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Home Buying in Glastonbury : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 16, 2015
Frustrated Buyer asked:
The house is in CT, owned by a relocation company since 9/14. Relocation company failed to obtain easement from Town to access driveway. This delayed closing. We lost our rate lock and…
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Mon Oct 13, 2014
Eugene Dean answered:
I think that most people would enjoy an in-ground pool. The only disadvantage is the extra maintenance requirements. Like you said, though, pools are pretty easy to keep up with these days. Some families with small children might be concerned about the safety hazards.
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Wed Jun 18, 2014
Shelby Lamarre answered:
You make a very good point Jamie! I have had a lot of clients recently that were looking at rentals and had no idea that they could qualify for a mortgage. I have even saved them money because the house they were looking to rent would've cost them more than they are now paying for their mortgage! ... more
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Mon May 12, 2014
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Thu Apr 17, 2014
Jennifer Fivelsdal answered:
This will depend on the individual, for some a kitchens with granite counters, others a basement or a large master suite. etc.....
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Wed Apr 9, 2014
Susan Lahrmann answered:
I would be happy to assist you in finding a rent to own property. I've had success with this in the past. Call me and we can begin the process!
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Mon Apr 7, 2014
Jamie R. Bell, GRI asked:
This question was posed on a social media site and it made me wonder what buyer's really thought about this concept. A busy Realtor was looking to hire an assistant or showing agent to show…
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Fri Feb 15, 2013
Dave Rose answered:
I am a licensed mortgage lender, have an office and live in Glastonbury.

i have been in the mortgage business, all in Central CT, since 1988.

This would take, less than 1 hour, to get you properly qualified and pre-approved. If you are self employed or earn more than 25% of your income, as commission...I will first need your complete 2011 and 2012, federal tax returns.

Dave Rose
Residential Mortgage Services, Inc.

MLO # 67007

Cell # 860-796-2727
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Sanam Solati answered:
Toll Brothers is rather selective when choosing to purchase land. If they feel the ROI is not be as strong as other lots within the subdivision, they typically pass on them. Since this particular lot isn't woven into the true neighborhood feel Toll is known to create, they chose not to build on it. Catarino Bros. are highly reputable custom builders in town and have built some homes in and around the neighborhood. If you would like more information, I'm happy to help.

Sanam Solati Yurczyk
Black Rock Homes LLC
Glastonbury, CT
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Mon Nov 7, 2011
Laura Feghali answered:
Hi Steve,
As Scott mentioned, you will probably have to add your listing manually as the property was not picked up by a feed apparently.

To add it manually, click on the "Buy" tab at the top of your screen. A drop down menu will appear with a tab that says "FREE list a property". Here you can add all the details including copy, photos, virtual tours, and Open House times. It will take from 24-48 hours for your listing to appear.

Also, you can contact a Trulia moderator to find out why your listing is not being picked up by a feed at:

1-888-466-3501 during CA business hours 7:00am-4:00pm.

Good luck!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Sat Feb 26, 2011
jo answered:
6-8k SF. would be nice...So long as the home is built towards the front edge so you have plenty of room in the backyard.
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Tue Mar 2, 2010
Michelle Grant answered:
Personally I would choose Glatonbury because I don't like the sprawl of Manchester but it's a personal preference. What about Vernon Lake street area or Bolton?
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Sat Oct 31, 2009
Brent Bell answered:

Your first two tasks, as my colleagues have mentioned, are to be pre-approved for a mortgage and to find a strong, experienced real estate agent to represent you. Once you have accomplished those steps, it is fine to look at homes in "Under Deposit-Continue to Show status." When my clients ask about homes in this status, I offer to contact the listing agent to inquire about the home. Sometimes we learn that everything looks very strong and cross that home off the list. Other times, we learn that the transaction is crumbling and end up with advance notice that the property is coming back on the market! ... more
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Thu Oct 22, 2009
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Wed Oct 14, 2009
John Valdez answered:
I noticed a lot of lengthy answers. Cliff Notes: Seller predetermines listing rate before the house is marketed, whatever it be it is going to be paid whether a buyer agent is involved or not. Don't get me wrong, buyers do come out of pocket to pay fees associated with obtaining the loan, paying the appraiser, home inspector, attorney. But when I get to closing, it is customary (in Greater Hartford County) that a check be cut to me and handed to me by the sellers attorney. ... more
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Sun Feb 22, 2009
Phil answered:
Prices just about doubled from 2001 to 2004, so my random guess is $450,000.
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Sun Feb 22, 2009
Robert Konnor answered:
Glastonbury is a great town and there are very few areas which are considered on "the other side of the tracks". The realtors by law cannot tell you that you may want to avoid the area by housing project or won't tell you the house well water is low during the summer months, etc...

Rte 94 or Hebron Ave is a major road that runs the entire town. I would recommend that you look at all the home in Glastonbury. Glastonbury has some of the best neighborhoods in the state and it is very a desirable place to live and raise kids. Also, it is a very commuter friendly town due to its proximity to the highways and Hartford. This was one of the main reason why I chose to live in Glastonbury.

When it comes to resales the basic colonial house wins out over a contemporary. While that old home on Main street may look charming also consider that parts of Main St are also Rte 17 and is a busy noisy road. Also, how far out do you want to live? Rte 2 backs up quite a bit if you are a commuter.

The good homes in Glastonbury are snapped up. Also, make the realtors work for you . Consider working with an agent from each of the big realtors. They usually steer their clients to showings of new homes that are just listed before releasing to the other agencies. They will deny this but I have seen it done.
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Thu Feb 19, 2009
Jessica Beganski answered:
Your own buyer's agent will:
- research the home for you (town records)
- research comparable properties (what has sold, what is selling) and if the price you're paying is reasonable
- will attend the inspection with you and help you to negotiate repair items
- bring to your attention defects in the property but also point out the benefits
- refer you to competent contractors and other service providers
- manage the purchase for you by making sure everything is done on time and will guide the process along
- attend the closing with you to make sure everything goes smoothly
- be there after the sale to make sure everything is to your satisfaction

The listing agent's job is to get the house sold for the most amount of money so they aren't going to do anything to help you get a better deal.

Yes, a buyers agent is technically free because you don't pay for their service out of pocket. But the agent commission is a factor in the sales price so ultimately, a buyer does pay.

There really is no reason not to hire your own agent - why pay for a service that you don't get.
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Sat Feb 7, 2009
Ralph Ovalle answered:
Great points, Kristina and Dan.

Interesting how Nancy mentioned the word "range".
All stratas within any given town sell differently.
I did a quick Absorption Rate calculation to come up with the current number of months of inventory in that $250,000 to $300,000 range to 6.6 (SF only; no condos). This compares dramatically lower than the overall Absorption Rate for all of Glastonbury of 11.9. On average for both the last 3 months and the last 6 months, 3.3 single family homes close each month in Glastonbury/South Glastonbury within the listing price of $250,000 to $300,000.

For you, Nancy, that means the price range you are looking at moves faster than the general market in our town. As Kristina and Dan said so well, the real estate market is fluid and changing all the time within the strata you are looking in. Hopefully you have someone you are working with so as not to lose that special home to another when it hits the market.
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Mon Jan 26, 2009
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