Bethel, CT Real Estate News

By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Finding Your Move Up Home in Bethel,CT Codfish Hill Area Bethel CT: Welcome to Sleepy Hollow Estates:  Conveniently set off of scenic Codfish Hill Road  is the Sleepy Hollow Estate community. This cul de sac development of 48 unique homes, including contemporaries, colonials & spacious ranches, built between 1975 &1986. This is an unique neighborhood in the area since it is a medium sized one way street loop which has an association to preserve & maintain the open space found around the neighborhood.     Homes Feature: · Built between 1975 and 1986 with 1700 to 5300 square feet, averaging 2300 sq ft.   · 3-5 bedroom homes with 2.5 to 3.5 baths · Large room sizes · Private lots · Extreme Privacy in a country setting · Open floor plans, vaulted ceilings & beams  · Hardwood Floors  Interes...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Finding Your Move Up Home in Bethel,CT Codfish Hill Area Bethel CT: Welcome to Golden Woods & Birchwind:  Located off of Codfish Hill extension in Bethel, along the Redding town line, is a lovely neighborhood of picture perfect newer custom built homes. Known as ‘Golden Woods’ and ‘Birchwind Estates’, this smaller enclave of distinctive homes is one of the top choices for buyers seeking their ‘move up’ home.   Quiet streets,access to numerous parks and only minutes to charming downtown Bethel are the choice attractions.    Homes Feature: · Built between 1987 and 2000 with 2400 to 5500 square feet.   · 4 and 5 bedroom homes with 2.5 to 4.5 baths · Gourmet kitchens · Private lots · Great layout for entertaining · Vaulted ceilings · Hardwood Floors  Sales Information: There has been very l...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Finding Your Move Up Home in Bethel,CT Putnam Park, Bethel CT: Welcome to Ponderosa Hill & Country Way Estates:  Primed for commuters seeking a lower Fairfield county commute, the Ponderosa Hills and Country Way Estates  neighborhoods in Bethel is one of the top choices to consider. Offering well appointed colonials with contemporary flair, brick faced tudors and colonial farmhouses, this quality neighborhood is set of Country Way & Starr Lane in Bethel,CT. Only 20 minutes from the Merrit Parkway & Route 7, this quiet area is ideal for enjoying nature with numerous parks nearby.   Homes Feature: · Built between 1979-2006,with 2200 to 4700 square feet · 3 to 5 bedroom homes with 2.5+ baths · 2 story foyers · Ideal mix of neighborhood & private setting · Spacious country kitchens · Cathed...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
  Finding Your Move Up Home in Bethel,CT Putnam Park, Bethel CT: Welcome to Arrowhead Woods: Built between 1998-2001,this commuter friendly area set between Putnam Park Road and Sunset Hill Road in Bethel,this enclave of fine custom homes along the Redding border on Jacobs Lane. Only 20 minutes from the Merrit Parkway & Route 7, this quiet area is ideal for enjoying nature with numerous parks nearby.   Homes Feature: · 2900 to 5000 square feet of luxury living · 3 to 5 bedroom homes with 2.5+ baths · 2+ acre lots · Ideal mix of neighborhood & private setting · Fully appointed custom kitchens  · Oversized 2+ car garages · Resort quality master suites  Sales Information: Recent sales in the exquisite neighborhood of custom homes in Bethel have ranged from $700,000 to $825,000.View current...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
"If they take so long why do they call them short sales?"I was asked this question recently by a buyer client of mine.  I started off by explaining that in a short sale you can't just go from point A to point B and that it is necessary to take a few curves along the way.  My comment was met with that deer in the headlights look so I knew that I might have to give a more detailed explanation.  I decided that it was best to give a recent transaction as an explanation.  I originally listed this Bethel Townhome two years ago for $229,900 and had an offer of $220,000 within two weeks which was immediately presented to the bank(Bank of America).  Weeks turned into months and mortgage extension turned into mortgage extension until (at long last) the buyers bank would no longer grant a further ...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
The Summit at Bethel is a new resort-style community, offering age restricted & non-age restricted areas. There will be a ton of recreational amenities including bocce courts, clubhouse, pool, clubhouse, tennis court and walking trails. Because of the Summit at Bethel sits on of the area’s tallest peaks, there are sensational views. There are is currently 1 single story townhome design & 8 two story townhomes models ranging from 1918-2594 square feet. Six of the townhome designs offer a main level master bedroom suite. 3 of the units have 2 bedrooms, while the remaining 6 has 3. Charming downtown Bethel is about 4 minute drive away, and a commute to downtown Stamford would be about 45 minutes. Home prices for the variety of models start from $399,995 to $507,995 (per CMLS 11/23/10). Vi...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Bethel, Connecticut is a small town of around 19,000 residents only 60 miles northeast from New York City. Originally settled in early 1700s and was part of Danbury 96 years, Bethel offers a beautiful village complete with a train station, a state park, an orchard and an education park. It is about a 10 minute trip from the center of town to the intersection of Route 7 and I-84 in Western Danbury.   For Sale: Active Listings # of Condos For Sale Average Days on Market 0-$200,000 8 71 $200,001-$250,000 9 95 $250,001-$350,000 8 137 $350,001+ 13 131 Total 38   The average listing price for a condo in Bethel is $302,111 with and has been on the market 112 days. Sales Price Range # of Condos Sold Average Days on Market Average Listing Price Average Sales Price 0-$200,000 13 115 $175,961 $169...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
The Shadow Inventory: How will it affect the Bethel, Ct. Market There is a hidden demon out there that can have a drastic effect on the market as we know it.  This demon is something called The Shadow Inventory.  You may be wondering what it is and how will it affect the Real Estate Market in Bethel.  The shadow inventory is made up a four basic types of properties.  These types are pre-foreclosure, bank owned properties, auction properties and government owned properties.  These properties are not on the market currently but are likely to come on the market in the Spring.  Currently there are 81 properties in the shadow inventory in Bethel.  These properties fall into the category of distressed properties and they will usually come onto the market at below market prices.  As with any t...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Sell your Bethel, CT Home in the Spring?!  I have been on quite a few Market Analysis lately where potential sellers have been told that it's better to Sell Your Bethel, Ct Home in the Spring?! Some thought that they read it in the newspaper(Is there such a thing as a Newspaper these days?), some were actually told by another Realtor(believe it or not)and some just think that Spring has always been the very best time to sell.  Let's see if we can put some plusses and minuses down and see where we end up. Currently we have the LOWEST INTEREST RATES IN HISTORY.  Interest rates have an inverse relationship with price.  That means that THE LOWER THE INTEREST RATE THE HIGHER THE MARKET PRICE FOR HOMES.  We also know the the Government is artificially holding interests rates down in an effort...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
The Five Reasons Your Bethel, CT Home Didn't Sell---It's never a good feeling when your house has been listed for 90 to 180 days and it expires without being sold.  You wonder where you went wrong.  The problem is that most of the time there is nobody to turn to who will give you honest answers.  UNTIL NOW THAT IS............................... Basically there are only FIVE REASONS WHY YOUR HOME DIDN'T SELL.......   LOCATION---We can't change the location but we certainly discuss how this will affect the marketability of your home.  We will come up with a marketing strategy that will MAXIMIZE YOUR LOCATION.  CONDITION---YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION.  The Beninson Associates offer all of our clients a complementary home staging consultation to make sure that y...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Chimney Heights Bethel,CT The Chimney Heights neighborhood in Bethel,CT offers quaint suburban homes in a peaceful setting. The neighborhood was developed from the early 1960s in several phases up to the early 2000s as the dairy farms got bought up. Located just off of Stony Hill Road, Chimney Heights has the best access to I-84 for all of Bethel, with exit 8 three minutes away.Shopping along Stony Hill Road includes Target, Stop & Shop, Big Y,Walmart and several local eateries & small shops.   Commuting- Located just off of I-84 in Bethel, Chimney Heights is in an outstanding spot for commuting east & west. Home Styles:The Chimney Heights neighborhood is known of its raised ranches, split level & small colonials homes. They were built by Steiner, who wanted to provide quality homes tha...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Beware: Active Rain Addiction Day 7 Remembering 9/11 I will never forget the morning of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.  It was a typical morning for me.  I woke up and put on the water for tea, put the dog out, fed the dog and cat, made the tea and brought one up to my sleeping wife.  I had showing appointments that morning so I jumped on the computer to check the hot sheet just to make sure that there wasn't some great property that I should add to my list that day.  It was time to wake my daughters up for school(always a good time for me but not so much for them).  It seems that I am the only one in my family who is a morning person.  I start out the day up and positive and it can be a bit much to my other family members who would rather start the morning in the afternoon.(I'm sure you ...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Beaware:Active Rain Addiction Day 6-State of Ct Law of Agency for Dummies This is the sixth entry in a 30 day challenge to write informative content for thirty days in a row.  I have blogged about "Holding a Productive Open House" and chronicled my search for wifi while on vacation complete with scenic pictures of course. The State of Ct, when it comes to the Law of Agency, could be called "The State of confusion".  We offer Exclusive right to represent both buyer or seller, dual agency representation to represent both buyer and seller, and designated representation where we designate another agent to represent the second party in a transaction that we are involved in.  Finally, there is an unrepresented party agreement. Whew!!! One of these forms must be signed before any significant a...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
  Beware: Active Rain Addiction Day 4-Holding A Productive Open House  There has been constant debate over Public Open Houses ever since I was a weeeee Real Estate agent back in the day.  Some agents feel that these Open Houses are only a good way to attract buyers for other homes and therefore are not really for the benefit of the listing client.  However, there are those agents who have sold homes through Public Open Houses and believe they are another avenue to sell homes.  I have to admit that my success rate over the years was near the national average success rate of 3-5% until I decided to start holding "Proactive Open Houses".  There are a number of ingredients that go into having "Proactive Open Houses".  My proactive Open Houses have been much more successful!!!! 1. Send out a...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Come over to List My House for Sale Usually those words are like sweet music to a Realtor's ears.  However, there are times when it really stinks to get this type of call.  Lately, this economy has been putting extra pressure on families that I haven't seen before in my 27 years of Real Estate experience.  Here are some of the reasons behind some of my recent calls from clients to come over to List My House for Sale. 1. Bob lost his job and we can keep up with the mortgage payments.  He is looking for another one. 2. Bob had his hours cut back by fifty percent and we won't be able to make our payments for long. 3. Bob and Sally have decided to get a divorce brought on by the stress of this economy. 4. Bob and Sally have lived in their home for over 50 years but now can't afford the cost...
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By The Brokerage Group - CT Real Estate, Fairfield & Litchfield County + Candlewood Lake
(The Brokerage of New England)
Lisa Brown of REMAX Unlimited picks 10 area bars & restaurants in Bethel, Connecticut. If you have a favorite that's not on this list please feel free to leave a comment because I may want to try it.       Images (left to right): Famous Pizza, La Fortuna & The Putnam House La Fortuna La Zingara Putnam House Restaurant & Tap Room Rizzuto's Wood Fired Pizza The Spot Panchos & Gingos Fuji J Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar Empire Szechuan The Sycamore Restaurant Famous Pizza      La Fortuna Restaurant & Bar - Northern Italian & Mediterranean Style Bistro     La Zingara Restorante "Tuscan Villa" - Northern & Southern Italian Food     __________________________________________Lisa Brown of REMAX Unlimited specializes in residential real estate in Northern Fairfield county area including Danbury, Be...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Bethel, Ct. School Information-Yes, It's That Time Again!  We are now in "The Dog Days" of August.  The "Boys of Summerare in the heat of their pennant races.  Everyone is either on vacation, thinking about vacation or about to go on vacation.  Most of the kids are coming back from Summer camps.  Some are even complaining that there is nothing to do.  All of these are signs.......no, not of the apocalypse but of the fact that it is time to think about "GOING BACK TO SCHOOL" HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS....... Bethel High School Bethel Middle School Anna H. Rockwell Elementary School Frank A. Berry Elementary School   It's time to breath a sigh of relief there Moms an Dads!!! HAVE A HAPPY SCHOOL YEAR.  
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By The Brokerage Group - CT Real Estate, Fairfield & Litchfield County + Candlewood Lake
(The Brokerage of New England)
If you're a first time home buyer, you may want to consider a couple alternatives to the traditional single-family home that is surrounded on all sides by its own expensive lawn or driveway. Many people start their property buying progression with a condominium or townhouse, but which is right for you?  Townhouse & Condo Communities in Bethel, Connecticut  For pricing, availability, or other information call 203-733-1613 or email lisaandyou@gmail.com           Timber Oaks   Bethel Meadows   The Summit                    The Villages at Timber Oak welcome you into a special community where an expansive center park, charming gazebo and  lush, manicured grounds sets the tone for this beautiful and picturesque neighborhood.  Situated on 52 acres in the towns of Bethel and Danbury is a commu...
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By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Getting Your Bethel, CT. Home SOLD.  Over my 27 years in Real Estate I have heard the same question over and over again.  How do I get my home to go from FOR SALE to SOLD?  It is indeed the basic question in Real Estate and no matter the market the fundamentals are still the same.  To go about Getting Your Bethel, CT. home SOLD you need to consider four factors.  These factors are location, condition, pricing and commission.  LOCATION Not too much that you can do to offset a challenging location.  You can't move it----usually.  However, you may need to make a pricing concession to offset it.  For example: a 2400 square foot colonial on a quiet Chimney Heights cul-de-sac might sell between $400,000- $450,000 while the same home on Route 53 might sell for $350,000-$400,000. CONDITIONThere...
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By Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523
(William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty)
Welcome to Lexington Meadows in Bethel, CT Luxury TownhomesLexington Meadows is a luxury townhome community just over the line from Danbury,CT in the small town of Bethel,CT.  This ‘Baker’ developed neighborhood of 2-3 bedroom townhomes offers a community pool & clubhouse.  The 115 townhomes offer convinces such as gas utilities, central air, walk in closets, lower level family room and 1+ car garage. Lexington Meadows borders scenic Meckauer Park in Bethel & has easy access to I-84 as well as the charming Bethel village.  Contact local real estate expert Jonathan Hall with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty at 203-417-0523 for current real estate informatio in this desirable Bethel luxury townhome community.  Jonathan Hall - (203)796-7700 | call or text me on my cell phone (20...
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