Prospect, CT Real Estate News

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
The Colors Of Fall Are ComingWe are into  very colorful time of year in Connecticut but there is no set schedule for it's arrival.  It's all based on the weather and with the amount of rain we have had this year, the colors should pop.For me, the colors seem to be just a bit brighter on a golf course, possibly because there is so much open grass area to allow the trees to stand out a bit more. Hopefully not hiding my ball as well.On this fairway, I took a photo Sunday afternoon of a tree stand trying to make a change.And after our Zoom call I met up with some friends to play a few holes and as if overnight a burst of color.While the day itself was sunny Tuesday vs an overcast sky on Sunday, it was still a beautiful sight.The added advantage for me as someone else would be raking these l...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Prospect CT Pumpkin Festival  Oct 9, 2021It's time for the pumpkins to be featured in Prospect CT once again.  Every year except last year, the town sponsors a challenge for the elementary school children to decorate a pumpkin to be judged for style and originality.To highlight the challenge there is an all day party on the center green with all manner of activities. There will be music for the ears, a competition for rolling hay balls, A maze made from burlap fencing and the rows upon rows of judged pumpkins In the even of rain, the festival will be held on Sunday Oct 10.It will be a fun day and there will be much to see and do all day.Additional information can be found on the Pumpkin Festival on the town's web site.This is just another one of the special things that makes Prospect CT...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
20 Years Later, A New Order To Our LivesAs people were preparing to go about another routine day, events were unfolding that would shock our country and the world.  At airports in the East coast, people boarded planes and prepared for flights.As best as can be acknowledged, groups of flight trained terrorists, commandeered 4 domestic flights and  set to their agenda.The first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade center in New York City shorty after 8:30 Am.  Within minutes, the South Tower was also hit.In Washington DC, a 3rd plane struck the Pentagon building, and alert passengers, listening to news in a fourth plane intended to hit the White House, retook the plane, which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.With so little information available, government authorities put t...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What Happened in The Prospect CT Real Estate Market Prospect August 2021?    Search for homes in Prospect CTCurrently in Prospect CT there are 29 active residential listings for sale, with 11 new listings added in August. The homes for sale in Prospect CT range from a 808 square ft, 2-bedroom cape, listed at $124,900 to a 2,476 square ft, 4-bedroom new construction colonial listed at $599,900. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Prospect CT is $366,210. The average days on market for these homes are 57 days. In addition, there are currently 3 homes in show status and 9 homes under hard deposit in Prospect CT.  In August, 8 homes closed in Prospect CT. The homes that sold in Prospect CT ranged from a 1,726 square ft, 3-bedroom cape, which sold for $200,000...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Happy Labor Day 2021Labor Day is a Federal holiday in the United State celebrated on the first Monday in September in any given year to honor and recognize the American Labor movement  and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.  Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade unions and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first ...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Unexpected Summer Colors Revisited Last week I posted about the over-sized Hibiscus flowers that I saw while driving to an appointment.  Then we got hit with all the rain from Tropical storm Henri and the fear that it would cause damage to the flowers. Well Henri didn't hurt the flower and there were actually more blossoms on the flower today as I went by purposely to see it again. I was also happy to find it's cousin about a mile away only a different color and just as large.While cousin Red didn't have as many blossoms, it had a lot of pods ready to soon burst. The previous blog  can be found here:  Unexpected Summer ColorsUnexpected Summer Colors Revisited
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Henri Was Just Like The Wolf In The Nursery Rhyme Last week the NorthEast was preparing for a big blow from Hurricane Henri that was considered a category 1 storm that was tracking for the heart of Connecticut. We were expecting lots of rain and wind and up to 70% of the state was expected to lose power.  Late Saturday evening the rain started in advance of the storm but sometime in the night the storm turned and ran a more easterly path and entered the area closer to the Rhode Island border. With diminished force all we got as a bit of wind and lots of rain.At the end of the storm, there was a sense of relief to have gotten away from the worse.In the nursery rhyme, the 3 little pigs had houses of straw, sticks and bricks.  When the big bad wolf came through it was able to blow down the...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Unexpected Summer Colors As I was driving along you an appointment this past week, my eyes were distracted briefly by a splash of pink near the roadside.  I kept going to not be late, but did go back later to capture a photo. Giant pink hibiscus flowers that just caught my eye.  They are a perennial so I am amazed that they could survive the winters especially so close to the roadway. The leaves were almost 12" across and all I had was a standard piece of paper, 8 1/2 x 11 and the flower was not over covered.I will have to drive by later this week so see how it survived Henri. Unexpected Summer Colors
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
The NorthEast Is Expecting  A Visitor Named Henri The Western Hemisphere is into it's storm season and it will last until late September. Normally they develop in the Lower Atlantic and work their way north as tropical storms that eventually fizzle out. That's not the case with this storm which has been upgraded to a category 1 Hurricane with winds expected to be in excess of 80 mph.As the storm makes it's way up the East coast, the latest track shows it making landfall off of Long Island near Fire Island and then crossing Long Island Sound and coming into Connecticut through New Haven Harbor. We will see rain from early morning Sunday to late morning Monday.  Before it's over the utility companies are expecting more than 50% of the state to be without power with no idea when all will b...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Prospect CT 36th Car Show and Sock HopNostalgia will reign supreme at the Prospect CT 36th Annual Car Show and Sock Hop, Sunday Aug 22.The music provided by a DJ will have toes tapping for those with enough age to remember their baby sitters singing to them.Free AdmissionDash Plaques for the first 500 cars in attendance.Smiles and a great time for everyoneProspect CT 36th Car Show and Sock Hop
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What Happened in The Prospect CT Real Estate Market Prospect July 2021?    Search for homes in Prospect CTCurrently in Prospect CT there are 18 active residential listings for sale, with 11 new listings added in July. The homes for sale in Prospect CT range from a 939 square ft, 2-bedroom colonial, listed at $219,900 to a 2,476 square ft, 4-bedroom new construction colonial listed at $599,900. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Prospect CT is $389,761. The average days on market for these homes are 57 days. In addition, there are currently 7 homes in show status and 9 homes under hard deposit in Prospect CT.  In July, 7 homes closed in Prospect CT. The homes that sold in Prospect CT ranged from a 1,103 square ft, 2-bedroom ranch, which sold for $235,000 ...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Throw-Back Thursday:  A Beluga Whale At Mystic AquariumThe most visited tourist attractions in Connecticut are in Mystic CT and are quite close to each other.  The most visited is the Mystic Aquarium and the second place goes to the Mystic Seaport.  And for those that favor nostalgia, there is also Mystic Pizza. We have been to the aquarium many times, especially when grandson Raphael was younger and for all of us the most favorite attraction was the  Beluga whale exhibit.I share that whale below.  Throw-Back Thursday:  A Beluga Whale At Mystic Aquarium
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
This Yard Is Not an All You Can Eat BuffetWe do not live in a rural area even though the lots on our street are all over an acre in size.  We are close enough to some heavy forest areas where wildlife can abound.We do get visits from raccoons, deer, wild turkeys, and an occasional lost bear. We have been getting too regular visits from rabbits and have a nest some where in our yard.This mom was eating some of the foliage near our front stoop, and was caught full 'mouthed.'They have been busy as they ate a lot of the lettuce in our garden and did a big job with the parsley.  I did get a fence around the garden but when hungry they find something to eat. This Yard Is Not an All You Can Eat Buffet
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What Happened in The Prospect CT Real Estate Market Prospect June 2021?    Search for homes in Prospect CTCurrently in Prospect CT there are 13 active residential listings for sale, with 11 new listings added in June. The homes for sale in Prospect CT range from a 1,327 square ft, 2-bedroom cape, listed at $249,900 to a 2,476 square ft, 4-bedroom new construction colonial listed at $599,900. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Prospect CT is $409,785. The average days on market for these homes are 86 days. In addition, there are currently 15 homes in show status and 8 homes under hard deposit in Prospect CT.  In June, 7 homes closed in Prospect CT. The homes that sold in Prospect CT ranged from a 1,120 square ft, 3-bedroom ranch, which sold for $289,900 t...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Summer Pool Safety Tips in Central CT School is out for the summer and with the weather getting hotter, kids will be looking to get some relief from the heat in the back yard pools.  It's also the time to give them some reminders of pool safety and etiquette. Care must be taken around pools so that no one will get hurt. If there are slides or diving boards, then do not use them while someone is near and could get hurt by someone else diving. Make sure that the pool chemicals are maintained properly to avoid a build-up of algae. A simple titration with a test kit, or use of special papers will give the pool owner an indication of how much chemicals need to be added. Also when adding chlorine, take caution to open the containers in a well ventilated area. Don't open the containers in the ...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Happy Flag Day  June 14, 2021While it is not known as a national holiday and business will continue as usual today, it deserves a day of recognition as a symbol of our great country.Some noteworthy days as relates to the flag: January 1, 1776: The first United States flag, the “Grand Union,” was displayed by George Washington. Of course all know that it was credited to Betsy Ross as the designed and creator of the first flag. June 14, 1777: The Stars and Stripes were adopted by the Continental Congress as the Flag of the United States. June 14, 1877: Flag Day was observed nationally for the first time on the 100th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes—and continues today.  In 1814, the flag flying after a heavy bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 with the British was the i...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Roses Are Always Pleasant To The EyeAs I was finishing up some work at my parents house, I looked over to their back fence and realized that I  needed a few extra minutes.  I did a little pruning and clearing and then too the photos.They are brilliant and have no smell, which I understand is a good thing as the non-fragrant flowers last much longer than those that have a bouquet.They are pretty and will be around for maybe another week or so and then it's wait until next summer. Wordless Wednesday (Almost) Roses Are Always Pleasant To The Eye
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What’s Happening in The Prospect CT Real Estate Market Prospect May 2021?    Search for homes in Prospect CTCurrently in Prospect CT there are 14 active residential listings for sale, with 3 new listings added in May. The homes for sale in Prospect CT range from a 1,176 square ft, 3-bedroom cape, listed at $219,900 to a 2,576 square ft, 4-bedroom new construction colonial listed at $599,900. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Prospect CT is $353,079. The average days on market for these homes are 96 days. In addition, there are currently 13 homes in show status and 6 homes under hard deposit in Prospect CT.  In May, 9 homes closed in Prospect CT. The homes that sold in Prospect CT ranged from a 1,020 square ft, 2-bedroom ranch, which sold for $112,000 to...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Continuing Education:  Understanding Racial Bias In Real EstateThis week was a busy week for me, and adding to it was the Continuing Education class that I took to fulfill the requirements for license renewal, something we real estate agents all need to do every 2 years.I was fortunate to be able to take one of the 2 Mandatory courses offered as a Zoom class,. Attendance was monitored and being on screen for the 3 hours was a requirement to completing the class for credit, and any small absence was noted.The course title was Understanding and Preventing Racial Bias in Real Estate, and it was very detailed for content as to how real estate has been attempting to foster equality although not always successfully.  As recently as the late 1960's to 70's, laws had been enforced to prevent pe...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
There Is Always Someone Waiting For Their TurnOur breakfast table has a great view of the yard and also the bird feeder just outside the window. We ca see the birds as they swoop down to grab a bite and also how the smaller birds will jump off as a larger bird approaches. As these 2 yellow finches sat on the support rod, they seemed to be having an exchange and the lower one was chirping hard at the higher finch, who then flew away.  Now I don't claim to understand bird speak, but from the reaction I saw I'd be willing to guess that the higher finch cowered, relied yes dear and flee back to protect the nest.Mom then sat and ate a bit and maybe lingered a little longer than needed to show who's boss.The animal/bird kingdom have a specialized priority system. There Is Always Someone Waiti...
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