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All Blog Entries by Tim Bray

The thoughts, beliefs, and view points of this blog are not coorelated to those of William Pitt or Sotheby's International Realty

 

Found 16 blog entries published by Tim Bray.

AUCTION PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY –  102 Town Woods Road Old Lyme, CT.  SALE TO BE AWARDED VIA ONLINE AUCTION PROCEEDING. BIDDING DATES OPENED TO QUALIFIED BUYERS FROM 08/16/2020 - 08/23/2020. Tim Bray and Jamie Molinares of Seaport Auctions and William Pitt Sothebys International Realty are jointly auctioning and marketing the property. Minimum bids starting at $1.5 Million with a Seller Reserve. SCHEDULE A SHOWING TO PREVIEW THE PROPERTY AND CONFIRM STATED INTEREST.

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A virtual walkthrough of the property can be accessed by clicking here. 

Gated Estate located within the secluded countryside of Old Lyme. Quiet enclave nestled within an exclusive retreat with over 20 acres of land and privacy. Custom built, impeccably maintained 6,100+ square foot

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The costs of owning a property go far beyond making a monthly mortgage payment. The costs of owning a home, especially by first time owners, can be a shock after realizing that owning a home is much more expensive than anticipated. 

Residential Carrying Costs are also known as “Holding Costs”  and can include the following:

  • Mortgage Principle

  • Mortgage Interest

  • Taxes

  • Insurances

  • Homeowner Association Fees

  • Costs of maintenance, upkeep, and upgrades

  • Utilities

It is important for homeowners to understand the cost of ownership and the impact on their discretionary income. Carrying Cost Calculators are important for potential buyers as well as helping sellers to determine the true

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Unlike the stock market, where most people understand and accept the risk that prices may fall, most people who buy a house don't ever think that the value of their home will ever decrease.

The housing market, like other assets, is susceptible to unsustainable gains, and bubbles are formed over time even though many people feel it is a sure bet for growth.  That's because of the large transaction costs associated with purchasing a home, not to mention the carrying costs of owning and maintaining a home discourage speculative behavior. However, housing markets do go through periods of irrational exuberance.

This article will help to explain real estate cycles, triggers that cause them, and why consumers should be cognizant of the forces at play

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Consulting vs. Selling (Advisory)

Our agents offer a consultative approach focused on client needs as opposed to the traditional “Buy & Sell” mentality that is offered by 99% of the real estate companies today. Our Buy Low, Sell High, Hold or Rent mindset empowers our clients to make decisions backed by current and historical data that is extremely difficult to find in the marketplace.

"Everything we do, we believe challenges conventional real estate logic, we believe in change, we believe in thinking outside of the box, and we believe in growth. The way we challenge the status quo is by conceiving & implementing proprietary systems backed by diverse educations, common sense, cutting edge technology, passion for people, and an intense desire to

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I am often being asked if I feel that Condo’s are particularly risky in these trying times. Let me shed some light on the condo market and try to help you make the best decision possible. I will focus on the primary resident condo market as opposed to investment properties in Luxury locations or on the ocean. Condos are built with a specific client in mind. Condo owners are typically first-time homeowners who have good credit, previously were renters, who wish to enter the housing market. They often times use the condo as a stepping stone into the single-family housing arena but can not afford to do so at this time. Or the condo owner enjoys the relatively maintenance-free lifestyle that a condo offers.

The risk in ownership and potential

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Salespeople are typically focused on being transactional and closing more deals. Fiduciaries use a consultative approach, putting a client’s best interest in mind even if it means disclosing info that will kill a deal. Fiduciaries won’t place their commissions before your best interest. Unfortunately, many agents in our market are experienced at selling themselves. The real estate industry over the years has become less about the customer and more about the number of transactions an agent closes.  Some of the blame can be directly correlated to real estate coaching which has become big business and focuses on “Closing the Deal” as opposed to solving a client’s problem.  Big Real Estate coaching companies train agents to become adept at answering

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Time Kills Deals - Do Your Research

 

Real Estate Raw&Uncut is for: Realtors, Agents, Buyers, Sellers, Brokers, Attorneys, Lenders, or just anyone that wants it "REAL" in REAL ESTATE! No hidden lies, none of that Realtor "fluff", no TV drama, no media BS... only the cold hard truth which we deliver unscripted and unfiltered with a new episode every week.

Episode 185: Chances are very good that your seller will receive much less in the long run for an overpriced property than if the property was priced correctly from the start. Most people accept and understand this concept. What many do not recognize is that knowing your product prior to listing can prove to be instrumental in getting the deal done. It is imperative that you have the

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Seaport Real Estate Group of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and two local reputable lenders will be hosting an informal open discussion regarding the current real estate market and if it is the right time to buy, sell, hold or rent. Get answers to your questions and find out if you are eligible for $1,500 towards closing costs and a 10% rebate of the agent’s commission to be paid outside of closing.  Only those individuals attending or registering for this event will be eligible for the rebate and credit.

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This event will be held at Divine Wine at 275 West Main St in Niantic. Ken Turcotte, Owner and wine educator will graciously be hosting and speaking about wines as well.  This deal will only be offered to the first 25 buyers and

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Noank Village is not just a wonderful place to own a home, it is a special place to live. There is a quality of life and a quality to life here that is unmatched. Situated on a peninsula at the mouth of the Mystic River, the sun reflects off the water on three sides giving the village a special glow. Noank is also imbued with a unique community spirit that shines forth in the longest running continues annual Memorial Day Parade (since 1875) and the annual Holiday Carol Sing and Tree Lighting at the park.

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Noank’s history is reflected in the beauty of its homes. Because surrounding deeper waters were advantageous for shipbuilding, Noank developed several thriving wooden shipbuilding yards during the 19th century, including one of the largest in the

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Over the last 6 years we saw rates on mortgages fall to a level not seen before. In 2007 the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage was 6.25%. In the Spring of 2013 that rate had fallen to an average of around 3.5%.  Let’s take a look at what that payment difference was in dollars on a $160,000 mortgage (all examples below are calculated based upon principal and interest payments only; tax and insurance escrows are not included):

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Rate                 Monthly Payment                             Payment Difference                          % Change in Dollars

                                                                                                                               

6.25%                    $ 985.15

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