Have You Experienced a UFO (Unintended Failing Offer)? Beware The Alien Agent!

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What Makes A Buyer A Loser?     Beware the Alien Agent!


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Halloween 2020: Mistakes That Can Haunt An Overconfident Seller

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There's not much a seller can do today to discourage a barrage of showings and multiple bids In a previous post I conceded that you could probably have the buyer do your breakfast dishes once you're out the door but I've thought of a few ways a seller could diminish their own returns even as the dominate player in the [...]

What Do Sellers Need To Do To Sell For Top Dollar In 2020?  Nada.

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Typically in the fall most real estate agents will advise sellers on the best approach for selling in the fall—historically not the best market following the impetus to move late spring and summer to be settled by the start of school in the fall.  No so in 2020.  The buying frenzy is such that you may able to leave your breakfast dishes on [...]

How to Win Bids and Influence Sellers.  Home Selling Team's Bestselling Advice to Today's Homebuyers

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Hire an Agent to Represent You.  Be specific about your needs and wants in case your agent gets wind of something coming on the market that may meet your criteria.  If you are sitting on Zillow and contacting who you assume is the listing agent it is costing you valuable time.  Time is not your friend in this market and you need to sign an [...]

Can An Otherwise Pristine Home Overcome The Pyrrhotite Lurking In The Concrete? Apparently, Yes.

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We are looking for a good realtor to sell our home. Would prefer your best agent. Home is very well maintained, we've been prepping for sale for a while. Our foundation is perfect (with engineers report) but we do have a low percentage of pyrrhotite in the core samples. The Realtor we have been planning to use told me today we'd have to


NY Buyers:  Give Us Your Tired and COVID-Weary.  Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free.   

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I’ve got to say that Connecticut has done a damn good job of containing the spread of COVID-19.  As of this post we are one of only 4 states in the U.S. that have declining infection rates. In the Mansfield UConn Eastern Connecticut markets we are receiving inquiries and selling properties to an increasing number of NY buyers and other [...]

Zillow's Alternative Facts About Your Home Are Not Your Realtor's Fault

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We’ve received more complaints from sellers that their Mansfield Storrs area listing is not appearing on Zillow and/or it is appearing with inaccurate information. If you are a seller who is also open to renting, and we add your property as a rental to the Mulitple Listing Service (MLS) it will replace your for sale listing on [...]

For Home Buyers in the Pandemic, the Shelves Are Bare.  For Sellers, Their Cup Runneth Over.

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Buyers are clamoring for more than toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  They are looking for houses as well.  Are you considering selling? Price your home competitively. Do some deep cleaning, de-cluttering, minor repairs and maybe a little staging and start packing.  Better yet, does your home have some challenges such as a shared driveway, [...]

Double Threat:  Homeowners in the Grips of Crumbling Basement Epidemic Now Facing Pandemic Fallout

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We are now in the midst of a global pandemic.  There is so much that we don’t know about the virus such as why a young and otherwise healthy person becomes ill and an elderly person manages to survive.  It is the randomness and insidiousness that is so frightening and makes us question what the future holds in store.  Basic assumptions you [...]

Mansfield Storrs Real Estate Market Continues to Thrive Under Weight of Pandemic

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Storrs Mansfield Real Estate Market Continues to Thrive Under Weight of Pandemic

Thanks to milder temps in the northeast and a mostly snow-less winter we were seeing a surge of activity in the real estate market as early as January.  January 2020 was the new March!  In March we had 21 new listings and 32 deposits and most of [...]