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Spring Breathes Life Into Prices

Spring Breathes Life Into Prices – a Video from RISMedia.com

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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Spring | , , , | Leave a comment

Home Staging for Every Season

Home Staging for Every Season…

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A great post from www.realestate.aol.com

August 22, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fall, Home, Sellers, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized, Winter | , , | Leave a comment

Spring Projects Made Easy With Lowe’s

Spring is here with weather that’s not too hot and not too cold – making it a perfect time to take care of a few project  around your home

Click on Lowe’s to view some helpful videos – LOWE’S

sprung-robert-s-donovan-booleansplit                                          Robert S. Donovan (booleansplit) – Flickr.com

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Home, Lowe's, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

March Goes Out Like a Lamb…

March goes out like a Lamb…

best-lamb-ever-fiskfisk                                                     fiskfisk – Flickr.com

and brings April showers

rain-_neona_                                               _neona_ – Flickr.com

That is exactly what is due to happen – with the last day of March said to hit almost 60 degrees – and April 1st to have rain heading our way here in CT and NY.

Many of you know that I’m not too fond of being out and about in the rain – but it so much better than snow!

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Selling Your Home in Spring Tips

                                                        Noel Zia Lee – Flickr.comspring-blossoms-noel-zia-lee

Spring is here and historically it is when most buyers are out looking for homes to move into during the warm weather and others hoping to move in before the kids start school. 

If your looking to sell your home

FrontDoor.com 6 Staging Tips for Selling your home in the Spring market <CLICK>

                                                supershopperstoo – Flickr.comneat-supershoppertoo

For a FREE Comparative Marketing Analysis in the Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County areas – and/or – Fairfield and parts of Litchfield Counties in Connecticut– Feel free to contact me for a confidential CMA.                    

                   Diana… cell: 203-648-2619       E-Mail: Diana.Santos@Century21.com

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Sellers, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – First Day of Spring!

Yeah!  It’s the 1st day of SPRING and Mother Nature has a sense of humor!  Today in New Fairfield, CT – we had chilly temperatures and snow – yes, I said SNOW – that was sticking to the ground!  Then, the sun came out and melted all the little flakes that had fallen for the past 2 hours.  And now, more clouds have rolled in and a light breeze has started.   

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Even so, I am thrilled that today – Friday, March 20th – it is officially the FIRST DAY OF SPRING! 

Here are some SPRINGY  Flickr Pics of what we shall soon see – really soon I hope!

spring-is-near-clearly-ambiguous                                                             Clearly Ambiguous – Flickr.com

spring-spisharam-away-for-a-couple-of-weeks                                         Spisharam – away for a couple of weeks – Flickr.com

tulips-gaetan-lee                                                             Gaetan Lee – Flickr.com

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, New Fairfield, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Anyone?

sunny-skies-sarahdeer                                                                      SarahDeer – Flickr.com

Is anyone as ready for Spring as much as I am?  We were teased a bit this past weekend with sunny skies and very warm weather. Oh how I loved to watch all that snow melt from the BIG storm we had just had a week ago!  Heavy jackets peeled off, people were out and about,  some were wearing shorts – that I did not do! – but I did throw my windows open and my husband took out the BBQ for the first time this year to make the most yummiest burgers!  As the hour “sprung” ahead and my furnace stayed OFF an entire 24 hours!!  I was springfully happy, until I saw my very first mosquito of the season… and then a second!  

mosquito-aussiegall                                                                     Aussiegall – Flickr.com

Today,  in New Fairfield, CT  we are back to reality – it is still winter. We have sunny skies but the temperature is only in the 30’s – too cold for mosquito’sThat, is about the only good thing about it being a cold day!

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, New Fairfield, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Landscaping Your Yard

 As many people this past weekend had family and friends over for Memorial Day barbecues, I’m sure some thought as I did – What can I do to improve my landscaping – and how?  Remember, I am an all-thumb gardener!  These questions are also asked by some of my clients who are viewing homes now in the Spring market and the yard is in full view for their imaginations!

 Once again, I turned to the internet for help.  HGTV has some great short videos that will help with some great tips for decks, water features, driveways and more.

When your ready to shop, I can help with a 10% coupon from Lowe’s through their Realtor Benefits program that assists Realtors and their clients with coupons and monthly e-mail tips.

Contact me for more info!  WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

  

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, HGTV, Lowe's, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

While House Hunting, Stop & Smell the Flowers

With Homes For Sale’s inventory being high and interest rates lowWHAT A PERFECT TIME TO BUY!  With so many homes currently on the market, you can start in the morning and end in the evening, viewing home after home in different neighborhoods – towns and states!

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If your out viewing homes, please make time to take in as much as you can.  Take notes on EVERYTHING, including the pluses AND minuses of each home.  With the  sellers permission, you may also be able to take your own photos or video.  Since many homes have little or no interior pics, I have taken my own footage to send to my clients via e-mail so they could share desired homes with family members and friends. 

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With homes that my buyers are considering to purchase, these photos will help them with ideas of where to place furniture, color schemes and even help answer questions like, “How many window were there in the master bedroom?”.  Couples often argue over whether or not there was a fireplace in the living room!    

Also,  with now being Spring, maybe take the time to smell the flowers along the way! 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gardening with HGTV

It’s time to start gardening and my mother has reminded me MANY times.  I just called home and she said she took a lot of my plants that were out-growing their pots and gave them new larger homes.  Oh My!  I’m sitting here wondering what pots and from where?

I could have avoided this – except I’m Plant and Flower challenged!  At home I can cook, bake, clean up a storm, tend to my 5 kids, talk on the phone with clients and e-mail listings – all at the same time!  But planting… I’m so bad – and I’m sure I’m not alone!  But Thank Goodness for so many sites on line to help.

A great one is HGTV’s Gardening.  Under THIS WEEK – there is an “Advice for the All-Thumbs Gardener” site.  Check it out – especially if you have or are going to have your home on the market.  Remember “FIRST IMPRESSIONS”  are important.

Please contact me if you need any assistance in Real Estate – and if you have any luck with gardening, I’ll be asking you for help!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

IT’S SPRING – LET’S GO GARDENING!

  Spring is in full bloom all around here in Connecticut and New York.  Everyday it’s getting “greener” and more colorful – Yeah!  The only sad part for me during Spring time is, once again, being reminded that I do not have a “green thumb“.  My brother inherited the gardening skills in our family. 

green-grass-leonid-mamchenkov                                                                     Leonid Mamchenkov – Flickr.com

But OH! – how wonderful the internet is. 

  • HOME DEPOT has a Garden Club, Tips on Landscaping, Watering Wisdom and Container Gardening.
  • LOWE’S has Creative Ideas for Outdoor Living, Plant and Wildlife, Growing Zones and Eco-Friendly Living.
  • HGTV has information on Butterfly Gardening, Rain Barrels: Save on Your Water Bill! and for ME – Advice for ALL – THUMBS Gardeners!

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 So to all my fellow “All – Thumbs Gardeners” – Don’t fret, check out these great sites with loads of information.  And let me know which site you found most helpful.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Gardening, Spring | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rain, Rain Go Away …

I know it’s SPRING and “Spring Showers Bring May Flowers” – AND we need the rain to help our landscape turn “GREEN” – AND the rain helps to wash away the last traces of winter – like all the sand on the side of the road – AND of course I know how important the rain is for our reservoirs, rivers and streams.

Although, the rain – I must admit, is the only part of Spring that I’m not very fond of.  Why?

Getting soaked to the bone while watching your child’s soccer game isn’t fun.  Especially since most all sports are played on Turf Fields here in New Fairfield, CT.  Therefore, a game DOES NOT get canceled unless there is lightening!  So, even all geared up with an umbrella, raincoat and boots doesn’t make a difference since the wind blows the rain every which way.

My almost daily trips to the supermarket, yes – daily! I have 5 kids – many times to  SHAW’S, can become a battle of trying to make it to your car and get you and your groceries in before getting drenched! Ha! Never happens for me! I always seem to misplace my keys – forgetting that I purposely put them in my pocket instead of my purse so I could pull them out quicker.  Once I find them, I seem to forget how to open the trunk?? Turn to the left – no it’s the right! NO it was the left and now I’ve locked it again!

                                                                                 

And my other rain complain – showing homes when it’s pouring out.  It’s difficult taking in the outside of a home when your rushing to get in – hoping that your clients will be considerate and wipe their feet – and hoping that if they do decide to venture out onto the deck or yard, it’s AFTER they’ve viewing the rooms with the cream colored carpeting. I’ve found myself many times cleaning up behind them, trying to leave the home as it was. 

Although,  as my mother always says, look for the good in a bad situation“.  The GOOD in House Hunting in the rain is we can see if the home has any water issues – leaking roof, puddle in the basement or any other water damage or moisture.

So if it’s raining out – no problem!  I just hope to remember to wear my waterproof mascara next time!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY for most of these photos!

April 13, 2008 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Spring | , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s Spring – Let’s Go House Hunting!

It’s official – SPRING has sprung!  With beautiful weather here in Connecticut and New York on Saturday – it was a perfect day to go HOUSE HUNTING.   I had the opportunity to go searching again with FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS  in New Fairfield and Danbury, Connecticut. 

Showing homes in nice weather makes even the gloomiest home look somewhat appealing.  The sun shinning, the warm temperatures, flowers starting to appear, robins looking for food – you can’t help but feel good. 

My BUYERS were clearly happy and are even considering 2 of the homes we viewed.  Nice weather does put people in a good place… to look and BUY

As a REALTOR, the Spring weather makes showing homes an even greater pleasure for me.  There is no driving on icy roads, viewing – or trying to view snow covered yards.  No starting in the late afternoon making it to only 2 homes – until it becomes pitch dark!  AND my biggest issue – the COLD! 

Unfortunately, 1 out of every 5 to 6 homes I’ve shown this past winter were VACANT and had little or no heat if they had been winterized.  Brrrr!

There is a big difference in peoples attitude.  I’ve noticed that buyers tend to keep their hands in their pockets, or arms folded because they’re cold – so – they don’t go around opening cabinets and look behind shower curtains.  They don’t want to bother going to the basement and FORGET about going out to the deck to see the views. Way to cold – even buying them coffee and donuts midway doesn’t seem to help for long.

But, Ahh! SPRING!  My clients check EVERYTHING out – from the “crawl space” to the attic.  Sitting down in the livingroom, getting the “Feel” of the HOME. Then take walks, viewing the entire property and taking in the neighborhood.   

During this time of the market, I am ALWAYS running late – and love it!  Why? Because my BUYERS are HAPPILY taking their time and enjoying their search for their dream of becoming a HOMEOWNER.

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Spring | , , | Leave a comment