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Crumbling Basement Captive Insurance Launch Delayed Due to Volume of Public Comments

The launch date of the CT Foundation Solutions Idemnity Corporation Inc (CFSIC) website will not occur as expected on November 15.   According to the update the postponement is expected to be about thirty days and the new launch date will be announced on the CFSIC website.  [...]

Selling Your Mansfield CT Home Can Be Scary. Biggest Seller Boo Boos! 

Helicoptering a Showing

Much like helicopter parenting, hovering is largely unhealthy for a successful viewing of your home.  The buyer is uncomfortable and can’t express their true feelings, less they offend you and their agent should direct them to not tip their hand by showing interest.  So what have you accomplished by being there:   The [...]

The FSBO: For Sale But Overwhelmed

The FSBO- For Sale But Overwhelmed

Sell your home yourself, it makes perfect sense.  How hard can it be and it will save you at least the commission to the listing agent.  Depending on your sales price, that could save you a nice chunk of your net proceeds.  I mean how hard can it be?  My neighbor moonlights as a real estate [...]

Mansfield Connecticut: What's Not to Love

 

Miles of biking & hiking trails

Arts & Culture

Natural Beauty

Sustainability

Fellowship

Informed Citizenry

Educational Excellence

Local Agriculture

Downtown Storrs

 

I have attended meetings of the Leadership in Residence group which was started by Rebecca Shafer of Mansfield Neighborhood Preservation.  The stated goal of this group/committee is to increase the percentage of UConn faculty, staff and [...]

What's for Sale in Mansfield? Not Much. Buyers Need to Move with Urgency

Inventory remains scarce in Mansfield and the surrounding towns.    If you are a buyer, you should be working closely and clearly with your agent to be sure you both understand what you want and how you’re going to get it.   Are willing to pay full price or above and/or waive contingencies if you are in a competing bid situation?   Will you [...]

Is That A Millennial In Your Basement?

Probably not!  According to a new study by Bank of America we have underestimated the money smarts of millennials.  

Millennials held the highest share of home buying activity out of all other generations for the fifth consecutive year, according to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends [...]

How to Choose a Home Improvement Project and Not Lose Your Shirt

  • Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report is out. Using data from 2017 on the  So before you plunge headlong into a remodeling project this weekend you may want to take a look at what may bear you future returns in terms of ROI.  Some of these projects are generally undertaken by homeowners for  their own enjoyment of their home and
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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, [...]