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Got Woods? Love Birds? There's Funding For That!

According to a recent study,  bird populations have plummeted by 29% since 1970.  The news is grim.  According to the study, more than 700 million birds across 31 species that make their homes in fields and farmlands have vanished since 1970.  We were first alerted of the dangers of DDT through Rachel Carson's environmental best [...]

Crumbling Basements by the Numbers

The annual report and audit report for Connecticut Foundations Solutions Idemnity Company (CFSIC) was published recently on the CFSIC website and it is chock full of information and some great infographics that convey the information in a concise and easy to read  format.  Here are some takeaways:

40 Number of Northeast CT towns affected

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Windham CT Teachers Go To The Head Of The Class with Gold Star-Worthy Mortgage Rates and Terms

CHFA rates just dropped to 3% this week.  This is great news for first time buyers and especially buyers in CHFA target areas, who receive an additional ¼ percent interest rate reduction. [...]

Bug Me, Please.  Inviting and Nurturing a Healthy Insect Population on your Property

Bug Me, Please.  Inviting and Nurturing a Healthy Insect Population on your Property

 

What if I told you the value of your property dropped 45%?  That is a huge number.  You’d be stunned.  Then mad. Then looking for someone, something to blame.  Well, the insect population has dropped by 45%.   And it’s our fault.  Rampant pesticide use, [...]

The World is Flat in Eastern Connecticut Real Estate

The World is Flat in Eastern Connecticut

Our MLS put out a new tool for market statistics.  This tool has the ability to show median prices, days on the market, list to sales price and other metrics.  In the interest of keeping it simple I thought I would compare some towns that are often connected or share borders and/or services.  For [...]

Concrete Aggregate: The Latest in Crumbling Basement News

This is a Cliff Notes version of concrete news.  I encourage everyone to read up on this subject as it will eventually affect all homeowners in at least central and eastern CT and MA.  The best sources are [...]

Forest Bathing in Eastern CT

I went the woods because it rains like everyday lately and I had to get in to the woods.  I visited 2 local  parks,  Fenton-Ruby Park in Willington and  Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield.   I was greeted by rain & overcast skies but a fair amount of green given the lack of sunshine we've expereinced in April and May so far this year.  [...]

Spring Housing Market-Where Art Thou?

Housing inventory in Mansfield is low.  Is it the gloomy skies?  The constant  rain during one of the wettest Aprils on record?   Is it trepidation about crumbling basements?  Is it the volatility of interest rates?  If you read what is reported about Connecticut’s declining census, you have to wonder why inventory isn’t booming.  Are these [...]

Mortgage Industry Easing the Hurdles of the Side Hustle

If you’ve applied for a mortgage or a loan using money earned via a side hustle you’ve probably been put through the wringer providing documentation on income and expenses.   According to 2016 Bureau of Labor [...]

I Went to The Woods Because...Apply Now for 2019 Summer Writer-Artist in Residence Program in Hampton CT

The Connecticut Audubon Society is accepting applications until April 15, 2019 for the summer 2019 Writer-and-Artist-in-Residence Program at Trail Wood in Hampton, CT.  The 168 acre property, known as Trail Wood in Hampton, CT was bequeathed to the Connecticut Audubon Society by the Pulitzer Prize-winning naturalist writer and photographer [...]