Stamford, CT Real Estate News

By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Stone Brook Condos on Intervale Road in Stamford, Connecticut 06901 These three bedroom, two and one half bath homes, with 1,830 to 2,2,00 square feet, of Stone Brook Condos will not disappoint! Built in 1994 and 1995, Stone Brook Condos, a cluster of 50 colonial styled detached townhouses, is conveniently located in Stamford, Connecticut.  The open living room and dining room has vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and doorways that lead out to your large deck, with views of woods and field.   You will enjoy cooking in your eat-in kitchen with its top of the line appliances, custom cabinets, hardwood floors, and space to move easily from counter to counter. Some kitchens include a pantry. While some units have the master bedroom on the first floor, all are spacious with walk-in closets and g...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Increase your Credit Score with Online Rent Payment.Experian Credit Reporting agency is now tracking rent payments to help increase your credit score. Experian in the first credit reporting agency to do so and it recently conducted an analysis that showed that on time rental payment history can increase your score.If you are renting from a property management company ask if it reports payments data to Experian RentBureau. If renting from an individual landlord you can sign up through a rent payment service that is working with Experian RentBureau. These services will allow for the payment and collection of your rent electronically and then you have the ability to opt-in to reporting your rental history to Experian RentBureau. The three rental payment service providers currently working ...
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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
  Forest Mews Condos on Forest Street in Stamford, CT 06901 Forest Mews is a group of three story high sophisticated downtown condominiums. Built in 1981, Forest Mews offers 1,940 +/-  SF of living space in two bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms. Homes are heated with clean electric heat and cooled with a zones central air conditioning system.     The dining room has a built in wine cooler, cabinets, and opens to the gourmet kitchen. The kitchen has hard wood floors, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting.   The family room at Forest Mews has wall to wall carpeting and sliders to your private slate patio. The living room has a fireplace, crown molding, hard wood floors and sliders to your all weather balcony.       The master bedroom has a vaulted ce...
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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
  Gallant Cove Condos on Top Gallant Road in Stamford, Connecticut 06901 Gallant Cove Colonial Condos, Stamford, CT 06901, is a complex of 21 condominium units built in 1993. The 1,000 to 1,400 square feet of sunny living space create two bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms. These colonially designed units come with a one car attached garage; gas heat and central air conditioning.   Your spacious living room has its own fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors. It flows into the dining area, with recessed lighting and a large window.   The eat-in kitchen is up to date with hardwood floors, a skylight, stainless steel appliances, and special custom cabinets. The sunny loft has wall to wall carpets and could become an additional bedroom.   In addition, there is a walk up attic with extr...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Best Residential Rental Websites for Landlords & Tenants…… For Landlords and Tenants what are the best websites to use when renting residential properties be it homes, apartments, condo’s, lofts or even student housing?  Many would say Realtor.com is the favorite but there are many more websites that real estate agents, landlords and tenants can use.  Here are a few websites that are useful. Craigslist is the best known and probably the most popular with a very easy to use interface.   PlaceBee is a new and upcoming site that is free for all and comes with an interactive map.     Padmapper and Hotpads are two map interactive websites that makes rental searching easy.   If you have any other favorite Residential Rental websites please add them below in the comment section. 
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Realtors® Are You Using NAR RPR? Realtors Property Resource® was created by the National Association of Realtors® for the sole purpose of providing Realtors® with market data, property details, maps and demographic information along with Comps and Property Investment Analysis tools. RPR helps you create easy to read reports in a fast and simple process that your clients will appreciate. Plenty of information and tips on how to use this extensive tool with webinars, videos, articles and a 24 hour chat line. http://support.narrpr.com/home Easy to set up an account; just enter your name and NRDS# along. To look up your NRDS# click here.  
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Ct Rental Security Deposit Laws & Calculator. In Connecticut Landlords cannot require more than two months’ rent as security deposit. The limit is reduced to one month’s rent if the tenant is 62 years of age or older. The security deposit must be kept in an escrow account in a Connecticut bank. On the security deposit Landlords must pay tenants interest that is determined and published by the Connecticut Banking Commissioner. For 2014 the rental security deposit interest rate is 0.09%.                                                                                                                                                                                                   The state of Connecticut provides an easy to use Excel Worksheet to determine the interest that is owed on renta...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Activerain Social Media Tip Using Twitter. Here on Activerain you can get many great tips and ideas on how to market your real estate company, grow your business and increase your networking. This month Activerain challenge is “Crowdsourcing: The Art of Social Sharing” were Activerain members can share their successful experiences using Social Media tools to grow their SOI.  I have had great success using Twitter to post and share my Activerain articles. My strategy is that I like to cluster my tweets in 3 to 5 quick posts and generally they will have a theme. I also find the local posts tend to get the best results. Here are two examples of what I mean. I would quickly tweet all five posts and Activerain makes it very easy by just clicking on the twitter link at the top of each article...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Pre-Qualification vs. Preapproval Mortgage Letter. Before starting your search of homes it is best to know how much you can afford to spend on a home. Your local mortgage lender will be more than happy to run through the numbers for you. The process of analyzing your income, debt, assets and liabilities will be applied to a formula which calculates how expensive of a home you can afford to buy. Pre-qualification is an informal discussion between borrower and lender. The lender provides an opinion of the loan amount that you can borrow based solely on what you, the borrower, tell the lender. The lender doesn't verify anything and is not bound to make the loan when you're ready to buy. Loan preapproval is based on documented and verified information regarding your likelihood of continued ...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
Come view this fabulous home in Stamford CT 06903 during our first public open house on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 12-3pm. Single Family Home for sale in Stamford, CT                         Overview Maps Photos                                                   $524,000 Single Family Home Main Features   3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms   Location     606 Wire Mill RoadStamford, CT 06903USA                     Kimberly Tapscott   Keller Williams Prestige Properties(203) 252-8327kimberlytapscott@kw.comhttp://www.kimberlytapscott.kwrealty.com       Listed by: Kimberly Tapscott          Our recent listings   Single Family Residential for $365,000 in Norwalk, CTFabulous Alternative to Renting!             Subscribe to our listing feed                Nearby  properties for sale    
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Best Place to Find Local Real Estate News will be from Regional Realtor’s Blogs. Looking to buy or sell real estate and was wondering what the market conditions are? Where better to find current up-to-date trends, news and information than from your local Realtor® Blog. Activerain.com is the largest Real Estate Network of real estate professionals.  Activerain has over 255,000 professional members in the USA & Canada and is a place where real estate professionals can network, share information and discuss industry topics. For consumers it is a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips for education, real estate trends, local news and information. Just go to Activerain.com →Resources →Local Info …… and click on your state and then county for local articles. You can even look by towns. OR c...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Fairfield County Home Show March 22 – 23, 2014 ~ Stamford, Ct. The 11th Annual Fairfield County Home Show is taking place this weekend from 11 am to 5 pm at the Stamford Plaza Hotel on 2701 Summer Street, Stamford, Connecticut (Directions). This is the largest Fairfield County Home Show with over 200 exhibits in over 35,000 square feet of space. Parking is free and Admission price at the door is $10 but click here for a free pass or go to http://www.ctexpos.com/fairfield-county-home-outdoor-living-expo/#prettyPhoto. You will find all type of home improvement vendors including: Architects Builders Interior Designers Current Energy Efficiency Contractors Smart Homes & Home Theater Kitchen & Bath Pools Landscaping Marble & Granite Roofing & Siding Windows & more…..   For more information o...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
2014 Bathroom Trend’s for the Home. Houzz.com has released its 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study from 7,645 homeowners who participated in the online fall survey. Here are some of the growing trends that the survey found:- 60% of homeowners are targeting their master bathroom for remodels. Frameless Glass is the shower enclosures is the top choice. Free standing and drop in tubs are at the top of the list. In the master bathroom two sinks is the trend with the majority picking under mount sinks. Silver tone faucets are in with Brushed nickel and Polished Chrome at the top of the list. Lots of light either natural with windows, skylights or new LED fixtures. Unique powder rooms with hardwood floors, pedestal sinks, wall paper and furniture like cabinets. To view over 300,000 inspirationa...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Trends of Today’s Home Buyers. The Brain Buffini’s Real Estate Report is out and is full of useful easy to read statistics from national sources such as: Fannie Mae National Assoc, of Realtors U.S. Census Bureau Major News Companies And Government & Private Agencies.  Today’s Buyers on average will search for 12 weeks for a home and will have viewed 10 homes according to the report. The report finding that in current market conditions buying will be cheaper than renting until the 30 year fixed rate mortgage hits 10.5%. Today’s Buyers are more informed and: 90% will look for a home online first. 89% will use an agent or broker. To read the full Real Estate Report by Brian Buffini please click here. http://oms.helpusell.com/cms/783/documents/2013_RealEstateReport%20Updated%20July%202013.p...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Here is an interactive map of the United States showing the cost of living in your state. See how your state ranks against the other US states. The inforgraph comes from the Best Online Accounting Degree Program website and compares what residents of each state spend on items such as: Income tax burden. Gas prices Healthcare Home prices Energy Car insurance College tuition Property taxes    Produced By Online Accounting Degrees CLICK HERE OR ON PICTURE TO GO TO INTERACTIVE MAP     David Popoff is a license Connecticut Real Estate Broker at DMK Real Estate in Darien, Connecticut.   DMK Property Management llc a locally owned company serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Specializing in Residential Property Management that can custom tailor a program to fit the homeowners needs be ...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
14 Home Projects Fairfield County with 100% + Return ~ Cost vs Value 2014. 2014 Cost Vs Value Report by Remodeling website show both nationwide and for the New England that cost recouped on home improvement projects are up for the second year in a row. For the New England section the report is broken down into 10 areas with Bridgeport/Fairfield County being one of them. The report is broken into two parts; midrange projects and upscale projects. Bridgeport, Fairfield County’s regional city data returns on the Upscale Projects are significantly higher than the national averages with six out of thirteen projects recouping greater than 100% of cost. Garage Door Replacement  126.1% Vinyl Window Replacement  104% Siding Replacement Vinyl  103.7% Wood Window Replacement  102.6% Siding Replace...
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By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
Kitchen outlets sometimes do not work because of a tripped or broken ground fault circuit interrupter.  Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), also known as a GFI outlets, are required in kitchen and other areas of the house where there is a high likelihood of encountering moisture or water.  GFCI’s are required in kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, and outside outlets.  You will recognize them because they have two little buttons in the middle labeled “test” and “reset.”     If your kitchen outlets do not seem to work, it could be a tripped circuit breaker or a tripped GFI outlet.  First go to your electrical panel, and touch each breaker to see if the handle feels the same pressure as the others. If any of the handles on the breakers feel slightly springy, turn them...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Fairfield County, Connecticut LEEDing the Way in Green Buildings.   Many of the Fairfield County, Connecticut new construction projects are being built under the LEED Green & Sustainable Standards. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is a third party verification system for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and communities be it commercial, residential, government or municipalities and even neighborhoods. While projects under construction are seeking LEED certification, once done they can become LEED certified on a scoring scale with certification available on four progressive levels: LEED Certified LEED Silver LEED Gold LEED Platinum There are already a number of certified LEED projects in Fairfield County with these municipalities leading the way: ...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Stamford, Ct. Year End Real Estate Report 2013 Shows Upward Movement. January 21, 2014. Stamford, Connecticut is following the real estate market trend of lower Fairfield County in that more single family dwellings have sold in 2013 to that of 2012 with an increase of 18% at a total of 706 homes sold. The average price as well went up to $671,575 up $35,437 from 2012.* Currently there are 255 single family homes for sale in Stamford ranging in price from $240,000 up to $8,995,000 along with 169 condominiums listed for sale on the Greater Fairfield MLS.       Stamford is the fourth largest city in Connecticut with a population of 122,643 (2010census), the city covers 52.1 square miles with 37.7 being land. Stamford is a 45 minute train ride (non-stop) on Metro-North to Grand Central Term...
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By Eric L. Green, Your IRS Tax Litigator
(Tax Rep LLC)
The focus of our practice is civil and criminal taxpayer representation, as well as assisting taxpayers with foreign bank account issues, and we see many taxpayers in Stamford, Connecticut who are dealing with reporting foreign bank accounts and their failure to file United States Tax returns while living abroad.   Part I of this series discussed the new streamlined compliance procedures for U.S. taxpayers living abroad have failed to timely file U.S. federal income tax returns or Reports of Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), Form TD F 90-22.1, but have recently become aware of their filing obligations and now seek to come into compliance with the law.  Part II of this series elaborated on the procedure to take advantage of the new streamlined compliance program.  Part III reviewed t...
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