Karla Murtaugh of Neumann Real Estate is Ridgefield’s only Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist for five years running

Karla Murtaugh of Neumann Real Estate joined more than 250 agents at the invitation-only, Fall 2018 Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist Conference held at Christie’s flagship auction house at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The annual conference is designed to further affiliated agents’ knowledge in the important luxury asset classes of art, jewelry and, of course, real estate, in order to better serve their valued clients.

Speakers included top producers in real estate sharing the secrets of their success, Christie’s specialists with insights into how to elevate client service through the auction house, and an economist providing a look at what 2019 might hold. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees were designated as a “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” by Christie’s Education. Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and a global brand synonymous with luxury for over 250 years.

“This conference is invaluable as it gives both a high-level overview of the luxury industry, while providing concrete information and resources that benefit buyers and sellers at all price points,” said Karla Murtaugh. “Unparalleled market knowledge, exceptional marketing and top-notch customer service are my hallmarks; buyers and sellers expect you to have an understanding of not only the local real estate market, but of national and global influences as well, and Christie’s provides that.”

Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, said: “One of the hallmarks of the Christie’s brand is exemplary client care. This conference provides network agents the opportunity to better understand and leverage Christie’s full spectrum of expertise in art, luxury goods, and real estate. The agents who attend are proven experts in their local markets, motivated to pursue continuing education in the luxury market and well-deserving of being designated a Luxury Specialist.

About Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the world for more than 30 years. Through its New York City brokerage and invitation-only Affiliate network spanning 49 countries, Christie’s International Real Estate offers incomparable services to a global clientele at the luxury end of the residential property market. The company has offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and its affiliated brokerages have recorded approximately US$500 billion of real estate transactions over the last five years. (Data as of June 30, 2018). For additional information, please visit www.christiesrealestate.com.


Tips to Keep Your Home Safe During The Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year and we all love spending time with friends and family.  But being away from home has it’s risks.  Here are a few tips to keep your home safe during the holidays.

Be neighborly.
Nothing is better than having a friend or neighbor check in on the house for you. Be sure to ask them to bring in the mail, shovel the walkway and bring in any packages. If you have pets, consider paying a pet-sitter to stay at the house during your absence. Make sure whoever is helping you out has a copy of your itinerary and emergency contact information in case something comes up. And if you know of a neighbor who is leaving town, offer to check on things for them while they are away.

Be cautious on social media.

The holidays provide countless opportunities to share updates, photos and stories with your social media followers. Unfortunately, your friends and family aren’t the only ones with Facebook and Instagram profiles. Burglars are using social media to find potential targets, so save the sharing for after you return home from your trip.

Keep the lights on.

Electronic timers are a cheap, but effective deterrent to thieves. Leaving a few lights on while you’re away to make it look like someone is home is usually a good idea, and having them turn on and off according to a programmed schedule is even better. It’s also a good idea to unplug any other appliances that won’t be in use while you’re gone to reduce the risk of any accidental fires due to faulty wiring or overheating bulbs.

Beware of freezing pipes.

We live in a cold climate, so enlist the help of that neighbor we discussed above to turn on the faucets periodically while you are away. If the water comes out in a trickle or not at all, have them call you immediately to have a plumber take a look. If you are going to leave your home vacant for months at a time, invest in “winterizing” the home. This will alleviate the headache of having a pipe freeze while you’re away – or even worse, burst – causing an unseemly amount of damage.

The holidays are a time to celebrate and relax with loved ones, so don’t spend the season worrying about your home. With some simple precautions in place, your property will be set up for safety, and you can spend your holiday season focusing on what really matters.

Adapted from How To Keep Your Property Safe on RIS Media

See You At The Turkey Trot!

It’s that time of year again – the Holiday’s are almost in full swing as we start running around decking halls, cooking meals and buying presents for our family and friends. It’s also a time for giving back to our community.

For me, philanthropy has always been an important part of my business as evidenced by my long-time support of the Boys & Girl’s Club of Ridgefield and other causes. And this year is no exception!

Hot off the heels of the Game Show Gala, Karla Murtaugh Homes is sponsoring the 37th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot and Fun Run, which draws nearly 3,500 runners and spectators to Ridgefield and is all set to go Thanksgiving morning at 8:00am. Registration is still open if you’d like to join us, and just think how much more food you can enjoy later in the day if you work out first thing in the morning?!

The Boys & Girl’s Club of Ridgefield is truly a gem located right in our own back yard. Among 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, our Club was selected to receive the National Merit Award for Program Excellence in the core area of Health and Life Skills at the 112th National Conference held earlier in the year. The club also received accolades for its Tiger’s Paw Torch Club, which won two of the five national awards given to the middle school level programs this year; best national project for its “Linking Hearts and Hands” program, and also the “Service to Club and Community” award for its “We Are the Change,” penny-wars type fund-raiser that the entire club participated in.

I’m so proud to serve on the Club’s Board of Directors and support an organization that does so much for the youth of our community. Come join me and say hi on Thanksgiving morning as we celebrate the Giving Season.

Ridgefield Market Report October 2018

October 2018 showed prices holding steady as compared to 2017, but there was a decrease in the number of properties sold.  The month ended with the number of closed sales at 18 properties compared to 28 last year, which is disappointing. However, many more properties opened Escrow in October 2018 than 2017, reflecting anecdotally what we saw as a busy start to the fall market. The median sales price was up 6.6% over last year at this time, and was on par year-to-date.  Inventory is at a record low and overall the number of properties entering the market is lower compared to 2017.

To see an overview of how October looked, you can click for a snapshot of the market.

The number of closed sales was down compared to the same time last year with 18 properties selling in October 2018 as compared to 28 in 2017. In YTD sales are down 13.6% vs 2017 with 280 properties selling as compared to 324. The Median Sales Price increased to $670,000 compared with $628,750 in October 2017, while the YTD median sales price was equal to the same time last year.

The number of properties that opened escrow was way above the same time last year with 49 properties going under deposit in October as compared to 28 last year. That is a 75% increase. With regard to the year-to-date deposits, there are 314 as compared to 317 by this time last year.

The months of inventory is almost half of last year with old 6.2 months of inventory available compared to 11.8 last year. The number of new properties entering the market is still cause for concern with only 48 new properties listing this past month. The average days on market decreased slightly over October 2017 with homes spending an average 106 days instead of 149 on the market before selling. Year to date, the average days on market time is sitting at 129 days, as compared to 169 days last year.

Click here to see a price breakdown of the Ridgefield Real Estate Market.

Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs, or for my complimentary Comparative Market Analysis to find out what your home’s worth in today’s market.

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October Market Snapshot

KMM Oct 2018