Our 2011 Predictions

It’s the second half of January, and we haven’t even published any predictions for the year. Shame on us! The point of predictions is to get them out there early so that everyone has already forgotten about them by the time the real action starts. That way you don’t get egg on your face when the exact opposite happens. But if you get it right, then you can smugly point back to your calls and

Buyers: Your Time to Shine

Multiple trends in the real estate world are converging this fall to create a home buying environment that favors strategic buyers. Since the buyer pool is pretty shallow right now, we thought it might be worthwhile to devote a week’s worth of posts to buyers. Buyer Week; it’s kinda like Shark Week on The Discovery Channel. At least that’s how we imagine it in our minds… So here is the situation (not to be confused

Home Buying Workshop – Saturday, March 6th

Are you considering a home purchase this year? Would you like to learn more about the home buying process? Do you know someone else in the market who might like more information? This Saturday, March 6th, from 1:00 – 3:00, we’re leading a home buying workshop (which includes a mortgage broker) to help get buyers started and to answer questions. The event will be held in conjunction with the Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show at

Real Estate Stories of the Past Couple Weeks

There have been a number of interesting articles about real estate in the financial press over the past couple weeks. Here’s a quick wrap-up of what you may have missed while you were off for the holidays… Wall Street Journal, December 23rd: Data from the National Association of Realtors shows that Home Sales, Prices Brighten (subscription required). Though the current data is positive, the author expresses concern about “a continuing flood of foreclosures and the

National Real Estate News Roundup

There have been a few interesting real estate stories and announcements around the nation this week. But first, the changing seasons along tree-lined Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center. Today’s Wall Street Journal has a piece on Shadow Inventory (Subscription Required), which are homes that are not currently on the market but are expected to be listed for sale in the near future. They focus on foreclosures, and found about 1.5 million mortgages currently in