Newtown, CT Real Estate News

By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Victory Garden in Newtown, CT  Yesterday, our friend, Paul Fadus, gave us a call to let us know that his band, Boplicity Jazz would be playing under a tent over at Fairfield Hills.  We have never heard Boplicity play, so we thought we'd take a ride over and we're so glad that we did. When we arrived to Fairfield Hills, we noticed all these signs along side the entrance road that said, "Victory Garden".  We spotted the tent almost immediately and made our way over to it.  It was located quite close to where the Organic Farmer's Market is held on Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We quickly realized that the tent was set up in front of The Victory Garden and that a celebration was going on to celebrate The Victory Garden and the people who helped to make it possible.  Speeches were giv...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
New Recycling Rules in Newtown, CT  New in Newtown - Single Stream Recycling!  It's easy and convenient ... NO MORE SORTING!  Click here for more information on the new recycling rules in Newtown, CT. We hope that this makes your recycling life a little easier! 
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Short Sales in Newtown, CT - as of 5/23/11.  Back in September 2008, we posted a blog titled "Short Sale - What is It?".  We think this is useful information as we frequently explain what a short sale is to both buyers and sellers.  Our intention is to update you every 2 months about the short sale activity in Newtown, CT. As of today, the short sale market in Newtown looks like this: 25 are Actively listed for sale 16 have taken price reductions 2 are under deposit 4 are pending sale 3 have closed in 2011 3 have been withdrawn or canceled 0 were re-listed for sale 1 have expired The price range of the actively listed short sales in Newtown range from $99,900 to $779,000.  As you can see, short sales in Newtown, CT have been selling, despite being difficult transactions.  25 is the most...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
Sold - 35 Hundred Acres Road, Newtown, Connecticut March 2011 "All too often, the efforts and professionalism of an individual associated with an organization can go unnoticed.  I wanted to make certain this was not the case with one of your real estate agents; Ms. Mandy Beckett of the Newtown, CT. office.  On behalf of my mother, Mildred Larson, I contracted with Mandy Beckett to market and coordinate the sale of 35 Hundred Acres Rd., Newtown, CT.  I chose to work with Ms. Beckett as I desired a real estate professional who understood the uniqueness of marketing a high end home, which at most times would not be occupied, and was confident in her abilities to successfully find a buyer.  Within days of signing the listing agreement, Ms. Beckett developed glossy brochures, had placed ads...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Dogs and Roosters - 5/21/11  This coming Saturday, May 21, 2011, Newtown Parks and Recreation is sponsoring two events at the Fairfield Hills complex: 37th Annual 5K Rocking Rooster Run/Walk - Starts at 8:00 pm.  5K (3.1 miles) walk/run is broken up into different age groups.  Registration fee is $20.00 ($25.00 day of the event).  All proceeds benefit Newtown Scholarship Association. Strut Your Mutt - 10:30 am to 1:00 pm - There will be a 2K fun dog walk, vendors, demonstrations and contests.  Tickets are $25.00 ($30.0) day of the event).  Proceeds go toward the proposed Dog Park - Park and Bark. Dogs and Roosters - 5/21/11 will be a fun day in Newtown, CT!  We hope to see you there - Riley, the Real Estate Dog will be at Strut Your Mutt.  
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
2011 Spring Real Estate Market in Newtown, CT  As you can see in the number of blog posts (check Blog Archives on the right toward the bottom), we were absent from LifinNewtown.com for the months of February and April this year.  It's not because we were slacking off or on some great extended vacation in an exotic location.  We were gearing up for the 2011 Spring Real Estate Market in Newtown, CT. When we looked over our calendar for the months of February and April, we realized that we had a good number of appointments to list homes for sale in February and that those homes came on the market toward the end of March and into April.  It takes us a lot of work to prepare for a comparative market analysis (CMA) and then there's a lot of work to do when a house goes on the market.  We're n...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
A Spring Day in Newtown, CT  Today is a beautiful Spring day in Newtown, CT.  As we drove around town, we saw people out walking, riding their bicycles and cleaning up the yard.  Teenagers were out with their friends.  We saw Yard Sale signs all around town and signs for upcoming events (like Strut Your Mutt).  We took this photo on the way to a home we have listed for sale at 18 Georges Hill Road, Newtown, CT: We thought the bench facing toward the pond was very sweet.  Imagine passing this view everyday on the way home. Nice Spring days in Newtown, CT bring out the best in Newtown!
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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 Newtown,CT Sandy Hook area of Newtown,CT: Welcome to Rollingwood Estates: The Rollingwood Estates subdivision is located in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown,CT. Located along Marlin Road in Newtown, the subdivision is access off of Toddy Hill Road, only minutes to exit 10 in I-84.The area is ideal for commuting locally in Danbury, or to the regional office parks in Stamford,White Plains,Norwalk or even New York City.  Homes Feature: · Built from 1992 through today, with several lots still available · 2200 to 4800 square feet, primarily 2800 square feet ·4 bedroom 2.5-3.5 bath custom designed colonials · Oversized lots with views of the surrounding countryside Sales Information:  Recent sales in the neighborhood have ranged from $430,000 to $725,000. There a...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
Join us for an evening of great food, extraordinary dancing and the incredible live entertainment of The Sean Fleming Bandto benefit the American Assistance for Cambodia program on Friday, February 25th 7:00pm-11:00pm at Folx Hill Inn, Brookfield, Connecticut!  This year's goal is to raise enough money to pay for teaching positions, books, computers and more! The school will be named Newtown Village School, and the primary goal for Two Schools One Song this year is to exceed last year's $26,000 which World Bank meets donations of $13,000 to build the school in Cambodia The fundraiser concert featuring The Sean Fleming Band is scheduled for February 25 from 7 to 11 pm at the Fox Hill Inn on Federal Road in Brookfield. Tickets for the event cost $75, and all donations to the group are tax...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
Whether it's winter cold or summer heat , insulation makes your home a lot more livable. From 2009 to 2010, the government helped out, letting you take $1,500 in tax credits for adding insulation. If you took full advantage of this credit, congratulations!  Below are a few tips to follow: Be sure to file IRS Form 5695 in 2011. Relax, because you've taken all the energy credits you've got coming. If you didn't, and you're kicking yourself as you shiver in the cold, you still have options. At the last minute, the government added a suite of less-generous but still useful energy tax credits, available only to those who didn't take advantage of the 2009-2010 program. Among these is a $500 credit for insulation. Tax credit limits and deadlines: 10% of expenditures, up to $500 for the year, f...
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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 Newtown,CT Hawleyville Region of Newtown,CT: Welcome to Meridian Ridge: Situated only 3 minutes from exit 9 in the Hawleyville neighborhood of Newtown, the Meridian Ridge subdivision is seen as one of the best commuting spots in town. These classic & distinctive designs offer the top shelf bells & whistles you expect including luxury master bath, gourmet kitchen with 42” cabinets, expansive family rooms open to the kitchen and outstanding mechanical & structural elements. Homes Feature: · Built between 2005, with still a number of building lots still available (23 lots total) · 12 home designs, with availability of customize plans for new construction with the builder,Charter Group. ·4 bedroom colonials with 3.5 baths and 3 car garage · Energy efficient home...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
                       SILIENT AUCTION NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL 11 Queen Street Newtown, CT 06470 ALL NMS PARENTS OF 7th and 8th GRADERS ARE INVITED TO A SILENT AUCTIONAn 8 Purple Fundraiser for the Washington DC Trip  Bidding Begins: 7 AM Thursday morning, January 27 All Baskets will be on display in the Lobby by C Wing Bidding Ends:   8 PM Friday night, January 28 (Parents are invited to come in and make their bids when they have dropped children off at the Student Council Dance) Winners Notified: Via email Items for Sale Include:  Gift Certificates from Ricci's Salon, Bagelman and Newtown Car Care, Merchandise from Klaff's, Picnic and Movie Night Baskets, a session of Studio Headshots, and much, much more! If you have any questions regarding local activities or information on homes for ...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHTS All 7th and 8th Grade Students are invited to "Middle School Nights" at "The Garage" Teen Center on Church Hill Road. These special nights are held every second Friday of the month from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.. Come on down and enjoy the fun or just hang out with your friends. Play a game of pool, air hockey, and fooseball. Two video games and a claw machine for 25 cents a play are also available. Feel free to bring along your favorite CD while enjoying an evening out. For additional information on our local activities, contact Mandy Beckett; REALTOR; William Raveis Real Estate; 14 Church Hill Road; Newtown, CT 06470 www.MandyBeckettRealtor.com  
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Newtown, CT Parks and Recreation - Winter 2011  Newtown Parks and Recreation is out with the new schedule of programs for Winter 2011.  There is quite an array of programs available - sports, computer classes, golf lessons and dog training.  We thought some of the most interesting were in the Speciality Programs Section and they include: The Wizards School of Magic Cartooning Claymation Moviemaker Robotics: Lego Carnival Mandarin Chinese Ballroom and Salsa Dancing When you see the new Newtown Parks and Recreation - Winter 2011 flyer, check it out and sign up for a class or two.  The flyers are generally distributed through the schools and as an insert in The Newtown Bee.
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Newtown, CT Real Estate Market Statistics Comparison 2009 vs 2010  Here is a comparison of the closed sales in Newtown, CT for both the year of 2009 and the year of 2010: Closed Sales 2009 Units Sold - 212 Average Days on Market - 134 Average List Price - $487,117 Average Sale Price - $457,417 Sale Price to List Price Ratio - 93.90% Closed Sales 2010 Units Sold - 243 Average Days on Market - 126 Average List Price - $481,993 Average Sale Price - $457,134 Sale Price to List Price Ratio - 94.84% Overall, the real estate market in Newtown performed better in 2010 than it did in 2009.  31 more homes were sold in 2010 than in 2009.  The average list price and sale price were both down a little; however, the sale price to list price ratio was up almost 1% in 2010.  The sale average price for ...
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
NEWTOWN BABE RUTH FIRST ANNUAL "HOT STOVE" DINNER   Thursday, January 13th, 2011 from 6-9PM @ The Waterview, 215 Roosevelt Drive (Rte 34), Monroe, CT Cost: $40 for Adults         $20 for Children (16 & Under)   Buffet Dinner w/Soft drinks, appetizers, Sundae Bar and Cash Bar.  Guest Speaker, Roundtable Baseball Panel Discussion (See Panel Guest Biographies), Giveaways, Silent & Live Auctions & Raffles.  Recognition to 2010 Newtown teams' successes.  Proceeds benefit Newtown Baseball and The Strike 3 Foundation  Guest Speaker: Jim Penders - University of Connecticut Head Baseball Coach   Baseball "Round Table" Panel Discussion: Jim Penders, Bill Masse, Bob Parker, Chris Carminnuci, & Matt Memoli ___________________________________________________________________________________    Ticke...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Snow Storm Benedict Hits Newtown, CT  This moring we woke up to snow - lots of snow!  Snow Storm Benedict hit Newtown, CT overnight and snowed for most of the morning.  Benedict was a Nor'Easter which is a special type of storm that hits the states along the Atlantic Seaboard.  The original forecast for snow accumulations was 12" to 18" of snow - Newtown got a grand total of 27" to 29" depending on the news source.  Benedict is one of the largest storms to ever hit Newtown. Here are some photos of what Snow Storm Benedict left behind (the first photo was taken around 7am):     Snow Storm Benedict left behind a ton of snow in Newtown, CT and we're sure that he will not be forgotten anytime soon.
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By Mandy Beckett, e-Pro,SFR
(William Raveis Realty)
   BASEBALL OLYMPICS ALL STAR BATTING 5 Production Drive, Brookfield, CT 06804203-740-8699   Instructors are from All-Star Batting and Newtown Babe Ruth Date Time Age(s) Includes Mon. 1/17/2011 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM 8 and 9 Prizes Fri. 2/18/11 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 8 and 9 Prizes Mon. 1/17/2011 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM 10 and 11 Prizes Fri. 2/18/11 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 10 and 11 Prizes  Baseball Olympics will include fielding, bunting and pitching training and competition using the entire turf area. Each player will also use the batting cage outside the turf area as part of the Olympics. Players will be divided into separate teams and points scored for their team. Winning team members win the daily prizes of batting gloves, helmets, candy and other cool stuff. There will also be a grand prize raff...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Short Sales in Newtown, CT - as of 1/08/11.  Back in September 2008, we posted a blog titled "Short Sale - What is It?".  We think this is useful information as we frequently explain what a short sale is to both buyers and sellers.  Our intention is to update you every 2 months about the short sale activity in Newtown, CT. As of today, the short sale market in Newtown looks like this: 18 are Actively listed for sale 8 have taken price reductions 0 are under deposit 4 are pending sale 0 have closed in 2011 13 have been withdrawn or canceled 8 were re-listed for sale 15 have expired The price range of the actively listed short sales in Newtown range from $99,900 to $729,000.  As you can see, short sales in Newtown, CT have been selling, despite being difficult transactions.  If you would ...
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By The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Recap of Short Sales in Newtown, CT for 2010  Over the course of 2010, we posted several blog entries about the status of short sales in Newtown, CT (see below for links).  With the advent of the New Year, we thought a recap of this segment of this local real estate market would be in order. In the table below, we have provided both 2010 and 2009 short sale information for a comparison.   2009 2010 Sold Throughout the Year 10 25 Pending Sale At Year End  5 4 Actively Listed at Year End  18 17 Cancelled During the Year  * 10  Expired Throughout the Year  * 15 Withdrawn from the Market  * 3  * = Data Not Compiled In comparing the 2 years of short sale data in the table, it is clearly evident that there were many more short sale transactions in Newtown, CT in 2010 than were in 2009.  In lo...
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