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It’s Easy To Be Green

It’s Easy To Be Green

It is a great time to get organized, clean out and refresh your home. Getting rid of clutter, reorganizing and cleaning often helps us mentally prepare for the winter. Instead of mindlessly purchasing store-bought cleaners, think about what you can replace with”green” alternatives that are just as effective when it comes to cleaning. Using harsh cleaners can […]

Social Media And Real Estate

Social Media And Real Estate

The real estate business has been transformed by technology, specifically by social media sites. Consumers are searching online for information and resources during the increasingly complicated real estate process. They are also sharing content and opinions before, during and after their real estate transaction. The Internet and how people use it has changed drastically over […]

Listing Shortage

Listing Shortage

The Fairfield County market is so dynamic in nature and we all hold our breath in early January until we see the sale numbers. The real estate market is directly impacted by weather, mortgage rates and confidence (or lack thereof) in the economy. Connecticut budgetary woes and poor job numbers have been impacting how confident […]

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Selling A Vacant House

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Selling A Vacant House

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Selling a Vacant House by Birgit Anich There are many reasons why a home might be vacant when being sold – various reasons include: New construction Relocation property Seller has already moved into their new home It was a rental property that is now for sale In all these cases […]

Consider Curb Alerts And Recycling

Consider Curb Alerts And Recycling

23 April 2012

I am a big fan of recycling through “curb alerts” at the end of my driveway. I have the benefit of living on a state road in Ridgefield Connecticut.  As a lifetime tag sale and flea market junkie, my finds fill my very comfortable home. By the time my finds make it to the basement, […]

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Location, Location…Condition?

Location, Location…Condition?

28 March 2012

You have heard the old real estate adage: The most important thing in real estate is Location, Location, Location. But, is that still the case for buyers? We are seeing an interesting trend in the market with a priority of finding the perfect home in great condition, with a second consideration of location. Buyers are […]

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Fresh Picked: Local Farmers’ Markets

Fresh Picked: Local Farmers’ Markets

06 March 2012

Spring is approaching and so are the openings of many local farmers’ markets in Fairfield County. I love that our communities support “locally-grown”. There are still working farms in Connecticut, which can be enjoyed from spring through fall. Here is a short list of some of my favorites. Please contact me if I can add […]

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My Top 6 Words For Sellers

01 January 2013

There are some emerging dynamics that have contributed to this very complicated market for both buyers and sellers. If I was sitting in front of a seller here would be my top 6 words of advice to effectively deal with this market: 1. Photos-Stunning photos become so critical as 90% of all buyers begin their search on the internet. Bad […]

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Understanding Plastic Codes-What You Can Reuse

Understanding Plastic Codes-What You Can Reuse

01 January 2013

I have been amazed at the amount of plastic that we touch everyday. Just one trip to the grocery store and you will see so much plastic being used, even with healthy foods, such as vegetables, poultry, and eggs. There IS a difference in plastic containers, and bottles and we should all be aware of […]

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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!

13 September 2012

It’s a great time of year that is full of crisp air and college football. What’s more inspirational than the  movie “Rudy”? Despite seeing it more than 20 times, I still get choked up when he finally gets to play at the end of the game. “Rudy” is playing tonight at Staples High at 6:30 […]

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Jump IN!

Jump IN!

12 July 2012

At every sales meeting, our mortgage professional from Connecticut Home Mortgage, Jeff Jensen, updates us on the latest mortgage products. Rates are at historic lows and its time to JUMP IN! 30-year fixed rates are below 4% and adjustable rates are even lower.  Contact Jeff Jensen to see what buying power you have!

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Private Road Maintenance Agreements

Private Road Maintenance Agreements

21 May 2012

Attorney Roz Koether, from Cohen and Wolf, P.C., attended our sales meeting this morning and covered the need for Private Road Maintenance Agreements and how they impact buyer financing and closings. There are over 400 private roads in the town of Westport and tighter restrictions from lenders are requiring a formal agreement. Fannie Mae is requiring a written […]

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Time To Get Your Beach Sticker

Time To Get Your Beach Sticker

30 April 2012

We have had a beautiful Spring and enjoyed the benefit of our beaches at Compo and Burying Hill. It’s now time to get your beach sticker in order to get access. 60 Compo Beach Road Compo Beach is a 29 acre park with an extensive sand beach along the shore of Long Island Sound and […]

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Is The “Days On Market” Number Important To Buyers And Sellers?

Is The “Days On Market” Number Important To Buyers And Sellers?

23 April 2012

For my 29 years in real estate, the “days on market” stats on listings has always been tracked. It’s always a discussion between buyers and their agents and  it’s used in price opinions as a measurement tool. Typically, buyers ask “how long has it been on the market?” When a property is listed for longer […]

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Jazz Jam Thursdays At The Westport Arts Center

Jazz Jam Thursdays At The Westport Arts Center

15 April 2012

The Westport Arts Center presents “Jazz Jam Thursdays” at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. Right in the heart of Westport, Connecticut, the Westport Arts Center presents *Jazz Jam Thursdays*–Thursdays:  May 17 & June 14, 7pm. The cost is $15 for the public and $10 for Westport Arts Center Members. Join WAC’s Artistic Director for Jazz, […]

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Westport Historical Society “Hidden Garden Tour”

Westport Historical Society “Hidden Garden Tour”

09 April 2012

The Westport Historical Society in Westport Connecticut is hosting the 21st Annual “Hidden Garden Tour” on Sunday, June 3rd 2012 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $45 for non-members and $35 for members. Tickets must be picked up the day of the tour at Westport Historical Society. More details to follow. You can visit http://www.WestportHistory.org. […]

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Weston CT Market Snapshot

09 April 2012

The Weston Connecticut real estate market continues to be sluggish with 142 listings available. The low listing is $250,000 on Steep Hill to $3,900,000 on Saugatuck Road. The average is $1,318,919 and the median listing price is $1,099,500. The low days on market is 7 and the high is 825. With any downturn in a […]

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National Association of Realtors Buyer Profile 2011

04 April 2012

The real estate industry has access to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) nationwide survey that is distributed each year. Here are some points on the “Characteristics of Home Buyers” and “Characteristics Of The Homes They Purchased” for 2011. Every year, we see a strong “desire to own and home” as homeownership is a goal […]

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Timely Price Reductions And Standing Out From the Crowd-Part 2

04 April 2012

Our Spring market is definitely in full swing. Buyers seem enthusiastic about open houses and are actively watching for reductions on properties. Sellers, for the most part, understand that the leverage is still with buyers and that pricing should be aggressive. In a few weeks, our Spring market will come to an end and we […]

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Melissa Riley, EcoBroker Designation

Melissa Riley, EcoBroker Designation

03 April 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 3, 2012 Contact: Melissa Riley-Manager, Social Media Marketer Prudential CT Realty Phone: (203)253-9222 melissabrownriley@gmail.com FreshPickedRealEstate.com   WESTPORT REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL EARNS ECOBROKER CERTIFIED® DESIGNATION.  Westport, CT, April 3, 2012—Melissa Riley, of Prudential CT Realty in Westport, has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed an award-winning informative training program […]

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Home Energy Workshop At The Wilton LIbrary

Home Energy Workshop At The Wilton LIbrary

03 April 2012

There will be a Home Energy Workshop at the Wilton Library, Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012  10:30 AM – Noon A Home Energy Solutions assessment is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and conserve energy. Find out how to qualify for a free Income Eligible program to make your home more comfortable […]

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Tick Talk

03 April 2012

TICK TALK Wednesday April 11, 7 – 9 PM Admission free Presented by Kirby Stafford III, PhD State Entomologist Vice Director, Chief Entomologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Tick bite and Lyme Disease Prevention…What are the options? Kirby Stafford is one of the lead researchers in the field of Lyme Disease. Download this article: “Fungus kills […]

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Picked Through Rentals?

02 April 2012

Summer rentals in Westport definitely had an earlier than usual start to the year. Typically, the summer rental market begins showing signs of movement in February. This year, possibly because of the weather, we saw summer tenants out looking in January. As a result, much of our rental inventory is moving at a rapid pace […]

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Count Down To Lights Out For Earth Hour

Count Down To Lights Out For Earth Hour

31 March 2012

Earth Hour is a worldwide event that is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March each year. Everyone around the world is encouraged to turn off lights to raise awareness on climate change. Lights out begin in Sydney and follow around the world from there. Check back […]

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Buying, Selling Or Renting In Fairfield County Connecticut? Contact Us At (203)253-9222

FreshPickedRealEstate.com is known as "Fairfield County CT's Favorite Real Estate Blog". We feature market statistics, community events and interesting happenings in and around lower Fairfield County Connecticut, including Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield and Easton. Look for real estate tips with a focus on "green living" in the area.
Contact me at MelissaBrownRiley@gmail.com or at (203)253-9222 for info on all real estate services, including buying, selling or renting in Fairfield County, Connecticut or in any other county or state through our national network. We also specialize in buying or selling "short sales" and foreclosures.

Search Like An Agent For A Home Or Rental

Do you think online marketing makes a difference in exposing your home to the market?

According to the National Association of Realtors, 91% of all buyers begin their search on the internet. As a seller, having a definitive online strategy creates a differentiation to maximize your exposure to the right target market. I offer 31 years of real estate experience with a strong technology twist and focus on utilizing Google to attract attention to your listing. Find out how we can create an advantage for you.

Investors from New York Searching In Fairfield County

Are you an investor from New York looking for well-valued properties in Fairfield County? We will pair you with an experienced agent who can assist you in your search. Melissa Riley (203)253-9222. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices-New England Properties

Luxury Rental Listings Are Needed

Fairfield County, including the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Easton, Wilton and Norwalk are highly desirable towns for rentals.
We are experiencing a lack of quality luxury rental listings in lower Fairfield County. We have tenants looking for rental properties that fit their needs.
We will assist you with establishing the rental value on your home and helping you through rental process. Proper representation is the core of our business and I we zero in on your needs no matter if you are landlord or tenant.

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