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CT Home Info: Preparing Your Home for the Winter

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Tips on how Connecticut homeowners can prepare their homes for the winter ahead.

November

  1. Don’t get caught in the dark! The days are getting shorter and the sun is setting earlier. Check outside light bulbs and confirm motion sensors are working.
  2. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. We like to use the time change as a reminder to check our detectors and change the batteries. Don’t forget to change the clocks back on Nov 2nd.
  3. Have your chimney inspected to be sure it is safe to use this winter.
  4. Clean or replace your furnace filters monthly or as needed.
  5. Check gutters again to be sure they are still clear of leaves, pine needles, and twigs.

Did you miss our October list? View our October posting and follow us on twitter for helpful tips and reminders.  #CTHomeInfo

New Construction = New Competition

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

New Construction = New Competition | Keeping Current Matters

For the last several years, home sellers had to compete with huge inventories of distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales). The great news is that the supply of these properties is falling like a rock in the vast majority of housing markets (only 8% of homes sold in August). Many homeowners are now thinking of selling as the impact of this substantially discounted competition has disappeared.

However, every seller of an existing residential property must realize that there is a new form of competition hitting the market: newly constructed homes.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), new-home sales topped 500,000, in August, for the first time since 2008.

“This jump in sales activity is in line with our latest surveys, which indicate builders are seeing increased traffic and more serious buyers in the market for single-family homes,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the NAHB.

Broken down regionally, new home sales rose:

  • 50% in the West
  • 29.2% in the Northeast
  • 7.8% in the South
  • and were unchanged in the Midwest

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling, perhaps you should do it now to avoid additional competition coming to the market.

Think You Should FSBO? Think Again

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Think You Should FSBO? Think Again

Think You Should FSBO? Think Again | Keeping Current Matters

Don’t Wait! Move Up to the Home You Always Wanted

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Don't Wait! Move Up to the House You've Always Wanted | Keeping Current Matters

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ago and interest rates are still below 5%.

However, sellers should realize that waiting to make the move while mortgage rates are increasing probably doesn’t make sense. As rates increase, the price of the house you can buy will decrease.

Interest rates vs afordability

Resource: KCM

CT Home Info: Don’t Fall Behind This Autumn

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Ct Home InfoFall is a busy time of year for Connecticut homeowners. Yearly maintenance lists can be long and daunting, which is why we have broken down the list of seasonal maintenance tips into easy-to-handle lists.  Here is CT homeowner’s first fall home to-do list:

October:

  1. Inspect windows and doors for drafts and install weather stripping or caulking where needed.
  2. Call your heating company and schedule yearly maintenance of your system. Ask your supplier about the contracts they may offer which include this service.
  3. If flowers are wintering inside take them in before the first frost. Bring in clay pots before any water can freeze in them.
  4. Shut off outside water before the first frost. Connecticut’s first frost is most often around October 11th- 20th but CT has the ‘benefit’ of the unpredictable New England weather, meaning the first frost could be as early as September!
  5. Clear gutters of leaves, pine needles, and twigs.

Don’t be overwhelmed! With over 27 years of experience selling homes in Fairfield County, we have lists of contractors who might be able to help. Follow us on twitter, @CScottDaniels, #CTHomeInfo, for more tips on preparing and maintaining your Connecticut home. 

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