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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 [...]

Knick Knack Paddy Whack Give a Dog A Home

An Associated Press poll reveals that more people like dogs than like cats.  In a survey of just under 2000 people, 59% of who were pet owners (mostly of dogs or cats) 74% said they liked dogs “a lot” but only 41% said the same thing about cats.  Only 2% said they disliked dogs “a lot”, but 15% feel that way about cats.  The poll is from [...]

Crumbling Concrete Catch Up: Tolland School Foundation Failing And A Plethora of Proposed Bills

Tolland needs to replace the crumbling foundation at the Birch Grove Elementary School sooner rather than later and hope to start construction in 2020.   The section built in 1999 is showing much more deterioration than the section built in 2003 so they hope to complete the repair in two phases, using temporary or portable classrooms during [...]

Crumbling Credit Scores: Proposed Bills Seek to Alleviate Credit Hit to Underwater Homeowners

Testimony was accepted in the public hearing held February 7th on bills proposed to aid victims of crumbling foundations.  Two of the bills involve the protection of homeowners with crumbling basements who are at risk of having their credit negatively impacted via a deficiency judgment under many scenarios.  There was no surprise in who [...]

Home Selling Team Honors Agents at Annual Recognition Event

This year’s Agent Recognition even was held Friday, February 8th at Pine & Iron Axe Throwing in Hartford and catered by Bears BBQ.  Our annual outing celebrates everyone’s accomplishments and participation in the previous year of outstanding sales production and customer service.  We close the office for the afternoon so everyone has an [...]

Home Selling Team Sold 1 Out of 5 Homes in Your Town in 2018

The numbers are in and we crushed it again in 2018!   Home Selling Team grabbed the top spot with 259 sales and a 20.3% market share in our 20-town region, the next closest company at 140 sales and 10.97% market share. 

How'd we do it you ask?  A roster of accomplished full-time real estate professionals focused on training, education, service, marketing, collaboration and synergy with a dash of grit and a healthy dose of fierce determination.  

 

 

It's So Cold You'll Freeze Your Pipes Off

 

Plumbing, especially on an exterior wall can be at risk of freezing in extreme temperatures. Be diligent and keep an eye out for slow faucets or broken pipes. If a break occurs shut water off at main valve and leave faucets open and call a plumber quickly. It is likely they will be backed up with calls in cold [...]