Category: Home Buying

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. Thee were a new option for retires 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.

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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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.

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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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!

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


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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About the Author: The above real estate information on Top 10 Most Expensive Homes For Sale In South Windsor was provided by Sandy Smith, 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 Sandy Smith for a no obligation discussion, call or text 860-455-1371.

Sandy Smith 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

What is Home Depot’s Project Color App and Why Would You Use It?

Both Connecticut home buyers and home sellers will agree, the number one answer to what is the best home improvement project to perform is painting the walls with a fresh coat of paint. When selling your home the rule of thumb is to go neutral to attract the most amount of buyers. However, if you are a home buyer and recently closed on your new home in Connecticut, you can go all out and paint with any colors you desire. Some decide to go with their favorite sports team or a really bright or bold color. The trend today is also to do an accent wall to make a statement.

But what is the correct color and how do you choose one correctly? Home Depot tackled this challenge with the release of the Home Depot’s Project Color app for both your iPhone or Android device.

This app was designed to tackle the challenge of ensuring that you are confident in your paint color decision by allowing you to take a photo of a room or choose a “live view” and digitally paint the room with any of the 1000’s of available paint and stain colors. Check out the commercial below to see how Home Depot is marketing the app.


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