December News From My Desk to Your Door
Happy Holidays! And welcome to this special Holiday themed newsletter full of lots of fun ideas and ways to make the most of this festive season. A season to spend time together with loved ones and embrace the joy of shared experiences. And a very special time to pass on family traditions and make lasting memories. We are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the country a true winter wonderland. Take advantage of this time to get outside with your loved ones and soak in all the adventures this special time of year has to offer. Let’s all make an effort this holiday season to relax, disconnect from technology for a bit and appreciate and enjoy our families, friends, and special people in our lives. Before we know it, 2023 will be here and we will all be back to hustling and bustling. I wish you a very special and happy holiday season full of joy and hope and great prosperity for the New Year.
Happiest of holidays to you and yours,
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December Notes and Newsworthy
– Such a special way to kick off the start of Hanukkah. Find out where to celebrate with your loved ones.
The Best Hanukkah Recipes
for the Festival of Lights. Invite the kids and have the whole family help out with the cooking! Gathering in the kitchen is a wonderful together time and where so many lasting memories are made.
– Have you been Naughty or Nice? I think Nice! Take the kids and grandkids for that special chat with Santa.
– Here’s a list of Kwanza Celebrations in the area. Such a fabulous experience for all.
From the North Pole Express to holiday festivals and carnivals, there are so many great Holiday Events to enjoy in our area!
December Community Events
December Area People and Places
– Still have that difficult person to buy for? The 203 is Connecticut’s local lifestyle brand and is offering special holiday deals right now. Celebrate the season Connecticut-style and check off your gift-giving list!
– Looking for a fun new spot to gather with friends and family this holiday season? Casa Me, a new Westport restaurant, specializing in authentic Italian vacation food has opened up in Sconset Square right in time for fun holiday festivities.
And, if one new downtown Westport restaurant isn’t enough, Mexicue
has also recently opened at 38 Main Street. Mexican food lovers rejoice! Enjoy a remix of the classics, Seasonal Specials, and Happy hour every day from opening to 6 pm.
December Market Watch
December Market Stats
As we approach the end of the year, we want to give you a look at our stats for both the past year and the past going back to 2004. We all know that the market fluctuates and that we’ve been on an upswing in prices since COVID. This past year is no exception, prices for single-family homes in Westport increased by 29.9% over last year. The big question is: Will this increase continue? My experience and my reasoning tell me that the increase in prices will continue but given the decrease in the number of sales and the increase in the supply, the increases will not be as dramatic. We still have buyers relocating here. They have opportunities to work remotely. They want a less citified environment because they value our schools, our cultural amenities, and our lifestyles. However, as COVID becomes the new normal and as demand decreases, the likelihood of prices decreasing is very real. If you are considering selling, you may consider the advantages of selling now versus waiting for the spring market. Please have a look at our latest Westport Market Trend and contact me with any questions or comments. It is important to remember that each market is local – your neighborhood is different from another and that there are many factors influencing the market. Let’s discuss your market and your neighborhood trends.
For more market info over the last 30 days, click here
For more market info over the last 30 days, click here
Look for my monthly email providing you with the latest Westport and Fairfield County Market Area Reports!
December New Construction
I can’t quite believe that we haven’t had any more than a dusting of snow yet and it is December! I mention this only because five feet of snow or even ten+ feet like what recently fell on Buffalo are no deterrents to proceeding ahead with new construction. Fortunately, I am a planner. If you are considering building, I can help you with a plan. I’ve reviewed thousands of house plans, but I’ve also reviewed thousands of marketing plans. I know how to evaluate and position your current property on the market to sell, and I also how to find and buy a new property for building your next home. We can spend the next couple of months planning. And, we can start with what you want and need and would like to have in a new house. We can evaluate what you have now. And, we can plan a house that meets your dreams. We can be busy this snow season getting ready for your family’s move next year. Plan your dreams. Let it snow!
December Final Thoughts
As we close out the year, I am so very thankful for all of you and I am wishing you and your families a magical holiday season together. Here are some special highlights from some of my recent family celebrations so far this season.
Here is a fun video
of some of my family’s special moments from Thanksgiving Week.
We also had the most fabulous time celebrating my Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. I am so proud of him!
This time of year lets me reflect on how appreciative of what I do and the people I live and work with. And, I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my family and celebrating how wonderful life is. I truly wish you and yours the best Holiday Season ever and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
And, if you are thinking of selling your home, or buying/building a new one this holiday season, contact
me today! I am always ready and happy to help you with all of your real estate needs. I value excellent service and efficiency in meeting my client’s every need. And, I am excited and ready to help YOU!! Call, text, or email me
today! I have the real hard facts for really smart moves!