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35 Reasons Moving to Connecticut is an AWESOME Idea!

To start, I figured I would let you know that I am someone who has lived in Connecticut most of my life and I am proud of my home state. I have also lived in a few other places such as Texas, North Carolina (and a couple places I’d rather not go back to in the Middle East) while I was in the Air Force. After my enlistment ended, I decided that moving to Connecticut was best for me because I felt that this was where I wanted to call home again.

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Now that I have a family of my own, I understand that it’s important to live in a state that I feel will be the best choice for their long term success. I could move to any state I want, but I choose to live in Connecticut because I really do feel that this is a great place to raise a family. After all, geographically we are located directly in between two major cities, Boston and New York, with excellent transportation options close by such as highways, railroads and multiple international airports. In addition, each Connecticut town and city is uniquely charming with highly desirable classic New England characteristics. Also, being a coastal state we have excellent beaches and direct waterfront property for residences, personal enjoyment and commercial operations.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly aware that Connecticut has it’s share of challenges that it is facing right now. However, it’s impossible to ignore all the positive qualities that we have available to us as residents of CT. I decided to write the article because of all the attention lately is focused on the negative aspects of living here and all the positive is constantly being overlooked. Connecticut can and will become highly desirable and sought after again and now is a great time to live here because home affordability is at it’s best level in a long time. Below are the 35 reasons that I feel make moving to Connecticut and living in Connecticut an AWESOME idea!

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Growing up in Connecticut, the holiday season was always a special time. Winter was still new and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner and hopes of a white Christmas was alway on everyones minds.

However, when you think about the holidays, one thing that does not come to mind is selling your house.

Most people think of selling their home in the spring and summer seasons. But what happens when your situation does not allow for that and you are forced to sell during the least popular time of year for home sales, the end of year holidays?

Can it be done? What would someone have to do in order to successfully sell their house during the holidays?

What Is Considered the Holiday Season?

Before diving in to the details, I think its important to define the holiday season. For all intents and purposes, I feel the season starts with Thanksgiving and goes through New Years.

Considering the preparation time for Thanksgiving and the time it takes to get back on track after the New Year, lets define the holidays as the middle of November through the first week of January.

Included during this time frame are the following holidays.

▪ Thanksgiving
▪ Black Friday
▪ Christmas Eve
▪ Christmas Day
▪ Hanukkah
▪ Kwanzaa
▪ New Year’s Eve
▪ New Year’s Day

Can you believe some are considering Black Friday part of the holiday season??? Do you?

What Does History Tell Us?

If you are considering a sale of your home during the holiday season and wanted to know if it makes sense from an overall market perspective, then we need to take a look at some historical statistics.

First, lets take a look at the volume of home sales during the previous 3 years (2015, 2014, 2013). Do home sales completely stall during the holidays?

Lets look at this logically and figure out what the data means. To understand home sales during the holidays, we need to look about 45 days out from when the holidays take place. This is because the houses will not actually close until 45 days after entering into escrow.

So we need to look at January, February and March to look at homes that were on the market during the middle of November through the first week in January.

Volume of Home Sales

I pulled the home sale statistics and for 2015, Hartford County had 9761 single family and condo sales. Or about 813 sales per month. During the months January, February and March there was 511, 474 and 593 home sales or an average of 526 home sales. Thats 64% of the average number of home sales per month. Also the 2 previous years 2014 and 2013 follow a similar pattern, so this establishes a trend.

Now that’s a significant percentage of decreased home sales. But remember the amount of inventory is lower and buyer volume is lower, so it naturally makes sense. The one thing that I take away from these numbers is that home sales do NOT completely stall and selling your house during the holidays is in fact, completely possible.

The below graph shows you number of homes that have sold in Hartford County Connecticut month by month for the years 2015, 2014, and 2013.

number of homes sold in ct during holidays

Days on Market of Home Sales

Now that we have established that selling your house during the holidays is possible. The next question we need answered is how long does it take to sell a house during the holidays?

We again need to go to the MLS home sale statistics to get the answer.

In 2015 the average number of days on the market was 46 days for homes that closed. During the months of January, February and March the number of days on market increased to an average of  62 days. This is an increase of 35% more time than the average.

So while it is possible to sell your home during the holidays, you will probably have to wait it out a little longer to find your buyer.

You can see this increase in the chart below. Which shows the number of days on market data for homes sold in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

days on the market for hartford county connecticut

Price Per Square Foot of Home Sales

So what is perhaps the most important factor for many sellers? Price. Everyone wants to maximize the amount of money they net into their pocket. So will selling your home during the holidays do just that? Unfortunately the answer is NO.

You can see in the below chart that the price per square foot takes a dive from other months for homes that were on the market during the holidays. This is important for sellers to take note of if they want to be competitive during this time of year.

While it could be argued that price per square foot is not the best price metric to look at, I think the 3 year trend shown below is hard to argue against. Although, January of 2014 did have a spike, this is most likely to a cluster of higher than average home sales.

home sales price per square foot

So what the above three graphs and associated metrics have concluded is that it is possible to sell your home during the holidays but it will generally take longer and can cost you some money on the sales price.

What this means for you is that you probably should wait for a better time to sell your home but if you absolutely need to sell than I can get it done for you.

Pros and Cons of Selling During the Holidays

We just took a look at the market reports for home sales during the holidays, but what about other aspects that are important to people.

When evaluating the merits of any option, one exercise that is particularly helpful is running through the list of pros and cons.

Below is an infographic that I put together that does a good job of breaking down what you need to think about for making a decision to see if selling at this time is right for you and your situation.

what are the advantages of selling my house during the holidays

An Opportunity for Creative Marketing?

Every situation presents opportunities and selling your house during the holidays can be an opportunity to get some attention to your home that would not have happened any other time of the year.

The first thing that comes to my mind is how people love decorating their houses for the holidays. What about wrapping your whole house in a bow with a big for sale tag? Think about how cool that would be photographed and on the MLS and all the major internet portals!

Check out this picture to see what I’m talking about. You can even add a border and a Santa pic to give it some more personality. I’m pretty sure this would get you some attention and potentially even attract a buyer!

House for sale in Connecticut with a bow and santa

How about building a massive snow fort like this guy did last year? He even got featured on the news and as you can imagine people were driving from all over to take a look at it. If you are selling your home, I can’t think of a better way to get the word out than that!

creative ways to sell your home in connecticut

These ideas are obviously a bit gimmicky and I do tend to steer people away from that but selling your home during the holiday season might just need a bit of cheesy stuff to help you out. However, nothing will beat the winning combo of making your house look really, really good, pricing it strategically and marketing it appropriately.

Final Thoughts

While I think the answer is clear that selling your home during the holiday season is not ideal, you can’t always choose when you have to sell. Also, don’t forget that getting your house sold for the beginning of the year puts you in the best position for the spring market.

Most importantly, if you do find yourself in the position where you have to sell, it is important to work closely with your Realtor on a strategy that will get you the results you want and not cause you to lose out on selling for lower than you have to.

If you or anyone you know is looking to sell their home in Connecticut, please contact me for a no obligation discussion on how you can get the results you want. Navigating the Connecticut real estate market has unique challenges and I want to help you find your way through it!


Kris Lippi

About the Author: The above real estate information on Can I Sell My House During the Holiday Season? was provided by Kris Lippi, a local Connecticut real estate agent serving Hartford and Tolland Counties.

Are you currently thinking about buying or selling a home? I have an awesome marketing plan that focuses on what works to sell your home and welcome the opportunity to help you find your next home in Connecticut! Contact Kris Lippi for a no obligation discussion, call or text 860-930-1371.

Kris Lippi services real estate sales in the following Hartford and Tolland County towns: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Columbia, Coventry, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Tolland, Union, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Willington, Windsor, Windsor Locks Connecticut

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Condos For Sale in CT: Ultimate Guide to Buying a Condo!

Condominiums have become quite ubiquitous since they started being heavily developed in Florida in the 1960’s. They were a new option for retirees who liked the concept of being able to “own an apartment”.

After the condo boom in Florida was successful, developments made their way up the east coast and throughout the country. Today, if you take a ride around any town you will see a number of condos for sale in CT that have been built in varying styles, sizes, price points and demographics.

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It’s a way of life that allows for home ownership with shared or common areas of the property for all residents to enjoy. You are able to get more for your money than if you had purchased on your own. Amenities such as swimming pools, club houses, tennis courts etc are now available at a price point that makes them a reality. You also don’t have to worry about exterior maintenance, such as snow removal, cutting grass and raking leaves because you pay a shared monthly payment to have those professionally taken care of.

It’s a great way of life, it’s CONDO LIFE!

It’s not for everyone though. It’s a great decision if you are able to live in a community where your neighbors are also your business partners, for what could be the largest investment of your life, your home. If you don’t play well with others, it might not be for you.

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Restaurants that Deliver in Ellington Connecticut

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One of the benefits of living in Ellington CT is that it is a small country town that does not have a large business district or strip malls that would bring a lot of traffic congestion and other problems. This helps maintain the natural beauty of the town and what most residents are looking for. However, this also means when it comes to restaurants your options will be limited. If you are looking for a restaurant that will deliver to your home in Ellington your options dwindle down even further. But don’t fret, I have put together a list of options for you to get some grub delivered right to your door!

You are pretty much limited to two Italian restaurants in Ellington for delivery. There is Holiday Pizza on Main Street and Hometown Pizza on West Road. Both restaurants have been staples in Ellington for as long as I can remember. In fact, you can’t go wrong with either restaurant with both being neck and neck in the online reviews on Yelp for restaurants that deliver in Ellington Connecticut.  (more…)

Restaurants that Deliver in Vernon Connecticut

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While living in Vernon Connecticut is not the big city there is a decent amount of good food joints here and has a variety of restaurants that deliver. The options are pretty solid for those who just don’t want to cook or drive for take out. You are pretty much limited to Italian or Chinese for delivery, but there is Little Mark’s Big BBQ which offers Barbecue dishes and Between Rounds which is a deli but check to see if they are still charging for delivery before placing a small order. Click the restaurants name to view the reviews and ratings of all the restaurants that deliver in Vernon Connecticut.  (more…)

Restaurants that Deliver in Manchester Connecticut

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While living in Manchester Connecticut is not the big city, some do consider it a small Connecticut city and has a variety of restaurants that deliver. The options are pretty solid for those who just don’t want to cook or drive for take out. You are pretty much limited to Italian or Chinese for delivery, but there is Smoke, Not Just BBQ which offers Barbecue dishes and Ronak Restaurant which offers Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Click the restaurants name to view the reviews and ratings of all the restaurants that deliver in Manchester Connecticut.  (more…)

Fair Market Value, Appraised Value, Assessed Value and Replacement Value: What is My House Worth??!?

As a real estate agent in Connecticut, I am intimately involved with home values as a part of my every day activities. It always excites me when people start talking about the value of homes in the Connecticut real estate market. This is a topic where I can add real value to the conversation and who doesn’t like it when that happens!

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In order, to properly understand what a house is worth, you need to understand the difference between four different values.

  1. Fair Market Value
  2. Appraised Value
  3. Assessed Value
  4. Replacement Value

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Restaurants that Deliver in South Windsor Connecticut

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While living in South Windsor Connecticut is not the big city and doesn’t offer the same amount of variety of restaurants that deliver. It does have some solid options for those who just don’t want to cook or drive for take out.

You are pretty much limited to Italian or Chinese for delivery, but there is Teddy’s which offers some Greek dishes and Villa Pizza & Deli which offers Lebanese cuisine. In fact, Villa Pizza & Deli has the most reviews and highest ratings of all the restaurants that deliver in South Windsor.  (more…)

Why the First 30 Days Are Critical for Selling Your House

You made a huge life decision and decided to make a move and sell your Connecticut home. As a Realtor, whenever I meet with people who are starting the process of selling their home they are often surprised when I tell them we should have your house sold in 2 weeks or a maximum of 30 days, if done correctly.

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Unfortunately, many home sellers fall into common traps for delaying the sale of their home and below I’ll explain the Top Tips for Selling Your House in 30 Days Or Less.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In South Windsor

Real Estate in South Windsor Connecticut is very sought after for people who are looking for a town that features great schools, shopping, entertainment and a convenient location.

But what makes South Windsor unique?

If you were to ask a politician they would say “the people, the great people of South Windsor”. If you were to ask a local business they would say “the local economy in South Windsor is very strong”. If you were to ask me I would say it’s because I live here!

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My wife and I choose to buy our house in South Windsor and have no plans of ever leaving. We are raising our two boys here and feel this is truly a town that has it all. My wife was raised in Long Island New York and the towns there are not rural at all for the most part and she wanted a town that didn’t feel too small. After all that was what she was used to. I was raised in Enfield and Ellington and find South Windsor to be big enough to have everything you need and still maintain a country feel.

The local real estate market seems to have a constant demand for homes for sale in South Windsor. There are neighborhoods for everyone but I wanted to take a minute to highlight the most expensive homes for sale in South Windsor. Below, are the top 10 homes most expensive on the market right now. The section will update daily and you could check it out at any point in time and check out the top end of South Windsor’s real estate market!

Check them out and feel free to contact me if you are interested in seeing them or any other AWESOME homes for sale in South Windsor.

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Kris LippiAbout the Author: The above real estate information on Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In South Windsor was provided by Kris Lippi, a local Connecticut real estate agent serving Hartford and Tolland Counties.

Are you currently thinking about buying a home? I have an awesome plan that focuses on what works to get your next house! Contact Kris Lippi for a no obligation discussion, call or text 860-930-1371.

Kris Lippi services real estate sales in the following Hartford and Tolland County towns: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Columbia, Coventry, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford, Suffield, Tolland, Union, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Willington, Windsor, Windsor Locks Connecticut

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