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Everyone who walks this trail, especially my dogs, agrees that this is one of the most wonderful places to go to decompress and gain inspiration in Fairfield Connecticut’s beach area. You may find yourself alone with the wildlife (and your dogs), or you may see other people dog-walking, jogging or bicycling.
There is convenient access from several beach area neighborhoods. One entrance is on Old Dam Road. You can jump on the trail from the Meadows condo complex off South Pine Creek Road, or you can enter at Mona Terrace by the soccer field and senior center. The latter is my favorite because there is a cut-through from an additional neighborhood near me at the Veres Park cul-de-sac. A parking lot is also available at the senior center, next to the soccer field.
When entering from Mona Terrace, I like the fact that you have options. You can choose to go for a short and sweet stroll along the marsh-side path that leads out to Oldfield Road. Or for a bigger commitment, you can jump onto the wide trail and go through the woods, across the bridge, and past the Meadows condos and Old Dam Road to the end of the trail and back.
The woods are always peaceful and pretty, but in my view, the vistas along the tidal marsh are where I find my “Zen”. When it’s high tide, the water winds through the tall grasses, and when the sun hits the water just right, it sparkles through the reeds and tree branches like diamonds! In the summer, the seaside greenery boasts flowers of vivid colors, and a vast variety of birds are busy doing what they do!
Last, but not least, if you take the full route to the end, you will get the prize. What makes this my favorite trail is that it narrows along a little strip of raised land, where you start to wonder where you will end up. But it leads you to the sweetest of surprises. The tail takes you to a final destination, where (spoiler alert) you are surrounded on three sides by the water of a tranquil lagoon. Beyond the edge of the lagoon, to the right, you can see two more waterways. Old Dam Road flanks the lagoon with Pine Creek behind it. And behind that, you see Fairfield Beach Road and the Long Island Sound. Three different waterway views all at once, what a rare treat! Your dogs can go for a swim, you can take some photos as I’ve done here, and then, you can head back to reality feeling renewed.
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If you are a home buyer and don’t see many options during your initial search online, make sure you get a Realtor on board to help you.
Even though inventory may be low and declining, there are at least three key actions your agent can take for you. Make sure your agent knows what you are looking for, the location you want and your ideal timing.
3. Last, but not least, your agent can write a letter or design a postcard describing your dream home and mail it directly to the homeowners on your favorite street or in the area you are focused on.
If you are a seller dealing with buyers that are circling and taking no action or facing a complete lack of buyers altogether, there are key action steps you can take too.
So don’t give into a slowing market, surge ahead, get the market to work for you, and make your move!
For questions or help in this market, send me a note using the form below.
My own backyard in the Fairfield beach area is one commonly referred to as a ‘postage stamp’, though it still manages to accommodate our trampoline and numerous get-togethers. However, some good friends of mine in Westport have a much more spacious backyard 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 backyard 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!
Ronald and Sara were a happy young couple ready to jump into home buying and get their first home together. When they called me, they knew what they wanted, a four-bedroom home with nice property and a pool in the million dollar range. There was a house, in particular, they had seen online that they were very excited to see right away. They thought this could be it, and they would be buying their first home.
I was excited for them too! I asked if they had spoken to a mortgage professional yet. They had not, so I gave them a few reputable contacts to reach out to and told them they should have a mortgage pre-approval before they started looking. They asked why, and I told them that the pre-approval serves three critical purposes, one, it confirms that they are eligible for a loan, two, it lets them know what their spending limit is and what the associated monthly payments will be, and three, it positions them as strong and qualified buyers when presenting an offer for the home they want to buy.
So they forged ahead, chose a lender, and sought their pre-approval. But they were soon shocked and disappointed to learn that they would not be eligible for a mortgage for at least another year.
Ronald and Sara were a power couple with great jobs and ample income. Sara had a Ph.D. and was the director of a graduate school. Ronald was an emergency room physician.
But, what they didn’t realize was that all the student loans they were paying off gave them a ratio of debt to income that was too high to get a mortgage. So we found a nice home for them to rent for a year. In the meantime, they worked hard with the credit expert company, North Shore Advisory to ensure they were on the fast track for managing their debt and raising their credit scores within the one-year timeline they had set as a goal.
Fast forward a year later, and they sailed through the pre-approval process to obtain a Certified Pre-Approval from William Raveis Mortgage, got engaged, and found and closed on a gorgeous new home in the university area of Fairfield, Connecticut!
Ronald and Sara also managed to jet-set off to Africa for a pre-honeymoon celebration on safari before returning to their new home to plan their wedding! Clearly they were perfectly situated to live happily ever after, but what were the lessons learned along the way?
Always get a pre-approval before you start shopping for a home so that you know where you stand, avoid unexpected setbacks, and can position yourself as a competitive buyer. Besides, an offer to purchase a property is not complete or acceptable without a pre-approval letter from your lender or proof of cash.
Be sure your pre-approval is of the utmost quality, as they are not all created equal. Recent changes to national lending regulations add extra time sensitivity and make this more important than ever. There are a number of new technology enhancements available that can make the whole mortgage process faster, easier, and more transparent for consumers.
William Raveis Mortgage is the only mortgage banker to provide a Certified Pre-Approval. This means that when they present a Certified Pre-Approval to a buyer, they have completed a full review of credit, income, and assets, reviewed supporting documentation and double-checked it all via an automated underwriting system to ensure that when the big day comes, the buyers get their loan and the sale goes through.
Last, but not least, it’s important to be aware of all the factors that can impact your credit score because, the lower your score, the more you will pay for your mortgage, (as well as insurance and other things). In fact, it’s a good idea to check your credit well in advance of applying for a loan so that you have time to work on it if need be. Visit North Shore Advisory, Inc. for an expert resource about credit tips and strategy. Once you have your good credit and Certified Pre-Approval in place, make sure you don’t do anything that can change your credit score before you close! Even a tiny negative change to your credit can bump up your interest rate and suddenly put your dream home out of reach. So check with your lender or Realtor about things you should or should not do during your home purchase process.
Then you are ready to make your dream home come true!
For questions about the process of buying or selling a home, or if you’re thinking about a move this season, send me a note below!
Six Hot Trends that are Super Cool for Consumers!
an engaging experience that also saves them time. In addition to creative videos, this includes 3D touring, virtual reality, drone photography, virtual staging and even hologram projection of furniture into rooms. 3D tours enable viewers to virtually walk through a property while using their computer mouse to “go” anywhere in the home. The tool also creates a virtual doll house that lets buyers float through the floors and get an overall feel for the layout, orientation, and flow. Inman News recently talked about virtual reality tours that use special goggles to create an experience close to being there in person as well as gear that projects holograms of furniture into a space to visualize it “for real”. Last, but not least, busy or far-away consumers can benefit from a live virtual tour via Skype.
Which trends to you think have the most promise? What other trends are you seeing that are consumer driven? From a consumer perspective, what new technology services would you like to see?
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