Realtors: Now’s the time to sell your home, even remotely


LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — There are a lot more people looking to buy homes than people selling them. So they say this is definitely a time that if you want to sell your home, you should do so.

In Ledyard, News 8 was at a home which sold in just three days. That’s what realtors say they’re seeing a lot now.

“This house was on the market for three days before we put it under deposit and it had multiple offers,” said realtor Carol Christiansen who owns RE/MAX Realty Group in Gales Ferry.

She says there are a lot more people looking to buy homes right now than sell them in southeastern Connecticut.

“We were about seven percent over asking price,” said Christiansen.

Some you win – like the one in Ledyard – and some you lose like a house another client bid on.

“We offered considerably above the asking price and I had to call them and tell them, unfortunately, they didn’t get the house,” said Christiansen who will take over as president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors next year.

She says she’s seeing some people from New York and Boston looking for second homes along the shoreline with much of them in Fairfield County, too.

“They want to get out of those crowded areas and get into Connecticut where we’re a little bit spread apart,” said Christiansen.

Those who already own a home here are keeping them.

“If they have second homes in Groton Long Point, Mumford Cove that area that we’re finding that they’re staying here,” said Christiansen.

During this time of social distancing, realtors say that those who are looking to buy a home are very serious buyers.

In fact, some folks like the ones who put the winning bid on the Ledyard house haven’t even gone there to look at it in person. They just viewed the pictures online and videos Christiansen sent them.

“I videotaped and I walked through each room as if I was them,” said Christiansen.

Some realtors are also reaching out to others or posting messages on Facebook in search of available homes.

“If you’ve got buyers that have a specific need when a new listing comes out you have had to jump on that right away because I have been seeing less than a week getting multiple offers now,” explained Christiansen.

The pandemic may have caused more caution when looking at a house but it may have also sparked more interest in what Connecticut has to offer.

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