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By Ken Allen | Agent in Darien, CT
  • The Allen Report: Darien Real Estate Update as of October 31, 2013

    Posted Under: General Area in Darien, Market Conditions in Darien  |  November 4, 2013 12:32 PM  |  477 views  |  No comments

    Childe Hassam, Church at Old Lyme, 1905, Google 2013

    Darien Real Estate Update as of October 31, 2013

    A higher average sale price, as reported earlier today, and higher sales volume led the way for Darien's latest year-to-date residential real estate statistics as of October 31, 2013.

    The average residential sale price as of the end of October was up 9.5 percent compared with one year ago, according to the Darien MLS.

    Sales volume rose 11.8 percent compared with a year ago.

    Sold residential real estate listings by month continued a decline begun in July, totalling 14 in October.

    New listings dipped to 28 in October.

    Active listings numbered 122, or 60 percent of the total inventory at the end of October.

    For details on these categories and further analysis reported by the Darien MLS:

  • The Allen Report: Stamford Advocate Spotlights Berkshire Hathaway

    Posted Under: General Area in Fairfield County  |  September 30, 2013 5:56 AM  |  576 views  |  No comments

    Stamford Advocate Spotlights Berkshire Hathaway 

    The kickoff of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America New England affiliate was the main story on the front page of the Stamford Advocate's Business section yesterday.

    The headline on the article was, "Warren Buffet takes a bite out of Conn. real estate."

    The arrival of Berkshire Hathaway on the residential real estate scene could be a "game changer" across the country, said Katherine Pancak at the University of Connecticut, according to the Advocate's Richard Lee.

    "Prudential Connecticut's presence in Fairfield County gives Berkshire Hathway HomeServices a strong foothold in the region, known for its wealth and its status as a corporate center," she said.

    "Any national or international brokerage agency wants to have a presence in southwest Connecticut.  There's a lot of relocation in and out of southwest Connecticut," Pancak said.

    Pancak is a University of Connecticut professor of real estate and finance and a member of UConn's Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies, Lee reported.

    For more:  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Warren-Buffet-takes-a-bite-out-of-Conn-real-4852766.php#photo-5241041

  • The Allen Report: Introducing the Future of Real Estate

    Posted Under: General Area in Darien  |  September 26, 2013 5:49 AM  |  861 views  |  No comments

    Introducing the Future of Real Estate

    Prudential Connecticut Realty began operating today as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties.

    As one of the organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, BHHS New England will redefine real estate in its region and across the country, the company said.

    The change is introducing the future of real estate, BHHS said.

    This new venture will help its agents meet their clients' and customers' real estates needs even better than before.

    Please give me a call today, and let's get started on that new real estate project you've had in mind. 
  • The Allen Report: The Twists and Turns of Building One World Trade

    Posted Under: General Area in Fairfield County  |  September 12, 2013 8:22 AM  |  1,417 views  |  2 comments
    One World Trade Center Tops Out, Port Authority of NY/NJ, 2013:

    The Twists and Turns of Building One World Trade in New York

    Twelve years after terrorists destroyed New York's Twin Towers, the redevelopment of the 16-acre site --  including the signature skyscraper, One World Trade Center -- continues, Eliot Brown reports on Wall Street Journal.com.

    The largest project on  the site, One World Trade, offers a lens into the broader rebuilding effort.

    For more::  http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2013/09/11/the-twists-and-turns-of-building-one-world-trade/
  • The Allen Report: Shots of Home from Almost a Billion Miles Away

    Posted Under: General Area in Fairfield County  |  July 23, 2013 7:27 AM  |  485 views  |  2 comments
    Earth seen from Saturn by Cassini spacecraft, NASA.Petapixel/Flipboard, 2013:

    Shots of Home from Almost a Billion Miles Away

    Were you smiling a lot last Friday afternoon, asks David Becker on Petapixel.

    He said he hopes so, because that's when you and your seven billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session with the Cassini spacecraft.

    Orbiting above Saturn almost a billion miles away, the craft turned its camera toward Earth to  capture some spectacular images of our planet with Saturn's rings in the foreground, Becker wrote.

    For more:http://petapixel.com/2013/07/22/cassini-snaps-new-photographs-showing-earth-next-to-saturns-rings/

  • The Allen Report: Katharine Hepburn Estate in Connecticut for Sale

    Posted Under: General Area in Fairfield County  |  July 11, 2013 6:51 AM  |  512 views  |  2 comments
    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Adam's Rib, 1949:

    Katharine Hepburn Estate in Connecticut for Sale

    Katharine Hepburn's former home, an expansive estate on Long Island Sound in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook, CT, is on the market.

    The Hepburn home with views of Long Island Sound has been extensively renovated and updated by the current owner.  It features six bedrooms, each with its own bath, and more than 8,000 square feet of living space, according to the listing agent, Colette Harron, with William Pitt/Sotheby's.

    The estate is made up of three parcels.  Purchasers can buy the entire 3.45 acre estate for $30 million, or just the land and the main house for $28 million, or the main house on its 1.45 acre lot with pond, dock and beach for $18 million, Harron said.

    For more:  http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-660-4323474/katharine-hepburn-former-estate-old-saybrook-ct-06475

    For a video tour:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VffTJ3LaBlU

  • The Allen Report: Email Beating Twitter, Facebook for Online Sales

    Posted Under: General Area in Fairfield County  |  July 1, 2013 7:39 AM  |  411 views  |  No comments

    Email, Ariel Zambelich/Wired, July 2013:

    Email Beating Twitter, Facebook for Online Sales

    If Twitter and Facebook are "must haves" for a company to be taken seriously in 2013, do they deliver sales?

    Email appears to be far more important for selling stuff online than Twitter or Facebook, Marcus Wohlsen reports on today's Wired.com.

    Online retailers quadrupled the rate of customers acquired through email to nearly seven percent over the past four years, according to a new report from Custora, a marketing data company, Wohlsen wrote.

    Over that same period, Facebook barely registers as a way to make a sale.  Twitter, meanwhile, doesn't register at all, he said.

    For more:  http://www.wired.com/business/2013/07/email-crushing-twitter-facebook/
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