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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.

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 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.

SOLD:

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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Would They Ever Leave The Place Where They Grew Up?

They Grew Up There and They Raised Their Kids There

For 17 years, our next door neighbors along with their two young daughters and their big dog were a steady presence on the street. We had seen Kelly’s parents come and visit fairly often and become familiar faces. We didn’t know until some time later, that this had been her parent’s house, and Kelly had grown up there.

They had made many improvements to the house over time- new kitchen, windows and doors, new siding, new covered front porch, new stone patio, etc.  It never occurred to us that they might move some day. They never talked about the house not suiting their needs anymore.

We joined the neighborhood in 2004 just before I had become a Realtor after experiencing first-hand how emotionally charged making a move and buying a home could be- especially in a hot seller’s market! Steve and Kelly knew I was a Realtor.

But it seemed to come out of the blue the day Kelly called me and told me she had “never planned to stay in that little house so long” and that they wanted to make a move right away! Even more surprisingly though was that their oldest daughter was in college and the younger one was a senior in high school, and yet she said they wanted a bigger and newer home with a pool.

They “hit a wall” with the home they’d been in, and they couldn’t stand it another minute! 

It was time to move on and get into that dream home that Kelly had planned to be in years ago but never got around to! They said that even though the girls wouldn’t be there all the time, they loved to have family visit, and they have a very big family. 

Once she and Steve made that decision, it seemed like nothing about their current house worked for them any more. The four of them all shared one full bath, the only office they had was tiny, there was just the living room for company to hang out in, there was no AC, no garage, and the interior needed updating because most of the improvements they had done were on the outside.

With their timeline tight, I quickly crafted a plan to get them into their dream home within the shortest timeframe possible.

It was the end of March 2020, and the pandemic was just beginning to ramp up. Steve and Kelly wanted to purchase a home (with a mortgage) before selling their current home. The plan was to find their dream home and move in, so they wouldn’t have to worry about timing or dealing with showing their old house.

If they had needed to get the equity out of their home first, they could have used the new CashBid program offered by William Raveis.

We got the pre-approval in place, and I set up a search to match the very specific criteria they were looking for: more space, more property, updated or new condition, a pool or room for a pool, in the same town, and possibly in the same neighborhood. We reviewed the options.

We looked at two top contenders, and they loved the second one, so we submitted a competitive offer right away. However, it had not been disclosed to us that the house had been tied up with seller issues, so the search continued. Very soon afterward, we looked at a gorgeous home that checked all the boxes and was even closer to the beach! That was the one, and the purchase went very smoothly.

Now happily settled into their exciting new home it was time to get the old one sold!

We did some minor staging, had the photos taken, and hit the market. Immediately there was interest from 10 prospects. Some were not local and couldn’t get there right away, some still had to sell their home before they could buy.  

But one family had been looking for a long time, loved the neighborhood, and had a May deadline to move. They came to see the house but were unsure about it because they would need to add a master bath and finish the basement. They took a day to think it over and then made an offer. The negotiations went well, and we arrived at a deal. It turned out that this was the first buyer to see the house the first day it came on market!

Of course it couldn’t have gone that smoothly, right? Sure enough, all went well until the inspection. The inspector found an old pipe repair in the basement and decided to investigate further. He fed a camera through the pipe and discovered an underground sewer line repair that was not up to code. 

This issue was unexpected, but in real estate, that’s what happens sometimes. It’s important to go in knowing that roadblocks occur. Nonetheless, I worked closely with the buyer’s agent to solve the unexpected issue so that we could reach the end goal for our clients. Steve and Kelly had the pipe repaired and the process was back on track. We sailed through a smooth final walk-through and closing.

One and Done! We sold their house in one day for 97% of asking.

They grew up there 🏡 and then raised their own kids ⛹️‍♀️🤾🏿‍♂️ there. Generations of fond memories were there. And yet, one day, there was a driving force 🌬 to move on. Stronger than the ties that kept them there was the urge for the excitement 💥 of a new chapter, a new space, new memories, a new castle 🏰, a new home.

Do you have a story you can share in the comments? Are you ready for your next chapter 📖 ? Let’s have a conversation, 203-912-4440.

How did I get Steve and Kelly out of their childhood home and into their dream home in record time?

With great care and understanding, a clear plan and strategy, creativity, technology, and abundant cutting-edge resources and solutions on hand, I guided them through the plan. I have managed many home sales for my clients in the last 16 years and was happy to include Steve and Kelly among them.

Selling a house is a big deal. It can feel daunting when you’re ready to let go of the family property and move to a home that’s more suitable for your current lifestyle. There are so many moving parts and potential roadblocks you can face on this journey, and you want to be prepared.

That’s why you deserve the guidance of a professional that can help you maximize your equity and sell in the least amount of time. A professional who can help you make informed decisions and avoid the common pitfalls of buying and selling. It’s my job to make this happen.

Thinking of selling in the next 12 months?

Call today to get started ==> 203-912-4440

We’ll discuss your goals and timeline, briefly cover how I work with clients, and if we seem like a match, we’ll discuss next steps from there.


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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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FAIRFIELD REAL ESTATE REPORT – JULY 2021 – PLUS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

Dear Neighbor,

Some of you may have also received this newsletter in the mail. If you did not and would like to receive one, please send me a note below with your name and the address where you would like it sent with my compliments!

Like so many others, you probably want to make a move to a home that is better suited to your current needs and desired lifestyle. You want the right amount of space for privacy, relaxation, and recreation. But the problem is, you’re worried about the monumental stress of actually making it happen. This is completely understandable.

For most of the population, real estate transactions are the biggest and most difficult financial transactions 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 the top things to know about the Fairfield real estate market right now: 

Sales are Up

The inventory remains low, yet the volume of sales is up. One hundred and five (105) sales closed this June, despite some buyer fall out, compared to just 93 single-family home sales last June 2020. This shows that the market is very dynamic. Many homeowners are listing and selling their homes, yet the current demand is still exceeding the supply.

Sellers who seek the guidance of a real estate expert to market their home and manage the turbulent activity are able to navigate this opportunity for a successful sale.

Supply is Way Down

In June this year, there are only 2.46 months of housing supply, whereas in June of 2020 we saw seven months worth of homes for sale. A balanced market has about six months of inventory.

Homes that show beautifully, are well-priced, and marketed strategically continue to sell quickly.

Since the start of the pandemic, I have worked with many clients to successfully reach their goals and accomplish over $15M in sales. The market continues to be fast-paced, yet tricky with the need to navigate multiple offers, coordinate timing, and be in tune with what’s happening up to the minute. Buyers are looking for beautiful turnkey homes, and with my strategic listing preparation, solutions for sellers, and marketing plan, my clients are well positioned to get the highest possible price and best possible terms for their priorities.

As a homeowner, what does this mean for you? If you’re thinking of selling in the next 12 months, it’s time to start preparing for market.

What if you could off-load all the complicated worrisome steps to me and coast through a seamless, collaborative, positive, maybe even a bit fun, experience with peace of mind while you achieve your desired goal of capturing your ROI in as few days as possible? You deserve the utopia of the perfect home and lifestyle that you’ve worked so hard to enjoy.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the next 12 months, call me today for your Strategic Marketing Consultation → 203-912-4440

We’ll discuss your goals and timeline, briefly cover my unique approach to getting you the highest possible price and best terms for you in the fewest days on market, and if we seem like a match, we’ll discuss the next steps from there.

Call Today → 203-912-4440

To Your Success,

Linda Raymond
License # 077359
William Raveis Real Estate
LindaRaymond.raveis.com
Linda.Raymond@raveis.com
203-912-4440


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FAIRFIELD REAL ESTATE REPORT – JUNE 2021 – PLUS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

Dear Neighbor,

Like so many others, you want to make a move to a home that is better suited to your current needs and desired lifestyle. You want the right amount of space for privacy, relaxation, and recreation. Problem is, you’re worried about the monumental stress of actually making it happen. This is completely understandable.

For most of the population, real estate transactions are the biggest and most difficult financial transactions 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 two top things to know about the Fairfield real estate market right now: 

Inventory Remains Historically Low

You’ve probably heard that the number of homes for sale has been declining. Well, this overall trend has continued despite some more homes for sale in the last couple of weeks.  At the end of May, there were just 257 single-family homes on the market in Fairfield—a 39% decrease from 421 in May 2020 and a 59% decrease from 627 in May 2019. Buyer demand is still high, so it’s no wonder sellers who correctly market their homes are receiving multiple offers! Homeowners that seek the guidance of a real estate expert can be sure to navigate this opportunity for a successful sale.

Mortgage Rates are Low, But May Rise

Due to inflation reported in May, and the growing percentage of fully vaccinated adults in the US, most economists and investors are expecting a boom in the economy. Since mortgage rates increase with these factors, they’re expected to increase but also fluctuate throughout the summer—potentially making home-buying more expensive. 

Housing and financial agencies are predicting rates to be in the low to mid 3s in the later part of 2021; but, according to The Mortgage Reports Editor, Tim Lucas, buyers are just as likely to find comparable rates by shopping around as they are by trying to time a rate lock later this year.  No matter what the market is doing, working with a real estate professional to properly price and position your home can have you getting multiple offers in a short period of time. 

Time on Market is Down

The average number of days a single-family home in Fairfield is on the market before entering into a contract dropped 56% since May 2020. It took an average of 107 days to go to contract last May, and just 47 days in May 2021. Homes that show beautifully and are well-priced continue to sell very quickly.

I have worked with buyers and sellers since the start of the pandemic to successfully reach their goals and accomplish over $15M in sales.  The market continues to be fast-paced, yet tricky with the need to navigate multiple offers, coordinate timing, and be in tune with what’s happening up to the minute. Buyers are looking for beautiful homes to bid on, and with my strategic listing preparation and marketing plan, my clients are positioned to get the highest possible price with the best possible terms for their priorities.

As a homeowner, what does this mean for you?

If you’re thinking of selling in the next 12 months, it’s time to start preparing for market.

What if you could off-load all the complicated worrisome steps to me and coast through a seamless, collaborative, positive, maybe even a bit fun, experience with peace of mind while you achieve your desired goal of capturing your ROI in as few days as possible? You deserve the utopia of the perfect home and lifestyle that you’ve worked so hard to enjoy.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the next 12 months, call me today for your Strategic Marketing Consultation → 203-912-4440

We’ll discuss your goals and timeline, briefly cover my unique approach to getting you the highest possible price and best terms for you in the fewest days on market, and if we seem like a match, we’ll discuss the next steps from there.

Call Today → 203-912-4440

To Your Success,

Linda Raymond
License # 077359
William Raveis Real Estate
LindaRaymond.raveis.com
Linda.Raymond@raveis.com
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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We Found Home Sweet Home by the Sea!

It has been a long road to find the right home in this very challenging market, but we prevailed.

We are closed!

Coming all the way from Texas to the east coast, Robin secured a rental in the Fairfield Beach area for herself, her two children, and her little chihuahua, about a year ago. They were just beginning to feel at home in the new community, when the pandemic hit.

Hunkering down at home as we all were, Robin prepared to renew her lease. However, upon seeing the spiking sale prices, the landlord changed his mind about renting, and told her they were selling the house as soon as possible, giving her only two months to vacate.

In a panic, Robin convinced them to give her a few more months and sent out a text to our neighborhood chat group asking if anyone knew of an available rental.

I reached out and offered to help. After talking with her, and learning what her ideal home would look like and how much she was planning to spend on rent, I suggested that she get pre-approved for a mortgage and put her hard earned money toward a purchase that would build equity for her. As the leader of a large software development group, she had no trouble securing a loan.

So the quest began! Loving the Fairfield beach area, and looking for charm, character, a light and bright feel with room the family and guests, we searched! At first there was almost nothing to look at, but then some homes began to trickle onto the market. Then we found a lovely home and put in an offer. We were faced with ~10 other buyers and were out-bid. We tried again. And again. And again! But the bidding wars were driving the prices out of range.

Unfortunately, the search was taking more time than she had. Her time was up at the current rental, but luckily she found a homeowner nearby that let her rent for three more months. So Robin packed up her entire three-bedroom home and two kids, moved a few blocks away, and unpacked again.

It seemed there was nothing that matched the wish-list for the right price… until we ventured over to the popular beachy neighborhood of Woodmont in Milford. Under construction was a beautiful, bright new home with four bedrooms and finished space on three floors. It even had treetop water views and two balconies! After much negotiation, we secured the home and closed last week.

After so much time being unsettled by a cross-country move, a pandemic, and two limited rentals, Robin had to pack up her family, furniture, and belongings, and move it all one more time. But this time, she can relax, decompress, and enjoy. Finally, a sweet new place by the shore to call home!

Please reach out to me anytime if you have real estate questions or would like to have a conversation about your plans.


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Financial Stress: 6 Strategies Seniors Can Use to Find Relief

Thank you to our guest writer, Jim Vogel from eldersinaction.org for this article!

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Financial stress is a never-ending problem that can lead to physical and mental health challenges for older adults. While research shows seniors aren’t the group most stressed by finances, they often have unique challenges when it comes to money. Mainly, they have fewer options for finding relief.

If you or a senior loved one is experiencing financial stress, there are some big and small ways to manage the situation. 

1. Get better healthcare and insurance rates.

Now is the time to shop around for your insurance options. You may be paying more than you should or for services you don’t need. Healthcare is a complicated system and can be challenging to navigate alone. You may find ways to save money by talking to an agent. 

We also recommend looking at the costs of other kinds of insurance, like life and homeowners insurance, to see if there are more affordable options out there.

2. Downsize.

The costs of maintaining a larger home can add up. If you’ve got sky-high utility bills and more space than you need, it may be time to consider downsizing. By selling your current home, you may be able to purchase a new home outright and use the remaining money to help fund your retirement. Before putting your home on the market, research how much you can expect to earn from a sale, and make sure you consult an experienced realtor in your area. 

3. Explore alternative transportation.

If you are a senior who is driving less and less, you might be able to save money by changing your transportation methods. If driving isn’t necessary, consider selling your car. This will not only give you quick cash on hand but also save you monthly car insurance payments, as well as routine car maintenance and upkeep. 

Senior support website Daily Caring notes that seniors have many transportation options — some can get everywhere they need to by bus or through a family member, while others take advantage of rideshares or senior-specific public transportation options.

4. Shop at secondhand stores.

Seniors can save a great deal of money by purchasing gently-used items at secondhand stores. There are many upper-end consignment stores that allow seniors to purchase high-quality clothes, furniture, appliances, kitchenware, and other household goods at even greater discounts. Be sure to look and see if there is a certain day or time of day where seniors can take advantage of additional discounts. There are even online secondhand options like Thred-Up and Poshmark. 

5. Take advantage of senior deals and discounts.

Many businesses offer seniors special deals and discounts to help make their goods and services more accessible and affordable. People over 65 can get anything from meals to groceries, entertainment to investments, at special rates and discounts. The Senior List provides one of the most comprehensive lists of senior deals and discounts. These deals can help you enjoy a quality of life that is fun and exciting without worrying excessively about costs.

6. Share meals with neighbors and friends.

Senior isolation can be a serious health condition for people over 65, especially those concerned with finances. They may go out less for fear of spending too much money. However, sharing meals with neighbors and friends can relieve both burdens. You’ll share the financial cost of cooking, while also spending quality, social time with loved ones. Even cooking together can be a social occasion. Seniors who share meals two or three times a week often report a social and financial benefit.

Any health issue can be exacerbated by financial stress and strain, which makes seniors particularly at risk. That’s why exploring these free or low-cost activities can help both the mind and body cope with financial hardships. 

If I can be of assistance to you, please feel free to reach out.


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Looking for the Best Real Estate Company?

You only need one powerhouse to get the best real estate company and services, and you just found it with William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage, & Insurance. As your agent for this company, I want to share the top three reasons why we are the best real estate company for you, which are the same reasons why I chose to work with this company over all the others 16 years ago!

  1. Private Family-Owned Company – Because William Raveis is owned by Bill, Chris, and Ryan Raveis, it is an agile family-based company that is one hundred percent focused on its customers with no stockholder distractions or obligations. The company’s mission is to serve its agents as their customers to ensure we are poised to be the best at serving you!
  2. Leader in Real Estate Innovation – Our company leads the industry with forward strategic and competitive thinking, cutting-edge technology, and cultivating, training, and by empowering the best agents. Our family of companies also provides our clients with premier mortgage, insurance, and closing services for a seamless transactactifon.
  3. Well-Connected, Next Door & Overseas – Our 4,000 regional agents have you covered here and abroad. Our luxury listings are represented by over 565 premier brokerages across 70 countries. This same network also enables me to connect you to your next purchase overseas.

These three high-level value propositions are key to why we are the best, but there is ample detail beneath, including new tools for us to leverage on a regular basis. And now, the best just got better with our new Raveis Essential and Raveis Premium service packages listed below.

 

I am grateful for the extensive resources William Raveis continuously provides for me to utilize on your behalf. When it rains, it pours with the ever-new and cutting edge resources I have at my disposal. I even received a new umbrella 🙂 !

In all seriousness, my goal is to understand your real estate plans and priorities and to curate a custom solution for reaching your goals. If you would like a deeper understanding of how I can meet your real estate needs, I would love to have a conversation with you. Please feel free to visit my website and company page, give me a call at 203.912.4440, or send me a note below.


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She Finally Decided to Sell Her Home, and It Was a Dream 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