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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, [...]

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 [...]

Come Hell And High Water: How to Manage the Increasing Rainfall On Your Property

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New England has been experiencing more rainfall and more intense storms due to the increasing amounts of CO2 in our atmosphere which  is effectively an insulating blanket around our planet, pushing temperatures on land and sea to rise.  In Rhode Island, known as the ocean state, annual precipitation has risen by 5 inches since 1950 and the [...]

You Just Got Skunked!  Five Reasons Buyers Are Missing Their Perfect Home

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A really nice listing came up last week. One that, at first glance, I figured will sell quickly and at full price and maybe even in a multi-bid situation.  I was contacted by 5 people via Realtor.com, all prospective buyers apparently lacking agent representation and all requesting showings for the following week (3-8 days later.) As I [...]

No Snow? No Worries! The Winter Real Estate Market in Mansfield Is Too Hot for Skiing

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The real estate market is surging with buyers and sellers this January and so far this month.  Following an unusually cold November and a dismal December for listing inventory, the snow-less landscape and warmer temps are producing a spike of activity that we usually don't see until late March and April.  The lack of inventory is still a [...]

It's A Gas, Not to Be Confused with Gaslighting. January is National Radon Month

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 In spite of the  roll backs of environmental protections, you can take your own actions to protect yourself and your family from dangerous levels of radon in your home. 

The EPA estimates that 1 in 15 homes have higher than acceptable levels of radon.   During January, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Frozen Too: Helping Birds Survive the Winter

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We have effectively eliminated almost 3 billion birds in North America in less than 50 years.  As a bird watcher I have noticed less traffic at my feeders and less birds overall in the woods when hiking trails.  I find it is sometimes eerily silent when there should be abundant singing in the warmer months. 

At my home we love birds and do [...]

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Choices Facing Sellers With Crumbling Basements

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Sellers are facing life changing decisions as they navigate the crumbling basement epidemic plaguing their homes and their neighbors.  Many homeowners with homes just 10-15 years old are testing positive for pyrrhotite via a core test or a visual inspection and are undecided about what to do next.  Some owners can stay and hope for more [...]