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Picnic in the Park with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

picnic pops

Pack a picnic basket, spread out a blanket or bring your own lawn chairs, then sit back, relax and enjoy a great evening of music with family and friends.

Guest artist, Rob Zappulla, joins the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in a big band style to perform some your favorite top-tapping, dance-inciting Sinatra tunes.

Sunday, July 13. 6:00 P.M.
Hollow Park, Woodbury, CT
Rain Location: Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center, Waterbury, CT (same time)
General Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate
Children 18 and under: Free!
Order Online: www.waterburysymphony.org

Don’t Forget a Corkscrew!

 

 

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Picnic in the Park with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

picnic pops

Pack a picnic basket, spread out a blanket or bring your own lawn chairs, then sit back, relax and enjoy a great evening of music with family and friends.

Guest artist, Rob Zappulla, joins the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in a big band style to perform some your favorite top-tapping, dance-inciting Sinatra tunes.

Sunday, July 13. 6:00 P.M.
Hollow Park, Woodbury, CT
Rain Location: Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center, Waterbury, CT (same time)
General Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate
Children 18 and under: Free!
Order Online: www.waterburysymphony.org

Don’t Forget a Corkscrew!

 

 

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Why An Experienced REALTOR® Is An Asset for Seniors

seniorsSelling the family home is an emotional experience for Seniors.
I remember that it took my widowed Mom several years to clear the “ghost” of memories and finally decide to downsize. My mother-in-law too finally realized that she no longer had the energy to maintain the empty nest that harbored so many loving memories.
Thankfully an empathetic REALTOR® knew what they were going through. Not only had they worked with older adults in the past, but they also had some tips and tricks to help these seniors through the process

Experienced agents know what you’re going through
Making the decision to change homes can be one of the most emotional moments of a senior’s life, but enlisting the assistance of family, friends and a trustworthy real estate agent may be the best way for older adults to make this transition as seamless as possible.
A professional  REALTOR®  places seniors’ emotional needs and emotions first, dedicating set periods of time to understanding why they’re selling, what they would like to get from the transaction and how to best move forward with seniors’ best interests at the forefront of the selling process.

Some agents go the extra mile to provide for Seniors
Quality real estate agents may go beyond the general requirements of selling a house to help seniors transition to their new homes. Yes, they will help sell your property, but they might also help make the move a lot easier by providing information about the next home; referring you to professionals who can assist with financial planning for the future; even arranging for help in cleaning out the clutter that has accumulated over the years. Additionally, these agents may have information regarding community groups, organizations and recreational clubs for seniors in the area of the new home that can make the transition a little easier.

Are you thinking about moving out of the homestead?
Call Me for referrals to an Experienced REALTOR®who can help.

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Is The 2014 Spring Home Buying Season in CT a Bust? What Do You Think?

I live in a small CT town with a population of about 23,000 persons. According to City Data.com, we have 8,300 houses in town. According to Zillow.com & Realtor.com there are home for salecurrently about 225 properties for sale in town including SF homes, condos, a few multi-families and some land lots. Every Sunday, the local paper lists recent sales in area towns. For the past 5-6 weeks no sales have been reported for our little town. Last Sunday, the paper reported that 24 properties were sold; 30% of which were sold to the bank for a $1. I did a quick check of neighboring towns with lower populations, similar demographics and higher housing density and their figures seemed to be comparable.

Then I read a blog by CTNewsJunkie that cites a report by the state Labor Department and Economic Development Department that seems to blame the housing market for the pain we jobssuffer. The report contends that “if the slowdown in housing, which began in the summer of 2013, continues, job growth will slow this year and again in 2015.  They forecast job growth in CT will “slow to fewer than 20,000 new jobs from YE 2013 to late 2015.” Now that’s new jobs statistics and doesn’t consider a contraction of the total work force due to job losses particularly in the Financial Services and Goods Producing sectors.

It has been my contention for the past few months that the Spring Home Buying Season in CT is a Bust. Homes aren’t selling and Buyers aren’t buying because:

o   Mortgage interest rates have risen.Rising Home Prices
o   Investor demand for good deals pushed home prices up
o   Home values are optimistic in relationship to inventory and demand
o   Job security has turned would be buyers and sellers into “Fence Sitters”
o   Job growth in CT has been hampered by a lack of any government initiatives to promote a business climate that would create jobs

Now I’m glad I have an extensive network of referral sources to keep me busy! But I am interested in your  take on all this. Are you a First Home Buyer, a Mover Upper, a Down Don't Sit On the FenceSizer? Or why are you a Fence Sitter? Is this the banner year you expected? Is it a Buyer’s or a Seller’s market? Is the CT housing market out of the woods yet? I am interested in your feedback and welcome your comments.