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New Milford CT Real Estate, are you thinking “trashket” when selling your home?

April 25, 2011

What on earth is a trashket and what does it have to do with real estate in New Milford, CT?

Let me explain….

New Milford CT Real EstateAfter this Easter, trashket is a new word for me. I put an Easter basket together for my three year old grandson, and of course the tradition in my house is that the Easter bunny brings sneakers. And he never, ever used a regular store bought Easter basket. He also doesn’t bring candy to my house, we have had an understanding for years…

So there I was in Walmart, looking for a few fillers for the basket. And I didn’t have the basket yet either. When all of a sudden, I saw it out of the corner of my eye. A small, shiny red plastic garbage can… and it was on clearance for THREE BUCKS! I grabbed it and ran. All his outdoor work tools, his kite, his ball, some cars, a big jug of bubbles and of course his Easter sneakers tucked beautifully into this Easter trashket, and the container can be used to store his new tools, toys, whatever. Or he can drag it around the yard when he works outside on the yard with his pop!

I know, all a bit on the different side. Then I thought about real estate, and how trashket applies to my real estate marketing on my listings in the New Milford, CT area. Change the wrapper, make it different, shake it up a bit. I know my marketing is red and shiny, I make sure of it! And it has good things inside. It is not like everything else people see, I work hard to make sure it is a bit different, that it stands out from the rest of the crowd.

New Milford CT Real EstateAnd your house needs to stand out from the rest of the crowd too. Clean it up, clear it out, make the entrance into the home like my grandson’s Easter trashket, bright, attention getting, giving the buyer a feeling of… excitement about going inside. Paint your front door, put flowers outside, whatever you can do to add that wow factor! Give them a reason to remember your house as opposed to the others they will see. And then, of course, price it right!

When my grandson saw his Easter trashket he loudly exclaimed “WOW”, and for a three year old, to me, that was a very exciting moment for both he and I alike! And that is what you want those buyers to say, from the moment they see the marketing for your house to the time they actually walk up to the front door!

Greater New Milford CT Real Estate information, selling your home in a tough market.


Wonder why they are reading that???

April 23, 2011

You may think it funny, but when I check my stats I will often wonder “wonder why people are reading that“?

why are people reading your postsI have always been a bit curious as to what is happening with my posts as far as clicks go. I pay attention to the clicks and like to see what posts are getting a good amount of clicks. I can see a pattern here. The posts with the catchy titles have a better chance of being read. You will really see this as you scroll down the stat pages of your posts. I guess I really need to pay attention to those titles! The clever title catches the worm, or something like that.

Then I decided to try a bit of an experiment. I tweeted an older post. I took a copy of the stats so you can see what happened in 2 minutes. Now, seriously, I don’t do a whole lot with Twitter, and have only 125 followers, so it always surprises me when I see stats rise because of Twitter. I should look through more of my posts and re-tweet them.

I also found that people wanted to know about permits and driveways. So those boring posts that I hated to write are actually still being read, very good info to know!

Take a few minutes to see how many people are reading your stuff, and try to figure out why! You just might be surprised. And then, take a moment to tweet them, even if you wrote them a while ago. 


date-post-comments-views-clicks-short url clicks (I really care about those CLICKS!)

03/09/2011 Morals, ethics and the keys to the kingdom… 88 3460 2089


02/25/2011 What if… we use the power of our words to start a revolution. 46 1367 467


01/25/2011 I got a call from an angry relative because YOUR listing is overpriced…. 99 964 760


01/20/2011 Why do you need to know if there was a permit issued for my deck in New Milford, CT? 48 1097 733


01/14/2011 Are you singing the shared driveway blues in New Milford CT? 44 899 573


01/10/2011 I lift things up and put them down…. 40 1916 1596


01/05/2011 When we have a home inspection done, do we get to re-negotiate the price? 42 861 558

I decided to tweet the above post, and in 2 minutes, see what happened? I don’t have many followers, so this surprised me. Only 124 people follow me, I don’t do a whole lot with Twitter. I have recently started tweeting posts, only some, not all.

01/05/2011 When we have a home inspection done, do we get to re-negotiate the price? 42 877 574 11
01/05/2011 When we have a home inspection done, do we get to re-negotiate the price? 42 880 577 14


12/10/2010 Mr. Lender, you are no different than a home owner who is under water. 70 1531 796

Check your titles, tweet your posts, re-tweet later on, or if you didn’t tweet them in the first place tweet them now, and see what floats people’s boats as far as your posts are concerned.

Or you can always scratch your head and say….”I wonder why they are reading THAT post”….


Litchfield County Real Estate, words are not nearly enough…

April 23, 2011

What’s so great about Litchfield County? Words alone cannot describe the beauty here.

Lake Waramaug Real EstateI can go on and on about this, seriously. Have you been here? Taken the drive up Route 7 starting in New Milford, following the Housatonic River as it winds it’s way through Lichfield County. If you do take the Route 7 trip, you will find yourself in the beautiful town of Kent, CT. Or taking a side trip to Washington, within the Shepaug River Valley. Or how about the quaint town of Bridgewater? Roxbury? Warren? There is always Sherman, set in the upper most part of Fairfield County, another spectacular town tucked in the Berkshire foothills.

I love this region of Connecticut. And I love to sell real estate here. Introducing buyers to what we have to offer, showing off our beautiful towns, sharing what I like best about each of them. Who has a better job than I do?

If you are looking for a larger town with all the conveniences of a city, try New Milford. We have stores and restaurants enough for all tastes, preferences, wallet sizes. New Milford has the luxury of being the largest town area wise in Connecticut at 64 square miles. We have Candlewood Lake, the Housatonic River, Lake Lillinonah, hiking trails, preserved farmland, active farms, beautiful subdivisions, antique homes, luxury estates, eye candy galore, you name it, we have it! A fun fact about New Milford, CT. The home that inspired the movie “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” is here, or so I was told.  I have been in it, the last time it was on the market. I can understand why the writer was so inspired, if it is indeed a true fact!

Town Line Rd Barn, Roxbury CTIf you prefer a smaller, more intimate setting you should look at Washington, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Kent, Warren or Sherman. Each town has it’s own flavor, places well known to those who live there for outdoor fun, for fine dining, for unique shopping and more. From water activities on Candlewood Lake and Lake Waramaug to hiking the Appalacian Trail as it winds through Kent, how about the peace and quiet of a walk through Steep Rock in Washington, just to name a few of the things we have to offer those that call Litchfield County their home. The rolling countryside is breathtakingly beautiful, words cannot express what I am lucky enough, make that blessed enough to see every day. Many people from New York City have made their country homes in Litchfield County the perfect escape from the hectic lifestyle of big city life.

So, what is so great about life in Litchfield County? Check out a video slide show of some my local photos and perhaps you will begin to understand the beauty I live in, every single day!

Roxbury CT, Litchfield County Real Estate Market Report March 2011

April 23, 2011

Roxbury CT, 06783 real estate market report, March 2011.

Roxbury CT Real Estate Market

Currently in Roxbury, CT  there are 67 single family homes for sale, ranging in price from $230,000 for a small antique we all know on Church Street. The listing notes some of the history of this building, including a hat shop and doctors office, to a 7,500 square foot custom built home with 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths on 15.81 acres which has been reduced to a listed price of $5,495,000.

Of the 67 single family homes on the market in Roxbury, CT, there are no homes showing as “under deposit”.

There are currently 4 homes in the pending sale status in Roxbury, CT. This is up three from last months report. The average list price is $887,475, the average days on market are 234 days.

For the month of March, 2011, one house sold in Roxbury, CT. The house was listed at $599,000 and sold for $450,000. It was on the market for 301 days.

Year to date in Roxbury, CT, 6 homes have sold, with an average sale price of $1,664,667.

Roxbury CT Real Estate home values

Roxbury CT Real Estate

Never been to Roxbury, CT? Set in lower Litchfield County, Roxbury has a population of appx. 2,340 people, covering 27 square miles of beautiful Connecticut countryside. Those who live in Roxbury are dedicated to keeping the character and beauty of the town. The Roxbury Land Trust has preserved about 17% of the land, ensuring generations to come will be able to enjoy the captivating landscape that is Roxbury, CT. A favorite spot for those seeking to escape the busy lifestyle in New York City, Roxbury is approximately 90 minutes from NYC.

Beautiful Roxbury, CT Estate For Sale. 

Search homes for sale, Roxbury, CT.

If you are interested in buying a home in Roxbury, CT, please give me a call at 203.460.1775.

The above statistics are provided courtesy of Greater Fairfield County Multiple Listing Service (CMLS). Information provided is deemed reliable, but not necessarily accurate. There may be discrepancies, as mistakes in inputing can be made, and the fact that Connecticut has more than one multiple listing service. There may be instances where a home was/is for sale in Roxbury and is on the other multiple listing service. Most of the homes for sale are listed on CMLS, therefore that is where I base my statistical information. I do believe it gives a good sense of what is happening in Roxbury, CT.

Washington CT Real Estate Market Activity March 2011

April 23, 2011

Washington, Washington Depot, New Preston CT 06793, 06794, 06777 Real Estate Report, March 2011.

Washington CT Real Estate Activity

Currently in Washington, CT real estate market there are 84 single family homes for sale. This is an increase of 15 homes since last month. I know there is great optimism in the luxury home market for Litchfield County, and this could certainly be the reason for such an increase in available homes for sale.

Washington, CT is one of the favored locations for that quintessential Connecticut country retreat for those looking for a luxury second home in Litchfield County. New York City drive time is approximately 90 minutes, making it a very convenient location. Another wonderful draw to Washington, CT is Lake Waramaug, located just off Route 202 in the New Preston section of Washington.

3 home sold in Washington, CT in March 2011.  This is 2 more than the previous month. The average sale price was $754,167, average market time, 260 days.

The average list price of single family homes for sale in Washington, CT is $1,286,067.

The average market time for these active listings in Washington, CT is 212 days.

The highest price home for sale in Washington, CT is $9,495,000, total luxury and direct waterfront on Lake Waramaug. The home has a 2 bedroom boat house on the lake, making it a very desirable setting.

The lowest priced home for sale in Washington, CT is $209,900, a small antique located just off of Route 202.

Of the 84 single family homes for sale in Washington, CT, 2 homes are under deposit. One is a small home on 5 acres listed for $295,000 and will probably get a total makeover by the new owner after it sells, the other is a beautiful contemporary set on 48 acres, listed for $3,000,000. 

Currently there are 5 homes that are in the pending sale status in Washington, CT.  The average list price of these homes in the pending sale status is $624,600. The average market time for these homes is 213 days.

Washington CT Real Estate Activity


The above statistics are provided courtesy of Greater Fairfield County Multiple Listing Service (CMLS). Information provided is deemed reliable, but not necessarily accurate. There may be discrepancies, as mistakes in inputing can be made, and the fact that Connecticut has more than one multiple listing service. There may be instances where a home was/is for sale in Washington, CT and is on the other multiple listing service. I am a member of both multiple listing services in Connecticut, and have access to all homes for sale in the Washington, CT area.

ShredFest 2011 in New Milford CT! Shred those papers!

April 22, 2011

New Milford CT Shredfest 2011ShredFest 2011! Need something shredded in the Greater New Milford, CT area? In honor of Earth Day, (which is today, April 22, Happy Earth Day!) The Rotary Club of New Milford, in partnership with Secure Eco Shred, Inc, are hosting Shredfest 2011! Bring the papers you want shredded to Lore’s Plaza on Saturday, April 30th between 10am – 2pm and watch them get shredded by the Secure Eco Shred’s mobile shredder!

Open to everyone, business, personal. We all have papers to get rid of and this is a great way to do it. Easy, fast, reasonably priced. I know I have a box to go. No need to remove staples, paper clips. There will be someone there to help you unload the boxes of papers. And no appointment is needed! If you have 25 boxes or more to be shredded, please call 860.350.2225 to make arrangements.

  • Open to residents of all towns
  • Cost is $7.00 per standard copy paper type box (larger boxes are a bit higher)
  • All shredded material will be recycled
  • No appointment needed

Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lore’s Plaza parking lot, Route 7, New Milford, CT
(Rain date, Sunday, April 31)

Save a tree, shred your papers! Last year it is noted that this event shredded 13,000 pounds of paper. This kept more than 6 tons of paper out of our landfills and saved 145 trees from being cut down. Great job I have to say! And who doesn’t love to see all those old papers being shredded in seconds!

Please note, all monies collected at ShredFest 2011 go directly back to our community. The New Milford Rotary Club helps our local senior citizen, our schools, gives scholarships, many worthy causes right here! So, you will not only clean up your office and houses, you will help save the environment AND help to support local people in need and fantastic local projects.


New Milford CT Shredfest 2011

Why One 30 Day Period Can’t Right the Injustice – Re-examining the Issue of Fair Housing…

April 20, 2011


This is probably THE best post I have ever read, and I have read some good ones. The reason, I cannot stand any type of prejudice. Nor can I imagine what it is like to live through such shameful and horric acts made by one group of people toward another group of people. We should not even have to pass “Fair Housing” laws, but sadly we have to have them in place.

My comment to Lola was as follows:

Lola, what a beautiful post, your words are strong, articulate and TRUE! If there would be one thing in this world I would change, it would be the total unfairness of the treatment of one group of people by another group.

I am proud to say I grew up in a household that would not tolerate that type of behavior. My mother made sure of it, and I don’t know if she ever knew what she really instilled by her thoughts and experiences she related to me.

I could care less what color, creed, national original, familial status, preferences, handicap, on and on my neighbor is, my friends are. I am strengthened by each and every experience. I am not strengthened, I am saddened and sickened by each and every time I hear, see, read about any type of discrimination, seriously.

Thank you for what I consider to be one of the best posts I have ever read. I will certainly have to reblog this.

PS, what does bother me is that we cannot even say something is within walking distance to town, it draws into question those who cannot walk and is unfair, or so someone told me today. I think we have gone in the wrong direction in some cases with the so called protection we are affording some, IMHO. Better to educate, to make sure we have no slurs, no bias, no prejudice in our hearts. But then again, I often live in my own world because that is probably a fantasy.


Via Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate:

Lincoln memorial in Washington DCI initially read the words inscribed on the Lincoln Memorial almost three decades ago.  As a young foreign student, staring upwards at the enormous edifice, I was startled by the frankness with which President Lincoln addressed the nation on March 4, 1865 about the Civil War and the consequences of the gruesome legacy of slavery.

A portion of the second Inaugural Address inscribed on the walls of the memorial reads thus:

“Fondly do we hope-fervently do we pray-that this mighty scourge of war, may speedily pass away.  Yet, if God will that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn by the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

Almost one hundred years later, the backdrop of these words scripted within the context of the brutal horror of war makes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 to deliver, the “I Have a Dream” speech particularly compelling as he reminded us that:

 “But one hundred years later, we just face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.  One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination”

April marks the traditional observance of Fair Housing month.  Words like ‘steering, block busting, and redlining’ are the painful reminders of the reality segregation and separation have played in the struggle for housing equality. In the real estate community, the issue of Fair Housing is not a 30 day period which we pay respect to once a year.    As our country becomes increasingly diverse, Fair Housing is an everyday issue which must govern the way in which we facilitate the transitions which occur as people move in our society.  

But advocacy and education will only take us so far.  Education can determine the correct answer to pass a Fair Housing test, but it will not change prejudice in the human heart. I’ve attended classes about Fair Housing where the discomfort is often palpable.  This is still a very real and painful part of our American landscape on an emotional level…both past and present.  Transforming this legacy is still a work in progress.

on the pierTrue freedom requires the ability to love oneself appropriately and completely enough to recognize the magnificence of God’s creation in every single human being regardless of color, creed, national origin, sex, familial status, physical handicap, marital status or religion.  True freedom gives us the strength and ability to examine a painful mistake and to choose a better path.

Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about the intricate web that binds us together when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

As REALTORS, we have the unique privilege of serving people in a manner which honors the dignity of the human spirit.  Undermining justice and dignity for one impacts all of us.  Today’s digital culture reminds us of how intricately woven together we are.  Fair Housing is not about ‘someone else’, it’s about recognizing that what we do to another, we have really done to ourselves.  That’s the essential core of the Golden Rule.

 Photo of Lincoln Memorial courtesy of NCinDC on



Lola Audu, CRS, GRI e-Pro ~ Audu Real Estate

Lola Audu, is the Designated Broker & Owner of Audu Real Estate.  Our company specializes in helping people buy and sell homes in the greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan area.  We’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of clients succeed in their goals of purchasing and selling property including demonstrated success in the negotiation of Short Sale Transactions. You can contact us via e-mail @ or by phone at 616-791-0511. 

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