What to Expect from Home Inspections

Recently I reviewed an inspection report for a client that included a check “yes” by washer and dryer where none existed. It made me wonder how carefully the client had looked at this document. Inspection reports are usually a necessary part of the selling and purchasing process, but what do they really tell you? How can […]

2020-08-03T12:26:03-04:00July 29th, 2020|

Investing In Your Backyard

This year especially, the place to enjoy eating or hanging out with friends is outside your own home on a deck or patio with plenty of social distance. Do decks and patios add value to your home when you rent or sell? How much do they cost? What’s their history? What should you think about […]

2020-07-14T12:04:00-04:00June 29th, 2020|

COVID-19 Impact

As I write this article in mid May, restrictions on real estate agents in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to physically show properties to potential buyers remain in force. Residents are still under distancing, masking and quarantine orders, busy village streets are empty, bars are closed, groceries are delivered. Everyone is wondering how long this […]

2020-06-10T15:06:43-04:00June 2nd, 2020|

Still Standing

Ever since dining at the Gandy Dancer restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan’s train station and then visiting small town stations while running a travelling educational art program, the buildings beside the track have intrigued me. It seemed natural to think about this topic again for Main Street’s transportation issue.

Rail lines have been ripped up and […]

2020-04-27T11:10:11-04:00April 25th, 2020|

Money does grow on trees

For every month’s real estate feature I try to find a topic that I want to learn more about whether it’s flood maps, taxes, or real estate markets. This month’s inspiration came from my experience as a real estate agent when a buyer was advised to have a 100-year-old maple tree removed before buying a […]

2020-03-25T21:41:01-04:00March 25th, 2020|

Housing for the Birds

Reflecting on a subject for an article dealing with real estate and animals, I realized that the same considerations humans have when selecting a home are also true in the avian world – security, construction, location, room layout, finishes, etc. The realtors’ view that there is always the right client for a house applies to […]

2020-03-03T11:20:53-05:00February 29th, 2020|

Buying and Selling Inns and Bed & Breakfast

Hasn’t everyone thought of running a countryside inn or a bed & breakfast? How you would transform a historic building with your own chic style, visit with interesting guests, and serve elegant breakfasts? I wondered if this was ever more than a fleeting daydream and whether it could make economic sense. I decided to investigate […]

2020-02-12T10:06:29-05:00February 1st, 2020|


What should a buyer look for in terms of return on investment? Is there any kind of multiplier that you aware of – like x times revenue, x times some measure of income?

While a prescribed return on a business, calculated on a desirable CAP Rate based on the Net Operating Income,is optimal – in my opinion, […]

2020-02-10T13:36:25-05:00February 1st, 2020|

45 Years in Real Estate

There are many real estate offices that dot our region. But have you ever thought about what it takes to not just start, but to also run a real estate firm? This month we caught up with David Bain of Bain Real Estate, based out of Kent and Sharon, CT.

When did you start your real estate […]

2020-01-28T14:19:04-05:00December 9th, 2019|

Real estate in the Town of Sharon, Connecticut

Unchanging Sharon, the long view. Real estate in the Town of Sharon, Connecticut

Main Street published our first and only to date article about the Sharon, CT, real estate market exactly six years ago in 2013 just as home prices everywhere were making an unsteady recovery. We look way back to 2003 to see what had […]

2020-01-28T14:42:01-05:00August 12th, 2019|
Go to Top