Alan & Melissa Hamilton's Blog

A Good Realtor® Stays Active During Appraisals

  A Good Realtor®  Stays Active During Appraisals               It may be a fundamental element in nearly two-thirds of every residential real estate transaction, yet when you think about buying or selling a home, it’s...

Autumn Leaves Signal Home Improvement Season

                 Ah, November! Down every street we see the familiar sight of homes in Fairfield and Westport, yards displaying evidence of the fall leaf drop and -- yikes! -- Winter is coming!   Beyond the unavoidable...

Picture-Perfect Takes Picture Prep

  The photo that tops your real estate listing is more than your property’s calling card. Make no mistake: that one photo will appear lined up with all the other homes it is going up against. That shot is close to a make-or-break statement of how serious you are about offering your home...

Westport and Fairfield Home Sales May Follow a€œTOMa€

September is a transition time for almost everybody. Here in Westport, the kids have shifted into school gear, adults have moved out of vacation mode, and businesses are already sprucing up for the (believe it or not) Holiday Season. In real estate, we are looking with more than casual interest at...

Superstar Real Estate Agents: Worth Hunting For

Superstar Real Estate Agents: Worth Hunting For We all know that in every field there is a vast difference between hiring an ‘okay’ employee versus a standout talent -- a real rock-star go-getter. It’s the same with your Realtor. If you’re planning to buy or sell here in Westport...

Staging Choices to Avoid at your Open House

Open houses are one of any agent’s most effective tools when it comes to selling houses. The 2011 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 45% of buyers use open houses as a research tool when they are serious about buying a home. With the advent of...

New Homesa€™ Kitchens Use Fresh Color Ideas

Designers of today's new homes in Westport and Fairfield are continuing to regard the kitchen as the functioning central gathering place – the family’s social hub, where a great deal more than meal preparation takes place. The trend toward bigger kitchens is on track: many feature kitchens...

Pinch Me, Ia€™m in Mortgage Rate Dreamland

Mortgage Rates Hit All-Time Low   About this time a year ago, I was pointing out that with mortgage rates at near historic lows, the opportunities for first time home ownership had seldom been better. Although, as always, there is a lot more to a family’s decision than the cash-flow...

First-Time Buyers Eye Westport and Fairfield Home Market

Many eager first-time homebuyers were sidelined by the worldwide economic recession. It’s hard to commit to any decision – much less such a major one – when you read almost daily that the market is falling or downward pressure continues. Who needs any kind of pressure?   So...

Bathroom Remodels Can Boost Sale Value

    Though things are definitely looking up in real estate these days, selling a home in Westport is still as demanding as ever. As in any serious business proposition, looking for ways to increase the value of your offering will always pay dividends.   One of the major ways you...

H2SOLD

Check out this beautiful 1924 American Craftsman home in Westport 19riveroaks.com 5-6 Bedrooms and 3 Full Baths....the lower level would make an ideal In-Law apartment or Au-Pair Suite or even a home office!...