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Sneak Peek - 50 Websites in 50 Minutes - 12/29/11 12:32 PM
50 top websites of 2011 in less than 50 minutes by ActiveRain Ambassador Linda Davis, Gales Ferry, Ct. Just click through the presentation to see the list. Linda Davis caught my eye here in Connecticut because she has over 58 Feature posts. Enjoy. Via Linda Davis (RE/MAX Realty Group): I haven't been on Active Rain in awhile. It isn't that I wasn't thinking about my old friends here. I missed you all a lot. I even tried to resurrect Carnac more than once, but found it absolutely impossible considering the growth of Active Rain and the fact that 99% of the 200,000 members wouldn't even recognize (2 comments)
ActiveRain Read ~ “World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It”
Author John A. Byrne has published a book of the “World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It” and what they have done. What motivates an entrepreneur, what common behaviors and attributions do they share? This book will dive into this a much more but here I will share the three core attributes that every entrepreneur shares: An Opportunistic Mind-set. Entrepreneurs see opportunity where others se disruption, chaos of a crowded marketplace. Acceptance of Risk and Potential Failure. Compared to most corporate (7 comments)
2012 Mortgage Rates look to Hold for first 6 months. There are two great articles to read, one from CNN Money last week on how mortgage rates are below 4% and the second saying how it looks like that in the first 6 months the mortgage rates will hold to these low points according to Freddie Mac. This should help out the real estate market for the beginning of 2012 and Freddie Mac also said in its outlook forecast that housing activity will be better in 2012, but not robust.
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real (4 comments)
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas & all the best in the New Year.
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004. Member of the Multiple Listing Service, MLS. Darien Greenwich Greater Fairfield County Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR. Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors. David Popoff is an accredited (16 comments)
Christmas Cactus 3 feet wide. - 12/23/11 06:25 PM
Here is a picture of our Christmas Cactus that we got as a house warming gift back in 2004. It was originally 6 inches tall but now is 3 feet wide siting on our dining room table. Merry Christmas to all and Best Wishes for the 2012 New Year.
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors. David Popoff is an (9 comments)
Twas the night before Christmas... - 12/23/11 10:36 AM
Chrissy has once again come up with a great post on what to do when you have uninvited guest popping in. These fuzzy little cute guys just want to come in from the cold and maybe stay a while, munch on a few yummies and maybe even have a few little one. Leave your comments on Chrissy's post ~ Happy Holidays. Via Chrissy Doremus ~ U.S. Inspect ~ Home Inspections (U.S. Inspect): Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Or so I thought! Do you think it's possible to (0 comments)
30 Simple Green Tips for the New Year 2012. - 12/21/11 08:27 AM
30 Simple Green Tips for the New Year 2012. Here are 30 simple and easy ways to be environmentally conscious that you can incorporate into your daily routine. The majorities of them are very inexpensive and could actually save you money over time. Once you have started you will see how simple they are and will just become common sense habits. Please share your experience with friends.
1. Replace toxic home cleaners with organic all natural cleaners or make your own such as baking soda and vinegar. 2. Keep live plants nearby be it a cactus or leafy to freshen (22 comments)
Fairfield County, Connecticut makes America’s Richest Zip Codes 2011. - 12/19/11 02:28 PM
Fairfield County, Connecticut makes America’s Richest Zip Codes 2011. In Fairfield County, Connecticut four towns made Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 richest area’s in the U.S. The company Gadberry Group put together the report by looking at all the zip codes in the US with more than 100 households and ranked them by average income and net worth of households. The four zip codes in Fairfield County that made the top 50 are: Darien, 06820 which came in at 36 Riverside, Greenwich, 06878 came in at 27 Weston, 06883 came in at 26 New Canaan, 06840 came in at 19. The number one (2 comments)
The Future of Lighting. - 12/19/11 12:59 PM
The Future of Lighting. CBS Sunday Morning did a great story on the history of lighting from Edison’s 1879 invention 'light in a bottle' up to the new LED’s bulbs that will be the future of lighting. The new LED’s use about 9 watts of electricity versus the standard filament bulb that use 60 watts. With somewhere around 4.7 billion sockets in the U.S. this would save a huge amount on electricity consumption by the nation. To see the whole story “Let there be LEDs” click here. To see how “Just 1 LED Bulb will Save Over $100” click here. (6 comments)
Holiday Flowers in Connecticut ~ Amaryllis. - 12/15/11 10:18 AM
Holiday Flowers in Connecticut ~ Amaryllis. The amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions and has the botanical name Hippeastrum. They are easy to bring to bloom and can be accomplished indoors or out over an extend period of time. The flower colors include red, rose, pink, white, orange, yellow, and pale green with variations on these including different colored stripes and edges on the petals. Some flowers have uniform colors or patterns on all six petals while others have more pronounced colors on the upper petals than on the lower ones. There are five types: 1) single flower; 2) double flower; 3) (7 comments)
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004.
Member of the Multiple Listing Service, MLS. Darien Greenwich Greater Fairfield County Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR. Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors. David Popoff is an accredited LEED (4 comments)
Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut Real Estate Market Report Nov ~ 2011. - 12/12/11 11:59 AM
Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut Real Estate Market Report Nov ~ 2011. Dec 12, 2011. The real estate market for 2011 in Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut seems to have hit an equilibrium compared to last year with number of sales on average a little lower but prices remaining close to the same and in some towns even up. In Greenwich the Year to Date number of units is up a 13.01% compared to that same time period in 2010 with the average home price down only 2.08% currently at $2,453,142. Stamford meanwhile is a little below last year’s numbers with unit sales (3 comments)
Connecticut Housing Permits thru October 2011. - 12/12/11 10:52 AM
Connecticut Housing Permits thru October 2011. With permits up the previous five months from June through October by 10% over 2010 it is hard to believe that this year will be the worst housing year in Connecticut on record. With total number of permits down 19% YTD compared to last year at 2,967 is a low number from the high of 2004 which was at 10,344. To read more click here to go to the Home Builders Association of Connecticut’s report. Year to date as of November 314 of those Connecticut homes are Energy Star qualified built.
Open House at 104 East Elm #2 on Sunday December 11th, 2011 from 1 pm to 3 pm, currently there are 24 Greenwich open houses scheduled for Sunday. This is luxury in town living at its best recently reduced to $2,295,000 from original listing of $2,575,000 with 9 rooms on 3 finished floors accessed by elevator. This exquisitely detailed townhome was the 2006 Hobi Award winner with a two story marble entrance hall, top of the line custom eat in kitchen oversized granite island and dining area with masonry (4 comments)
Golden Oldies #25 (December 10, 2011) - 12/10/11 03:56 PM
We all know who Russel Ray is and he is a genius on ActiveRain. Well here is a re-blog of his classic Saturday 'Golden Oldies' that I am proud to make the list. You never know what you will find on this series so check it out and leave comments on Russel's page. Via Russel Ray, Southern California home inspector based in San Diego (Real estate, photography, marketing, music, history & more!):
Golden Oldies #25 (December 10, 2011)
7 x 24 = 168 (hours per week that is)..Time management for Realtors (May 18, 2009), by Sheila Newton, RE/MAX Realty (0 comments)
High End Condo’s Greenwich, Ct. - 12/08/11 12:56 PM
High End Condo’s Greenwich, Ct. Dec 8th, 2011 On the corner of East Elm Street and Millbank Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut there are 6 high end condominiums for sale within a block of each other. Four of the units were all built between 2004 to 2009 with two more under construction; price range for these units are from $2,2295,000 up to $4,595,000. They are all within easy walking distance to Greenwich Avenue and Metro North train station, a 45-50 minute train ride to Grand Central Station, Manhattan. With a walking score of 83/100 it is rated a 'very walkable'. These high (2 comments)
2011 ~ Year End SnapShot Housing Market Report, Greenwich, Connecticut. - 12/07/11 02:38 PM
2011 ~ Year End SnapShot Housing Market Report, Greenwich, Connecticut. Dec. 7th, 2011. Let’s jump the gun by a few weeks on the local housing statistics to get a snap shot of how the 2011 single family real estate market performed in Greenwich, Connecticut. To see the Greenwich Condominium Market Report click here. 2011 Year to Date, YTD there have been 496 closings with another 70 pending offers. This compares to last year, 2010 of 482 year end home sales. Seeing that we are already ahead of the number of units selling we should look at the average sales price of (5 comments)
Predicting 2011 Year End Housing Market Report, Darien, Connecticut. - 12/06/11 04:27 PM
Predicting 2011 Year End Housing Market Report, Darien, Connecticut. Dec. 6th, 2011. To get a snap shot of how the 2011 single family real estate market performed in Darien, Connecticut we are jumping the gun by a few weeks with the statistics. To see the Darien Condominium Market Report click here. 2011 Year to Date, YTD there have been 216 closings with another 23 pending offers. This compares to last year, 2010 of 248 home sales. If half of the pending sales close by year end we should be a little under the 2010 number of home sales. The average sales (1 comments)
10 Top Tips ~ What Really Sells A House?!... In Today's Market... - 12/06/11 12:11 PM
Phyllis Lerner of William Raveis, Westchester County, NY has put together the top 10 on what sells a house. I would recommend both buyers and sellers take a look at this list and check off each item when in the market. Please leave comments on the original post, Happy Holidays. Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC): Especially under today's real estate market conditions all sellers want to know the secret to selling their homes quickly and for the highest possible price. Unfortunately, there has never been a magic formula that brings on the perfect sale, even in better markets. However, while there is no (0 comments)
Learning From Your Local Top Producers. - 12/06/11 08:53 AM
Learning From Your Local Top Producers ~ Understand Agent Branding. Not many of the top producers in our region have Blogs or Newsletters but the few that do I subscribe to. The reason for this is to learn from the best in my market area. One of the best top producing agents and team leader in our company gets social media and uses it to the full benefit. He has a daily blog that is not necessary about housing statistics, market reports but about the philosophy of being in business for one self. A lot of his posts are daily lessons (8 comments)
Darien, Connecticut’s Shuffle Referendum Vote December 13th, 2011. - 12/05/11 11:28 AM
Darien, Connecticut’s Shuffle Referendum Vote December 13th, 2011. As you drive through Darien you will notice many lawn signs popping up either in favour of the shuffle or not. The town has a referendum on December 13th on the shuffle and the debate is heating up.
The referendum vote is on the appropriation of $7 million for The Shuffle would move the senior center programs from Edgerton Street to Town Hall and the Board of Education offices from Town Hall to 35 Leroy Ave. VoteYesDarien.com are in favour of the shuffle.
The opponents to the shuffle, StopTheShuffle.com say (3 comments)
Connecticut Calamari. View Larger Map I got this recipe from an old timer in Rowayton, Ct. Not many of them around since home prices have gone up with the average sales price hovering around $1.3 million. This is an easy recipe that only takes minutes to cook. We like to get our seafood and produce locally at the farmers market and local fishmonger. 5 baby squid, 4 to 8 inches long 1 jalapeño, thin sliced into wheels-rings 1 minced garlic clove 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs 2 table spoons olive oil 2 table spoons (3 comments)
David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004. Member of the Multiple Listing Service, MLS. Darien Greenwich Greater Fairfield County Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR. Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors. David Popoff is an accredited LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Homes and USGBC (4 comments)
Caution... This Is A Rant... Real Solutions To Resolving The Housing Crisis... Jump Starting The Economy... - 12/05/11 06:56 AM
Forget about HAFA or HAMP, Phyllis Lerner and a common sense practical approach to the housing crisis that will help boost the economy. Go to Phyliss original post to comment and write to your Representative or forward this to them. Get involved and make a change. Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC): It's no secret for quite some time now... the ailing American economy is very closely tied to the ongoing real estate crisis and cannot and will not heal without a meaningful recovery in this vital sector. Homeowners across the country (7 comments)
Sunday Photo ~ Christmas lights are UP. - 12/04/11 09:14 AM
Yup, it is the beginning of December and time to do the outdoor decorations. Having the lights on a timer makes it easy, Happy Holidays.
David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien. A life time resident of Fairfield County he has worked throughout lower Fairfield County for over 30 years and now resides in Darien, Ct since 2004. Member of the Darien, Greenwich and Greater Fairfield County MLS. Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR. Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the (14 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing: Grandma's Gardens and Trees For Troops - 12/03/11 10:17 AM
TreesForTroops.org, here is a great gift to give this holiday season and show support for our US military families. Christmas Tree growers from across the U.S. have generously supported military families by providing 84,000 fresh cut Christmas Trees. Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio: Cincinnati to Dayton (513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com): December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing: Grandma's Gardens and Trees For Troops If you know us, you know the military will always hold a near and dear place in our hearts! So when a local business is doing something that helps our military heroes, you know we're on-board with (2 comments)
Open House Greenwich, Connecticut ~ December 4th, 2011. - 12/02/11 01:28 PM
Open House Greenwich, Connecticut ~ December 4th, 2011. There are 24 open houses for the public in Greenwich, Connecticut on December 4th, 2011. The high price of these homes is at $16 million and offers a 10,140 square foot Georgian Colonial style home on 14.26 park-like level lot with 10 bedrooms and 7 ½ bathrooms. The lowest price open house for sale is offered at $699,000 which is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath ranch style home approx. 992 square feet on 0.13 acres. And the lowest price open house condo is at $499,000 with 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and (0 comments)
There are 11 open houses in Darien, Connecticut this Sunday December 4, 2011 with 4 of them being condominiums. The price range of the homes are from $725,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,216 square foot home to $3.45 Million dollar home new construction with 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths at 5,700 square feet. The 4 condo’s run from $450,000 up to $779,000. Most of the open houses run from 1 to 3 pm with a few starting at 12 noon. To see more information on these open houses and (0 comments)
New Darien, CT listings Around $1 Million. - 12/01/11 09:46 AM
New Darien, CT listings Around $1 Million. This week 3 new listings came on the Darien, Connecticut market just around $1,000,000. All three are on lots under a half acre and walking distance to the train station. Darien is a 55 minute train ride to Manhattan via Metro-North. All three homes are on side streets actually all three are on dead end side streets. All three are on public water and sewer and have garage parking. Currently there are 130 residential homes for sale and 8 condominiums in Darien for sale on the MLS. 31 homes are under the asking price of (6 comments)
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