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

 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

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

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 [...]

Yes Virginia, Houses Do Sell During the Holidays

One of the first things that buyers will try to imagine is where they will put their Christmas tree when considering purchasing a home.  Come fall many homeowners currently listed for sale in the Mansfield Storrs area, will contemplate taking their property off the market for the holiday season.  Others may be hesitant about putting their [...]

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 [...]

Selling In The Fall?  The Best Selling Tips and Agents Are Season-Proof

So, you missed the selling rush in July for whatever reason.  Is your future sale looking bleak as the weather cools, the leaves fall and the landscape pivots from brilliant to colorless?   Not necessarily, if you listen to your agent’s advice and you have a realistic plan, including what you will do if, after substantial time on the market, [...]

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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Animal House. So You're Thinking of Becoming a Landlord!

Multi-family or single family investment real estate can bring in nice returns to your investment portfolio.  Some investors make it look easy.  Others claim that they will never do it again.   Investment real estate comes with inherent risk that you should be aware of and it’s not the easiest way to make money.   What should your consider [...]

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 Bright Side of Selling Your Home in the Summer

Buyers Prefer to Buy in the Summer

Kids are out of school and families are relocating.  New semesters and many academic jobs start in the fall and everyone would like to be settled by then.  There are more buyers hunting with more availability to look at homes on weekdays and weeknights with the whole family in tow.  Your friends and [...]