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Fran’s 14 Steps for First-Time Home Buyers

Location: Select a location that you can afford that will give you the best resale value for your dollar. Ask for your agent’s help with this. Size: Select a home that is large enough for your family’s needs projecting 5 years into the future. Select a Realtor who is knowledgeable about the areas and the process and puts your needs before his...

Tide Harbor – Condominiums on the Water in Stratford, CT

Moderately priced condos on the water are hard to find. Tide Harbor fills the bill graciously. It was carefully engineered and state-of-the-art when it was built in 1976. With stunning architectural details and beautiful landscaping, the two handsome buildings capture your attention as you drive down Elm Street close to the Shakespeare Theatre. You’ll find a variety of units including 1...

Snowbound in Stratford, CT

Take a look at these pictures of Old Stratford Historical district! My street probably looks just like it did in the early 1800’s with the exception of the telephone poles. We’ve had a wonderful coming together of good neighbors all helping each other. One of my kind neighbors created a path from my home to theirs so that we could...

HELLO BIG BANK, CAN YOU HEAR ME??!!

HELLO BIG BANK, HOLDER OF MY MORTGAGE, CAN YOU HEAR ME!!!! Even with well-meaning government intervention, it is almost impossible to refinance the mortgage on your upside down home. Here are a few tips I gleaned from a NY Times article by Lisa Provost: First, she recommends writing the hardship letter yourself. Second, she says not to assume the bank has...

Agent Spotlight: Fran Varcoe: Devoted to her Animals and her Career

Fran's affection and devotion to her pets is also reflected in her business principles. "I believe that my clients deserve personalized service and clear communication from me to keep them feeling cared for a knowledgeable about what's going on with their local housing market and in the community," she says. For all you animal lovers , here is a picture of...