WSJ is optimistic for 2012

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Reach to Milan

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sothebys-international-realty-brand-expands-reach-to-milan-2012-01-17

Another Sale under $150,000 in Weston!

Now, this one needs a lot of work. And, it was a Bank Owned property (after a Foreclosure). But, opportunities aboound. Here's a link to the listing.…

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I uploaded a @YouTube video http://t.co/AKQ1nvIo Ryan's listing on OpenHouse NYC television show TRIMMED…

My daughters caught a Lady Bug, and named her “Dots”.

Usually, I only put professional content here.  But, this one is just so cute!My daughters caught a Lady Bug.  They named her "Dots" (because of the dots on her back).  How cute!Then they gently played with her for…

Can you believe what Amy said?

Amy said: "Ryan, I can't believe what you did today.  It was fabulous!  Thank you SO much."Ryan: "You're welcome.  But, didn't your last Agent do all of this for you?"Amy: "No.  As a matter of fact, what you…

Market Update – Weston

 
Here is your latest Market Tracker report, analyzing data as it affects a specific market area. The Market Summary below offers a look at sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current and past year to

Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they never get it wrong.

There is a big difference and a lot of hard work between an amateur and a professional.…

It’s a good thing I checked (my vacant listing)!

As a courtesy, I periodically check on my client's properties when they are vacant.  Mostly, I want to make sure they haven't burnt down (although I guess I would hear about that, right?).  But, I have also learned from years…

Pending Sales Hit 19-Month High

This seems somewhat contradictory to most of the economic forecasts we've been hearing.  But, it is what it is; and it IS good news (so I don't want to argue too much).  Skim the article from the Chief Economist at…

See Ryan’s listing on OpenHouse NYC

I was able to get my client's house featured on the popular TV program "Open House NYC".  Take a look: http://bit.ly/A1Ddwh

Prediction for 2012 Housing

This article does a pretty good job summarizing most of the Economists and Newscasters out there (and most the real people I'm hearing from): http://abcn.ws/z13INM.Here are the most important points:
  • The three-year decline in U.S. home values won’t

Sold – $150,000 – 4 Bed Weston House!

It's one of the lowest sales in town this year.  It just reflects the state of the market right now.  Here's a link, if you want to take a look at the house: http://bit.ly/yBoCIu  If you're interested in more deals…

12 Ways to Sell Your House

This is a good article, worth skimming: http://linkd.in/zb9Ph4

If you wait until the SuperBowl® to put your house (back) on the Market, you could miss half of the (early) Buyers.

You could miss half of the (early) Buyers, if you wait until after the SuperBowl® to put your house (back) on the Market.Many people erroneously think they should wait until after the SuperBowl®, for the Spring Market, because they…

The 800 lb gorilla is DEAD!

It used to be that REALTOR.COM was the 800 pound gorilla: they owned the overwhelming majority of traffic for real estate searches.  But, those days are over.  Now, traffic is greatly distributed among MANY different websites, with the top 10…

My listing on OpenHouseNYC

I arranged to have one of my listings featured on TV's OpenHouseNYC.  Look at what a great job my clients did describing their house: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/blogs/open-house/Square-Feet--Tour-a-Luxurious-Countryside-Chateau/135751898. …

Eclectic Riverfront Retreat | Part Antique, Part Barn – $1,475,000

 130 Lyons Plains Road, Weston, Connecticut Amazing Riverfront Antique / Barn This Eclectic Riverfront Retreat is part Antique and part Barn.  It is located in the picturesque town of Weston, Connecticut – known for its top-ranked schools, old-fashion values…

I know what I know

I know what I know; and I know what I don't know.  And, I know the difference!  When I know, I'll tell you; when I don't know, I'll find out.  And, then I'll tell you.…

I uploaded a @YouTube video ht…

I uploaded a @YouTube video http://t.co/4BtdOHr3 9 Laurel Lake West, Weston, CT 06883…

4 out of 5 – Optimistic outlook

Four out of five articles I read this morning about the outlook of the real estate market were optimistic.  They were all cautiously conservative.  But, they were optimistic.  Here's one article that I thought was well written (from Yahoo Finance…

Tiny tidbits of good news on real estate

Of course,  it's not over yet. There are just as many articles reporting discouraging news.  But at least there are nowadays SOME encouraging articles. Read this one: http://m.usatoday.com/article/money/realestate/51275310

Weston Schools earn Top Grades

This is the kind of reason everyone loves Weston so much: http://www.thedailyweston.com/schools/weston-district-earns-top-grades-report-cards

Get a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift card for 40% Off

This is not a scam. I ordered movie tickets from them before (and blogged about it recently). It's a tiny bit cumbersome to place the order (because you have to visit the site twice: once to order and once to…

My phone has been “beeping off the hook”

Kind of like "ringing off the hook".  But, it's not phone calls.  I had a Press Release published on www.weston-ct.patch.com and www.TheDailyWeston.com.  It included a link to one of my websites (www.11Dogwood.com).  For the last two days,…

I uploaded a @YouTube video ht…

I uploaded a @YouTube video http://t.co/4yeuAo7y Riverfront (Part Antique, Part Barn)…

50% Off Movie Tickets

I just got 50% Off movie tickets.  It is not a scam. We have ordered them before. You have to buy the tickets online (versus in the theater). But I usually go online to check the movie times anyway. Then…

Black Friday & Cyber Monday – Good or Bad?

The news reported that Black Friday sales were up 16% over last year.  Does that mean that the economy is getting better?  On the contrary, it might mean the economy is getting worse.  Maybe the reason so many people stood…

I uploaded a @YouTube video ht…

I uploaded a @YouTube video http://t.co/WuNAYba1 130 Lyons Plains Rd, Weston, CT…

Way to go Robin!

Thank you for making our community a better place to live. This is VERY generous of you. Thank you.  See full article here: http://www.thedailyweston.com/neighbors/westport-weston-y-receives-1m-challenge-gift

I uploaded a @YouTube video ht…

I uploaded a @YouTube video http://t.co/EfGSeuAs 130 Lyons Plains Final HD QT 720v4…

HERE is where the Buyers are.

Everyone always asks me, "Are there really any buyers out there?"  "Yes".  And, here are some interesting facts about Buyers and Sellers (from the this year's survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS).  The link to the full article…

How come Sellers don’t demand showing feedback?

I showed 10 properties on Saturday, and only TWO (2) listing agents asked me for feedback.  That is CRAZY to me.  It's certainly not the experience I have with MY Seller clients.  They HOUND me for feedback.  (Rightly so!)  I…

We found the house today..

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SATURDAY: Great day. We ended up seeing 10 houses instead of 8. And, we covered 3 different towns. What a great couple. He is an ex SEAL and she was with the secret service. Very interesting. And…

House prices will improve in 2012! See article by NAR: http://bit.ly/uKNoR3

House prices are predicted to improve in 2012, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS'(R) Chief Ecnomist (who by the way has historically been pretty pressimistic).  See the full article here: http://bit.ly/uKNoR3

Things are heating up

Things seem to be heating up lately. I have 2 offers each on 2 of my listings. I had three showings today.  I have eight appointments tomorrow. And I have two showings on Sunday for listings that had been quiet.  …

“Employers post most job openi…

"Employers post most job openings in 3 years" - It's nice to have a little positive economic news. http://t.co/JuE4RSQt

On target to sell: 48 showings, 2 offers

Inherently Sellers know if they're on track to sell.  But, if you want an example to compare how you're doing, look at my listing for www.15Slumber.com where I have had 48 showings and two offers.  If you're not getting a…

Here’s a good rule of thumb fo…

Here's a good rule of thumb for Sellers: It has to "look like a deal" in order to "get a deal" (or an offer together) to sell your house.…

Videos help sell houses! A Buyer just emailed me this:

"Hi Ryan, My husband and I were just looking at the video of this property and would like to view it."  Buyers LOVE to watch videos of properties.  I'm convinced that Buyers get more excited about listings when they can…

Sounds good at first – Homeownership Rate Rises – but then they take away the enthusiasm

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How come some agents think it’s okay to leave their buyer inside

How come some agents think it's okay to leave their buyer inside one of my listings for an hour while the agent goes to another appointment? Would they leave a stranger alone in their own home?…

I’m “social” now: Twitter, Fac…

I'm "social" now: Twitter, Facebook, google+, LinkedIn, Skype, GoogleTalk, and even my own channel on YouTube. Finally.…

Houses with generators certain…

Houses with generators certainly went up in value this week. Maybe the MLS will get around to adding "generator" as a selection criteria.…

I still don’t have any electri…

I still don't have any electricity at my house. they say it will be friday night by midnight. Let's hope we don't have many more storms.…

This doesn’t help sell houses in Fairfield County

Connecticut has the highest taxes of any state in the country, and there's no escaping next door — the surrounding states of New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts round out the top four highest taxed states.The report by Bloomberg

Magazine ranks Weston #1 town

Connecticut Magazine has rated Weston the number one town in the state.  The rating is based on education (high test scores), crime (low crime rate), economy (low unemployment rate), cost (median house prices) and leisure opportunities (cultural and social amenities). …

Sold a house today. Paperwork …

Sold a house today. Paperwork coming tomorrow! 2nd showing on another; and agent said "genuine interest...want to come back with daughter".…

Lost a Buyer to Monroe. How ca…

Lost a Buyer to Monroe. How can we compete with Monroe? Cost of Living is totally different. So too is the commute to NYC (much farther).…

It’s still a BUYER’S MARKET: Lost a Buyer (over a Dishwasher)

It's still a BUYER'S MARKET!  After negotiating a deal with a Buyer, my Seller changed his mind and wanted to keep the Dishwasher.  The Buyer was so upset that he bought a different house.  Amazing!  Even after the Seller apologized. …

Château Montagne – $2,400,000

 11 Dogwood Lane, Weston, Connecticut A French country home set atop a mountain ridge at the end of a cul-de-sac. Breathtaking views transport you to another world, while still being within quick and easy commuting distance to New York…