Stamford, CT Real Estate News

By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
Neighborhood of Shippan Point in Stamford CT 06902 Why Do People Live Here? The community of Shippan is a wonderful waterfront community of apartments, condominiums and single family homes that sit conveniently just South of downtown Stamford.  Through the tree lined streets it's not uncommon to see families walking and children playing during the summer or sledding down the hills of the community's park which frames the entrance to Shippan Point in the winter.  It's an oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet only minutes away from Interstate 95 and the Stamford Train Station where the Metro-North Line can get you to New York's Grand Central Station on an express train in 45 minutes. Looking for a home in Shippan? Interested in homes for sale in Shippan? Click that link to fin...
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Close to 70% of families say they have a dog or a cat in their household. If you are in that sizeable majority and are planning on relocating to Stamford, there are some planning steps you can take to help ease the move for your four-legged family members.  Since the daily routine is going to be thoroughly undermined, on the day of your move, do as much as is practical to retain a calm atmosphere. If possible, provide a small quiet area where the pets can stay out of the way and safely clear of any wide-open doors. If you have portable fencing that’s strong enough to do the job, remember to make it available with the first wave of unpacking. Fostering calm is especially important while your goods are being moved in and out by big, scary strangers.  If you will be using cages for transpo...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
The Stamford CT Real Estate market is awesome! In Stamford we are seeing multiple offers and decreasing inventory of single family homes available for sale in Stamford. Let's take a look at the numbers.... Supply and demand for homes in Stamford is changing daily.  However I will attempt to give you the top level data.  Last month 50 properties sold in Stamford CT, of the properties 1 was a foreclosure and 25 were sold for less than the median sales price of $595,000.  As of April 30, 2013 there were  512 single family properties for sale.  154 of those were new listings (not necessarily new to the market, some were on the market before and re-listed with a different multiple listing number (MLS)).    The amount of inventory is decreasing and the rate that homes are selling is increasin...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
 InfoGraph by HUD, Know The Facts of Fair Housing.   How much do you know about Fair Housing? Take a look at this InfoGraph of HUD approved Fair Housing Act quiz below that is by Property Management Insider  and article by Michael Cunningham. To be able to get a copy of the Infograph go to original article at http://www.propertymanagementinsider.com/how-much-do-you-know-about-fair-housing-infographic.html            For more information on Fair Housing go to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website, HUD.gov.    
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By Claude Lewis
(Exp Realty)
Who isn’t ready for summer? One group that’s clearly already there is this spring’s seller: everyone whose home listings in Stamford CT are already racking up page views. For them and everyone contemplating taking advantage of the busy spring selling season, an interesting fact has come to light. It puts numbers on something that most of us feel intuitively. It was the Wall Street Journal that recently called attention to it. They uncovered a study from BYU showing that when home listings including swimming pools go into contract in the summer, their selling price is an average 0.22 percentage points higher than the baseline price for the rest of the year. This was a huge study that sampled more than four million housing transactions from 1998 to 2008 in 27 states. For a $500,000 home l...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
As a native of Stamford CT 06902, I am so very proud of the Ferguson Library and the work that they do in our community.  I grew up in the library and as a teenager even worked there.  This week the Ferguson Library, at 96 Broad Street in the 3rd floor auditorium, is offering our town a FREE book giveaway through the Reading is Fundamental program.  The event is scheduled for this Saturday on April 6th between 2:00pm - 4:00pm for Stamford students in grades kindergarten through grade 5. There will also be a featured storyteller at 2:15pm - Laconia Therrio.   In addition to the featured storyteller, other activities include:  - Interactive story times with special guest readers  - Literary activities  - Reading tips for parents  - Refreshments for all attendees and... a free book as a gi...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
In Stamford CT 06902, the real estate market is in bloom like the flowers opening towards the sun.  We are experiencing multiple offers, decreased inventory (compared to a year ago) and an increase in the median sales price.  Let's take a look at the statistics: The Median price for Stamford CT real estate in the single family category in the month of March was $544,000 with 43 homes sold. to give you a benchmark, in the Month of February, 34 single family homes sold with a median price of $503,775. Curious about the homes that sold last month?   Many home owners thinking about putting their home on the market should focus on comparable homes that have sold recently in their neighborhood. Focus on the number of bedrooms, baths, square footage, lot size and condition of the home.  Those ...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
Stamford CT is home to many great things. We have shopping, theatre, corporations and great dining. Of course, I'm a bit biased because I'm a native so I'd like to think I have the inside track. So I was thinking if I were a newbie coming to town with family, wouldn't it be great to have a list of the top ten places to eat in town on any budget? And my answer was "yes". So here goes, my top ten places for child-friendly dining in Stamford CT 06902Picante  (Bedford Street)- This is an absolute favorite -they have a "Wall of Salsa" with over 10 different types of salsas.  The salsa flavors range from "mild" to "OMG - what was I thinking when I put this on my chip".  The Fajita burrito is excellent and the chips are great.  They even have Grape Ne-hi soda.  All food is fresh and made to or...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Realtors® Save 25% on NAR’s Green Designation April 2013. The Green REsource Council is offering a 25% discount on the National Association of Realtors® Green Designation, a three part 18 hour course that is usually $339 but for the month of April is $254.25. Along with the offer comes a free year membership with NAR’s Green Resource Council and once successfully complete the courses you will earn the NAR’s Green Designation. In addition in most states the course qualifies you for 6 hours of Continuing Education.         David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004. Green Affiliations. Realtor GREEN designation by the National Association of Realtors. David Pop...
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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
  Come see this wonderful 3 Bedroom Colonial!! OPENHOUSE SUNDAY !!!!  47 Lawton Avenue Stamford, CT    Don't miss it!!!! Public Openhouse Sunday, March 24, 1pm-4pm      47 Lawton Avenue Stamford, CT 06907   Stop in and see this fabulous Move-in ready Colonial with plenty of living space!!  In the Springdale Section of Stamford.   3 Bedrooms, 1.5 baths, Hardwood floors, central air, Newer appliances, beautiful fireplace and unique built-ins an more!!! Dishwasher Living room 3 Bedrooms Disposal Dining Room 1 Car Garage Washing Machine Kitchen 1 Full Bath Dryer Breakfast Nook 1 Half Bath Ice Maker Playroom Central Air Microwave Finished Attic Deck Range Fireplace Fenced in Yard Refrigerator Built-in cabinet Electric/Gas    Click Here for More Information about 47 Lawton Avenue   Click here...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
I got a call from a nice customer in Stamford CT and he wants to refinish his hardwood floors.  After speaking to him, I asked him if he remembered what he typed into google...and he had it up on the screen.  He typed in "resale value of refinishing hardwood floors."  And, of course, up came one of my posts entitled "What types of flooring provide the best ROI if you are selling your home.   There are 3 things interesting to me here.  First, while I was on page 1, I was not #1, nor even in the top 3.  On his screen I was #5 (which is still good).  But, why did he click on me????  He said he clicked on me because it had my picture next to it.  This really reinforces the need for google authorship...and if you're still not sure how to do, check out Craig Daniel's post on "Does google coun...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
The Stamford CT 06902 Rotary Club does some really awesome things around here in town.  The latest is co-sponsoring an anti-bullying rally for our young people with the World Wrestling Federation.  On Thursday, March 14 from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Westover Elementary School, 412 Stillwater Avenue there will be a rally with the following stars and participants: David Otunga, WWE Superstar and Kaitlyn , WWE Diva         In addition: Josh Mathews, WWE Announcer and "Be a Star" host, Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, Dr. Larry Rosenburg, Clinical Director at the Child Guidance Center, Michael Dreiblatt, President of Stand up to Bullying, Kimberly Lisack - Kids at Crisis, and Dr. Bob Goldman of the Rotary Club Event space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  Al...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
The real estate market in Stamford CT 06902 is on a roll and the Spring market has sprung...here are the numbers...... Stamford's median price of single family homes sold has increased almost 7% since February 2011 to $505,000, not as healthy as the median price in 2012 of $615,000, but it looks as if the tide might be turning. However the current median price of available homes on the market is $649,000...so we have a bit farther to go.                           Supply and demand is Economics 101. Remember the chart? Since 2011, we've seen a decrease in inventory of approximately 16%.  While the number of homes put under contract is high, only a small portion of these homes are closing.  A couple reasons for this may be the number of short sales in the pipeline.  While they are called ...
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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Move-In Ready Colonial 47 Lawton Avenue, Stamford, CT  06907   Public Openhouse Saturday, March 2nd 1:00pm-4:00pm      This is a great house located in the Springdale neighborhood of Stamford, CT.   It's a Cozy Colonial with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a formal Dining Room, Living Room and plenty of living space.  The home is located on .16 acres, that are fenced in and level.  The basement is partially finished and there is also a finished walk-up attic, great spaces for a playroom, office or extra storage.    This is a wonderful area to live in!!  A Fabulous move in ready house close to shops, parks and the train.       The Living room is spacious, has  great hardwood floors, and a fireplace with a beautiful custom mantel.     Adding to the sunny and bright Dining room are pretty wood det...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
App’s to Stop Junk Snail Mail.      Now you can stop Snail Mail Junk Mail on your smartphone with easy to use apps. PaperKarma stops unwanted paper mail by a click on your phone. Take photos of your unwanted paper junk mail that you want to stop, Free. CatalogSpree will let you view current catalogs on line with over 350 stores available. CatalogChoice.org is a paid service that will opt you out of catalogs, coupons, credit offers, circulars and more for$35 per year.   Along with these paper free options are others to use such as: ~ using your kindle or ipad instead of buying books, magazines and newspapers. ~ DropBox will save your files and can be used across multiple devices. ~ HelloFAx will send and receive digital faxes on your smartphone. ~ Electronic bill paying is another great ...
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By Kimberly Tapscott, Giving you the service you deserve!
(Keller Williams Prestige Properties)
Experience the Fine Cuisine of Stamford CT 06902 during the Stamford Chamber of Commerce's Annual Taste of Stamford.  Wondering who has the best food in town?  Come to this event and experience local establishment's fine cuisine, wine and spirits (the good time) from our area's premier restaurants.  The event will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 5:30 - 8:30pm at the Marriott Stamford Hotel and Spa (243 Tresser Boulevard) This wonderful event is being brought to town by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce with additional support from the Fairfield County Business Journal, Bev Max, 95.9 Fox Classic Rock radio show, The Advocate and Hearst Media Services, the Stamford Times, WEBE 108 and Star 99.9 Admission is $50 pre-paid and $60 at the door - click here for advance registration and ti...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Yesterday, I got an email from a past customer.  He is from 4 years ago, and he is super nice and has great taste.  His email was prompted by our monthly newsletter.   While we have been extremely busy, I was lucky as one of my appointments was shifted to next week and I had a free opening and drove over to Stamford.  My customer is so nice, and he was showing me all the improvements he made to his home over the last 4 years.  It was fun.  Last time, we did carpet for the first floor of his townhouse.  This time, we are doing carpet for the 2nd floor and landings.   We also discussed 2 future projects for the bathrooms.    As we chatted, he asked me about our TV shows (from a year or two ago) and he was aware of us winning the Angie's List Super Service award again.  He said, he's kept ...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Craigslist Alert On Rental Scam. Yet again another Craigslist Scam and a very good reason for you to work with your local experience professional Realtor and/or Property Manager.  Read below.....We Inquired about a cute little house for rent that was on Craigslist, the contact info was supposedly the owners email address. I received a quick reply along with a "rental application" asking all kinds of info.. ss#, dr lic #, etc etc (they wanted this done before i've even seen the place!). If they chose me & upon payment of the Sec Deposit & 1st months rent then t...hey'd send me the keys to the place, hmmm they live in Nigeria! lol! Did some further research and the place is listed for rent with a Realtor, same exact pics & address as the Craigslist ad. Wow, slime bags everywhere you turn ...
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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
New Listing Coming Soon!!! Coming Soon !!!!! 47 Lawton Avenue Stamford, CT 06907 This is a fabulous Colonial home.     This new home for sale has 3 bedrooms, a full and a half bath.      The kitchen is eat-in, it has been updated with many newer appliances and has beautiful granite counter tops !      This home is full of many architectural details, a beautiful mantel surrounds the fireplace in the living room, there are arched doorways, crown molding and built-ins in the dining room.     A large deck is located right off the kitchen, perfect for a summer barbecue.     The basement is finished and the house has central air !!     The garage is detached and the home is located on a quiet street.  It is move-in ready.     We hope you will come to see this great family home.    47 Lawton A...
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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
FREE Guide ~ Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates. Realtors, Appraisers, Investors and Homeowners ever wanting to know an average cost for an improvement, remodel or addition? Here is a pdf from Pillar to Post Home Inspection Company of “Residential Construction and Remodeling Estimates”. *  It is an easy to read and use base guide line broken into average square foot costs, project costs, average repair costs. *Of course please note that these estimates reflect an average base cost and will vary from region to region and from types of materials used so please consult your local expert. The guide is broken into several segments: Structure/Exterior. Roof/Eaves/Flashing/Chimney. Garage/Driveway/Walkway. Landscape/Deck/Patio. Interior. Electrical. Heating and Cooling. Plumbing...
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