Category Archives: Home Buyers

Weekend Plans?

When you visit our models at Heritage Hill this weekend you may register for a chance to win a Weber gas grill! 

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We’d like to invite you to visit our models at Heritage Hill In Wolcott on your way to the Wolcott Country Fair this weekend. We’re on Constitution Drive…just down from the fairgrounds off of Wolcott Road, (Rte. 69) – you can’t miss us! Conveniently located in close proximity to shopping, restaurants and major highways, Heritage Hill is a quiet little haven in the heart of it all. Best of all, Heritage Hill offers incredible value and opportunity for buyers of all ages to buy a brand new home with prices starting at just $259,900!

To enter our drawing for a chance to win a Weber gas grill, simply print & complete this registration form, pick one up at our
booth at the fair or fill one out when you visit our model home
during our special weekend open house.* It’s that simple!
(And we’ll even give you a nice thank you gift just for stopping by!)
 
 
*Special Open House Hours

Saturday, August 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, August 17th from 10 AM to 4 PM

Dir:  Wolcott Rd. (Rte. 69) to Constitution Dr.

P.S.  Buy a new home at Heritage Hill this year, and walk to the fair next year!!!

New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain

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April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses.

In a previous analysis, we used data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) to offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years old.

For routine maintenance expenses, 26 percent of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11 percent of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73 percent of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

Similar findings are available for energy expenses. According to the 2011 AHS, on a median per square foot basis, homeowners spent 81 cents per square foot per year on electricity. Owners of new homes spent less: 68 cents per square foot per year. For homes with piped gas, homeowners spent on average 50 cents per square foot per year. Owners of new homes spent just 34 cents per square foot per year.

The 2011 data show similar results for various other utilities. For water bills, homeowners averaged 28 cents per square foot per year, while owners of new homes averaged 22 cents. For trash bills, the median for all homeowners was 15 cents per square foot per year, while for new construction the median was 13 cents per square foot per year.

These data highlight that a new home offers savings over the life of ownership due to reduced operating costs. And in fact, these reduced costs result in lower insurance bills as well. The median cost for all homeowners of property insurance is 39 cents per square foot, while it is only 31 cents per square foot for owners of new homes.

These reduced expenditures represent one of the many reasons that the current system of appraisals needs updating to reflect the flow of benefits that come from features in a new home.

For more information about purchasing a newly constructed home, please visit http://www.calcagni.com/newconstruction

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Jim Bulger

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent JIM BULGER to the company’s Cheshire office.

James Bulger Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Jim Bulger, REALTOR

Jim is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time homebuyers, new construction, and rentals. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. “We’re thrilled to have Jim join our team,” said Steven Calcagni, “He is a great addition to our Cheshire office.”

Jim is a proud to call Cheshire home, where he lives with his wife and two kids, and recently retired from a long and successful career as a correctional officer for the state of Connecticut. He is very excited to begin his career in real estate, utilizing the tools and the supportive work environment which Calcagni Real Estate offers.

Jim is available to serve all your real estate needs throughout the Central Connecticut area and beyond. He may be reached at Calcagni Real Estate’s office located at 330 South Main Street, by calling (203) 272-1821 Ext. 334 or 203-228-3461 or by visiting: http://www.calcagni.com/JimBulger

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith Calcagni Associates Real Estate

VINCENT SMITH, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Vincent Smith to the company’s Hamden office.

Vincent is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation and assisting first-time home buyers. He is a member of the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. “Vincent is committed to providing professional and personal service to all of his clients. He is a great addition to our growing Hamden office,” said Steven Calcagni.

Vincent is available to serve all your real estate needs throughout the Central Connecticut area and beyond. He may be reached at Calcagni Real Estate’s office located 2620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden by calling (203) 288-1821 Ext. 430, cell: 860-770-4211 or by visiting www.calcagni.com/vincentsmith .

It’s 2014 – What’s Your Real Estate Resolution?

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Everyone makes resolutions around this time every year – from taking up a long-delayed painting project, to finally remodeling that kitchen, or finally making up your mind about packing up and selling the place.

The web is full of real estate resolutions, so as we ease into the New Year, we’ll present a punch list of the best of these 2014 pledges:

Purge – Get rid of stuff you don’t want buyers to see and stuff you don’t want to move to your new home. It’s probably too cold, wet or snowy to hold a garage sale right now, but you can donate items for a tax deduction.

Just buy – You will never get there until you take that first step. Assuming that you have the capital to work with, now is the time to buy! Choose a property that you know will profit you one way or the other. It can be through rental or equity buildup or renovation for flipping – whatever it is, take that first step.

Remodeling? – Determining your return on investment should be one of the first things you research before starting any remodeling project. If you plan on selling your home someday, keep in mind that 80 percent is the ideal return on a remodeling investment. A few suggested improvements that can bring the greatest return on investment include kitchen improvements, new siding, a bathroom addition, and replacing windows.

Refinancing?
– Taking advantage of the current low interest rates might make refinancing a good option for you. A recent study indicates that more homeowners are switching from a 30-year fixed rate mortgage to 15-year fixed rate mortgage and bringing additional funds to closing to reduce their mortgage amount.

Finally – Potential homebuyers should resolve to shop around when looking for a home loan. They say lenders vary, often significantly, in the fees they charge and the interest rates they levy so keep searching until you find a lender that offers both good service and good rates.

To put your home buying or selling plans into action, contact one of our local REALTORS today- www.calcagni.com 

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

Calcagni New Agent Spotlight: Leanne DelRosso

Leanne DelRosso  Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Leanne DelRosso, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Leanne DelRosso to the company’s Cheshire office.

Leanne is a full time REALTOR who specializes in seller and buyer representation, assisting first-time home buyers and new construction. She is a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.  “We are thrilled to welcome Leanne back to the team,” said Steven Calcagni, “she is a great addition to our growing team.”

Leanne grew up in Cheshire, where she still lives with her husband and 4 children. She is proud to call Cheshire home and is excited to make real estate her full time career, “It is very rewarding for me to be able to help people transition to the next phase of their lives, whether it is finding their new home or selling their existing home- I will be there for my clients through it all. I love working with people and I am very dedicated and efficient, a great choice for such a big decision.” said Leanne.

Leanne is available to serve all your real estate needs throughout the Central Connecticut area and beyond. She may be reached at Calcagni Real Estate’s office located at 330 South Main Street or by calling (203) 272-1821 Ext. 314 and 203-915-9588, or by visiting:  www.calcagni.com/LeanneDelRosso

 

What to Know About Buying in the Fall

Fall Home

The fall often calls for a slowdown from the bustling Summer home buying season. However, due to affordable interest rates and home prices, this fall is proving to be a busier buying time than the falls that have come before. Here are a a few tips for buying a home in the fall:

Check up on homes you liked this summer. Remember that gorgeous home with the wrap-around porch you fell in love with in June, but passed on because it was a bit out of your price range? Check back. If it’s still on the market, it may have dropped in price, and even if it hasn’t, offering a little less than asking price may be a good idea if the seller is trying to close before winter.

Buy a home that needs a little TLC. In the fall, not only are homes cheaper, but building materials are, too. Home improvement stores typically have huge fall sales now that the prime building season (looking at you, summer) is over. So if you are unsure about a home because it needs a renovated kitchen or bathroom, you may be able to swing it if you make good use of the season’s discounts.

Take advantage of more selection. While many areas around the country are experiencing a shortage in listing, the fall will offer more selection than the summer or spring. Use this to your advantage by shopping around and comparing prices.

Don’t rush. Just as sellers are looking to sell their properties before winter, you may be feeling rushed to purchase one before the holidays start rolling in. Take your time and make intelligent buying decisions – you want a home you can enjoy for years to come, so don’t allow the changing seasons to pressure you.

For more real estate information, please contact your local REALTOR at Calcagni Real Estate.