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Westport : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Matt Murray answered:
Very nice, but it depends what appeals to you as opposed to any one else. Please contact me and I would be happy to explain in more detail and learn what are your needs and desires.
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Fri Oct 3, 2014
Matt Murray answered:
Vision Appraisal for Westport, Darien and New Canaan have separate vendors for their tax info. Those have the most of the tax information you would need (appraised and assessed amounts, physical size of the structures and properties. Please contact me and I can set you up with links. ... more
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Tue Mar 5, 2013
Jay Cooke answered:
Hi Nancy,

I've shown this house a number of times and love it. The problem is the floor plan. On the right side you walk directly into the kitchen family room, on the left side the rooms are small with the low ceilings. There is no garage.
If you are willing to do work, I think this could be really neat. I'd add a garage and better master. On the other side, I'd be tempted to open the living room and have a soaring space with the beams. The other side would then become a loft. Now I haven't checked with Town Hall to see that this is do-able. If I remember correctly, this is a probable short sale.
If you buy this house without a plan to make improvements or changes just remember how long it's been on the market and how hard it has been to find a buyer. Time will not alter the challenges of a future resale, change will.
Jay Cooke
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Matt Murray answered:
Yes there is a good selection and depending on rental terms and bedrooms there might be some very nice choices. Please contact me and I will help you with searching for the right place for you.

Matt Murray

Mobile 203.856.3703
The Higgins Group/Christie's International Real Estate
a Connecticut Licensee
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Thu Dec 27, 2012
Bernie Cobb answered:
It may have been a short sale, bank owned, Fannie Mae owned or some distressed sale. It also may have been reported wrong....go online and check the county records to verify $279,000 is accurate. ... more
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Wed Sep 4, 2013
helenhenry2011 answered:
***To clarity 94 Meadow Wood Drive Greenwich CT.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Deb Halsey answered:
There are often homes that are for rent that are also on the market for sale....all of these are considerations of a proposal to the owner(s)....each case is different. If you are not already working with an agent, please let me know if you need representation, and I would be happy to help you. ... more
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Thu Aug 30, 2012
Westport Realty Goup answered:
Hi Mark!
Westport is definitely the town to be in. We have a downtown theater (once run by Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, a long time resident of Westport). We also have free concerts every night
in the summer on the Levitt Pavilion, behind the library, and this coming week-end we have the art
festival on Main Street. We also have two train stations with express trains to NYC (about 1 hour
commute). We do have a mid-century modern listing at $775,000 that needs some work. Hopefully
the link below will open for you with more details:
Click the following URL to see the listings:

I added two more listings, a little out of your price range, but you never know. One of them keeps getting reductions.

If interested in seeing these, please give me a call: 203 722-2230.

Vera Ruud
Westport Realty Group
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Hannelore Kaplan answered:
Mortgage insurance is required for FHA loans and is in place to pay the lender in the event of a foreclosure.
In turn the lender passes the deed to HUD.
Please consult your attorney.
Hannelore Kaplan
Mobile: (914) 450-3880
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Tue Jun 12, 2012
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Selling a home for less than what is owed is called a 'short sale' and it is done all the time. Tell your agent right away exactly the situation you are in. You should look the house up on to see if your house qualifies as a HAFA short sale. There are benefits to HAFA and you no longer have to occupy the home. You will see there that you need to have suffered some sort of 'hardship' but don't worry, your change in job situation qualifies as a hardship. Depending on whether you have other assets, or whether the home qualifies for HAFA you may not even have to pay any of the balance back to the bank, and in some circumstances, you may even qualify for money to help you relocate. Your credit score will have taken a hit due to the missed payments but if you work at it you should be able to fix that and obtain your goal of buying again in the next 1-3 years. Nothing lasts forever. ... more
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Judy Szablak answered:
The complex owns four units here. There is only one owner that is registered as owning two units and they are not adjoining each other. My guess would be that two units have not been combined to make one as of yet, however, it does not mean that you cannot accomplish that if it is your wish to do so. A review of by-laws for the complex regulations would be very helpful.
Hope that helps

Judy Szablak
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Tue Jan 31, 2012
Judy Szablak answered:
Hi Roxy,
There are just about 300 apartments available in Fairfield and Norwalk alone. There is *most certainly* something available for you that will fit your budget. You just have to be ready when it comes up. I wouldn't rule out Westport, either. I would be happy to help you.

Judy Szablak Realtor
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Sat Mar 24, 2012
Deb Halsey answered:
Most likely it is because the owners have not been willing to negotiate to the extent that most buyers have offered. The $41,000 tax price may have something to do with it, as compared with other homes in Greenwich that are available. My guess is that it also suffers from market was reduced once during its history from $6,228,888 to it's present price of $5,295,000. Just guessing..... ... more
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Mon May 16, 2011
Joan Braunschweiger answered:
How about pricing a house competitively? :)

Seems to me if a house is priced right (based on location, condition, etc) , that's the only incentive a buyer needs.
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Tue Aug 2, 2011
Nancye Fritz answered:
NOt sure about your question- are you looking for a rwo bedroom cottage- or asking about this one because you are thinking of adding on?
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Sat Sep 17, 2016
Lisa Jones answered:
THAT is a loaded question because there are so many variables...
Let me give you a range of possibility.
First you must file an application and get a permit for your project to ensure you are not later in a precarious position and perhaps forced to undo what you started. That being said, from the lowest, being and addition on top of a pre-existing foundation, like over a garage, with no bells and whistles (no plumbing, complicated ectrical and minimal inexpensive windows, you can start at $150 a square foot (@$13K with just the basics for a thrifty box) go the detailed and more structurally complex and begin by doubling this, so if you need to dig & pour foundation, want plumbing, nicer windows, internal walls/doors, hardware fixtures...20 - 50K depending on the scope of your project, if you are doing wood shingled roof, copper gutters, french drains, Pella windows, Stickly cabinetry...well, sky's the limit!
Now if this is an add-on element, today's modular pre-fab options may surprise you both in high quality and levels of finishing and they start around $90 a foot!
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Fri Jan 28, 2011
Jodi Boxer Realty Group answered:
Presumably, the street is a Westport street, yet the house itself is located in Norwalk. I don't think it will do any good to petition it, but you can try calling the Board of Ed. You can also ask them about the possibility of paying to attend the Westport schools, if you'd be willing to do that. ... more
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Sun Jan 23, 2011
Julie Laten answered:
Typically they are over priced or the seller has a sentimental tie to the home. Check with a local realtor. Have him or her do a market analysis. If you are interested in the home make your best offer and see how it plays out. Many times if it's not sentimental the seller will accept a lower offer. I can't stress to you enough that you will also want to have your own inspection of the property done by a professional inspector. The best money you will ever spend. If the problem is structural or physical you don't want to buy those. ... more
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Sun Nov 28, 2010
Elizabeth Herbert answered:
Not necessarily. it could be a number of things, as there are thousands of reasons why people move. Have you tried talking to someof the people going into/coming out of the building? Neighbors are a gold mine of information about a property for sale.

If you are concerned about people "fleeing" from something, check the demographics of the neighborhood here;
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