Archive for March, 2008

2008 what you make of it

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

For you 2008 will be what you make of it. Stop listen to the media and the whiners or it will be a tough year.

Look for the opportunities. The Fed is cutting and home prices are cheaper.

If you make the right moves this year, you will look back and see 2008 as the turning point of your success. 

Che bella nazione!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Parlando con un’amico mi sono resa conto che negli ultimi 30 anni ho fatto, e tutte con successo, 6 cariere professionali e molte altre nel tempo libero.

In italia, la mia amata patria della nascita, non sarebbe mai successo.

Ho incominciato ad insegnare a Westport in un’istituto privato: la Berlitz, dopo di che’ ho insegnato al liceo di Norwalk e Westport. Entrata in politica dall’aggiunta comunale di Westport sono stata eletta al piano regolatore ,della stessa citta’, di cui diventai chairman. Da li’ a Deputato per lo stato del Connectucut e poi sceriffo. Aprii un negozio dove vendevo oggetti Italiani. Dopo di che ho fatto il manager ed allenatore per squadre di pallone. Ho insegnato nuoto al YMCA ed ora lavoro da 10 anni per Prudentialct e vendo immobiliari. Nel frattempo io e mio marito, Michael, abbiamo fondato la Loggia Francesca Lodge ovvero il club dei Figli d’Italia in Westport ed anche Il Festivale Italiano che ancora si fa tutti i mesi di Luglio dal 1984. Senza contare che ho avuto 3 figlii, una casa da mantenere e tante altre cose di volontariato come il PTA.

Incredibile, quanti di voi hanno la stessa esperienza e condividono il mio stesso entusiasmo per questa Nazione?

Housing – Deal or not Deal?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Home prices dropped between 5 – 10% in 2007, but there was no “Bubble”. 2008 will be another down year for housing with similar declines in prices -but will also mark a bottoming out. The thing of it is… you can’t see a bottom untill you are already past it, much like how we always see refinance activity pick up when rates start rising from their lowest levels!

2008 will see great deals for housing and real estate. Rising incomes and lower home prices will make real estate more affordable, as ome of the excesses are washed out. Now more than ever, make sure you stay in touch with your client database and refferral partners to educate them on what’s happening, and how the present market creates opportunities for them.

Pasquetta

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Ora tutte le feste sono finite ma la primavera’ portera’ un po’ di calore nelle nostre vite con tutti i  suoi bei colori. Questa mattina ho visto il risveglio che sta cominciando.

Seduta sul mio letto con una tazza di caffe’ sono rimasta stupita dalla presenza sul lago di un bellissimo uccello che in Inglese si chiama ” Heron” blu’ .

Voglio condividere questo momento con tutti voi.

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Options for Sellers…

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

It’s predicted that more than 50% of homeowners will owe more on their homes than the true market value by this time next year.

Sellers make the mistake of thinking their only option is letting the house go into foreclosure.  What many people do not realize is that banks do not want to foreclosures, they are in the lending business.

Short sales are one of the best options for the lender and seller. Unfortunately, the seller’s credit may have some negative effect from doing a short sale.

Short sales do take time. It is possible to close a short sale in 30 to 60 days but it is not unusual to take up to 90 days to close.  If you think a short sale may be a viable option for you, please do not hesitate in giving me a call or sending an email so we may set up a confidential meeting to review your options.

Foreclosure can be avoided!

BUONA PASQUA!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Quest’anno la Pasqua e’ molto alta ed e’ arrivata come una bella sorpresa che nessuno si aspettava. Di solito i mandorli sono in fiore e per Pasquetta si fanno le scampagnate. Non penso che succedera’ quest’anno, anzi saremo fortunati se non fara’ una tempesta di neve come nel 1971.

Comunque sia, saremo tutti in famiglia e passeremo la giornata in armonia.

In Italia e’ differente, infatti si dice ” Natale con i tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi ”

Buona Pasqua a tutti voi!

It’s time to get serious!

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Ignore the Headlines! Reasons for buying now.

If you are a buyer trying to decide if the timing is right - it might just not pay off.

With interest rates remaining at all-time lows, and an abundance of inventory to choose from… the timing is very right to make an investment in real estate.  Westport has remained substantially stable amidst the “housing crisis” as proported by the media, and with the opportunity of low-rates, excellent options and a balanced market… NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!

For the full CNN Money article regarding this, follow the link below -

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/
article/0,9171,1713483,00.html

By choosing to work with Carla Rea, you are putting over nine-years experience and extensive market knowledge to work for you!  Call her today and discuss the many opportunities available to you.  If you wait for the market to bottom out… it may already be too late!

La mia prima lingua

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Sono nata e cresciuta in Italia a Roma. Sono venuta in America quando avevo 21 anni ed ora sono molto orgogliosa di essere cittadina Americana. L’Italia e’ sempre nel mio cuore ed ho cresciuto tre figli con questo amore. Se state considerando di vivere a Westport chiamatemi, vivo qui’ dal 1969, saro’ orgogliosa di farvi conoscere questa bellissima cittadina che ha preso il posto della mia bella Roma. 

Westport Recreation

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Westport has our town owned Country Club called Longshore, which offers one of the best golf courses in the area. Longshore’s new swimming pool and locker facilties are located on Long Island Sound. A sailing school, tennis and paddle tennis courts, boat marina plus a great facility for dinner and banquets. And if you enjoy the cold weather the local PAL sponsors a large outdoor skating rink there.

Our Recreation department offers year around programs for children and adults like little league baseball, soccer, swimming, summer camps and much more. The town of Westport has invested in building several new multi-purpose playing fields and baseball & softball diamonds.

Dogs even have their own park to run free in at Winslow Park.

Our new downtown Senior Center offers multiple classes, program activities and many senior discounts in town.

Theater, Arts and Literature

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Westport Connecticut is famous for its long history of being home to some of the world’s greatest talents in the arts, thearter and literature. Our artists display their works on Main Street in the summer in a fun town affair. Westport boasts of its own outdoor theater (the Levitt Pavilion) which is free all summer with great performance for children and adults. The Westport Country Playhouse features off- Broadway shows during the sleepy summer months.

Westport has many well known residents like Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Michael Bolton, Author Peter De Vries, Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas and others.