First time buyer

Free Fallin: Sale price crumbles for Ashford CT home under weight of faulty concrete

This post is not supported by knowledge of an engineering report confirming the existence of a failing foundation nor a disclosure in the MLS stating such, but by a visual inspection of the property, precipitous price drops, foreclosure, and a reduction of almost $50,000 in assessed value by the town.  This contemporary cape is a 3 bedroom, [...]

Conscious Uncoupling with Zillow

 

I had a call from my sales rep at Zillow.  She said was checking in to see how I was doing.  Actually, I think she called because she was notified that I increased my “spend” on Zillow in order to capture 109% of my market—who knew there was such a thing?  This special percentage must be reserved for the Premier-est of the Premier or the [...]

Sell Your Ugly House Now

Got an ugly house?  A less than stellar location?  Wallpapered rooms? Shared driveway?  Lucky you!  The path of least resistance is now 4 lanes wide to sell your home in a likely muilt-bid situation as buyers are anxiously considering paying more and accepting less than they ever dreamed thanks to the current inventory shortage.   Of course, [...]

Real Estate Tug of War: What Happens When Not All the Heirs Want to Sell

Over the years I have had calls regarding selling a property that is owned by more than one heir which can present a problem when the heirs don't agree on the sale or are not all interested in selling the inherited property.  I had another call recently where one of three heirs remains a hold out and they have not been successful in their [...]

3 Surprising Ways a Savvy Agent Can Help You in Negotiating Your Home Purchase

In a previous post I wrote about the D.A.N.G.E.R report, D.A.N.G.E.R stands for Definitive Analysis of Negative Game Changers Emerging in Real Estate.  a report commissioned by the National Association of Realtors in 2015.  In the report the authors created an index called a PTI measuring the Probability (P) of the danger to happen, the [...]

Costly Mistakes to Avoid After You Buy Your First Home

You’re smart. You’re doing your research about home buying and homeownership (like you are right now!), so you feel like you’re prepared to avoid common home buying pitfalls. But you’ll soon find that once you’ve moved in, there is a whole new list of common problems that plague unwary first-time [...]

What's Your Style? 5 Popular Architectural Styles to Consider for Your Dream Home

Dream homes around the country have one thing in common: amazing architecture. From Greek Revival to Modern, we’re breaking down the most popular architectural styles in America to help you discover your own dream [...]

Trigger Happy: Credit Bureaus, Lenders and Your Data

From the ashes of the massive Equifax data breach of 148,000 million consumers and the Trump administration ongoing attempts to weaken or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd Frank, rises the “Trigger Lead” —your mortgage inquiry sold to the highest bidder in the shortest amount of time— to tempt you with better (or worse) [...]

Mansfield Storrs Commits to Sustainable CT

Mansfield’s town council recently voted to join the Sustainable CT program, joining just 13 other towns in CT as a participant. The closest participant to Mansfield is the town of Killingly. The other towns are mostly in Middlesex, New Haven and Hartford counties. Municipalities are able to earn points toward certification by developing and implementing programs chosen from the CT Sustainable Action list, a menu of best practices.

Knowing that Virginia Walton, Mansfield’s Recycling coordinator, will be spearheading this effort, there is no doubt that Mansfield will eventually receive the certification. Walton has been successful in bringing many sustainability initiatives to Mansfield, including elementary school composting, electronics waste recycling and low-waste town events.

As we are impacted by the effects of climate change and an administration that is intent on reducing environmental regulations and clean energy initiatives, it is increasingly important that we put our own communities in charge of our environmental health.

 Sustainable CT is an excellent example of such a self-funded grassroots program that can make Mansfield Storrs an attractive place to live for current and future residents and help stabilize property values and support local economic health.

Speaking of sustainability, there is a local farm in Mansfield that offers a glimpse of their personal commitment through their blog and Facebook page. Visit the Shundahai Farm Facebook page for videos and beautiful photos of farm life, pets, farm sale info, and local and national activism. Raluca’s blog: My World offers amazing poetry, photos and inspiring and spiritual musings that can be a welcome respite in these cold days of winter.

Home Selling Team Number One in 2017

And the Winner is…. Us!

 

 Home Selling Team in Mansfield CT landed the top spot again in our 15 town region by over 100 properties sold or over 20% market share. How’d we do it?

  • Grinding it out
  • Slogging Through
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Nose to the Grindstone
  • Killin’ It

Whatever you want to call it… we did it with a multi-pronged approach focused on training, synergy, service and marketing.

I recently wrote a blog post on how to help birds survive the harsh conditions and bone-chilling cold this winter. At the time, I thought a comparison could be made on how to keep agents and their clients happy, fed and protected in the harsh market conditions we experienced in Mansfield and our general market area in 2017: Declining prices, crumbling foundations, foreclosures, budget crisis, out-bound migration, Mansfield single family rentals.

A professional real estate agent working full time in real estate sales must be diligent in their business acumen and the nurturing of existing and future clients through the most favorable and harshest of climates. This can be accomplished with ease when you have a team of people to collaborate with when difficult or unforeseen problems or challenges arise. Check.

Marketing real estate is more effective and beneficial when everyone commits to brand awareness and exposure. We invest heavily in post signs, directional signs and riders and our Realtor.com position as a participating office provides us more exposure and direct leads on our own listings. Check.

We strive to get every client the best price and terms in every transaction. We strive to provide referrals of affiliates and vendors we know and trust to make a real estate transaction as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Was every client happy last year? No. There are some clients, that no matter what we do, are not satisfied with their real estate transaction or on our end, there has been what I consider to be a communication failure. Thankfully, this is rare and our client satisfaction is very high, as evidenced by our ranking, ratings and reviews both individually and office-wide. Check.

I am looking forward to a warm spring and a less challenging environment where birds and real estate agents and their clients can get a much needed respite from survival mode.