Little Bites of Ledyard

toughloveMore on the NEW Ledyard Farmers’ Market. As most of my readers know, I'm a huge fan of the Ledyard Farmers’ Market and I'm thrilled with the new direction the market is going in 2015. This week the market announced some new vendors for the market including the Rolling Tomato. Many market goers had previously expressed an interest in having something available to eat when they shopped similar to what is found at the wildly popular Bozrah market.

Speaking of farmers’ markets, Holmberg Orchards & Winery will be holding their annual pop up farmers market  Sunday May 24, Wagon rides through the orchard, full farmers market with 50+ vendors, wine tasting and much more. This is always a packed event!

How much snow did we get?  I recorded each snowfall this year and the total on my deck with the official ruler was about 69 inches. At least one storm I needed to use the official yard stick instead. It was a tough year, one I hope isn’t repeated anytime soon.

The Public Hearing on the proposed 2015-2016 Ledyard Budget will be held Monday, April 20th at 7:00PM at the Ledyard High School Auditorium. Here’s a look at the budget in advance. I haven’t been able to find the Board of Education budget online just yet although a copy is available at Town Hall.

Construction will begin shortly on the Ledyard Police Facility and Town Center Streetscape projects. It was a long time coming but it will drastically change for the better the appearance of Ledyard Center

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sale

May 25th Update - Here is what you have been waiting for!

The Master List of all Yard Sales

Addresses only of all Yard Sales

May 23rd Update - Registration is now closed. The following is an email I am sending to everyone who has registered. I'm assuming some will end up in spam folders so I thought it would be a good idea to post here.

Thank you for joining our first ever Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sale!  We have 135 yard sales registered!  Here are a few things we would like you to know:
  • Merry, Jessica or I will be delivering a small sign to you prior to the sale date. Please post it right away to help with promotion. Depending on your location, you may want to create additional signs.
  • The list of all yard sales and a map will be available online at www.SimplyLedyard.com but we will also be printing lots of lists with addresses to distribute around town. 
  • In case of bad weather, a cancellation announcement will be made online by 6AM. The rain date is June 13th. A sping/summer rain will not be enough for a cancellation. 
  • Some of the local restaurants and businesses will be holding yard sale specials.  Please support our local businesses.
  • If you are a member of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook, be sure to list your location on the "classified ad" I started for additional promotion. 
Let's hope for great weather!
 
Linda and Merry
 

May 23rd Update - Registration is now closed. Over 130 yard sales are registered. I will  be ordering small signs for everyone and working on "THE LIST" this weekend.  If you didn't register in time, feel free to hold a sale that day. You just won't make the list but can benefit from the yard sale traffic in your neighborhood. 

May 21st Update - Wow!  115 houses registered. Neighbors are working together and even serving coffee in some locations. This turned out bigger than expected.  I'll be ordering signs this weekend and start to sort out all the locations to create "The Big List". I really hope it doesn't rain.

May 2nd Update - I've talked to most of the restaurants in town and they will be offering a "yard sale special" for the day. How cool is that!

April 16th Update - due to the popularity of the event, I have extended the ending time until 3:00PM on June 6th.. This will give shoppers more time to get around town. I've also asked those who register to indicate whether they are holding a multi-family yard sale.

April 14th - I’ve been wanting to organize a Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sale since I first heard the idea from my real estate friend Mark Fiedler who has been organizing neighborhood yard sales in the Albuquerque area for the past 12 years. I decided to take it a step further and ask the whole doggone town to join together and share the synergy of yard sales at multiple locations. Read carefully:  This is not a sale being held at one location in town. Anyone in Ledyard/Gales Ferry who wants to hold a yard sale at their own home on June 6th between 8AM and 3PM can sign on for free signs, publicity and fun! There is no limit to the number of folks who can join in but you must register by May 22nd to make our list which will be distributed throughout town.

The whole idea is pretty simple. You register for the event and then hold your own garage sale on June 6th. Merry Cassabria and I from REMAX Home Team will do the rest.  CLICK HERE to register online. I'll be updating information here as it becomes available.

 

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Ledyard Real Estate Update April Edition

2015-03-31 08.49.50Although snow is still possible, I'm hopeful that any snow is out of the forecast for now and buyers can start to warm up our real estate market.

Just as I reported last month, homes are selling but the selling prices are pretty dismal. Of the 34 single family residential homes sold in the first quarter of 2015, the average sold price is only $187,699. To compare, the first quarter of 2014 saw 47 closed sales averaging $209,000. Unfortunately, CT is not seeing the real estate recovery that is happening across the nation.

Expectedly, the price range that is most active in Ledyard right now are those homes listed under $200,000. Of the 24 homes currently pending only 7 were listed over $200,000. Inventory is currently at 97 listings which is slightly higher than a year ago.

P.S. If you would like to view homes anywhere in CT, CLICK HERE and sign on to my home search website. It is pretty revolutionary! You can like or dislike any photo, bookmark your favorite listings, and invite your family and friends to join you.

The average list price (asking price) of the 97 homes currently on the market is $274,574. There are currently 24 homes pending with an average list price of $203,054. There are an additional 13 homes listed as pending -"show for backup" with an average listed price of $235,884.

History of Ledyard Home Sales

34 home sales have been reported in Ledyard during 2015
with a median sold price of $178,750

Ledyard Real Estate Statistics -Last 180 Days

On April 5th, the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service shows a total of 83 contracts have closed in the last 180 Days with an average sold price of $209,834 (Median of $210,100). 

A total of 79  listings have expired in that same time period. This continues to be a large increase over previous months but sellers who haven't sold often take their homes off the market this time of year and hope for better results in the spring. Listings may expire for many reasons such as being priced too high,having been inadequately marketed, the property was in poor condition, or perhaps the owner had second thoughts about selling at this particular time. At this time of year, sellers often take their homes of the market due to the upcoming holidays.

Listings and sales reported by the members of the CT Multiple Listing Service, Inc and may not represent all sales. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

Photo above is of a coming soon listing on Inchcliffe Drive in Gales Ferry

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Happy Birthday Simply Ledyard!

Simply Ledyard is 10

This month I celebrate the 10th birthday of “Simply Ledyard”. Most of my readers here are local or former Ledyard residents. During that ten years we have been through the peaks and valleys of the Ledyard Real Estate Market, two hurricanes (Irene and Sandy), a few blizzards, job loses at Foxwoods and Pfizer, a new CVS (a really big deal for Ledyard), and some new restaurants. We’ve passed two referendums for building projects, a new police station and major school renovations. I’ve restructured my real estate business and in my spare time won a few local elections.

While all my real estate friends use the Word Press platform, I’ve stubbornly remained here at Type Pad. I moved “Simply Ledyard” to another blog platform for a couple years but found this place more like home and returned again in 2007.Someone with some clout in the Social Media world, once described “Simply Ledyard” as a “Sweet Little Blog.”  I plan to keep it that way.

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Looking for a home in New London County?

New London County homes for sale and new listings in February are lower than the 5 year average. This is good news for home sellers but lower inventory makes finding a home a bit more difficult. This decrease in inventory is most likely due to our snow packed winter. Today is the first day of spring and snow is in the forecast. Be ready for the spring rush if the weather suddenly warms up. It will happen eventually.  Happy spring!

 

3-20-2015 New London County Active Listings


New London County Real Estate Report

This report of Single Family Homes in New London County is generated by the 10th of each month with information from the previous month.  It includes new listings, pending and closed sales in New London County for the month of February.

What’s up and what’s down from a year ago?  Year to date (YTD) inventory is down about 8% from a year ago while the number of closed sales is down almost 10%.  Even more dramatic is that pending sales are down over 30% from a year ago. There is no question in my mind that weather has played a significant part in the decreases.

In the good news department, at least for sellers, prices are up in all measured areas. For a complete (and larger to read) report including condos and single families, click the graphic below.

3-16-2015 New London County Real Estate

These statistics are generated from a paid subscription to Market Trends Premium
Copyright 2015 Real Estate Business Intelligence, LLC. All riht Reserved. Data Source: 
CoreLogic, Statistics calculated March 07, 2015

 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Ledyard Photo Friday

The Town of Ledyard's website is going through a makeover and that includes the addition of a bunch of new photos. I asked the members of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook to  submit their Ledyard photos which may end up on the Town's website. I offered a sweet treat to the person who’s photo I liked best. Linda Taylor-Macrino submitted a number of photos including this one taken in Gales Ferry Village. It is my favorite because the forsythia reminded me that although it is in the 30’s as I write this, spring isn’t too far off.

Spring in Gales Ferry Village


The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook

Besides having a real estate business, teaching technology classes and chairing the Ledyard Town Council, I am also the administrator of the Ledyard Facebook Forum aka “The forum”.  The group was started in 2011 with about a dozen friends and has now mushroomed to almost 3000 members. I am always quick to point out that although I am the chairman of the council, the forum is not the “official” Town of Ledyard forum. The Town of Ledyard does have their own presence on Facebook.

The forum is a labor of love but can be very time consuming. It also requires me to make decisions which can be unpopular but are necessary in order to make members of the community want to remain and contribute. As a result of the technology I teach,  I follow and observe many community groups from around the country. I’ve seen what can happen to groups when they allow bad language, constant criticism and negativity. Generally only a handful of people contribute and the rest stop visiting.

The Ledyard  forum is 99.5% good. Several people, critical of my moderating style which includes strict rules, have left and some have even formed their own groups. For those looking for a group less moderated, having other options is a really good thing and benefits the forum.

I don’t feel I need to apologize for being positive about the forum or the Town of Ledyard. A community, whether a group on Facebook, or a town itself, is exactly what you make of it. How you view a community you belong to says as much about you as it does about the community.

Winter Header

 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.

Ledyard Real Estate Update

iStock_000000408485SmallAlthough snow would be more appropriate for a photo, I'm hoping that the warmer weather of the next few days will help melt the white stuff and the spring real estate market can officially get underway. I can tell from the activity on my home search website that buyers are actively looking. It may be online from their recliners but they are looking, viewing and bookmarking favorites and getting ready to jump into the market.

Snow continued to be the big story in February but despite the weather Ledyard managed to close on 17 residential homes and put 12 others on deposit. In the not such good news department  - of those 12 homes, 9 were priced under $200,000.

It is still very early to start looking for trends for 2015 but the average listed price of the 19 total homes currently pending is around $204,000. Since those will most likely close lower than the listed price, it appears our average sales price will be hovering around $200,000 during the first quarter,

Inventory is currently at 100 listings which is slightly higher than a year ago.

P.S. If you would like to view homes anywhere in CT, CLICK HERE and sign on to my home search website. It is pretty revolutionary! You can like or dislike any photo, bookmark your favorite listings, and invite your family and friends to join you.

3-8-2015 Ledyard Real Estate

The average list price (asking price) of the 100 homes currently on the market is $267,358. There are currently 19 homes pending with an average list price of $203,489. There are an additional 8 homes listed as pending -"show for backup" with an average listed price of $259,212.

History of Ledyard Home Sales 

29 Closed Sales Reported in Ledyard during 2015 with a median sales price of $177,000.

Ledyard Real Estate Statistics - Last 180 Days

On February 8th, the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service shows a total of 92 contracts have closed in the last 180 Days with an average sold price of $216,129 (Median of $210,700). 

A total of 90 listings have expired in that same time period. This continues to be a large increase over previous months but sellers who haven't sold often take their homes off the market this time of year and hope for better results in the spring. Listings may expire for many reasons such as being priced too high,having been inadequately marketed, the property was in poor condition, or perhaps the owner had second thoughts about selling at this particular time. At this time of year, sellers often take their homes of the market due to the upcoming holidays.

Listings and sales reported by the members of the CT Multiple Listing Service, Inc and may not represent all sales. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Ledyard Photo Friday - Make it stop

Ledyard Photo Friday is back!  Although I post photos on many different days, Friday is the day to feature one that sums up the best of Ledyard for the week. This one was posted by Melissa MacHutta Cliett on the Ledyard Forum on Facebook. I think it captures what we are all feeling here in Eastern CT  Besides being snow weary, I’m not sure what we would do with anymore of the white stuff as we are running out of places to put it and we haven’t had weather warm enough to start melting it.

For the record, I’ve measured over 55 inches on my back deck in Gales Ferry. 25 inches would be much more typical.

Stop Snowing in Ledyard