Wilton Connecticut – Fresh Picked Real Estate http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com Westport CT real estate, Wilton CT, Weston CT, Fairfield CT, Easton CT, Norwalk, CT, Darien CT, Stamford CT, Greenwich CT, Ridgefield CT, Connecticut homes for sale, houses for sale, summer rentals, rental listings, MLS, CT listings search, condo listings, buyers, seller representation, short sales, foreclosures, exclusive listings in Fairfield County Connecticut Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:09:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Melissa Riley, EcoBroker Designation http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/melissa-riley-ecobroker-designation/ Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:23:11 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2479 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 3, 2012


Melissa Riley-Manager, Social Media Marketer

Prudential CT Realty

Phone: (203)253-9222





 Westport, CT, April 3, 2012—Melissa Riley, of Prudential CT Realty in Westport, has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed an award-winning informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. Melissa joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier features in homes and buildings. Today’s focus on high-performance energy-efficient homes is a priority for this type of high-quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker Certified® designation. EcoBrokers® like Melissa Riley are building premier market presence by serving as consumer and community resources on energy and environmental issues. With national surveys indicating that 9 out of 10 consumers consider energy efficiency and the environmentally sound aspects of a home to be almost as important as interior finishes, Certified EcoBrokers® are simply in a better position to serve the savvy green-minded real estate consumer.

“I’m always looking for the best ways to not only offer our clients the best value but to also develop a relationship where they feel that we are a trusted resource,” Melissa explains. “My EcoBroker Certified® training helps me ensure that our customers, who are our number one priority, get the knowledge they need. From energy-efficient appliances to solar options to overall energy savings, we now have more resources at our disposal to help buyers and sellers make informed real estate decisions. The EcoBroker Certified® puts me in a position to recognize issues and convey information on the products and services available to my buyers and sellers.”

EcoBroker International’s premier designation program is designed exclusively for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to help their clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, “green,” and healthier features of properties. The extensive curriculum of energy and environmental training requires participants to fulfill additional program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®.

EcoBroker International provides an award-winning energy and environmental curriculum to licensed real estate professionals, leading to the EcoBroker Certified® designation. EcoBroker International’s mission is to broaden and improve the base of training and continuing education for real estate professionals and, in doing so, encourage improvements to the quality of buildings while reducing the impact on natural resources and the environment. EcoBroker is a U.S. Department of Energy Building America. EcoBroker provides state-approved continuing education courses to licensed real estate professionals in states throughout the United States. EcoBroker can be reached by phone at 1-800-706-4321, online at www.EcoBroker.com and by email at customerservice@ecobroker.com.


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Picked Through Rentals? http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/picked-through-rentals/ Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:44:25 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2455 Summer rentals in Westport definitely had an earlier than usual start to the year. Typically, the summer rental market begins showing signs of movement in February. This year, possibly because of the weather, we saw summer tenants out looking in January. As a result, much of our rental inventory is moving at a rapid pace and is showing signs of being picked through. Our overall rental market  (yearly and summer rentals) is also healthy. The inventory ranges from a low of $1,100 per month for a 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage on Newtown Turnpike to a high of $80,000 for a summer rental on Beachside Avenue. There is a total of 89 properties in Westport, with an average rent of $11,775 and a median rent of $7,500. Contact us for information on either renting or listing your home.

Count Down To Lights Out For Earth Hour http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/count-down-to-lights-out-for-earth-hour/ Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:49:35 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2439 Earth Hour is a worldwide event that is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March each year. Everyone around the world is encouraged to turn off lights to raise awareness on climate change. Lights out begin in Sydney and follow around the world from there. Check back in for other small steps you can take to save resources.

Start To Save With This Energy Star Home Energy Assessment http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/start-to-save-with-this-energy-star-home-energy-assessment/ Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:45:52 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2422 Every now and then I stumble across a great tool on the internet that helps homeowners save money. I love this Energy Star assessment which compares your energy use to other homeowners around the country. It will also give you recommendations to improve your energy usage.

Location, Location…Condition? http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/location-location-condition/ Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:44:50 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2405 You have heard the old real estate adage: The most important thing in real estate is Location, Location, Location. But, is that still the case for buyers? We are seeing an interesting trend in the market with a priority of finding the perfect home in great condition, with a second consideration of location. Buyers are also including many towns in their search. So, towns, areas, and neighborhoods are taking a backseat to condition.

I find this fascinating since my understanding of buyers (after 29 years in real estate) has always been that they decide on the town, and zero in on a neighborhood first, with the home becoming (almost) the secondary concern. In this market, buyers are clearly less forgiving of any home in less than perfect condition. This could simply be a by-product of the shift in leverage over the past few years to their side. So sellers who “wow” buyers with condition and staging may have a leg up.

So, maybe our new mantra should be: Location, location…condition? Let me know what you think.

Wilton Connecticut Real Estate Market Update http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/wilton-connecticut-real-estate-market-update/ Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:48:47 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2356 Wilton Connecticut is another beautiful community in Fairfield County. It is nestled between New Canaan, Ridgefield, Weston, Norwalk and Westport. It is a small community with a population of 18,000. Because of the proximity to New York City and the availability of a train line, many residents commute to work.

The real estate market in Wilton has been steady, even though there has been pressure on pricing and buyers are in the drivers seat. There are currently 191 active listings, with an average of $1,047,056, and an average of 127 days on the market. There are 119 active listings up to $1,000,000 and 72 listings over $1,000,000. The average sales price for the year to date closings is $780,216. There have been 19 closings with an average of 141 days.

Wilton sales are reflective of many other towns in Fairfield County where average sales prices (of the sold properties) are lower than the average of currently listed properties. This would suggest that first-time buyers and the lower end of the market is moving more readily than the higher end.

Contact us for any questions you have on Wilton real estate. (203)253-9222, melissabrownriley@gmail.com.

Fresh Picked: Local Farmers’ Markets http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/fresh-picked-local-farmers-markets/ Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:37:06 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2302 Spring is approaching and so are the openings of many local farmers’ markets in Fairfield County. I love that our communities support “locally-grown”. There are still working farms in Connecticut, which can be enjoyed from spring through fall. Here is a short list of some of my favorites. Please contact me if I can add one of your favorites.

Georgetown Farmers Market is open May through October in Georgetown Connecticut.

Warrups Farm is an old-fashioned farm with maple sugar demonstrations. The farmers market is open from July through September. They also are at the Weston Farmers market during the spring and summer at the Weston Historical Society.

Silvermans Farm is a local favorite in Easton Connecticut.

Westport Farmers Market is open during the winter at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden on Sylvan Lane. During the summer, the market opens on Imperial Avenue.

Stietzel Family Farm is located in Redding, but open at the winter farmers market at the Norfield Grange in Weston.

Ambler Farm is a stunning working farm in Wilton Connecticut. They have many community events there.

Saugatuck Congregational Church hosts a farmers’ market starting May in downtown Westport Connecticut.

Here are some other farmers’ markets that may be open during the summer months in Fairfield County:

Bethel~ 2011: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm June 25 – November 5 67 Stony Hill Rd, opposite Stony Hill Inn

Danbury~ 2011: Fridays, 11am – 4pm July 8 – October 28 Kennedy Park Corner of Main Street & Kennedy

Darien~ 2011: Wednesdays, 11 am – 6 pm May – December Mechanic Street behind Fire house darienfarmersmarket.net

Fairfield – Greenfield Hills 2011: Saturdays, 12:30 – 4 pm June 4 – October 29 Greenfield Hills 1950 Bronson Road

Greenwich~ 2011: Saturdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm May 14 – November 19 Arch St. & Horseneck parking lot

Monroe~ 2011: Fridays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. June 24 – October 14 Monroe Town Green, Corner of Fan Hill Road & Rte. 111 monroefarmersmarket.org

New Canaan~ 2011: Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm May 14 – November 19 Old Center School Parking lot South Ave & Maple Street newcanaanfarmersmarket.net

Ridgefield~ 2011: Fridays, 2 – 6 pm June 10 – October 88-90 Danbury Road ridgefieldfarmersmarket.org

Sandy Hook Organic~ 2011: Tuesdays, 2pm – 6pm June 28 thru October 18 Fairfield Hills Campus @ Wasserman way Newtown, CT

Shelton~ 2011: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm Wednesday, 3 pm – 6 pm June 4 – October 29 Farmers Market Pavilion Corner of Cornell & Canal

Shelton – Jones Family Farm 2011: Fridays, 3:30 – 6:30 pm July – August 606 Walnut Tree Road jonesfamilyfarms.com

Weston~ 2011: Saturdays, 9am ­ 12:00pm May – October Weston Historical Society (Route 57 and High Acre Road)

Wilton~ 2011: Wednesdays, 2-6 pm May 25 – October 26 224 Danbury Road Wilton Historical Society

For an overview of organic in Fairfield County Connecticut: Fairfield Green Food Guide


“Best In Show” And Positioning Your Home For Sale http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/best-in-show-and-positioning-your-home-for-sale/ Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:12:53 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2187 I have been watching the “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” this week and I am reminded of the parallels in real estate, specifically in listing a home.

Tons of planning and work goes into preparing to compete and stand out in front of the critical eye of the judges. The judges are clearly knowledgeable and looking for specific features in each participant.

Buyers are searching the same way in the market: with a critical eye. Because of their leverage, they are more discerning now than ever before. Condition, location and price are all important components and buyers are being unforgiving when selecting a home.

So, is your home “Best In Show” according to buyers? Proper pricing is the first form of marketing. Almost every flaw can be cured through appropriate pricing. We suggest having a few written price opinions and evaluate the “comparable” sales in detail. How does your home stack up against current homes on the market? Are you being considered first and do you stand out amongst the active listings? Look at your home with your “buyer’s hat” on. Buyers search from the bottom up and they are looking for VALUE.

Condition is also important and they are expecting the home to be move-in ready. As a homeowner, you have control over how your home is presented in the market. Stagers are in high demand, and a good stager can consult with you to develop a solid plan. Minimal changes including clearing out, repositioning furniture, and cosmetic work can have a large impact on the appeal of your home. One of the transformational stagers we work with is Birgit Anich.

Making your home “Best In Show” will place your home in the position of giving you the most access to qualified, motivated buyers. Work with a knowledgeable real estate agent who can guide you in maximizing your investment. Contact us at (203)253-9222 if you need assistance or access to the resources that can help you develop your listing strategy.

We Are A Market Leader, For All The Right Reasons http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/we-are-a-market-leader-for-all-the-right-reasons/ Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:02:34 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2151 I have been in real estate for close to 30 years, and another 15 years with the experience of being a daughter of a top-producing broker. Needless to say, I have seen so much in the industry and have had the absolute pleasure of working with clients. We are guided by the Code of Ethics from the National Association of Realtors, but to me, our duty to our clients boils down to some simple and basic things. Our clients are the focus for us everyday. I thought it would be great to online my thoughts on what I believe in how they (you) should be treated:

Here is my personal commitment to you whether you are a buyer, seller, landlord or tenant:

1. We will do a diligent search to get you as many answers as possible to assist you in making good decisions. We have access to top professionals in other fields including attorneys, inspectors, and real estate related vendors.

2. We will give you the straight scoop, and our professional opinion based upon our combined years of experience. If you are listing your home, we will explain our suggested listing price and back it up with tangible market information. We will never overestimate a listing price in order to secure a listing. If you are a buyer, we will scour all sources to find a potential match for you. We will never steer you in the wrong direction or cost you precious market time and frustration.

3. We will communicate with you on the level and timing you need. If my agents don’t ask what works for you, please tell them and they will execute based upon what is in your best interest. And, we will make any adjustments along the way to make sure you are comfortable and we are giving you the information you need.

4. We will respond to you immediately, especially during stressful times in the process. If we don’t know the answer, we have resources that we can connect with. We promise not to “go underground” and to keep your buying, selling or rental process moving.

5. We will protect your interest in negotiation and “fight tooth and nail” to get you to your goal. We will exhaust every possibility during your negotiations. We will also give you our perspective if we feel something is not right for you to help you explore all of the possibilities.

6. We will treat all parties involved with respect. This will include everyone: the co-broking agent, the inspector, attorneys, stagers and the party on the other side. Effective communication between parties ensures that problems get solved quickly, and others are avoided.

7. We will keep apprised of the latest real estate information and education for our own professional development in order to be the best we possibly can. This includes market information, marketing techniques, negotiation courses, technology, social media, continuing education and real estate designations. You will benefit from our professionalism.

Our goal is to exceed your expectations of the real estate process and our role in it. Over many years, we have developed lasting relationships with our clients. So, you are important to us and we have a strong commitment to you.

Stay Away Old Man Winter! http://www.freshpickedrealestate.com/stay-away-old-man-winter/ Sun, 05 Feb 2012 19:42:12 +0000 http://www.westportpost.com/?p=2126 We all have clear memories of Old Man Winter rearing his ugly head in January last year and not letting up until March. We hibernated and dealt with the snow that piled up until there was no place to plow it. Understandably, sloppy weather impacts the general pace of the real estate market including homeowners listing their homes and buyers wanting to search. Even after the thaw last year, homeowners delayed listing their homes due to repairs from snow and major icing problems.

This winter season had an early start with the destructive snow storm we had in October 2011, but stalled through the holidays. As we enter February it feels oddly like Spring. We all feel a little more chipper and hopeful. Buyers are very active in the market, and attending open houses in droves. There is a distinct “buzz” in the market and negotiations are taking place.

I hope the sunny, clear weather holds on and we have a mild winter. It will bode well for buyers , sellers and the real estate market. So, stay away Old Man Winter! See you next year!