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Summer Break

School’s out for summer! Well, school’s out tomorrow, anyway, in both Darien and New Canaan. Every year, on the last day of school, I used to take my kids to Baskin Robbins. It was a tradition we all loved, and regardless of how old they got, a tradition we happily upheld. I love summer in Fairfield County, especially with kids. While many people headed out of town, we mostly liked to stay and enjoy the quieter town and slower pace. Before my girls went away to a...

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June: Summer Kick-Off

June, the first month of summer, is officially here! I love feeling the weather change and watching Fairfield County transition into this beautiful season. It's surprising to me that I live in a cold-weather climate because I love summer so much. I live for the summer and for everything it has to offer. I never run out of fun things to do. This month, I'll be posting about all things summer: how to get your home ready for the summer heat, events to enjoy, and a...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, like Veteran's Day, has taken on a different meaning than what was intended. Now it is thought of as the kick-off weekend of summer and a 3-day weekend. But wouldn't it be great if we actually remembered what Memorial Day is really about and why it was started? Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day), was initiated as a day of remembrance and of respect to our veterans. New York was the first state to recognize this day of observance in 1873, although the first...

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has a really special meaning to me. When I was young, my siblings and I rarely bought Mother’s Day gifts, but rather tried to come up with creative and loving gifts for our mother and grandmother. We made our own cards, and made what I’m sure were fairly ugly pieces of sculpture. When I became a mother fairly young by today’s standards, it just felt right. I remember so vividly being on my bed with my first child, a daughter, in our Manhattan apartment...

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May: Outdoor Spaces

​After such a cold April and spring to date, the month of May holds special hope and dreams of warmth and...

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My Misshapen Ear and How it Relates to Real Estate

When I was born, one ear was slightly bent over and a little smaller than the other. I honestly never noticed it and it wasn't until a doctor asked me if I wanted to fix it that I understood it was different. I asked my mother about it, and in typical Mom fashion, she said it was probably due to the forceps delivery.  When my second daughter was born, she had my ear! So much for the forceps theory. More importantly, though, was my realization that...

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April: Earth Awareness

When my daughters went to summer camp, they were taken on short camping trips throughout New Hampshire and Maine. When they left each campsite, their counselors instructed the girls to leave each place "better than they had found it." And though I'm sure my girls grumbled (I can only imagine, based on their groans when I asked them to clean their rooms when they were younger) as they cleared other people's litter, I know they also learned an important lesson about taking care of the...

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Seeing Houses with a Buyer’s Agent vs. a Listing Agent

Seeing Houses with a Buyer’s Agent vs. a Listing Agent I’ve noticed a recent trend in which some buyers think that seeing a house and buying a house through the Listing Agent, rather than a Buyer’s Agent, is in their best interest. My post today will be all about why that’s not the case. Here are the many reasons why you should not follow this trend: A Buyer’s Agent’s sole job is to represent you (and not the seller too).A Buyer’s Agent will choose appropriate houses for you...

Consider it Done

I was speaking to an appraiser yesterday who used my three favorite words - "Consider it done." Now of course those words are only as good as the action behind them, but when someone says that, I like to take them at their word, and a sense of peace and accomplishment comes over me. We're all running in so many directions, and we consider the term 'multi-tasking' as some measure of success. But I ask - Is it? I love getting things done, and I love checking things off my...

Is It Time To Downsize?

Is it time to downsize? Here is a checklist to help you decide if now is the right time.  I’ll start by saying that I dislike the word “downsize.” It makes me think of a corporate employee becoming obsolete. But in the real estate world, downsizing takes on a completely different meaning. Sometimes it boils down to saving versus spending, choosing a new path, or simply making a change.  Here are 10 clues that it might be time to start thinking about simplifying your life and about moving to a...