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It’s time for Calcagni Real Estate‘s OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA(rescheduled from the Blizzard in February).
Over 30 houses will be open this Sunday, March 10th. Whether you’re just browsing or ready to make the move, you’re sure to find something to love!
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You can search all available properties for sale any time of the day, by visiting www.calcagni.com
As the market picks back up, you may be thinking about finally listing your home. With this major decision comes another difficult choice: should you use a real estate agent? Agents are paid by commission and you might be tempted to list your home on your own with the intention of saving a little money. However, the advantages to using a trained professional outweigh the disadvantages—and they may actually get you more money for your home. It is, after all, their job.
If you want to list your home on your own, then be prepared for a myriad of additional work, including home staging, piles of paperwork, and negotiation headaches. “Homes that are represented by professional agents generally tend to make more money than those for sale by owner,” says Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Real Estate. And, Calcagni reminds us, don’t forget that even if you’re listing solo, your buyer may be using an agent. This means that negotiating a price will be trickier if you don’t have an agent to help you make the most knowledgeable decisions.
Also, without an agent, you have a ton of work cut out for you in terms of showing your home and making yourself available on short notice. Still not convinced? Here are several additional reasons why, according to Calcagni, the help of an agent is the best thing you can do for your home sale.
MLS: This is the biggest reason to go with an agent. The MLS is a home listing database. Anyone who is buying with the help of an agent will be looking on the MLS, and if you don’t have an agent, you will not have access to it. Not only will you not be able to showcase your home there, but you can’t shop for comparable homes to help set an appropriate price.
Stage off: “An agent knows exactly how to set up your home to make it appealing for buyers,” says Calcagni. “They have seen hundreds of homes, sometimes even thousands.” Additionally, it may be hard for you to remove furnishings you’re particularly attached to, like that antique wagon-wheel coffee table.
“You agent can help you make unemotional, unbiased decisions about what should stay and what should go in order to attract good attention and avoid negative,” says Calcagni. “Unless you specialize in interior design, this will be a difficult task for you to do solo.”
Pricing: “I can’t stress this enough,” says Calcagni. Even the most knowledgeable for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers can’t harness the vast market knowledge of an agent. “Comparable pricing is key in this industry, and if you list your home for the wrong price, you may be sabotaging your sale.”
Marketing: Agents have network resources unavailable to FSBO sellers, including an abundance of contacts, marketing materials, online platforms and social media networks ready to blast your listing. “Marketing your own listing takes up a ton of time,” cautions Calcagni. “Aside from all of the time you will spend putting your listing out there, you will also spend hours going back and forth with potential buyers, many of whom may not be serious about purchasing. Your agent will do this for you.”
Details, detail, details: Closing fees. Contracts. Regulations. Sales guidelines. All of these details are extremely important when it comes to selling your home, and they can be both confusing and time consuming. “If you forgo some important paperwork or misfile a form, you can delay or derail your sale,” warns Calcagni. “An agent is already an expert—let them take over and save yourself, time, stress, unnecessary expense … and a headache.”
For more information on selling a home, please contact your Calcagni Agent or visit www.calcagni.com
With Valentine’s Day coming up and nearly 30 open houses this Sunday, what’s not to love? Join us Sunday, February 10th at any of our open houses. Whether you’re just browsing or ready to make the move, you’re sure to find something to love.
Now that spring is approaching, homeowners are getting serious about preparing their homes for sale. If putting your home on the market is at the top of your to-do list this season, be sure to carve out some time to do some serious spring cleaning. Not only will a thorough cleaning make your home stand out from the crowd, it will also force you to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated during the winter months so that prospective buyers can see everything your home has to offer.
De-clutter: If you’re preparing to sell your home this spring, one of the first pieces of advice you’ll get from your real estate agent is to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. By cleaning out your home and getting rid of the clutter, you’ll set the stage to attract prospective buyers. Take the time to go through all your closets and bag up all the clothes that don’t fit, are out of style, or that you simply don’t wear anymore and donate them to Goodwill. You can even put together a garage sale with any old books, toys your kids no longer play with and anything else that you don’t need.
Don’t Neglect the Exterior: When it comes to spring cleaning, be sure to take care of the outside of the home as well so that your home offers a good first impression to prospective buyers. Curb appeal is as important as ever since house hunters are more likely to spend more time outside looking at the exterior of the house and the property itself. Make sure the lawn is well-maintained and free of leaves, the grass is mowed and the hedges are trimmed. You can even buy some colorful flowers and put fresh mulch in the flowerbeds to spruce up the landscaping. If there are any bare spots in the grass, buy some seed and water it to get the green back in. Make sure to also clean your gutters, wash your welcome mat and put away any rakes or winter shovels so that your yard is clear of debris.
While you’re outside, take advantage of the nice weather and power wash your driveway, walkway, siding and deck. Not only does power washing remove layers and years of dirt and grime from stone and cement, it also gets rid of mildew stains that may have accumulated during the winter. Power washing the porch, a fence or even the deck will clear away all the dirt and debris and make the home instantly seem cleaner. The last thing you want prospective buyers to see is a dingy looking house, as this will give the impression that you haven’t been properly maintaining the home.
Windows: Don’t forget to make sure all the windows are clean as well. While a REALTOR® may tell you that homes show better with the blinds or curtains up, this will not be true if the windows are dirty. A clean window not only brings more light into a room, it also allows buyers the chance to get a clear picture of the view from their potential new home. It’s important to clean both the inside and outside of all windows until they are streak free and spotless. This includes all sliding glass doors, garage windows and outside doors.
Take Inventory: While you’re going through your spring cleaning routine, pay close attention to the “little” things that might draw the eye of a prospective home buyer. Go around your home with a pad and pencil and dissect each room for things such as small holes in the wall where a painting used to hang, outlets that are missing a casing or doorknobs that are loose and squeaky. Also, be sure to check all of the caulking around sinks, faucets and tubs. This is one of the areas that is most often overlooked and can make the biggest impact on someone looking at the house. The same thing goes for any grout in tile counters or bathtubs.
Take the time and invest the small amount of money it will cost to fix these items to remove any hesitation a prospective buyer may have about moving forward with purchasing your home.
For more spring cleaning tips, contact your Calcagni agent today.
On September 12, 2012, a group of Calcagni Associates realtors and staff attended the 2012 Connecticut Top Workplace reception, which was held at the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk. The reception was hosted by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers. Calcagni Associates ranked 7th in the small-companies category, for organizations with 125 or fewer employees, out of 35 winners, received their award along with other recipients who attended… Check out some photos from the event, below:
According to the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index, which covers more than 80% of the housing market in the United States, home prices through July posted their largest year-to-date rise since 2005…
(Read on at the link below…)
For more information on the real estate market in your town, contact one of our realtors at www.calcagni.com
The following Calcagni Associates realtors recently received the Quarterly Achievement Award by the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors (GNHAR) for the 2nd Sales Quarter of 2012. The award is given to Realtors who secure a minimum of nine completed sales within a quarter of each year.
Congrats to Stacey on earning this award 18 times during her succesful career!
A full-time sales associate with more than 10 years of real estate excellence with Calcagni Associates, Stacey is a consistently top producing agent who specializes in Seller and Buyer representation, new construction and assisting first-time homebuyers. She has closed over 400 transactions, with over $108 million total sales volume. A Cheshire resident and graduate of Cheshire High School, Stacey earned a B.A. in communications from UCONN, and later earned her teaching credentials at National University in Irvine, CA. When she is not assisting her clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, horseback riding, skiing and volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” program.
“We’re very proud to have Stacey on our team,” said Steve Calcagni, President. “These awards are a true reflection of her professionalism and commitment to customer service.”
A full-time sales associate with 10 years of real estate excellence with Calcagni Associates, Lorrie is a consistently top producing agent who specializes in Seller and Buyer representation, new construction and assisting first-time homebuyers. She holds the following Realtor designations: Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS), which less than 4% of all realtors hold, the Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR) designation, as well as the Seniors Real Estate Specialists®( SRES) designation, which is given to those realtors who are qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. Each designation requires hours of continuing education every year.
“We’re very proud of Lorrie’s achievements,” said Steve Calcagni, President. “This award is a direct reflection of her knowledge, professionalism and work ethic.”
Lorrie is a life-long Connecticut resident and currently resides in East Haven with her husband and two kids. When she is not assisting her clients, she is an active member of the East Haven Chamber of Commerce and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as being active outdoors by camping and hiking.
Larry has been a Realtor with Calcagni Associates since 1992 and is the Director
of Calcagni’s REO Division and manages all aspects of listing and sales of bank-owned properties and foreclosures. He has built a fantastic team of real estate professionals specializing in servicing the REO community.“Larry’s extensive background in REO transactions and his knowledge in this aspect of the business is a huge asset to the company” said Steven Calcagni, President.
Larry holds the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation and is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of REALTORS, Connecticut Association of REALTORS, and the National Association of REALTORS. Larry is also a member of REOMAC since 1996, and is platinum certified in the Equator and RESNET AMP platforms and holds memberships in Reobroker.com, and Reonetwork.com.
Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. Calcagni has four offices—Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford and Southington. All offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures and relocation services. Learn more at Calcagni.com and Facebook.com/CalcagniAssociates
Hamden came in at an impressive number 54. The town has consistently won a place on the list. In 2008, Hamden was ranked 33 and in 2010 it was ranked 87.
“The Land of the Sleeping Giant’s mountains, hills, and parks coupled with Quinnipiac University’s college-town energy make this classic New England town the ideal abode for many growing families,” according to their site.
Check out the full list at CNN and Money Magazine’s website: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-places/2012/top100/