Shelton, CT Real Estate News

By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Open House ~ 14 Kingswood Manor, Shelton CT ~ Sunday, February 27 ~ 1-3 p.m.  Love a fireplace in your home?  Forget the wood. How would you like to light up a gas fireplace to warm you up on cold, wintry days or even those cool, damp spring or fall days?     How do you tolerate the summer heat?  Is opening the window or turning on the fan in 85+ degree heat in the summer ok with you?  If not, how does central air conditioning in your home sound, run by a new energy efficient system?    When it's pouring rain outside or just dark and cold, how do you like walking from your parked car into your condo unit?  Do you like scraping your windows in the winter or getting into a oven-like car in the summer? Wish you had a garage? Even better -- how about an attached garage with interior access?...
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By Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
(Transition Stage LLC)
Curtain Call Offering Free Window Treatment 101 Classes at Local CT Libraries   Adrienne Micci-Smith, owner of Curtain Call on Coram Avenue in Shelton, CT,  will present FREE Window Treatment 101 classes at local Connecticut libraries starting on Wednesday, February 16 in Woodbridge, CT.   Shopping for window treatments can be confusing - where do you start? Adrienne will teach you the basics, and help you determine where to start your search. She will help you to approach the subject of window treatments in an organized way so you can choose treatments that suit your style and fit into your budget.   You will learn about the best choices for light control, privacy, insulation, UV ray reduction, sound absorption and more. She will also discuss the do's and don'ts of window treatments, p...
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By Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
(Transition Stage LLC)
Facebook 101 by Talking Finger Produces Instant ResultsHosted by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commmerce, and held right here in Shelton, CT, a 2-hour Facebook 101 workshop led by Bill DeRosa and Erik Granato of Talking Finger produced instant results! These were: a basic understanding of how Facebook works, and the creation of both a personal and a business Facebook page.   Filled with practical, hands-on information, the workshop was led in a friendly and informative style, with Bill and Erik ensuring that everyone was able to follow and execute the necessary steps to create their Facebook pages. Some of us (OK, my hand is up) had no previous experience with this, but even those with established personal FB pages came away with lots more information than they had before. This two hour...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
The condo market in Shelton (Huntington), CT for January 2011 showed an 80% INCREASE in sales compared to the same period last year.   More good news -- The average list price and average selling price showed an 18% and 12% INCREASE respectively.  The median sales figure registered 15% higher than January 2010.       The last year indicates a rollercoaster effect, due to the homebuyer's tax credit in June.  The condo market rebounded, stayed relatively flat for a few months, and was up again in January.  The hot spot for January sales was in the $200K-300K range.   Take a look at the Shelton CT January 2011 condo property transfers as recorded in the MLS for the month.  Low sale - Stephen's Terrace. High sale - Crescent Village.   The absorption trend for the last three months indicates...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Single Family Market Report for January 2011 Shelton CT single family home sales began the year down from the same period last year.  Averages were considerably lower since the bulk of sales fell below $300K.   See property transfers below. Shelton CT January 2010 Property Transfers (as recorded in the Greater Fairfield County MLS) More than half of the sales were under $300K. The usual hotspot is typically in the $250-350K range.   The absorption trend, which shows the number of months it would take to sell the entire inventory at the same pace, came in at 9.37 for the last three months.   If you are selling your home, your agent should calculate the absorption rate trend for your price point to get a more accurate analysis.   The last 12 months is still looking like a rolle...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Monkey Love Drive Swings in Shelton, CT  Swing into Shelton, CT and donate a stuffed monkey to the 5th Annual Monkey Love Drive running now through Wednesday, February 9.  The Monkey Love drive, celebrating Valentine's Day, was started in 2007 by the former owners of Luther's Garage, which has since closed.  Jennifer Czajkowski, owner of J-Cuts at 505 Howe Avenue, Shelton, has graciously taken over the monkey project.  The stuffed monkeys are collected and given to abused, neglected, and needy children, local hospitals, foster children and the children of Connecticut National Guard soldiers deployed over the Valentine's Day weekend. Since the beginning of the drive, over 3,600 stuffed monkeys have been collected and distributed.  How can you help?  Stuffed monkeys can be dropped off at ...
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By Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
(Transition Stage LLC)
Written Words Bookstore in Shelton CT is a Great Resource!Written Words Bookstore, in the White Hills Shopping Center located in Shelton CT, proves once again that it is a great local resource for learning. On Friday, February 4, 2011, you can meet the teacher who will be leading an eight-week series of classes in American Sign Language.       Dorothy Sim-Broder, owner of Written Words Bookstore, has come up with another service that can benefit the Shelton CT community. Featuring teacher Judi Reynolds, the eight week class will include topics such as the manual alphabet, basic vocabulary, structure and Deaf Culture. The classes are conveniently held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., from February 25 through April 15. Interested in attending?  Come meet the teacher on February 4 at 6 p.m., and ...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Huntington Plaza ~ Shelton, CT ~ One-Stop Shopping Ugh...Do I ever have a list of things to do today.  This is going to take me ALL day.  But wait!...I think I may just be able to get most of this done at Huntington Plaza.  Huntington Plaza, nestled across from the Huntington Green in Shelton, CT, offers an eclectic selection of businesses to suit many of your needs.  So, let's put Huntington Plaza to the test and see if I can check  a few things off my list.   What Do I Need? Where Can I Get It? Milk, Bananas, Cold Cuts, Cereal, OJ, Angus Steaks Beechwood Market Hard rolls and bagels, birthday cake Royal Bakery Birthday card and wrapping paper Gifts by the Green Birthday gift - maybe Pandora jewelry? Gifts by the Green Bottle of wine for dinner gift Huntington Package Store Make dinner...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Condo Market Report for December 2010 (Yes, I know I am late in posting this month.  Sorry.) Condo sales in Shelton (Huntington), CT for December 2010 showed a decrease in sales compared to the same period last year.  But let's try to put it into perspective.  There were increased residual sales at the end of December 2009 due to the extension of the homebuyer tax credit, which was extended to April, 2009  and then to June, so the numbers were inflated.  Take a look at the other numbers for some better news.   Average list price and average selling price showed a 16% and 19% INCREASE respectively.  The median sales figure came in 25% HIGHER than last year.        After the artificial spike in June sales due to the homebuyer tax credit, condo sales rebounded a bit in September...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
OK...I Admit It....My Client and I Were Holding Hands Today Today was a really weird day.  I am totally exhausted tonight.  Just having been snowed on, sleeted on, and rained on is enough.  I LOOK like I had a hard day - or just got out of the shower, threw my clothes on and went out.  The snow here in Shelton, CT has been relentless.  Today we had the added freebie of ice on top of everything.  Charming.  I had a closing today with the walkthrough scheduled immediately before.  Schools were closed today and roads were not exactly in tip top shape. I ventured to the condo where I was meeting my client.   I pulled into the lot and ....  so far so good. THEN I came to THE (although) small downhill.  I tested my brakes and uh..oh.  I am in BIG trouble.  The ICE ATTACK!!!  (Quick rewind in ...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Coasters Tap & Grill ~ New Shelton, CT Restaurant Opens  There's a new kid on the block in Shelton, CT.  Coasters Tap & Grill, restaurant and bar, opened its doors recently at 882 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton in the newly redone Shelton Square Shopping Center.   Coasters Tap & Grill offers a well rounded menu of specialty burgers, gourmet stone fired pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, and several appetizers in a relaxed, casual family-friendly atmosphere.   The bar offers a large selection of microbrews as well as bottled beers on tap.   Check out both the menu and beer selections.  There are some specialty beers to try that should please even the most discriminating of beer connoisseurs.   How about a nice cold Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or Chimay Rouge?   The owners, Tom Turner a...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Single Family Market Report for December 2010 Shelton CT single family home sales ended up the year with a weak finish for the month in total sales.  Averages were considerably lowered by multiple sales under $100K.   See property transfers below.  So more than half of the sales were under $300K. The usual hotspot is typically higher -- in the $250-350K range.   Following are the Shelton, CT property transfers for single family homes for December 1 - December 31 recorded as of January 5, 2011 .     The absorption trend, which shows the number of months it would take to sell the entire inventory at the same pace, came in at 7.09 for the last three months.   If you are selling your home, your agent should calculate the absorption rate trend for your price point to get a more ac...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Home for the Holidays -- It Gets Better Each Year  The pre-Christmas hustle and bustle last week was probably the most intense I had ever experienced.  Having to plan, shop for, cook for, and just generally prepare for a large Christmas Eve party is really enough for anyone.  The fact that I was very busy with real estate last week added to the drama.  I finally figured out that - and this has NOT failed in the last few years - whenever I go away for a few days or plan a party, the ‘you know what' hits the fan and I am busier than ever.   Now, I am not complaining by any means.  However, why does that surge always happen when I have a ton of personal things planned and lots to do?  My girlfriend told me I will just have to have more parties and take more vacations.  LOL  Anyway, my Chri...
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By Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
(Transition Stage LLC)
New Haven Symphony Orchestra Holiday Extravaganza at Shelton Intermediate School - You can't GET more Local! On Sunday, December 19, 2010 the Shelton Intermediate School at 675 Constitution Boulevard in  Shelton, CT will once more host the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as they put on their Holiday Extravaganza! It starts at 3p.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m. and admission is is $35. The holiday tradition continues with classic favorites from Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride to the NHSO Pops' ever popular audience sing-a-long. It’s local and it’s awesome! This will be our 4th time attending, and I can highly recommend it. With Gerald Steichen conducting, and the amazing voices of Heather Johnson, Mezzo-Soprano, and the New Canaan High School Madrigal Ensemble. You can purchase tickets over the ph...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Condo Market Report for November 2010 Condo sales in Shelton (Huntington) CT for November 2010 showed a sharp decrease in sales compared to the same period last year.  The end of November 2009 was also the FIRST end of the homebuyer tax credit, until it was extended to April and then to June, so the numbers were inflated.  Take a look at the other numbers for some better news.   Average list price and average selling price showed a 15% and 13% INCREASE respectively.  The median sales figure came in 28% HIGHER than last year.    Note that days on the market showed an increase of 52% skewed by abnormally high market time of two sales.    After the spike in June sales due to the homebuyer tax credit, condo sales rebounded a bit and have been relatively flat the last three months...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at Shelton CT Farms It's that time again.  The search for the perfect Christmas tree is on!    There has been an influx of cars all over town with trees on top that have come from one of Shelton's Walnut Tree Hill Road Christmas tree farms -- Jones Family Farms or Fairview Tree Farm -- where you can cut your own or select from an ample pre-cut inventory. Shelton has many places to purchase trees.  Check out these two neighboring farms as a starting point. Jones Family Farms 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road Shelton CT Directions  Now through December 24 you can shop at Jones Family Farms from 9:00am - 5:30pm daily.  Select a fresh cut tree in and around the historic barn at Homestead Farm if you don't want to venture out into the fields and cut your own.  But if you ...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Thinking of Movin' On Up? .... Do the Math An acquaintance recently told me that she is thinking of selling to move up.  She also mentioned she would have a hard time getting less for her house than she could have sold for when the market was hot.  She stated she could have bought so much more then with all the money she would have made on her house.  Really?  Hmmm....   Many higher priced homes in our market have been significantly reduced in some areas and the interest rate now is ...well... pretty darn low.  So we did a little exercise to see if this is a good time to take advantage of the buying opportunities and if selling now and moving up might not be a bad idea.  Here's the exercise we did --  Part one - We looked at what her house and the move up house she wanted were worth at ...
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By Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
(Transition Stage LLC)
Written Words Bookstore - A Real Find in Shelton, CT! It's not just booklovers who find their way to the Written Words Bookstore in the  White Hills Shopping Center in Shelton, CT - although there is much to delight readers of all descriptions here in this light-filled shop filled with books, calendars and other objects dear to readers' hearts. Can't find the book you want? Dorothy Sim-Broder, owner, will happily order it for you and call when it arrives. Which, in my case, was so quick that it didn't seem there was enough time elapsed without a "Scottie, beam me up" machine.     Depending on the day (or evening), you'll find knitters cozily chatting in the generous seating area while they work on their various projects, a group working on learning the intricacies of the Chinese languag...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Condo Market Report for October 2010 Condo sales in Shelton (Huntington) CT for October 2010 showed a 25% decrease in sales compared to the same period last year.   However,  October sales were even with September and UP from the slump which followed the homebuyer tax credit June sales.    Average list price and average selling price showed a 6% and 8% INCREASE respectively. The median sales figure came in 3% lower than last year and days on the market showed a decrease of 11%.   So while the sales were down from last year, there is stabilization in the numbers.    Here we get a better picture of condo sales rebounding from the spike in June sales due to the homebuyer tax credit initial June 30 closing deadline. Following are the Shelton, CT condo property transfers for Octob...
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By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties)
Shelton CT Single Family Market Report for October 2010 Shelton CT single family home sales, including Huntington and White Hills,  matched October, 2009 -- 23 to 23.  The average list and selling prices decreased 8 and 9% respectively. The median price decreased only 3% from the same period last year.  Days on the market went down 11% percent.   Where were all the single family sales for the month of October in Shelton?  The hot spot was in the $200-300K range, accounting for 39% of sales.    Following are the Shelton, CT property transfers for single family homes for October 1-October 31 recorded as of November 9, 2010 .     The absorption trend, which shows the number of months it would take to sell the entire inventory at the same pace, came in at 7.08 for the last three months.  Sh...
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