Blog :: 2019

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 [...]

What Your Local Realtors at Home Selling Team Are Thankful For This Year

There are 75 families to date back in their homes after their foundations were replaced thanks to CFSIC.

We hired 3 new agents!  Welcome Sondra, Reid, Hongilan Wu and Katie St. Germain.

The remodeled Grange Hall on Storrs Road in Mansfield Center, which looks spectacular and will make Mansfield Center a destination location hopefully resulting in more growth and beautification. [...]

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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Best of HST, Domelight and Billow

I find its imperative these days to incessantly use our name, links, key words, meta tags, hash tags, buzz words, hyper-local words, shop-local words just to stay relevant and top of mind to local real estate buyers and sellers and our own friends and neighbors.  While it can make for some clunky reading, Google really appreciates it and [...]

Selling “AS IS” Means Selling for Less Than You Probably Should Have

Twice this week a seller said to me, “We are selling as is.”  Upon further questioning in both instances, I realized their intent was not only not to repair potentially big ticket items that a buyer would fully expect to be functioning at time of purchase but they also did not think this would significantly impact their sales price.   What?  

 

 

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 [...]

Windham CT Teachers Go To The Head Of The Class with Gold Star-Worthy Mortgage Rates and Terms

CHFA rates just dropped to 3% this week.  This is great news for first time buyers and especially buyers in CHFA target areas, who receive an additional ¼ percent interest rate reduction. [...]