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Open House Dates and Property News!

Hi All,

I wanted to alert you to a couple of Open House and property updates. Click the images for more info.

There will be an Open House Sunday, January 24th, 2016,  from 1 to 3 pm at 25 York Street in Lordship / Stratford. This home sits across from Russian Beach with water views from every room and is minutes to Short Beach with the gorgeous golf course, as well as Long Beach. Asking price is $859,000.

SUNDAY OPEN HOUSES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For turnkey and carefree living at the beach, consider 10 Pine Creek Avenue 401W at Kensie Point.  The next open house will be February 28, 2016, from 1 to 3 pm. This is beachfront living at it’s best with water views from every room and four balconies, elevator access right to your foyer, two bedrooms two full baths, an office space, central air and a furnished private beach garden- all for $845,000.

10 Pine Creek Ave 401W at Kensie Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact me anytime with questions or to request a showing!


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Open House Pros and Cons for Sellers- What Will You Decide?

Many home sellers expect their Realtor to host an open house as part of the marketing activities, but some labor over the decision and others outright forbid it.    Open House

Starting with the Cons, here are some points to consider that may help sellers decide.

These are the most common Cons I hear,

– I’ll have to spend a day cleaning and straightening up!

– Don’t want the Looky-Loos, Nosey Neighbors and Strangers traipsing through my house.

– No one’s going to buy it during an open house.

– Don’t want anything broken, messed up or stolen.

… and some Pros for sellers to consider

1. An open house is typically scheduled well in advance allowing you plenty of notice before having to tidy up, unlike last-minute showing requests that inevitably occur after all your party guests just went home or your kids just dumped their belongings all over the floor.

2. Likewise, sellers with pets will have ample time to arrange for a ‘furry’ field trip as the case may be, instead of having to scramble to pull pets out of the house when the call from a buyer’s agent comes in.

3. Yes, the open house is a chance for your neighbors to come in and see.  This enables them the opportunity to spread the word to friends, family, and potential buyers, or even to consider trading up or down themselves.  Many agents send direct invitations to the neighbors to come to the open house.  Most people move very close to home, within about a 10-mile radius, so you never know!

4. Although it does happen, most homes do not sell to someone at the open house. However, this is an additional form of marketing that gets the word out about your listing. The greater the exposure you have, the better the chance for your house to sell for the best market value.

5. The multi-hour time block reserved for an open house gives you the perfect excuse to go out and do something fun for the day.  If you are careful to store away or remove valuables, fragile items, and prescription drugs, you are most likely to have a smooth open house event, and you can enjoy a worry-free day.

6. An open house gives potential buyers a chance to experience the chemistry they may have with the home after being attracted to it from photos online.

7. An open house enables a pool of buyers that don’t have an agent yet to come and consider it as their new home.

8. One of the most important benefits of an open house is that it’s an event that gives your Realtor a perfect reason to do a big round of promotion for your listing.  The promotion may include everything from email announcements to buyers and agents that link back to your online listing.  It can include a plug on all the social media outlets.  It may warrant a postcard mailing and door hanger invites to the neighbors.  The big day at your listing gets posted on numerous real estate and brokerage websites, which in turn boosts your listing exposure in online search results. The local paper promotes open house events.  And let’s not forget the yard signs pointing out your fabulous listing to everyone in town.

9. Last but not least, the open house enables a “show time” opportunity for your property that is not always practical for everyday appointments.  Your agent can ensure that the lights are all on, the window treatments are open, music is playing, flowers are on the table and the scented candles or simmering apple cider are working their magic.  This creates an excellent first impression for all that attend.  And these visitors could be the ones to direct the final buyer your way!

So when you become a seller, what will you decide?

Drop me a line!

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance
2525 Post Road, Southport, CT  06890


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Fabulous Beachfront Condo – Now Live on MLS!

10 Pine Creek Avenue 401W, Fairfield CT

10 Pine Creek Avenue 401W, Fairfield CT

Live the sweet life in your new carefree ranch style beachfront condo at Kensie Point! Decks and penthouse-like water views from all rooms, elevator entry, private furnished beachfront garden, set on town-managed Pine Creek Beach. Near‪#‎town‬ and ‪#‎train‬, an hour from ‪#‎NYC‬. Two bedrooms, two full baths, 1900 square feet updated and move-in ready. Now live on MLS, check out the listing right here!  ‪#‎coastalconnecticut‬ ‪#‎ilovefairfieldct‬ ‪#‎beaches‬ ‪#‎condos‬‪#‎ranches‬ ‪#‎multiplelistingservice‬ ‪#‎fairfieldctbeaches‬ #‎fairfield‬ #‎investment‬ ‪#‎commuters‬ #retirementhomesct


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Happy Seller Heads South!

Not a big fan of freezing winters, Joe had a dream that he thought was simple:  sell his condo on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport and move to Florida where life is sunny and warm year-round.

Joe after his closing!

Joe after his closing!

It sounded reasonable enough until he put his condo on the market and didn’t get the quick sale he was hoping for.  After trying to sell with four different agents over the course of three years with one deal falling through at the last minute, Joe was feeling quite discouraged and wondered if his plan would ever come to fruition.

Finally, the following summer, he summoned his spirits again and had his son come up from Florida to help him de-clutter.  Then he called me to come and see his place, and I gave him a list of staging tips that he put into play.  We went on the market and received a good amount of activity but were plagued by low-ball offers by investors and a distressed unit that posted for sale at a rock bottom price by a bank.

As the holidays approached, Joe agreed to withdraw from the market long enough to re-do his kitchen.  I referred a great contractor to him that was skilled and well priced.  Joe shopped around for some good deals on appliances, and viola!
2011-09-30 01.52.54      Joe's Condo AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

With a refreshed look, new kitchen and the New Year, Joe closed on his condo within three months and was off to his dream home in Florida with the weather to match!  Here’s what Joe had to say about it, “I will always be happy to give you the highest recommendation for your excellent customer service and professionalism. I definitely couldn’t have sold my condo without you.  The recommendation to upgrade my kitchen was a big factor.  There were so many condos on the market in Bridgeport, I thought I would never get out of there. But you sold my condo in such a short time frame.  You are a Realtor who cares and gives the best possible customer service one could expect, especially if the seller listens to you and takes your suggestions.  I couldn’t be happier now that I am in Florida.”

Take a look at the video to see Joe’s kitchen transition in action.

Feel free to comment below or request help preparing your home for the market.


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Another Dream Comes True!

Tina had an exciting day today, because she closed on her long awaited condo in the Foxwood community in Milford, Connecticut.  Today was smooth sailing, but it was quite a journey to get here.

We had been looking for the perfect unit since last year.  It had to be on the first floor with plenty of space, two entrances, two bedrooms, a den, space to install full-size washer and dryer (vs.  smaller stacking ones)  and in good condition.  We thought we found it the first day when we looked at a nice For Sale By Owner.  But we got all the way to contract signing before finding out that this section of the complex did not allow hard wood floors to be installed- a deal-breaker for Tina.

So, we looked at several others that fell short of the requirements and then waited and waited for the right unit it come to the market.  Units came and went without anything fitting the bill.  I created custom postcards and mailed them to all the owners in qualifying units…  Nothing.

Mailer for Tina

Mailer for Tina

Then finally one day a few months ago, the ‘perfect’ unit hit the market, so we went for it.  We got it- the listing agent wrote in an email to me.   But after she told me our offer was accepted, a client of hers came in with a cash offer.  Ours was higher but still declined.  We didn’t get it!

So we waited, and I sent another mailing.

Finally, the absolute perfect unit came to the market.  It was like the one she lost, but a nice end unit with a park bench right out front.  This one was meant to be.

Tina was so excited she planned to have the entire unit renovated before she even closed on it.  She arranged to open up several walls, install hardwood and tile floors, redo the kitchen and change from her previous beach style to ‘country’!

The road was long, but the closing was short and and the reward was the perfect new home.  I think the rest will be history!

Here’s a note from Tina a few months later, “Hi Lin’,  I really love living here….I couldn’t be in a nicer spot.   Thank you for finding this home for me….I will always send you more clients when I can.”

Tina and her new Foxwood Condo

Tina and her new Foxwood Condo!