Solarize How? Shedding Light on Solar Options

Own or lease?  That is the question for many people considering installing solar in their Mansfield area homes.  Most people (72% in 2014, according to Consumer Reports) take the lease option.  It appears to be very attractive with no immediate costs out-of-pocket up front and they take care of everything, which is even better when […]

Malloy: File a Complaint if You Have a Crumbling Basement

Governor Malloy met 100 victims of crumbling foundations outside the governor’s mansion on Saturday with coffee and donuts and handshakes all around.  His advice:  More affected homeowners need to file complaints.  There are only 330 complaints filed to date which Malloy called a “gigantic mistake”. Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basments (CCACB) is asking homeowners who […]

Anatomy of the HST HSTimate

We had a request for a HSTimate visit in Willington in mid-August.  Several agents were on vacation so we rounded up 6 agents to do the visit and complete an evaluation.  Some of you have had questions about the HSTimate and how it works, specifically, how it is different from a comparative market analysis (CMA).  We do […]

Ellington Homeowner Replaces Crumbling Foundation

I have been communicating with some homeowners regarding failing foundations and I heard from one of them that Don Childree of Don Childree General Contractors had purchased a home that he had offered to a homeowner to live in while he repaired their foundation.  I did confirm this and indeed he has, although providing interim housing  is an […]

Updates: UConn Rentals and Crumbling Foundations

The sudden increase of investor-owned single family rentals in and around neighborhoods close to UConn have prompted the Mansfield town council to approve three amendments to the current housing regulations governing rental properties in town.  The amendments are aimed directly at investors who have purchased single family homes in the UConn area and have shown […]