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Helpful Links and Information.

 

NARPM ~ National Association of Residential Property Managers is the professional, educational and ethical leader for the residential property management industry.

IREM ~ Institute of Real Estate Management has been the source for real estate management professionals for over 75 years with local chapters in every state.

CAR ~ Connecticut Association of Realtors represents over 14,000 real estate professionals and provides valuable consumer information.

NAIL ~ National Association of Independent Landlords helps in finding good tenants. FREE Rental Application Form.

WPSIR ~ William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty is a great resource for town information, housing statistics, real estate for sale and rent.

 

~ Protect your family from Lead Based Paints ~ PDF     http://www.ctrealtor.com/secure/pdfs/leadpdfE.pdf 

 

~ Fire Safety Fact Sheets by NFPA 

 

~ Sample Lease Form courtesy of Greenwich MLS.


~ Sample Rental Application form from National Association of Indepentent Landlords
http://landlordassociation.com/RENTAPP.pdf 

 

~ Facts concerning Connecticut Security Deposits from the Greenwich MLS. 

 

~ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement, HUD.gov                               Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

 

~ National Association of Realtor's Code of Ethic's Poster.

~ Tips On Finding Property Managers.

 

Green Links at these websites below:

Links for Green Sustainable Building, Rebates and Information.

Green Building & Sustainable Lifestyle Tips, Articles and Links.

 

Greening your property checklist.

 

 

Helpful Articles for Homeowner's & Tenants.

Jun
12

When Selling Your Home Should You Improve or Not?

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Landlords and home owners need to consider if it is in their best interest to do house and property improvements or not when it comes to selling their property. This is a huge point of consideration for sellers and should be discuss this with their local experience Realtor® with estimated costs involved and potential return of investment.

Buyers will come in two groups:-

  • The group who wants a bargain and are willing to trade hard work for sweat equity.
  • The group who wants move-in ready.

If the seller would prefer not to spend any money then this is will equate to a tradeoff in list price. But sometimes the tradeoff is uneven and a few hundred dollars spent on improvements and maintenance might improve the sales price by thousands.

The other point is the sellers time frame, in general move in ready homes tend to sell more quickly. With a little research and some quotes the seller might find out that some home improvement upfront will allow substantial returns in both money and selling time.

Here is a list of quick fixes that frequently help to increase a property’s value:

  • Curb appeal of the home, update and new landscape along with painting.
  • Interior painting and de-cluttering.
  • Refurbish, upgrade or remodel of kitchen and/or bathroom.
  • Addition of crown molding, built-in cabinets.
  • Refinished wood floors.
  • Cleaning of windows, inside of house and yard to allow buyers to focus on property.

 

To read more about home improvements and what they can deliver please click on Cost Vs Value Real Estate Remodeling & Trends ~ 2014. 

For additional information go to:-

Pay Back on Green Home Improvements

2014 Bathroom Trend’s for the Home. 

Top 10 Kitchen Design Mistakes | Raleigh Custom Home Design 

Home Staging Works → Great Photos = More Traffic Sales! 

Best Tips for Selling Your Connecticut Home. 

 

Buyers and Sellers looking for step by step assistance in Fairfield County contact David Popoff at DMK Real Estate in Darien, Connecticut.

May
12

School Ratings & Reviews Websites for Connecticut.

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May 12th, 2015

Nationwide and Connecticut there are many good websites to help you find out school rankings, size of class, enrollment, student to teacher ratios, test scoring and more. Take a look and pick out the one the best fits your needs:-

Connecticut Only

ReportCards.conncan.org maps out schools with grade color score and lets you compare schools as well.

 

For your specific state visit their “State Department of Education” website to view Annual Performance Reports and School Profiles. For Connecticut go to the Strategic School Profile at

http://sdeportal.ct.gov/Cedar/WEB/ResearchandReports/SSPReports.aspx?type=SSP

 

Nationwide.

1. The National Center for Education is a government run site mandated by Congress to collect, collate, analyze and report statistics on the American education system.

2. School Digger provides an exclusive ranking system of statewide public schools from best to worst. This site is simple and easy to use.

3.  Education.com provides ratings on the schools and also has a ‘Just Ask Q&A’ section is very helpful.

4. Greatschools.org has number ranking 1 through 10.

 

5. k12.niche.com gives grades to different schools and programs.

 

 

*Note: - Because of the legislation of the Fair Housing Act a real estate agent cannot legally share school information because it can be perceived as steering buyers to a certain neighborhood.

The government want to make sure that home purchase decisions are based on the property’s fair value and to stop agents from steering clients toward or away from certain neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Act  prohibits real estate agents from discussing household income, schools, religious makeup of a neighborhood along with race, color, religion, ethnicity, disabilities and familial status.

 

 

For more information on Home Trends in Fairfield County, Connecticut contact DMK Real Estate.  DMK providing step by step real estate assistance for buyers, sellers, builders, landlords and tenants.

 

Mar
19

Steps by Step Assistance to Buying a Connecticut Home.

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March 19th, 2015

#1 key point is to Find the right Realtor® for you.

This is by far the most important step in buying a home is deciding who to hire as your Realtor®. Not all licensed real estate agents are Realtors®. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) who subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics and are required to take a certain number of continuing educational courses. Along with that NAR provides advanced educational and professional requirements to  Realtors who can earn specialty designations from NAR such as Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Short Sale & Foreclosure, Resort Property Specialist just to mention a few. When you pick your buyer’s representative Realtor® look at their:

  • Experience and Credentials
  • References
  • Knowledge
  • Services Provided
  • Personality
  • Compensation

Once you pick your Realtor® they will become your buyer’s representative which involves signing a buyer’s agency agreement. With this agreement comes fiduciary duties that your Realtor® owes you. This means that they will protect your confidential information, act in your best interests, adhere to specific responsibilities, obligations and provide a high standard of good faith and loyalty.

Your Realtor® will work with you and:

  • Learn about your needs and requirements of a home.
  • Educate you about the local housing market.
  • Answer questions about the neighborhood and community.
  • Guide you through the home buying process, documents and paperwork.
  • Negotiate the best terms for you.
  • Make sure deadlines are met.
  • Coordination of inspections and services
  • Mediate any issues
  • Keep things on track the process moving forward.
  • Recommend quality support services such as attorneys, mortgage professionals, home inspectors, etc.
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#2 is to Build your team. Attorney, mortgage broker/banker, home inspector, contractors, insurance agents.

Start putting together your list of supportive professionals that you will need as part of your team for purchasing a house. Your Realtor® can help you with this but as well ask friends, family and work colleges for additional recommendations ahead of time so you do not have to rush at the last minute. This will also help you with your budget and cost associated with buying a home.

#3 is to Get a mortgage pre-approval

Before even looking at homes get a mortgage pre-qualification or pre-approval from your local mortgage professional. This will be done at no cost to you but will give you a clear number on what you can afford and qualify for. As well your mortgage professional can explain the different mortgage programs and plans along with rates and cost. Another key point is to know your credit status; you can a get a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major reporting bureaus.

#4 is to Determine your needs & wants.

What are your needs, close to public transportation, bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, garage, etc. Along with this determine locations, neighborhoods, house style & features, lot characteristics, specific features at home (i.e. fence for pets, in-law suite, and children). This list will help you search for properties that fit your basic requirements in a home.

Your wants or wish list are different, they can be compromised if necessary such as finished basement, fireplace, additional square footage, updated kitchen, etc…

#5 is to Start looking at homes.

With today’s internet it is easy to start looking; Realtor.com has the most up to date list of homes for sale or rent. Along with that drive through neighborhoods, check out community amenities, research local schools and household demographics. Talk to friends, family and work colleges they might know of a house not on the market yet. If you find a home you like talk to the neighbors, remember just ask the more information you have the better of a decision you can make. As you view homes keep a comparison list to help you decide what is the best home and price for your specific lifestyle.

#6 is Time to make an offer

Now you have found that home, pull up comparison properties that have sold plus use the other properties you have viewed to come to a sound offer. Figure out your contingencies, building inspection, other inspections such as well & sewer, mortgage contingency, etc.

#7 is the Home Inspections, Obtaining Mortgage, Insurance, Attorney Review & Title Insurance.

Once your offer is accepted it is time to hurry up and get all your inspections done, if need be get quotes on major repairs. Contact your attorney so he can review the contracts, get house insurance quotes and get your mortgage professional on the move regarding the mortgage application, appraisal and all of your documentations. Start comparing quotes for movers and book them early, use a moving checklist. You will also want to contact the Utility companies and have the accounts moved into your name on closing day.

#8 is Closing ~ Final Walk through, prepare for closing costs, finalize mortgage, and get ready to move.

Day of closing do a final walk through of the home and property with your Realtor® to make sure there is no damage. Make sure you have enough money for closing, closing costs can add up, your mortgage professional and Realtor® can help you with this.

Congratulations you are now a homeowner.

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For more detailed step by step guideline and information click on link to get a FREE Home Buyer’s Toolkit from the National Associations of REALTORS® REBAC website. There you can find local Accredited Buyer’s Representatives (ABR) Realtors® who specialize in representing home buyers.

Buyers and Sellers looking for step by step assistance in Fairfield County contact David Popoff at DMK Real Estate in Darien, Connecticut.

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