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My own back yard in the Fairfield beach area is one commonly referred to as a ‘postage stamp’, though it still manages to accommodate our trampoline and numerous modest get-togethers. However, some good friends of mine in Westport have a much more spacious back yard with abundant space for fun, games and big-time bashes. We’ve been to quite a few, with the latest one being Memorial Day weekend 2016!
It turns out, these friends have just moved their social agenda to another gorgeous yard (and home) nearby.
The good news for all of you readers out there is that the wonderful back yard my friends have left now has a brand new house on it that will be ready to support a new source of festivities!
Tucked away just off Turkey Hill South, a new home sits on a quiet country lane cul-de-sac. Carefully designed and finished on four levels, this home will feature elegant transitional style with open flow and ethereal light. Romantic landscaping and plantings surround the level property making it super for entertaining, fun in the sun, and peaceful relaxation. It is the Hillandale House.
The builder, Coastal Construction Group, has fine tuned the art of quality home construction by providing careful attention to site design, layout, architecture, craftsmanship and the right property location. As we all know, a home is more than just the place we live, it’s the foundation for everyday living. Added bonus? This home is located four minutes from Green’s Farms station and under an hour from Manhattan!
Take a look at the sneak peek video, and visit the listing online and check out a snapshot of the progress! Perhaps you know someone who has been weighing the options of renovation versus new construction and this may be a consideration? If you or a friend may be interested, reach out to me at 203-912-4440 or send a note below.
In the meantime, whether it’s Memorial Day, Father’s Day, a graduation party, or just plain summer fun, here’s to a great backyard barbecue!
If you own an investment property and are thinking of selling it to buy a different one (or two), you can do a 1031 Exchange and enjoy great benefits! What’s so great about it, and how do you do it?
Here’s how it works-
And here are six amazing benefits of doing 1031 Exchanges-
Consider an “equity build strategy” suggested by the Midland company (referenced below) that looks like this:
It’s a good idea to use a QI that is local or that works in many states and is familiar with the varying regulations and taxes in different states. You want a QI that has experience and is bonded and insured. You also want to look for one that is a member of the National Federation of Exchange Accommodators and that is a Certified Exchange Specialist (CEC).
Here are some resources to get you started:
For help selling and locating properties, please reach out to yours truly!
Thinking about a home renovation or possibly building a new house? Here’s a story about a homeowner in the beach area of Fairfield Connecticut that changed their plans after weighing all their options. Some helpful resources are also included along the way to help with this dilemma.
Jen and Chris came to Fairfield in 2006 and settled into their new home, a cozy Cape in the beach area on Pratt Street. From day-one, they loved the location and the street. They figured down the road they would have a baby and then renovate, expand or even add another floor.
Fast forward to last year when their little boy wasn’t so small anymore, but their house still was, and it was time to expand. However when they went to town hall and reviewed the beach area Zoning Regulations, they ran into a problem. They hadn’t realized that if the cost of their renovations exceeded fifty percent of the market value of their house structure, they would be required to fill in their basement, or stretch their project costs out over several years.
Their other major consideration was the rising cost of flood insurance in the beach area, especially for houses not compliant with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations. After reviewing all the variables and costs, they changed course. Instead of renovating, Chris and Jen determined that it would be more cost effective to tear down their house and rebuild. This way their home would be FEMA-compliant and brand new with the added space they needed plus an attached garage.
If you are having a similar dilemma, there are some additional factors you may also want to consider such as timing, location, local market values, interest rates, energy efficiency and tax incentives.
Upon solidifying their decision and hiring a builder, Chris and Jen enlisted my help to find a nearby rental to live in during the construction. They were not alone since many other families in the neighborhood were also raising their houses, renovating or rebuilding after superstorm Sandy. We began looking and found some good prospects. But the process had to be put on hold a few times to wait for the town to catch up with processing backed-up building permit applications. Eventually, we secured a great place a few blocks away that was perfect for keeping a handle on construction oversight.
The long haul of tearing down and rebuilding began. And one year later, the new home stood welcoming its owners back to the beloved place where their old Cape once sat.
There’s nothing like home sweet home!
And should you also be thinking about your options for a great second home to get away from it all, consider the new eco-friendly, luxury, ski-on/ski-off enclave currently being developed at Okemo Mountain Resort.
Here are five cool facts about Lordship Connecticut, that you probably didn’t know before. Read on and enjoy!
ONE – Two movies were filmed in Lordship: “Butterfield Eight” with Elizabeth Taylor in 1960, and “Hell Island” between 1981 and 1983.
TWO – The gigantic German dirigible, The Hindenberg was seen by residents flying about 1,000 feet over Lordship on Thursday May 7, 1937 at about 2:30pm during the flight that would be her last.
THREE – The Dixie Doodle Diner was one of the first of Lordship’s drive-in eateries in the 1940s.
FOUR – In the 1890s, the Lordship Casino was both the commercial and cultural center in addition to housing the first fire house on its first floor and the first school on its second floor.
FIVE – The home with the most vintage charm, significant updates, and pond views, that’s steps to the Sound is actively on the market in the spring of 2017 and can easily be visited by video tour by clicking here!
Please send me a note below if you have any real estate questions or plans that I can help you with!
Remember the fun and adorable couple, Michael and Ella from HGTV? If you missed the original airing of their eposide, it’s airing again September 19th at 9:00 AM on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation, “An Old House Gets a New Master Plan”. Click here for a description and show times.
Well Michael and Ella have been back in action with a new endeavor! About a month ago, Michael called me and said they wanted a new space for Ella’s hair salon. They wanted to create an all new CKC salon in Fairfield where their clientele could better enjoy a cut, keratin and colour. Their current CKC was outgrowing its space, and business was booming!
So I ran a search, and the perfect opportunity surfaced. The owner of a struggling salon business wanted to call it quits and move to Florida making her space available for lease! It was an ideal property- in a nice busy plaza on the Post Road in Fairfield with plenty of visibility and parking. The space was a step up in size and amenties but not too big. It had all the necessary mechanicals and just needed a face lift.
We set to work on negotiations, and within a couple of weeks CKC salon & Keratin bar opened its doors in a glamorous new home!
First where they live, then where they work, Michael and Ella have done complete make-overs in their new spaces. For their new salon, they opened-up walls, infused a fresh chic style and brought in all new furnishings!
Now clients enjoy a bright, airy and elegant atomosphere where they are treated like honored guests. When they come, they can get a specialized Brazilian Keratin treatment for an unbelievable smooth shiny finish as well a precision cut and colour.
I’m lucky enough to have been one of the first customers at the NEW CKC salon, and they were lining up behind me! Be sure to visit online and in person for your appointment.
As always, contact me any time for your real estate needs, or even if you just want to hear more about CKC salon & Keratin bar!
Most of us use social media networks like Facebook as a convenient go-to tool for fun, entertainment, communication, sharing, advice and recommendations. And it’s a great way to get some instant gratification for all of these things.
But most of us also know there can be a dark side to these perks. We’ve all heard about the folks who’ve shared embarassing moments and pictures online that they’ve since regretted. Once it’s out there on the web, it’s likely to always be out there on the web… somewhere.
Well, if you are a homeowner seeking advice or recommendations for repairs to your home, remember the point above. If you illustrate a leak in your dining room ceiling in a photograph on the world wide web, remember that it will still be out there when you ultimately decide to sell your home. Not that there is any harm done here. However, if you present an important issue with your house online such as a leak, or a mold problem, etc., be sure to disclose it when you sell. In Connecticut the Department of Consumer Protection requires sellers to complete a residential property disclosure report for potential buyers or pay a penalty of $500 at closing.
Buyers are excited, curious, nervous and saavy people… as well as frequent users of the internet. They might just be browsing your social networks. If your leaky ceiling issue is disclosed on Facebook, but not on the required property disclosure when you sell, you could heading for trouble. If you try to conceal an existing issue with your house, there is risk for liability.
So think about what you post online when it comes to your home repairs, and remember what you posted when it’s time to sell your house. If the problem has been repaired, that’s great, your buyers will be happy to know about it!
Feel free to contact me any time with questions about buying or selling a home! -Linda