State Offers ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Initiative for Individuals, Businesses

If you or your business neglected your state tax obligations, now may be the time to make it right. Connecticut this week announced its Fresh Start tax initiative, a voluntary compliance program for individuals and businesses that provides incentives to pay their outstanding, unreported taxes to the state. In announcing the program, Governor Dannel Malloy and […]

5 reasons to buy a home in the offseason

Buyers should never rush into a major purchase just to shave off some extra digits BYMIKE PULLEY Key Takeaways Buying a home in the fall or winter can be a thrifty move for homebuyers because it’s cheaper, sellers are ready, there are fewer choices, the buyer becomes the star and they can get great furniture […]

7 repair requests buyers should never make

Repairs unrelated to a safety issue or the breakdown of an expensive system are better left alone Most buyers and sellers understand that buying and selling a home requires negotiation. You give a little here, and they concede a bit there. But what do you do when you have a buyer who demands unnecessary repairs after […]

3 Hidden Distressed Property Issues

If you’ve ever bought a distressed property or really any property for that matter, you probably already know the obvious signs of costly repairs. Sloping floors, water damage in ceilings and old electrical panels are all easy to see problems that might mean big money to fix. But what if you’re walking through a house that doesn’t look […]

FSBOs hit record low for third straight year

BY MARIAN MCPHERSON Inman Staff Writer For the third year in a row, for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) transactions accounted for only 8 percent of recent home sales, the lowest share that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has recorded in its annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers since the report was first released in 1981. FSBO sales hovered between 12 […]

How do I buy a home? 

The real estate market is soaring. But Millennials shouldn’t feel pressure to get in on the action, according to financial experts. They’re the largest group of homebuyers in the market today. by Danish Mehboob   @CNNMoney Buying a home is one of the most — if not the most — significant purchases of your adult life. So, you’ll want to make […]

CT Home Sales Drop in September

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that the single-family residential home median sales price is $249,950 which reflects a 1.6 percent decrease from $254,000 in that same time period last year. Median indicates that half the homes sold for more and half for less. Single-family residential home sales in Connecticut decreased 7 percent comparing September 2017 to September […]

The Realtors® Code of Ethics, and then some….

As I get ready to teach Code of Ethics on Friday, the 13th, I reflect back on what I learned about ethics from my MPA program.  Ethics is a subject that applies to our business dealings as REALTORS®, but it is also at the root of our moral character as individuals, parents, and leaders. NAR […]