You may have heard the term mill rates being thrown around when talking about taxes in certain towns. Tim Bray and Andrew O'Reilly provide insight on the importance of mill rates and why knowing them can help you determine where you want and can live. 


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Thinking of selling your non-primary residence or vacation home? You are most likely going to pay capital gains tax unless you do the following.

10 East Neck

One way to avoid capital gains tax on a vacation or investment property is a 1031 exchange. This involves using the profits of the sale to purchase another investment property, thus putting the proceeds back into real estate instead of your bank account. New Construction may be a good way to go but you must meet the 1031 timelines and guidelines. 


You must follow strict identification and timeline rules for a 1031 exchange to the letter:

  •          You must identify the exchange properties in writing within 45 calendar days of the closure for the relinquished property in accordance with one of the…

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1. Too 'Hungry'

Agents need to tell their clients the truth, even when that truth is difficult to hear. Failure to do that is not representing clients at the highest level of integrity. If they are too “hungry” that they will sell you anything, they are not looking out for the client's needs. 

2. Rushed

I would avoid the agent who is always in a hurry and doesn't have time to focus on your needs. A person who is only focused on landing the sale may not be good for a long-term relationship and creating value for the customer. It’s best to know your priorities and choose a broker who matches them.

3. Overly Pushy

As real estate professionals, we are entrusted with the honor of guiding our clients through one of the most significant…

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 1. Peer Pressure

“Everyone else is doing it” does not mean that it is a good reason to buy.

2. Short Term

If you know that you will be moving in less than five years then renting may make more sense.

3. Low Inventory

This pushes prices higher than maybe in the summer when there is more inventory.

4. Job Loss

If there is any chance that you will be laid off for an extended period of time, then now may not be the time to buy.

5. Market Swings

If there is any chance that you will be laid off for an extended period of time, then now may not be the time to buy.

Reach out to one of our agents to see if it's a good idea for you to buy or rent. 

 

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New to Market – Formerly known as the McCulloch Horse Farm, 100 Whippoorwill Rd in Old Lyme has been offered up for sale by Seaport Real Estate Services in an Auction proceeding. This method will be administered through an online bidding process that takes place over the course of 30 days. Contrary to a traditional brokerage sale, an Auction approach positions the initial offering price significantly lower than the current fair market value. This incites a heightened level of demand, creates a competitive environment, attracts multiple buyers, and drives the price of the property up rapidly over a pre-determined period of time. All necessary due diligence on behalf of interested buyers is performed prior to the close of Auction. Once the winning bid…

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The Cookie Thief

By Valerie Cox

 

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,
With several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shops.
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,
That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,
As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too,
When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.
With a smile on his face, and a…

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Simply stated, a Mill Rate is the adjustable measure that calculates how much the tax man collects from you on an annual basis. The concept itself is easily understood.

However, more insight is necessary to identify and understand the underlying, and often unforeseen market forces that can drive YOUR Mill Rate up or down, saving or costing you more money in taxes, depending upon where you choose to buy a home.

Note that each town imposes a different mill rate depending upon that town's grand list and how much revenue they must generate to cover their yearly costs. 

“A mill rate is equal to $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed value. To calculate your tax based on your mill rate, divide your assessed value by 1,000 and multiply the…

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