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Mini Vacation at Malibu Taco in Fairfield CT!

We had a fun time and a great dinner at Malibu Taco last weekend! The vibe was definitely lively 🎉 with up beat music in the background that made me think maybe I felt more like dancing than eating. 🙂 The upper and lower outdoor patios were bustling and equipped with multiple heaters. The super-cool and airy interior and bar were completely open to the patios which made everyone in all the eating spaces feel included.

The restaurant definitely attracted a very young crowd, and I think it’s the first place I’ve seen that seemed to have a dozen or more high school kids quietly having dinner together. Yet, there were plenty of older peeps like us enjoying ourselves as well.

The food and drinks were very good and also well-priced. We enjoyed the guacamole with house-made corn chips (which were not too salty) to start. Mark had the Nashville Hot Chicken Taco 🌮 and Spicy Crumbled Chorizo Taco which cooled off perfectly with the Patio Lemonade (yes, with vodka)🍹. I LOVED the Duck and Pineapple Taco and my Malibu Marg (without the salt).

Be sure to check out Malibu Taco in the Brick Walk at 1177 Post Road in Fairfield, (203) 292-8544. Here’s the link to their menu. We will definitely be back. Maybe we’ll see you there!

For more information about our fabulous local communities or how I can help you with your moving goals, give me a call or send a note below.


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Real Estate News: Westport and Fairfield CT August 2021

July numbers are in, and opportunity still knocks!

You, like many others have been ready to get out of your current home for quite a while, but you haven’t made the move yet. It’s a monumental decision for sure. You want to get the best ROI and the best terms when you sell and also be able to transition to the ideal new home for your next chapter.

But you are worried about how to prepare your house for sale, navigate the process, and manage the timing. This is all very understandable. This is also why you need an expert agent who understands the current market and who will implement a strategy for you that fits with your priorities and guides you toward achieving your goals.

How’s the single-family housing market in Westport and Fairfield Connecticut as we move into August?

Take a look at the stats below showing how the stats in July 2021 compare to July 2020.

In WESTPORT

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are DOWN 28.1.5% from 96 to 69 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 19% from $1,294,500 to $1,540,000.
  • Inventory is DOWN 18.4% from 244 to 199 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 44.9% from 6 months to 3.51.
  • Market Time is DOWN 41.1% from 73 to 43 days.

In FAIRFIELD

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are DOWN 34.7% from 147 to 96 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 12.5% from $640,000 to $720,000.
  • Inventory is DOWN 42.2% from 396 to 229 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 60.6% from 6 months to 2.37!
  • Market Time is DOWN 50.6% from 85 to 42 days.

The trends of low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continue through July. Unit sales dipped in July, likely due to the continued reduced inventory in combination with “buyer fatigue”, and summer vacations. We will likely see reduced closings for the same reasons in August as well.

More homes are listed for sale each day, so despite the low inventory, there is an ever-changing selection to choose from, and you only need one to make your move!

As of the day of this writing, there are 68 newly listed single-family homes and condos in Westport and Fairfield.

Yet the buyer demand is still stronger than the supply which is keeping the inventory low, causing some continued multiple offer situations, though not as many as in earlier months, and pushing sale prices up in both towns.

Opportunities are here for both buyers and sellers in this dynamic marketplace, but we can all benefit from more homeowners listing their properties for sale!

Home appreciation is expected to continue according to the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun. Interest rates are anticipated to rise slightly but are still expected to remain historically low.

So if you are seeking your perfect home, you may want to take the plunge and move forward with doing so now!

If you are thinking of selling in the next 12 months and would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current or future markets, call me today 203.912.4440.

 


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How’s the Housing Market in Westport and Fairfield CT at the Start of July 2021?

As far as the market is concerned, opportunity still knocks! So, why stay on the fence, when you can get a new one! 😉

You, like many others have been ready to get out of your current home for quite a while, but you haven’t made the move yet. It’s a monumental decision for sure. You want to get the best ROI and the best terms when you sell and also be able to transition to the right new home for your next chapter. You are worried about how to prepare your house for sale, navigate the process, and manage the timing. This is all very understandable. This is also why you need an expert agent who understands the current market and who will implement a strategy for you that fits with your priorities and guides you toward achieving your goals.

How’s the single-family housing market in Westport and Fairfield Connecticut as we head into July?

Take a look at the stats below comparing June 2021 to last June 2020:

In WESTPORT

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 25.5% from 51 to 64 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 7.1% from $1,495,000 to $1,601,000.
  • Inventory is DOWN 22.6% from 283 to 219 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 56.7% from 9 months to 3.72.
  • Market Time is DOWN 65% from 123 to 43 days.

In FAIRFIELD

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 12.9% from 93 to 105 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 16.9% from $650,000 to $760,000.
  • Inventory is DOWN 42.9% from 434 to 248 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 64.8% from 7 months to 2.46!
  • Market Time is DOWN 45.1% from 91 to 50 days.

The trends of extremely low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continue through June. However, the market is not stagnant. Unit sales are up and we are seeing more homes listed for sale. In fact, as of the day of this writing, there are 71 newly listed single-family homes and condos in Westport and Fairfield. The buyer demand is still stronger than the supply which is keeping the inventory low, causing many multiple offer situations, and pushing sale prices upward in both towns.

Opportunities are here for both buyers and sellers in this dynamic marketplace, but we can all benefit from more homeowners listing their properties for sale!

As the summer temps rise, home appreciation as well as interest rates are anticipated to follow. Yet interest rates are still expected to remain historically low, and buyers continue to look for their perfect homes. If you are a homeowner on the fence, now is a great time to sell!

If you are thinking of selling in the next 12 months and would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current market, call me today 203.912.4440.

 


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Grateful for Our Positive Work Culture at William Raveis Real Estate!

Pictured below are scenes from a fabulous elegant lunch hosted by Bill Raveis and his wife Candy at their Fairfield Connecticut home to celebrate 🎊 the careful selection of our new Southport office manager, Tammy Fenelstein (after Amy Arnheim retired), and getting back to “normal” after the pandemic!  The festivities began earlier in the day at the weekly morning sales meeting in our Southport office where Tammy was introduced to us. The meeting adjourned with a group photo outside the building.

At Willliam Raveis the company’s mission is to be laser-focused on supporting the agents as their customers. So everything they do is driven by the goal of ensuring our success in serving you. This means providing the best cutting-edge technology, a family of companies to support seamless transactions, key solutions to solving the challenges you face when moving to a new home, the best agent training, and the best local, national, and global marketing resources. So we work hard, play hard, and celebrate our happy clients as we go.

You are right to want to work with the agent who’s company has a supportive, joyful, family culture which we are so grateful to have at William Raveis Real Estate, because this positive force 🌅 supports everything we do, and I bring that great energy along with all our resources to work for you! ❤️

If you are thinking of selling in the next 12 months, now is the time to start planning. Call me at 203.912.4440 or reach out using the form below.


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How’s the Housing Market, June 2021? Is it Still Strong in Westport and Fairfield CT?

How’s the single-family housing market in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut at the end of May as we head into June? Take a look at the info below to see the comparison to last May, 2020, and take note of the opportunities. If we follow last year’s trend, we will see a spike in sales beginning in the next couple of weeks and extending through September!

If you would like access to our William Raveis Local Housing Data tool and run your own graphs like the ones below, just send me a note in the form below for the link! Here are the specifics. 

In WESTPORT

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 52% from 31 to 47 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 46% from $1,085,000 to $1,582,000.
  • Inventory is DOWN 29% from 306 to 217 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 61% from 10 months to 4.
  • Market Time is DOWN 41% from 90 to 53 days.

In FAIRFIELD

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 3% from 72 to 74 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 22% from $662,500 to $807,500.
  • Inventory is DOWN 39% from 421 to 257 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 62% from 7 months to 2.6!
  • Market Time is DOWN 56% from 107 to 56 days.

The trends of extremely low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continues through May, though we are seeing more homes come on the market. The strong buyer demand in the face of this limited choice is still causing frequent multiple offer situations and pushing sale prices upward in both towns.

Opportunities are here for both buyers and sellers, but the market can unquestionably benefit from more home owners listing their properties for sale! The summer is heating up, and me may see another spike in June through September like last year, depending on whether people are still wanting to escape the City. Interest rates remain low, and buyers are still out looking for their perfect homes. If you have been wondering, yes, now is the time to sell!

If you would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current market, you can create your own home search to check out the market, visit my website, give me a call, 203.912.4440, or send me a note below. I’m here to help!

 


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How’s the Housing Market, May 2021? Is Now a Good Time to Sell in Westport and Fairfield CT?

How’s the single-family housing market in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut as of the end of April? Take a look at the bullets and graphs below to see how things have changed dramatically this April compared to last April, 2020, and look at the opportunities.

If you would like access to our William Raveis Local Housing Data tool and run your own graphs like the ones below, just send me a note for the link! Here are the specifics. 

In WESTPORT

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are DOWN 8% from 39 to 36 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 27% from $1,100,000 to $1,401,500.
  • Inventory is DOWN 35% from 271 to 177 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 62% from 8 months to 3.
  • Market Time is DOWN 37% from 137 to 86 days.

In FAIRFIELD

  • Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 70% from 56 to 70 homes sold.
  • The Median Sale Price is UP 10% from $645,250 to $712,500.
  • Inventory is DOWN 46% from 426 to 231 homes for sale.
  • Months of Supply is DOWN 66% from 7 months to 2!
  • Market Time is DOWN 39% from 107 to 65 days.

The trend of extremely low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continues through April into May, though we are seeing more homes come on the market. The strong buyer demand in the face of this limited choice is still causing frequent multiple offer situations and has even slowed the rate of sales in Westport compared to April 2020.

Opportunities are here for both buyers and sellers, but the market can unquestionably benefit from more sellers entering the market! Vaccines are here, spring is here, interest rates remain low, and buyers are circling. If you have been wondering, yes, now is the time to sell!

If you would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current market, you can create your own home search to check out the market, visit my website, give me a call, 203.912.4440, or send me a note below. I’m here to help!

 


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How’s the Housing Market, April 2021? Is Now a Good Time to Sell in Westport and Fairfield CT?

How’s the single-family housing market in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut as of the end of March?Take a look at the bullets and graphs below to see how things have changed dramatically this March compared to last March, 2020, and look at the opportunities.

If you would like access to our William Raveis Local Housing Data tool and run your own graphs like the ones below, just send me a note for the link! Here are the specifics. 

In WESTPORT

Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 29% from 31 to 40 homes sold.
The Median Sale Price is UP 29% from $1,375,000 to $1,774,500.
Inventory is DOWN 47% from 289 to 153 homes for sale.
Months of Supply is DOWN 70% from 9 months to less than 3!
Market Time is DOWN 49% from 132 to 67 days.

In FAIRFIELD

Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 69% from 54 to 91 homes sold.
The Median Sale Price is UP 20% from $587,450 to $703,000.
Inventory is DOWN 55% from 479 to 217 homes for sale.
Months of Supply is DOWN 71% from 8 months to 2!
Market Time is DOWN 19% from 96 to 78 days.

The trend of extremely low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continues through March into April, though we are seeing more homes come on the market. The strong buyer demand in the face of this limited choice is still causing frequent multiple offer situations.

Opportunities exist for both buyers and sellers, but the market can unquestionably benefit from more sellers entering the market! Vaccines are here, spring is here, interest rates remain low, and buyers are waiting. If you have been wondering, yes, now is the time to sell.

If you would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current market, you can create your own home search to check out the market, visit my website, give me a call, 203.912.4440, or send me a note below. I’m here to help!

 


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Matchmaker Mystery: Do You Have What I’m Looking For? 🏡❤️

Let’s work on this matchmaker mystery together!

One of the challenges buyers are facing, along with would-be sellers, is that they can’t find what they are looking for on the market.

Many agents are sharing the criteria their buyers are looking for with the hope that someone who is thinking of selling may have a match to add to the market.

Here is my urgent buyer wish list,

  1. Westport – New or contemporary style, ~4,000 square feet, 4+ bedrooms, $1,500,000-$1,800,000, (Need two of these!)
  2. Westport – Renovation project or tear-down, 1+ acres, preferably with no wetlands, price flexible.
  3. Westport – Renovation project or tear-down, any property size, preferably with no wetlands, price flexible.
  4. Fairfield – Beach, town, Southport, or University areas, new or like-new home, 4,000 square feet, up to $1,700,000.
  5. Fairfield – Home with charm and character, preferably in the beach area, but open to anywhere in town, 3+ bedrooms, at least 1,400 square feet or room to expand, $700,000-$850,000.
  6. Fairfield – Home with charm and character, high ceilings, preferably in the beach area, center of town or Stratfield areas, 3+ bedrooms, at least 1,400 square feet or room to expand, finishable basement and/or attic, office space, level yard of .16 acres or more, $500,000-$640,000.
  7. Fairfield – Beach area, near Penfield, .23+ acres on which to renovate or build new, under $700,000.
  8. Fairfield – Town center, new or move-in ready 2-bedroom condo for rent, or sale up to $350,000.
  9. New Canaan – Walk-to-train location, 3 bedrooms, preferably new or move-in ready, high ceilings, up to $1,500,000.

If a matching property is found for the buyer needs above, the following new listings will in turn be added to the market,

  1. Westport – Gorgeous new construction home, likely with 4,000+ square feet and 5 bedrooms.
  2. Westport – ANOTHER gorgeous new construction home, likely with 4,000+ square feet and 5 bedrooms.
  3. Westport – Lovely 4-bedroom, move-in-ready home with lovely property in the Greens Farms area.
  4. Fairfield – Charming cape in the beach area.

The lack of inventory is limiting the market despite the opportunity of very low interest rates and an excellent time to sell for all interested home owners.

So if you have something, say something! 😃 If you know of something, say something! 😃 Want to talk options? Say something. I’m here to help, 203.912.4440.


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How’s the Local Housing Market Right Now? Westport and Fairfield CT – February 2021

How’s the single-family housing market in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut as of February? Take a look at the bullets and graphs below to see how things have changed dramatically this February compared to last February, 2020.

If you would like access to our William Raveis Local Housing Data tool and run your own graphs like the ones below, just send me a note for the link!  Here are the specifics. 

In WESTPORT

Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 68% from 25 to 42 homes sold.
The Median Sale Price is UP 44% from $1,115,000 to $1,600,000.
Inventory is DOWN 48% from 308 to 159 homes for sale.
Months of Supply is DOWN 71% from 10 months to less than 3!
Market Time is DOWN 55% from 155 to 70 days.

 

In FAIRFIELD

Single-Family Homes Sales are UP 39% from 36 to 50 homes sold.
The Median Sale Price is UP 33% from $525,000 to $697,500.
Inventory is DOWN 60% from 474 to 191 homes for sale.
Months of Supply is DOWN 73% from 8 months to 2!
Market Time is DOWN 32% from 113 to 77 days.

 

The trend of extremely low inventory, increasing median sale price, and short market time continues through February. The pace of Fairfield’s market appears to be limited even more than Westport’s by the severe decline in inventory. The strong buyer demand in the face of this limited choice is causing multiple offer situations at nearly every turn.

Opportunities exist for both buyers and sellers, but the market can unquestionably benefit from more sellers entering the market! Vaccines are here, spring is coming, buyers are waiting….

If you would like to discuss how to buy and sell your home in the current market, you can create your own home search to check out the market, visit my website, give me a call, 203.912.4440, or send me a note below. I’m here to help!

 


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Should I Sell My House?

Your home has been just perfect with plenty of space for you and all your needs…until now.

But since the pandemic you may be finding that you, and possibly your family members, have very different needs. This challenging time has certainly given you opportunity to test and evaluate how well your home is serving your changing demands. If you have transitioned to working from home, and may even be alongside your students doing the same, your need for extra space may have become increasingly obvious.

Now you may be wishing you had extra rooms for his and her offices, a homework space, and room for a home gym. If you’re coming from the Manhattan or Brooklyn areas, you are likely craving not just interior rooms, but outdoor space, beauty, privacy and peacefulness. The vicinity to downtown centers and train stations may not be as important as it once was now that the need for frequent commuting is likely a thing of the past.

On the flip side, perhaps your family has college students who have been off to school or will soon be graduating and leaving extra un-wanted space. This would be a prime time to make a move to a better-fitting home. Selling your too-much-space house would also free up your larger home for the many of you who in dire need of more space.

Whether you are feeling too close for comfort or a need to scale back, the current housing market with ultra-low inventory and high demand is beyond prime for sellers, and the current low interest rates also offer a huge opportunity to make a purchase. Feel free to set up your own search here if you would like to peek at market activity near you. Reach out to me anytime if would like to know your options for making a move and want to know what your home is worth in the current market.