Newtown, CT Real Estate News

By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Newtown, CT's Wednesday Night Poetry Series  Here is some great localism!  Found this little ditty today while searching the web and I found it to be pretty interesting.  Many non-residents think that Newtown is in the sticks and that we have limited exposure to "culture and the arts". Newtown's Wednesday Night Poetry Seriesis a fine example of what Newtown has to offer.  Here is an except from their website: "The Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS or Wedpoetry)  meets at the Blue Z Coffeehouse, 127 South Main Street (Route 25) in Newtown CT.  For 14 Years and counting: poets, spoken-word artists, monologists and storytellers, acoustic performances by songwriters and musicians are welcome!  Read your own work or works by your favorite writers. OPEN MYK SIGN-UP starts at 7:30 PM   / OPE...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Tidbits of PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)  So today, we sat down for a PMI (Personal Mortgage Insurance) lesson with our in-house mortgage broker, Dan Ianniello of Connecticut Home Morgage.  We learned a lot about PMI or MI (mortage insurance) as it's sometimes referred to. Here are the tidbits of PMI that we learned: There are six (6) companies that provide PMI to consumers and these companies provide different types of PMI products to consumers. The premium for PMI is based upon many factors with the amount of money a buyer is putting down as one of them.  For instance if you are putting down 10%, the PMI rate would be around .62. Your credit score is one of the criteria used to price PMI. If you are only putting down 5% and your credit score is under 680, you may want to consider a...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Cash for Caulking  This is a rather new item that few people have heard about.  We thought it interesting and felt it was something you should know about.  President Obama has proposed a program that would reimburse homeowners for installing energy-efficient appliances, windows, and insulation.Under what has been dubbed "Cash for Caulking," homeowners would get a 50 percent rebate on items like energy-efficient air conditioners, heating systems, washing machines and dryers, refrigerators, replacement windows, and insulation up to $12,000, meaning a household could spend $24,000 and get $12,000 back. There will likely be no income restrictions.  There has been speculation about how this program would pay the rebate - some have suggested that when you purchase an item covered under this p...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
Mandy Beckett | Prudential Connecticut Realty | (203) 733-2872 19 Kent Road, Newtown, CT STATEWIDE OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, December 13th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm 4BR/3.5BA Single Family House offered at $929,999 Year Built 1998 Sq Footage 6,118 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking 3 Car garage Lot Size 2.91 acres HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Grace and elegance abound in this magnificent residence set atop nearly three acres on a cul de sac in the prestigious Taunton area. This grand home affords over 6,100 square feet of finely appointed living space that caters to luxurious entertaining and comfortable family living. Fine materials such as granite, marble and rich hardwood can be found, along with sophisticated craftsmanship and exquisitely detailed millwork. The hom...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Newtown, CT Holiday Tree Lighting  Last night, the Newtown, CT Holiday Tree Lighting at the Ram's Pasture took place.  This is an annual event that usually takes place on the first Friday of December.  It's truly one of the most beautiful evenings in Newtown.  The roads leading to Rams Pasture are all lined with lighted luminaries (small paper bags with cutout on them with candles inside).  Town residents attend this event in great numbers. Click here to view a slideshow of the Newtown, CT Holiday Tree Lighting. If you ever have an opportunity to attend the Newtown, CT Holiday Tree Lighting, you should take advantage of it.  It doesn't get too much more New England than this one!
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  Prudential Connecticut Realty is Hosting a Fundraiser for the Sunshine Kids Foundation. 100% of Prudential Connecticut Realty profit goes to The Sunshine Kids Saturday, December 5, 2009 88 Main Street South Southbury, Connecticut 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Join us with "Allie DiMeco" - the actress and musician who plays"ROSALINA" on The Naked Brothers Band on Nickelodeon TV Show.  She will autographs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Raffle to spend time with Allie for lunch or shopping. We also have many unique vendors participating . . .   Jan's Fleece Blankets & More Live My Skin C$sh for Gold Tastefully Simple Premier Jewelry Poinsettias Sale Petunia's Petals Silpada Jewelry Don't miss out on the fun! For more information e-mail Mandy Beckett; REALTOR Prudential Connecticut Realty 33 Church Hill R...
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By Lani Sanethong
(Virtual Homes, Inc.)
Newtown, Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale The home buying process can be complicated and you will benefit from the guidance of industry professionals. A real estate buyer's agent, mortgage lender and an attorney are the primary advisors in the purchase of property. If you are a first-time home buyer or an existing owner, you may qualify for a tax credit and could be eligible for special financing programs. Start your search be determining your price range, housing needs and lifestyle you desire. Newtown CT real estate will assist you in finding the right property to meet your needs from local area homes for sale, foreclosure listings (bank-owned), country properties, land, condominiums and equine facilities -- all through the CT Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Request relocati...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Does Unplugging the Toaster Really Lower Your Electric Bill?  If you are like us, when you were a child and you left the lights on in your bedroom when you left the room, did you father say, "Turn the lights out, I don't own stock in the electric company"? A few years ago, our daughter was leaving the lights on in every room in our house.  We found ourselves sounding just like our fathers (as much as we said we would never do that).  The more we carried on about the electric bill, the more lights she left on.  Finally, she went off to college and that's when our little experiment started.  Richelle created a spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet shows each electric bill we've received since January 2007.  2007 is a full year of electrical usage with our daughter living at home.  2008 is the tra...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Real Estate Statistics for Newtown, CT - as of 11/28/09.  Because the real estate market is constantly changing, this is a just a snap shot in time for real estate statistics in Newtown, CT as of 11/28/09.  All information is from the Greater Fairfield County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for the town of Newtown as of today.  Here goes: As of this moment, there are 251 actively listed single family homes for sale in Newtown whose prices range from $35,900 for a mobile home to $1,550,000 for deck house style home on 19 acres with a guest house and tennis court.  Houses that are not mobile homes start at $179,900.  There are thirteen (13) homes that are marked as being under deposit.  Twenty-six (26) homes are marked as pending sale - which means a contract of sale has been signed.  One ...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension  The $8,000 homebuyer tax credit for first-time buyers has been extended through April 30 of 2010. In addition, buyers will have an additional two months, until the end of June, to close. So, first-time buyers who are in process of making a purchase will no longer need to worry about qualifying for the $8,000 credit if they close after the November 30 deadline. It also increases the income limit for couples with income up to $225,000, a nearly $55,000 increase above the level in previous law. The new legislation also makes buyers who already own a home eligible for a credit. A $6,500 maximum credit will be available to existing homeowners who have lived in their current residence for five of the prior eight years. The legislation limits eligibility for the...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
  Newtown Parks & Recreation "Name The Dog Park & Logo Design Contest" Newtown Parks & Recreation is the process of creating a Dog Park for our furry friends.  We need your help!   The Name should be one that is simple, catchy and easy to remember. The Logo should be easy to recognize. The contest is open to participants in all Newtown schools Grades K thru 8th! Deadline is November 30, 2009 All entries must be mailed to: Newtown Parks & Recreation 3 Main Street Newtown, Connecticut 06470 All entries will be judged by our Dog Park Committee! For more Information e-mail Mandy Beckett; REALTOR Prudential Connecticut Realty 33 Church Hill Road Newtown, CT 06470  
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FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP Run by Jeff Tolson Come Enjoy a Session of Flag Football and in the process, Support Newtown Youth Football & The 7th Grade New England Regional Champions Fresh off their CVL Championship, CT State win against Hartford and their Regional victory against Milford, MA   The UNDEFEATED 7th Grade Football team is Florida Bound in Search of a National Championship National Championship being held Dec. 5th - 12th in Orlando, FL Where: Newtown Youth Academy When: Sunday, November 29th 6:00 - 7:30 pm Who: Ages 6 - 13 (Kids are separated into age groups) Cost: $20 / Participant * pay at the door Instructor Jeff Tolson is a guidance counselor at Newtown High School. He has coached various sports from youth to high school varsity level. The focus of his program is teamwork, coope...
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  "You Can Never Have Enough Christmas" A Boutique of Holiday Treasures From Around the World! St Rose of Lima Parish Hall 40 Church Hill Road Newtown, Connecticut 06470 Featuring . . . Santa's, Snow People, Holiday Jewelry Nativity Sets Great Gifts For Teachers & Friends Collectibles, Including Goebel & Demdaco House Decorations Christmas Wreaths And Many One of a Kind Treasures! Friday, December 4th from 6 to 10 PM; Saturday, December 5th, 10 AM-7 PM and Sunday, December 6th, 8 AM-2 PM. For more information e-mail Mandy Beckett; REALTOR Prudential Ct Realty
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Pep Rally & Bonfire   Come Support  Newtown Youth Football & The 7th Grade New England Regional Champions    The UNDEFEATED 7th Grade Football team is Florida Bound in Search of a National Championship Bonfire, Music, Cheers and Town Spirit Provided Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Candy, Snacks, Soda, Gatorade and Water for Sale All proceeds go to support the team in their quest for the American Youth Football National Championship being held Dec. 5th - 12th in Orlando, FL Where: Paproski's Farm Off Route 302 in Newtown When: Saturday, November, 28th (Rain Date - Sunday, November 29th) 4:00 - 8:00 pm Admission: $5 / person or $20 / Family More information e-mail Mandy Beckett Prudential Connecticut Realty  
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
 Look What's Playing at the Edmond Town Hall   All Tickets $245 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470 Film Info 426-2475 (for movie recording) Managers Office Hours:  Mon - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   Any additional questions regarding the area please do not hesitate to contact Mandy Beckett; Prudential Connecticut Realty at (203) 733-2872or via e-mail. FEATURE DATES AND TIMES   DISTRICT 9 (R) - Twenty years ago an extraterrestrial spaceship containing a sick and dying crew is boarded by the South African military as it hovers over the city of Johannesburg. Coveting the advanced proplusion and weaponry of the craft, the government inters the survivors as it struggles to unlock the secrets of their mysterious captives.Running time: 1:52Starring: Sharlito Copley,...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Toys for Tots - Newtown, CT Collection Site for 2009  Once again, Prudential Connecticut Realty's Newtown Office is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  The collection will run until December 21, 2009.  Please drop your contributions off at the Prudential Connecticut Realty office located at 33 Church Hill Road, Newtown.  Our office is open 7 days/week from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Thank you and happy holidays!!!  Toys for Tots - Newtown, CT Collection Site for 2009  
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
Each year the town is brought together to kick off holiday season with cider, donuts and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The serene Ram Pasture is filled with children laughing and family's anxiously waiting the beauty of the lighted Christmas Tree. Preparation for this community event begins months before the actual lighting occurs. The cost of lighting the tree is supported by many local businesses. The businesses donate over 3,000 candles and luminaries which are lined on Main Street and other neighboring street.   The tree, stands over 100 feet and holds over 5,000 colorful lights! So, come down to Rams Pasture on December 4th @ 6:30pm and join the community to sing Christmas Carols, each others company and to, of course, light up Newtown!  If you have any additional questi...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Newtown, CT Holiday Festival 12/4/09 to 12/6/09  Last year, we posted about Newtown's 2008 Holiday Festival.  People let us know that it was a helpful resource and we thought we'd post the details about Newtown's 2009 Holiday Festival. Newtown's Holiday Festival is one of the biggest annual events in Newtown.  Each year, a variety of events are scheduled for the weekend and this year's events include the following:  Newtown Choral Society members in anticipation of the December 6 concert at the Meeting House the VNA Thrift Shop behind Edmond Town Hall is stocking its shelves with holiday bargains Ann's Place, Home of I Can, in Danbury, is preparing for the 7th Annual Festival of Trees at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library to raise funds for programs supporting families and individuals with c...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors Got a Brand New Look  We have looked the same for many years - in our professional photo at least.  Problem is, we got older and Richelle's hair style changed - nobody recognized her.  When she handed out our business card, the joke became "that's me with red hair and bangs".  People easily recognized Bob and knew he was a local Realtor. So, here are our professional photos.  We would love to hear your feedback on them. Old Professional Photo New Professional Photo  
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
A+ Bonus Bucks With A+ Bonus Bucks Everyone Wins! Stop & Shop is proud to offer our A+ Bonus Bucks program to help our community schools. Now parents and other supporters can earn great awards for schools to use as they choose! What It Is With A+ BonusBucks, points accrue with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used. It even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. At the end of each month, these points determine your school's cash total which is automatically credited to its account and school totals updated each month. (Please note: Gift cards, pharmacy, alcohol and/or cigarette purchases are excluded from accruing points.) How It Works A+ BonusBucks are rounded per transaction to the nearest whole dollar amount. At the end of each month, each school's do...
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