It's Winter, and what does that mean to those in Real Estate? Probably the number one questions I get is, "Should I list my house in the Winter?" YES! Let’s go over some real estate facts:
- Due to the Internet, people search for homes all year. The Spring Season for Realtors® starts in January and February. Families that need to have children in school in September begin looking in late Winter, early Spring. Weather plays a role, it may slow things down, but does not bring things to a halt.
This past Sunday I had scheduled an open house. The weather was miserable and the seller and I toyed with the idea of cancelling. The open house was all over the internet, so if one person showed up and saw that it was cancelled, I would have pissed them off. I forged onward. When I opened the door, five families were waiting outside to see the home. I don’t know if any of them will buy this house, but I am so glad I was there. Many of the folks at my open hous did complain that they went to other open houses and no one was there.
This past weekend, was not the first time. Two winters ago I sat in one of my open houses as the snow piled up. Three families in SUVs came by.
People looking for homes, look for homes. Not everyone does, but enough people go out and about in bad weather. That said, please do not risk your safety to view a home. If you want to see a home but can’t get to the open house or an appointment due to bad weather, call your Realtor. If you are just beginning the search and don’t have a realtor – call me. You can always call the listing broker to check on the status of an open house in questionable weather.
As the home owner, you have to be prepared for this. Driveways and walkways need to be plowed and salted. It is fine to request that people take off their shoes or wear booties in bad weather, or at any time.
Any questions? Feel free to reach out to me with all of your real estate questions or issues.
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It's award season, and what a season it is. Great movies like Lion, La La Land, Fences and Moonlight, just to name a few. We have gotten through many award shows already, but the Oscars are coming up. In Avon Theater fashion, you can party with the Avon on Oscar night. Walk the Red Carpet at 7:00pm when the Oscar-Party festivities kick-off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy the LIVE telecast of the Red Carpet arrivals in Hollywood on the Avon’s big screen! The official 89th Annual Academy Awards telecast with host Jimmy Kimmel begins at 8:30pm. Following the announcement of the Best Supporting Actor Award, a buffet supper will be served. Giovanni Gentile, the owner of Stamford’s popular Capriccio Café and Bar Rosso, has designed a special menu to celebrate the cuisine and wines from his Puglia, Italy for this special Oscar celebration. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Dressed Male and Female in two categories: Best Glamorous Hollywood attire and Best Summer of Love 1967 attire in honor of our celebration of the films of 1967. For further information, call 203-661-0321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RARE MULTI-GENERATIONAL OPPORTUNITY. MLS 99171541, $869,000. Move right in to this one-of-a kind, stylish, spacious, updated 5/6 BR, 3 full/1half bath Contemporary on a desirable cul-de-sac in North Stamford. Open floor plan & strategically placed skylights lets the sun pour in. Updated new EIK with high end stainless appliances, quartz counters. FR with FPL, sliders to the deck. Hardwood floors throughout. Large MBR with walk-in closet, cozy sitting area with a FPL, master bath w/quartz counters & hydro-tub. Three more generously sized bedrooms complete the UL. Two bedroom/1 bath in-law suite on the main level with all new appliances and granite counters. In-law LR opens to the back deck, plus a separate entrance. All new insulation, duct work throughout. For more photos and information, see our website.
Unique, Stunning Contemporized Colonial on upscale cul-de-sac in North Stamford. MLS 99171597, $799,000. Newer kitchen with hardwood floors, stainless appliances and marble countertops. Newly refinished hardwood floors throughout. Living room boasts a large circular window, French doors to the deck, vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace. Dining room has French doors to the deck that spans the entire back of the home. Two additional bedrooms with hardwood floors & ceiling fans and renovated full bath complete the main level. Master bedroom with leaded-glass block privacy wall, two oversized walk-in closets, full bath with marble shower and Jacuzzi tub. Fourth bedroom, full bath complete the upper level. Sprinkler system, dog fence. Minutes to Merritt, shopping. For more photos and information, see the associated website.
Sought after Hycliff Association- MLS 99171642, $590,000. Classic Center Hall Colonial. Open the front door into a lovely, stone-floored foyer. Large, sunny Living Room with fireplace. Cheerful, formal Dining Room opens to Kitchen with silostone counters, hardwood floors, and pantry. Family room has walk out to stone patio and level, fully-fenced backyard. upstairs you find three large bedrooms, two full baths with newly refinished hardward floors. Windows have lifetime guarantee. Newer roof. Access to Hycliff association pool, playground and tennis courts. Great storage. Close to Brennan golf course, train station, walk to Ridgeway Shopping Center. So much potential, worth a look.
Premiere, Downtown Living. MLS 99166941, $385,000. Large two bedroom, two bath in one of Stamford's most premier condominiums. The great experience starts when you walk into the elegant lobby with the 24 hour doorman.The apartment opens into a large living room with sliders to the balcony. The eat-in kitchen with top of the line cabinets and access to the large dining room. The open floor plan let's light shine through the whole living room/kitchen areas. Master bedroom has a full bath. Together with the second large bedroom & full bath, you have the perfect in-town living space. Washer/dryer in the unit. The community room with full kitchen is the perfect spot for entertaining or just playing cards. Not to be outdone, the pool and gym complete the picture of wonderful downtown living. For more photos and information check out our website. Also for rent!