Real Estate
Waiting and waiting to go home

Waiting and waiting to go home

“We just want to get home,” said Joe Mirmina, one of Storm Sandy’s victims. Mirmina and his wife, Ann-Marie, are two of many Milford shoreline residents still struggling through red tape to get the government money they’ve been promised to fix their storm-damaged houses and move back home. Their stories are complicatedly similar. The Mirminas...
New law eases flood insurance rates

New law eases flood insurance rates

When Fairfield real estate agent Marjorie Judge put her client’s James Street colonial up for sale last January, she didn’t realize that insurance rate hikes brought about by recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program would send buyers running scared. “It was a lovely little house, but people couldn’t afford the insurance,” said Judge....
‘Shore Up CT’ to help home and business owners  put their buildings up high

‘Shore Up CT’ to help home and business owners put their buildings up high

Homeowners and small business owners can apply for state loans to elevate their shoreline properties, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced recently. The new program, called “Shore Up CT,” provides loans as small as $10,000 and as large as $300,000 for property owners in cities and towns in FEMA flood zones VE or AE, which includes...
Rebuilding lives and homes after storms tear them apart

Rebuilding lives and homes after storms tear them apart

When real estate agent Marjorie Judge put her client’s Fairfield colonial up for sale last January, she didn’t realize that insurance rate hikes brought about by recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program would send buyers running scared. “It was a lovely little house, but people couldn’t afford the insurance,” said Judge. After 108...
Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

I am one of those shoppers who will find something I might like to buy and then hold off actually purchasing for a day or even more. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t like to impulse buy. Maybe I have to think about it for awhile to be sure it’s a good deal....
Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

In 2012, hundreds of miles of coastline along the northeastern United States were battered and decimated due to Super Storm Sandy. Homeowners are still dealing with the consequences of the devastating storm. Sandy illustrated just how destructive water can be. Each year, storms across North America have the potential to flood homes or cause water...
Concrete problems can arise with your real estate

Concrete problems can arise with your real estate

Concrete is a popular structural material among homeowners. One of the more affordable options for patios and other structures, concrete also can be durable and attractive. However, because no material is impervious to damage, concrete will need to be maintained, and certain problems can arise when concrete is not properly installed. Though an excellent material,...
Coldwell foundation donates to Newtown children’s museum

Coldwell foundation donates to Newtown children’s museum

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation donated $5,000 to the EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown. The donation was made through a request by the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Newtown and the other Coldwell Banker offices in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. “We wanted to find a way to show our commitment to the...
New savings program to help low income residents buy a home

New savings program to help low income residents buy a home

A new matched savings account for residents of the Valley will be available through team to help them purchase a productive asset like a first home, small business, car for employment or post secondary education. Contributions will be matched by Team, Inc., thanks to a grant. Called the IDA Program, it allows participants to deposit...
Building My Passive House — Part 4

Building My Passive House — Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

Located in the Greenfield Hill section of town at 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield, this single-family Colonial has 14 rooms and sits on nearly 18 acres. It was built in 1920, has give bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two-half bathrooms. The lot has some woods, some wetlands and is full of beautiful gardens. Listed at $3.976...
Easton home pays homage  to Frank Lloyd Wright designs

Easton home pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright designs

Residing on nine plus lush acres, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired custom contemporary celebrates its natural setting at 144 Morehouse Road, Easton. This residence, designed by architect, John Newman, was built to replicate Lloyd Wright’s  “Fallingwater.” Prevalent throughout the house are steel, stucco and stone. The atrium measuring 800 X 400 square feet is breathtaking...