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A Squirrel Tale

Squirrels can be the ultimate litter bugs. Sure they look sweet, but they can take a perfectly decent yard and turn it into the parking lot after a Dave Matthews Concert. Seriously, it’s like my yard is party central for all of the neighborhood squirrels. Of course it doesn’t help that the biggest nut-keg of them all is rooted right outside my back door. This enormous tree stands at least 40 feet tall and produces large nuts that make a loud “whump” sound when they hit the ground. If one falls on the gas grill you’d swear someone just thru a baseball at it. The noise is loud and can be quite startling! And based on the activity outside my kitchen window, this generous giver of all that is nutty is the main winter sustenance for dozens of happy squirrels.

For the past three weeks or so these furried nut munchers have been living it up in my yard and leaving the evidence all over my yard, walkways and driveway. Half-eaten nuts, broken apart nut shells, and newly-fallen, yet-to-be cracked nuts are scattered around my property like it’s the very first squirrel Thanksgiving and these little critters are determined to make the most of their new-found holiday. Now I’m all for having a good time, but at least clean up after yourselves! Is it too much to ask that the squirrels take the shells with them? I’m willing to compromise, even. How about just put them in little piles for pick-up? I clean up after my dog. I’d be willing to clean up some nuts here and there too.

I don’t remember the squirrels being like this when I was a kid. My parents never had a problem with rowdy squirrels. Just who is raising these squirrels today? Where are their squirrely parents? Aren’t they teaching them about respecting nature? It’s just nuts.

Luckily for me party season is coming to an end, so I know these wild nutlovers won’t be setting up shakedown in my backyard much longer. I just hope I don’t go nutty before then. It’s getting mighty squirrely ’round these parts!

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North Haven, CT Homes For Sale – 14 Pierpont Court

North Haven, CT Homes for Sale

14 Pierpont Court, North Haven, CT

Looking for North Haven, CT Homes for Sale?  Check out this beautiful, custom built home at 14 Pierpont Court, North Haven, CT.  This is one of  the most beautiful homes in the upscale neighborhood of Kipp Farm Estates.  It is also one of the most beautiful and well appointed homes for sale in all of North Haven.  

Built in 2008, this home sits on a full acre of land and is loaded with amenities.  In fact, the owners included $100,000 of upgrades when they built the home.  These include a security system, generator, professional landscaping and pavered walkway on the outside. 

North Haven Homes for Sale

Crystal Chandelier in Dining Room

Inside this gorgeous North Haven home for sale the upgrades list is quite extensive.   High-end, upscale lighting fixtures adorn most rooms.  The highlight has to be the crystal chandeleir and sconces in the dining room. 

From the electronic ceiling fans in the bedrooms and living room to the motorized lift for raising and lowering of the chandelier in the main foyer, this home is not only gorgeous, but practical too. 

And that’s only the lighting!  The kitchen is one of those kitchens most wish they had.  It includes custom cabinetry with gleaming granite, two sinks, and the appliances…  oh, the appliances!  Can you say, Wolf 6-Burner, Double Oven with Griddle? 

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SubZero Refrigerator

14 Pierpont Court, North Haven - Kitchen
Wolf Double Oven with Griddle & 6 Burners

 

How about SubZero Refrigerator?  Imagine whipping up a gourmet meal or a quick snack with ease in this beautiful and functional kitchen. 

Prefer dinner in front of the TV?  The kitchen opens up to the living room so your tv dinner is only steps away.  Enjoy your meal as you watch (up to a 60″) television from the built-in, completely wired media cabinet.  It’s all ready to go! 

Now what would complete that delicious meal?  Ah yes, a nice cozy fire and a good book (or a glass of wine, or both).  The living room fireplace is surrounded by smooth slate tile and is a real wood-burning fireplace with a full masonry chimney.  A rarity in newer construction! 

If you are considering one of the other North Haven homes currently for sale or are thinking about building a new home in the area, you should make an appointment to see this home for yourself.  The owners added many thoughtful and beautiful (and expensive) features into this home when they designed it three years ago, and also paid tens of thousands more for the home than the current list price.  Buying this home in this real estate market means big value for the buyer.

Gorgeous from the inside out, this home is completed by four bedrooms, a laundry room, first floor office, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and many additional upgrades.  For a complete list email me at sarah.guertin@cbmoves.com or call my office voicemail at 203-654-2933 and leave the physical address or email address where you would like the list of upgrades sent.  This home is listed by me, Sarah Guertin, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in North Haven, CT, for $699,000.  MLS #N311654

To see more of this North Haven home for sale watch the video tour on my youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/realtorsarahg or just watch it below!

To see the complete listing information for this and other North Haven homes for sale click here

If you are looking at homes in North Haven or the Greater New Haven area of Connecticut (and occasionally beyond) and would like the assistance of a Realtor, please call my office at 203-654-2933 to set up an in-office consultation.  Let’s get together to discuss what you’re looking for and how the whole buying process works!  You have real estate questions– I have answers!  (And if I don’t have the answer, I at least know who to ask!) 

Wallingford, CT Public Schools Information

Wallingford, CT School InformationIf you are thinking about moving to Wallingford, Connecticut and have a family you probably want information about the public schools in town.  Well let’s get to it.  The Wallingford public school system is comprised of 2 high schools, 2 middle schools and 8 elementary schools, divided between the East and West sides of town. There are a number of places you can get detailed information about each of the public schools in Wallingford, including my website.  Click the “Buying Your Home” tab along the top, then scroll down to “School Information.”  A window will pop up and you can search for reports on all public schools in Wallingford, Connecticut.  You can also search for information on private schools as well (there are a few in Wallingford).  In fact, you can also search for public and private school information in every town in Connecticut.  So if you are considering moving to North Haven, CT or Hamden, CT or any other town in Connecticut you can find school information for those towns too.

wallingford, connecticut school infoBack to Wallingford specifically, you can also find information about the public schools at the Board of Education’s website.  You’ll find all sorts of resources there, including links to each of the town’s public high schools and middle schools, as well as websites for all of the elementary schools in town. 

A look at Wallingford, Connecticut schools would not be complete without a mention of the town’s most famous school, Choate Rosemary Hall.  Famous almuni to this private boarding school include President John F. Kennedy, and actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Douglas among others.  If my memory serves me correctly, I believe Ivanka Trump went there as well.  And I only know that because I grew up in Wallingford and we “townies” (as the Choate students sometimes called us) always talked about the latest celebrity (or child of a celebrity) that was attending the school.  I remember when I was real young my Dad telling me that John Madden’s son was going to Choate.  I’m not even sure why I remember that one. It’s funny the things you remember from childhood.  But I digress… 

If you’re researching public schools in Wallingford, Connecticut I hope you found the above information helpful.  I’ll end the post with one last school link, but this one’s for you– not your kids! Click here to visit the Wallingford Adult Education website.  Because it is never too late to learn something new like bellydancing or Mandarin Chinese (real classes offered– check out the website!).  As their motto says, “Experience the Power of Lifelong Learning.”

Happy Learning Everyone!

Selling Your Home in Connecticut – 5 Tips

5 Things to do Before Selling Your Home in Connecticut

Take some of the stress and worry out of selling your home in CT and follow this to-do list first!

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. When selling your home in Connecticut, it’s important to give your home a clean and open feeling.  Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.  Most importantly, take down those personal photos!  Buyers could have a hard time envisioning themselves living in the home if there are pictures of you and your family all over the walls.  Of course they are lovely pictures, but not appropriate for the walls when you are trying to sell your home!  I always tell my clients that living in your home when it is on the market is completely different than living in your home when you are not trying to sell it.  It’s not as personal, and might not feel as homey to you, but that’s the point. 

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin. 

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.  (My company, Coldwell Banker in North Haven, CT, offers a Home Protection Plan that can take the worry of old appliances and mechanical systems off your shoulders.  Best of all it doesn’t need to be paid for until the closing, so you don’t have to spend any extra money in advance.  Ask your real estate agent if they have a similar plan.  They should!)

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?  Take the time to increase your curb appeal and make a buyer’s first impression of your home the best it can be!

Follow these 5 tips and selling your home in Connecticut will be easier than you think!  If you are preparing to sell your home in Connecticut, please call me, Sarah Guertin, at 203-671-9137 or email sarah.guertin@cbmoves.com.  After you’ve followed the 5 steps above  it’s up to me to do my job and get it sold.  I look forward to helping you!

New Haven County Market Trends Active vs. Sold 3/10-3/11

Take a look at the graph below for an interesting look at the real estate market in New Haven county from the past year.  This shows how many homes are on the market (single family homes and condos) each month and how many actually sold each month. 

 

I thought this graph was interesting because it shows how daunting it can be to sell a house today.  There is so much competition out there! For example, in March of this year 410 homes sold in New Haven county.  Not a bad number, but when you consider that’s not even 8% of the homes on the market in March it doesn’t sound terrific either.  

This is another reason why I stress to my seller-clients the importance of pricing your home correctly from the beginning.  Buyers are savvy and have done their homework.  They know what a home is generally worth and when it is priced accordingly the buyers in the market are interested in it.  Of course any home sale involves lots of negotiation, but you won’t get to that point if you can’t even get them in the door to look at your home because it is overpriced! The bottom line is that No Showings = No Offers. It’s pretty simple, actually.  And it’s amazing how the right price fixes lots of “perceived problems” a buyer may have with your home! 

If your home is currently on the market and is overpriced, a price reduction can do the same for you.  Sellers, don’t worry.  Buyers are not going to think something is wrong with your house if you lower your asking price (as I’ve heard from some clients in the past).  They will think you are motivated to sell it! 

Email me at sarah.guertin@cbmoves.com for more specific market stats on your CT town!

P.S. April stats should be out next week! Stay tuned!

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