Middletown, CT Real Estate News

By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Report for Middletown for July 2007 and Year to DateResidential There are 136 active residential listings in Middletown.  In July 51 new listings came on the market, 30 homes went under deposit and there were 42 closings.  The average sale price was $253,077, the average per sq.ft. price was $159 and the average days on the market were 44.  In July of 2006, there were 37 closed sales with an average sale price of $277,418, an average per sq.ft. price of $166 and an average of 53 days on the market.  Looking at these comparisons, prices were down 7.8% and per sq.ft.prices were down 4.2%. Comparing the first 7 months of 2006 to the same time period in 2007, in 2006 there were 224 closed sales with an average sale price of $275,793, an average per sq.ft. price of $166 and the averag...
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By Carl Guild, Central Connecticut Real Estate
(Carl Guild & Associates)
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Report for Middletown for May 2007 Residential There were 144 active listings on the market in May compared to 140 in April.  48 new listings came on the market, 47 went under deposit and there were 33 closed transactions.  The average sale price was $261,035, with a per sq.ft price of $157 and average days on the market of 58.  Last month there were 26 closed transactions with an average sale price of $279,955.  Compared to May of 2006 the closings went down from 46 last year in May to 33 this year and the average sale price went down from $273,232 last year to $261,035 this year.  Prices compared to last year appear to have dropped by about 4.5% and number of sales dropped by 28%.  There is about a 3 month supply of homes on the market.Comparing the first 5 months of 2006 to th...
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Report for Middletown for April 2007Residential There are 140 active listings in Middletown.  For the month of April there were 65 new listings, 29 homes went under deposit and there were 26 closed transactions.  The average sale price was $279,955 and the median sale price was $253,250.  Homes sold for 98.51% of their final asking price and were on the market for an average of 65 days.  Compared to April 2006, the numbers are about the same.  In 2006 there were 25 closed sales, with an average sale price of $272,226 and a median sale price of $234,900.  Homes sold for 98.09% of their final asking price and were on the market for an average of 98 days.  Prices went up this year by 2.8%  and were on the market 33 days less than last year.  The absorption rate shows a 4.8 month sup...
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By Tom Abbate
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Middletown Connecticut, the hub of Middlesex County, is located on the Connecticut River, with easy access to major highways, airports, railroads and other modes of transportation. The city's forty-two square miles include rural, suburban and urban settings, an historic downtown, Wesleyan University, and large city-owned parks and open spaces.The downtown area main street has many interesting old buildings which now house thriving businesses and restaurants.  The city is rich with churches of mulitple denominations, hospitals, small museums, and schools. In addition it is  about 2 hours away from New York City and Boston, and 30 minutes from New Haven and Hartford. Middletown homes range from Historic to contemporary. Prices range from about $49,000 for a mobile home to $2,000,000. 
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Report for Middletown for March 2007 and the 1st QuarterResidential Total residential listings in Middletown for the end of March was 130.  46 new listings came on the market, 48 went under deposit and there were 29 closed transactions.  The average sale price was $253,588 and the median sale price was $240,000.  Homes sold for an average of 97.16% of their final asking price and were on the market for an average of 78 days.  Compared to February, the number of listings is down from 142 to 130, the average sale price is down from $275,012 to $253,588 and the days on the market were unchanged.Compared to March of 2006, the number of closed transactions went  down from 38 last year to 29 this year.  The average sale price went down from $298,660 last year to $253,558 this year.  Th...
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Report for Middletown for February 2007ResidentialFor the month of February 48 new listings came on the market, 36 listings went under deposit and there were 16 closed sales.  The average selling price was $275,012 and the median sale price was $262,500.  Homes were on the market for an average of  78 days and they sold for 97.54% of their final asking price.  There are a total of 142 active listings on the market.Compared to the January numbers, deposits were up by 5, closings were down by 12.  The average sale price went up from $251,118 to $275,012 and the selling price percent stayed about the same. Compared to February 2006 closed sales, sales were down by 3 this year, but the average sale price was up from $250,947 in 2006 to $275,012 in 2007.Looking at the statistics for t...
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Update for Middletown for January 2007ResidentialAt the end of January in Middletown there were 143 active listings, an increase of 20 active listings compared to the end of December.  There were 64 new listings that came on the market in January, 31 went under deposit and 28 closed.  The average sale price was $251,118 and the median sale price was $252,000.  Houses sold on average for 97.2% of the asking price and the average days on the market were 51.  Comparing these numbers to December, in December there were 23 new listings, 25 deposits and 22 closed sales with an average closed sale price of $301,259.  Right now the inventory is enough for 4 ½ months. Comparing this January to January 2006, in 2006 there were 18 closed sales with an average sale price of $269,465 and a me...
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By Marabeth Gildersleeve
(Prudential Ct. Realty)
Market Update for Middletown for December 2006  Residential  In Middletown the number of active listings is down from last month, with only 123 homes currently on the market.  Part of this is because of the time of year, since 28 listings expired in the month of December.  There were 23 new listings, 25 deposits taken and 22 closed sales.  The average closed sales price was $301,259.  In 2005 there were 38 closed sales in December with an average sale price of $271,590, so for the month of December the average sale price increased.Looking at a comparison of the market between 2005 and 2006 for the whole year, in 2005 there were 470 closed sales with an average sale price of $278,055 and in 2006 there were 381 closed sales with an average sale price of $275,416. There was a 19% decrease ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Most of the sermons that our Minister preaches on Sunday Morning hit home with me, in fact most of the time I think that the sermon is about me.  It isn’t, but that is what a good sermon should do, talk directly to us and make us look at ourselves.  Yesterday morning however, it was not the sermon that talked to me, but a story that he told about his daughter when she was in Kindergarten.  Most of us are familiar with a method of discipline called “Time Out”.  When a child misbehaves they are sent to for “Time Out” some where in the room or house by themselves, but this Kindergarten Teacher had a different method.  His daughter came home and told him that one of the little boys in the class had missed behaved, and that the Teacher had sent him to the “Stop & Think Chair”.  Everyone at C...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Let’s face it, buying a home can cause some anxiety, but it doesn’t have to. The more you understand about the financial aspects of buying a home and the process you’ll go through, the smoother the transaction will go. But that understanding depends upon working with knowledgeable professionals who will take the time to fully explain everything.  It is my intent with this Post to provide prospective Buyers with the necessary information to begin this process. There are three very basic, but in my opinion the most important steps that any Homebuyer, but especially First Time Homebuyers, should take when they begin to look for a house. Opt Out - In my Opinion, the first step in obtaining a Mortgage is for the Buyer to “Opt Out” from having their Credit information sold to Lenders who are ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
I firmly believe that the difference between a successful sales person and one that isn’t, is “Motivation”.  A successful sales person does not need to report to an office and have someone tell them what they have to do.  A successful sales person does not have to have someone checking on them to see if they are doing what they are suppose to be doing. A successful sales person does not wait around for the phone to ring, they make it ring. What does a successful sales person have that others are missing?  It is simple, it is “Motivation”.  A successful sales person is a self motivated person.  They can motivate themselves to do the things that have to be done each and every day to be successful.  They are motivated to do what needs to be done even when they don’t feel like doing it.  Th...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
If there is one thing that two and half months on ActiveRain has reinforced in me, is that if you are going to be in the Real Estate Industry, then we MUST always be prepared.  Both of my boys are Eagle Scouts, and the Boy Scouts Motto of “Be Prepared”.  This Motto was drummed into them very early in life.  The Boys Scouts not only teach the Scouts to “Be Prepared” they live it.  Scouting involves a lot of camping and back packing.  A Scout has to “Be Prepared” for anything and everything when they are out in the woods.  They have to learn how to pack not only everything that they will need, but also to pack only what they will need since they will have to carry everything they pack by themselves.  They have to take every situation into consideration, and then make sure that they are eq...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
This is the time of year when most people in the Real Estate Industry are putting together their Business Plans or setting goals for 2007.  Some will be doing their Business Plan or setting goals in writing, while others will take a less formal approach and just make a conscious personal decision to what they want to accomplish in the up coming year.  We all need goals in our life and in our business.  If we do not have goals and a direction of where we want to be, then we will never get there. Can you imagine stating out on a trip to a specific location, and not have a clue as to how you were going to get there.  What do you think the odds would be that you would just accidentally find your way there?  Not very good I would say.  So what makes anyone think that they are going to get wh...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Tomorrow is Sunday and I have made it a practice to stop by two to three Open Houses on my way home from Church.  This practice has been a great marketing tool for me, and one that I enjoy doing.  Many of the business relationships that I have formed with the Realtors that I work with have been a result of stopping by Open Houses on Sundays. Here in upper Middlesex County most of the Open Houses are done on Sunday between the hours of 1:00 – 3:00 in the afternoon.  This time works great for me because I am usually leaving Church around 12:30, and it takes me about 20 to 30 minutes to get into the territory that I cover.  I live about 30 minutes from Church, so my wife and family are getting home about the same time that I am stopping by the first Open House.  Our main meal on Sunday is ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Yesterday was my oldest son’s twenty-fourth birthday, but we could not go out because he had to prepare some things for his class today (he teaches 7th and 8th grade math & science), so we took him out to dinner tonight instead.  He loves barbecue food, so we went to this restaurant that specializes in barbecue ribs.  It is a fairly new restaurant, and their St. Louis style ribs are unbelievable. This was our second time there, and each time the service has been fantastic, maybe even better than the food.  My wife and I were very impressed on how the waitress made it a point to constantly be at everyone of her tables.  She really seemed to want everyone’s experience there to be a memorable one.  She wasn’t the only waitress doing this, all of them serviced their table this way. When we ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
As everyone knows the Election is gratefully OVER yesterday!!!  For me it was a very long day, because I am the Republican Head Moderator here in Middletown, CT.  We were one of the test towns for the new Voting Machine that will be used State wide in 2007.  This Voting Machine is presently used in many other states, and works very well.  But since it is new to us, the Secretary of State had us go through several procedures that made for a very long and tiresome day.  My day started off yesterday at Town Hall at 4:30 in the morning, I was not done verifying all the Election figures until 12:45 this morning.  I think I am still seeing Election Returns, and will probably dream about them tonight.  OK enough about my day yesterday, but the idea for this blog is a result of yesterday.  No I...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Hooooo Eeeeeeee!  If I sound all charged up, it is because I am.  I just got the new Rates for the week from Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), and the 30 Year Fixed Rate has dropped to 5.25% until next Thursday.  That is right, it isn’t a typo, it dropped to 5.25%, and it is a 30 Year Fixed Loan.  CHFA, is the premier mortgage loan in Connecticut for first time homebuyers. It is only available to buyers who have not owned a home in the last three years (with a couple of exceptions).  It is FHA Insured and only requires a 3% Downpayment.  However, CHFA lets the borrower keep $5,000 of their own money before they make them apply their own funds toward the Downpayment and Closing Costs. If the borrower does not have the necessary funds to make the 3% Downpayment and Closing Cos...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
I am sure that there are lots and lots of blogs out there about ".Com Lenders", so if no one reads this one it is OK, but I just wanted to share a recent experience I had with a Borrower. I got a call from one of the Realtors that I call on, and she wanted me to call one of her family members, because she was concerned about how they were going about getting pre-qualified for a loan. It seems that these young family members had decided to try to purchase a house and had not talked to her first about it. They had the right idea about getting pre-qualified and seeing what they could afford, but unfortunately they watch a little too much TV. Like most young couples they still have a lot of lessons to learn in life. One of them is, talk to your elders before you make major decisions in you...
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