Glen Arthur Estates consists of 36 free-standing colonial styled condos that are charming and full of character. Being built in 1994, each condo boasts it’s own unique features and distinctions. Each condo opens up to a staircase entry way creating an inviting and warm welcome.

If you are in search of a roomy townhouse with a large living room and dining area, your search may very well end here! Glen Arthur offers spacious floor plans, with condo’s ranging from 1500 sqft to 2200 sqft. Some amenities include:

  • Gas fireplace
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Private flagstone terrace and garden
  • Master suite with walk-in closet
  • Attached garage
  • Arched Palladian windows and
  • Marble faced fireplaces.

Glen Arthur Estates is conveniently situated within walking distance to the Glenbrook Train Station and a variety of restaurants and shops. The Glen Arthur Estates are also only minutes away from Merrit and the I95, which makes this community an excellent commuting location. Prices from the 550’s.

Please email me, Catherine Richardson, or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail. [email protected]  Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

Forest Mews is the perfect combination of charming and classy! This downtown condominium has three story high units with gorgeous sighting and brick exteriors. The trees and landscaping create an enchanting atmosphere to help you feel right at home.

Built in 1981, these condos have many luxurious upgrades and new finishes all without taking away from the character of their original state. A few of the finishes include: crown molding, hardwood floors, a fireplace, beautiful sliding glass doors opening up to the deck…and that’s just the living room!

The kitchen has granite counter tops, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and recessed lighting. Did we mention the bay window? Who doesn’t love lots of natural light to bring your home to life!

The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings, custom built-ins and your own personal balcony. There is a family room on the lower level that has sliders leading out to a private patio!

Forest Mews has 79 units and each condo offers tons of space up to over 2,700 square feet for a 3 bedroom! You can choose from 1-3 bedrooms, most including an attached garage and extra parking spaces. Homes are heated with clean electric heat and cooled with a zoned central air conditioning system.

Forest Mews is minutes away from amazing shopping, restaurants and the railroad station. You will be conveniently located in the downtown area all while having that quiet, cozy getaway you’ll be able to call “home.”

Please email me, Catherine Richardson, or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail. [email protected]  Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

To be “classic” is to be deemed (over a period of time) to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. The Classic Condominium located in the heart of downtown Stamford, CT are just that. You can’t go wrong with a “classic”. Don’t know if a condominium will fit your needs? Let us convince you!

“The Classic“ Condo’s range from 720 square feet to well over 2000 square feet, and have 1 to 3 bedrooms. Plenty of room for whatever you need to fit your lifestyle. With 144 condo’s, this tall luxurious building has it all. The amenities include a Full Service Front Desk Opened 24/7, Swimming Pool, Fitness Center, Balconies (with beautiful views), Gated Garage With Assigned Spaces, VIP Clubroom (with Rooftop Deck, Lounge with WIFI, etc.), Private Shuttle to Train, Washer/Dryer In Unit, and a Dog Park, to name a few.

The Classic Condominium resides at 25 Forest Street. They really are in a perfect location, a block from the Stamford Shopping Mall, Avon Theater, restaurants, and so much more! If you love that “downtown” feel, and the convenience of being so close to everything, then this might just be the place for you! If you are as convinced as we are, Let us show you what’s available in this beautiful building and help you find a condo that fits your budget and preferences! Contact us to get started today.

Please email me, Catherine Richardson, or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail. [email protected]  Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

It is important to have a real estate agent when you are endeavoring in purchasing or selling a home. Why not go at it alone? Well, National Association of Realtors, President Gary Thomas said it best, “Realtors have the expertise and experience to help sellers protect their investment and to help buyers build theirs.” Just like having a professional wedding coordinator help you plan every detail of the ‘happiest day of your life’, you want to have a professional in all things real estate when making one of the biggest purchases of your life. In both scenarios you cast the vision and the pro does the work for you.

So, how do you go about choosing the right realtor in Stamford, CT that best suits your needs? Be sure they can check off these 4 attributes from the list.

  • Does your Realtor in Stamford, CT have experience?

Realtors must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Therefore, they are constantly immersed in real estate. Laws change every year and vary from state to state. You will want a real estate agent that will read the fine print for you.

  • Will your Realtor in Stamford, CT make themselves very available, dare I say, 24/7?

It is so important to have a realtor that is available anytime you need them. To answer any questions or concerns you may have. Remember you are paying them for their services.

  • Does your Realtor in Stamford, CT work quickly?

Sometimes properties sell as soon as they hit the market! You want a realtor that will be prompt in letting you know when houses become available. Sometimes even before they hit the market.

  • Does your Realtor in Stamford, CT care about you?

Buying and selling is very much a business. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be personal. It is great to have a realtor that cares about your interests, desires, needs, etc. A great realtor treats you like family, not just a client.

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail. [email protected]  Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

Are you looking for a home for sale in Stamford, CT? Have you decided that this is where you will dig down deep and plant your roots? Or, perhaps you’re looking to purchase a house for sale in Stamford, CT to build financial equity for yourself. Either way, we can help point you in the right direction.

Now, picture your dream home. No really, close your eyes, what do you see? My guess is that you could give me a very detailed list of every physical attribute you look for in a home, from the hardwood floors down to the exact shade of beige that you want your living room to be painted. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for in a house for sale in Stamford is essential. But here are 3 very important factors to consider before making the plunge and living “Happily Ever After”.

1. Location, location, LOCATION!!

It is not enough to just decide on the zip code you want to live in. Choosing the right neighborhood or side of town is key as well. Whether you are looking for a quaint, cozy home in a quiet suburban neighborhood to raise your family, or you prefer the fast pace life right smack dab in the middle of downtown near all of the shopping centers and restaurants. You will also want to consider if the price of your new home will sky rocket in the future or drop tremendously. When you buy a house for sale in Stamford, CT you are making a financial investment. You might want to look for a home near good schools, clean parks, and shopping centers conveniently located near by.

2. Establish a budget.

You might have just cringed when you read that, but it is important to go into buying a home with an established budget and a limit of what you can, or want to pay monthly to still live comfortably. You may even get an approved loan by the bank that is an exciting amount, but knowing what you will be able to afford for your monthly mortgage payment will help you determine the price of the home you will want to purchase. Also, factor in all other bills that you have or will have per month to give you a better idea of what your budget will be. If you can have your dream home AND have a few Benjamin’s left over in your pocket you can be confident in your purchase and not have the stress of bills weighing you down.

3. Consider the best time of year to buy.

The best time of year to buy a home can be different for everyone. Spring is a popular time of year to sell or purchase a home. This may be the case for you and your family if you have children that need to be settled by the end of the summer for a better transition into the following school year. Statistics show that homes available in the Spring and Summer months are more than doubled as opposed to the Fall and Winter. Although if you find yourself having to move during the off months don’t be discouraged, though homes may be limited the prices should be fairly better.

With all of these things considered remember that finding your “Dream Home” should be fun and stress free. The more information you know, the more it will help in the process of you finding your new home.

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail. [email protected]  Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

Have you given any consideration to selling a house in Stamford?

Here are some tips about the real estate process to get you started in the right direction. Stamford is a great place to live, and it also is features some wonderful communities to live and raise a family. If it is done right, selling your house in Stamford can be a truly easy and even enjoyable experience. If it is done wrong, it can be a nightmare that haunts you for months…or even longer.

Most people who consider selling a home will at least give a consideration to trying to sell it themselves, without the help or a real estate agent. Many sellers in Stamford use the For Sale By Owner option as a way to try and save money on Realtor fees. However numerous studies have shown that on a national average, homes sold without the help of a real estate agent generally sell for significantly less than homes sold with the help of a Realtor. So in fact, it actually costs you more money to do the work yourself! Not to mention the high volume of legal documentation and contract paperwork it takes to sell a real estate property.

Whether you are working with a real estate agent, or you venture out to try it on your own. Here are 3 tips to help you have a profitable, and timely sale for your house in Stamford.

  1. Get Packing

We show hundreds of homes for sale in Stamford each year, and one thing that is always the rule is that a vacant home has a better chance of selling than an owner-occupied home that is cluttered. Buyers are immediately uncomfortable when the walk into a home where there are personal belongings, family photos, religious art, or evidence of the family pet.

The goal is to present your home to buyers where they can easily imagine themselves making it their own. They want to imagine their own furniture, family, and friends making a life for themselves in this house. So we recommend packing up all your family photos, dog toys, wall art, and home decor. Put them in a storage unit, or box them in your garage. Put your toiletries out of sight in the bathrooms, and make sure there is no evidence of used dishes or food from last nights dinner!

2. Put It In Neutral

Although it can be really fun to paint your kids room in neon green, or bright pink….it can be a huge turn off for buyers. For only a few hundred dollars, we recommend painting a few rooms in your house with neutral colors so that buyers can really imagine putting their own personal touches on the house. Tan, or light grey would be a great choice.

Another great benefit of a paint touch up is that buyers really feel great about the smell of fresh paint in the house. It almost gives the illusion that the house is brand new, or newly renovated. The smell of fresh paint can give the same type of effect that the “new car smell” does when buying a new car.

3. Lighten It Up

When a buyer is coming to view your house, the worst thing you can do is to have them walk into a dark or dimly lit house. We can not emphasize how important first impressions are, and you want buyers to be truly impressed the moment they open that front door.

A good rule is that each room should have 3 points of light. Overhead, lamp, and window is fine, but make sure everything is turned on before the buyer arrives. Make sure you have lots of light on in the kitchen and the master bathroom, so the counters and appliances shine their brightest.

We even recommend turning the lights on in the closets and garages if possible. Try and treat your home like a model home.

Summary

Follow these tips when you are selling your home in Stamford and we feel this will give you the best shot at getting great offers. At the end of the day, pricing your home at the best price for todays market in Sample is the #1 way for getting your house sold. The real estate market in Stamford is always changing. Feel free to call us today to get a free consultation and price valuation so you can know all of your options.

Good luck!

It appears our national real estate market is continuing to recover. Numerous housing experts have stated the housing market is improving. There may always be some concern that we may be heading into another housing crisis, but there are numerous factors that show our market getting stronger. Below are five factors that support the growing strength of the United States real estate market.

Home prices within the historical norms.

Home prices are within the historical norms throughout the many years of recorded data. With the home recession, home prices and values dropped significantly. Home prices have increased in value since 2008. The home prices still are not fully back to the 2006 levels, but they are increasing. The market is showing strength due to home prices gaining value and lower value homes continuing to shrink. The gaining home prices is a strong sign that the national real estate market is getting stronger.

The housing demand is growing.

The demand for housing is growing as measured by new household formations. * The Urban Land Institute projects that 5.95 million new households will be formed over the next three years. ( * Source: keepingcurrentmatters.com)

Since household formations are growing, there will be new homeowners entering the market. That helps keep home ownership growing. If the home ownership rate dropped, with the nearly 3.5 million new home owners entering the market, the demand for housing will stay strong.

Mortgage availability is increasing

The mortgage availability is increasing and showing signs of real life. Mortgage availability is nowhere near where it was in 2004-2006, but it is increasing. Despite the strict mortgage availability guidelines, buyers chances of loan approval are improving. That is good news for the market!

New home builds are increasing.

The building of new homes is beginning to increase. With new construction homes being built this helps elimination one of the main challenges in the industry- lack of inventory. Many first time home buyers will purchase a newly constructed home. Studies are also showing that many current home owners, are relocating to a new build. With the building of new homes, and current home owners relocating to newly built homes, this opens up new inventory and places an emphasis on building new homes.

The housing index is showing strength.

The housing affordability index is a tool which measures if a family earns enough income to qualify for a loan. The current index shows that it is more affordable to buy a home today than any other time between 1990-2008. With the hope of median incomes rising, the demand for houses should continue to increase. This is a strong factor in the growing of the national housing market.

If you are desiring to work with a real estate professional who will have your best interest in mind, please contact the me today to begin the process. I will partner with you to ensure we find the best possible fit with lending and try to secure the lowest interest rate available.

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matter in further detail. [email protected] Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

Before you begin your home search, it’s important to get your financing in order. If you are looking to purchase a home, more than likely you will need to apply for a home loan. There are numerous factors which determine the kind of home loan you will be able to qualify for, along with several factors affecting the interest rate. Take a look at these 5  factors below. They will help you understand how interest rates are calculated.

1. Credit Score

Your credit score is looked upon as a way for lenders to predict how trustworthy you will be to pay off your mortgage. Lenders will look at your credit report which documents all your current and past credit history. The credit report will show all your loans and credit cards as well as the payment history for each one. Before you speak with a lender, take a look at your credit report. Make sure your credit report is accurate and up to date as this will help eliminate errors. If you have a higher credit score, you will be able to lock in a lower interest rate. Higher credit score equals lower interest rate.

2. The Price Of The Home

Your home price is another determining factor when calculating your mortgage interest rate. Often times, lenders place a higher interest rate on a loan if you are taking out a rather large home loan or if you are taking out a particularly small loan.

3. Loan Term

The term of the loan is another determining factor. The loan term is how long you take to repay the loan. Often times loan terms can be applied in a 15 year mortgage or a 30 year mortgage. In general, a shorter loan term will get you a better interest rate. However, there is a small catch, a shorter loan term will often times  make your monthly mortgage payment higher, since you are paying it off in a shorter amount of time. It’s important to weigh out the pros and cons of a 15 year vs 30 year mortgage and make the best decision for yourself and your family.

4. Loan Type

The type of loan you choose is a direct factor in your interest rate. There are several large broad categories of home loans that are available to borrowers. The top three home loans are: Conventional, FHA, and VA loans. For each of these loans, the interest rate is often times slightly different. Speak with your lender and decide which route is best for you. Your lender will be able to explain the differences and assist you in choosing the right fit.

5. The Down Payment

Generally, a higher down payment equals a lower interest rate. Paying a large down payment shows lenders a lower level of risk, believing you have more of a stake in the property.  If possible pay a large down payment, 20 percent or even more. This will help ensure you obtaining a lower interest rate.

Well, there you have it. These five factors will help guide you when determining the kind of interest rate you may get on your home loan. When home shopping, it is important to know your financial situation and work with a lender you trust.

If you are desiring to work with a real estate professional who will have your best interest in mind, please contact the me today to begin the process. I will partner with you to ensure we find the best possible fit with lending and try to secure the lowest interest rate available.

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matter in further detail. [email protected] Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

Looking to invest in real estate property? There are numerous benefits and financial gains to be made when investing in real estate. Whether you are a first time home flipper or a seasoned investor there are several different types of properties that can be purchased for investment purposes. Below are several different types of properties and the important details surrounded each one when dealing with their specific investment potential.

Residential Properties: 

Investing in residential property is a popular way to grow your wealth and ensure you leave a lasting legacy for future family members behind you. Take a look at three common property types for investing in residential real estate.

* REO: ( Real Estate Owned- Foreclosure) 

A real estate owned property or a REO is property whose ownership has reverted back to the bank or mortgage lender. Investors looking to buy and invest in REO properties, can make a profit with these homes but it doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges.  A benefit to investing in REO’s is the ability to diversify your portfolio and generate higher returns. A negative part to investing in an REO is dealing with mortgage lenders and the many challenges that may come with that. If you are desiring to purchase an REO property, contact us today to learn more.

* SHORT SALE PROPERTY: 

A short sale property is a home that is “ underwater,” meaning the current homeowner is increasingly unable to pay their mortgagee, taxes or other costs for their home. When this situation occurs at the same time that the property values have dropped lower than what the home is valued at, a homeowner may put it on the market as a short sale. A short sale purchase may benefit the buyer or investor. The amount of the home is normally a fairly lower price than other homes of the same caliber; resulting in a good deal for the buyer.  The negative part of a short sell transaction is the complicated and time-consuming process. It may take weeks or even months to hear back from the bank on the offer.  If the buyer can wait out the sale a short sale purchase, it can be a great financial investment. Let us help you navigate your short sale buying experience.

* TRUST SALE PROPERTY:  

For a buyer who is considering buying a home in a trust, there is an extra layer of caution that should be taken. Due to potential legal issues, it is always good to have an experienced real estate agent assist in the purchasing of a trust home. Contact us today for any further questions that we many assist you with.

Investing in Commercial Real Estate:

When deciding to invest in commercial real estate, you will learn to think not just like a private home buyer, but a professional real estate mogul. Knowing how much the commercial property is valued for is crucial. Commercial property is valued much differently than residential property, as the value is taken directly from the usable square footage on the property.

One of the best reasons of investing in commercial property is the earning potential. When dealing with commercial property you will see a bigger cash flow than you would with residential. Commercial properties generally have an annual return off the purchase price between 6% and 12%, depending on the area, which is a much higher range than typically exists for single family home properties. Source: nolo.com

Investing in Luxury Real Estate: 

When choosing to invest in luxury real estate, it is important to identify your goals. One of the main goals when investing in luxury real estate is to earn a large profit on your investment. When you are choosing your property, it is important to know the neighborhood, the current home market values and if you are planning on flipping the home or planing to sell quickly. All of these factors will come into play when deciding which luxury property to invest in

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matter in further detail. [email protected] Call/Text: (203) 249-1512

There are many decisions to make when purchasing a home. The type of loan you choose is a direct factor in your interest rate and purchase of your home. There are several large broad categories of home loans that are available to borrowers. The top three home loans are: Conventional, FHA, and VA loans. For each of these loans the benefits and requirements are different. Take a look at the loans below and become familiar with each type, then discuss which loan you believe is the right choice for you.

FHA Loan:

A popular loan choice among first time home buyers, the FHA loan is a mortgage loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration- FHA. Increasing in popularity, the FHA loan requirements are less demanding than conventional loans. Buyers can qualify for a FHA loan with a lower down payment than that of other loans, often times as little as 3.5%. The borrowers credit score does not have to be perfect when applying for a FHA loan. The borrowers credit score can be 620 -580 and still get approval. If the borrowers credit score is below 580, often times the lender will require a higher down payment. It is important to know that the FHA has a loan limit for each county in the US. The FHA loan limit is higher in more expensive counties and more reasonable in lower priced counties. Be sure to check your county for the current FHA loan limits.

Conventional:

A conventional home loan is a loan which conforms to pre-established guidelines for the specific size of your loan and financial situation. Conventional loans often have lower interest rates than FHA or VA loans. The term limit comes in two different plans- 15 years or 30 years. The monthly mortgage payments of a fixed rate conventional loan remain the same for the life of the loan, making this loan a popular choice amount borrowers. Conventional mortgages also require less hoops to jump through than VA or FHA loans. They require showing less documentation which then in turn speeds up the overall loan processing time.

VA Loan:

VA loans are home loans available to veterans, reservists, national guard members and active duty military. Spouses of military members who have died while on active duty may also apply. VA loans are financed through private lenders and guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There are many benefits when obtaining a VA loan.

Benefits:

VA loans do not require the borrower to carry mortgage insurance.
There is no minimum credit score requirement for the borrower.
VA loans do not require a down payment.
VA loans are often time easier to qualify for than conventional loans.

There is a loan limit to VA loans which vary by county. In most counties, the limit is $417,000 and up to $625,000 in higher priced areas. VA loans are only available to purchase a primary residence, they are not available for refinancing a current home, a vacation home or an investment property.

Hard Money Loan:

Another type of loan is a hard money loan. A hard money loan is often times a last resort when dealing with financing. Hard money loan are backed by the value of the property and not by the credit history of the borrower. Hard money loans have a lower loan value than the traditional loan since the property itself is used as the only protection against default.

To better understand these different types of loans, be sure to speak with your lender and decide which route is best for you. Your lender will be able to explain the differences and assist you in choosing the right fit.

Please email me or call me directly to discuss any of these matter in further detail. [email protected] Call/Text: (203) 249-1512