Cheshire, CT Real Estate News

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Applying Common Sense to a Low Ball Offer   Sooner or later we have to face the situation of dealing with an offer that is much too low, or having a seller feel offended at an offer you present through their agent. This has happened to me, from each side, within the past 2 weeks. On behalf of a client, I presented an offer that was a touch low, but circumstances fully justified our value. The seller was insulted, and refused to even consider a counter offer. Two weeks later, however, after dropping their price an additional $10,000, the other agent sent me an email asking if my clients were still interested in the property. We ended up agreeing on a deal, $7,000 higher than my client's original offer. On the flip side, I was sent an offer to present to my client that is significantly be...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Cheshire CT Real Estate Sales Report for August 2011   Currently in Cheshire CT there are 153 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 770 square ft, 1-bedroom bungalow listed at $147,500 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,770,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $461,695. The average days on market for these homes is 146 days. For the month of August, there were 18 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.   In addition, there are currently 14 homes under contract in Cheshire CT, with four (4) having gone under contract in the month of August. The average list price for the homes under contract is $475,907 an average days on market of 227 days. In August, 25 homes closed in Cheshire CT. They rang...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Connecticut Quilt Shop Hop 2011 No, I am not a quilter, but I certainly appreciate quilts!  This is imperative as I am married to an avid quilter.  September 8 starts the 10 day run of the Connecticut Quilt Shop Hop for 2011, so I am afraid I will see little of my wife for the next few days. The following 16 Connecticut quilt stores will be participating in the Connecticut Quilt Shop Hop: Dot's Quilt Shop in Prospect (where my wife spends a great deal of time) Yankee Cloth in Wallingford Yankee Quilter in Oxford Colchester Mill Fabrics in Colchester Fabric Tree in Danbury Lisa's Clover Hill Quilts in Berlin Quilter's Corner in New Milford Quilter's Cove in Durham Quilter's Dream in Willimantic (my wife loves to make this drive in the fall when the trees are at their peak) Quilting by th...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Good Night Irene! As the rain falls steadily, I thought I would share the sign that I saw in Prospect CT this morning--very well done on what I would imagine was relatively short notice! Once the storm is over, if your bird feeders have not fallen victim to the storm, be sure they are well supplied for our hungry winged friends.  I filled mine up this morning with a special blend that kept our feeders busy all day.  Now let's just hope that we can say Good Night Irene soon!  
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Will they Call off the FIRST Day of School? There are many children looking forward to the first day of school, and for Cheshire, CT, that day is supposed to be Monday, August 29, 2011.  However, with Irene on her way, that plan may change!  I went to check the website for Cheshire Public Schools to see if they made any mention of the hurricane only to find that it was not working.  I called the high school to see if they had changed their web address.  The best answer that I could get was that it was being updated.  So for those of you who are wondering if the first day of school will be held as planned in Cheshire, CT, here is the Connecticut Weather website which usually keeps us updated on school closings.  As I am writing this blog, there are already six communities posting cancell...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
It's A Buyer's Market and I want to get a Deal! Yes it's true, it is definitely a buyer's market and the deals are out there waiting to be plucked, but are you attuned enough to the market to appreciate the deal that's in front of you?  I have been working with some very particular buyers, that are well qualified for their specific purchasing power, but are insistent that they should be able to really steal a deal. We have been through homes that will satisfy their needs for space, comfort and financial needs. They have seen a few homes that would be perfect, they are priced competitively for the market, yet they still feel that the sellers should drop down to their offering, period. As their agent, I have offered them all the history of their home choice, including complete time on mar...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Cheshire CT Real Estate Sales Report for July 2011   Currently in Cheshire CT there are 163 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 936 square ft, 3-bedroom ranch listed at $169,900 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,770,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $445,045. The average days on market for these homes is 145 days. For the month of July, there were 24 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.     In addition, there are currently 19 homes under contract in Cheshire CT, with five (5) having gone under contract in the month of July. The average list price for the homes under contract is $403,847 with an average days on market of 159 days.   In July, 26 homes closed in Cheshire CT. They ranged...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
An Evening Under the Stars . . . Pay it Forward We attended an even recently for an organization whose mission statement is "to provide innovative clinical and educational programs that promote the healing benefits of the human-animal bond and nature for children". The name of this group is called Soul Friends. Soul Friends provides their service by integrating animals into the therapy, either in group sessions or on an individual basis. Through their various programs, they assist and help children coping with grief, loss, trauma and socio-emotional challenges by interacting with the animals, and combining this involvement with special related stories. Soul Friends has been recognized by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and have also been recipients of grants to furt...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Cheshire CT Real Estate Sales Report for June 2011 Currently in Cheshire CT there are 191 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 1,196 square ft, 3-bedroom ranch listed at $169,900 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,990,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $437,359. The average days on market for these homes is 132 days. For the month of June, there were 38 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.   In addition, there are currently 19 homes under contract in Cheshire CT, with five (5) having gone under contract in the month of June. The average list price for the homes under contract is $386,963 with an average days on market of 121 days.   In June, 17 homes closed in Cheshire CT. They ranged f...
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By Doreen DuChette
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
STAGE, STAGE, STAGE! When I was first contacted by decorators offering staging services years ago, I was very cynical.  I felt it was just a money making opportunity.  It wasn't until a few years ago while selling my own home that it's value became so clearly evident.  I had been thinking about selling for a few years prior to actually marketing my home so it was relatively easy for me.  Add to the fact that I love to paint and love to shop!  By simply painting my interior with fresh popular colors, decluttering and purchasing a few reasonably priced wall hangings, bowls and cabinet hardward,  I was able to sell my home quickly and for a very good price!  Homeowners who just don't have the knack for home decorating can hire a staging specialist for between $100 and $300 to give them a s...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What happens next with our short sale listing? We've sent our paperwork to the bank and are waiting for the bank to assign a person to the file. In the meantime we have the house on the market. What is going to happen now? Well, the house will be put into the system with a notation that it is a short sale listing. The price in the system reflects current market value, which is less than the outstanding balance on the mortgage but a fair representation of values in the system. After a few weeks, a new analysis will be done on the listing price, and will make a reduction based on latest market value. The real determination of value will be done by the bank once an offer has been sent to them. Once we get an offer on the house, a HUD-1 sheet is prepared detailing all costs and credits to t...
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By Doreen DuChette
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
CRAIGLIST SCAM ALERT! IF THAT RENTAL LISTING ON CRAIGSLIST SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE...it is!  Craigslist scams in real estate are very common. Especially, it seems, with rental properties.  I recently had a beautiful colonial home for sale in Cheshire, CT listed for $450,000.  Although not for rent, this property would rent for over $2,000 per month. One morning I received calls from 3 people asking about a Craigslist posting advertising it available for rent for $800.  Fortunately they were suspicious enough to research the address online and contacted me directly.  The individual posting the ad gave a telephone number.  When a potential tenant called the number to reach the "owner," they were told that the owner was out of the country doing missionary work.  They were told that the ...
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By Doreen DuChette
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Large Private Collection of approximately 1500 books will be sold this weekend at 440 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire CT.  Books include history, philosophy, travel, fiction and theater.  Hours are Friday 9 - noon,  Saturday 9 - 1, Sunday 9 - noon.   Directions: Rt 10 to Wallingford Road.  Bear left on the private driveway.
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Cheshire CT Real Estate Sales Report for May 2011 Currently in Cheshire CT there are 200 active residential listings for sale. They range from a 907 square ft, 3-bedroom cape, listed at $107,900 to a 5600 square ft, 4 bedroom colonial estate listed at $1,990,000. The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Cheshire CT is $442,901. The average days on market for these homes is 121 days. For the month of May, there were 49 new homes listed for sale in Cheshire CT.  The average list price of the new listings available for sale in Cheshire CT  is $425,437.  In addition, there are currently 17 homes under contract in Cheshire CT, with five (5) having gone under contract in the month of May. The average list price for the homes under contract is $474,800 with an averag...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Yesterday I Walked Real Estate with 144 New Friends Yes, it was a cool, drizzly morning, but there they were at 10:00 AM ready to go, 144 charged golfers waiting for the horn to start the 53rd Annual Golf Classic sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Hartford County. The day's festivities were held at the Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon CT It was a packed event, and to anyone that knows golf, that meant 2 foursomes per tee. The days events was to raise money to support the charitable work done by the Home Builder's Association of Hartford County, and it was well supported by all of the other chapters in the state in addition to the suppliers of goods and services that depend on the home builders for their business.      Our team from RE/MAX Professionals was represented by our ...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Huge Tag Sale - 255 Nob Hill Road Cheshire CT Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4, 2011 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Large Moving Sale – Cherry dining room furniture, Queen Ann living room furniture, sofa recliner, trampoline, 32 inch Toshiba television, crib with mattress and bumpers, Maytag washer and dryer, desk, chairs, universal exercise machine, treadmill, set of three bar stools, cedar chest, large bird feeders, antique chest of drawers, Coleman generator (never used but started), air compressor, sofa, glass coffee table, glass sideboard table, antique cast iron yard urn, quilting fabric and equipment, computer equipment, sewing table, storage cabinets, books, Marvel and DC comics (X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Justice League of America, Spiderman), and much more. View Larger Map
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Saturday, June 4, at Bushnell Park in Hartford Ct, is the Komen Race for the Cure Breast Cancer is a horrible disease, that affects so many people, women and men. The strain on families is terrible and the efforts to find a cure are ongoing and expensive. Here in Connecticut on Saturday, June 4 in Bushnell Park in Hartford Ct will be a number of events all with the common goal of raising money for the Susan G Komen foundation and finding a cure for breast cancer. Events start at 7:00 AM with registration, with the race starting at 8:00 AM. There are various lengths of races and activities for all. Go to the site for additional details and for information on making a donation even if you can't attend. My wife, a breast cancer survivor, will be there. She is recognized by me with all my t...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Everybody Loves a Parade! And Cheshire is no exception!  Be sure to catch the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 29, beginning at 1 P.M. at Highland Elementary School and marching to Cheshire High School.  And if you have anywhere to go in Cheshire, you need to be sure to avoid Route 10--probably beginning at about noon and steering clear for a few hours! Happy Memorial Day all!  
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Home Sales Sluggish in Central CT, But Buyers are Finding Great Deals The CT Association of Realtors just released the first quarter sales figures for home sales in CT and the volume is off 34% from the same period last year. Some of this can be attributed to the lack of a buyer incentive like the First time buyer rebate of up to $8,000 that was in effect last year and didn't expire until June. The business climate in CT still remains tentative and unemployment is hovering just below 10%. With banks tightening lending requirements, and buyers tentative because of job concerns, it doesn't appear that our state will be like the 34 other states in the country that are experiencing growth and consider the recession ended.   CT has a history of being one of the last states to feel a recessio...
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By Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
It's been a wet few days here in Connecticut with more rain expected tonight and tomorrow.  Flood watches have been posted for much of the area, but we have to be thankful that none of the snow from this past winter is still sitting around waiting to melt along with the rain, or we would have something looking like this . . . Next week is supposed to be in the 80s, so get those mowers tuned up and ready to go!!
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