Fifteen Fun and Weird Real Estate Facts That Will Surprise You

Being in real estate is a serious business; just one transaction could alter your client’s lives forever. While we’re working hard to assist our clients in selling their home and buying a new one, we’ve come across some fun real estate facts—some of them are even downright weird! But we’re not keeping these fun facts a secret. So take a break from looking for that perfect home and enjoy reading these facts.

The real estate value of the White House is nearly $110 million.

Prior to the days of central heat, a housewarming party wasn’t just an excuse to celebrate. It was actually a way to keep the house warm. As a gift to the new home dwellers, the neighbors would carry over firewood and help start a fire in the home’s fireplaces. This kept the home cozy and was thought to keep away any evil spirits.

In the U.S., there are five times more empty houses than homeless people.

In California, if a person has passed away within the past 3 years in a home you’re attempting to sell, it’s viewed as a material defect. This death needs to be revealed to your potential buyer unless the person died of AIDS; then you shouldn’t divulge the information because it’s considered discrimination.

If you’re selling your home in New York, it’s required legally that you report if you think your home is haunted.

When was the highest home equity since 2007? It was in the first quarter of 2014 at $10.8 trillion. That means the normal household’s net worth was firmly invested in home equity.

In Ohio you must have a hunting license to trap a mouse in your home.

The Chrysler Building’s architect was in a competition to see who could build the highest building in the world. As it was being built, the architect concealed a 125-foot long steeple inside. After the competitor’s building was erected, the steeple was driven up through the Chrysler Building which made it 119 feet higher.

In Pennsylvania there is a cleaning regulation that forbids a housewife to sweep and hide dirt or dust underneath a rug.

In order to build their new data server building in North Carolina, Apple paid an elderly couple $1.7 million for an acre of their land. Thirty-four years ago, that same couple bought that property for $6,000!

Sunday is really the best day to put your home on the market. Traditionally, you’ll have more buyers come through your door if you list your home on a Sunday in the spring or fall.

During 2009, there were fewer marriages than foreclosures in the U.S.

Red front doors mean more than “welcome” and a great curb appeal. In Scotland, a red door denotes that your home is paid for. In China, painting your front door red means abundance and good fortune. Lastly, in India, having a red door means a newlywed couple lives there.

Since 2005, homeless people in Utah have been receiving free homes. This cuts continued homelessness down by 74%.

This one is more fun than fact…. As you’re moving into your new home, leave the old broom in your old home. The broom holds dirt from your previous home—figuratively and literally speaking—so leaving it behind will hopefully earn you some good luck in the new house.

We hope you’ve appreciated this “lighter side” blog this week. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Moving to CT? Top 10 Reasons Why That’s a Great Idea!

So you’re moving to CT?  Moving isn’t always an easy choice, but joining the ranks of Connecticuters is a move you won’t regret.

Here are the top 10 reasons you will love living in CT.

10. Even the dinosaurs preferred Connecticut. A visit to Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum is a visit to one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Travel back 200 million years to the time of the dinosaur!

9. Not quite as old as the dinosaurs, Connecticut is also home to the country’s oldest continually operating amusement park. Opened in 1846, Lake Compounce is now home to the world’s top rated wooden roller coaster, Boulder Dash, as well as Crocodile Cove Water Park.

8. With 618 miles of shoreline, Connecticut proudly serves up some of the nation’s best seafood.

7. Not in the mood for seafood? New York and Chicago have nothing on New Haven style “apizza”. With a very thin crust, baked in a coal-fired oven, this pizza is not to be missed.

6. It’s not all about the food, but even our nation’s iconic hamburger has roots in New Haven. In 1900, a man entered the restaurant Louis’ Lunch. in need of something more portable to eat. What he received is considered to be the ancestor of the great American burger known today.

5. With all the great dining options, you’re sure to need something to wash it all down. Connecticut also boasts a booming microbrew community. Popular options such as Half-Full Brewery, City Steam Brewery and Rheingold Brewing Company are just a few of the choices.

4. UConn’s Huskies are a college basketball team to be proud of. The Huskies have a strong history in both men’s and women’s basketball, so it’s no surprise that the residents of CT are a very loyal fan base.

3. Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and The Sea, located in Mystic, CT, is the largest maritime museum in the world. Offering visitors a link to the seafaring past, Mystic Seaport is a hands-on historical experience with something for everyone.

2. As the 2nd school to join the Ivy League, Yale University in New Haven is an incredible school. Ivy covered buildings and neo-gothic architecture also make it a beautiful place to visit.

1. Originally settled in 1614, it’s no surprise that Connecticut has a rich and vibrant history. The first medical diploma in the US was given by Yale University. New London, Connecticut launched the first nuclear submarine. The first revolver was produced in CT, and the first public art museum was opened in CT. There are many more “firsts” that took place in Connecticut, so now that you are moving, you’ll have to find out more for yourself.

To experience first hand what an incredible state Connecticut is, contact us to find the prefect place to call home.

Connecticut Town Info: Things to Do for Fun

Moving to Middleton and looking for some Connecticut town info on things to do for fun? You’ve come to the right place! This post will sum up some of your best options for having fun either in or around Middleton.

Visit Wadsworth Falls State Park

Have an affinity for the great outdoors? Visit Wadsworth Falls State Park. Lots of hiking and swimming opportunities are made available in the park. Also, the waterfalls create quite the ambiance for rest and relaxation once you’re sitting back and simply enjoying the view.

Tour Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center

Have a few hours to spare? Enjoy fun and quirky things? Tour Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center. It’s the place to go to when you’re in the mood for feeling nostalgic about the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s.

Solve a Challenge at Adventure Rooms Connecticut

Like solving challenging puzzles? Make reservations to go to Adventure Rooms Connecticut. It’s a unique and interesting way to spend an hour with a group of friends or a romantic date.

Have a Blast at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

When the weather’s nice again, be sure to spend some time at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park. There are zip lines there that will take you right into the water below. Also, there are water slides and kayaks for you to enjoy once the weather warms up again.

Kidcity Children’s Museum

If you have a child that you adore in your life, then you’ll want to make a trip to Kidcity Children’s Museum. The place is filled with fun activities for toddlers and kids.

Contact us to learn more about living in Connecticut.

Connecticut Town Info for Foodies

As someone who loves dining out and trying new foods, you’re probably more than just a little interested in knowing about the food scene in Connecticut before making the move. That’s why we’ve decided to compile this post of great places to eat in or near Glastonbury. Keep reading for Connecticut town info for foodies.

Plan B Burger Bar

Do you sometimes find yourself hankering for a nice and juicy burger? Then Plan B Burger Bar will certainly be one of your favorite places in town. Offering a multitude of burger choices on their menu, this restaurant will easily satisfy your hunger for a burger. Just make sure to try whatever burger you order on their crowd-favorite pretzel bun. Also, definitely opt for the side of truffle fries.

Salute

In the mood for some classic Italian food? Head on down to Salute. They’ll start your meal off right with a delicious serving of cheesy garlic bread. Then they’ll turn you into a fan with either their chicken gnocchi or sweet potato ravioli.

Bear’s Smokehouse

If you think good barbecue can only be found in the south, then you obviously haven’t tried Bear’s Smokehouse. Their brisket is both tender and juicy. The pulled pork is seasoned just right, and the Moink ball is a wonderful concoction of bacon and meatballs.

Trumbull Kitchen

Looking for a restaurant that has something to please everyone in your dining party? Give Trumbull Kitchen a try. They serve everything from steak to pad thai.

Contact us to learn more about relocating to Connecticut today!

5 Fabulous Holiday Happenings in Connecticut

The holidays are rapidly approaching-soon the hustle and bustle of shopping and dinners and visits from loved ones will begin. During all this commotion, it’s nice to slow down and take the time to enjoy the holiday season. Start new traditions and make some priceless memories with your family this holiday season-check out the following Connecticut town info to find the best events:

1. Holiday Light Fantasia

 Goodwin Park, Hartford

November 26-January 1

This Greater Hartford tradition is a breathtaking trip for the entire family. Drive through over 1 million lights in this 2-mile show-more than 200 individual scenes depict memorable holiday moments and characters. The fascinating displays represent not only the Christmas holiday, but also Hanukkah, New Years, and Three Kings Day. All proceeds from this fabulous holiday excursion benefit year-round programs at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Admission is $15 per car, with a special Military Appreciation Night on December 29, when all veterans and active military personnel enjoy free admission. Special rates apply to limousines, mini-buses, and full-size buses.

Hours: 

Sunday-Thursday: 5pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

2. Holiday Lights

Lake Compounce

Weekends only from November 27-December 20

Enjoy thousands of lights at this spectacular holiday outing. Walk around the park and take in the lighted scenes, holiday music, and an awesome light show every half hour. Additional festivities include visits with Santa, lighting of the tallest tree in CT, stories with Mrs. Claus, children and family rides, and holiday treats! Admission is free for 2015 & 2016 platinum season pass holders.

Hours: 

Saturdays & Sundays: 4pm-9pm

Fridays: 5pm-9pm

3. Winterfest & “The Tunnel of Lights”

Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Weekends from November 27-December 20 & December 26-29

Bundle up and get ready to feel the wind nipping at your nose on an open-air ride on the electric “sleigh” car. For those not fond of the cold, an enclosed trolley offers a warmer dash through the snow. Enjoy an old-fashioned carol sing as you journey down the tracks. Once your ride is over, take a stroll through the Visitors Center which is brimming with holiday decorations and model trains. Finish off your trip with a visit to Santa and a cup of steaming hot cocoa. Admission is $12 for an adult, $10 for seniors (over 62), $8 for kids (ages 2-12), and $3 for those under 2.

Hours: November and December (dates before Christmas) 5pm-9pm

December (dates after Christmas) 6pm-9pm

4. Lantern Light Tours

Mystic Seaport

November 27-December 20

This historical play takes visitors back in time to Christmas Eve 1876. The delightful show consists of five scenes scattered throughout the 19th-century village, and guests will be enchanted by horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday dances, and the charming glow of old-fashioned lantern lit streets. The show is 70-minutes and requires walking over various terrain (cobblestone, grass, gravel, stairs), so comfortable shoes are recommended. Admission is $32 for adults ($26 for members), $25 for kids ages 5-17 ($19 for members), and free for those under 4.

Hours: Tours begin at 5pm, leaving every 15 minutes

5. North Pole Express

Essex Steam Train

November & December (please check website for available dates & departure times)

This 90-minute locomotive-powered sleigh ride guarantees a magical night for visitors of all ages. A live, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas takes place in each coach, along with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, and hot cocoa and sugar cookies. Kids are encouraged to wear snuggly pajamas, and every child receives a small gift from Santa! Tickets are $65 for first-class passengers, and $32 for coach class passengers.

Please feel free to contact us to learn about more magical events taking place in Connecticut this holiday season.

Pumpkins and Apples and Leaves-Oh My! 5 Warm and Cozy Autumn DIY Decorating Tips For Your Home

Any New Englander knows that autumn is hands down the best time of year. The air has turned crisp, cool, and comfortable, football season is in full swing, and the breeze always seems to carry the smell of warm apple pies. So whether you are new to the area, or a veteran of the quintessential New England autumn, embrace the season and have some fun by dressing up your house. Check out these awesome autumn DIY decorating tips for outside your home:

1. Pumpkin Wreath Chandelier

Who knows decorating better than Martha Stewart? This rustic decoration is a charming way to light your porch and welcome guests on a cool fall evening. The warm colors from fallen leaves and miniature pumpkins casts a cozy glow over your home. Make several and hang them from ceiling hooks in front of your windows for an inviting atmosphere. This project is fairly simple and uses easy-to-find materials like miniature pumpkins, leaves from your lawn, and a grapevine wreath. Get the simple directions here.

2. Repurposed Porch Decor

As those of us living in Connecticut know, the state is an antiques hot spot. If you love finding incredible old treasures and turning them into something new, check out the Connecticut Antiques Trail. You can find some of the materials to make a beautiful autumn porch display. A delightful old wagon filled with gourds, an antique frame turned chalkboard (with a welcoming message!), a rustic basket overflowing with mums, and a warm, fuzzy plaid blanket create a porch decoration that makes your home look warm and fuzzy.

3. Apples, Apples, Apples!

Don’t restrict your use of apples this autumn to pies and cider-in addition to being supremely tasty, they also make excellent decorations! This adorable rustic apple porch decor will make people want to stop in off the street for a seat at your charming home. Your porch will exude homespun warmth with a hand-painted, apple-green table adorned with a red and white plaid tablecloth. Top your table with mason jars full of cider and autumn tableware. Add large hay bales for seats, wooden crates topped with yellow mums, and a wooden wheelbarrow brimming with fresh apples.

4. Mailbox Magic

Why stop at the front door? Bring your autumn decorations all the way to the street by sprucing up your mailbox. Dried cornstalks are a perfect decoration for mailboxes because they are tall and eye-catching. In addition to your cornstalks, arrange some hay bales around your mailbox and top them with potted mums and pumpkins for a quick, easy, and colorful mailbox decoration.

5. Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a versatile fall decoration. Carve them, paint them, leave them in all their orange glory-any way you look at it, they make beautiful decor. Try giving your pumpkins a magical look with a shimmery metallic silver paint, or create different patterns by wrapping rubber bands around your pumpkin before painting. Pair painted pumpkins with rustic lanterns-you could even put a miniature pumpkin inside some of your lanterns for a different effect!

Living in Connecticut is all about embracing the changing seasons. New England offers the chance to appreciate cool, brightly colored autumn days, and sparkling snowy winters. Dressing up your home for each season is all part of the fun of living here. Please contact us for more DIY tips for your home.

Do It Yourself Tips: Emboss Your Switch Plates to Match The Light Fittings

Have you ever moved to a new home, installed the perfect light fittings but were taken aback by how they looked next to your room’s existing switch plates? If so, you’ll appreciate what we found out about modifying and replacing switch plates. Surprisingly, converting a ho-um, contemporary switch plate into a fantastic, vintage one is actually pretty easy. For instance, you could purchase metal plates and then emboss or tin stamp them. Embossing is the easier of the two, do it yourself options.

All you need to emboss your old switch plates and make them match your vintage light fittings are the following:

  • Aluminum Foil Tape
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Plastic or Metal Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Design Template
  • Pencil or Stylus

Begin by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape that is big enough to cover the front of the switch plate and wrap around the sides. Next, peel off the sticky backing and affix the tape to the switch plate taking care to completely cover all edges. Do not cover the entire back portion of the switch plate as no one will see it and it may interfere with the wiring later on down the road. Proceed by using the back of the plastic or metal spoon to carefully smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles that may be present. Once the switch plate’s surface is smooth again, it will be time to start decorating.

Place the design template you’ve chosen to use and place it over top of the covered switch plate. Continue by using your pencil or stylus to trace the desired pattern on to the plate. Although aluminum foil tape is traditionally tear resistant, use a good deal of caution and an even hand when tracing your design. Otherwise, you might end up breaking through the tape, thereby exposing the underlying plastic. When you’re done embossing the design on to your switch plate, simply remove the template. Finally, affix your DIY vintage switch plate on to the wall and enjoy!

To discover more ways to light up those switch plates and other areas of a new home, please contact us.

Fun Real Estate Facts: Study Reveals Home Ownership Dream

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Connecticut, you can learn a lot by looking at the fun real estate facts revealed in a study on housing and homeownership. According to a survey by Trulia.com, home ownership dreams differ depending if you are a millennial in the 18 to 34 age category, a member of Generation X age 35 to 54 or a baby boomers 55 and older. By knowing who is in the market for a new home and when people plan to buy a home, you can make better educated decisions about the listing price, timing and targeted home improvements. According to the survey, 40 percent of baby boomers, 77 percent of Gen-Xers and 89 percent of millennials who currently rent plan to buy a primary residence.

Staging for people with children

If you are trying to sell a home in Connecticut, it’s a good idea to stage the home as a family friendly house. According to the Trulia.com survey, most people buy homes when they have children under the age of 18 living at home. Some ideas for creating a family friendly home even if you are single or married without children include setting up a playroom, decorating bedrooms for children and creating an outdoor play area.

Timing your home purchase

If you are hoping to buy a home in Connecticut, it is an excellent time. The survey showed other fun real estate facts such as the fact that 4 percent of millennials want to buy a home within 6 months; 7 percent plan to buy within 7 to 12 months while 17 percent want to buy within 13 to 24 months. Because interest rates will likely rise, it pays to lock in on a lower rate while also getting ahead of the home buying wave that will likely push up home prices.

Choosing an architectural style

The survey revealed the different architectural style of homes that people prefer. Members of Generation X and millennials like the modern home best, while baby boomers prefer the ranch style home. Three perfect of people want a penthouse apartment, while 2 percent want to live in a converted loft. Some of the most popular styles of home include farmhouse, Victorian, Craftsman, Plantation and Colonial as well as the ranch and modern styles.

Other fun real estate facts relate to the size of a home and the features. Those surveyed prefer homes more than 1,400 square feet but less than 2,600 square feet. Easterners prefer living in the suburbs. Favorite amenities include decks, gourmet kitchens, open floor plan and balcony. For more information on Connecticut real estate and fun facts, please contact us.

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