It’s the same—it’s equally as challenging for sellers above the $400,000 price range in northern Fairfield County.


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If you took a 12-month running average, prices and inventory are still relatively flat.



 
Below that, however, inventory is still moving. There are dips and rises month over month. Prices go up, prices go down. Inventory movement goes up, inventory movement goes down. Overall though, if you looked at a 12-month running average, it’s still relatively flat.

That’s all from our fall market. Soon, we’ll discuss what you can expect from our market in 2018. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our current market or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call or shoot me an email. I’d love to help you.

Be Wary of A.I. in Real Estate

Artificial intelligence has become something of a problem in the real estate industry.
Here’s what I mean.

 
Today I’d like to talk about how artificial intelligence has become a hindrance in real estate. I’m not talking about robots picking you up in a car and taking you to see homes, although that might not be too far off in the future.

I’m talking about online interaction with so-called “real people.” Most of the time, you’re actually engaging with A.I. instead of a real human being. This could lead to problems, as this type of thing is becoming more and more prevalent.


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A chatbot won’t have reliable information.



 

Be careful of who and what you are talking to so you can make sure you’re getting accurate information. A chatbot isn’t going to be able to give you that.

If you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

How Can You Avoid Some of the Top Buyer Regrets?

There are some important questions you must ask yourself if you want to avoid some of the most common buyer regrets.
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There have been some great studies recently published about the topic of the top buyer regrets. Usually, most of these regrets center around finances.

Most buyers—after they’re in the house—wish they had more equity and that they put more money down beforehand. That dovetails easily with the other top regret of not saving more money before buying the home. Most buyers put down something like 10% to get into their new home without realizing the ongoing expenses having a home entails.

Interestingly enough, one of the biggest regrets is the home size. Typically, buyers end up feeling the home is either too big or too small.

Your Realtor can help you avoid some of these regrets, and your accountant and/or financial advisor can assist you with the financial aspects, but this topic is good food for thought to help you answer some important questions during the home buying process.

For example, will you have enough money after you make your purchase to maintain your quality of life? Should you instead wait a little bit to save some more money so you have more equity and feel more secure in your investment? What size of home do you really need? Will you have to sell sooner if your family is growing?

If you have any questions about how to avoid these buyer regrets, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to assist you.