Manchester, CT Real Estate News

By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Wine Tasting at Adams Mill Restaurant ~ September 19, 2011   On Monday, September 19,2011, Manchester Wine and Liquors will hold its first wine-tasting of the upcoming season at Adams Mill Restaurant on Adams Street in Manchester CT at 6:30 p.m.    Once a month, from September through June, Manchester Wine and Liquors has a wine tasting on a different wine-producing region.  Wine representatives talk about the wines that are tasted, and the evening is always informative, fun, and delicious.   This month's winetassting will focus on family-owned California wine producers and the wines tasted will be: Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurztraminer ($10.99) Honig Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley ($15.99) Benziger Chardonnary Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard ($15.99) McManis Petite Sirah ($10.99) Pierano...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Remembrance of 9/11 in Manchester   Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and terrorist hijackings of the commercial flights.  People all over the country will be reliving memories of the attacks, the emotions, and the after-effects of the day, finding much of it still incomprehensible.   Manchester CT will be officially dedicating a steel beam from the World Trade Center that is part of the 9/11 memorial to the 343 firefighters who died in trying to rescue people from the doomed buildings.  The beam was from the North Tower and weighs about 4800 pounds; it is not part of the Manchester CT Firefighters Memorial Garden at the Fire Station on Tolland Turnpike.   Here is a great video created by Meghan Moore which tells the story b...
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By Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert
(National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro)
A recent report has just announced that Iowa residents havethe lowest average credit card debt in the United States. This fascinating finding leaves many individuals and families around the nation struggling with credit card debt and bad credit asking “How do they do it?” According to the report, Chicago-based firm TransUnion conducted its regularly quarterly analysis of trends in the credit card industry. Their findings show that Iowans had average credit card debt of $3,807 in the third quarter, up slightly from $3,792 in the second quarter of 2010 but still the lowest in the nation. Iowa is closely followed by North Dakota and South Dakota who rank second and third in the nation for the lowest average credit card debt per household. Other interesting findings in the TransUnion third ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Manchester CT Market Report for August 2011     Although the number of closed sales in August 2011 in Manchester CT is down from last August, the median price is up. In August 2011, there were 24 closed sales with a median price of $174,450 compared to 28 closed sales with a median price of $167,165 in August 2010.     Here is the breakdown by price range: Price Range August 2011 August 2010 Under $100,000 5 1 $100,000-$149,999 2 9 $149,999-$199,999 13 6 $200,000-$249,999 4 4 $250,000-$299,999 - 2 $300,000-$349,999 - 2 $350,000-$399,999 - 2 Over $400,000 - 2       Total 24 28   When we look at closed sales and median price by month for 2011, we see that while closed sales are significantly down over the previous few months, the median price has remained fairly steady. Here is the recap ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
The Manchester Dog Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Globe Hollow in Manchester CT from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The rain date is Sunday, September 11, 2011.   The Manchester Dog Owners Group (MDOG) organizes the event as a festival and fundraiser for a future dog park in Manchester.  The aim of the group is to raise awareness and educate the public about responsible dog ownership and provide recreational opportunities for dogs and their owners.  One of the main events is the K-9 Kerplunk Dog Swim, but there are many other activities planned including:   Contests, such as Best Kisser, Best Tail Wagger, and Weenie Retrieval Demonstrations of animal abilities Exhibits by vendors of educational and training tools Food vendors Animal adoption booths with information ...
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By Brian Marois, Roofing, Windows, Siding, Kitchen, Bath Contractor
(Maintenance Man, LLC)
Dangerous Bathroom contractors in Manchester, CT – Connecticut Your bathroom may be outdated, or you may feel as though you need something new and exciting in your home; either way, it is time to search for Bathroom contractors in Manchester. It is simple finding Bathroom contractors, but deciding which contractor you will hire for the bathroom remodel can sometimes be difficult. You want quality craftsmanship in your new bathroom, not numerous mistakes attempted to be hidden. Unfortunately, there are many dangerous Bathroom contractors that can put you and your home’s value at risk. To avoid working with an dangerous bathroom contractor, follow these four steps, and feel confident that you will soon be working with a professional bathroom contractor. 1.Ask for Copies of Licensing and I...
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By Brian Marois, Roofing, Windows, Siding, Kitchen, Bath Contractor
(Maintenance Man, LLC)
Avoid These Kitchen Contractors in Manchester, CT – Connecticut Your kitchen may be outdated, or you may feel as though you need something new and exciting in yourhome; either way, it is time to search for kitchen contractors in Manchester. Finding kitchen contractors won’t be difficult, but determining which contractor you will hire for the kitchen remodel can sometimes be challenging. You want quality and craftsmanship in your kitchen, not a mess of mistakes attempted to be hidden. Unfortunately, there are many kitchen contractors that aren’t professional and can put you and your home’s value at risk. To avoid working with an unsafe kitchen contractor, follow these four steps, and feel confident that you will be working with a professional kitchen contractor. 1. Avoid kitchen Contract...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Good News! Cruisin' on Main Street Rescheduled for September 18, 2011! Cruisin' on Main Street, one of Manchester CT's premier events, has had to be rescheduled twice because of the weather.  The new date is September 18, 2011 from 11:00 to 4:00.   Cruisin' on Main Street began in 2001 and is the largest downtown exhibition of vintage cars in the Northeast.  Anyone with a registered vehicle at least 25 years old is able to strut his/her stuff.  Beginning at 8:00 a.m., cars will register ($10 per vehicle) for the event and receive directions on where to park.  The first 1,000 vehicles to register will receive a 2011 commemorative dash plaque.    With over 1,000 cars and 30,000 spectators expected, this year's Cruisin' on Main Street is sure to be a hit with every fan of vintage cars.  Of...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Back to School Information ~ Uniforms for Illing Middle School in Manchester CT   Last spring, the school board approved the policy requiring uniforms for Illing Middle School in Manchester CT.  According to Illing Principal Troy Monroe, uniforms will eliminate distractions and promote an emphasis on learning.   Parents and students have had opportunities to purchase uniforms over the summer, but there will be a fifth and final in-school sale: When:    Thursday, August 18,2011 Where:   Illing Middle School, School Cafeteria Times:   2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, there will be polo shirts, sweaters, jackets, and sweatshirts with the Illing logo that students can try on and order.  Boys and girls must wear solid color tops in blue, white or green.  The approved vendor is Connecticut...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Market Report for Manchester CT ~ July 2011 Finally, we are able to view market statistics without having to compare to last year's numbers that were inflated by the homebuyers' tax credit.  Going forward, we should be able to get a clearer view of what the real estate market is by town.   In Manchester, there were 32 closed sales in July 2011 compared to 29 from last July.  That's a positive change for this year.  The median price, however, was down considerable with this July showing a median price of $167,500 compared to $210,000 for last July.   On the plus side, however, the median days on the market this July was 21 compared to 55 for last July.  Sale price to list price ratios were also improved with 98.1% this July compared to 96.2% last July.   Here are the numbers by price ran...
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By Brian Marois, Roofing, Windows, Siding, Kitchen, Bath Contractor
(Maintenance Man, LLC)
RMS Electrical Contractors in Manchester, CT- Pre-Screened & APPROVED What makes someone a professional electrician in Connecticut?  1. The electrician in CT is required to have an E1 or E2 electrical license 2. Electrical contractors in CT should have adequate insurance to protect you and your family  3. Electrical contractors in CT should be registered with the State of Connecticut 4. The electrical contractor has a clean criminal record 5. Electrical contractors in CT are honest with their pricing and perform work that meets the National Electrical Code standards Jeff Roberts and Steve Czaya from RMS Electrical Contractors, LLC, are true professionals. They have recently passed a Maintenance Man Pre-screening Process that is in place to protect homeowners from working with unqualifie...
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By Brian Marois, Roofing, Windows, Siding, Kitchen, Bath Contractor
(Maintenance Man, LLC)
Wet Basement Manchester, CT? Basement Waterproofing Contractors in Manchester, CT Lack of proper drainage causes pooling water around your basement which leads to hydrostatic pressure on the walls. When left unattended this pressure can result in foundation damage, causing foundation cracks, bowed walls, and foundation settlement. If this has happened to you, it is time for a basement waterproofing specialist to eliminate your wet basement problems. Use these three tips to make sure you hire an excellent contractor at a good price. 1. Before The Basement Waterproofing Contractor Starts, Check Their Insurance and License. Do some due diligence before hiring the waterproof contractor to repair the wet basement in Manchester. Ask them to provide proof of liability insurance and workers com...
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By Brian Marois, Roofing, Windows, Siding, Kitchen, Bath Contractor
(Maintenance Man, LLC)
Roof Repair Manchester, CT Your roof may leaking, or you identified a new damp water spot on your ceiling, it is time for roof repair in Manchester. Maybe you know it is time to replace your current roof. Use these five tips to make sure you hire a excellent contractor at a good price. 1. Before The Roofing Contractor Starts Check The Insurance and License. Do some due diligence before hiring the contractor to do the roof repairs in Manchester. Ask them to provide proof of liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. One must is the Department of Consumer Protection in Connecticut to verify the contractor's license. The state has an online license look up. Look online, do they have a web site, are they listed on Yelp, what are the reviews on Goggle Places? Give the contractor...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Manchester CT Market Report ~ June 2011   As expected, the Manchester CT housing market showed vibrant results for June.  With the real estate conveyance tax set to increase on 7/1/11, many sellers were eager to close by 6/30/11.  There were 41 closed sales with a median price of $178,500. The last few months have shown increasing gains in both number of closed sales and median prices.  During May, there were 33 closed sales with a median price of $175,000 and in April there were 23 closed sales with a median price of $155,000. Of course, this June couldn't top last June (the last month for the homebuyer tax credits), with last June showing 64 closed sales and a median price of $191,089, but we seem to be on an upward trend for this year.  Here is the breakdown by price range for this J...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Manchester CT Market Report ~ May 2011 This has been a busy spring market in general, and Manchester  has posted gains over the April market report.  During May 2011, there were 33 closed sales, compared to 23 in April 2011.  The median price in May was $175,000, compared to $155,000 in April 2011.  In addition, the median list price to sales price ratio was 97.3 in May compared to 96.8 in April.  When we look at May 2011 compared to May 2010, however, we see expected drops in both the number of sales and the median price.  Last year saw a sales frenzy though as people were trying to meet the deadline for the homebuyers' tax credits.  Fortunately, we have only one more month of very skewed information to include in the comparisons! During the previous May, there were 54 closed sales wit...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Wickham Park in Manchester CT was named "Best Garden and Picnic Park" by Yankee Magazine!   My favorite park in the state was selected by Yankee Magazine as the "Best Garden and Picnic Spot!"  I have always thought that Wickham Park was the best-kept secret, but the word is out now.    With around 250 acres of expansive lawn, specialty gardens, walking paths, picnic areas, a bird sanctuary, and a new sensory garden, the park is a respite from everyday stresses.   Each year, the dedicated staff of Wickham Park painstakingly tends to the gardens and plans for new gardens and rejuvenation.  Over the past few decades, they have added a wetlands garden with decking for walking, the new sensory garden, a rose garden, an English garden surrounding a gazebo for weddings, a reception area for ca...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Pride in Manchester Week Begins June 4, 2011 Manchester CT is a great place to live and Pride in Manchester Week celebrates all that Manchester CT has to offer.  The week showcases the history of Manchester as well as all the facets of life in Manchester, including nature, arts, museums, school groups, fraternal organizations, charitable organizations, and volunteers.  Each day offers something special. Here are just a few of the highlights: Saturday, June 4: Concert in the Park with Stealing Jupiter and The Great Escape Sunday, June 5: Arts in the Park,, Manchester Art Association's annual show Monday, June 6: History Walk at East Cemetary and Art and Culture Forum at Cheney Hall Tuesday, June 7: Senior Dance Wednesday, June 8:  An Evening with Marcella MacDonald and Dinner Dance at th...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Manchester CT Condo Report ~ April 2011 During April, there were 10 closed sales for condo units in Manchester, CT.  Prices ranged from $42,500 to $242,500 with a median price of $139,500. Here is a list of the complexes, BD/BA, and closed price: Manchester Gardens:  2BD/1BA, $42,500 Colonial Manor: 3BD/1BA, $75,000 Greenview Hill: 2BD/1.1BA, $105,000 Beechwood: 2BD/1.1BA, $126,000 Beechwood: 2BD/1.1BA, $137,000 579 Tolland Tpke: 3BD/2BA, $142,000 Lewin's Crossing:  3BD/2.1BA, $162,500 Southfield Green:  3BD/2.1BA, $172,000 Manor Woods:  2BD/2.1BA, $189,900 Hampton Run:  3BD/2.1BA, $242,500 The list price to sale price ratio was 94.6% and the median days on market was 105.  The median price per square foot was $102. There are also 7 units under contract and 10 units under deposit.  If y...
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By Jeremy Joslin, Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Short Sale in Manchester CT - 2/3 Bedroom Ranch Home for Sale.  19 Ann St. in Manchester, CT 06040 is a fantastic opportunity to own for less than it costs to rent.  This is an excellent location for 2/3 Bedroom ranch and offers hardwood floors, a full basement, and a 2 car garage.  Buying a short sale in Manchester CT is a great investment and is sure to provide the buyer with some quick equity and a great place to live.  Call Jeremy Joslin whether buying or selling a short sale in Manchester CT. A Manchester short sale means that the seller owes the bank more than the property is worth and will require bank approval for the sale.  A short sale package is all in order and we are just waiting on an offer to present to the bank.  Short sales can take considerably longer than a standard ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Wine Tasting at Adams Mill Restaurant ~ May 16, 2011 at 6:30   My favorite wine shop, Manchester Wine and Liquors, is holding its monthly wine tasting at Adams Mill Restaurant on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 6:30.  I don't usually post about these wine tastings because they are usually sold out within a day or so of their being announced, but for some reason there are still seats available for tomorrow's tasting. Only members of the Wine Club may register, but you can sign up to be a Wine Club member for free so just put your name in their database and you will be all set.  Every member can also bring one guest. Manchester Wine and Liquors has a great newsletter (also available online) where they post the monthly specials as well as wine-tasting announcements.  The wine tastings are fun even...
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