Average Property Taxes on Sold Homes

In an ongoing analysis of of the heavy load of property taxes in the metro area, we can all appreciate that while neighboring towns have effective limits on the value of a home given exorbitant taxes, Greenwich can attract: purchasers reluctant to commit to a heavy and ongoing tax load investors who want home appreciation … Continue reading Average Property Taxes on Sold Homes

2017 Home Sale Characteristics

What are some of the typical characteristics of single family homes that sold in Greenwich in 2017? Average Bedrooms: 4.5 Average Square Feet: 4,200 Average Full Baths: 3.5 Average Half Baths: 1.0 Average Fireplaces: 2.0 Average Garages: 2.1 Average Acres: 1.45 Clearly, real estate is not a commodity valued solely by a handful of objective … Continue reading 2017 Home Sale Characteristics

2017 Greenwich Single Family Numbers

Annual residential single family sales in Greenwich CT

The 2017 Greenwich single family market was intense despite flat sales.    According to the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service (MLS) 2017 single family sales compared favorably to 2016: 572 single family sales $1.47 billion in sales volume, up 16% $2.6 million average sales price, up 17% $1.8 million median sales price, up 6% Townwide Greenwich includes … Continue reading 2017 Greenwich Single Family Numbers

Not Enough Ribbons

Ribbons by Mary Stuart G Freydberg

Consider the $4 to $7 million price range for residential homes.  Luxury, quality and privileged few come to mind for the average American.   In other communities such a high price range might reflect a location in  an exclusive gated community within the most desirable neighborhoods in town.  One might expect few bidders. Greenwich is more … Continue reading Not Enough Ribbons

Map of Market Conditions

  The residential real estate market is seasonal with the Spring Market representing a particularly active period. Sellers have completed spring cleaning and landscaping and minor repairs, while prospective purchasers often want to move or conduct upgrades during the summer months so they are settled before the next school year begins. Properties go under contract … Continue reading Map of Market Conditions

Renovations and May Closings

There are many components a prospective purchaser will consider in valuing real estate. Simplified, they include the land value and improvement value. The value of the land reflects location, size, access, neighborhood, zoning, rights (including untapped building potential or access to public utilities), topography, views and more. The value of the improvements includes the house, … Continue reading Renovations and May Closings

A Shift in the Rhythm of the Buying Process

The first quarter of 2017 primed the Greenwich residential real estate market with a Feel Good Feeling, and yet there were still mixed reports on the state of the market. If sales are up, why did it feel slow? I took a look at lockbox showings reports in Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich … Continue reading A Shift in the Rhythm of the Buying Process

Affordability and Original List Price

In the prior twelve months there were 604 single family home sales in Greenwich ranging from $400,000 to nearly $20 million. Sales in the entry market, below $500,000, were constrained by a lack of inventory and constituted 1.2% of homes sold. The picture changed dramatically in the $500,000 to $1.5 million range in which there … Continue reading Affordability and Original List Price

Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Westport

Mary Stuart Freydberg of Sotheby's International Realty analyzes Fairfield County residential sales

This week I took a look at select towns in southern Fairfield County Connecticut that share proximity and similarities to Greenwich, including its neighbor, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Westport. Stamford Moves Inventory, at a Lower Price Point In 2016, Stamford had the lowest average price point of $685,000, while New Cannan averaged $1.6 million, … Continue reading Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Westport

Back Country Color

Mary Stuart Freydberg of Sotheby's International Realty analyzes single family home prices

Back Country Greenwich, or property located north of the Merritt Parkway, is known for its lush landscape, beautiful rolling hills, forests, trails, four acre and larger lots, elevated sweeping views, country clubs, privacy and luxurious estates. Minutes from The Merritt Parkway, Westchester County Airport, I-95 and Metro North, Back Country can seem a world away … Continue reading Back Country Color