Connecticut Real Estate Journal

This journal is dedicated to all things real estate. Stay informed about local market trends, get tips and valuable news on buying or selling your home, mortgage and financing news, local foreclosures and short sales, and much more!

If you have a particular subject of interest that you'd like to read about in our journal, please contact us and we'll do our best to oblige your request... happy reading!

 - Mike Gregor | Realtor®

Oct. 13, 2021

7 Home Decorating Ideas That Never Go Out Of Style

Home Decorating Ideas That Never Go Out Of Style

Many people believe that home decorating is a form of art. It's not just about picking out colors and furniture, there's also the style to take into account. And while everyone has their own personal taste, there are some trends that never go out of style such as color combinations, furniture shapes, and specific motifs. This article will explore 7 of these timeless trends in detail so you can revamp your living spaces with confidence this season!

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Posted in Buying Process
Oct. 13, 2021

5 Home Energy Saving Tips & Tricks

5 Energy Saving Tips

Does your monthly energy bill make your heart skip a beat? Do you want to do your part in helping the environment, but don't know where to start? There are plenty of easy ways that can help you save money and protect our planet. 

Here are five easy tips that will help cut down on wasted energy and save you money at the same time.

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Posted in Buying Process
Sept. 13, 2021

Moving To & Living in Torrington, CT: The Definitive Guide

Living In Torrington, CT

Incorporated in 1740 the city of Torrington was named after a town located in Devonshire, England. You can find Torrington nestled in the Litchfield Hills and is a prime example of a town that exudes the traditional and notable New England charm.

Whether you are visiting Torrington or just passing by, there are a lot of options when it comes to dining, recreation, and shopping. The downtown area is famous and is considered a cultural hub because of different theatres, conservatories, and art galleries.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Torrington has a variety of options that you can explore with many parks and outdoor spaces that offer hiking, biking, picnicking and fishing options. The town of Torrington also has a bustling business and commercial district that houses different businesses around town. 

With a population of just over 35,000 people, Torrington is located in Litchfield County in the Northwest Hills region. This city is considered a core city of Greater Torrington which is considered as one of the largest micropolitan areas in the country.

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Posted in Buying Process
Sept. 3, 2021

65 Cost Effective Ways To Increase Your Home Value

Cost Effective Improvements To Increase Home Value

Improving some small things around your house can increase the value by much more than you think and it doesn’t always have to cost a ton. There are plenty of ways you can change, fix or add things to your home to increase the final sale price. If you need to find a few ways to increase the value of your home without doing a complete overhaul then check out this list of 65 Ways to Improve Your Homes Value.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
June 24, 2021

A DIY Guide to Installing a Lawn Sprinkler System

DIY Guide to Installing a Lawn Sprinkler

Beautiful and green lawns are something all homeowners strive for. Making sure the grass in the yard gets all the nutrients it needs to be healthy which includes water is essential to having a healthy-looking lawn. A great way to ensure adequate water supply to the grass is by installing a lawn sprinkler system. Below is a great DIY guide to installing your own lawn sprinkler system. In addition to this helpful guide, are the needed tools and materials for a successful installation. 

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Posted in Around The Area
June 24, 2021

How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night

How To Host an Outdoor Movie Night

Want to throw a neighborhood party?

Looking for something fun to do on a warm summer evening when your friends come to town, but you don’t feel like getting dressed up and hitting the town?

Run out of ideas for a unique birthday celebration or date night?

Why not have an outdoor movie night? In this day and age, it’s easier than ever before.

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Posted in Around The Area
June 18, 2021

5 Houseplants Every Homeowner Needs

5 Houseplants Every Homeowner Needs

Houseplants can bring in a number of benefits to one's home such as purifying the home's air quality by removing harmful toxins. Many homeowners have a number of different house plants for reasons that include improving mental health and well-being. Some plants boost brain power while others purify the air.   

Here are 5 houseplants every homeowner needs:

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Posted in Buying Process
June 13, 2021

Revealed: The Top 5 Restaurants in Torrington

Top 5 Restaurants In Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut, named after a small market town in the north of Devon, England, is a small municipality and the only city located in Litchfield County. Full of history and culture, this charming New England town is bursting with amazing restaurants and dining options for anyone who has the pleasure of going there.

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Posted in Around The Area
June 7, 2021

Revealed: The Top 5 Restaurants in Simsbury

Top 5 Restaurants in Simsbury, CT

Simsbury is a town in Connecticut with a smaller population of about 23,000 people. This pretty town is located in the northern end of Farmington Valley and about a 20-25 minute drive to the nearby city of Hartford

Along with their many activities surrounding nature and state parks, are a plethora of restaurants located inside historical buildings. These restaurants offer tasty menu items and include authentic Italian food, Irish pubs, Pizzerias and more. Below are the top 5 restaurants to be enjoyed in Simsbury, Connecticut.

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Posted in Around The Area
June 4, 2021

The 10 Best Places To Live In Hartford County, Connecticut

10 Best Places to Live in Hartford County, CT

Hartford County may be full of historic architecture and might be one of the oldest big cities in America, but there is a surprising amount of excitement that comes with living in the area. With the fantastic location in the Connecticut River Valley, the County has so much to offer and some hidden gems that not many people beyond residents are aware of. Home to historical figures like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, there's ample history to take in when you're here. Hartford County is now a hub for business opportunities, amazing amenities, endless entertainment, and so much natural beauty to explore. If you love the outdoors, Hartford County is a must-see place. 

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