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She Was Afraid to Sell Her Home, But Dreams Really Do Come True!

The seed was planted years ago that maybe someday they would leave their comfortable bubble in Westport, Connecticut, and follow one of their dreams. They knew they would love to go abroad for a while, pursue the adventure of a live-aboard, or follow their passion for waterfront living.

He was excited to go for it, but she, not so much. Selling their home would allow them to be untethered for a while but the emotional consequences of leaving their home and hometown of 17 years with deep connections to friends, the community, and their love of Westport, was not lost on them. 

For starters, the limited choice of homes on the market made homelessness seem a clear outcome. The process of having to show the house day after day during a pandemic and having to deal with the whole listing, selling, and the moving process felt daunting. How could she argue with her grown daughters who rightly said they should keep the beautiful home they had made perfect over the years by putting their hearts and soles into it?

But, wasn’t this the perfect time? Wasn’t now the time to sell your home, especially in Westport with properties flying off the shelf at record speed for top dollar?

As it turned out, the low inventory and logistical barriers were really not the problems.

Becoming emotionally ready for adventure and following the dream was what she needed to take the leap out of her comfort zone. Only once she was at peace with letting go, moving on, and embracing the adventure, had all the pieces, one at a time, fallen into place.

I had come to see their home and discuss their hopes, dreams, plans, and concerns. Following that, we met via Zoom due to the pandemic. I explained the market, the recommended listing price, options for giving them flexibility for their timing, and shared my custom comprehensive marketing plan which included an added detailed walk-through video for buyers to watch before requesting a showing.

Still, for weeks she struggled with the decision. But as they explored their ideas for their next chapter, she shared their dreams with their daughters who became very supportive of their vision. The response from several friends was also positive and supportive of their decision to sell, and in fact many even said they too had been considering making changes of their own and following their dreams.

So they gave me the green light and I put the house on the market while they went to Boston for the weekend to visit family. During that weekend, I managed 25 showings and multiple offers. They chose a buyer who paid more than their asking price and who was agreeable to a long closing period to give them time to find a new home.

They researched their options and visited potential new homes in various areas. Sure enough, they came upon a fabulous waterfront home further north with breathtaking views that they absolutely loved!

So you may want to ask yourself- Does your home truly satisfy your current needs, wants, and, desires? Can you brace yourself to stretch your comfort zone for some adventure? If so, then now is the time to trust the process, and make it happen!

There are numerous logistical options for making your dream a reality. And there happens to be a jackpot of opportunity presenting itself to sellers right now, with buyers from the New York City area searching in droves, low inventory to compete with, and low interest rates to help you and your buyer with your purchase.

A great way to inspire your journey is to explore our Raveis Escapes website with destination locations featured by local Realtors and browse those areas. Set up searches for yourself in any areas that intrigue you get a feel what’s available there. If you are thinking of moving cross-country or overseas, I can refer you to the perfect agent through my elite brokerage network and oversee your satisfaction with them.

Give me a call or send a note below, and let me lead the way!

Linda
203.912.4440


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Happy and Hopeful 2021!

Happy and hopeful 2021 from the Raymond Family. May this New Year bring health, harmony, joy, prosperity, love, peace, and togetherness for all! ❤️❤️

#2021 #HappyNewYear #NewYear2021 #Peace #Joy #Love

If a move is on your horizon this year, you can set up your own search here to browse the market. Reach out to me anytime with questions or to discuss your plans. Call 203.912.4440, visit my website, or send a note in the form below.


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Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours!

(Blooper photo below)

Reach out to me anytime using the form below or via phone at 203.912.4440 or on my website.  Feel free to set up your own home search in the MLS here.
Happy Holidays! 🤗🎉❤️


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Christmas Eve 2020 Was a Great Beach Day at Penfield in Fairfield, CT!

Who would think that Penfield Beach was the place to be at around noon on Christmas Eve 2020?

The temperature was mild but the winds were high, so the walkers, dogs, and sea gulls were there along with about a dozen kite boarders in wet suites. The scene was festive and vibrant as always, and a great way to kick off the holiday week!

What a fabulous town to call home! If you are thinking of making a move, you can set up your own search here to browse homes in any areas that intrigue you. If you are thinking of moving cross-country or overseas, I can refer you to the perfect agent through my elite brokerage network and oversee your satisfaction with them. Give me a call at 203.912.4440, visit my website, or send a note in the form below, and let me lead the way!

#penfieldbeach #Christmas2020# christmasathebeach #fairfieldct #lovethebeach

 


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Winter Real Estate Word on the Street from Linda

Want a break from politics, pandemics, and gift returns? Here’s my Winter 🌲Word on the Street! 🏡 Let me know if you would like to be added to the quarterly distribution. 👍🏻

If you’re considering a move to or from this area, you can set up your own MLS search here and check out the market. Feel free to reach out to me any time via phone, 203.912.4440, my website, or a note in the form below. I’m always here to help.


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New Eatery in Fairfield CT Beach Area – Reef Shack FFLD is Open!

Fairfield residents always love a new eatery when one comes to town, and the new “Reef Shack FFLD” has just opened on Reef Road!

The set-up resembles a hybrid of The Pantry, Starbucks, and the beach concession stand with a a separate barista counter and a beach-glam flair. The menu is large and fabulous with eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The space can completely open via glass garage doors to a cute patio with a beach shack vibe.

Charming patio for all kinds of weather!

For some more background, here’s the story from the CTPost. Check out their website at https://www.reefshackffld.com to browse the menu. It’s a good idea to call in your order until they have set up their online ordering service. Be sure to stop by!

Thinking of buying or selling around here?  Set up your own MLS search, and check out the market!

If you have any questions about this post or the housing market in the neighborhood or surrounding areas, reach out using the form below, visit my website or call me direct at 203.912.4440.


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Fairfield Beach in Review: December 2020

Quick Request:  If you received a postcard of the picture below and/or saw it on Facebook, please let me know in the comment form at the end of this post! Thanks!   

Market Activity on
Fairfield Beach Road, Pine Creek Avenue, & Old Dam Road

What’s On the Market?

Active Beach Listings

Fairfield Beach Road

  • 10 single-family homes are for sale.
  • Three are new construction listings priced from $1,495,000 for a creekside property to $2,995,000.
  • Four properties have a dock on the Pine Creek waterway.
  • Three of the properties have a dock on the creek.
  • The highest-priced home listed for $4,9999,000 sits on the beach and has a large guest house.
  • The lowest-priced home has a non-buildable lot on the beachfront with a cottage on the creek across the street from it.

There is one active listing on Pine Creek Ave but no active listings on Old Dam Road.

What Has Sold Since Mid-October?

Sold on the beach 2020

  • Eight single-family homes sold at the beach from October 15 through December 8 including two on Pine Creek Avenue.
  • One condo sold on Fairfield Beach Rd across from the beach for $728,000.
  • Single-family sale prices ranged from $985,000 to $4,150,000.

What About Accepted Offers?

  • There are currently two accepted offers on Fairfield Beach Rd between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000.
  • There is one accepted offer on Pine Creek Avenue for a home priced at $1,650,000.

In stark contrast, last year in 2019 during the same timeframe from October 15 through December 8, there was only one beach sale, 296 Pine Creek Avenue for $2,900,000!

So the word on the street is that the holidays are right around the corner, and there is a lot of merry and bright activity at the beach!

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If you have any questions about this market and what it can mean for you, please reach out to me at 203.912.4440, Linda.Raymond@raveis.com , visit my website, or using the form below.  I’m here to help!


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Linda’s December 2020 Real Estate Update – Westport and Fairfield CT

As we head into December, find out how the real estate market activity faired in October-November 2020 compared to 2019 in Westport and Fairfield. What were the top three selling price categories, and how much is currently for sale in these ranges? How does this compare to our local markets at the end of the summer? Watch the video below and get the scoop!

Reach out to me anytime using the form below or via phone at 203.912.4440 or on my website.  Feel free to set up your own home search in the MLS here.
Happy Holidays! 🤗🎉❤️


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Linda’s October 2020 Real Estate Market Update – Westport and Fairfield CT

How did August and September 2020 compare to 2019 in these towns? What were the top three selling price categories, and how much is currently for sale in these ranges? Watch the video below and get the scoop!

Feel free to reach out to me any time using the form below or give me a call at 203.912.4440 if you have any real estate questions.