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HST Agents, Buyers, Sellers and Coronavirus

As local real estate professionals we are doing our best to keep our agents, clients and employees safe.  Like every other business with public access we have established some protocols to eliminate as much risk as we can while meeting the needs of our clients and ourselves.  These protocols and suggestions may be quickly out of date as this [...]

You Just Got Skunked!  Five Reasons Buyers Are Missing Their Perfect Home

A really nice listing came up last week. One that, at first glance, I figured will sell quickly and at full price and maybe even in a multi-bid situation.  I was contacted by 5 people via Realtor.com, all prospective buyers apparently lacking agent representation and all requesting showings for the following week (3-8 days later.) As I [...]

No Snow? No Worries! The Winter Real Estate Market in Mansfield Is Too Hot for Skiing

The real estate market is surging with buyers and sellers this January and so far this month.  Following an unusually cold November and a dismal December for listing inventory, the snow-less landscape and warmer temps are producing a spike of activity that we usually don't see until late March and April.  The lack of inventory is still a [...]

Moving? How and Where to Get Rid of Your Stuff in the Mansfield and Windham CT Area

You've sold your home.  That was the easy part.  Now you've got to get rid of years of accumulated stuff in the attic, basement, garage, shed, spare bedroom and beyond.  Where to turn?  If you don't have the time or desire to do it yourself , you can hire a professional organizer or clean out company.   We have a couple of recommendations [...]

It's A Gas, Not to Be Confused with Gaslighting. January is National Radon Month

 In spite of the  roll backs of environmental protections, you can take your own actions to protect yourself and your family from dangerous levels of radon in your home. 

The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes have higher than acceptable levels of radon.   During January, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Frozen Too: Helping Birds Survive the Winter

We have effectively eliminated almost 3 billion birds in North America in less than 50 years.  As a bird watcher I have noticed less traffic at my feeders and less birds overall in the woods when hiking trails.  I find it is sometimes eerily silent when there should be abundant singing in the warmer months. 

At my home we love birds and do [...]

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Choices Facing Sellers With Crumbling Basements

Sellers are facing life changing decisions as they navigate the crumbling basement epidemic plaguing their homes and their neighbors.  Many homeowners with homes just 10-15 years old are testing positive for pyrrhotite via a core test or a visual inspection and are undecided about what to do next.  Some owners can stay and hope for more [...]

Yes Virginia, Houses Do Sell During the Holidays

One of the first things that buyers will try to imagine is where they will put their Christmas tree when considering purchasing a home.  Come fall many homeowners currently listed for sale in the Mansfield Storrs area, will contemplate taking their property off the market for the holiday season.  Others may be hesitant about putting their [...]

What Your Local Realtors at Home Selling Team Are Thankful For This Year

There are 75 families to date back in their homes after their foundations were replaced thanks to CFSIC.

We hired 3 new agents!  Welcome Sondra, Reid, Hongilan Wu and Katie St. Germain.

The remodeled Grange Hall on Storrs Road in Mansfield Center, which looks spectacular and will make Mansfield Center a destination location hopefully resulting in more growth and beautification. [...]