Blog :: 03-2015

Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark Recognition 2014 Awardees Event

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 8.05.31 AMThe 2014 prestigious Landmark Recognition Program will be plaquing five homes and structures in Greenwich that exhibit remarkable architectural design and significance.  Included among them are the last remaining Gentleman's Farm in Greenwich, an extraordinary estate in back country once owned by the Hirschorns and now owned by Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, the Greenwich post office, the Riverside Avenue Bridge and an Italianate home in the Cos Cob historic district of Mead Ave.

This year's speaker is quite special:   the CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stephanie Meeks.   Come see some of the rich architectural gems within Greenwich and hear Stephanie speak about preservation-- looking forward. Tickets may be obtained through the Greenwich Historical Society at www.greenwichhistory.org.

 

Summer Safety Program for Kindergartens Held By the American Red Cross

79ec53fd5b5b0ac9e3657c2d44f63eb1This June, The American Red Cross will again be offering their summer comprehensive safety education program called Safety Town for Greenwich children entering Kindergarten. Topics covered in their Safety Town program include automobile, pedestrian, fire, bike, gun, animal, playground and water safety along with information about medicines and poisons. They also will discuss traveling on trains and buses and stranger awareness.

Safety Town is conducted under the guidance of classroom teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS and other community helpers.

Each child will be fitted and receive their own bike safety helmet. You can register your child at www.mysafetytown.com

Bidding Wars: Or, Why You Should Never Love Something That Can't Return the Feeling

ChessMatchIf you are in the market to buy a new home this spring, you may find yourself with other hopefuls nipping at your heels as you hone in on a property. Certainly if you are looking for a home between $1.5 million and $3 million dollars in Old Greenwich or Riverside you can expect to have some company at the bidding table.

As realtors, we can give you a good sense of history, current trends, and what we have learned in the many hours observing how buyers think, watching how decisions are made and offer numbers arrived at (by the way, the first two of these aren't always accurately reported through the big online real estate sites and the latter isn't something that they can convey). Representing out of town buyers in a multiple bid scenario last week, reminded me once again, that real estate is not always rationale.

The age old, but very effective list of Pros and Cons of a home is a helpful exercise to review the home in a logical way. Ask yourself: At what number would I be comfortable walking away from this house if someone overbids me? The answer to this can keep you from falling into an auction frenzy mentality, as can be the case if multiple offers go to sealed bids or a deadline for submission.

Above all else--and this is the toughest one-- resist falling in love with something that can't love you back.  In the end, a house is just materials.  What makes it a home is you.  And there's more than one place where you can do that.

Nevertheless, losing a bidding war is never pleasant. And hearing "where one door closes another opens", feels like a bad pun when you have just seen the front door that you were hoping to walk through slam shut. Take a breath. Exercise patience. I assure you, there is another house that will find its way to you.