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How Did Leap Year Begin?

February 26, 2020

Greenwich real estate’s high energy busy season is already underway, even though the beginning of March historically has been tagged as ...

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Unsure of Wetlands? 4 advantages

February 20, 2020

The word “wetlands” is often seen as a scary term in real estate, but they really aren’t as ominous as they seem.  Once you know wha...

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Scant Coronavirus Effect on Greenwich Real Estate

February 19, 2020

In contrast with the nearly unanimous optimistic forecasts coming from the financial and economic think tanks in the past few weeks, Gree...

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How the Weather Effects Home Purchasing

February 5, 2020

Now that Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring, whether or not he proves to be right, the persistence of the Groundhog Day sill...

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What Makes for a Good Home Inspection

February 3, 2020

1.  SELECTING YOUR HOME INSPECTOR.  Your realtor will have recommendations for you on a home building inspector.   In...

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Scientifically Measuring The Value Of “Curb Appeal”

January 30, 2020

The importance of “curb appeal” as a factor for selling Greenwich homes has never been questioned. It’s as important as packaging is to a...

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Home Inspection

December 25, 2019

1. SELECTING YOUR HOME INSPECTOR. Your realtor will have recommendations for you on a home building inspector. Interviewing the inspector...

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Thinking About Retirement? Four Priorities

November 6, 2019

Whenever you set about planning for a move to a new home, particularly if you are an experienced homeowner, you usually don’t need to cre...

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Do home price reductions lead to lower prices? Depends who you ask

April 6, 2019

I had an interesting debate with one of the top brokers in town the other day.  The topic at hand was whether properties at the top ...

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Giving You More Than You Expect

April 13, 2011

The Federal Express truck was turning into my driveway just before I pulled in, on a very rainy morning recently. A little moral bat...

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American Homes fit for William and Kate – one of them listed with Robin Kencel

May 7, 2011

Fox News.com are currently featuring 7 homes fit for royalty on this side of the pond –  And to my pleasant surprise the one that to...

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Simple advice in sprucing up your home and selling it for more

May 5, 2011

Having made a career of restoring, renovating, building, updating, overhauling and decorating homes in affluent markets, it is crucial fr...

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Buyers: How Not to Kill a Deal

June 17, 2011

A Conversation with Fairfield County Real Estate Attorney Robert MurrayThough the latest market statistics show volume sales and average ...

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It’s Halloween and your house is on the market

October 28, 2011

It’s holiday season and your house is on the market. Feeling the pressure? Should you call a 72 hour hiatus of house showings d...

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At your Age, How Much Exposure is Acceptable?

November 14, 2011

Nope, not talking about swimwear coverage here. The topic is insurance. Last evening, Patti Clement was one of the featured spe...

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Taking the Mystery Out

January 24, 2012

There are a number of things that are practical mysteries in my life. I tackled two of them recently. Creating a floral centerp...

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My blog is now available on facebook and twitter!

January 25, 2012

It had to happen. I thought it was a good day to torture my tech guru. So we’ve been connecting the dots, playing in web lego l...

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Failure to Follow

February 1, 2012

I was on the Upper East Side at 4:30 today, trying to squeeze in one more stop, the Decorative Arts building on E. 61st St. Tra...

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Sweet, Sweet Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT

February 16, 2012

Oh, you faint of heart. No bellyaching about the 39 degree weather of today. Put the feelings of frigidity aside and head down to the new...

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Foodies Unite

February 28, 2012

Christmas Eve found me still unsettled on a Christmas Day menu. Having grown up at the feet of “Orphan Annie” (as my mom, Anne Lorraine w...

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Bringing the Muppets Back to Greenwich

April 18, 2012

Did you know that the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, lived in Greenwich during the years when he began Sesame Street? Yessirree, Jim...

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Birthday Celebration

July 8, 2012

Every morning after my work out with Tina the Trainer or Bikram yoga at the Yoga Center on Greenwich Avenue, I work my way down to Versai...

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A Glimpse at Old Greenwich on Memorial Day with a Bird’s Eye View of It’s Real Estate

July 8, 2012

Lately, I have been working with an adorable couple looking to purchase their first home here in Greenwich. They are no strangers to...

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What Does a Car Wash Have to Do With Real Estate?

July 11, 2012

Last Sunday at my church, Trinity Church of Greenwich, I arrived to find that the high schoolers were holding a car wash to raise money f...

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Things You Don’t See Every Day

October 29, 2012

I have sat at the kitchen desk all morning long, working through the pile that has been growing steadily, and while here I’m tracking Hur...

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Resist the Urge to Stay in Your Jammies

February 10, 2013

So it’s Day 2 of the snowstorm that was supposed to trump all others in the last 40 years. First of all, I am not even going to waste our...

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Top Projects to Add Value to Your Home, and a Few That Maybe Don’t

August 15, 2013

How much value does a pool add to your property? Hint: What is valuable to you, may not hold the same value for future buyers I have...

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What If You Sleep Tight AND the Bed Bugs Bite?

August 15, 2013

It was looking to be a quiet summer week with many clients out of town when I received a call from a friend that there were little red bi...

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My Visit to French Farm, the Gentlemen’s Farm in the Heart of Greenwich Ct

September 19, 2013

The original caretaker’s cottage of French FarmSeptember 15, 2013: It could not have been a more glorious fall day for the open “house” o...

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Timing Was Everything for the $26 Million Property that went to Contract in Just 4 Days

September 21, 2013

If you follow Greenwich real estate, than you are well aware that the market has been regaining its footing for some time and in fact, is...

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If You Love Greenwich’s Waterfront and Beaches– Or Anywhere For That Matter– Read On

September 28, 2013

The documentary, Shored Up, was brought to Stamford’s Avon Theatre this week by the Greenwich, Darien and Westchester League of Women Vot...

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Real Estate First Impressions: When The Front Door Opens

September 29, 2013

This week, I am listing an 11,000+ sq. ft. stone and shingle home that was built in 2005. It is a sprawling home with family spaces on fo...

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Selling A House? Don’t be Dim About the Importance of Lighting

October 6, 2013

This week, I was asked to preview a 1950s one story wood and glass house in a woodland setting that is going to be put on the market. The...

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5 Night Views of Greenwich CT that You’ve Never Seen Before

October 22, 2013

How many times have you driven around Greenwich seeing it but not seeing it. Same old, same old, right? Maybe not. Take a look at wh...

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Halloween Decorating Taken To A Whole New Level

October 27, 2013

I know– Big headline that’s got you thinking “over promise.”  But I kid you not. I have been waiting for four years to share these h...

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The Least and Most Expensive Properties Sold in Greenwich, Ct During the Government Shut Down

October 30, 2013

Consumer confidence levels slid to their lowest levels since April, WalMart sales tanked, tourists were kept from visiting national parks...

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What’s Hot In Homes? Marble, Booze and Views

November 3, 2013

Wondering if you should really take on that new dream project? How your bathrooms stack up to today’s trends? Or what features and amenit...

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Who Owns the Largest Land in America and In Greenwich, CT?

November 13, 2013

While the wealthy are seeing the value of adding more land to their investment portfolio, it looks like those that are doing so have ties...

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Holy Cow! Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde Showed Up At My Open House

November 13, 2013

The above people were not my visitors but just here to paint the picture for you.Last Sunday I ran an Open House for a property in Greenw...

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Michael Jordan’s Latest Real Estate Conquer

November 14, 2013

Jordan’s New North Carolina Home PurchaseLooks like basketball isn’t the only place where NBA legend Michael Jordan is good at negotiatin...

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Thinking 20 Years Out and Not Scared to Admit it? Luxury turnkey community in Greenwich CT

November 20, 2013

Add 20 years to your current age and ask yourself how much you are going to like stairs. And climbing them several times a day. Since the...

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Fun Facts and Straight Talk on Water Closets (aka toilets)

November 21, 2013

Straight Talk On Toilets: The average guy will spend 3 years on a toilet in his lifetime, according to a March, 2012 article in Men’...

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Bidding War Rights and Wrongs

December 2, 2013

Last week was a rough one. I have been working with an absolutely lovely family, looking to relocate to Greenwich from Westches...

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Think An Accepted Offer is a “Done Deal”? Think Again

December 5, 2013

Rates are starting to rise and the Dodd Frank Act is just around the corner, promising to make the mortgage approval process just a littl...

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Some Nice Big Property Sales in Greenwich Last Week

December 8, 2013

It was a busy week for Greenwich real estate, which is a bit surprising since typically we see activity quieting down once Thanksgiving a...

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The Art of Trimming the Christmas Tree

December 14, 2013

Sure, you can just wrap some lights and slap some ornaments up and check “Trim The Tree” off your To Do list, but wouldn’t it be more fun...

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Rabbit Hill Estate in Scarborough, NY

December 14, 2013

Bird’s Eye View of Rabbit Hill with Hudson River viewsIt takes a lot to get me excited when it comes to architecture so it speaks vo...

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Top Strategies to Get Your House Sold Quickly As Proven in 2013

January 13, 2014

It’s 2014.  Is selling your house on your list of New Year’s Resolutions?  If so, read on. Sold before hitting the market,...

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2014 Greenwich Real Estate Kicks Off With Two Over $10 Million Sales

January 19, 2014

Bright Brook Farm, Greenwich CTBright Brook Farm, Greenwich CTPredictions are that 2014 will be a strong year for Greenwich real estate a...

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Luxurious Master Bathrooms for Yourself and for Resale

January 25, 2014

Are His and Her Baths That Important? And Other Master Bath Questions A Lady’s Master Bath showcasing Sherle Wagner fittings and fau...

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