Monday, July 1, 2019

Episode 8: Preparing an Aging Home for the Market

Today I’m joined once again by Chris Haggerty, an agent on our team as well as a home builder/flipper, to talk about aging houses and how to prepare them for the market.

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In today’s eighth episode of my series where I discuss various topics related to the housing industry, I sat down once again with agent and builder Chris Haggerty to discuss the aging housing population. By that, I don’t mean senior citizens in the housing market—I literally mean houses that are becoming outdated with the passage of time. How have home styles changed over the years? Which renovation projects are worthwhile in terms of the return they’ll bring? Which ones are essential? We’ll cover these topics and more.

For your convenience, I’ve cited timestamps below that will direct you to various points in the video above. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:

0:33—How have home styles changed over time? What styles are in, and which ones are out?


1:14—How to prepare aging homes for the market: Which projects bring the highest return, and how much work is involved?


4:45—Which bathroom features will make buyers think of them as dated?


6:40—What renovations should homeowners do if they want to enjoy them while they still live there, but are relevant when it comes time to sell?


11:35—The difference between a homeowner’s upgrades and a professional’s upgrades


13:11—Taking the emotional aspect out of preparing a home for the market

If you have any questions for me about home renovations or about preparing a home for the market in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to have a conversation with you.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Podcast Episode 7: What to Expect From A Home Inspection

For today’s installment of my twice-monthly podcast, I’m joined by Chris Haggerty, a former-client-turned-agent, to discuss the inspection process from both a buyer’s and a seller’s perspective. 

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Today’s guest, Chris Haggerty, and I have an interesting and long-standing relationship. He was originally a client of mine who bought and flipped homes, but over time, he came to join my real estate team, and he now helps us sell homes.

From the early 90s to the present, Chris has also racked up a lot of experience building and renovating homes. In that time, he’s built over 100 new homes, done hundreds of additions and kitchen/bath remodels, and that’s not to mention the dozens of whole-house renovations!

Since he’s experienced the real estate process both as a non-professional and an agent, I thought it would be interesting to pick Chris’ brain about what to expect when undergoing the inspection process, which can often be the hardest part of a transaction.

For your convenience, I’ve cited timestamps below that will direct you to various points in the video above. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:

  • 1:27—The one area in which Chris and I always butted heads: the inspection process 
  • 2:55—What should a buyer keep in mind when going into the inspection process? 
  • 6:11—As agents, what can we do in advance to properly prepare a buyer for the inspection, especially regarding setting reasonable expectations for them? 
  • 9:05—The new-home costs that buyers often overlook 
  • 10:42—Moving on to the seller’s standpoint: Chris’ thoughts about pre-inspections 
  • 12:37—How can you manage a seller’s emotions and expectations when they receive the inspector’s report? 
  • 14:21—Advising clients to act intelligently, given current market conditions 
  • 15:44—Wrapping up the discussion

I’m thankful to Chris for taking the time to have a conversation with me. His knowledge and experience have been an invaluable asset to the team.

If you have any questions about today’s topic or about the real estate industry in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Until then, stay tuned to my podcast for more great conversations with the industry’s best.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

How Will Our Connecticut Market Change in the Near Future?

Today marks the sixth episode of our podcast, "The Andy Sachs Podcast", and this time, we’re talking about the future of our state’s market.
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Welcome back to the sixth episode of our podcast: "The Andy Sachs Podcast." This time, we’ll expound upon the current state of Connecticut real estate and what to expect from the future of our market.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:

00:35 - An introduction to today’s discussion

00:57 - What the state’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee is doing to secure the future of our local market

05:51 - The larger projects this committee is pushing to improve Connecticut real estate

10:07 - How the Insurance and Real Estate Committee plans to attract new business to the state

12:30 - What changes must happen to improve and grow Connecticut’s market

14:11 - A few closing words

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Real Estate Conversation With Sean Scanlon

In today’s episode of the Andy Sachs Podcast, I’m joined by State Assemblyman Sean Scanlon to discuss the good and the bad of real estate in Connecticut.
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Though he’s incredibly busy, we finally found a time for State Assemblyman Sean Scanlon to join me for a discussion about real estate here in Connecticut. In today’s podcast, I’ll put him on the hot seat to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertains to our real estate market.

When people think of politicians, they usually think that they just say what people want to hear or what will make him look good for their constituency. But not so for Sean Scanlon. His track record shows that he is willing to make hard decisions that may not be popular upfront, but that are better for the constituency, the market, and Connecticut as a whole.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:

0:52—Sean’s market “State of the Union”—where does the real estate market stand?
2:50—Where there’s growth in the market, there are also cuts
4:59—How to make Connecticut more attractive for those who come not only to raise a family, but also to stay for life
6:34—How can we change the culture of Connecticut, which, over the past generation, has been on a decline?
8:52—Sean’s bipartisan approach to politics
10:11—The monumental challenge that lies ahead

I appreciate State Assemblyman Scanlon for taking the time to speak with me today. If you have any questions or comments about our discussion, feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Podcast Episode 4: What Buyers Need to Know

What do buyers need to know about real estate in general? Find out in today’s podcast.
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On our last episode of the “Around Town Real Estate” podcast, we talked about what sellers are facing in the market. For our fourth entry, we’ll be flipping the script and focusing on buyers. What should buyers expect from our current market, and how can they make sure they can find and purchase the home of their dreams? We’ll be looking at all this and more today.

For your convenience, we’ve included timestamps for today’s podcast. Feel free to navigate to the section(s) you’re most interested in viewing:


00:10 — Introduction to today’s topic
00:42 — What should every buyer do before starting the search?
01:39 — How we advise buyers
02:52 — Talking about closing credits
03:45 — People don’t have a lot of expendable cash
05:52 — Talking about closing costs
06:42 — People shouldn’t be paying as much as they’re approved for
09:19 — Buyers: Don’t worry about us!
10:35 — We want happy buyers
12:00 — The kinds of buyer requests we can’t fulfill
14:20 — There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes
16:20 — How technology changed buyers and real estate in general
18:25 — Some things never change: Service is what we do
20:00 — Real estate still needs the human touch
21:00 — What’s the most common thing we hear about real estate websites?
22:08 — Conclusion to today’s podcast

Stay tuned for future podcasts, where we’ll continue giving insight into the biggest need-to-know real estate topics. If you have any questions or would like more information in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.