Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardLittle Bites of Ledyard is a compilation of Ledyard news, events and items of interest in the Ledyard Community. Not enough for a blog post but just a bite!

ATTENTION all Community Organizations and Non profit groups based in Ledyard and Gales Ferry:  The Ledyard Farmers Market will be hosting a Community Night on Wednesday, Sept. 14 during regular Market hours, 4PM-6:30PM. If your group would like to be included, go HERE and click on the Community Organizations link. Click on the link for the application, print out and mail to Ledyard Farmers Market Assoc. PO Box 334, Ledyard, CT 06339. Deadline for application submission is August 24. There is no cost to organizations.

Speaking of the Ledyard Farmers Market, Munchies will be back tomorrow as well as some old and new friends. You can read it all HERE.

Before you ask, “What is that low flying helicopter?” Eversource is conducting an aerial patrol of vegetation on transmission lines throughout the state. Ledyard is one of the towns being patrolled.
DATES INCLUDED: August 17, 2016 through August 26, 2016

DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue & Gray Helicopter, Tail # N1431W & Blue & White Helicopter, Tail ‪#‎N411DD‬.
FLIGHT TIMES: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.
CONTACT INFO: Contact Matthew Colebrook at 860-368-9795 or Matthew.Colebrook@eversource.com

There are plenty of ways to help the Ledyard Food Pantry including donating clean and unoened toiletry items from hotels.  We make cute little gift baskets with them! You can drop yours off at the food pantry which is opened Tues, Thurs, Sat 9-11 and Thurs 5-7. Or at the donation box in the hallway at Gales Ferry Landing behind CVS.


Ledyard Real Estate Update - Are we FINALLY turning the corner?

8 Birch RosesHowdy neighbors!
These lovely roses are from our upcoming listing in the Sablewoods Subdivision in Ledyard. This special home will be on the market during the first week of September and I wanted to be sure to have a photo of these beauties since September will bring a new season and new colors to the magnificent yard! Call me if you are looking for a home in this area.

Last month I asked the question, could Ledyard prices be increasing soon?  My answer this month is I think we may be seeing a very positive trend in that direction. No, not a return to 2005 prices but perhaps a solid increase over last year. Our pending sales report appears to offer a precursor to good news. While the number of pending sales has dropped to 31 from a high of 40 in May,  the 15 pending sales reported in July had a median price of $269,900. Yes, this could be the good news sellers have been waiting for. 

While our summer market is traditionally slower than spring, there will still be buyers in every season. August is always a slow month but September and October typically bounce back stronger.

Real Estate News

Although the "experts" keep talking about interest rates rising this year, Interest rates are once again near all time lows. You can even find 15 year rates under 3%. If you are looking to buy or refinance, now would be a good time to jump in.

On the Market

Inventory stayed about the same this month (good news for sellers). There are currently 115 single family homes on the market. The median list price is $284,000. There were 25 new listings reported in July, seven were new construction homes in the Via Verde Subdivision off RT 214 in Ledyard. We are very close to a balanced market which would indicate that prices should start rising. You can see in the chart below, we are a long way from our peak, this is extremely good news for a change. 

Current Pending Sales

Pending sales exhibit the best news as far as home prices! There are currently 31 pending listings with a median list price of $275,900!! There were 15 new pending listings in June with a median list price of $269.900. These are the highest reported pending prices for the year!

There are currently 17 pending but "Show for Backup" with a median list price of $219,900. Homes are often listed as "Show for Backup" when there may be a concern about contract contingencies including financing. 

Closed Sales

There are currently 139 closed sales in Ledyard with a median sales price of $196,000. There were 25 closed listings in July. 

While it is useful to follow month by month, a 6 month trend is a better indicator of market conditions. The median price of the 125 homes that have closed in the past 6 months is $196,500. Although this has not reached our 2015 median closed price, this number should begin trending up as a result of higher closed sale prices. (Note pending report.)

 

The median price of the 125 homes that have sold in the past 6 months is $196,500

1 - 2015 Ledyard Home Sales

Data to Consider

This LINK will take you to New London County Market Statistics by Town, including Ledyard as prepared by the Eastern CT Association of Realtors using sales reported by the members of the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service. 

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.

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


The Rule of 3 in Real Estate

Rule of 3In the book Home Staging by Barb Schwarz, Barb recommends using The Rule of Three.  She says that three items are pleasing to the eye and suggests grouping three items on a coffee table, three pictures on a wall or three candles on a mantle.  Remove extra magazines, pillows, clocks and that collection of elephants.  Ok I made up the part about the elephants but you get the point.  I once received this feedback from an agent on one of my listings - "Did you know that the seller has 37 stuffed bears in the family room?"  Needless to say the buyer didn't buy the house.  I believe a grouping of three bears would have been better! 

I am a firm believer in the Rule of 3 when your home is on the market. Personal “stuff” is very distracting to home buyers and really can spoil a lovely interior photo of your home. As I’ve said many times here, a buyer’s first showing of your home happens when they view your photos on the internet. Make your photos count!


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardLittle Bites of Ledyard is a compilation of Ledyard news, events and items of interest in the Ledyard Community. Not enough for a blog post but just a bite!

Ledyard Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program - The Town of Ledyard has received funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and has established a town-wide housing rehabilitation loan program. You will find details on the Town’s website. For more information contact the Town Planner at 80-464-3215

The Ledyard Food Pantry has created an Amazon Wish List for those that would like to make donations from the comfort of their living room.  The response so far has been excellent! The Ledyard Food Pantry is opened Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11AM plus one evening a week, Thursday 5-7 PM).

Speaking of the Ledyard Food Pantry, Emily and Mia bake their own treats for cats, dogs and horses. This week Chef Emily of Flipin’ Good Treats delivered some of their creations to the Ledyard Food Pantry. Due to silly rules, they can't sell them directly at this time, but please consider making a donation! You will find them at their darling Facebook Page.

Flippin good treats


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of Ledyard
Gypsy Moths are on the agenda of tonight’s Ledyard Town Council Meeting along with recycling  and a town beautification committee. The meeting starts  at 7:00Ppm in the Town Hall Annex. Members of the public are invited to speak at the beginning of the meeting.  You can watch the meeting live HERE or the meetings are broadcast on 96 on Comcast Cable and 670 on Thames Valley Communications  every day at 4 pm and 8:30 pm.

Bands are still needed for Battle of the Bands. This is a fundraiser for Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation (LEAF), co-sponsored by LEAF, Ledyard Parks & Recreation and Ledyard Police Union. Date for Battle of the Bands will be Monday, August 8, 2016 (rain date August 15, 2016) at 6:30 pm at Holdridge Pavilion (by Ledyard Center School). Cash prize for best band is $600. If your band is interested in participating, please contact Naomi Rodriguez at (860) 464-2003, naocry@comcast.net or Don Grise at (860) 464-9112, don@ledyardrec.org.

An update from the Ledyard Farmers Market:  "New faces will be at the Market this week.  Well, one new and one we haven't seen for awhile. Standish Brook Farm is the new face, and they will be on hand with lots of goodies like cupcakes and pies. Let's give them a nice Ledyard welcome. As for who we haven't seen for awhile? It's none other than Uncle D's Blazin' BBQ!" You will find the rest of the Market news HERE.

 

 


Ledyard Food Pantry Update

Food Pantry visits go up in the summer just as donations go in the opposite direction. The Ledyard community is trying to buck that trend this summer.  Last week I reported on the donations arriving from the Ledyard Parks and Recreation Playgrounds. On Saturday, the Cub Scouts from Pack 12 in Gales Ferry held a food drive in front of Ledyard Village Market and handed out a list of the pantry’s most needed items as shoppers entered the market. Who could resist these charming youngsters dressed in their uniforms in 95 degree weather? In just 3 hours, they filled their pick up truck with the most needed food pantry items and in the process  helped many families in the Ledyard community this summer.

In the meantime, to make it easier for donors to shop, the  Ledyard Pantry created an Amazon Wish List and donations are arriving daily via UPS,  Fed Ex and the Postal Service. If you would like to donate to the pantry from your couch, visit the Ledyard Food Pantry Amazon Wish List.

Thank you the Cub Scouts from Pack 12 and to all those that donated whether in person or from your couch!

Cub Scouts Gales FerryCub Scouts 2 Gales Ferry

The Ledyard Food Pantry was dedicated on November 22, 2015.  On that day, the responsibility of distributing food to those in need in our community,  changed hands from town government to volunteers organized by the Ledyard Congregational Church. I am a firm proponent of the private sector including faith based groups taking on the role of feeding the hungry. I am convinced they do a better job in general with more compassion. The Ledyard Food Pantry is opened Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11AM plus one evening a week, Thursday 5-7 PM).


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardCub Scout Pack 12 Gales Ferry will be holding a food drive for the Ledyard Pantry in front of Ledyard Village Market on July 23rd from 9am-1PM. As I mentioned in a previous post,  the use of food pantries increase during the summer and the number of donations decrease. These mini-drives will keep the pantry stocked until the big “Scouting for Food” drive in November.

Want to see hundreds of vintage classic cars? Want to win some great raffle prizes? Saturday July 23 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Ledyard Fairgrounds. Over 250 show cars are expected at this Community Event. * Free Parking for Spectators * Great Food& Beverages *Live Music DJ * Tea Cup Raffle Prizes *Check Out the Prize Table *Free Admission *50/50 Raffle Drawing *More Trophies
*Covered Pavilion with Seating All proceeds fund the Ledyard Rotary Community Service. Scholarships & Ledyard Rotary Foundation. In the event of a Rain-Out on 7/23 , this Cruise will be held Saturday 7/30. For more information go to http://www.ledyardrotary.org/ or call 860-460-2287

ATTENTION all Community Organizations and Non profit groups based in Ledyard and Gales Ferry: The Ledyard Farmers Market will be hosting a Community Night on Wednesday, Sept. 14 during the Ledyard Farmers Market hours, 4PM-6:30PM. If your group would like to be included, go to The Ledyard Farmers Market Website and click on the Community Organizations link. Click on the link for the application, print out and mail to Ledyard Farmers Market Assoc. PO Box 334, Ledyard, CT 06339. Deadline for application submission is August 24.

Bands needed for Battle of the Bands. This is a fundraiser for Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation (LEAF), co-sponsored by LEAF, Ledyard Parks & Recreation and Ledyard Police Union. Date for Battle of the Bands will be Monday, August 8, 2016 (rain date August 15, 2016) at 6:30 pm at Holdridge Pavilion (by Ledyard Center School). Cash prize for best band is $600. If your band is interested in participating, please contact Naomi Rodriguez at (860) 464-2003, naocry@comcast.net or Don Grise at (860) 464-9112, don@ledyardrec.org.


From the Ledyard Farmers Market

LogoIt was nice of the weather to cooperate last week and give us a break from the heat. It turned out to be a wonderful day at the Market. There will be lots or fresh eggs and locally ground cornmeal this week. Can you guess which vendor will be there with these goodies? Glad to see you back, Davis Farms.

 

Hidden Brook Gardens has had some beautiful pattypan squash recently. Here is a recipe that will make good use of them.

Have you tried cornmeal pancakes? How about covered with raspberry syrup? You can pick up all of the main ingredients you need from Davis Farms and Upper Pond Farm to make this middle of the week supper.

The market is held every Wednesday on the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center on RT 117.  If you are a Facebook Member, the links below will take you to the vendor Facebook Pages. Click on the links and give them a "like". Their pages are a great place to read market updates.


Stonewall Apiary, LLC
Connecticut Gourmet

Secchiaroli Farm
18th Century Purity Farm
Marks’ Woodworks
Anastasia’s Coffee
Davis Farms
Dragon’s Blood Elixir
Meadow Stone Farm
Breads ‘N’ Cookies
Sweet Country Roads, LLC
Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC
Shepherd’s Harvest
Bluebird Garden Design
Zest Fresh Pastry, LLC
Upper Pond Farm 

Rolling Tomato will be there for dinner to carry out or eat at the Market at on of the many picnic tables under the Holdridge Pavilion.

And this week special guest vendors:

Preston Ridge Vineyard
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
Thames River Quilt Guild
Biittersweet Gardens
 

New London County Real Estate Update

This report of Single Family Home Sales 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 June.  What’s up and what's down from a year ago? The good news is that the number of closed sales Year to Date (YTD)  in New London County is up 22% from a year ago.  The number of new pending sales Year to Date is  up 9%  for that same period. The number of active listings (2150) is down from a year ago and up slightly from May. Please note that statistics will vary from town to town.

For a complete (and easier to read) New London County Real Estate report including condos and single families click on the photo below. 

  New London County Homes Sales June 2016

 

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Data Source: CoreLogic. Statistics calculated March 7, 2016.

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 Food Pantry

I recently read that the use of food pantries increases during the summer while at the same time donations go down.  That is quite evident at the Ledyard Food Pantry.  The two biggest food drives in Ledyard are held in November (Scouting for Food) and May (Stamp Out Food) and with those behind us, many of the pantries most popular items are dwindling. That's why the Ledyard Parks & Recreation Playground food drives are welcome news. On Thursday, the first of the food drive donations were delivered, boxes and boxes of Mac & Cheese from the appropriately dressed in orange, Ledyard Center Colonels. Ironically, and purely a coincidence,  Thursday, July 14th is known as National Macaroni and Cheese Day.

The other 2 playground locations are in the process of collecting snacks and pasta meals like the ever popular Spaghettios. Residents often ask me what items are most needed at the pantry. As a result, I keep a list I can access anytime from my iPhone or iPad. Here is my current list which I update regularly based on needs:

Peanut Butter and Jelly (especially grape), Pancake mix and Syrup, Salad dressing and fixings' like Croutons and Olives, Canned tomato products, Baking needs including Cake Mixes and Frosting,  Boxed and canned pasta meals, Canned meat like Ham and Spam, Condiments including Mayo, Instant Potatoes, and Spices. The pantry is always low on snacks!

The Ledyard Food Pantry was dedicated on November 22, 2015.  On that day, the responsibility of distributing food to those in need in our community,  changed hands from town government to volunteers organized by the Ledyard Congregational Church. I am a firm proponent of the private sector including faith based groups taking on the role of feeding the hungry. I am convinced they do a better job in general with more compassion. The Ledyard Food Pantry is opened Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11AM plus one evening a week, Thursday 5-7 PM).

Ledyard Parks and Recs