Real Estate neighborhoods

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 [...]

Proven or Preferred Realtors at Mansfield's Glen Ridge? Buy or Sell with Home Selling Team

One of our agents, Georgieanna Fisher,  was recently told by a soon-to-be seller at Glen Ridge that Home Selling Team was not a listed as “preferred realtor” for Glen Ridge.  It’s true, Home Selling Team declined to renew our status as a “preferred realtor” on the list that is distributed by the Administrator to residents.  We were on the list for several years  but chose not to renew after realizing there is no benefit to any Glen Ridge owners or to us as their Realtor. 

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 [...]

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, [...]

Lagging Inventory Creates A Sellers Market as Buyers Don Beer Goggles to Accept Less Than The Perfect Home

Are you a seller with a place to go when your home sells faster than the snow melting on your roof?  Start packing. This is the market you've been waiting for.  The housing supply remains tight and after back to back March Nor’easters in Eastern CT we are experiencing increased pent up demand for inventory as temperatures warm and mortgage [...]

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 [...]

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.