Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Snow, Darien, Ct ~ Remember to Clean those Sidewalks & Fire Hydrants.

15+ New Snow this morning in Darien, Ct.

BE SAFE! ~ Remember to clean off those sidewalks and fire hydrants.

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Green Build Programs Offered In Connecticut, Spring 2011.

Green Build Programs Offered In Connecticut, Spring 2011.

 

William Janhonen, LEED AP has put together three educational courses on sustainable building otherwise known as green building. They are offered at five convient locations:

  • Norwalk Community College, NCC.
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, QVCC.
  • Middlesex Community College, MxCC.
  • Ring’s End Education Center
  • Greenwich Garden Education Center.

These educational courses explain the difference between the various green build rating systems and more detailed analysis of the LEED programs offered by the United State Green Build Council, USGBC. The three courses offered are:

  • Understanding Green Building Certifications.
  • LEED Green Associate Core Concepts.
  • Understanding a Sustainable Home. (*New)

These programs are ideal for anyone who is interested in sustainable building and are a must for professionals in any building trade, real estate, or related industry profession.  

Understanding Green Building Certifications explains the certification process of LEED by USGBC, NAHB Green Building Standards and Energy Star. The course will give you an overview of conventional building methods versus green building methods.

LEED Green Associate Core Concepts (aka LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation) is a five part series that explains the LEED rating system developed by the USGBC. This is an interactive series where participation is a must, identifying best practices, key terms and concepts, regulations, incentives and concepts in practice of “green building”.

Understanding a Sustainable Home is a new course offered in 2011 by Bill Janhonen. This course is designed to explain the elements that comprise a sustainable home. Green homes incorporate Green Habits and this course will explain the synergies and integration of an energy efficient home relating to Energy, Water, Indoor Air Quality, Building Location, Landscaping, Green Products, Materials and Resources.

For more information on these course, times offered please go to WSJ Enterprises Blog or to the Educational Institutes listed above.

 

  

David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien, CT

An accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

  •  Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
  •  Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
  •  Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
  •  Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
  •  Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.

 

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Sears, Roebuck & Co. Pre-Fab Homes 1908 to 1940.

Sears,Roebuck & Co, Pre-Fab Homes 1908 to 1940.

 Sears, Roebuck and Company sold pre-cut and fitted material homes through their mail order Modern Homes program from 1908 through to 1940. There were 447 different house styles from simple summer cottages to elaborate multistory homes with French doors and art glass windows. The process would start with Sears sending you the Modern Homes catalog and you would pick and choose the style and features. Sears would even ship custom designed homes to individuals once blueprints were submitted. The entire home would arrive by railroad from framing lumber to carved staircases, nails, varnish and instructions.

Sears mass production of homes saved the homeowner money by lessening manufacturing costs, the ready to assemble homes required less construction time up to 40%. Sear’s choice of “balloon framing”, use of drywall, asphalt shingles also greatly reduced the cost to homebuyers.

Sears Modern Home program also stayed current with the latest technology in the early twentieth century incorporating central heating, indoor plumbing and electricity.

No official tally exists of the number of Sears homes built but it is estimated that more than 100,000 houses were sold between 1908 and 1940 through the Modern Homes program.

For more information on Sears, Roebuck and Co. homes click here.

 

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David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien, CT 

An accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

·     Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.  

·     Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.  

·     Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).    

·     Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .  

·     Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.  

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2010 year End Housing Statistics in Darien, Rowayton & New Canaan, Ct.

2010 year End Housing Statistics in Darien, Rowayton & New Canaan, Ct.

For the  year end of 2010 the housing statistics for Darien, Rowayton and New Canaan, Connecticut show that unit sales are up from 2009 according to the William Raveis Housing Data Site.

Single Family Properties.

For single family properties Darien unit of sales are up 35.7% from 2009 along with the average year to date (YTD) up 17.9%

Darien, YTD  2010

  • A total of 247 single family properties sold in 2010 compared to 182 in 2009.
  • The year to date average sales price in 2010 was $1,695,794 compared to 2009 of $1,438,205.
  • The median sale price in 2010 was $1,325,000 up 15.9% from 2009 at $1,143,500
  • The sale to list price ratio for the year was 94% with the market time sold of 140 days.

 

  

 

Rowayton, which is the 6th taxing district of Norwalk, had a YTD of unit home sales were up 6% while Norwalk on a whole was up 14.2% year to date for 2010 with Rowayton’s average sales price was up 42.5%.

Rowayton, YTD  2010

  • A total of 52 single family properties sold in 2010 compared to 49 in 2009 for Rowayton.
  • The YTD average sales price for 2010 was $1,439,356 compared to 2009 of $1,009,661 for Rowayton.
  • Norwalk had a total of 506 single family properties and 229 condominiums sold in 2010. In 2009 Norwalk had 443 single family properties and 224 condominiums.

 

New Canaan had an increase of 45.4% in unit home sales in 2010 compared to 2009 with the average sales price increase of 2.1%

New Canaan, YTD  2010

  • A total of 192 single family properties sold in 2010 compared to 132 in 2009.
  • The YTD average sales price for 2010 was $1,704,612 compared to 2009 of $1,669,515.

 

*This information is based on the William Raveis Real Estate Local Housing Data report and is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. Information deemed critical to buying decision should be independently verified.

William Raveis Website, Raveis.com, has a great tool for owners, sellers & buyers called ‘Local Housing Data’.  On this page it will give you all the local up to date data & statistic for the town you are interested in.

 

Median Price: is half are below, half are above

Average Price: are all sold prices are added together into a sum; the sum is then divided by the number of houses that sold.

David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien. David is a lifetime Fairfield County resident who grew up in Rowayton, Ct. and a resident of Darien, Ct since 2004.   

An accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.  
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.  
  • Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).    
  • Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .  
  • Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.

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Luxury Developers in Europe Going GREEN.

Luxury Developers in Europe Going GREEN.

The WSJ Real Estate section reports that Luxury European developers are going green by building carbon-neutral luxury projects and new homes in the U.K., Portugal, Italy, Morocco and Switzerland. The average cost for these eco-friendly packages add about a 10% premium to the price of the project but with possible payback as soon as four years on an average home.  It is estimated that over time the resale value of carbon neutral properties will be higher than a comparable fossil fuel heated building.  The price range of these luxury homes start at £425,000 and range up to £1.5 million.

Carbon neutral or zero carbon is carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint (total set of greenhouse gas emission) by balancing a measured amount of carbon release with an equivalent amount sequestered, avoided or offset.

There are two voluntary measurement rating systems for green building, one is BREEAM in the U.K. and the second is LEED developed by the United States Green Build Council by the (USGBC).

To view the full article “The Green, Green Luxury of Home” in the Wall Street Journal click here.

William Raveis is affiliated with Leading Real Estate companies of the world, International Real Estate Specialists and Global Web Partners:

  • Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS)
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, 5,000 offices in US & 35 countries.
  • Who’s Who Luxury Real Estate in more than 65 countries.
  • Luxury Portfolio
  • The Realty Alliance
  • Belgium WETAG Consulting
  • Harcourts International LTD
  • Switzerland Carter Jonas
  • And many more……

 

David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien. David is a lifetime Fairfield County resident who grew up in Rowayton, Ct. and a resident of Darien, Ct since 2004. 

An accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
  • Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
  • Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
  • Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.

 

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 81 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 38 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 22mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 19th with 39 views. The most popular post that day was Certified Green Professional (CGP) at William Raveis Real Estate..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, android-vs-ipad.co.cc, statistics.bestproceed.com, activerain.com, and michael-jackson-secret-exposed.xpac.info.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for green residential buildings in usa charts, property tax rates in ct, ct mill rates, greenwich ct mill rate 2010, and connecticut property tax rates.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Certified Green Professional (CGP) at William Raveis Real Estate. November 2010

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PROPERTY MILL TAX RATES FOR CONNECTICUT. July 2010

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Filming “We The Peeple” in Rowayton, Ct. November 2010

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MORTGAGE RATES ~ 20 Year vs. 30 Year. August 2010
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ABOUT US May 2010

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US Employment UP, ADP Reports December 2010.

US Employment UP, ADP Reports December 2010.

The December 2010 ADP National Employment Report confirms that nonfarm private employment grew very strongly in December. Here is a brief rundown;

·         Private-sector employment is up 297,000 from November to December and from October to November had an increase of 92,000.

·         Service providing sector rose by 270,000 in December, the eleventh consecutive monthly gain.

·         Goods producing sector rose 27,000, the second largest gain since February 2006

·         Manufacturing rose 23,000.

·         Employment of businesses rose as well:

o   Large Business up 36,000

o   Medium Business up 144,000

o   Small Business up 117,000.

·         Construction sector was unchanged for December ending a monthly declines since June 2007

·         Financial services declined 8,000 in December.

 

For full report go to http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_December_10.pdf or visit the ADP website.

The US Labor Department will publish its official monthly report on Friday January 7th. 

 

David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien. David is a lifetime Fairfield County resident who grew up in Rowayton, Ct. and a resident of Darien, Ct since 2004.   

An accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.  
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.  
  • Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
  • Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
  • Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.

 

 

To Find a Home, get Local Housing Data, view area Mapping please click here

 

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~ David A. Popoff ~ Licensed Connecticut Realtor ~ LEED GA accredited ~ Cell (203) 228-0646 ~

 ~ www.DavidPopoffCT.com ~ DavidPopoffCt@Hotmail.com ~ https://davidpopoffct.wordpress.com/ ~

 

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