March Contracts: Rolling into Spring

Single-family homes in Hartford County continued to be snapped up in March. The month continued the very strong pace from January and February, with a 30% increase in the number of homes that went under contract compared to March 2011. The month was only slightly behind the tax credit fueled binge that we experienced in March of 2010. Each town is a little bit different, but the hot towns are super hot. Just look at

Demolition in Detroit

Friday’s Wall Street Journal article about the demolition of historic homes in Detroit came at an interesting time. The previous evening we had attended the Hartford Preservation Alliance awards event, a gathering to celebrate the architectural history of our city and the efforts of community members to restore and reuse buildings rather than knock them down. Detroit has a rich architectural history, as can be seen on sites like Forgotten Detroit and Some of

Google Street View

Those Google folks are always working hard to gather and index information.  On occasion it relates to real estate and is actually directly useful in the buying and selling process.  The ongoing rollout of the Street Views feature of Google Maps is a helpful tool for buyers interested in getting a sense of how houses fit into the overall neighborhood. The blue roads on the above map show where Street Views are available.  Some towns in our

West Hartford Real Estate Market Report

It’s time once again for the town real estate market updates. First up, West Hartford. All data is pulled from the Multiple Listing Service, deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Single Family Houses… There are 224 single family homes currently available for sale in West Hartford. If you’re a buyer in the $200K to $300K range, you have lots to choose from. The number of closings was down 22% in April of this year, compared to