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Home Buying in Darien : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Nov 16, 2012
Hannelore Kaplan answered:
Ashish,
Searching for recently sold homes in the same zip code with similiar attributes is a good way to estimate value & purchase price. Consider working with a trained professional who is knowledgeable about the local neighborhood and can access more precise information including pending sales to determine the proper offer price and future value of home.
Feel free to call me with questions.
Hannelore Kaplan
CHAIRMAN'S ELITE SALES VICE PRESIDENT
NEW CANAAN OFFICE #1 PRODUCER 2011
Mobile: (914) 450-3880
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45 Field Point Road Greenwich CT 06830
4 Elm Street New Canaan CT 06840
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Thu Nov 15, 2012
Stephan von Jena answered:
Hi Ashish -
It can be, but that depends on location, overall condition and what the current renovations include. Your idea of a "new kitchen" may not be the same as a buyer 10 years from now. If your plan is to trade the property in 10 years, you should include a plan that brings the overall property up to today’s standards in terms of what purchasing consumers want and expect. Property appreciation can never be guaranteed, but a sound strategy beginning with the purchase of the property and what improvements might be justified to improve its value is the key. I would be happy to assist you in this process with no obligation. Just let me know.
Cheers -

Stephan von Jena
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
1057 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
203-434-8472
svonjena@wpsir.com
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Sat Aug 11, 2012
Stephan von Jena answered:
Hi Benefactor -
I can see one else rendered some help here, so....... put candidly, you've got to call an attorney to determine if you have a case; unfortunately, there really is no other way. There are many qualified attorney's in Darien and in the neighboring towns; simply call one or more to determine a preference and be prepared with all the necessary documentation of your transaction. Below are a couple of firms I have used many times and recommend to my clients:

Glen J. Moore, Esq.
Carta, McAlister & Moore, LLC
1120 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Office - (203) 202-3110
FAX – (203) 202-3102
glen@cmm-law.com

David J. Rucci
Lampert, Toohey & Rucci
46 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Office – (203) 972-8100
FAX – (203) 801-4306
david@ltr-law.com

I wish you the best of luck and hope things will turn out ok!
Cheers -

Stephan von Jena
REALTOR® - Your #1 Real Estate Source!
William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty
1057 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
(F) 203-655-4046
(M) 203-434-8472
(email) svonjena@wpsir.com
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Fri Nov 16, 2012
Mitch Roberts answered:
The short answer is yes. But there are, of course, other variables that can affect the value of the house. If the surrounding multi-family properties are already built, it will be easier to assess the impact on the single-family property in question. if not, it is difficult to fully assess future impact, as things like aesthetics and density of the future development are unknown. A real estate professional can help you analyze previous sold properties in the area to determine current value of the home you are considering. I'd be glad to help you, just contact me at mroberts@wpsir.com ... more
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Wed May 2, 2012
Casey Considine Lange answered:
Properties near the water are very desirable in this area. Some of the private associations offer beaches and/or docking for association homes. The disadvantage is that they have higher taxes. ... more
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Tue May 1, 2012
Stephan von Jena answered:
Hi Nashah -
Me again - the only real way to determine actual costs on flood insurance is to ask your current insurance broker and then call two or three more and get comparative costs. You will need the properties address and the town's assessed value (tax card) for the insurance broker. You can go to town hall and get this info or I would be happy to get it for you - just let me know.

Stephan von Jena
william Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
1057 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
203-434-8472
svonjena@wpsir.com
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Tue May 1, 2012
Casey Considine Lange answered:
Antique homes have charm and character like no other home. Confirm with an inspection that the home has been maintained properly over the years. Updating the home for todays lifestyle will always be a good investment. ... more
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Fri Dec 10, 2010
Phyllis Alfieri answered:
Hi Jill what are you looking to renovate?
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
To find the owner you can check the local public records department or ask a neighbor(s)--or any local agent can help you, contact any realty office(s) and inquire--due to privacy reasons, not sure any agent will give a name in a public forum. ... more
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
Marcus Santore answered:
email me and let me know if you are looking at commercial/residential. I will pull all that has sold for you.

Thanks

Marcus Santore
marcus.santore@gmail.com
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
Len Schwartz answered:
Hi Maureen.
Many towns let you look up the real estate transaction records online. I don't believe Darien does. Norwalk and Stamford do. In your case, you will probably have to go down to the Town Clerk's office and request the info. (Room 101 of the Town Hall. The hours are 8:30 - 4:30, Monday through Friday. Call 656-7307 for information.) There should be no charge to access the public records. These records are usually available 24 hours after the closing. Online, it often takes 3-4 weeks to be updated.
Hope that helps.
Len Schwartz
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