Nothing is selling..This is ridiculous

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Nothing is selling..This is ridiculous.  The lament heard at many a listing appointment with home owners looking to sell homes in New London and Middlesex Counties.  So what is really going on?  We all know that perception is reality.  If you are a homeowner looking to sell then you may very well be one of the frustrated many.

However there is hope!  I always prefer to look at what is working and then ‘tweak’ what isn’t and achieve the goal- which is to get your home sold after all!  So what is working- well there are homes selling and the number of days to get from listing to sale is, on average, coming down.

Historic Sales by Year New London and Middlesex County July 1 2015  The yellow in the chart represents the number of homes sold starting in January 2015 through July, which has only just begun.  The red in the chart represents the number of days on the market to get the homes sold.  January being both post holiday and winter in CT there is nothing surprising to that line.  What is a nice change is the steady decline in days on market from March/April through to now.

So let’s take a look again at what is happening out there- YES something is selling- that something is a home here a home there- Priced and presented correctly there are homes that ARE selling.  If you have been frustrated by the market perhaps it is time to take another look- looking at both price AND presentation (marketing)- from your staging and curb appeal to your photos and advertising placement- WHAT is being done to get your home sold over other homes?  If you cannot answer that question without thinking- then you DON’T have an answer and you need to get one!

Truly interested in selling your home in 2015- then let me work with you to achieve your goal and get this done- don’t let everyone else be in the YELLOW column!  Let’s get your home sold in 2015 and get you on this chart – in the column you want to be in- SOLD!

Call me today!

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Let’s get the conversation started- Call me at the office Mon-Fri 860-739-4455 ext 33 or afterhours reach me via cell/text 860-575-5001

 

Happy 4th of July

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Wherever your 4th of July plans take you…Goodspeed Airport Gilettes Castle East Haddam Norwalk Boat Show 1 Love this view Lake Pocotopaug

Pool  Enjoy!  And be safe!

For one of the bigger fireworks shows this weekend- Check out the Birthday Celebration at Ocean Beach Park in New London!

Ocean Beach Park and the USCG are celebrating birthdays this year- and on FRIDAY 3 JULY 2015 there will be a Birthday Celebration at Ocean Beach Park!!!

This celebration will include entertainment – a laser light show- AND Fireworks!!

For more information on this event at Ocean Beach Park or future events- check out the full list on the Ocean Beach Park website!

Wishing you a safe and fun holiday weekend-

2015 Headshot Dawn Biz

Let me help  ‘Make YOUR real estate dreams a reality!’

Let’s get the conversation started- Call me at the office Mon-Fri 860-739-4455 ext 33 or afterhours reach me via cell/text 860-575-5001

 

 

Home Upgrades with the LOWEST ROI

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File this under WISH LIST fulfillment- love that line, but there is truth.  When setting out to do home upgrades- we all like to think in terms of how much ‘better’ this will make the house and in our eyes that translates directly to the phrase- ‘so it is worth more!’  The experts weigh in and the reality is well wait- not so much!  Read on for the Myths vs the Reality..

 

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Selling/Buying/Investing- You owe it to yourself to call Dawn McNary, REALTOR® , with Heritage Properties spc Today!

Dawn 2015 Biz HeadshotLet me help ‘Make YOUR real estate dreams a reality!’

Let’s get the conversation started- Call me at the office Mon-Fri 860-739-4455 ext 33 or afterhours reach me via cell/text 860-575-5001

6 Outdoor Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

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Summer is here and finding things to do that involve the kids is now on every parent or caregiver’s list! Check out these projects- for Family Fun Outdoors!

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Snakes of Connecticut 

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 Snakes of Connecticut… THAT is the subject of today’s Real Estate blog.  Why?  Well simple actually, part of home ownership is knowing what is critical to be handled now and what should be left alone.  This is never more true than when you walk out your front door, take three steps into the yard and see this sight as pictured above.

Scream- NO, Pause- YES!

Decisions time- does it stay or does it go???

To some the decision is relatively simply- ALL creatures that slime and slither- or ‘without legs’ must be eradicated from the surroundings.  Seems a BIT DRASTIC.

To some the decision is clear- these creatures belong here and we should never, under any circumstances, disturb them.  Seems a BIT NOT TOTALLY THOUGHT OUT.

To me there is a much more middle of the road approach to the problem. Inside the home- yeah- well unless I can tell you are non-venomous from 20 paces than you are probably going to be seeing your last day as a snake in the house.  But outside the home- in nature- where, remember SNAKES do have jobs to do, well that is where it gets fuzzy.

Lucky for us we live in the era of SOCIAL MEDIA- and cameras within reach at almost any second.  This was no exception- snap a photo- send to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest (I guess?) wherever- and ask- Safe or Sorry????  Good or Bad????  Whatever the phrasing the requested information is the same- does this snake live or die today….

Within seconds you begin to receive responses- and in this snakes case most were favorable to allow him to go on and live his days as intended- taking care of the OUTDOOR environment as planned.  So he was left alone to bake in the sun and go about his business….and I went about my day.

Now if you are interested in learning a bit more about exactly what snakes do inhabit this area- BEFORE taking the next three steps out the front door- follow this link to a brochure put out by the State of CT entitled “SNAKES in CT”  Thank you CT DEEP for providing this wonderful document full of not only information but also of pictures of these snakes in varied states as we may actually encounter them out and about in nature!

Who said Real Estate couldn’t be fun for all!!!?

Enjoy the great outdoors- just respect it and educate yourself on all things unknown.

 

STORY of the day 4%

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Moving Boxes 2013 STORY of the day is 4% Mortgage rates- Time to get moving- the rates have done it- so why haven’t you?

There are sellers looking to sell and if you were in the market- casually- before today- this may be the news you did not want to hear but needed to hear to get moving in a more committed fashion- and if you apply for your loan prior to August 1 you may still be able to close in 30 days or less….(subject to your specific conditions of course) After August 1- things will work a bit differently than we are all used to- and that is ok- if your expectations are realistic- Contract to Close expectation needs to be closer to 60 days- and if done sooner- GREAT!  but realistically 60 is the new 30!

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Don’t let ANOTHER rate increase strip YOU of YOUR buying power!

Selling/Buying/Investing- You owe it to yourself to call Dawn McNary, REALTOR® , with Heritage Properties spc Today!

Dawn 2015 Biz Headshot  Let me help  ‘Make YOUR real estate dreams a reality!’

Let’s get the conversation started- Call me at the office Mon-Fri 860-739-4455 ext 33 or afterhours reach me via cell/text 860-575-5001

 

So you want to buy a Log Cabin June 2015

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So you want to buy a Log Cabin Home.. Now is a perfect time!  Take a look at some of the current opportunities for Log Cabin Living in CT this month.  With interest rates at levels that will not last forever- taking advantage of your buying power is the order of the day!!!

Have CASH to purchase- then you have negotiating power to set quick close date and at a favorable price that is mutually agreeable.  If you are planning to finance your purchase then step 1 is to get qualified for your mortgage- be it VA, FHA, FHA203K, or Conventional- whatever your path, you need to have this part of the search locked in BEFORE you find the perfect DREAM.  (if not, you risk the dream slipping away when you find out either you do not qualify for the amount you were seeking or the home does not meet the criteria for the lender and loan product you have chosen- either way get the finance piece done first and the risk of this happening is greatly reduced!)  Let me show you how to get started.

Following up the WINTER reports of Log Cabin homes on the market statewide- it is Spring heading into Summer Market and as of TODAY’s date we have 68 Log Cabin homes available statewide, 4 NEW listings this week, 15 listings LESS than 20 days on the market and 10 prior listings Under Deposit.

This week’s new Log Cabin home listings are located in Coventry and Granby.  With existing homes available in towns such as East Hampton, East Haddam, Ledyard, Killingworth, and Haddam just to name a few there is truly a cabin available in just about every section of the state!!

The price range for Log Cabin homes ranges from $99,000-  $775K.  This means there is something for everyone!

….and if building your very own Log Home is on the agenda- get with me (860-575-5001 Cell/Text) and let’s discuss land options in the state- there are some incredible buying opportunities if you want to start from Raw Land and build your home! [5 acres for $49K…among others- ask me where to find those buildable lots- would love to help!!]

Have said it before and will say it again- owning and loving a Log Cabin home is a life choice and a dreamers decision.  Enjoy the journey to your Log Cabin dream…and if you are in Central, Shoreline or Eastern CT I would be more than honored to share the journey with you- fellow dreamer!

If you are a Veteran- ask me how this can be possible for you with 100% financing!

Have a Log Home to SELL and not finding an agent who truly understands selling the dream?  Then give me a call and we can discuss how to bring your cabin to the folks that WANT to live the Cabin Lifestyle!

Selling/Buying/Investing- You owe it to yourself to call Dawn McNary, REALTOR® , with Heritage Properties spc Today!

Dawn 2015 Biz Headshot  Let me help  ‘Make YOUR real estate dreams a reality!’

Let’s get the conversation started- Call me at the office Mon-Fri 860-739-4455 ext 33 or afterhours reach me via cell/text 860-575-5001 Any home sale or purchase is a journey – but a Log Home is a ‘special’ journey from the heart!

Scenes from the boat..

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Love this view  Spring is here and the boats are back in the water along the Connecticut shoreline, River and in the dozens of Lakes around the state.  What is your favorite place to go boating?

For fishing?

For Family fun?

For just a bit of peace and tranquility?

Share your photos below of Scenes from the boat……………

 

Building Permits: When a Permit is Required and When it is not

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New windows on a home  You are getting ready to list your home for sale but there are just a few ‘minor’ things you want done to prepare for the listing and eventual sale.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a clear cut answer to the age old question ‘Do I need a building permit for that?’

Often times it is not that simple, but for some general information on when you do or may and when you don’t or may not….Read the full article from Houzz Below.

And when you are ready to list that home give me a call at Heritage Properties spc 860-575-5001 Would love to help and be a part of “Making YOUR Real Estate dreams a reality!”

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It is June and Spring has returned to Connecticut

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Spring Flowers  It is June- and Spring has returned- or we shall hope it has!  No more 50 degree days in CT please- let’s continue with the Calendar uninterrupted for the remainder of June-

Dear Mother Nature,

It would be much appreciated if you could stick to the game plan- during June we should be experiencing comfortable temperatures, low humidity, and beautiful sunshine- with occasional light showers- to keep everything even and growing! Temps below 60 for daytime highs are going to seriously impact your quarterly review and may do a number on your annual review as well- so please please- no more games- 60+ for the remainder of the month.  Now overnight lows can dip into the 50’s – oh ok- an occasional high 40 is acceptable as well.  Hope this gentle reminder keeps you on track for the remainder of the month- and well into Summer!

Sincerely,

One of your biggest Spring, Summer, Fall Fans!

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