The Spring Selling Season Starts Much Sooner Than You Might Think

If you’re thinking of selling your house this year and you haven’t listed yet, you might have some catching up to do.

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If you’re thinking about selling your house, is it on the market yet? If not, why not?

You might be a traditionalist and think that the spring real estate market starts April 1st. By then, however, you might have missed your window. If you’re still waiting for that ‘spring market’ window to list your house, here’s what you need to do.

Get a stager in the house, get your landscaper out there, and really make your house pop. The homes that have been on the market for a little while now already have a leg up on you in terms of pricing and getting buyers through the door—and they may have even already sold—but that’s OK.

Talk to your Realtor about what your house’s clear points of differentiation are. What makes it different from all the other inventory that comes onto the market in the spring?

If you would like to discuss this point with us or you’re ready to get your home on the market, give us a call or send us an email. We’d be more than happy to help you.

How Inflation Affects Real Estate

I’m still optimistic about the real estate market this year. However, there is a reason I’m keeping a close eye on inflation.

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In my last post, I talked about how I was actually feeling positive about the market for a change. While I’m still feeling good about the number of buyers we have out there, there is one word of caution I want to put out there. That word is inflation.

We are expecting inflation this year in the general economy of America, which will drive spending power down. We are also expecting increased interest rates, which also reduces the ability to purchase higher-priced homes. What could that do to the market?

How will that affect you in the long term if the trend continues? Well, it all comes down to supply and demand. If more buyers are buying, supply will drop and prices will rise as demand remains stable or increases.

I think that’s something to think about and consider. I know it’s crazy to hear me be positive about the real estate market, but I am. In the meantime, 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.

What’s Next for Our Real Estate Market?

We’ve seen a huge number of buyers start looking at homes across all price ranges. Here’s what that means for the health of our market.

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I’m going to tell you something that I don’t think you’ve ever heard from me before. I’m actually feeling good about the real estate market. I’m still cautious, but feeling good about the market nevertheless.

Since the beginning of 2017, we’ve seen a massive influx of potential buyers looking at all our properties across all price ranges. I don’t know how this will translate as the year goes on. I don’t believe it will drive prices up, but it’s incredibly encouraging to see so many buyers in the market across price ranges.

How will that affect you in the long term if the trend continues? Well, it all comes down to supply and demand. If more buyers are buying, supply will drop and prices will rise as demand remains stable or increases.

I think that’s something to think about and consider. I know it’s crazy to hear me be positive about the real estate market, but I am. In the meantime, 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.

What Is Home Benefit IQ & How Can It Help You?

Today, I’d like to tell you about an exciting project I’ve been working on called Home Benefit IQ and how it can help you.

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Some of my strategic partners and I have been working on an exciting project for the last year, and I’m proud to tell you all about it today.

Home Benefit IQ is a full suite of real estate services directly targeted for small to medium sized businesses. Some of our clients include Southwest Community Health, a 250-person healthcare facility based in Fairfield County, and Timex. Yes, the people who have made watches for hundreds of years now work with us to bring amazing real estate benefits to their employees.

If you want to learn more about Home Benefit IQ and how it can save your employees time, money, and stress during the real estate process, let us know. I look forward to working with you soon!

Why Is Experience Key in Our Real Estate Market?

Today, I’ll explain why in our unique market, it’s extremely important to work with an experienced real estate agent when buying or selling a home.

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When buying or selling a home, experience is endlessly important. You want an agent who knows how to guide you through these difficult times in the real estate world both nationally and here in the Connecticut market.

Interest rates are in flux and we have new leadership affecting many aspects of our country, specifically in the real estate market. New home starts were up dramatically across the country, but not here in our market in Connecticut. There are many things to look out for that a new agent simply cannot guide you through.

That’s why you want to work with a team and an agent who know how to do that.

If you have any questions about our market or you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate in Connecticut, give me a call or send me an email soon. I look forward to hearing from you.

A Look to the Past & Future of Our Real Estate Market

As we enter 2017, today I want to recap how our market did in 2016 and make some predictions for the future.

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Happy New Year!

Today I wanted to recap the previous 12 months of market activity and give a few predictions of what to expect moving forward in 2017.

Overall, year over year, our 2016 market was flat. Not only did homes only increase by 1% in value, but the number of units sold increased only slightly in our general market area.

A lot has changed on a larger, more macroeconomic level, though, both in our country and around the globe. As President-elect Trump takes office, it will be interesting to see how that affects our local and statewide real estate markets. Of course, we’ll be watching and share our thoughts with you as things progress.

My prediction for 2017? I think we will stay flat for another year. We might see a modest 2% to 3% uptick in value and continued growth in inventory sales, but to the general consumer, it’s going to feel flat. As far as interest rates go, toward the end of 2016, they inched back up closer to 4%. As the new administration settles in, we’ll keep a close eye on how that situation progresses.

If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a house, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email. I look forward to working with you soon!

How to Combat Our Current Drought

Conservation is important in the midst of this drought we are seeing. Here are some tips to save water.

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I wanted to talk about something today that’s affecting a lot of the country, but especially our market—the drought. We are down nearly 20 inches in needed rainfall levels and it’s affecting everyone from the wells to the city water. People are being asked to monitor their usage, and there are even talks of putting a fine on overuse of water.

So be careful. If you’re on a well, don’t run it dry. It can burn out your pump and ruin the electrical system going to that pump, which is a much larger cost.

Monitor your shower lengths, as well as the amount of water you use when washing your hands or your dishes.

We don’t want to have a horrible winter, but a lot of snow could be helpful to replenish our aquifers at this time. It’s something to think about.

If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help you out.

How Has the Election Impacted Real Estate?

The world is buzzing with talk of President-Elect Donald Trump. Today, I’ll focus on how Trump’s presidency has impacted the real estate market.

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The hottest topic in the world right now is President-Elect Donald Trump. To me, it doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you fall on. I want to discuss the impact he has on the real estate market.

Immediately after the election, we saw a jump in interest rates. The bond market dropped, causing rates to go from 3.5% to 4%, depending on your market.

Now, depending on the stability of your town’s economy and your local market, we could see that rate increase drive home prices down. In my opinion, though, the market will remain flat even as rates go up.

Going forward, it could be more difficult to negotiate with buyers. Also, buyers will probably be nervous about getting into or out of the market because interest rates may continue to rise. However, other buyers might jump into the market simply to avoid the next rate hike.

If you have any questions about how your specific market has changed since Trump’s election, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Why Social Media Matters in Real Estate


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I wanted to talk briefly about social media and its impact on the real estate world today.

Social media has become an absolute driving force when it comes to marketing homes. I can’t tell you how many homes we’ve sold this year simply because a person on Facebook shared one of our posts and tracked us down to see it in person. We’ll often sell these homes from our social media activity alone.

For this reason, if you’re selling your home, you need to make sure that your Realtor has a presence on social media. This is important not just for your listing in particular, but for the Realtor’s brand as well.

Your Realtor needs to be the go-to person when potential buyers are searching social media for homes because if they have all of the listings, the odds are higher that these buyers will see your home when it’s listed.

When you choose an agent to sell your home, ask yourself whether that Realtor has a social media presence that is relevant and compelling because this could make a world of difference in your home sale.

If you have any other questions about buying or selling in Connecticut real estate world, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to working with you soon!

Our Newest Technological Innovation


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I want to take a moment to talk to you about my favorite new real estate technology: 3D photography. My team and I are one of the few in the entire state, let alone the entire country, who are utilizing this technology on almost every single one of our listings. It’s changing the way we present and market real estate to the general market on the Internet.

Here’s how it works. A special 360-degree camera is placed in several points of every single room in the house. Then, we pull these shots together online and put a dollhouse view together.

Imagine ripping off the front of your house to see all the floors and rooms. That’s what these cameras do. You can then zoom in and out of each room in the house in a true to scale form. The scale is so accurate, you can even measure for furniture in this 3D tour.

Now, imagine a buyer that is looking through hundreds of homes online. It will take a lot to catch their eye. This technology is something that will capture buyers’ attention and make them think, “I need to live here and I need to see this home in person.”

If you have any questions for us about these revolutionary 3D tours or anything else real estate-related, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.