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Top 100 Safest Cities in Connecticut- Cheshire #7!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Personal and home safety are most always TOP priorities when choosing the best community for families to move, so we are very excited to say that CHESHIRE once again made the list and was named #7 in the Top 100 Safest Cities in Connecticut in 2016! We would also like to send our congrats to Ridgefield, Darlen, Canton, Wilton, Madison, Brookfield, Monroe, Rocky Hill, and Coventry for rounding out the Top 10 safest cities.

 

Besides being incredibly SAFE, what else makes Cheshire such a wonderful place to live? Historic charm, affordable living, gorgeous landscapes, endless amounts of outdoor recreation available, excellent education, and convenient location to urban centers (a commuters dream!) are just a handful of the many reasons why residents of Cheshire love their hometown and why people outside of Cheshire desire to move to this wonderful family friendly community! Cheshire also continues to stay at the top of the list of Best Places to Live!

 

For interested buyers, Sally Bowman Real Estate would love to tell you more about Cheshire and help you find the perfect home in one of our SAFE communities in the area! To see current listings of homes for sale please click here.

 

**This list of Safest Cities was based on stats from the FBI violent crimes, as well as background/checks.org data.

 

Best of Cheshire CT #14: The Barker Character, Comic, & Cartoon Museum

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

If you have not made a visit to The Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum then it’s time to change that! This Cheshire landmark, and family owned museum, houses the personal collection of Gloria and Herbert Barker who felt it was very important to preserve memories of 20th century American pop culture. After assembling over 80,000 items over a forty year time span, the museum opened its doors to the public in 1997 and has been a huge hit ever since!

You may be wondering...What type of items will I find at the Barker Museum? The collection includes items spanning from 1873 until present that will bring back memories for all generations, including games, comic books, dolls, pez dispensers, books, and lunch boxes. Additionally some of the most favorite and beloved characters are at The Barker, such as Tweety Bird, The Smurfs, Flash Gordon, Pink Panther, Gumby, and more. The sense of nostalgia you will feel walking through the aisles is unbelievable!

"People have memories in storage they haven't thought in 50 years," museum director Judy Fuerst says. "We hear kids and grandparents exchanging stories. That's the fun of this place. Many kids don't think of their grandparents as being young."

As you can now see… The Barker Museum is a must visit in Cheshire!!

To learn even more about this wonderful landmark, click here to read a wonderful piece about The Barker written by The Hartford Courant.

 

Museum Details:

Location: 1188 Highland Ave. in Cheshire.

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 adult admission, $4 students and seniors, $3 kids 4 to 17, free to ages 3 and younger and active-duty military and their immediate families

Best Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It’s time to celebrate all the Moms!

THIS SUNDAY is Mother’s Day and if you have not already made plans to celebrate your mom, don’t fret, it’s not too late! A fun and delicious brunch to thank your mom over a mimosa or bloody mary may be your perfect solution!

Yelp reviewers rated the best brunch spots in/around Cheshire, and here is the list for you:

  1. Victorian House Restaurant

  2. The Bean Coffee Roasters

  3. Paul’s Restaurant

  4. Bagelicious Bagels of Cheshire

  5. Paul Gregory’s in Southington

  6. Spill The Beans in Prospect

  7. Michael’s Deli

  8. The Lunch Box in Meriden

  9. Lou’s Breakfast and Lunch in Plantsville

  10. Dad’s Restaurant in Wallingford

 

Where is YOUR favorite Cheshire Mother's Day Brunch spot?

 

What is the Difference Between Mortgage Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Before going to to view homes there is a very important step buyers must make….determining how much they can afford to spend on their future new home. To determine that price range, buys need to get a mortgage pre-qualification or a mortgage pre-approval from a lender. Those two things seem to be the same thing right? Nope! Pre-qualification and pre-approval are two different processes.

Mortgage Pre-Qualification:

This is a very casual chat with the bank which helps determine how much a homeowner can borrow. During this typically free service, the buyer verbally gives the bank information such as income, assets, and credit score. The conversation ultimately leads to a budget estimate, NOT an actual number which the buy would be approved for from that particular bank for a mortgage.

Mortgage Pre-Approval:

This is a much more detailed process where the bank gathers specific information regarding your financial history, including credit score/history, pay statements, tax returns, employment verification, etc.. (these are all documents you will need to provide when actually receiving a home loan, so might as well gather all of it for your pre-approval!). The lender will then provide the buyer with a written pre-approval letter specifically stating the amount that can be borrowed for a home loan. Does this document guarantee the buyer will be approved for said amount? No, but it does give a very close estimate that becomes extremely helpful when setting price parameters with your real estate agent. Having pre-approval also speeds up the process when you find your dream house and decide to move forward with a loan.

 

As you can now see obtaining pre-approval is a bit more time consuming and complex, but ultimately is a much better (and more secure!) process over pre-qualification.

 

If you're interested in Buying or Selling in the Cheshire Community, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

A Mother's Day to Remember in Cheshire! "MOM & ME"

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year for all of us, and we want to give you an opportunity to show your Mom just how special she really is to you!

We have created a special "Mother's Day" board on our Pinterest & Facebook page just for this very special day, dedicated to MOMS! All you need to do is submit YOUR favorite photo of you and your Mom along with a short paragraph- no more than 250 words- about what makes your Mom so special. Then email it to us at: sally@sallybowmanrealestate.com

On Saturday, May 7th a panel of 3 judges will select 2 finalist based on their submissions and award a $50.00 Gift Card to each winner, for use with their Mothers on brunch, shopping or whatever the two of you want to spend time doing together!

So get writing and find your best photo and make Mom the center of attention like she so greatly deserves!

“A Walk Through Ten Mile Lowlands in Cheshire”

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

For those who love spring hiking and taking in the gorgeous Connecticut scenery, a walk through the Ten Mile Lowlands is a must!

This winter in My Record Journal Christopher Zajac wrote an article titled “A Short Walk Through Ten Mile Lowlands in Cheshire.” The Ten Mile Lowlands has always held a special place in the hearts of Cheshire Connecticut residents, and I don’t know about you, but we sure are ready for a nice scenic walk this summer!

 

The 146 acre Ten Mile Lowlands property, operated by the Open Space Ordinance, was acquired by Cheshire in 1993 and is named after the river that shares the same name which flows on the north side of the property.

While the walk along the trail may be very short at only a half mile, the scenery experienced is vast. The trail is unblazed, giving visitors a true nature feel. Wildlife habitat is widely present in the ten vernal pools and within them you will find wood frogs, spotted salamanders, turtles, birds, and of course tons of bugs! For all of the nature lovers out there, you will love seeing a variety of trees including maple, oak, beech, short mountain laurel, and birch.

 

Dust off those hiking shoes and get ready to enjoy a beautiful Cheshire summer!

 

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Cheshire Community, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com




Cheshire Then and Now...A Look Back in Time!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The Cheshire Historical Society presents...CHESHIRE THEN AND NOW!

As part of their Annual Meeting the Cheshire Historical Society with host a Round Table Discussion of Cheshire Lore and Nostalgia. The best part? Audience participation is encouraged!

Do you remember the Movie Theater? Skating Rink? How about when Cheshire had trains instead of roller bladers through the town or when there was only one traffic light on Route 10? When our town was primarily the farming community and everyone knew everyone else?

Also up for discussion are the influential people who made such an impression on Cheshire; Dr Leonard and Doc Moore.  Our great teachers like Mrs. Kurtz and Mrs. Clark from Darcy School. There's so much to talk about when it comes to the history and lore of our great town of Cheshire! Come share your memories and Cheshire nostalgia!

Everything takes place at the Hitchcock-Phillips House, 43 Church Drive at 7:00 pm tonight. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a pot luck dinner.  It's all FREE and open to everyone.

If you'd like more information just call 203-272-2574. 

Cheshire Half Marathon and 5K this Sunday!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

One of our favorite Cheshire Community events of the year is THIS WEEKEND! The Cheshire Half Marathon, Relay, 5K, and Kids Fun Run is this Sunday, April 24th at Cheshire High School beginning at 8:30am.

The Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation has a mission of increasing the acceptance of individuals with intellectual developmental, and physical disabilities, while also advocating healthy lifestyles for all. Race charities at this years event include Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies Connecticut, Cheshire Lions Club, National MS Society, and the SARAH Foundation.

Early Packet Pick-Up:

  • Make sure to check your bib numbers which have now been posted.

  • Early packet pickup will be Friday, April 22nd from 11am-6pm and Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-5pm at Cheshire Nursery, located at 1317 South Main Street, Route 10 in Cheshire.

Post Race:

  • Kick back and relax after completing the race at the POST RACE PARTY! Yummy food, refreshments, kids activities, and live music from Run from Cover will be provided for all. There will also be an awards ceremony, so make sure to stick around!

  • Don’t forget to stop by the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Living Festival either before or after the race to check out a variety of health and nutritional services.

Important Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to REGISTER for the race if you have not already done so.

  • Remember to view the TRAFFIC ADVISORY before you head out on Sunday morning.

Course Map:

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RUNNERS  and a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful Sponsors and Volunteers for their tireless efforts throughout the year and of course, on this incredible weekend!

5 TIPS for Maintaining a Good Lookin’ Yard this Spring!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

SPRING IS HERE!

 

The weather is finally starting to warm up, the sun is shining, the snow is gone, and your Cheshire lawn is starting to show its true colors---which may not be good. If you are looking for some ideas on how to get your lawn back in top shape for the spring, here are some great tips for you.

  1. RAKING: Remove any leftover winter debris and allow matted wet grass a chance to dry out by fluffing it up a bit with a rake. But please make sure to be gentle, as you do not want to pull out the grass roots with a hard raking.

  2. LIMING: You may or may not be aware that soil in Connecticut is more acidic than other regions, and lime can correct this and make your grass much happier.

  3. MOWING: Try to get your first mow in early and try not cut less than 3 inches, as this can stress the grass and make it easier for those pesky weeds to grow. Make sure to leave the clippings on the lawn after you mow, allowing nutrients to go back into the soil. Also always remember to keep your mower blade sharp!.

  4. AERATE: Help your soil allow nutrients and water to absorb within it properly with aeration.

  5. FERTILIZE:  Wait until after your first mow to put down fertilizer and keep it light with a slow release or organic fertilizer.

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Cheshire Community, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at: www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Tax Day 2016! Not Ready...Filing an Extension Can be a Great Idea!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year...TAX DAY!!!

Ehh, not so much….

For all of you stressing over today, Marketwatch has some awesome advice. File an extension!! In an article posted by the news source, there are 7 excellent reasons why many people should consider an extension. And news flash....it doesn't automatically raise a 'red flag' to the IRS. So if you're really in need of more time, or have any of the following situations that apply to you.... FILE AN EXTENSION!

1. You have a balance due and need more time to save up money to cover it. Give yourself that extra 6 months. You'll you'll avoid paying the 5% per month non-filing penalties.

2. Made charitable donations over $250 to one or more charities and don’t have the proper receipts (which must include the name of the charity, address, taxpayer ID number, and a statement that you did not receive any benefits or items of value for your donation) to submit with your taxes? The IRS is very strict on submitting the required documentation so an extension would give you an extra 6 months to get everything in order.

3. Have you recently moved homes? Or are you planning to move within the next few months? If yes, it benefits you to submit an extension because the IRS may need to follow up with you on your taxes and they send all correspondence to the address you have on file.

4. If you are waiting for K-1 forms from partnership entities, S-Corps, estates, or trusts you should file an extension.

5. Sometimes rushing through your personal or business bookkeeping can cause sloppy or incorrect taxes. Don’t rush and do it right. File an extension to give you that extra time.

6. Have a large balance this year? Making contributions to your 2015 retirement plan can help reduce that balance. File an extension if you would like to benefit from this. You have until October 15th to open or add to your retirement fund.

7. And finally…. You still have questions regarding your taxes that you have not had answered. Give yourself some time to get everything settled.

Best of luck this tax season!

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Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
220 Old Towne Rd
Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203.272.2828
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