Real Estate Sales

How to Win Bids and Influence Sellers.  Home Selling Team's Bestselling Advice to Today's Homebuyers

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Hire an Agent to Represent You.  Be specific about your needs and wants in case your agent gets wind of something coming on the market that may meet your criteria.  If you are sitting on Zillow and contacting who you assume is the listing agent it is costing you valuable time.  Time is not your friend in this market and you need to sign an [...]

Can An Otherwise Pristine Home Overcome The Pyrrhotite Lurking In The Concrete? Apparently, Yes.

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We are looking for a good realtor to sell our home. Would prefer your best agent. Home is very well maintained, we've been prepping for sale for a while. Our foundation is perfect (with engineers report) but we do have a low percentage of pyrrhotite in the core samples. The Realtor we have been planning to use told me today we'd have to

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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, [...]

Double Threat:  Homeowners in the Grips of Crumbling Basement Epidemic Now Facing Pandemic Fallout

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We are now in the midst of a global pandemic.  There is so much that we don’t know about the virus such as why a young and otherwise healthy person becomes ill and an elderly person manages to survive.  It is the randomness and insidiousness that is so frightening and makes us question what the future holds in store.  Basic assumptions you [...]

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 [...]

HST Agents, Buyers, Sellers and Coronavirus

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As local real estate professionals we are doing our best to keep our agents, clients and employees safe.  Like every other business with public access we have established some protocols to eliminate as much risk as we can while meeting the needs of our clients and ourselves.  These protocols and suggestions may be quickly out of date as this [...]

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 [...]