Amazon Fresh? Yes, Yes, Yes!

So this isn’t exactly “house” or “real estate” related, but its something I was curious about myself, so I figured I would share my experience ordering from Amazon Fresh. Before ordering Fresh, I would go to the grocery like 3 times a week and always forget items, it was a PAIN. Also, since my schedule with Real Estate is so crazy, the only time I could go to the grocery was when I was with my kids. Needless to say, our cart was then full of “lunchables” and fruit snacks and whatever else they got their hands on in order to bribe them to behave! Enough was enough, and I decided to research other peoples’ experiences with Amazon Fresh. It seemed that depending on where you live, people had very different experiences ranging from “excellent” to “awful”!

I decided to take the plunge and order. My first order was small. Just a few pantry items and organic apples and pears and some lettuce and salad items to check out the quality. I was skeptical. I was able to pick a day and time of delivery. I ordered on a Thursday, and first available day and time was Sunday 7-10AM porch drop off. On Sunday, at 8AM my first delivery arrived. (VIA a Post Office Van for some reason?!)

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Amazon Fresh Delivery #1 On time!

I was pleasantly surprised! The items were packed carefully in a insulated bag with ice packs and packaging to keep it safe. The note on top says to leave these bags out with the next delivery and the driver will take them away. How easy is that?! My order was complete and very good quality, almost. They substituted cauliflower for lettuce. Hmmmmm, how can I make SALAD with cauliflower?! I wrote a quick email to Amazon expressing my concern, and was quickly given a $10 credit (more than the price of the lettuce). This was great, but, I was still left without lettuce – which meant a trip to the dreaded grocery store for some lettuce, lunchables and whatever other deplorable, sugary treat my kids threw a fit over!

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Items were packaged carefully and fruits and vegetables were fresh and really good!

So I ordered again the following week, same delivery time (you are suppose to be able to get next day delivery, but I guess that’s not available near me because its usually two days at least.) And the old bags were taken away and new items left. I got more adventurous this time and ordered chicken (for the hubs) and some more vegetables, all were excellent, as if I had picked them out myself. AND, I didn’t have to go to the grocery that week! It was amazing!

I am NOT a planner and I rarely know what is for dinner before I look in the pantry at 5PM…. but I have been meal planning for two weeks now because of Amazon, and only ordering what I have on my list. Let me tell you, not only are we spending less, but also I am not stressed at dinner time because I know I have all the items I need, because they were delivered to my door. Literally a game changer!! All in all, the $15 delivery fee and maybe paying a little more for some items is TOTALLY worth it for my sanity! I do NOT miss pushing my screaming, crying kids through the grocery store trying to play defense as they throw Lucky Charms and Oreos in the cart.

All in all, I am a big fan of Amazon Fresh!

Additional Tip- We have Amazon Echo, so when I’m running low on something I can ask “Alexa” to add it to my shopping list and then when I log on to order from Fresh, my list comes up to remind me what I need – that is AMAZINGLY helpful!

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“Alexa, add strawberries to my shopping list”

Pro’s – Easy, good quality items, saves a trip to the grocery

Con’s – $15/ month is charged for unlimited amount of deliveries, next day delivery was not available, Amazon will take liberty to “swap” out items that they don’t have available. Finally- I am high maintenance with my dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegetarian) and Amazon does not yet have many of the items I would want, but they have enough options for me to get by!

Newtown, CT Market Update January 2017

As we move into the thick of winter, its time to look forward to the Spring Market. If you are thinking of listing your home this Spring, now is the time to get it market ready with staging and minor touch ups to make your house shine. (ask me about the complimentary services I offer!)

Now is also a good time to look at market trends to see where the local market may be heading. While year over year, local housing VALUES are relatively flat, the Spring market is shaping up to be active. With talk of rising interest rates, buyers are sure to be more serious about purchasing this spring than in the previous years. In fact we are already seeing some upward trends in terms of properties sold. Property sales in December 2016 were 2.5 times GREATER than in December 2015 and almost double of that sold in November 2016!5-delta-ave-2

If you have any questions about the market or wonder what your house is worth, please give me a call, I would LOVE to help! And, as your neighbor, I am very in tune with the local market and the value of our wonderful community.

Flipping Newtown Episode 1

 

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“Before” Exterior Photo 

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“Before” Living Room

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“Before” Bathroom

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“Before” Kitchen

As a realtor, I LOVE houses and home renovations. There is nothing better than watching HGTV episodes of “Flip or Flop” or getting my “Fixer Upper” on with Joanna and Chip Gaines! These shows hit close to home, because its my every day experience as a realtor! So I figured it may be interesting to keep track of my own experiences as a Realtor as I work with clients and investors to make run-down homes happy again! For this first featured home, I worked months with my investor client Patrick Walker from the HomeWiz (Amazing contractor, who I will tell you about later) to close on this house in Newtown. It was a short sale, so the process took about twice as long as a normal home purchase (6 Months) and was a little more complicated, but luckily we had a good team working on this, and everything went pretty smoothly overall!! With a short sale, its SO important to have good communication between realtors, attorneys, lenders and clients, its really the only way to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. If you are looking to purchase a home through a short sale, be sure to choose your representation wisely! Purchasing a short sale can take a long time and sometimes feels like you are taking one step forward and three steps back  but can be totally worth it if you have the time and patience. In this instance the home had been on the market for quite a while, the price had dropped significantly and we were able to get it for a good price. Patrick was not able to do the typical inspections one would normally do when purchasing a home because there was no water (pipes likely are frozen) and the mechanicals would not run (no idea why!), therefore, stay tuned to see what happens as demo starts and the pipes unfreeze! EEKKKK! I will be back with an update shortly!

 

“REAL” Estate

I AM very excited to start this Real Estate Blog. I constantly think “is this real life” because I get to sell Real Estate for a living and while its not always easy, it IS ALWAYS interesting and different! I wanted to share some of my experiences and stories as I continue on my adventure in Real Estate, and show you the REAL aspects of my job, which like most things, are as not as they appear on TV! This blog will not only feature interesting experiences I have but also will feature cool renovations, informational articles and and really anything Real Estate related. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my life as a Real Estate agent!