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By Laura Feghali | Agent in Stamford, CT
  • Stamford CT Taxpayers Can Appeal Property Assessments

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Agent2Agent in Stamford, Home Ownership in Stamford  |  March 12, 2014 7:42 AM  |  514 views  |  No comments

    Many Stamford home owners were shocked at the tax increase on their properties after the re-evaluation in 2012 and were frustrated that they did not have enough time to appeal the assessment.  They now have until March 20th to apply to the Board of Assessment Appeals. 

    The application can be found on the city's web site under "Property Assessments". Here is the link: http://www.stamfordct.gov/board-of-assessment-appeals.

    Check out the article below for more details:

    Residents of Stamford who wish to appeal their property assessment are now able to download the application and must have it submitted no later than Thursday, March 20. 

    Residents have the option to either complete the appeal application online, or can download the application and send it to the following address:

    888 Washington Blvd.
    6th Floor
    Stamford, CT 06901

    This will be the first opportunity for residents to appeal their assessment since learning of the tax implications following the revaluation that took place in December 2012. 

    After the application is submitted, the Board of Assessment Appeals will notify residents of the time and date of their hearing. The board anticipates that appeal hearings will begin in April. 

    Residents should come to their hearing with any and all evidence to help explain why an assessment may be incorrect. 

    In the past, property owners have presented appraisals, photographs, copies of deeds denoting easements or restrictions, as well as data on comparable properties in their neighborhoods.

    If the Board of Appeals decides to lower an assessment, residents will see a credit issued to their July 1, 2014 tax bill. 

    Appellants who feel aggrieved by the Board or are dissatisfied with their decisions may appeal to the Superior Court in their jurisdiction to hear the case within 60 days of notice.

    Source: stamforddailyvoice.com

  • Deloitte Signs 15 Year Lease At Stamford's BLT Financial Centre

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Agent2Agent in Stamford, In My Neighborhood in Stamford  |  January 24, 2014 10:23 AM  |  471 views  |  No comments

    Deloitte, one of the world's largest professional services organizations, will be the anchor tenant for the building at 695 East Main St., which previously housed General Reinsurance Corp.'s North American headquarters.  Deloitte will use the new space to consolidate its Wilton and Stamford offices into one location. They are expected to begin operations in the new location by the fourth quarter of 2014.

    Check out the article below for more details:

    "Deloitte is precisely the type of prominent corporate tenant we envisioned for BLT Financial Centre when we acquired the asset and made the commitment to bring it up to the standards of a premier commercial complex," said Carl Kuehner, CEO of Building and Land Technology (BLT). "This lease signing signals a new beginning for the well-located and modernized BLT Financial Centre and a strengthening of Stamford's prominence as a regional business center."

    BLT purchased the vacant property in 2012 and began an extensive renovation and repositioning of the 594,000 square-foot office campus, including renaming it the BLT Financial Centre. Situated on 6.55 acres, the BLT Financial Centre is comprised of two interconnected six-story buildings, the Clock Tower and Main Building. New upgrades underway include a full-service cafeteria with atrium seating, a fitness center and exterior courtyard for special events. Tenants also receive concierge service and shuttle service to the Stamford Transportation Center.

    Source: The Commercial Record

  • FHA Will Reduce Loan Limit Amounts in 2014

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Stamford, Home Buying in Stamford, Financing in Stamford  |  December 9, 2013 10:13 AM  |  461 views  |  No comments

    The Federal Housing Administration will be reducing the amount it’ll insure on high-cost mortgages starting in the new year. Check out the new loan limits below as it affects Fairfield County.

    Beginning on Jan. 1, all FHA loans will be capped in high-cost areas at $625,500, reduced from the current cap of $729,750. FHA will keep its current loan limits in place in areas where housing costs are lower than $271,050. The new loan limit for the highest cost areas will affect about 650 counties, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

    FHA insures loans for buyers with down payments as low as 3.5 percent. The agency raised its limits during the financial crisis to help more home buyers, and the program quadrupled as a result. However, it faced mounting defaults and losses. 

    “As the housing market continues its recovery, it is important for FHA to evaluate the role we need to play,” says FHA Commissioner Carol Galante. “Implementing lower loan limits is an important and appropriate step as private capital returns to portions of the market and enables FHA to concentrate on those borrowers that are still underserved.”

    Source: realtormag.realtor.org

  • Merritt Parkway Lane Closures Week of November 18th

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Traffic & Public Transportation in Stamford, In My Neighborhood in Stamford  |  November 15, 2013 10:49 AM  |  495 views  |  2 comments
    Here are the updates on lane closures and limitations on the Merritt Parkway in the Stamford area beginning on Monday, November 18th.  Plan accordingly.

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a temporary barrier is being installed along the right shoulders on Route 15 in Stamford and New Canaan.  The barrier work will begin in the southbound direction just north of the Exit 37 off ramp in New Canaan starting Monday night, November 18. 
     
    The project limits extend from the Greenwich town line in Stamford just north of Exit 31, North Street, to the vicinity of Exit 37, Route 124 (South Avenue) in New Canaan.
     
    LANE CLOSURE INFO –
     
    Route 15 NB    
    Monday-Thursday 8 PM to 6 AM
    Friday 8 PM to 11 AM Saturday
    Saturday 7 PM to 10 AM Sunday
    Sunday 8 PM to 6 AM Monday
     
    Route 15 SB
    Monday-Thursday 7 PM to 6 AM following day
    Friday 7 PM to 9 AM Saturday  
    Saturday 7 PM to 10 AM Sunday
    Sunday 9 PM to 6 AM Monday
     
    Ramp Areas
    Monday – Friday 10 AM TO 2 PM and 7 PM to 6 AM
     
    Other Roadways
    Monday – Friday 9 AM to 3 PM and 6 PM to 6 AM
    Saturday and Sunday 6 PM to 10 AM 
     
  • Stamford CT Ranks #1 Best City In State

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Home Buying in Stamford, Home Selling in Stamford  |  October 25, 2013 9:37 AM  |  383 views  |  No comments
    Woohoo!  According to Connecticut Magazine, Stamford ranked best city in the state based on the low crime rate, best economy, and median prices on homes.

    Check out the article below for more information:

    http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/neighbors/stamford-gets-top-ranking-connecticut-magazines-city-list


    Source: Stamford Daily Voice
  • Metro-North Train Weekly/Monthly Ticket Holders To Receive Credit

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Traffic & Public Transportation in Stamford, In My Neighborhood in Stamford  |  October 2, 2013 10:48 AM  |  547 views  |  No comments
    Attention Metro-North train commuters! The MTA just announced today that weekly and monthly ticket holders will receive a credit because of the disruption of service.

    Check it out:

    The Board of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) today approved a credit for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line customers with monthly or weekly tickets during the ongoing power outage. The railroad also announced that service on the line will be increased to about 65% of normal on Wednesday. 
     
    An implementation plan as to how the credits will be received is now being developed and will be announced later this week on the MTA website, mta.info. Any customer with a monthly or weekly ticket for transportation during this incident is advised to retain the ticket.
  • Downtown Stamford Conn. Arts and Crafts Event

    Posted Under: General Area in Stamford, Entertainment & Nightlife in Stamford, Shopping & Local Amenities in Stamford  |  September 16, 2013 8:44 AM  |  802 views  |  No comments
    Next weekend, on the 21st and 22nd,  heralds the annual Arts and Crafts on Bedford Street. The public is invited to shop numerous artisans craft boutiques and enjoy dining in many of downtown Stamford's sidewalk cafes.  There are kid-friendly activites including a rock climbing wall and live music will be available on Saturday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The free event is open from 10:00am-8:00pm on Saturday and from 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday.

    For more information visit www.stamford-downtown.com
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