Salem, CT Real Estate News

By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
About 2 miles down Forsyth Road in Salem, CT sits the new neighborhood called Forsyth Estates.  A 22-lot subdivision, the lots here are mostly level, and some are privately-set flag lots, each with their own driveway. Starting at $84,900 these lots have been perc-tested, a couple of the first lots as you enter Syleo Lane already have wells installed on the property, and so far there are four houses built in the subdivision. The land here has a long and interesting history, which I will writie about in small sections because there's a lot of history here.  In current times, Forsyth Estates boasts convenience to schools, shopping and  highways as well as privacy and quiet on a country road and a great place to retire or bring up your family.  Call me if you're interested in buying a lot -...
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
Today is Referendum Day in the town of Salem, CT.  This is the day that residents can vote to approve or disapprove of the budget for the town this coming year. Traditionally, voter turnout for this vote has been poor.  VERY poor, in fact.  And when you realize that less than 1000 votes often decide whether the budge passes or not, it's a little scary.  If you don't vote, it means you're letting the minority decide your taxes.  Period.  That seems like a pretty bad decision to me.  The poll is open at Salem Town Hall today from 6AM to 8PM, so take the few minutes out of your day at some point, and add your voice to the others who care what happens in town, and VOTE!
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
Okay, so today is a sunny Sunday in Salem, Connecticut, and it's a traditional Open House day in these parts.  If you're thinking about trying to buy your first house, this is the perfect day to venture out and dip your toe in the friendly-to-buyers ocean called House Hunting. Here's what you should do at any open house:  first, drive around the neighborhood.  Not just down the street, but around the surrounding area.  See what's one street over, what else might be for sale, write down the address and the phone number on the sign.  Then go and see the house.  Don't be afraid to ask the realtor hosting the open house as many questions as you can think of!  She or he is there to answer your questions, tell you about the house, and yes - hopefully interest you enough to enlist her as your ...
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
This sign was at the end of my street last year, along with others like it around town.  I think it's a good point, and as the Moderator at the polling station in Salem this year, I guess I should be reminding people to vote. More people tend to vote during a Presidential election, but it's true every year for whatever offices have candidates running.  You can take a few minutes yourself to come to town hall and cast your own ballot, or you can let someone else decide for you.... If your voting in Salem, the polls are open on Tuesday from 6AM to 8PM.  Bring some form of ID with you, and take a couple of minutes to vote!
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
The other night, I heard someone assert that there are three businesses in Salem who are, by far, the largest taxpayers in the town, and that I would probably never guess who they are. Now that I know who they (supposedly) are, I bet you won't either.  I'd have to do a lot of checking on facts and figures before I would say this was fact, but for what it's worth, here they are, in no particular order: 1. The New London Water Authority 2. Salem Farms Campground 3. Witch Meadow Lake Campground* We have other businesses in town, and ones that are more recognizable, like Salem Country Gardens, but no one really contributes a lot to our tax base in as meaningful a way.  It's a problem that we are wrestling with now - how to bring in businesses that won't impact the town and it's more rural c...
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
Now that the spring selling season is over, and we're heading into the holidays - and traditionally fewer buyers in the marketplace - I thought it would be a good time to take a look back and see what has actually sold in Salem this past season.  Right now there are 49 active single-family homes on the market in town.  Since April, 17 homes have actually sold, and there's one under deposit.  Now let's look at a couple of details:  the price ranges of the homes actually sold this spring/summer, for one.  The most popular price range that resulted in a sale was in the $200,000 to $300,000 range - 6 homes, to be exact, closed in that range.  A close second was the $300,000 to $400,000 range, with 5 homes selling.  The least expensive sale was in the $100,000 to $200,000 range - one house -...
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By Carl Guild, Central Connecticut Real Estate
(Carl Guild & Associates)
The Foreign Film Series at the Salem Library is continuing, the Friends of the Salem Library have announced. The films are shown at the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7pm, in the large meeting room of the Salem Library, 264 Hartford Rd, Salem. None of the films are rated, all are about 1 1/2 hours in length and have English subtitles. The series is open to the public and is free to all with complimentary drinks and popcorn.
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By Carl Guild, Central Connecticut Real Estate
(Carl Guild & Associates)
The Congregational Church of Salem, Rt. 85, Salem, will show family films Fridays, July 27 and Aug. 17, 2007 on the Salem Green.  Bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Movies will start at dusk, around 8 p.m. Popcorn and soda will be available for a donation.  In the event of rain, the movies will he shown in the Christian Education building.  For more information, call 859-1925.
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By Liz Householder, TheSalemBlog
(CG Real Estate)
Caleb Mardini posted a suggestion that we blog about our own towns, and I think it's a great idea!Salem is in southeastern CT, just north of East Lyme, next to East Haddam on the west and Montville and Norwich on the east and south.  With 29 square miles, it's still got a rural character to it, even though it's only about half an hour to the state capital of Hartford, and less than that to New London and Groton, where the naval submarine base is.With a population of about 4000 people and 1300 + residences, we're pretty small, but that's one of the things I love about living here.  If you like volunteering (and I do), this is a great place to get involved, because a small town like Salem lives and dies on their volunteers.  Sounds dramatic, but it's true!  We have a great story developin...
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