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Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Stew Leonard’s – Porterhouse Steaks

Stew Leonard’s – Porterhouse Steaks on Sale this week!

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                                                                   naotakem – Flickr.com

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September 29, 2010 Posted by | Connecticut, Danbury, Fun Post, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rainy Day ~ Ball Pond ~ New Fairfield CT

Rainy Day ~ Ball Pond ~ New Fairfield CT…

                                                          Photo taken by my son Jonathan

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Ball Pond, Connecticut, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Condo For Sale in Brewster NY

Condo For Sale in Brewster NY – just had a recent price reduction …. from $229,000 to $221,500

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                                   Side yard view from condo in Blackberry Village ~ Brewster NY

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Brewster, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Fairfield Homes For Sale

New Fairfield Homes For Sale…  Monday ~ September 27th ~ 2010

up to $300,000 ~~ CLICK ~~

$300,000 to $450,000  ~~ CLICK ~~

$450,000 to $600,000  ~~ CLICK ~~

$600,000 to $900,000 ~~  CLICK ~~

$900,000 and up  ~~ CLICK  ~~

                                                       Candlewood Lake ~ New Fairfield CT

September 27, 2010 Posted by | Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, Home, Homes For Sale in Connecticut, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Photo from Portugal

Fun Photo from Portugal…

Here, my daughter and nephews stopped to asked directions from a very pleasant Portuguese man –

September 26, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Season is Here!

Apple Season is Here!

Here are some great apple recipes from FoodNetwork.com

                                                                      digicla – Flickr.com

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                                                             terren in Virginia – Flickr.com

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Baking, Fall, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Fall!

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Fall!

Here are some beautiful Fall pics from Flickr.com –

                                                                    paul (dex) – Flickr.com

                                                                Noel Zia Lee – Flickr.com

                                                                     wstryder – Flickr.com     

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                                                                     OliBac – Flickr.com

                                                                  dicktay2000 – Flickr.com

                                                                     udreyjm529 – Flickr.com

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Autumn, Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Organizing & Storage Guide

Organizing & Storage Guide from HGTV…

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                                                 Midtown Crossing at Turner Park – Flickr.com

September 23, 2010 Posted by | HGTV, Home, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

A Successful Garage Sale

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale – from Realtor.org

 

 

 

 

Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter — and earn a little extra cash — before you sell your home. But make sure the timing is right. Garage sales can take on a life of their own, and it might not be the best use of your energy right before putting your home on the market. Follow these tips for a successful sale.

1. Don’t wait until the last minute. You don’t want to be scrambling to hold a garage sale the week before an open house. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the home and how much stuff you have to sell, planning a garage sale can demand a lot of time and energy.

2. Get a permit. Most municipalities will require you to obtain a special permit or license in order to hold a garage sale. The permits are often free or very inexpensive, but still require you to register with the city.

3. See if neighbors want to join in. You can turn your garage sale into a block-wide event and lure more shoppers if you team up with neighbors. However, a permit may be necessary for each home owner, even if it’s a group event.

4. Schedule the sale. Sales on Saturdays and Sundays will generate the most traffic, especially if the weather cooperates. Start the sale early, 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. is best, and be prepared for early birds.

5. Advertise. Place an ad in free classified papers and Web sites, and in your local newspapers. Include the dates, time, and address. Let the public know if certain types of items will be sold, such as baby clothes, furniture, or weightlifting equipment. On the day of the sale, balloons and signs with prominent arrows will help to grab the attention of passersby.

6. Price your goods. Lay out everything that you plan to sell, and attach prices with removable stickers. Remember, garage sales are supposed to be bargains, so try to be objective as you set prices. Assign simple prices to your goods: 50 cents, 3 for $1, $5, $10, etc.

7. If it’s really junk, don’t sell it. Decide what’s worth selling and what’s not. If it’s really garbage, then throw it away. Broken appliances, for example, should be tossed. (Know where a nearby electrical outlet is, in case a customer wants to make sure something works.)

8. Check for mistakes. Make sure that items you want to keep don’t accidentally end up in the garage sale pile.

9. Create an organized display. Lay out your items by category, and display neatly so customers don’t have to dig through boxes.

10. Stock up on bags and newspapers. People who buy many small items will appreciate a bag to carry their goods. Newspapers are handy for wrapping fragile items.

11. Manage your money. Make a trip to the bank to get ample change for your cashbox. Throughout the sale, keep a close eye on your cash; never leave the cashbox unattended. It’s smart to have one person who manages the money throughout the day, keeping a tally of what was purchased and for how much. Keep a calculator nearby.

12. Prepare for your home sale. Donate the remaining stuff or sell it to a resale shop. Now that all of your clutter is cleared out, it’s time to focus on preparing your house for a successful sale!

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Home, Sellers | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why do Leaves Change Color?

Why do leaves change color in the Fall?  Find out from About.com –

                                                             virtually_supine – Flickr.com

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                                                                    Ctd 2005 – Flickr.com

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Autumn, Fall, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Use a Realtor… or not

Use a Realtor… or not

Another fun video from HowRealtorsHelp.ca on You Tube….

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Touchdown Chili

Touchdown Chili recipe from allrecipes.com…

                                                               waferboard – Flickr.com

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                                                                Jayel Aheram – Flickr.com

A perfect meal to warm up and watch some football!

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Fall, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall Cleanup Inside & Out

Fall Cleanup Inside & Out from Home Depot…

                                                                    *Micky – Flickr.com

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                                                            di_the_huntress – Flickr.com

September 18, 2010 Posted by | Fall, Home, Home Depot | , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Vacation in Portugal

My hubby and our oldest daughter, Melissa, went to Portugal this summer.  Here are some photos of their wonderful trip in a beautiful country…

                                                                        Algarve, Portugal

                                               Traveling North to Chaves, Portugal near Spain

                               Arriving at Grandma’s house (my ma)  in Vilarinha da Raia, Portugal

                                                  Famous Historic Bridge in Chaves, Portugal

                                                            Hubby having fun in the ocean

                                                         Awesome Views of Nazarre, Portugal

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Summer, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home…

A just for fun You Tube Video from Power Sites – Watch and enjoying!

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall Weeknight Dinner

Fall Weeknight Dinner’s from Food Network…

                                                                   jeffreyw – Flickr.com

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                                                                     szlea – Flickr.com

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Why You Need a Realtor to Sell Your Home

Why you need a Realtor to sell your home…

Watch this funny You Tube Video –

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall Gardening

Fall Gardening with HGTV…

                                                          Shortlake Snapshots – Flickr.com

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                                                                       Gail S – Flickr.com

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Fall, Gardening, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Organize Your Closet

Organize Your Closet with the help of HomeMadeSimple.com

It’s a great time to organize your closets.  Schools back in session for most – and the end of the summer is near, so it’ll soon be time to get out  fall clothing… boy, I hated writing that!

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                                                                 Darwin Bell – Flickr.com

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Ease Back to School Bustle

Ease Back to School Bustle and a Breakfast Smoothie Recipe from HomeMadeSimple.com

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                                                                  Caitlinator – Flickr.com

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all!

                                                           Robert Souse-Baker – Flickr.com

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

My New HTC Evo Phone

On Saturday, went to Best Buy to pick up my new cell phone – HTC Evo
from Sprint – it is awesome!

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September 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Home Buying Dos & Don’ts

Homebuying Do’s & Dont’s from HGTV’s FrontDoor.com

                                                         kansasexplorer 3128 ~Flickr.com

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                                                                  m_bahareth – Flickr.com

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Front Door, HGTV, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Veggie Pizza with Garlic Hummus

Veggie Pizza with Garlic Hummus – from Cuisine at Home…

What a delicious twist – pizza made with hummus – I must try this!

                                                                 rusvaplauke – Flickr.com

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                                                             SummerTomato – Flickr.com

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Throws Himself Down Stairs!

Realtor throws himself down stairs if he doesn’t sell a house in 90 seconds.

Watch this funny You Tube video – the very end is hysterical! 

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                                                                     pdam2 – Flickr.com

We can all use a laugh – Hope you enjoyed!

September 3, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Inspections – Know What Your Buying

Home Inspections – It Pays to Know What Your Buying ~ from Aol.RealEstate.com

                                                                JAGwired – Flickr.com

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                                                                      striatic – Flickr.com

It is highly recommended that everyone have a home inspection before purchasing a home.  All of my buyers have, even on the purchase of new construction.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

New Fairfield School Start

Yesterday, schools opened here in New Fairfield – Home of the Rebels!

My younger 3 are now all in High School – Yikes!

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September 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment