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We have a house in Ridgefield, Ct where we were staying last weekend when the Northeast was pounded by an early snowstorm. The event started earlier than predicted, dropped far more snow and wrecked more havoc with downed trees and wires than the recent Hurricane Irene. As I write large parts of ...
The house fails to vote on loan limits . .  http://newsgeni.us/?p=99893 As noted in the link, Congress has failed to extend the conforming loan limits on government-backed loans at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set to expire on Oct 1st. In a challenging market, the government should be helping not h...
Sales figures through the end of August have just been released from the Greenwich MLS.  The trend is positive, as analyzed by Joe Valvano, Managing Broker Coldwell Banker Greenwich. YTD - Units sold is up 16%. YTD - Dollar volume has increased by 15%. And there are a healthy number of transactio...
In the Greenwich area, like many other markets, the upper tier of properties are shown "listing broker accompany".  For homes under a certain price point there is usually a key box.  Now traditionally one just called the office to set up the appointment if one was needed.  Simple. With vacant key...
This is a land listing I have in Stamford, Connecticut.  I posted it in the listing area although it is just land with no house.  Check out the aerials on the link, it's a really beautiful area.  tp://cmls.rexplorer.net/REX$PUB/24/4424/pub/pub_7161444281.htm Rock Rimmon Estates Nestled in histori...
Recently I posted this comment to my Blog: A Magnificent Waterfront Estate in Greenwich Connecticut  One of the great joys of our business is touring the homes for sale.  Whether a modest starter home or  an amazing estates, some of our market areas run the complete gambit. This week I was privil...
Yesterday I posted the following piece about the a famed Greenwich landmark coming back on the market for resale six months after it closed. It had taken over two years to sell the first time around.   GREENWICH REAL ESTATE, Dunellen Hall - The Curse Continues? Dunellen Hall, one of the "Great Es...
It's back! Dunellen Hall, one of the "Great Estates of Greenwich" and former home of Harry and Leona Helmsley is back on the market. Originally for sale at $125,000,000 in May of 2008, the estate went through several brokers and numerous price reductions before selling in October of 2010 for $35,...
So, I'm doing a POH (public open house) tomorrow.  I have the ads in; I'm ready to rock.  Then the assistant of the agent I'm sharing the listing with lets me know that the owners are doing a tag sale at the same time! They figure that the POH will bring folks in and the tag sale will bring in ev...
Just finished reading a post It Should Be Taught In Real Estate School by Karen Kruschka.  Boy did that hit home as evidenced by the comments.  It is sad but true that the classes folks take to get a Real Estate License prepares you to pass the test not succeed in the craft.  Manners, courtesy an...

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