Blog :: 2019

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. [...]

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 [...]

The World is Flat in Eastern Connecticut Real Estate

The World is Flat in Eastern Connecticut

Our MLS put out a new tool for market statistics.  This tool has the ability to show median prices, days on the market, list to sales price and other metrics.  In the interest of keeping it simple I thought I would compare some towns that are often connected or share borders and/or services.  For [...]

Concrete Aggregate: The Latest in Crumbling Basement News

This is a Cliff Notes version of concrete news.  I encourage everyone to read up on this subject as it will eventually affect all homeowners in at least central and eastern CT and MA.  The best sources are [...]

The Hateful Eight-The Sequel. 8 More Things That Will Prevent You From Getting Top Dollar For Your Home

Wallpaper:  Wallpaper & borders, old and new, even if it is tolerable and to the buyer’s taste (not likely) it is usually very difficult to remove and painting over it is not really a good option.  It could require a steamer, a scraper, and a sander and sometimes the sheet rock comes with it.  Hiring it out could be a costly expense that the [...]