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Cheshire CT Now is the Time To Buy Your Home!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Cheshire CT Concerts, Plays & Fun!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

We are certainly blessed here in Cheshire with many options for summertime entertainment!  Between our fantastic park district and wonderful Elim Park, which is truly a Cheshire Gem, along with a number of restaurants and entertainment venues.....we have many places to go to be entertained.  Coming up are a few events I wanted to highlight:

*St. Peter's Episcopal Church Drama Camp will present Lionel Bart's brilliant musical, Oliver on July 18-19 at Nelson Hall on the beautifulgrounds of Elim Park. You can follow this link for event and ticket information OLIVER!

*Cheshire Park and Rec will once again present their FREE CONCERT series at BARTLEM PARK kicking off Friday night, July 18th at 7:00 pm. The schedule is as follows:

          Friday, July 18 - Soul Sound Revue                                                                                           

          Friday, July 25 - Women of Pop & Rock            featuring Jill Gioia

          Friday, August 1 - Eaglemania

          Friday August 8 - Beau Bolero

* "Ticket to Ride" - A Tribute to the Beatles at Nelson Hall at Elim Park- Event and Ticket information.

* Funky Monkey Cafe- 11 Twelve 13, Dark side of Funk  July 17, Followed by One Drum Reggae on the 18th.

Enjoy what is left of the Cheshire summer and all the wonderful activities coming up!  These are only a few...we'll be posting more as they come along.  HAVE FUN!

Cheshire CT Grows With Meadowview Estates Development

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

ATTENTION CHESHIRE RESIDENTS:  Exciting news— the new development Meadowview Estates, built by Diversified-Cook Hill, is now giving Connecticut homebuyers a brand new place to call home in Cheshire! With homes starting at 2,011 square feet, these custom properties are sure to be the new gem of Cheshire, CT real estate. Meadowview Estates will open another quality neighborhood in the area, offering families the opportunity to focus on their children's education at schools like Darcey Kindergarten, Doolittle Elementary, Dodd Middle School, and Cheshire High School. With four floor plans to choose from, The Amherst, The Berkley, The Cambridge and The Dartmouth;  Cheshire homebuyers can finally invest in the right home in today's real estate market that meets all of their possible wants and needs— a luxury home in the perfect Cheshire Connecticut community.

Features include:

  •  Spacious 9 ft. Ceilings                                                                                                                           
  •  Granite Kitchen Countertops & Tiled Backsplash                                                                                      
  •  Oak Hardwood Flooring Throughout
  •  Optional Covered Front Porch
  •  Energy Star Windows
  •  Custom Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinetry Professionally Designed and Installed
  •  Propane Fireplace with Remote, Flush Hearth, Painted Grade Mantle  















Cheshire, Connecticut is a great place to live, raise a family, relax and enjoy life's many pleasures and joys. The new Meadowview Estates homes available will provide more area residents the chance to exprience a growing community that places an emphasis on great schools, green space, and community events.  Take this opportunity to explore everything our area has to offer, improve your quality of life with a newly-built property, and let Meadowview Estates be your new place to call home. And if one of these catches your eye, keep in mind the builders would be happy to price other plans for you or make adjustments to the current ones.

Take a look at this!

Ready to take a look at prime Cheshire real estate? Contact us and we'll make finding your dream home a reality.

4th of July in Cheshire CT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Celebrate the 4th of July in Cheshire, CT. Independence Day in Cheshire begins on "The Green," Tues. July 2rd, at 7:00 p.m, with the Annual Cheshire Free Holiday Patriots concert, from the Cheshire Parks and Recreation & the Cheshire Community band. Come out to the green and enjoy the music.


"The Fourth of July is truly a sacred day on which we should celebrate the blood, sweat and tears that went into the founding of our great nation"  That was an excerpt from the Bennett Family announcement last year, that they were going to be reading the Declaration of Independence.  Although we won't be treated to that reading this year, it is still important to reflect on that document and the day itself, and what it means to Cheshire and each one of us.  Four members from Connecticut signed that paper, the paper that provided for the foundation of this great nation and the unalienable rights that all men were created equal and for the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Many men and women have, and do, fight every day and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and rights that have been established, and that we enjoy in our everyday lives.  

In whatever you choose to do today, whether it be a wonderful backyard BBQ with family and friends, or one of Connecticut's 4TH OF JULY events, take time to thank the many Military men and women for their service and sacrifice, and keep the meaning of this day in your celebrations. 

Make sure you wrap up your Cheshire celebration with the traditional KURTZ FAMILY FIREWORKS SHOW!  The Kurtz family, 3rd generation Cheshire farmers, have deep roots in the Cheshire community; and have hosted this free CHESHIRE COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SHOW, at their Peck Lane property for many years.  The fireworks will begin roughly at 8:30 pm  Cheshire July 4th Fireworks.


From all of us at Sally Bowman Real Estate....HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY!   GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Summertime Fun in Cheshire CT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's summertime in Cheshire....what should we do?  The kids are so excited to be out of school, they've been waiting for summer since Christmas break was over!  But they're already getting restless and want to know where you are going to take them tomorrow!

Have no fear, the Cheshire area has so many great things to do that are sometimes forgotten simply because we sort of take them for granted.  So we're going to help you out with the Best Summertime Fun Activity List of things to do in and around the Cheshire area:

1. Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum- The Barker Animation Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday and displays the largest collection of animation and cartoon-themed fine art in the Northeast.

2. CoCo Key Water Park- Located in Waterbury, just outside of Cheshire, CoCo Key has a great range of family friendly features including 3 differing 40 ft body and raft slides and a raging adventure river! The Parrot's Perch interactive water play island is crammed with interactive splash play features to keep the kids safely amused for hours on end. There's also a kids' activity pool with Lily Pad Adventure Crossing and water basketball equipment, plus a zero depth kiddie entry area. Coupons are usually available online.

3. Brooksvale Park- The entire family can enjoy swings, playground, hiking, biking, softball fields and even a petting zoo! Open year-round. Four miles from Cheshire in Hamden.

4. Prime Climb Indoor Rock Climbing- Learn the exhilarating sport of rock climbing from the safe confines of an indoor center. Enjoyment for the entire family. Located in Wallingford, just six miles from Cheshire.

5. Cork and Brew- Do something completely different! Get a group of 10 kids together and head on over to Cork & Brew and learn how to make your own Soda! You'll learn how to make Soda from start to finish and then be able to take it home with you....or drink it with your pizza at the end of your experience! Located in Southington, just 6 miles from Cheshire.

6. Golf Quest Family Fun Center- Start With a Round of Mini Golf... Then take a couple of swings at the Batting Cage! Seven batting cages...If you are at the Southington facility, try the Bumper Boats!!! Lots of family friendly fun!

This will give you a good start to your summer, the rest of the list can be found here:  Things To Do In and Around Cheshire With Kids

Enjoy the summer!!  It will go fast, so don't waste a day!

Are You Considered a Cheshire Home Seller?

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Happy 5 Years Sally Bowman Real Estate!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Has it really been 5 years?!  It is hard to believe that time has gone by that quickly. It seems like only yesterday, we were putting the finishing touches on our building and getting ready to open the doors!

I am so thankful to all of you for trusting Sally Bowman Real Estate for your Real Estate needs.  I know you have many choices in the Cheshire area and I am honored that you have chosen me and my team to handle this important decision in your life.

I have lived and worked in Cheshire pretty much my entire life and I absolutely love it...and wouldn't change anything.  Our town is second to none; the people, landscape, establishments and the community all make Cheshire a wonderful place to call home.  

Because of youSally Bowman Real Estate has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 5 years.  In this time, I was chosen President of the Connecticut Chapter of the CRS, have earned the 5 Star Agent Award, created a team of awesome Real Estate Agents, and continued to work with premier builders all around the Cheshire area.

I'm looking forward to the next 5, 10, 50 years and what we can build together in Cheshire.  Thank you again for trusting Sally Bowman Real Estate with your Real Estate needs and please keep us in mind for any future needs you or any family member, friend, neighbor or coworker may have.  We value your friendship, business and your referrals.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday at Mixville Park!  The weather is going to be fantastic and the pizza truck will arrive promptly at 11:00!

Memorial Day in Cheshire CT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

This is Memorial Day Weekend in Cheshire!   It is always such an exciting and important time.  It marks the official beginning of summer and all the back yard BBQ's, picnics, camping and more.  It also means that the Strawberry Festival is right around the corner as is the Cheshire Relay for Life.  But, more importantly, it is a time to honor and remember all those who have fought so courageously for our freedom and paid the ultimate price.  Sometimes in our busy lives we forget about the men and women who stand on the front lines every day to protect this country and the freedom it represents.  So this year, make it a priority to honor and remember your family, friends and all our veterans who have made that sacrifice and for those that are here today and thank them for their service to our country.

I hope to see all of you at the Cheshire Memorial Day Parade! Remember, we have a great seat reserved for you on the lawn at Sally Bowman Real Estate.  So come on down......grab a delicious Hummel Hot Dog and a drink while you watch the parade. The Parade starts at the Cheshire Police Station/Highland School and ends at Cheshire High School.


How to Negotiate Issues After A Cheshire CT Home Inspection

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Just as in any type of sales job, a home is never truly bought, or sold, until the money has changed hands and the keys have been given. You may have received an offer on your Cheshire home, and are fairly certain that the buyer possesses all the right credentials to allow the sale to go through smoothly, but there are still steps that you need to go through before the sale is final.

One of those critical steps is the....HOME INSPECTION of your Cheshire home. Now, unless your home is flawless, of which most are not, you will be in for some negotiations with the buyer. The best way to handle these types of negotiations is to have the best Real Estate Agent on your side. The agent who would have suggested that you had an inspection of your Cheshire home prior to the home being put on the market so that you could have taken care of these issues on the front end. However, if that wasn't the case here are my suggestions:

First, you need to be realistic and understand that every home is going to have some issue(s) that need to be fixed. So don't get stressed out, get in "fix it" mode and take care of what needs to be done.

As a realtor,  I hate to see a buyer use the Home Inspection as a means to "renegotiate" the contract. Don't get me wrong, for the most part when a buyer is asking for a negotiation on something it is justified- damage on a roof, plumbing, foundation, etc. A Home Inspection is meant to protect the buyer against "major" problems, not to nitpick and try to get a seller to virtually give you a brand new home. Sellers, you need to rely on your Real Estate Agent for advice!

Inspection Credits versus Repairs

After the inspection is completed on your Cheshire home, and there are legitimate repairs that need to be completed, try to push for a closing cost credit or a price reduction. This would be the easiest for you, the Seller to do. Besides, you don't want to be in the position of having to do repairs and having the Buyer not satisfied with the repairs that are done and having to redo them or losing the sale!

Negotiating the Home Inspection Problems

Remember, you are not obligated to repair your Cheshire home before you sell it, but you MUST be up front and honest with the Buyer. One of the difficulties in going through the inspection process and then losing a buyer is now knowing EXACTLY what was found needing to be repaired and disclosing it to another potential buyer.   In this case, you must now learn the art of "haggling".  Nothing new, but you'll need to look at the list of repairs and decide which you are willing to make and which you aren't,  and negotiate it with the buyer in a way that will allow you to spend less money....but NOT LOSE YOUR BUYER!

The bottom line is to be prepared up front. Work with a professional Real Estate Agent who knows what needs to be done up front to avoid the pitfalls of the Home Inspection process. Once you've found that agent, put your trust in that person and listen and adhere to their advice.

For more tips on Selling and Buying homes in the Cheshire area please visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com, or give us a call. We know the Cheshire area well after living and working here for the majority of our lives and can answer all your questions or help you get your home ready to be put on the market.

The Dangers of Overpricing Your Cheshire CT Home

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

You want me to list my Cheshire home for what?!?! 

 Have you ever heard that exclamation before?  I'm sure you have at some point, and unfortunately it does happen.  But why does it happen?  The answer is simple, but more difficult to accept.  This is why it is so important that you hire an experienced Cheshire real estate agent to advise & guide you in the selling of your Cheshire home.  When you list your Cheshire home For Sale, your agent will know the market conditions and how to correctly identify the "listing price" for your home.  He or she will not have the emotional attachment to your home that you do, and  and therefore will be able to be an unbiased judge of the homes value and worth in today's housing market.  While you may not like the price you are hearing, have faith in the person you chose to represent you & your home.  When you overprice your home it will be dangerous for several reasons, but the biggest (and simplest) is...IT WON'T SELL!

In addition to not selling when you've overpriced it, you've really stacked the deck against you from day one. Selling your home can be an emotional roller coaster.  What your home means to you and how you imagine it, needs to come to terms with the real world and the current real estate market...and that is no more apparent than in pricing.   Everything you are doing at this point is looking at the home to "list" and sell.  That may seem apparent, but it's much harder than it looks. You must take the emotional strings out of the way. You may cherish the color, flooring, or some other "prized possesion", but none of that matters, it's simply black and white.  You are looking at it objectively just to list and sell.                                                                                                                                                           

Just "because you paid a certain amount for your home", or because "it means so much to you", is a sure fire way to stall the successful sale of your property.  Buyers also aren't going to care if you "need to get a certain amount for your home in order to buy your new home".  All the new buyer cares about is paying a fair market value for your home and that there aren't any hidden surprises that are going to come up later in the home inspections. Nothing will blow up in your face quicker than an OVERPRICED PROPERTY!  

You are free to list your home for any price you choose. However, any exceptional real estate agent will tell you that overpricing a home can lead to serious problems. Some of these include:

  1. *Scare off Buyers- You don't want to miss out on an ideal buyer by pricing yourself out of their category. Rely on the expertise of your Real Estate agent and their knowledge of the local market so that you can maximize your exposure on the market and with buyers while still getting the best price for your home.
  2. * Too much Time on The Market- When a home is priced too high it ends up spending far too much time on the market.  If a buyer decides to put an offer in on the property that offer takes into consideration the amount of time the property has been sitting idle on the market.  Therefore it has a negative effect on the property.
  3. * Home Price Appraisal Issues- If you have overpriced your home, and a buyer has agreed to pay the "overpriced" price, you still have to pass the Home Appraisal. If the Home Appraiser comes back with a Market Value that is noticably lower than the price the buyer is offering, the bank is likely to deny the buyer a mortgage.  Leaving you looking for new buyers.

Best advice....Stay realistic on the home pricing.  Seek out a great real estate agent and listen to his or her advice for pricing your home.  Many good agents will advise you to list a little lower and encourage a bidding war, than to risk all of the problems that would come with listing too high.  Stay realistic with your pricing and you will achieve your ultimate goal of selling your home;  in the shortest amount of time AND with the best possible price.

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Contact Information

Sally A. Bowman Broker, Licensed in CT
Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
220 Old Towne Rd
Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203.272.2828
Cell 203.687.8026
Fax: 203.272.2702