real estate: Changing your course, from sunrise to moon set! - 09/17/16 04:48 AM
I went out this morning with my camera to get pictures of the sunrise. So many, many mornings I stand in awe and wish I had brought my camera, not just my cell phone. Off I went with the dog, ready to take the best sunrise photo ever! (I always think that with every photo I take it will be the BEST EVER!)
Not to be this morning. There just weren't enough clouds in the sky to give me the reds I was looking for. Not to say I didn't appreciate the sunrise, I always love it when the sun rises over … (13 comments)

real estate: What happens after I list your house? - 09/06/16 11:47 AM
That's a very good question. We signed the paperwork and your house is officially listed. Now the real fun begins!
I am going to assume that your house is show-ready. You have cleaned it up and out, both inside and out. Remember, I have to take marketing photos to get those buyers to want to come and see it. I wrote a post with all sorts of suggestion on how to get your home ready for the photo shoot, you can read it here:
Marketing photos, think of them as headshots!
From cleaning to staging, after reading it you should understand what needs to … (7 comments)

real estate: Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime, Litchfield County CT - 09/05/16 08:25 AM
There is something so special, magical even, about Litchfield County, Connecticut. Of course we are coming into the most exciting season of all. The fall foliage is just on the horizon and soon we will be exploding with colors, it will be the most spectacular symphony for the eyes. 
I took the photo below with my cell phone, at one of the reservoirs in New Milford, CT. It was such a breathtaking moment for me. 
 
 
There are so many special places to visit here. Trying to choose just a few is almost impossible. I find it rejuvinating for my spirit just to take … (6 comments)

real estate: 8 Cambridge Circle, New Milford CT for sale, Meadowbrook Estates - 09/04/16 06:41 PM
Check out this beauty for sale in New Milford, CT. A wonderful 4 bedroom colonial, updated, clean and neat and oh so sweet! Located in the much desired Meadowbrook Estates and just waiting for you to come home too!
Meadowbrook colonial for sale, New Milford CT


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real estate: 14 Evans Hill Rd, Sherman CT for sale - 08/22/16 10:10 AM
I have a beautiful colonial for sale in Sherman, CT. Located behind the golf course at The Club at River Oaks, this is a winner! Perfect full time or weekend retreat, and all the work has been done for you!
Minutes to Routes 55 and 7 for an easy commute. Only 4 miles from the train station at Harlem Valley, wow, what a location! Within walking distance to Herrick Trail, just a minute ride to the Housatonic River for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. And of course living in Sherman allows you access to the town beach at Candlewood Lake. 
And what a house it … (7 comments)

real estate: The $650 unflushable flush - 08/20/16 07:43 PM
I'm going to tell you one of the morals to my story first. If you didn't already eat it, don't flush it down the toilet!
I have clients who rent their home out for the winter months. They only use it for the summer, it works out perfectly for them. Well, maybe not perfectly. Every year they learn something more about renting their house out, and believe me, they are not amateur landlords!
This year we learned that we needed to add an addendum to the lease regarding the septic system. I admit this is a first for me, but I believe I will … (62 comments)

real estate: Hitting the 80% stink rate - 08/19/16 03:14 AM
I recently had the pleasure of previewing 5 homes in one day, 4 of them will be forever embedded in my olfactory memory. Yes, I will remember these homes and not for a good reason. They were in the 80th percentile for a stink rate.
STINK, STANK, STUNK!
First home hit me with a putrid smell of rotting garbage when I entered the door. The home appeared to be clean and neat, but OH MY. I persevered, making sure not to let the cats out as instructed. 3 cats, all rescue animals, how sweet and kind.  And oh my, I hope they enjoy those cats … (15 comments)

real estate: Yippie Skippy!! A $25,000 gift to the buyer of this house! - 08/16/16 11:18 AM
I recently wrote a post titled "Honey, Let's Not Use a Realtor!" and was inspired by a comment left by Karen Feltman to write one more post about FSBO's. No, I don't want to beat a dead horse but I think this is really an AH HA moment. Thank you Karen, your comment spoke volumes to me about a FSBO giving a gift of $25,000 to a buyer. Now that is generous beyond belief! Karen has a different take on it than I do, but she has a very personal reason to feel so. Her house was instantly devalued by $25,000 while the buyer … (41 comments)

real estate: Honey, let's not use a Realtor! - 08/14/16 04:54 AM
The idea behind not using a real estate agent in the purchase and sale of a home is a simple one, to save yourself some money. I get that.  Buyers think they will save money on the price of the home, sellers will save at least half the commission amount. (Many do offer a commission to a buyer's agent.)
FSBO AND THE UNREPRESENTED BUYER, THE PERFECT STORM!
Now we are talking! Part of my job as a real estate agent is to know what my seller is selling, and what my buyer is buying. This includes data from the town hall such as … (58 comments)

real estate: A trip to Sherman, Connecticut, come fall in love! - 08/12/16 12:50 PM
Sherman, CT is a small town located along the New York/Connecticut border, east of New Milford. I love going to Sherman just for the eye candy of it all! 
Sherman is located in the northern tip of Fairfield County, easy access through both New Fairfield and New York state make it a favorite place for New York City residents who are looking for that perfect Connecticut weekend getaway home. 
Sherman, CT is 22 square miles, with a current population of over 3,600 people. With all the charm and appeal of a small New England town, just as you would expect. With Candlewood Lake … (5 comments)

real estate: Just sold 31 Fox Ridge Drive, New Milford CT - 06/20/16 07:08 PM
Under deposit in 7 days! List price: $442,000. Sale price: $439,000! It was the perfect storm!
A beautiful home in Fox Ridge Estates, the sellers did what they were supposed to, priced right, all cleaned up, freshened up, sweet as could be.I did my part, photos, marketing, blogging, mls listings and it was the perfect storm indeed! In a market that shows an absorption rate of 10 months, this one defied the odds indeed. 
If you are ready to put your home on the market, give me a call at 203.460.1775. I would love to show you my marketing plan and put the sold sign … (5 comments)

real estate: I know you need a little New Milford CT in your life right now - 06/13/16 02:37 PM
I have said it before and I will continue to say it. I am blessed in my life. Location, location, location, it is so important in life. I see photos from all around the United States from my real estate buddies and for a moment I am a bit jealous. For a moment. That would be because I am sitting at my computer when reading, not outside looking at what is right outside my back door. (I am blessed by more than location, but for this moment in time, location is a big deal to me!)
My husband and I got to … (7 comments)

real estate: If the shoe were on the other foot it would be tight and uncomfortable - 06/06/16 04:03 AM
Selling your home in southern Litchfield County. New Milford, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Washington, Warren, Kent and Sherman, (Fairfield County) CT.
Looking at your home with a critical eye before you put it on the market is a great idea, in theory. But we tend not to see what is wrong, and some things may be hidden from view, just waiting to wreak havoc on the sale. 
The idea that you have lived with the issue with no problem, it never bothered you, just won't fly with a buyer. You need to put buyer shoes on and see if they are too tight and uncomfortable … (11 comments)

real estate: Real estate market report Bridgewater, CT. Is anything selling? - 06/05/16 05:40 PM
Are any homes in Bridgewater, CT selling? That is a very good question.
Bridgewater is a small town in Southern Litchfield County. With 1,727 as the town census in 2010, and 17.3 acres, it has that small town feel so many people love.
Noted for antique homes and large estates, Bridgewater has been a destination for people from New York City looking for that quintessential Connecticut country home. Of course there are many who make Bridgewater their full time home, and they fiercely love it. Who wouldn't? Bridgewater is absolutely beautiful. Rural, private, a great sense of community, and they claim the famous Bridgewater Country … (4 comments)

real estate: I don't know which I want more! Bridgewater Fair Raffle is afoot! - 06/05/16 07:25 AM
I know, the Bridgewater Fair isn't until August 19th, but the raffle is already afoot! And I'm as excited as those pigs in the pig races! Just wait till you see the prizes this year. 
This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the Bridgewater Country Fair in Bridgewater, CT, from August 19th thru August 21st at the Bridgewater Fair Grounds. 65 years of great fun, great food, entertainment, animals, rides, shopping, oxen pulls, tractor pulls, great food (did I say that again?), and of course the raffle!
This years raffle is amazing! I am not sure which prize I am going to win … (7 comments)

real estate: Spotlight New Milford, CT. Our beautiful village center. - 06/04/16 08:20 AM
Litchfield County Connecticut, Spotlight on New Milford Downtown Area.
I love New Milford at any time of year. I am not sure which part of New Milford makes it so special, I think it is all the parts as a whole. But I am particularly fond of the downtown area. The phrase "quintessential New England" comes to mind! I have read that it is perhaps the most beautiful Village Green in Connecticut. I venture to say all of New England! I could be bragging, but I doubt it. 
We use our Village Green! It's not just for show. 
The local downtown business community has … (10 comments)

real estate: Love Your Home Sweepstakes! - 04/27/16 01:54 PM
Now this is cool, and I do love the show. Check it out! Maybe you will be one of the lucky winners. 
 
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real estate: Just how many frogs am I going to have to kiss? - 04/22/16 07:31 PM
If you want to sell your house in New Milford, you are going to have to kiss quite a few of those suckers.
One comment I hear over and over again from sellers (many of whom are not on their first go round) is that they only want serious buyers to come look. I know it is difficult to get the house ready for a showing. And it is so disappointing when those frogs don't like it, for whatever reason. The neighborhood, the colors inside the house (yes they can paint, no they don't want to), it's too close to whatever, it's … (52 comments)

real estate: We deal with people every day, what's the big deal? - 04/22/16 03:29 PM
I was inspired by a featured post written by Tammy Lankford  titled Ask an Ambassador: do you really
want to send consumers away?  Tammy explained how we need to uncheck the little box on YouTube when we get an embed code that stops that annoying ending where they "suggest" other videos, which can suggest those all important readers right off your site. 
Thank you Tammy! I just spent the last 2 days doing videos and placing them all over the place! I suffer from justclickandrun syndrome, I never bothered to read the fine print! 
But that brings me to my point. Sometimes it takes … (13 comments)

real estate: 31 Fox Ridge Dr, New Milford CT - 04/20/16 07:05 AM
Call the movers because its time to go!
 
Move In, Relax and Enjoy Your New Home!



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New Milford, CT

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