57b Congress St, Hartford

57b-Congress-Hartford

Move right in to this fully updated townhouse! This wonderful 2 bedroom, 2.1 bath units has a private entrance with its own front porch.

The interior is freshly painted, with a large living room, dining room, laundry area. The updated kitchen has eat-in space, stainless appliances, and is ready for your culinary adventures. Completing the main level is an updated powder room.

Upstairs, the master suite has double closets and an en-suite bath with large shower and double vanities. A second bedroom and full bath in the hall make the home ideal for hosting guests or sharing with a roommate.

Newer mechanicals include central air, the gas furnace, and a gas hot water heater. There is also a one car garage.

The townhouse is located in the charming Congress Street Historic District, and only minutes away from Downtown Hartford and the Hartford Hospital campus. There is excellent access to transit and parks.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

57b Congress Street is offered at $125,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call me at 860-655-2922 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

August Contracts: Hot Summer

hartford county single-family contracts in august 2016

Hartford County finished the month of August with 855 single-family contracts. The total was an increase over the prior month, and a return to significant outperformance over the prior year. On a year-to-date basis, 2016 is about 12% ahead of 2015 in terms of the total number of contracts signed.

The August result makes the July data point look like the outlier. This year had been consistently more active than last year beginning right away in January, and continuing through June. Although the gap narrowed considerably in June, it was unusual strength in June 2015 that closed the gap rather than weakness in June 2016.

It was somewhat surprising that the August contract total exceeded the July total, but not unprecedented. Since we began tracking contracts using this methodology in 2009, there have been 2 other years in which August was more active than July, and one year in which they finished with the same number of deals.

Real estate markets are active in the summer months, as August showed, despite being after the “spring market” has ended. We think of the market as being pretty consistently active from March into November. Casual home buyers are less inclined to think about real estate over the darker and colder winter months, and especially during the holiday season at the end of the year. But otherwise there are usually buyers looking for homes.

The “spring market” builds on the baseline activity level with a combination of pent up demand that formed over the winter, and the subset of buyer and sellers that scheduled their transactions to coincide with the end of the school year. The magnitude of the “spring market” varies from town to town, and from neighborhood to neighborhood. There are more buyers and sellers active in the spring, but it’s a mistake to think that the spring is the only time it’s possible to buy or sell a home.

hartford county single-family contracts in august 2016 by town

48 Bliss Street, East Hartford

48 Bliss St, East Hartford

Attention investors. Solid two family in need of updating. Rental income in place. Neighborhood setting with nice yard. Separate gas mechanicals for both units. One new hot water heater. Off street parking and carport. Sold as-is.

48 Bliss Street is offered at $89,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details are available.

16 Buckingham Lane, West Hartford

16 Buckingham

Fantastic newer construction home located on a quiet cul-de-sac, just steps to Elizabeth Park. Freshly painted, lots of natural light, high ceilings, and beautiful hardwood floors are just some of the reasons this home is easy living.

The first floor has an open floor plan and features a formal living room and dining room, as well as dedicated office space. The remodeled kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, eat-in space and a pantry. It opens to a bright family room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Laundry is located on the first floor.

Upstairs, the oversized master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets, a full bathroom with jetted tub, separate shower and double vanity, and a sitting room. There are three additional bedrooms with large closets and a full hallway bathroom.

The partially finished basement adds approximately 600 square feet of usable space, while the unfinished portion allows for plenty of storage.

Outside you’ll find nicely manicured grounds, an expansive deck, and level, full sun yard. Enjoy fruit trees in your front yard! The attached 2-car garage, gas mechanicals, central air, a newer roof and recently painted exterior complete this special home.

16 Buckingham Lane is offered at $635,000. If you’d like to see this home, please have your agent arrange a showing or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.

July Contracts: Summertime

2016-08-04 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in July 2016

July was the first month of 2016 in which the number of Hartford County single-family contracts did not exceed the total for the corresponding month in 2015. There were 846 deals in the CTMLS, which was about 3% below last year’s total. Despite the July result, on a year-to-date basis 2016 is nearly 13% ahead of 2015’s sales pace.

Summer apparently came early to the local real estate markets this year, and that’s just fine since it’s been a very strong year so far. We’ll be able to begin interpreting the July result as more data comes in this fall.

2016-08-04 Hartford County Single Family Contracts in July 2016 by Town