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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 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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Featured Property: Direct Beachfront
Looking for Beach Homes? Fabulous Beachfront Property For Sale, 963 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield CT!

View from deck at 963 Fairfield Beach Rd

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Vacation Home in Fairfield CT, “Tween Waters” at 1220 Fairfield Beach Road!

A house lovingly named “Tween Waters” can only refer to a cherished home by the shore! This quintessential beach home is nestled on a generous .21-acre property between the Long Island Sound and the Pine Creek waterway. Radiating charm and character, this Nantucket-style home features ample curb appeal with a gracious covered wrap-around porch. Cheerful sunlight radiates through the tall windows into the living spaces accentuating the bright airy feel and beach vibe. Scenic views of the property, Pine Creek, and the tidal grasses are enjoyed from inside as well as the porch and deck. The primary bedroom also enjoys peeks of the Long Island Sound. The home features abundant storage in the walk-up attic and in the above-ground full-height storage area under the house. Yet the endearing style and open flow of this home are second to the coveted lifestyle here on the peaceful, yet vibrant Fairfield Beach Road. Enjoy watching the people walking dogs, jogging, and riding bikes from your porch. Gaze out at the sea birds from your rear deck. Jump into your kayak, or head over to the beach for a swim. Within a five-minute drive are downtown Fairfield’s abundant chic eateries, boutiques, a bustling Sportsplex, the train, and the highway! Get into Manhattan in a little over an hour, and then return home and diffuse with the calm of the sunsets, tides, and sea breezes.

Update: Offer accepted above asking in 11 days!

Yes, it is still a good time to sell.

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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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Get Local Housing Data in Real-Time!

The 2021 housing market is still hot and median sale prices are still up! 📈⬆️⭐️ 

Did you know you can easily compare real-time sales and inventory trends on our Local Housing Data link which you can keep right on your phone? Or for comprehensive local data reports, sign up for our Local Market Insights newsletter on raveis.com.

Take advantage of all of our curated tools to help you make your move and contact me today, 203.912.4440.

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Searching for that Special Valentine Gift 2-14-21

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021, everyone! After receiving lovely pink roses and a new pink sweater from my dear husband, I am off to try and make the day special for my home buyers as well.

I have found the perfect homes after whirlwind searches in Fairfield and New Canaan for four different buyers and am working on offers. My clients are coming from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York and are ready to put the current low interest rates to work for them. Today I’m off for a second look at a lovely top choice in New Canaan for my New York buyer.

Here I am in downtown New Canaan to make sure this could be the special Valentine gift for my client this weekend.

Even when we are finding that special home, we are facing multiple-offers on all fronts, and I’m utilizing every possible strategy in the toolbox, so wish us luck!

Sellers, this is the time to enjoy top dollar in record time for your property in Fairfield County. If you’re ready and willing to capitalize on this market, please give me a call, 203.912.4440!


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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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At What Price Would You Consider Selling Your House?

Buyers are waiting. Home sale prices are up. Interest rates are outrageously low. Is there a price at which you would consider selling your house? If there is a price that motivates you, are there other barriers?

It sure appears to be the perfect storm for owners to want to sell their homes, right? Sure, except for two major roadblocks- As a potential home seller, where do you move with the limited choice in the market? And if you could work through these details, do you really feel ready?

If you are one of these homeowners, here are three things you can do to manage the logistical challenge.

  1. You can list your home with a published contingency to find suitable housing. This relieves the pressure of not having your destination pre-determined by letting potential buyers know up-front that you reserve the right to take the time to find a new home. It also gives you an ‘out’ if you cannot find a suitable solution. You can reach out to me and also select a real estate attorney to learn more.
  2. Alternatively you can put your home on the market and negotiate a long closing period, such as a few months, when you receive an offer- or multiple offers. Many buyers are flexible with timing, especially if they are buying a second home. This will give you time to look around.
  3. A temporary housing plan is another key option. Are you aware that you may even be able to sell your home and rent it back from the buyers for a period of time! This can be an excellent solution for bridging the gap until you find your new home. Even if this is not doable, there are other options. If it is feasible to stay with family, go to a second home or vacation home, or get a short term rental, and put things in storage for a while, this is a great way to take the timing pressure off. It may not be convenient, but it may still be worth it in order to capitalize on the opportunities of this market and move to the home that truly satisfies your current needs and desires.
  4. Get creative! At William Raveis, we are here to get creative with solutions to our clients’ challenges. We understand the complexities of the current market and in bridging the gap between buying and selling. So we have an entire array of services that can enable you to become a cash buyer before you sell, fix up any issues with your house without paying until it’s sold, and bridge the financial gap as well. Call me today to discuss your ideal outcome, and let’s discuss how to get you there!

All that being said, what if the above solutions are all well and good, but you still feel hesitant? It is even more important than strategizing the logistics to be sure your heart is really in it. You must be sure you are ready to sell before going on the market. Here’s the journey one home seller went through to get ready to ultimately make her dream come true.

Keep in mind that even though the inventory of homes for sale is low, the market time is also short, so the choices of homes to purchase is constantly refreshing and there are always new homes to choose from if you want to make a move.

Imagine if all you homeowners who would love to sell but have been sitting on the sidelines decide to go for it using some of the safeguards and creative solutions above? The market would be rich with choice for everyone searching (yourselves included!), and many more home buyers and sellers would be on the move toward making their dreams a reality!

You can browse around and set up some searches for yourself here if you would like to get a feel for the markets as you think about your plans. Call me today to discuss your options, 203-912-4440. We will have a brief consultation to understand your goals, the market, and how I might be able to help.