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SOLD and Accepted Offers in Fairfield Downtown and Westport Greens Farms, October 2021

Looking at how the market did in October… The Westport and Fairfield town-wide sales pace in October slowed a bit from the previous month, consistent with the seasonal trend, and was also down significantly compared to the Covid spike in October 2020, but the sales pace was still above the same time of year in 2019. Inventory remained at two-months of supply in Fairfield and three months in Westport. Low inventory continued to be the most significant limiting factor in these markets. The median sale price was within 2-3 percent of October 2020 numbers and remained significantly higher than in 2019. Market time was still brisk ensuring a constant refresh of available homes for sale.

Industry experts predict continued appreciation of property values and rising interest rates next year.
Purchasing a new home now can award instant equity in addition to exponential savings over the life of a mortgage. Waiting until next year to make a purchase can result in a more expensive purchase. Homeowners that sell now benefit from a larger buyer pool than next year when homes will be more costly for buyers if interest rates go up.

If you are like many others who want to sell but are still on the fence, this fall continues to offer an excellent window to make your move. Interest rates and inventory are still low, and buyer demand is still strong. You are right to arm yourself with an expert guide to help you put your strategy in place to reach your goal! Call me today to discuss your plans ==> (203) 912-4440.

What has sold in these two hot spots?
Where are the accepted offers in October and the beginning of November? Check out the scoop below and take a look at the charts showing the town-wide data.

FAIRFIELD DOWNTOWN – Within a one-mile radius of the downtown train.

Looking at single-family sales, there were 14 closings in October. Market activity showed 16 new accepted offers, including three condominiums and one commercial building in October through November 8th in Fairfield’s downtown and beach area.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Fairfield town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

WESTPORT GREENS FARMS

There was one single-family sale October in Greens Farms. There were four new accepted offers, all single-family homes between $1-4 million, in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood through November 8th.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Westport town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

Call me if you are thinking of making a move in the next 12 months, and we will have a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals, the market, and whether I can help ===> (203) 912-4440.


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Creativity is King!

When my clients and the markets bring new challenges to me, I want to be sure to respond by bringing new solutions and a compelling marketing strategy to the table. That’s why I work for a company that thinks out of the box and always supports me and my clients with cutting-edge innovation. We are not thinking in terms of black and white, (or even 50 shades of gray 😃), but with an exhilarating and vibrant focus on color and creativity!

William Raveis is about to make a big splash! This week, we will begin launching our new campaign, “Your Best Just Got Better” that highlights the individuality of Raveis agents and how our company empowers us to express our creative freedom to help our clients reach their goals. (Here’s a sneak preview of how some of the images will look on billboards, in magazines and newspapers, on TV, and online.) 

Creativity is the key to our success! We don’t dream in boring black and white; we dream in color, and we dream BIG. The powerful paint splash represents the variety of creative programs and services our agents have to accomplish their clients’ home goals. The colors in our new campaign are expressions of all the resources we have as a company.

It’s truly revolutionary: Not only does our company have the resources to buy the home you want to sell (Raveis Purchase), we can also buy the home you want to buy so you can present an all-cash deal (Raveis CashBid™) and finance it later (William Raveis Mortgage). We also offer bridge financing to help bridge the gap between selling and buying. In addition to our stellar tech and local expertise, our financial resources truly provide an edge over our competition.

On that note, stay tuned for the new look and feel of William Raveis Mortgage and all of the exceptional products and services. The new look pays tribute to our company’s heritage, and it is purposeful, bold and as distinctive as the high-quality service we provide.

We are in the very unique position of being a mortgage company that understands real estate, and this gives our clients a competitive advantage. Our home-selling expertise means we can provide our clients the best financing advice, service, and insight to win competitive offers.

Do you have a challenge my team and I can solve for you?

Call today ==> 203-912-4440.


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SOLD and Accepted Offers in Fairfield Downtown and Westport Greens Farms, September 2021

Looking at how the market did in September… The Westport and Fairfield town-wide sales pace in September was slower than the previous month of August as well as the Covid spike in 2020, but the pace was still above sales in September 2019. Low inventory remained the strongest limiting factor. Our local housing markets in both towns progressed with strong sales and a continued increase in the median sale price during September.

In case you missed my end-of-summer video commentary on the Fairfield market!

If you are like many others who want to sell but are still on the fence, the fall season will continue to offer an excellent window to make your move. Interest rates and inventory are still low, and buyer demand is still strong. You are right to arm yourself with an expert guide to help you put your strategy in place to reach your goal! Call me today to discuss your plans, (203) 912-4440.

What has sold in these two hot spots? Where are the accepted offers in September? Check out the scoop below and take a look at the charts showing the town-wide data.

FAIRFIELD DOWNTOWN – Within a one-mile radius of the downtown train.

Looking at single-family market activity, there were 16 closings in September compared to 19 in August, and 13 new accepted offers in Fairfield’s downtown and beach area at the time this post was written.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Fairfield town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

WESTPORT GREENS FARMS

There were 7 single-family sales in September compared to 10 in August. There were two new accepted offers in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood at the time of this post.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Westport town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

Call me if you are thinking of making a move in the next 12 months, and we will have a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals, the market, and whether I can help ===> (203) 912-4440.


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Fairfield CT Real Estate Report – September 2021

Despite all the obstacles from this pandemic, you may very much want to make a move to a home that is better suited to your current needs and desired lifestyle. Like so many others, you want the right amount of space for privacy, focus, relaxation, and recreation. Problem is, you’re worried about the monumental stress of actually making it happen, and this is completely understandable.

For most of the population, real estate transactions are the biggest and most difficult financial endeavors of their lives. There are so many moving parts and potential roadblocks. That’s why understanding the market you’re in is so important for making the best decisions. From there, working with a well-qualified real estate expert can help you lock down your hard-earned equity. As you consider your next move, here are the top things to know about the Fairfield real estate market right now:

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SOLD and Accepted Offers in Fairfield Downtown and Westport Greens Farms, August 2021

Looking at the market activity in August… The Westport and Fairfield town-wide sales pace in August showed an up-tick from the previous month of July, and was also up from unit sales in August 2019, despite a dip in numbers compared to the Covid spike in 2020. This is likely due to many people taking advantage of vacation opportunities in July. The local housing markets continued with strong sales and high prices in both Downtown Fairfield and Greens Farms Westport during August.

My end-of-summer video commentary on the Fairfield market!

If you are like many others who want to sell but are still on the fence, September will continue to offer an excellent window to make your move. Interest rates and inventory are still low, and buyer demand is still strong. Rates may creep up heading into fall! You are right to arm yourself with an expert guide to help you put your strategy in place to reach your goal! Call me today to discuss your plans, (203) 912-4440.

What has sold in these two hot spots? Where are the accepted offers in August? Check out the scoop below!

FAIRFIELD DOWNTOWN – Within a one-mile radius of the train.

There were 21 closings in August compared to 25 in July and 10 new accepted offers in Fairfield’s downtown and beach area at the time this post was written.

SOLD:

NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Fairfield town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

WESTPORT Greens Farms

There were 10 sales in August compared to seven in July. There was one new accepted offer in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood in August, and a few more had just gone to contract.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Take a look at the Westport town-wide stats from the William Raveis Local Housing Data. Send me a note below if you would like the link to add the LHD shortcut to your phone!

Call me if you are thinking of making a move in the next 12 months, and we will have a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals, the market, and whether I can help. —> (203) 912-4440


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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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SOLD and Accepted Offers in Fairfield Downtown and Westport Greens Farms, July 2021

Looking at July… Although the town-wide sales pace slows a bit, the local housing markets continued with strong sales and accepted offers in both Downtown Fairfield and Greens Farms Westport in July.

The average market time of the newly accepted offers was faster in Downtown Fairfield, at 32 days compared to 41 in the later half of June. But market time was a bit slower in Greens Farms with 54 average days compared to 37 in the last two weeks of June. Many of the sales continued to close at or above the asking price.

If you are like many others who want to sell but are still on the fence, August will continue to offer an excellent window of time to make your move before kids go back to school despite people taking vacations here and there. Interest rates and inventory are still low, and buyer demand is still strong. Rates are expected to creep up toward the end of the summer! You are right to arm yourself with an expert guide to help you put your strategy in place to reach your goal! Call me today to discuss your plans, (203) 912-4440.

What has sold in these two hot spots? Where are the accepted offers in July? Check out the scoop below!

FAIRFIELD DOWNTOWN – Within a one-mile radius of the train.

There were 25 sales and six new accepted offers of single family homes in Fairfield’s downtown and beach areas in July, up slightly from 24 sales in June. The average days on the market for these new listings with accepted offers was 32 with a range from 5 to 107 days as shown below. This is down from 41 days during the last two weeks of June!

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

WESTPORT Greens Farms

There were seven sales, (compared to eight in June), and four new accepted offers in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood in July. The average market time for the listings that just accepted offers was 54 days ranging from 41 to 76 as shown below. This was up from the 37-day average market time during the second half of June.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Watch a quick video update on town-wide stats.

Call me if you are thinking of making a move in the next 12 months, and we will have a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals, the market, and whether I can help. —> (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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SOLD and Accepted Offers in Fairfield Downtown and Westport Greens Farms, Second Half of June 2021

Happy 4th of July! The local markets continued with strong sales and accepted offers in both Downtown Fairfield and Greens Farms Westport during the last two weeks of June. The average days on market until the new listings accepted an offer was longer though, with 41 days in Downtown Fairfield and 37 days in Greens Farms compared to 17 and 20 in the first two weeks of June. Nearly all of the sales closed at or above the asking price.

If you are like many others who want to sell but are still on the fence, July offers an excellent window of time to make your move. Interest rates and inventory are still low, and buyer demand is still strong. Rates are expected to creep up toward the end of the summer, and August may be a big vacation month as usual, but especially now that most of us are vaccinated and everyone’s craving a get-away! You are right to arm yourself with an expert guide to help you put your strategy in place and ensure you reach your goal! Call me today to discuss your plans, (203) 912-4440.

What has sold in these two hot spots? Where are the accepted offers during the last half of June? Check out the scoop below!

FAIRFIELD DOWNTOWN – Within a one-mile radius of the train.

There were 12 sales and seven more accepted offers in Fairfield’s downtown and beach areas during the second half of June from the 16th through the 30th. This activity was slightly slower than the first half of the month that saw 13 sales and eight accepted offers. The average days on the market for these new listings with accepted offers was 41 with a range from 10 to 156 days.

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NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

WESTPORT Greens Farms

Sales were UP in Greens farms with five closings during the last two weeks of June, compared to just two homes sold the first half of June and none during the last half of May.

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There were five accepted offers in Westport’s Greens Farms neighborhood during the last half of June compared to four in the first half and none during the last two weeks of May. The average market time for these listings was 37 days ranging from 17 to 90.

NEWLY ACCEPTED OFFERS:

Call me if you are thinking of making a move in the next 12 months, and we will have a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals, the market, and whether I can help. —> (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.