Archives for the month of: May, 2010
There are so many reasons why some homes have been selling, while others are still sitting on the block. There are a few questions to ask yourself – and honesty is the best policy – this includes being honest with yourself.



1. Is the price right? The number one thing that buyers are looking for is value – and they can get it. 



Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Is what your home priced within what the rest of the market is now offering?



* Is it priced relative to the assessed value? Recent activity has shown that homes that are fairly priced to the assessed value have received the love.
* Are the comps in your area indicating that they are in move in condition?
* Are you looking a bit beyond your immediate zone for comps – because in this environment, people are looking for the best house at the best price, and sometimes schools are not always the only consideration.



2. Is it being shown from the buyer’s perspective – again buyers are not looking for your taste level, they are looking at homes with an eye of how to make it theirs – if there is too much stuff and design features, they sometimes cannot see beyond the color, clutter, and amount of stuff that is on the counters, floors, and sometimes even furniture.



3. Is the front door inviting? It is the portal to the rest of the house – the first impression. Does the exterior look tired and unkempt? Many things can be fixed, but selling a house is like a job interview – you wouldn’t go to an interview wearing nothing but your best suit, with shoes polished, etc…Exterior gives the first impression – and it may sound trite, but the first impression is the most important.


                                                                        

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19 Ravenglass Dr – advertised as 20 Ravenglass Dr – which is not yet built

17 Ravenglass Dr – The only real Open House

18 Ravenglass Dr – advertised as 22 Ravenglass – which is not yet built

So we were bit by Spring fever and curiosity to see a luxury community in North Stamford, Windemere on the Lake. So, my husband and I ventured out to look at what we thought were several Open Houses in a planned luxury community in North Stamford, CT, piqued by photos and descriptions that looked amazing – beautiful lush greenery, a lake, property surrounded by a wildlife preserve of 74 acres, using green technology. a clubhouse, pool and tennis court, services with interiors using Wolf and Sub Zero, Christopher Peacock cabinetry, Marvin windows – you get the picture.

There were 3 that were advertised as “Open House 1 – 4pm” :

When we arrrived, there were in fact 3 of a total of 24 planned homes on the sub-divided property, however, only one had an open door – one available for immediate purchase – one real Open House. When we asked about the other 2 advertised Open House homes, the realtor attending the Open House, informed us that they were not yet built, but the homes that had been photographed, located to the left and right of the one that we were standing in were “occupied” and recently sold for $2.4 and $2 within 34 days or so. Nice.

We felt duped – and this did not instill confidence or an appreciation for having duplicate looking homes in this price range in North Stamford, within such close proximity (given the fact the land surrounding each home is approximately a third of an acre).

So where are the other 60+ acres – over yonder!