703 Woodland Hills Townhouse in Trumbull, CT

August 19th, 2016

703 Woodland Hills Townhouse in Tashua, CT

Woodland Hills Community Entrance, Trumbull, CT

Entrance to Woodland Hills Community, Trumbull, CT.

Smaller 60 Home Community

Walk to Restaurants, Fitness Center, Massage Envy, Indoor Tennis and more!

Prime Location in the Community

703 Woodland Hills Views from Private Deck

Back of community.  Private location

Wooded views from kitchen and master bedroom

 

Spacious Floor Plan

Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room - Open floor plan.

Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room – Open floor plan.

Hardwood floors throughout

Recessed Lights, Stainless Appliances

 

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom with Gorgeous views to wake up to

Master Bedroom with Gorgeous views to wake up to

His and Her Walk In Closets

Tray ceiling

Double Vanity in Full Bath

Community Childrens Park AND Gazebo for Adult FUN

Community Children's Park

Community Children’s Park

Gazebo and gathering place for some adult FUN.

Gazebo and gathering place for some adult FUN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Gathering Place

Community Children’s Playground

703 Woodland for sale:

703 Woodland Hills

703 Woodland Hills

For more detailed information, visit 703 Woodland Hills, Trumbull

For a video tour of the home, click on video tour of 703 Woodland Hills, Trumbull

…and here’s the listing showing additional pictures and information: 703 Woodland Hills, Trumbull listing

This is a newer community where you can walk to restaurants like Prime 111, walk to the Fitness Edge gym, stop by for a massage along the way and even walk to the indoor tennis facility next door.  There’s a sports complex a stone throw away and Tashua Knolls 27 hole Golf course with large reception hall, and of course a small bar to gather at pre-post golfing.  Hiking and Bicycle riding trails, parks nearby…all making the location of this community on the top of most buyers list.

Call me!  Let me show you this fabulous home.  Tom Braunagel- 203-268-4994 x3.

Thank you!

Trumbull Market Update – 2nd Quarter 2016

August 14th, 2016

Thanks for stopping by.  Learn what’s happening in our local Trumbull Real Estate Market.  Part I is a summary and  Part II follows with all the detailed graphs for those interested…

PART I- SUMMARY:

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  • 27% more homes sold this year than same time last year
  • There is a BIG demand for houses priced between $250,000 and $550,000 in 2016 VS. 2015
  • Values fell for homes priced between $550,000 and $650,000 for the 2nd quarter in a row.  Inventory is down in that price range too… a good sign for imminent recovery.
  • Values are up for homes priced between $750,000 and $850,000
  • Trumbull sold zero homes over $850,000 this past quarter.
  • 78% of all homes sold in Trumbull are between $250,000 – $450,000
  • For more detailed information, see section II below:
  • Call our team for a personal evaluation of your home! 203-268-4994

PART II- All the Details:

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  • Tom Braunagel at the Braunagel Team  (203-268-4994 x3
  • Ryan Braunagel at the Braunagel Team (203-268-4994) x2
  • 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT.  06611

Trumbull Market Update – 1st Quarter 2016

April 19th, 2016

Thanks for stopping by.  Learn what’s happening in our local Trumbull Real Estate Market.  Part I is a summary and  Part II follows with all the detailed graphs for those interested…

PART I- SUMMARY:

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  • 20% more homes sold this year than same time last year

  • Big demand for houses priced between $250,000 and $450,000 last quarter

  • Values fell for homes priced between $550,000 and $650,000…However, low inventory and steady demand for these homes will likely cause a rebound

  • Entry level home values increased significantly

  • Winter months are not a good time to sell homes over $750,000

  • 40-50% of all homes sold in Trumbull are between $250,000 and $450,000

  • For more detailed information…. see PART II BELOW…

 PART II – All the Details:

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  • Tom Braunagel at the Braunagel Team (203)268-4994 x3

  • 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT.  06611

Trumbull Real Estate Market Report for Q4, 2015

January 11th, 2016

The Braunagel Team

TomBraunagel_Logo_Color_Gradient_Web                                                                                      …Taking you from Possibility to Reality

  • Learn about our local TRUMBULL Real Estate Market

  • Then Learn about how YOUR HOME would perform in the market

 

I.  About our Trumbull Real Estate Market:

1.  Trending Homes Active VS. Pending:

  • Shows desirability of our houses in Trumbull
  • The closer the lines are to converging, the higher the interest in our homes in town
  • The closer the lines are to converging, the fewer homes are available, typically with many under contract
  • The closer the lines are to converging, the more desirable our homes are and higher the probability our houses will appreciate in value.
  • Because our market is seasonal, it is best to compare the trend same season last year
  • The gap between the lines is wider in 12/2015 than 12/2014 showing fewer homes under contract and more homes for sale today as compared to last year

…not the trending we’d like to see as owners in Trumbull, but this is all relative to an average of what’s going on in our town.  To see how your home is performing, continue below…

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II.  See how your home is performing within the Trumbull Real Estate Market:

2.  Homes Sold PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

  • Find the Price of your home and how homes priced like yours are trending
  • See the activity level of houses priced like yours versus other price points
  • See which price points are hot and which are not
  • If you’re looking to sell, can a simple price adjustment move you into a better market?

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 3.  Active Homes PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

  • Find the price point of your home.  Are there more or less homes for sale than last year or last quarter?
  • Do you have a lot of competition in your price point compared to other price points?
  • Is your competition to sell in your price range trending up or down?
  • How do Active’s in your price range compare from last year to last quarter?

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4.  Months of Inventory PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

  • Find the number of months of inventory that are on the market in YOUR price range.  This measures the number of months it would take to sell a home in your price range.
  • Is the Inventory trending higher or lower the past quarter compared to the last 12 months?
  • Price it more competitively and it will sell quicker
  • Price it higher and it will take longer to sell.
  • See how long it takes to sell a home in your price range from others.
  • The higher the number of months of inventory, the tougher it will be to sell.  The opposite is also true too… the lower the number of months of inventory, the easier it will be to sell.

 

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5. Price per Square Foot PER PRICE RANGE- per Quarter and per Year:

  • What is the average price per square foot of a house in your price range?
  • Are home prices per square foot trending higher or lower in your price range compared to last year?
  • Are home prices per square foot trending higher or lower in your price range compared to last quarter?
  • A price per square foot trending lower usually indicates higher competition and/or fewer sales
  • A price per square foot trending higher usually indicates lower competition and/or more sales

 

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We welcome you to the Braunagel Team and hope you find this information helpful whether you’re just curious about the Trumbull real estate market, curious about the value of your home or thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Trumbull area.  The Braunagel Team can uncover the value of your home as marketed by various websites on the Internet today.  If you’re interested in seeing what the value of your home is online, simply visit our website: BraunagelTeam.Smarthomeprice.com.  If you believe that price is wrong, call me.  Through our relationships with ‘Big Data’ companies that create these prices, we can update the price of your home through the use of a market analysis, which we submit to ‘Big Data’ companies who in turn update your online value. This is a free service we offer to our neighbors and friends in Trumbull.  It helps keep the prices of our homes real and updated.  The benefit is that potential buyers see true market value online make offers more in line with the true of our homes.  Look up the value of your home.  If you think it needs adjustment, Call Me.  If there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

You may find this analysis online at my blog: blog.onlinecthomes.com.  Feel free to forward this to other family or friends in town that would benefit by it.
Finally, I’d be honored to be part of your real estate plans.  Please call me.  I’d love an opportunity to help you with your plans, no matter what or where they are.

Tom Braunagel at the Braunagel Team….. Taking you from Possibility to Reality!

 

A quick note about me:

  • Local Real Estate Agent running a high performance team here in Trumbull.
  • Raised my family in Trumbull and I own and operate a successful real estate business for the past 12 years all here in Trumbull.
  • I’ve been around the soaring markets of 2003 and the deflated markets starting in 2005
  • I’ve made money and lost money in these markets and learned a ton.
  • I’m a retired Network Engineer and understand the value of good information and how to interpret it.
  • My intention is to present information about your market and your home to help you make great decision when it’s your time to buy or sell real estate.
  • It is also my desire to become your local real estate agent of choice and it would be my privilege to represent you in a transaction when you’re ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate.

 

 

 

 

Trumbull Real Estate Market Report

October 5th, 2015

              The Braunagel Team   TomBraunagel_Logo_Color_Gradient_Web

Tom Braunagel- Listing Specialist

126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT.  06611

203-268-4994 x3

Sellit@kw.com

Facebook.com/BraunagelTeam

www.OnlineCTHomes.com

 

Q3- 2015 Market Report for Trumbull:

The following information is about our local real estate market here in Trumbull.  I am a real estate agent, business owner and raised my family all here in Trumbull.  I’ve been in business for 11 years and have seen both sides of soaring and crashing markets.  I’ve made money and lost money in these markets and learned a ton.  I’m a retired Network Engineer and understand the value of good information with a keen sense of how to interpret that information into knowledge to help people buy, sell and invest in real estate.  Information is presented below and it is my hope you can use it to make great decisions about real estate.  If there’s other information you’d like to see, just ask and I’ll do my best to bring it to you.  It is my intent to become your local real estate resource and it would be my privilege to represent you in a transaction when you’re ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate.

The first thing I look at is the Trumbull Real Estate Market as a whole.  How does the Trumbull Real Estate Market look like today compared to the past.  Are we trending more positive, negative or staying the same?  Then, once we understand what’s happening with real estate in our town, we can drill down deeper to what’s relevant to you and your home specifically.  In your price range in town and see how that’s different from the averages:

1.  Homes Active for sale VS. Homes Pending:
The dynamics of this graph reveals a lot about our market.  Each graph by itself tells a story of how many homes are active or are under contract (Pending) at various times of the year.  It shows us when activity is the heaviest and when buyers are out buying at various points throughout the year.  This by itself gives us information to learn about our market.  When you consider the interaction between the two graphs… Active vs. Pending, it provides a new dimension and means to measure the desirability of our houses to new buyers.  The closer the lines are to converging, the higher the desirability of our homes in our town to potential buyers.  Another way to say the same thing is the more homes pending and the fewer homes active, the higher the desirability.  This goes on to say the higher the desirability, the more likely our home values trend up.  So, as a home owner, we like to see these lines converge over time.  As you can see, our cycle repeats itself.  The lines converge in the winter time…when most people take their homes off the market.  This actually represents a great time to find a buyer.  The percentage of homes coming off the market is higher than the percentage of buyers leaving the market…so you actually have more people looking at your house in the winter time than any other time.  Buyers are active all 4 seasons here in CT.

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October, November and December represent great times to sell homes for several reasons.  1.  During those 3 months, it is typical to see the number of active homes drop more significantly than the number of pending homes.  Looking at Q4 2014, pending activity fell less than 1% while active homes fell 18%.  Buyers are still active and have less to choose from… which increases your chance to get your home sold.

Once I understand what’s happening to the market at large, I like to find out what’s happening in my price range, in my town.  As you can imagine, the town real estate market as a whole can be sluggish, but there can be lots of life within certain price ranges within the same town.  Ask these owners how the market is doing and you’ll hear words like Amazing, Sensational and Awesome.  So, let’s drill down below where we take a look at Activity, Months on the Market, Number of Active Homes AND Price per square foot of homes sold….All compared to their price range they represent.   THEN, figure out where you’re house is priced  (I can help you …simply ask) and see how your house would perform on the market today should you determine to sell….

 

2.  Number of Homes Sold PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

This graph breaks down the sheer number of homes sold in a given price range.  If your home is in a price range with a lot of activity, there’s a high likelihood that you home will sell quickly if we price it right in the market.  With high activity, you’ll learn about the salability of your home quickly….so pay attention to what the market is telling you and adjust quickly before your house comes out of favor.   Also, use the number of Homes Sold information in conjunction with the Number of Active Homes for Sale.    We love to see buyers looking to buy homes like ours with low inventory.  It helps pull our prices up and as a seller, that’s what you went to hear!

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These graphs  show us what houses and which price points are hot and selling in Trumbull.  The first graph looks at houses sold in Q3 2014 and compares it to same time this year.  It tells us that houses priced up to $450,000 are more active than same time last year and home prices under $350,000 are significantly more active this year than the entire last year. Also worth noting, houses priced between $550,000 and $650,000 also saw a modest increase in activity both quarter over quarter AND year over year. If your home is in these price ranges, this is good news for you.  Houses priced under $350k in Trumbull tend to be smaller homes and often times,  houses below $250k are in need of updating and typically sold to investors who rehabilitate and build bigger and more expensive ones.  As our market continues to improve, I anticipate the $450k to $550k price points will enter into our most active range as these homes come into favor.

 

3. Active Homes PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

This graph shows you the total number of ACTIVE homes on the market in each price range. Regardless of how many homes are on the market in town, or in your neighborhood, or even on your street, there could be a significant difference in your ability to sell your house based on what price range your home is in versus the other homes you’re comparing to. If the number of Active homes in your price range is low, or trending low when compared to last year, that could be a good sign. Especially if the number of homes selling in your price range is up or trending higher than last year. Take a look at the performance of homes in your price range to get an idea of how your house would perform if you listed it…

 

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The number of active houses for sale in 2015 is higher than our last year in 2014 for both the year totals and when comparing Q3 2015 with Q3 2014.  The extra houses on the market is keeping the supply plentiful and our home prices at bay as buyers are under little pressure to act quickly. The largest number of homes on the market today are in the $350,000 to $450,000 range.  Despite all the competition in this price range, these houses are flying off the shelf.  As you’ll see in the next section, there are just over 6 months of inventory on the market at this price with almost 50 homes sold per month in Q3 alone.  This is the sweet spot in Trumbull and represents the price range in Trumbull with the highest volume of sales this past quarter. Compare these 50 homes that sold against just 17 homes that sold at the next highest bracket $450,000 to $550,000 this past quarter.  If your home is in this higher price range, fewer homes are selling with almost 12 months of inventory on the market.  One would expect that you would need to be more aggressive with the pricing and valuation of your home at this price based on the competition in the market.  Sometimes, a simple marketing adjustment can be made to your home and reducing a $450,000 price to $425,000 would put your home in a much better environment to sell in and would certainly sell quicker.

 

4.  Months of Inventory PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

This graph shows you the number of months of inventory we have on the market PER price range.  It is calculated based on the number of homes that are selling verse the number of homes on the market.  It’s the normalizer.  Despite the number of homes that are selling, this graph puts it into perspective in relationship to the number of homes on the market.  A high number of homes on the market can be offset by a large number of homes selling.  The higher the number of months of inventory, the tougher it will be to sell.  The opposite is true too… the lower the number of months of inventory, the easier it will be to sell.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 2.49.48 PMThis graph shows you the number of months of inventory in Trumbull per price range.  It represents the average number of months it would take to sell all homes in a particular price range at the given number of sales that month.  For example, If your house is somewhere between $450,000 and $550,000, it would take approximately 12 months to sell all the homes currently for sale according to Q3 2015.  This is considerably higher than same time Q3 2014.  As a general rule of thumb, if your house were priced ‘average’ in the market, you would expect to sell your house in 12 months.  The more aggressive you price and market your home, the faster the sale.  Also, the longer it takes to sell a home, the more pressure there is to reduce the price.  It is important to note that a balanced market that is neither applying pressure to increase or decrease prices is about 6 months inventory.  So, if your house is priced at $450,000, it’s a tough place to be right now.  Generally speaking, Trumbull is not seeing a lot of price appreciation due to the supply of inventory on the market.  The activity is strong as can be seen by the sold charts above.  As fast as the houses are selling however, new ones  hit the market.  We’re definitely still in a recovery mode and until we churn through all the people who tried to sell their home in the past, I expect there to be little appreciation in the coming year.

5.  Price per Square Foot PER PRICE RANGE- broken down Quarterly and Yearly:

This graph shows you the average price per square foot in each price range homes are selling in Trumbull.  You can see how each price range commands a different price per square foot… The more expensive homes typically have higher end appliances, expensive mill work, moldings, etc, and consequently have a higher price per square foot.  The price per square foot typically changes year over year and is the proof that homes in a particular price range are in demand.  A home in demand would be evidenced by high trending sales volume, low trending actives on the market and escalating trending price per square foot.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 2.52.56 PMThe price per square foot ranges prove that condition plays a big part of the price you’ll get for your house.  Smaller, first time home buyer homes typically are no frills  with basic construction and decor.  That price point appears to be the $350,000 to $450,000 price point and is fairly consistent at $196.00 per square foot.  The zero to $250,000 price points are typically older, more run down, needs work and many are purchased by investors looking to fix them up and resell at a profit.  They are selling at $150 to $165 per square foot.  The $550,000 to $650,000 saw a nice increase year over year from $190 to $215 per square foot and the most expensive priced houses are enjoying the highest prices per square foot at $220-$225.  How your house is decorated, what kind of appliances you have, how updated kitchens, bathrooms and rooms are, craftsmanship  and overall quality of your house all go into increasing your price per square foot on the home.  Be mindful that you can also over improve based on the price point and area your house is in. Be mindful to not over improve your home and be at risk of topping off the price of your home regardless of what new improvements you make.  If your house is among the most expensive in your area, you may be at risk of not getting the value you might otherwise want for the improvements you make.  A great realtor can help you with that assessment.
We welcome you to the Braunagel Team and hope you find this information helpful whether you’re just curious about the real estate market in Trumbull, curious about the value of your home or thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Trumbull area.  Through our relationships, The Braunagel Team can uncover the value of your home as marketed by various websites on the Internet today.  If you’re interested in seeing what the value of your home is, simply visit: BraunagelTeam.Smarthomeprice.com.  If you believe that price is wrong, call me.  Through our relationships with these ‘Big Data’ companies we can update the price of your home through the use of a market analysis, which we submit to update your online value. This is a free service I offer to my neighbors and friends in Trumbull.  It helps keep the prices of our homes real and updated.  The benefit is that potential buyers see true market value online make offers more in line with the true of our homes.  Look up the value of your home.  If you think it needs adjustment, Call Me.  If there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

You may find this analysis online at my blog: blog.onlinecthomes.com.  Feel free to forward this to other family or friends in town that would benefit by it.
Finally, I’d be honored to be part of your real estate plans.  Please call me.  I’d love an opportunity to help you with your plans, no matter what or where they are.

Tom Braunagel at the Braunagel Team….. Taking you from Possibility to Reality!

English Tudor House for sale in Orange

January 10th, 2015

IMG_3628Impressive by sight and unique in design, The opportunity is ripe for the picking for this 4 BR 3200 SF English Tudor house for sale in Orange. 5 Garages… Mechanics, machinists, business owners, please take note! At the time I write this blog, this house represents the best opportunity in Orange when considering square footage and value. At roughly $117 a square foot, this house packs an amazing punch with it’s list of original and unique features. Built like a foretress, the house is constructed with 18-20″ exterior walls of block, stone and cement. You’ll find slate trim in the kitchen and slate floors in the large living room with a large and impressive natural burning brick fireplace with hearth. The house is setup with 3 large fireplaces in the house with the other two in the den and the office in the lower level. The kitchen has granite countertops and a beautiful old style brick oven. An eye-catching brick archway separates the living room from the dining room. The open dining room is open and spacious with cathedral ceilings and large picture windows to help brighten the mood on a sunny day. Brick accent walls in the dining room with variable width oak and peg floors. An impressive timber staircase near the front door catches your eye and leads you upstairs where you’ll find a unique cat walk that circles around and looks over the living room and fireplace…all this adds to the atmosphere that only an English Tudor can deliver.

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Living Room with cathedral ceilings and picture windows.

There’s a full bath and large bedroom on the main level with three more bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Downstairs, there is a slider leading to the private back yard that is currently being used as an office with a third fireplace. This room can easily be used as a playroom or other room that works well with a fireplace.

A few other noteworthy surprises include 5 car garage and a Ginormous 37′ x 28′ studio on top of the oversized 3 bay garage with. There are two garages under on one side, and a separate attached 3 car garage on the other. It’s a dream come true for families with a lot of cars, or business owners with large machinery needing space to store them. The previous owner was a builder with large tools and trucks and he built this additional space to store his machinery.

The spacious studio that sits on top the 3 bay garage has cathedral ceilings and is completely open under four exterior walls. The space can be used for virtually anything. Access to it is through a garage door and an interior door through one of the bedrooms upstairs.

Catwalk

Timber Stairs and catwalk above

The house is part of a 4 house cul de sac and is convenient to the Merrit Parkway and route 34 in Orange.

School Ratings Show Orange the BEST in CT

Newsweek recently completed their School Ratings for CT’s best high schools and Amity High school, serving Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge is now ranked as the best high school in CT. according to their latest poll of high schools country wide. School ratings were taken across the country on how well they prepared their students for college. Read about the Newsweek report here: Orange High Schools Voted Best School in CT or read what the New Haven Register had to say about it.

Amity High School ranked BEST in CT

Not only is Amity HS voted the best high school in CT, they are ranked 112th across the country for the same statistics. This has profound significance to the families living in Orange, especially in terms of those owning real estate. As more families become interested in school ratings and providing a quality education for their family, Orange, CT. and their schools are looking like the best choice! As more families become interested in better schools, the higher the demand for housing there and of course, the lower the supply as more families relocate. Everyone wants to be part of number one- especially if it pertains to offering opportunity and a bright future for your family.

For a video tour of this house and opportunity, visit the video of 1014 abbey court, orange. I walk you through the inside and outside of the house and tell you all about it.

For more information about the house, visit the listing page for more details about 1014 abbey court, orange.

Call Tom at 203-268-4994 for comments, questions or to setup your private showing.

Joan Mantone Family needs our help…

December 14th, 2014

Have you ever felt sorry for yourself… thought that beating the odds was as likely as you hitting the lottery some day. When you thought that the world owes you something because of your situation… You told your most important friends about how bad things were so you can confirm just how bad things were for you…

Then, you hear about a situation that someone else is going through and you think to yourself… Dear God, I’m glad that’s not me and you realize that what you’re going through isn’t that bad at all…

Well, I’d like for you to consider THAT for just a few minutes. Things may seem overwhelming at times. Especially during the Holiday Season. I’d like for you to consider something that’s happening to a family, close to home and right here in Fairfield County – Trumbull. Today, as I write this post, a young woman fights for her life to beat the odds of stage 4 ovarian cancer to return home to her 2 girls – twins at 13 years old who wait patiently for their MOM to be by their side for Christmas. These girls who months ago, went through an earily similar event when their father left home and checked into a hospital with stage 4 cancer, never to return home again. When you put into perspective that these two beautiful girls did NOTHING to deserve losing their father to cancer and now experiencing their mother going through the same fight…. Why 1ce at their age, why now again… a few months later are they going through the same emotions and experiences with their mother. It’s not fair and it’s not right and I want to help…as I’m sure so many of you want to.

Mid May 2015, I’m departing from Yorktown VA. on a 3 month bicycle trip across the country. I got the idea from my Dad a few years ago when he told me that it was something he always wanted to do. I remember going on bicycle rides with him when I was younger and he rides his bicycle to this day at 76 years old as a way to exercise and stay in shape. He considered for a moment coming with me on the trip…and I would love to have him be with me…even for part of the trip if he’s able. The great thing is that He WILL have gone on that trip through me. His offspring, his gene pool, his thoughts, memories and his son. Come on the trip through me Dad…happy to do that for you! When you’ve been given the opportunity to learn to love and care about other people like my father has done for me, I can’t think of a better fit than do get the strength for this trip from my Dad and the inspiration from Joan Mantone, who fights for every day and prays for a miracle to spend more time with her two girls that need her so much.

My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Joan Mantone Family with my bike trip. I intend to give 100% of all monies recieved will be written into 1 big check, given to her when I get back. I invite you all to consider during this holiday season- just how fortunate we all are and give thanks to God for all you have in your life. Help me bring a spirit of love and community to the Joan Mantone family who desperately needs our help and her two girls Savanah and Isabelle who are trying to figure out the answers to “why me”….

I do not yet know how I will handle donations that come in. I don’t know yet what form funds should be in (cash, check, credit card, paypal, etc.) and I don’t yet have a system to track and handle that part yet. If anyone knows of a system to help me with that, please reply to this blog and let me know.

I will keep you posted as to how the fund raising efforts are coming along and to how Joan and family are doing as I learn anything. Please keep her in your prayers!

Thank you kindly for your participation…be it prayer or donations- your participation is appreciated!

Tom Braunagel- Friend and co-worker of Joan Mantone!

School Ratings Show Orange the BEST in CT

October 20th, 2014

Newsweek recently completed their School Ratings for CT’s best high schools and Amity High school, serving Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge is now ranked as the best high school in CT. according to their latest poll of high schools country wide.  School ratings were taken across the country on how well they prepared their students for college.  Read about the Newsweek report here: Orange High Schools Voted Best School in CT or read what the New Haven Register had to say about it.

Amity High School ranked BEST in CT

Not only is Amity HS voted the best high school in CT, they are ranked 112th across the country for the same statistics.  This has profound significance to the families living in Orange, especially in terms of those owning real estate.  As more families become interested in school ratings and providing a quality education for their family, Orange, CT. and their schools are looking like the best choice!  As more families become interested in better schools, the higher the demand for housing there and of course, the lower the supply as more families relocate.  Everyone wants to be part of number one- especially if it pertains to offering opportunity and a bright future for your family.

Incase you’re considering buying a home in Orange, here’s one amazing ranch with inground pool, billiard room, Entertaining room, 3 season screened in porch, childrens playground, life size shuffleboard game, gardens and so much more….see a narrated video of 241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT.

241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT

Get ready to entertain and impress your friends and family with this amazing home!

 

Take a look at other homes for sale in Orange CT if this home isn’t just right for you. Click here to view property grid. Either way, call me to setup an appointment.  You and your family will be glad you did!

 

241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT.

September 25th, 2014

241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT.  House for sale is sure to be a house that catches your attention- Especially if you enjoy the flair of entertaining.   This house, build in 1957 is owned by it’s original owners.  Almost 3000 sf, this single level ranch home sits in a very desirable location in between the hustle and bustle of the Boston Post Road and it’s shopping and restaurant experiences and convenience to major highways like Rt. 95 and the Merrit Parkway.  And in between those two points, sits this house for sale and waiting for you….  

From the outside, this unassuming house sits perched on top a slight grade and measures almost 100 feet long.  What you don’t see is that it’s also 32 feed deep with a backyard worthy to be written up in magazines on prominent display.

241 Karen Drive, Orange CT for sale

Orange CT Ranch with pool for sale

Brand new cedar decking and fence surround a very large 40′ x 20′ in-ground pool- complete with diving board and direct access to the large 28′ x 12′ three season porch with it’s own kitchenette and 4 foot direct vented restaurant grill.  Plenty of space to swim and entertain friends and family and enjoy the summer activities.  Come out of the sun, grab a chair at the grill counter or pull up a chair with a friend and get caught up over a drink or two…

Gorgeous evening presence with lighting posts integrated around the fenced in pool keeps the evening young.  Take a break and share a game or two at the life sized shuffle board game, with it’s own lighting to keep the activities and laughs going on into the morning hours.

This amazing house for sale not only offers fun for adults, this house comes with a 24′ x 24′ children’s playground with slides and rides to keep them busy while adults enjoy the day and activities.

There’s a large plot of land dedicated to gardens with green-house for those serious gardeners and peaceful sitting/reading areas as well for some alone time.

241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT

Orange CT Ranch with pool for sale

Inside 241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT. is a very large entertaining / family room that measures 36′ x 24′.  The size is enhanced by the the full cathedral ceilings above you.  This room has seen many Superbowl and holiday parties and bound to be a special place for the next owners to create memories with your friends and family.  The room has a wet bar with suspended glass rack with custom built bar table and stools.  There’s a pool table, a powder room and of course a cozy TV area for wind down and relaxation.

The kitchen is built at the center of the house….as you would imagine for a home built to entertain.  It has cathedral ceilings, recessed lights, updated light fixtures and all stainless appliances.  Direct access to the dining room, entertaining room and of course the back porch where a lot of the 3 season fun ends up!

The lower level is partially finished for addition space if desired.  The heating system is over sized to heat the additional space if desired.  Newer roof and mechanicals.

Don’t just take my word for it….this is a magnificent home… Take the narrated 4 minute video tour of the home and see for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik8I_M2Gb_I

For listing details, visit: 241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT.  06477

If you enjoy being the life of a party and/or enjoy hosting parties and entertaining….you will absolutely adore 241 Karen Drive, Orange, CT. This house for sale is Fun, Exciting and Active with family fun activities to do together.  If you’re interested in a private showing, please call Tom at 203-268-4994 x3 or Text me to 203-257-1352.  New to the market and priced aggressively we’re waiting for your offer….  Call Now!

7 tips to take back money you waste in your house every day…

September 21st, 2014

Families and homeowners waste thousands of dollars a year- every year unnecessarily.  Here are a few ideas to take back money you waste in your house every day.  Pay yourself the money you saved into a vacation fund and enjoy a free vacation… on the new and improved and smarter you!

1. Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home:
imgresYour heat and electric bills can be reduced 10% on average by using a programmable thermostat simply by reducing the temperature in your house when you sleep at night and when you leave for work during the day. Heat escapes through the walls of your home and the bigger the temperature difference between inside and outside, the more heat is lost. So, if it’s 20 degrees outside and 72 degrees inside, your difference is 52 degrees pushing through the walls of your house. If you were to reduce your heat to 60 degrees while you’re away during the day and again at night while you sleep, your difference would be reduced to 40 degrees pushing through the walls of your home. The smaller the difference in temperature, the less loss of heat through your insulated walls of your house. Many of the programmable thermostats have a preset energy setting that you implement around times of day when you are home, away and asleep.

2. Reduce your hot water heater temperature setting to save energy costs to heat your water:

Whether you use your water or not, the water temperature is heated in anticipation that you will use it. Just like the loss of heat through the walls of your house, the same is true with the loss of heat through the walls of the water heater. The warmer the water is stored, the more heat is lost through the walls of the heater, and the more energy is lost by keeping the water hot. By lowering the water temperature, you still get hot water upstairs when you turn the faucet on…you just mix it with less cold water so you don’t burn yourself. It’s another way to on your utilities without sacrificing performance.

3. Turn off the heater option in your dishwasher and use the air dry option instead:

At the end of your dishwasher cycle, there is a heater that heats up the dishes so they will dry when you take them out. Alot of energy is spent to dry the dishes needlessly. Use the air dry option which still gets the job done without using a heating element.

4. Upgrade the toilets in your house.

On average, 27% of all water usage in an average household is from toilets. That meanimagess if your last water bill was $300, you literally flushed more than $75 down the toilet. Old toilets use from 5-7 gallons per flush. Newer toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush and recently a new standard of 1.2 gallons per flush a high efficiency toilet…all while making keeping and improving on an efficient flush. If you replaced an older 6 gallon per flush toilet with a newer 1.2 gallon per flush toilet….you would realize a 500% increase in water efficiency and see a savings of $65 just from your water bill due to toilets

5. Replace shower heads and water faucets with low water usage options and new aerators. Many new fixtures today do a terrific job mixing air in with the water to keep the pressure high however use less water. This is especially helpful for showers and sink use.

6. Keep your dryer vents and filters clean:

An efficient dryer needs to blow moist air outside and replace with dry warm air it generates inside. When dryer vents and filters are clogged, the moist air doesn’t escape as efficiently and is trapped inside the dryer- causing the dryer to run longer than it has to.

7. Turn lights off when a room is not in use:

If you have children, help them realize the importance of turning off lights in rooms not in use. When my children left my house and went to college, my electric bill was almost cut in half. Consider installing motion sensors in bedrooms and bathrooms to turn off lights in case your children forget.

If you have other ideas to save money, I want to hear from you. Share your ideas and let’s keep more of our own money.