HST Realty

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 [...]

Recognition Event Honors Top HST Agents

After an awesome outing in 2017 to the Adventure Rooms in Middletown CT we stayed closer to home this year having lunch at Willi Brew and a private Color Uncorked at Kerri Gallery & Art Studio.  Our annual event celebrates the previous year’s accomplishments and recognizes the top producing HST agents for sales production and customer [...]

Don't Be a Turkey in the Most Wonderful Market of the Year

We will be receiving emails shortly from sellers currently listed for sale in the Mansfield Storrs area, contemplating taking their property off the market for the holiday season. Our answer? A resounding no. You also may be contemplating putting your home up for sale during the fall/winter [...]

3 Surprising Ways a Savvy Agent Can Help You in Negotiating Your Home Purchase

In a previous post I wrote about the D.A.N.G.E.R report, D.A.N.G.E.R stands for Definitive Analysis of Negative Game Changers Emerging in Real Estate.  a report commissioned by the National Association of Realtors in 2015.  In the report the authors created an index called a PTI measuring the Probability (P) of the danger to happen, the [...]

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 [...]

Real Estate Tug of War: What Happens When Not All the Heirs Want to Sell

Over the years I have had calls regarding selling a property that is owned by more than one heir which can present a problem when the heirs don't agree on the sale or are not all interested in selling the inherited property.  I had another call recently where one of three heirs remains a hold out and they have not been successful in their [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

The FSBO: For Sale But Overwhelmed

The FSBO- For Sale But Overwhelmed

Sell your home yourself, it makes perfect sense.  How hard can it be and it will save you at least the commission to the listing agent.  Depending on your sales price, that could save you a nice chunk of your net proceeds.  I mean how hard can it be?  My neighbor moonlights as a real estate [...]

Selling Your Mansfield CT Home Can Be Scary. Biggest Seller Boo Boos! 

Helicoptering a Showing

Much like helicopter parenting, hovering is largely unhealthy for a successful viewing of your home.  The buyer is uncomfortable and can’t express their true feelings, less they offend you and their agent should direct them to not tip their hand by showing interest.  So what have you accomplished by being there:   The [...]