Lego House: Split Level

Lego House - Split Level

Split level homes are a common sight in Greater Hartford. However, they don’t show up in all neighborhoods. The vast majority of the split level homes in the county were built in the 1950s and 1960s, so expect to find them in neighborhoods developed in that era.

2017-03-06 When Were Split Level Homes Built

Deck Season

There’s nothing better than taking some time to relax outside on a warm day. Catch up on some reading, drink a cold beverage, maybe even take a nap. There is something magical about warm spring days.

This deck is ready for spring. There is room for a nice sized table, the grill, and some lounge chairs.

88 Terry Deck

You can even get a nice deck in a condo. It’s rare, but we have one listed right now that has a huge private deck.

7e Staunton Deck

Spring is a wonderful time of year, and I’m very much looking forward to spending more time outside to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Happy spring everyone!

Welcome Back, Daylight Saving Time

Switching the clocks twice a year is a time honored tradition. But, as far as I can tell, there is nobody who passionately supports the practice. Everyone just plays along and feels grumpy for the first week after the clocks “spring forward.”

I’m here to celebrate the return of Daylight Saving Time. Overnight, sunset changed from a little before 6:00 to a little before 7:00. This picture was taken last night at 7 o’clock. The sky is still bright, and it’s possible to distinguish some colors. Welcome back, friend!

2015-03-08 Still Light at Seven

Showing buyers houses in the dark is not very productive. It is difficult to get a good sense of a lot and its surroundings. It is impossible to know how bright the interior of the home will be in natural light. And one has to imagine how the sun will shine on the structure and yard.

Pushing the sunset an hour later makes it possible to tour homes in the evening hours after most buyers get out of work. That’s very helpful as we approach the spring real estate market.

All the real estate agents out there just got an extra hour of productive time. An extra hour to take buyer on tours, and an extra hour for our listings to be shown. Last week we had enough time to show one house after work in the daylight – maybe. This week we might actually be able to tour three or four.

Happy Daylight Saving, everyone! I’ll play the role of the one excited person as everyone else struggles to adjust to the lost hour of sleep.

Off Roading

I encountered this situation the other day while pulling into a condo community’s parking lot.

2015-02-26 Off Roading

The photo doesn’t really do justice to the depth of the ice ruts. They were easily four inches deep – and that’s before speculating on the depth of the water in the tracks. They were serious ruts. I grew up in Vermont and don’t recall seeing anything like this on the dirt roads up there.

I drive a sedan, and one that is not particularly high off the ground. The terrain in front of me seemed a bit risky; I was pretty sure that the car would bottom out if I forged ahead. I backed out and parked on the street.

Real estate apparently requires off roading, even in the City. Perhaps when the time comes to replace my car I should choose something a little more rugged.

I’ve Got a Guy

Painter“Do you have an electrician that you can recommend? How about a plumber? Floor refinisher? Painter? Kitchen designer? Landscaper?”

A peppering of questions came from a buyer client this past weekend. They’re looking to buy a place that needs some work and feel somewhat overwhelmed by the number of contractors they need to find and hire.

Well, let me tell you, I’ve got a guy. In fact, I’ve got a lot of guys. They live in a spreadsheet on my computer, organized nicely by category, with little notes I’ve made about each of them. Who’s responsive, who’s reasonable, who’s nice and who’s gruff. Sometimes guys get added to the list and sometimes they get taken off the list. Sometimes they get reprioritized. Sometimes, imagine this, they’re girls!

If you’d like to be on my “I’ve Got a Guy” list, you need to have your act together. You need to do good work, be reasonable and responsive, and care about your clients as much as I care about mine.

I’ve got a guy for just about everything, so if you need someone, just ask and I’m happy to pass along their information. And if you’re a guy, or girl, that would like to be added to my “I’ve Got a Guy” list, let’s chat about how you could help my clients. I’m always looking for good contacts.