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Benefits of Working With a Buyers Agent

Working with a Buyer’s Agent is better than free.  Free implies that it does not cost you anything, which is true in this case, because the Seller pays your Buyer Agent’s Commission.  Even better, your Buyer Agent can make the transaction less stressful and save you time & money.   Bottom line, the Buyer Broker has your back.  The Listing Broker does not.  So read on for the insiders scoop on why you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing your Buyer Broker Agreement.

The Buyer Broker works for you while the Seller Broker works for the Seller.  The Buyer’s Agent will try to get you the house for the least amount of money.  The Seller’s Agent will try to sell the house for the most amount of money.   In addition to price, the Buyers Agent will try to get you the most favorable terms. Continue reading

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The Final Walk-Through: What You Should Know

The final walk-through is the very last step you will take in the buying process before you go to the closing of your Fairfield County home. This is also your very last chance to address open items with the Seller. Once you take title at closing, the home is yours and there are no more requests to be made.  Now having said this, its important to realize that the walk through is not an opportunity to ask for new things but it is the time to make sure that the house you are buying looks the way it did when you went through inspection and/or the last time you were in the home.  It also a time to make sure that all negotiated items have been fixed and are accounted for.
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Remodeling: Cost vs. Value

Your home is your castle and should be just the way you want it to meet your needs & desires.  If the home you live in falls short, consider a renovation project. If you’re a buyer looking for a Fairfield County home, but you can’t seem to find just the right one, consider spending less money on a house that you can renovate to your specifications.

Remodeling can be a big undertaking, so go into it with your eyes wide open.  First and foremost, make sure you have the time and energy to do it right. Then evaluate how much it will cost you and how much this will improve the value of your Fairfield County home.  To help in that effort, check out the latest ‘Cost to Value Report’ which quantifies the average cost of 35 different remodeling projects and what percentage of that cost you will recoup when selling your home. Continue reading

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Smart Home Remodeling

Remodeling your Fairfield County home is a great opportunity to create optimal space for your unique lifestyle and it’s an even better opportunity to increase the value of your house.  Both very attractive options since home is your haven and mostly likely your single largest financial investment.  So when it comes time to remodel, its essential that you hire experienced professionals to help you create a practical design,  recommend products & finishings of universal style and to have everything built & installed with high quality workmanship.  Here’s a list of Fairfield County professionals that I have gathered to help make your remodel easier.

When evaluating exactly what design and materials you will use, choose what you like but also think of it from your future buyers eyes. If you are selling your home in the next few years go with what’s hot now to get the biggest return on your investment. If you are not going to sell for years to come, consider a classic design that will not go out of style. Continue reading

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Best Restaurants in CT

Here’s a great article from CT Magazine listing the best restaurants in Connecticut. Its an excellent resource to have for choosing that special restaurant in your local area or if you want to take a nice drive in our beautiful state and end up at a worthwhile destination.  I don’t know about you but I dislike paying a lot of money for a meal that just doesn’t taste all that good.  So…this list is one I am going to keep.

Overall, dining in CT has certainly taken a big giant step forward, in my opinion, with the increase of New York style restaurants popping up in even the quietest of suburbs.  These funky places combined with our good ol’ countryesque charmers make for a wide variety of choices to suit your various moods. Continue reading

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Be Tech-Savvy And Future Proof Your Home

When improving your home, your first priority should always be what works best for your family, however, you also should look at it from your future buyers eyes even if you’re not planning on selling for years to come.  Here is some excellent insight from Lynn Hoffman, Sustainable Interior Designer of Lynn Hoffman Design.

If you are planning to build a new home or renovate your existing one, you will need to make a lot of planning and design decisions to guarantee the results will best reflect and satisfy the specific needs of your family.  Properly plan your project from the beginning, using a skilled contractor who understands the design, configuration, and installation of home automation. Continue reading

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Using The Energy Guide Label When Shopping For Appliances

At some point everyone has to buy home appliances and perhaps heating and air conditioning.  Hopefully it ‘s not when you have 3 weeks of laundry to do only to find out that your washing machine is broken. Can you relate?  Can you also relate to wandering around the store gazing over the big yellow labels wondering what they mean? Overall these labels are there for your benefit to help you compare the energy efficiency of various appliances in a particular category.  It gives you the entire range and where a machine fits into that range so you can make an educated decision.  You’ll find these labels on clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, window air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and pool heaters.

The most important piece of information on these labels is the cost per year to run.  Continue reading

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Popular Home Styles in Fairfield County, CT – Part 1

from bhg.com

Cape Cods, commonly called Capes here in Fairfield County, CT go back to the 30’s.  They were originally designed as one story homes with four rooms on the main floor, a basement and an attic. Today the attics are used as bedrooms and many have been expanded with dormers and even turned into Colonials.
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3 Easy Things To Prepare Your Home For Sale

When getting ready to list your home for sale, here are three of my favorite inexpensive fixes that I recommend to my clients in Fairfield County:

1. Painting walls in pale neutral colors.  Freshly painted walls erase years of wear from any room. While you may personally prefer rich or bright colors, potential buyers may not. Beyond ensuring that rooms look as big, bright and airy as possible, you want potential buyers to picture spaces where their furnishings will fit in without redecorating. Pale beige or grey rooms work with furnishings of all colors, and wind up appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers. Continue reading

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Staging When Stagers Aren’t Around

Today, staging a home before selling is the norm and if you don’t do it you are at a disadvantage. Hiring a professional Stager is always the best bet, but it’s not always in a Seller’s budget. A great listing agent will help you decide whether staging is imperative for your home – and will offer some basic fixes to help you work with what you have. In addition, some agents have taken staging classes and have actual experience staging their client’s homes.
Here are some tips to get your home ready for sale.
1. The first stage to set is the front yard. If the street view is untidy or the yard overgrown, the potential buyer walks into your house having had a negative impression. That’s not a good place to start. So, if the front or garage doors are even a little bit chipped or flaking, sand and paint them. Same goes for front fences & gates. People’s eyes are drawn to color, season permitting, add a few cheerful annuals in pots and hanging baskets.
2. Create space in your house by removing bulky, old or mismatched furniture. The goal is to get buyers looking at your house, not your things. This allows a buyer to see the positive attributes of your home and start to visualize their furniture in your space.
3. Nothing is quite as off-putting as evidence of bad personal hygiene. Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms need special hospital-clean sparkle. Do laundry frequently, light candles, set air fresheners — and open windows wherever you can.
The market is picking up, but even so, similar homes are still competing for the same group of buyers. That’s why it is vital that you present your home as favorably as possible. As a certified Home Staging Specialist and with comprehensive knowledge of our Fairfield County market, I can help you maximize your home’s potential. If you are considering listing a home in Fairfield County, call me anytime for a consultation!