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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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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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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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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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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.