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.

267 Sandra Drive, East Hartford

This fully updated Cape is move-in ready and conveniently located near shopping and highway access. The home offers 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms over 1,428 square feet.

A formal living room with shiny hardwood floors welcomes you. The remodeled kitchen has a breakfast bar and opens to the dining room. There is also a large bedroom and an updated full bathroom on the first floor.

Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms and another remodeled full bathroom. The bedrooms have good closet space and new carpeting.

Outside a large, level yard invites you to relax and offers storage space with an oversized shed.

The home also has new windows and vinyl siding, a gas furnace and hot water heater, a partially finished basement and central air.

267 Sandra Drive is offered at $179,999. 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.

Donuts of Greater Hartford

Tastease Donuts in HartfordWhat do donuts have to do with real estate? That’s easy, they increase our quality of life by making us happy. This picture of donuts makes you smile, right? So, when house hunting it’s very important to make sure that top-of-the-line donuts are readily available near your potential new home.

A number of local bakeries make delicious donuts, so residents of Greater Hartford are in good shape. Three of my favorite shops are Tastease on New Park Avenue in Hartford, Elmwood Pastry Shop on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford and Michael’s Bakery on Main Street in East Hartford.

Both Elmwood Pastry Shop and Michael’s Bakery are traditional places that make a lot of different pastries and do them all well. You really can’t go wrong no matter what you get. Tastease, on the other hand, has created a unique niche with fun and colorful mini donuts. You really should try them all.

There are a couple more local donut establishments that I still need to visit. There is a shop in the Buckland Hills Mall called the Mini-Donut Factory that appears to be a small local/regional chain with a similar product as Tastease. And there is the One Bite Cafe in Simsbury that includes donuts among their various treats.

What does everyone think of these places? Are there others that I need to “research” in more detail?

Leaf Pickup in Greater Hartford

Leaves Ready to be RakedOur lawn is covered with leaves. We don’t really want to rake, but it needs to be done. And it needs to be done in time for the leaf truck to come through and vacuum them all away.

Collection protocol varies by municipality. The three main techniques are sucking leaves off the curb with a giant vacuum, picking up bagged leaves at the curb, or letting residents drop off their leaves at the local transfer station.

Here are links to a few local towns that have information posted on their websites.

Avon: Collection is ongoing at the recycling center.

Bloomfield: Collection begins the week of November 1st and continues through December 3rd.

East Hartford: Collection is done via bags, and also vacuuming, which we were told begins November 8th. The Public Works Department told us that the official notice would be up on their website next week. According to the Transfer Station Regulations document, residents can also drop off their bagged leaves.

Farmington: Leaves are collected at the Tunxis Mead Compost Area at the end of Tunxis Mead Road.

Glastonbury: Leaves can be brought to the Transfer Station, with special hours on Sunday from October 17th to November 21st.

Hartford: Three collection options, with curbside vacuuming beginning the week of November 1st.

Manchester: Vacuum collection begins the week of November 8th, though residents also have the option of putting bagged leaves out with their trash or dropping them off at the landfill.

Newington: Collection begins on November 1st, though the days when the crew is in the area will depend on whether you live east or west of Willard Ave.

South Windsor: Collection via vacuum truck begins the week of November 1st, and residents also have the opportunity to drop leaves off at the town composting facility.

West Hartford: Curbside bag pickup begins the week of October 18th and continues through the week of December 24th.

Wethersfield: Collection begins the week of November 1st, though the collection week depends on your pickup area. Homeowners can also bring leaves to the Transfer Station.

Update 10/20/2010: Added link for the Hartford leaf collection schedule. Added more information about East Hartford (thanks Will & anonymous person who answered the phone at the Public Works Dept).

Hartford County Revaluation Schedule

Last week we gave an overview of the 2011 City of Hartford revaluation. Here’s the revaluation schedule for the rest of the towns in the County.

55 Elm Street in Downtown Hartford2010: none

2011: East Hartford, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Marlborough, Newington, Plainville, Southington, West Hartford

2012: Berlin, Bristol, East Windsor, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, New Britain, Simsbury, South Windsor

2013: Avon, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, Rocky Hill, Suffield, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks

2014: Bloomfield

The process is basically the same everywhere. Towns review all the properties to make sure they have the correct stats – beds, baths, size, etc. Next they gather information on sales and feed all the data into the computer. A value is assigned to each property and the owners are notified – generally in the fall of the revaluation year.

West Hartford has an FAQ document on the part of their website related to the 2011 revaluation. Here is their answer to one important question that homeowners often have.

What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?

While property improvements generally increase the value to your property, they may or may not change the assessment to your property. For example, while replacing a roof covering, a furnace, a water heater or updating your electrical main should have a positive effect on your market value they are not likely to increase your assessment. Landscaping your property should increase its curb appeal and could also increase its value, but would not increase your assessment. There are also improvements that would increase your market value and correspondingly your assessment. Some of these changes include adding central air conditioning, finishing off a basement, building an addition, and possibly remodeling a kitchen or bath(s).

Even after property owners receive their initial letter, they have an opportunity to challenge the new valuation. It usually begins with an informal hearing, which is basically just a meeting in which the owner can present their case. We always advise bringing data to support your argument. If the informal hearing doesn’t produce the desired outcome, then there is a more formal appeals process. This can vary by town, so be sure to check with your assessor to find out the exact process.