Thursday, March 26, 2020

Let Us Help You Through These Trying Times

I first started in this business back in 2006 during the Great Recession.

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I first started in this business back in 2006 just before the Great Recession, and now, as we enter uncharted waters yet again with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that experience matters more than ever. No matter if you’re buying or selling, my team and I look forward to serving your real estate needs. Give us a call or send us an email, and we’d be happy to guide you toward success. We’re here to be your resource. In the meantime, keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. Together, we can make it through these challenging times.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Have Some Multi-Generational Fun at the Newtown Community Center

The Newtown Community Center captures what this community is all about: inclusivity and kindness.

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This month’s Hero Around Town is the Newtown Community Center, and today I’m joined by Executive Director Matt Ariniello to talk about some of their services, amenities, and membership opportunities.

Matt’s enthusiasm and demeanor capture what we in the Newtown community thought this rec center could be. Their pools are amazing, but they have other great amenities people can enjoy too. Their full-service art studio, for instance, offers after-school programs for kids and adults. Four days a week, they bus in elementary school students from all over Newton.

They also have a wide variety of health and wellness programs that differ from what you’d see at a typical gym, and the largest rental space in town—complete with a full commercial kitchen. Thus far, they’ve hosted the Scholarship Association Gala, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary workshops, and they’re soon hosting the Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras. All in all, their multi-purpose space has a capacity of 250 people. On top of that, they’re a great place to host birthday parties.


The town has embraced this space and its philosophy of being open to everybody.


While the rec center was being built, there was some contention over how it would be used, but the town has embraced this space and its philosophy of being open to everybody. Initially, their goal was to have 1,000 members, but at the moment, they have upwards of 4,500. As they were crafting their mission statement, they decided that another one of their goals was to be multi-generational, and they’ve reached the point where they truly have something for everyone.

My kids take swim lessons at the community center, and my impression is that it’s taking on what the residents of Newtown believe this town is all about: inclusivity and kindness. As you may remember, I spotlighted the Better Day Cafe on a previous edition of Hero Around Town, and that cafe is located in the rec center’s lobby. It’s staffed by students from the Newtown Public Schools Transition Program, which means they get to learn culinary and accounting skills and develop other job skills while they interact with the public. Moving forward, the rec center is committed to keeping this staff and growing the program.

If you haven’t been to the rec center yet, head on down and they’d be happy to give you a tour. Thanks so much to Matt for joining me. If you have any real-estate related questions that I can answer, feel free to reach out at any time via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Monday, February 17, 2020

We’re in Desperate Need of Home Sellers

Inventory is as low as I’ve ever seen in our real estate market. Here's what this means for sellers.

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In nearly 15 years in the business, I’ve never seen such a shortage of listings in the real estate market as we have right now. We have more buyers in every price point than we have active listings. We have about 60 listings that our team will be putting on the market throughout the year, but the market remains way short on homes for sale. If you or someone you know has thought about listing and wants to get a great sale price, the time is now.

If you have any questions for me about selling your home or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Catching Up With This Month’s Hero Around Town

Lori Rodrigue is the head of the Newtown school district and this month’s Hero Around Town. I caught up with her recently and we had a great conversation.

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I’m here today with this month’s Hero Around Town, Dr. Lori Rodigue, head of our Newtown school system. She has guided us through tough times in the past, but our school system has remained fantastic throughout her tenure.

Connecticut has its challenges, but some of the reasons that our area tends to improve gradually are because we have a safe place to live, great policing, and excellent schools. We owe a lot of that to Dr. Rodrigue and her incredible staff.

Here’s an outline of our full conversation, with timestamps so that you can skip ahead to the section(s) that interest you the most:

1:25- What are the biggest challenges right now for the Newtown school district?


5:11- The challenges the district is currently facing head-on


6:15- What Lori considers her biggest accomplishment


8:25- My thoughts on the Newtown school system and its strong culture of caring


9:30- Wrapping things up

Thanks so much to Dr. Rodrigue for joining me. It was wonderful to hear her perspective. If you have any real-estate related questions that I can answer, feel free to reach out at any time via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Our 2020 Market Predictions

Today I’m sharing a few predictions about what our 2020 real estate market will do.

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Welcome to 2020: Today I’m going to make a few predictions about our 2020 real estate market.

Looking back quickly, we’ve noticed a continuation of a flat market that became more price point driven. Everything under around the $400,000 price point was selling at a fairly quick rate last year, and I anticipate continuing this year.

The higher in price the home is, the harder it is to sell right now. However, in each price point, homes that showed off their inherent value sold quickly. When a home is priced properly for what it is, what it has, and what it doesn’t have, you’re much more likely to sell quickly. In 2020, we’ll see a similar market to 2019, but there’s no need to worry about a recession.


The higher in price the home is, the harder it is to sell right now.


We are now in an election year, and that can affect the stock market. However, people much smarter than I am about financing and accounting believe we will hold steady in 2020 as long as the national economy stays fairly steady. We are currently low on home supply, so if you’re considering making a move, this is the time to sell. In my opinion, the higher price points are going to experience a slight increase in inventory sold because we’re short on supply. If you list your home that’s valued at over $400,000, I think you’ll sell it this year.

If you have questions about our market or anything else concerning real estate, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to speaking with you. In the meantime, have a wonderful 2020!