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Connecticut Homes Sales Increase Fourth Month In A Row!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

"Home Sales for 2015 are off to a fantastic start!" If we look at the report that was just released by the Warren Group, The Commercial Record, this is a strong continuation of the close of 2014. December ended with an increase in single-family home sales of 1.7 percent, marking the fourth consecutive sales increase- year over year- for 2014! A total of 2,196 single-family homes were sold in December of '14 compared with 2,160 in 2013. This marked the HIGHEST number of sales for the month of December since 2009 when 2,216 homes were sold.

Much more goes into the health of the Housing Market than just the month to month numbers that we see here.  Don Klepper-Smith, an economist with Data Core Partners, reminds us that we need to look at the fact that Connecticut has regained it's economic and labor health and that WILL show great market improvements in 2015! Overall, housing fundamentals are sound; Low Interest Rates, Loosening of Lending Rules, High Consumer Confidence, and Disposable Income is Up. All of this should lead to some great numbers this year! 

We cannot discount the brutal winter weather that Cheshire and the rest of Connecticut has undertaken this year. Without a doubt it has wreaked havoc on the housing market, but the GREAT news is that Spring is just around the corner and the Cheshire Housing Market is already experiencing a much STRONGER start to 2015 than the first quarter of 2014!

We look forward to working with you on the Sale or Purchase of your Cheshire Home. Give us a call or visit our website...but don't wait long! You want to make sure you get a jump on the market and that means doing it NOW!

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Cheshites Protect Those Pipes From Freezing!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

With temperatures in Cheshire plunging into negative digits the chance of pipes freezing becomes a very real possibility, and untreated pipes in your basement and crawlspaces can be an expensive scenario for any homeowner in the event of a burst.  What can you do to limit the chance of this happening to you & your home? Here are several preventative measures you can take:

 

  • First & foremost, you need to seal any air leaks inside near where the pipes are located in your home! Do a complete inspection around dryer vents, outoor pipes, and electical wiring. You'll need to use insulation, caulking, and sealants to ensure you've blocked the airway. Even a small opening can allow enough of this frigid air in to freeze a pipe.
  • Exposed pipes are most susceptable to freezing so you'll need to check your basement, and crawlspaces where these pipes are located. Make sure you inspect all pipes to make sure each is properly insulated. Remember....ANY pipe can freeze, so inspect each one.
  • Heat Cables (thermostatically controlled)or Heat Tape can be used to wrap pipes. (Make sure any products used have been approved by Underwriters Laboratories Inc or other independent testing organizations & that you are using the products only where they are intended to be used IE: Inside or Outside, and you follow all installation and operational instructions). Check your local hardware store for supplies. Hines Ace Hardware.
  • To reduce freezing in the short span of the pipe, use indoor vavles to shut off and drain water from the pipes that lead to outside faucets.
  • Many of us have gotten into the habit of turning down our thermostats at night, however this is NOT the time to do that! During these weather conditions it is very important to keep your thermostats set at the same temperatures both day & night. Because temperatures drop even deeper at night, if you set your thermostats lower at night you can run the risk of those pipes freezing over night.
  • Remember when your Mother told you to "Let the faucet's trickle overnight or if you are going to be gone for a day or two!"? Well, Mom was RIGHT! Trickling of hot and cold water, just letting it drip from the faucet on an outside wall, can keep your pipes from freezing! THANKS MOM!
  • Laslty, keep the doors to your cabinets (on exterior walls) open, to allow heat to circulate through to the uninsulated pipes. Yes, I know you thought people were joking when they said that, but it is true, it can help keep your pipes from freezing as well.

Now, what can you do if your pipes have frozen?  SCREAM!  Just kidding, this isn't a laughing matter. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, keep the faucets turned

OFF and call a plumber immediately.  If your pipes are frozen, please keep these 4 things in mind:

  1. NEVER try to thaw a pipe with a blow torch or any other flame. 
  2. NEVER try to wade through the flooded waters in a basement or touch ANY electrical appliances or items in that area.  They will still be "ACTIVE" if plugged in prior to your basement flooding and would be cause for electrocution.
  3. If your pipes have BURST, Turn your water OFF at the main shut off valve.
  4. If trying to warm a Frozen Pipe, start as close to the faucet as possible then work toward the frozen section.
  5. Before you turn ANY water back on, MAKE SURE THERE AREN'T ANY LEAKS IN THE PIPES!!
  6. Make sure to check your Homeowners Insurance Policy and call them immediately.
We hope you'll just need to use our preventative tips and that our lovely community of Cheshire will start to see the beautiful beginnings of spring sooner rather than later! Until then, check out our website and social media for more Homeowner tips!
If you're looking to move to Cheshire, and why wouldn't you Wink, give us a call! We'd love to be your tour guide and show you all the wonderful neighborhoods, schools and other points of interest of the Cheshire Community. You can also sign up for our EXCLUSIVE EMAIL LISTING ALERTS! This allows you to be the first notified of homes that come onto the market that meet your personal preferences.  It's so easy, just follow this link: FREE LISTING ALERTS.

It's Almost Valentines Day Cheshire...Love is in The Air!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's February and Love is in the air....and for The Sally Bowman Real Estate Team we want to let you know what we Love & appreciate! 

We LOVE helping people attain their goals, and for many that has been the dream of homeownership. 

We LOVE bringing the Home transaction to closing....and seeing that big, happy smile on the face of our clients! We LOVE the creativity & finesse needed to coordinate all the details that gets us to the closing table.

We LOVE the challenges of real estate....even when it means having to handle all those late night negotiations to get what our clients ultimately want! We LOVE maneuvering the hundreds of curves, problem solving, overcoming obstacles, climbing walls and sometimes, going over mountains to achieve the success that ends in a SATISFIED & HAPPY CLIENT.

We LOVE being around other successful REALTORS. Others teach us so much! We LOVE learning from them and sharing our idea's too!

We ESPECIALLY LOVE living in and helping others find, the perfect home in the wonderful community of Cheshire!

Over the years we have gotten to know a great many exceptional Realtors across the country that would give you the same EXCELLENT SERVICE you have received from us. Utilizing the service of an experienced Agent will make all the difference when you are making a move. If you know of anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a home, anywhere in the US, please contact us! It would be our pleasure to help them.

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Cheshire...Go Red for Women!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Today is NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY! Why red? Easy....RED is a vibrant color that demands attention! It stands out and screams "I'm here! Look at me!" And that is exaclty why it was chosen for this incredibly important campaign! NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY is really just the kick off for the month long awareness to bring attention to the #1 killer in women. Heart disease claims the lives of 500,000 women every year!

This year marks the 12th Anniversary of the NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY Campaign! Much has been accomplished in this time:

 

  1. Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  2. More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  3. More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  4. 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  5. More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  6. One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Learn more about the heart disease, risk factors and how you can change your overall health at GO RED FOR WOMEN!

 

Despite all the efforts, more work still needs to be done. So spread the word among all the women you love in Cheshire! Make sure they know the facts and the risks. Join in the fight....and WEAR YOUR RED proudly today, and all month long!   

Information obtained at www.goredforwomen.org #AmericanHeartAssociation #GoRedforWomen #CheshireCT #WearRedDay #SallyBowmanRealEstate

Why Have A Cheshire Realtor "Represent" You?

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

As we embark on the Spring Selling Season I thought it might be important to go over what it means to be "REPRESENTED BY A REALTOR".   What BENEFITS you receive when you are being "represented" by a realtor instead of being on your own. When it really comes down to it, there are so many different things that can potentially go wrong in a Real Estate transaction.

A great Real Estate Agent can predict them ahead of time and resolve them or maneuver around them to protect their client. It's all part of "representing" their clients. But if you're on your own, it can be a very tough, and often expensive, lesson to learn. As a realtor, we put your needs and interests as the #1 priority and will use all our skills and knowledge to navigate the sale or purchase,  to your benefit. That's how it works and it's to our mutual benefit to make SURE we always do the BEST for you. Here's how it really breaks down:

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEEDS- First and foremost, being represented means that we take the time to truly understand your needs backward & foreward. Which means we take the time necessary to work with you to find out your home needs & the neighborhood and community needs as well. We are YOUR advocate throughout the entire transaction. Unless it feels right to you, nothing goes forward. You need to understand and feel 100% about what is taking place before we will go to the next step in the process. As long as you have a realtor that is working with you, and truly understanding your needs and what you need to get from the transaction, then you are in good hands and should move ahead.

 

HAVING THE INSIDE 411- A great Real Estate professional is going to have many years of knowledge in the Cheshire housing market, community, people and just about everything you need to know about purchasing a home in their "territory". Now I don't want to align us with "Mrs. Kravitz" but you know what I mean, your agent needs to know the 411 so that you can be confident that you are truly getting the local point of view and not the "canned" version of the area and the homes that reside there.

 

KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR- Having a Realtor "represent" you also means you have someone protecting you every step of the way! I'm not going to let you get in over your head in any real estate transaction. If you've given me your top price point...then that's where I'll make sure you stay. If we are having an issue with a contract, I'll make sure we get that resolved before going forward. Helping you stay within the home search critieria that you provided me is another great benefit. It is very easy to get sidetracked when looking for your perfect Cheshire home. Great realtors take the time necessary to really get to know their clients. I will protect your information and take care of you if complications arise. These are the things that are handled by a Realtor, on your behalf, when we represent you.

 

 

MEDIATOR/NEGOTIATOR- When a Realtor "represents" you, you now have your own mediator/negotiator. You can sit back and direct how the sale/purchase of your Cheshire home will go down. Think of how much easier it is to make decisions with someone else having to do the stressful business of delivering the information?! Let us do the hard stuff! We are trained mediators/negotiators and know how to work within the confines of the contracts of Real Estate. We can help prepare you for this moment when you will be faced with the different scenarios that will be thrown your way. Then, once we are at that point, you will not only be ready, you will have us at the table and you will calmly be making the decisions you've already been practicing making.

BOTTOM LINE:Getting a Cheshire Real Estate Professional to work with you on the Sale or Purchase of your Real Estate transaction is a great financial decision. Get a Real Estate Team and that's the BEST on yet! After all, you wouldn't try to put a new motor in your car without taking it to your Certified, professionally trained mechanic, would you? Then why try to muddle through one of the biggest financial decisions in your life without an expert that has been professionally trained to do that job? Let Sally Bowman Real Estate partner with you on this important venture in your life. Take a look at what our Clients have said about our service, then come in and talk to us so we can get to know you better. Together we'll help you with any Cheshire Real Estate need. 

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Increase the Value of Your Cheshire CT Home!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

When the Top 24 Real Estate Experts in their field were asked this question..."WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INCREASE YOUR HOME'S VALUE FOR $5,000 OR LESS? These are the most common answers they came up with:

They may not all work for you or your Cheshire Home, but they are all great ideas! Just find the ones that work best for your particular home and situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you'd like additional tips for your home, visit our website or give us a call.

If you are looking for a home in Cheshire, we'd love to talk with you and show you our wonderful community! Stop in our office, call us or visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Cheshire CT Blizzard Preparedness

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

 

 

 

In order to be prepared for the Blizzard that is currently heading straight for Connecticut and the Cheshire area all residents should have the following emergency supplies on hand in the event they are not in a position to leave their homes for a period of 2-4 days or have a loss of power for the same amount of time. 

Tips on How to be Prepared, from the American Red Cross

  1. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  2. Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  3. Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  4. Flashlight
  5. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  6. Extra batteries
  7. First aid kit
  8. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  9. Multi-purpose tool
  10. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  11. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  12. Cell phone with chargers
  13. Family and emergency contact information
  14. Extra cash
  15. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  16. Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  17. Tools/supplies for securing your home
  18. Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  19. Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  20. Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Make sure to have an Emergency Kit in your Vehicle in the event you become stranded on a roadway. This includes extra blankets, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, water bottles (ones that

have not been left in the car and frozen ) extra socks, and a stocked First Aid Kit!  Remember, if you need to travel, dress for the weather and prepare as if you WILL be stranded! Boots, heavy coat, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. The worst thing you can do is run out of the house quickly, totally unprepared for the storm, and get stranded. It can take crews hours and hours to get to you with the sheer number of people they already need to respond to coupled with the limitations placed on them by the weather and road conditions. 

Additional preparedness tips:

In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels. 

Sign up for emergency alerts at www.ctalert.gov More information can also be obtained at the American Red Cross www.redcross.org

And always, check on neighbors, elderly family members and anyone living alone.

*Make sure to keep all outside vents cleared of snow!

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GREAT SCHOOLS IN CHESHIRE CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

I Know we have GREAT SCHOOLS IN CHESHIRE.CT...you know we have great schools in Cheshire....and now the rest of the country knows the same! This week we received the official reports from US News and World Report- Education Series for Cheshire and the schools in our area and we couldn't be more excited. It's what we expected, but it's great to be able to show our friends and neighbors in adjoining counties and states what the great community of Cheshire has to offer.  Below you'll find a summary of the information that the report contained, for comparative purposes, of Cheshire and the schools in our area.

 

 

 

CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL

525 SOUTH MAIN ST

CHESHIRE, CT 06410

203-250-2511

District: Cheshire School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE CHESHIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL

70 Pond Hill Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

203-294-5350

District:  Wallingford Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

720 Pleasant St.

Southington, CT 06489

860-628-3229

District: Southington School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

DANIEL HAND HIGH SCHOOL

286 Green Hill Rd

Madison, CT 06443

203-245-6350

District: Madison School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT

Next up, we'll take a look at the Cheshire Elementary schools! A little hint.....the results are in for the Top 10 Elementary Schools and Cheshire is looking good!

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Watch Out for Ice Dams In Cheshire Homes!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Don't those Icicles hanging off the eaves of your Cheshire home look beautiful?  If you answered "YES"  you'd probably be in the majority, but what you may not know is that they are a sign of trouble!  While it is a force of nature that are allowing these beautiful icicles to form, it's a combination of nature and neglect that is allowing them to turn into something greater and potentially more dangerous...ICE DAMS!  What are ice dams?  Thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves of your home, as a result of snow covered roofs and freezing weather. 

While we already worry about one of these large, things falling and possibly harming us or a friend or neighbor, we now must think about the potential damage they can do to our homes. Ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and cause  water to back-up and pour into our homes.  When that happens, what we are left with is far less than the glorious icicles that were hanging in the sparkling sunlight from our roof! We are talking about warped floors, peeling paint, peeling and sagging ceilings and more are all possible outcomes of unattended ice dams!  These can easily be prevented or fixed if already formed, but you need to attend to them now.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Take Pictures

When you see icy or frosty build-up, take pictures of it to help you determine the location of an interior inspection. This will keep you ahead of the ice dam so you can prevent damage before it happens (hopefully).
Calcium Chloride to Melt

Use a Calcium Chloride ice melter to melt the ice before you start chipping away at it. The risk you run every time you try to chip away at the chunks of ice in an ice dam is ruining the shingles on your roof even further. Using this ice melt mixture will allow the melt to do have of the wrork for you.
Blow in Cold Air

You can just hack away at ice dames with a shovel or hammer, right? Wrong. Doing this is dangerous and bad for your roofing and can cause you to lose your footing and fall from the roof.  Not worth it on either end!  If the ice dams have already caused leakage into your home, try this quick tip: take a box fan to the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where the water is leaking in. The cold air will freeze the water in its tracks.

Rake It
Using a long-handled aluminum roof rake, pull off the snow while you stand safely on the ground below. A rake with wheels will change the exterior temperature of your roof without damaging any shingles.

As a Connecticut native and personal victim of ice dams, (and Cheshire’s favorite real estate agent) I’m more than happy to help you get rid of them. If ice dams are harming your Cheshire home, and you want to put in preventative measures for next year, consult with one of the experts in our area. You can find out more about them by contacting me directly.

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Financial Trends for 2015 That Could Impact Cheshire's Housing Market

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

FINANCIAL TRENDS FOR 2015 THAT IMPACT THE CHESHIRE REAL ESTATE MARKET

These are the trends that are being predicted that can and will have an impact on the housing market.  How much of an impact will really come to bear after the first quarter of the year.

IN: IMPULSE SPENDING

OUT: SAVING

I don’t think this one needs too much explaining, however we do need to understand the #1 reason 2015 is so much stronger for impulse spending than other years. It begins with the addition of APPLE PAY gliding onto the scene of an already “incredibly easy” to spend marketplace becomes a "genie in a bottle". It is now so easy for you to buy anything from the conveniece of your phone...not even your computer...that your bank account is never going to be the same. Unless we all start to show some restraint and put some budgets into place, saving money in general will become impossible and saving for your down payment and home maintenance will be a hurdle that first time home buyers will never be able to jump.

IN: LUXURY HOME BUYERS

OUT: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? (Not so fast!)

With rent rising at an astronomical rate across the country and student loan debt at an all time high, saving for a down payment has been impossible for most first time buyers. In fact, first time home buyers are at the lowest they have been in nearly 3 decades according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). What is driving the market?  The more stable of the group....Luxury Home Buyers! With higher incomes and job security and more equity they are able to get the loans they want/need with the most desirable terms....even if they are the ones who probably need it the least. However, with rent rising at such a signficant pace many would be renters may look to buy a home which will force builders to focus on building more entry level homes versus the luxury homes that have taken focus over the past several years. Rents in most states have consistently moved upward making it MORE ADVANTAGEOUS to buy than keep renting and throwing away that high dollar amount monthly/annually. The next several months will tell the tale of First Time Home Buyers for 2015....but we definitely see more FIRST TIME BUYERS entering the housing market! 

IN: FIXED-TERM CONTRACT WORKERS

OUT: TRADITIONAL EMPLOYEES 

Confused or Amazed? For some ....both! But these numbers will astound you. At present, 34% or 53 Million Americans currently work as Fixed-term Contract Workers or Freelancers!! And more and more companies are looking to move in that direction. This makes it difficult for many individuals who are applying for mortgages since many times this is NOT a stable income stream. What they will need to do is make sure to document ALL work and all corresponding payments from ALL sources so that it can be turned over to the mortgage companies to be verified at the verification time.   On the other hand, this has been a dream come true for a family that has chosen to have a parent stay home with children, to now have an option to work from home, with flexible hours, and still produce a great second income. Or for the older person who may have retired from a career position but now has an option of doing a “hobby” type job for extra income...on their own terms. So, is it good or bad? Really depends on whom you are talking with and what side they are on.

IN: LIVING IN PLACE

OUT: AGING IN PLACE

Baby Boomers are redefining what it means to grow old! They want to keep their homes, take in the arts, seek out new health and wellness activities and participate in all aspects of their family & friends lives....on their own terms. This means that there is a whole new need for HOME REMODELING. They want to keep the unique parts of their homes, but upgrade to include the safety and security features they need as they have grown older. Curbless Showers, Higher Toilets, and Grab Bars but still not give up the Gourmet Kitchens and Master Suites of today and don't forget technology!

This is going to be a very exciting year for the Cheshire Housing Market. We will continue to see steady gains being made throughout the market in existing home sales and new construction. We are very excited to have a great new Cheshire Neighborhood for you to build your DREAM HOME! Meadowview Estates is a 14 Lot subdivision with gorgeous homesites, custom built single family homes, all in the acclaimed Cheshire Public School system by premier builder Diversified-Cook Hill, LLC. Contact Subdivision Managers- Katie Smith or Cheryl Rosadino for additional details or scheduling an appointment to start the process on building YOUR DREAM HOME! 

If New Construction isn't what you are looking for in Cheshire, make sure to sign up for our FREE LISTING ALERTS! You'll be notified by email FIRST when a property with your preferences comes onto the market. Don't be left out....get on the PREFERRED LIST NOW...just CLICK HERE!

If you are looking to put your Cheshire home on the market, you picked the PERFECT time! Competition is at it's lowest right now, but you must take advantage of this exclusive time frame. Give us a call today at 203-272-2828 or check out our website at SallyBowmanRealEstate.  You can also get a FREE HOME VALUATION by following this link:  Free Cheshire Home Valuation

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