Manchester, CT Real Estate News

By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Sunday is Open House day here in Manchester, CT, but this Sunday is going to be a little different.  Instead of just promoting my own listing, I am going to be part of a GROUP OPEN HOUSE targeting the homes for sale in Manchester in this particular price range. This idea came up at a recent Brokers Tour and several of us thought it might be worth trying.  We all have houses to sell in the $169,000 to $189,000 range, so we are going to try to generate traffic to all the listings in our group.  We each advertised our own open house independently, but at each location we will post a flyer with the location of the other listings.  Here is my listing at 220 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT which is on the market for $169,900.  Stop in at the Open House on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Market Report for August 2010 in Manchester, CT.     In August, we saw fewer houses being sold compared to the same month last year.  In addition, the median price was significantly lower this year than last.  In August 2010, there were 28 closed sales and the median price was $167,165; in August 2009, there were 42 closed sales and the median price was $196,250. Price Range August  2010 August 2009       Under $100,000 1 0 $100,000-$149,999 9 2 $150,000-$199,999 6 21 $200,000-$249,999 4 13 $250,000-$299,999 2 2 $300,000-$349,999 2 1 $350,000-$399,999 2 0 $400,000 and over 2 3       Total 28 42 So while the actual numbers seem to portray a dreary picture, it is always important to keep in mind that one month's worth of data isn't sufficient to draw conclusions, although the media would ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
  Were you hoping to be settled into your new home by the time school starts? Although the school year has begun, it is still possible to find the home of your dreams in Manchester.  With 232 homes currently listed on MLS in all price ranges, you will have plenty of homes to choose from; one will be just right for you. Here's the breakdown by price: Price Range Number     Under $100,000 5 $100,000-$149,999 27 $150,000-$199,999 84 $200,000-$249,999 48 $250,000-$299,999 22 $300,000-$349,999 13 $350,000-$399,999 11 $400,000 and over 22     Total 232 In addition to the single family homes on the market, there are also 51 condominiums on the market, ranging in price from $54,900 to $269,900.  Call me if you want more information about homes and neighborhoods in Manchester, CT.   
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
  Although the temperatures will be in the 90s through Friday, summer is officially over because school starts tomorrow in Manchester for the elementary schools and the middle school.  The high school will start on Thursday.  For general information, visit the Board of Education website. Manchester has around 7,300 students.  There are ten elementary schools: Bowers, Buckley, Highland Park, Keeney, Martin, Nathan Hale, Robertson, Verplanck, Waddell, and Washington. The town has a sixth grade academy, Elisabeth M. Bennet Academy; seventh and eighth grade students attend Illing Middle School.  Manchester High School serves students in grades 9 through 12; Manchester Regional Academy and Bentley School provide alternate education for middle school and high school students. Manchester is a...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
The Manchester CT real estate market was a busy one during the month of June, which was completely expected because of the deadline for the first time homebuyers' tax credit.  In June 2010, there were 63 closed sales according to the MLS, compared with 44 sales during June 2009. The median price was down slightly at $192,500 compared with a median price of $199,000 in 2009.  In July, there was a lull as the tax credit incentives disappeared.  There were only 23 closed sales, compared with 46 from July of 2009.  However, the median sales price increased to $210,000, compared to a median sales price of $194,000 in July 2009. Here is the breakdown by price range: Price Range June 2010 June 2009 July 2010 July 2009           Under $100,000 3 1 1 1 $100,000-$149,999 9 2 2 3 $150,000-$199,99...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Homes for Sale Manchester CT homes for sale are fantastic deals for prospective home owners for many reasons.  Among them, many people find that the convenience of living in Manchester is second to none. For one, the town sits on interstate 84, on of the main transportation arteries in the northeast. Also, Manchester offers a unique blend of entertainment and business, along with quiet and tranquility.  Despite the fact that towns surrounding Manchester have had to endure steady industrialization, it maintains its simple traditional charm. Explore what Manchester CT homes for sale, can offer you today!      This 2750 sq ft colonial home is the perfect piece of real estate to start a family.  The home has 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and a spacious floor plan, which makes for...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Property Search In order to find your dream home, your next move should be a Manchester CT property search. Your Manchester CT property search will indulge you with beautiful homes, great entertainment and exquisite dining.  Manchester is also known for its many parks and recreational areas which serve as great places to enjoy peaceful walks, and afternoons with loved ones.   The park at the old mills is one of these very parks that allow you too take a glimpse back in time. The park at the old mills is one of the largest in the region, is a great little area where you can take your family to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. You can hike along the outskirts of the park, explore the ruins of 19th century mills that made Manchester an important town of the era, or just explore th...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Home Listings Manchester is a diverse town situated in the central area of the state.  It has had the good fortune of being able to maintain a relatively suburban feel, despite recent industrialization.  What gives Manchester its character? Several factors do, starting with the fact that it is only 15 minutes from Hartford.  The commute is ideal, especially if you want to live far from the congestion of the downtown area.  Manchester CT home listings can provide such a place for you, and we can help you find the home that is right for your family Manchester isn't only convenient just because it's close to Hartford. It is also 25 minutes from Bradley International, and 20 minutes from the University of Connecticut.  If you are really into shopping and entertainment, you nee...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Realtor Connecticut is home to one of the most diverse and quaint towns in New England, Manchester.  This can be attributed to its multi-cultural atmosphere and small town allure.  One of the reasons why it has been able to remain this way, is that Manchester's  surrounding towns have been a huge draw for years, taking potential residents over time.  This has been shown to have a positive effect however, in the sense that Manchester has managed to maintain a solitude that is all but unrivaled in the Hartford area.  Talk to your Manchester CT realtor and find out why it is such a great place to live. Your Manchester CT realtor will show you spectacular deals such as this one; a 2450 sq ft colonial with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This fantastic home features a remodeled kitch...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Home Foreclosures Manchester CT home foreclosures represent a great opportunity for other families to find the homes of their dreams.  Manchester CT home foreclosures offer tremendous values for people looking for a great school system, rural environment and quiet neighborhoods.  Foreclosures are now on the market for a lot cheaper than you would imagine.  Have you ever seen a home that you loved, but thought that you could never afford?  Take a closer look and you might find what you're looking for! Quiet and convenient homes await you with Manchester CT home foreclosures.  A 1638 sq ft home has just entered the market, as the previous owner could not keep up with payments.  This 5 room residence features hardwood floors, and a full basement and a garage.  This delightful...
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By Bob Fiorey
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Manchester CT Foreclosures Manchester CT foreclosures are coming off of an all time high, due to a recent prolonged recession.  Many families have been caught empty handed during these times, however the misfortune of some can be turned into a great opportunity for others.  Manchester CT Foreclosures offer deep discounts on prime real estate that would otherwise be financially out of reach for would-be home owners.  In short, it's a great time to be in the market for a home, and Manchester is a great place to find that home. New to market is a beautiful Manchester home that won't last long.  It's a 1755 sq ft well kept Cape Cod style home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.  This residence is in immaculate condition, and features hardwood floors, a finished basement and a kitchen bar.  This ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY IN MANCHESTER, CT?  The annual James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration will be held on July 3, 2010 at Manchester Community College.  There will be activities from 4:00 to 10:00, with the fireworks beginning at 9:30. Free  activities for children will begin at 4:00 and will include facepainting, clowns, a moon bounce, and petting zoo.  Tickets may be purchased for pony rides. Beginning at 5:00, there will be music in the Bicentennial Bandshell area, which is sure to create a festive atmosphere.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket; or if you prefer, food will be available for purchase, including BBQ chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.  Admission is free.  In case of rain, which doesn't look likely, the celebration will be held on Sund...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO READ A GOOD BOOK!  But if you are like many people, you may not feel as though you have time to sit down and read! What a shame! But now, our own library, Manchester Public Library, is offering a new service that sends you a five-minute segment of a book every day of the week.  By the end of the week, you will be able to tell if you really want to read the book and then can either buy it or check it out of the library. I signed up today for four separate categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Pre-releases, and AuthorSpeak.  They also have categories for mystery, romance, children's books, teens, good news, business, and others. To sign up for this service, visit Manchester Public Library online and click on the DEAR READER icon in the middle of the page.  You don't ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Wickham Park's Sensory Garden in Manchester CT is open!  This new garden, designed to be accessible  and enjoyed by all, is glorious.  With stunning pathways, arbors, sculptures, wind chimes, water feature, a miniature train track, and raised beds showcasing hundreds of different plants, the sensory garden will delight all the senses--sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. I visited it for the first time today and was in awe.  Not only is it beautiful but it is also educational. There are several stations with audio to describe each garden, pointing out each of the planned features.                                  With plenty of seating,  one can sit back and take in the beauty as well as the whimsy. Left in trust by the Wickhams, the original owners, the park has been lovingly main...
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By Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
What is the Maximum FHA Mortgage Loan in Manchester, CT.: The maximum FHA Mortgage Loans is different for each county and also for a 1, 2, 3 or 4 family/unit house. So here are the current maximum FHA Mortgage Loan limits for Manchester, CT: Single Family Home $440,000 Two Unit Home $563,250 Three Unit Home $680,850 Four Unit Home $846,150  The loan limits are similar in Middlesex and Tolland County. They are lower in Litchfield, New London, New Haven and Windham Counties. The loan limits are higher in Fairfield County. What is an FHA Mortgage? An FHA Mortgage loan is a loan that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA does not actually provide the loan; it insures the mortgage for the lender. Should the borrower on an FHA mortgage default the lender may receive paym...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
Just off of Avery Street on the South Windsor/Manchester town line, is a small subdivision in the Robertson School District. Some of the streets are Baldwin, Bryan, Concord, Macintosh, Pond, Carman, and Cornwall.  Most of the homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s, but a few are newer.  Many of them have been substantially remodeled by subsequent owners.  One of the things that draws people to this area is the layout of the roads. Most of the roads are not cul-de-sacs, but rather they circle around offering no reason for cars to cut through. The only people on the roads are those who live there or are visiting.  As a result, it is a great place for walking, running, or riding bikes.The school district is Robertson Elementary School, which requires bus transportation.  This area offers ...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
The Bowers Elementary School neighborhood in Manchester, CT is one of the most popular areas for affordable homes in Manchester.  Bowers Elementary School is located on Princeton Street, one of the most beautiful streets in Manchester, CT.   Just off of Middle Turnpike East, near Illing Middle School and the Manchester Police Department, Princeton Street is a wide, sidewalked street with a canopy of tall trees over the road that creates a stunning picture every season of the year. Many of the streets off Princeton have the same type of feeling as Princeton--nicely cared for lawns, traditional homes with lots of character, and sidewalks for easy access to other neighborhoods. Families in this area are within easy walking distance to the Manchester Head Start School, Bowers Elementary Sch...
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By Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
(Prudential CT Realty)
  Wickham Park in Manchester, CT is open for the season! April 3rd was opening day for Wickham Park, and what a glorious day it was!  Wickham Park has to be one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and it's right in our backyard on the Manchester/East Hartford town line. The original park of 130 acres was the Wickham family estate and was known as the Pines. When Clarence Wickham's widow, Edith died in 1960, the estate was designated as a park which officially opened on July 1, 1961.         Over the years, through other donations and land acquisitions, the Wickham Park has grown to 250 acres.  Most of the park's maintenance is taken care of by a trust fund established by the Wickham Family, but some of the expenses are offset by fees and donations.             Major attractions o...
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