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CT real estate agent info

September 17, 2017

Useful thoughts….

http://stephaniegosselin.com/understanding-connecticut-agency-law/

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The Buyer Representation Agreement is with a firm
A Buyer’s Agent…
Assists in making an offer with the buyer’s interests in mind by showing what other buyers are paying for similar properties in the area.

Dual agency occurs when a Buyer’s Agent shows a property to a buyer that is also represented by that Realtor’s firm, or when the Listing Agent shows real estate to a buyer who is also represented by the same firm.
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http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?q=423310

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When you hire an agent to help you buy a home, the agent must be working for you — and only for you.
Every real estate agent’s commission is negotiable. There is no set percentage or commission to which an agent is entitled. Before signing the contract, you can ask the agent to take a smaller commission than what he or she proposed. …
The duration of your agreement with the agent is also negotiable. ….
he contract must have a beginning date, an ending date, and be signed by all parties to the contract.
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http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/11/realestate/new-law-to-change-broker-client-relationships.html

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”If the seller refuses to pay the commission, even though he agreed to it when the listing was taken,” Mr. Halsell said, ”the buyer is liable for it and he can bring down the price of the house by that amount. It’s not a good situation.”
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http://www.ctrealtors.com/mt_consumers/selectingARealtor.shtml

https://www.thebalance.com/should-buyers-sign-exclusive-agreements-with-an-agent-1798310

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Should You Sign an Exclusive Agreement?
Little turns off buyers faster than an agent they’ve looked up online who emails a buyer’s broker agreement before they meet in person. …
Interviewing a real estate agent can help to ease a buyer’s
uncertainty. But many buyers are leery of signing agreements because they are concerned that the relationship might not work out. They don’t want to be stuck with a crummy agent, and that’s understandable. …

Ask for Short-Term
The term of a buyer’s broker agreement is negotiable. Although many agents might request a 90-day commitment at a minimum, you are free to ask for a 24-hour, seven-day or 30-day term; it’s whatever you can negotiate.

Request a Nonexclusive Agreement
These agreements provide compensation to the agent if you switch agents midstream but end up buying a home introduced to you by the first agent. …
Compromise
You can tell the agent that you prefer to spend a little time getting to know her before signing an exclusive buyer’s broker agreement. It’s reasonable to say, “Let’s spend an afternoon looking at homes, and if I think we can work together, I’ll sign an agreement with you before we go out again.”
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More on Woodbridge

August 28, 2017

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/realestate/22Living.html

Woodbridge

August 27, 2017

http://www.homesbyminna.com/blog/living-in-woodbridge-connecticut.html

Pools in the New Haven Area

August 27, 2017

Notes on local INDOOR swimming pools:

* Cheshire Community Pool
Great pool, lots of room, pay per swim
http://www.cheshirect.org/recreation-and-leisure/community-pool/

* JCC of Greater New Haven
Membership for this pool? ~$30 for adults?
(allows 1-day visiting swim w/o membership)
A bit crowded during open swim.
https://www.jccnh.org
JCC is located at 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT.

* Soundview (Branford) YMCA Pool
Requires a membership, but it has two pools and usually a lot of space http://www.cccymca.org/locations/soundview/

* Hamden Hall’s pool
Only open for HH affiliated people or for large group bookings

* Small pool (~15 yds) at the Guilford Racquet and Swim club https://www.guilfordracquet.com/page.lasso?p=content-swim
other than this, there is no public pool in Guilford

* Yale Swimming Pool
Requires a membership, but the third
floor pool is usually pretty spacious (50 LCM) and doesn’t use as much chlorine as other pools (it uses UV light instead)

What Luxury Home Builders Consider Worth the Splurge – WSJ

August 27, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-luxury-home-builders-consider-worth-the-splurge-1501170604

Electronics depreciates quickly!

Traffic Prediction for specific time and destination mapping/navigation – Google Maps Help

August 20, 2017

https://support.google.com/maps/forum/AAAAQuUrST8iVaKdxUhuMw/?hl=en

In Rural Oasis, Serpico Finds New Adversaries – NYTimes.com

July 14, 2017

In Rural Oasis, #Serpico Finds New Adversaries
http://www.NYTimes.com/2013/07/05/nyregion/for-serpico-who-fought-police-corruption-a-new-conflict-over-woodland.html Famous cop from the past protecting #trees from a McMansion developer

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“But now Mr. Serpico’s serenity has been broken and he finds himself battling a new nemesis. This time, it is not an entire agency, but a local developer and town officials who Mr. Serpico says have ignored his complaints; this time, it is not over issues like taking cash payments from drug dealers, but over the fate of some trees and the desecration of pristine woodland.

“It’s like fighting the system again,” Mr. Serpico said. “Here I’m trying to enjoy my tranquillity and I’m being dragged back into a world of corruption.”
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Leafy Luxury: Mansions With a Tree Premium – WSJ

November 29, 2014

Leafy Luxury: Mansions with a Tree Premium http://online.wsj.com/articles/leafy-luxury-mansions-with-a-tree-premium-1417015300 “Street #tree” in frontyard adds >$7K to home price, helps neighbors too

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A 2010 study by the U.S. Forest Service conducted in Portland, Ore., found that the presence of a single “street tree” in front of the home added over $7,000 to its sale price. The street-tree effect spilled over to neighboring houses, increasing property values as well as helping the homes sell faster.
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Thoughts on Gaines’ The Sky’s the Limit

July 29, 2013

I found Steven Gaines’ book The Sky’s the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan quite interesting overall. I read it from the
perspective of someone wanting to learn some context behind the convoluted world of Manhattan real estate. In this regard some parts of the book are not that useful: principally those that in a gossipy sense focus on celebrities buying seven and eight figure properties and all the machinations to get past apartment co-op boards. On the other hand there is some genuinely useful factual information. It provides the history of a number of the structures in Manhattan, in particular the cooperative structure, which ironically started out as a socialist inspired movement for tenants who own their building but in modern times this turned into the ultimate exclusive club for the very rich. (There are some great quotes in the book about such excesses such as Bill Clinton’s remarking on the fantasy Upper East Side co-op, that it makes the White House almost look like public housing.) The book also gives a lot of background on some of the prominent buildings in Manhattan such as the Time Warner Center, the Ansonia Hotel and the Dakota. Finally it gives some perspective on the different neighborhoods, contrasting the large parcels available on Central Park West with the smaller and older developed real estate on the Upper East Side. Overall, a good read with a bit of useful facts to impart.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A255VTLSSZIVT9/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R13M6X7GOMGMBJ

Modern Dwelling – NYTimes.com

August 27, 2012

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E2DD173FF937A15754C0A9639C8B63&pagewanted=all a champion of kandinsky and mondrian once lived in westport