Heather Fitzgerald | North Haven Real Estate, East Haven Real Estate, Branford Real Estate

This listing recently sold for $270,000.

151 Maple Avenue, North Haven, CT 06473  

Sale Price
Total Rooms
Full/Half Baths
Amazing new price for this sparkling colonial! This charming home features 3 bedrooms and 1 and 1/2 bathrooms. The kitchen is accented with beautiful cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar opening into the dining room with a built in china cabinet. Spacious living room with a fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors, plus an additional room perfect for an office, playroom or den. Also on the main level is an oversized guest bathroom. All 3 bedrooms have hardwood floors and glass door knobs. The full bathroom is updated and freshly painted. All of the above with an added 400 sq ft finished lower level, 1 car garage and an amazing fenced yard with a stamped concrete patio and an irrigation system. Walk to the schools, basketball court, sports complex and more. All that's missing is you.

When you decide that you want to buy a home, you probably hope it will all happen overnight for you. There’s some bad news though. It can take between 6 weeks and 6 months to buy a home! It could take even longer if you face a few roadblocks or inventory happens to be low in your area. There’s so many variables when it comes to getting a place to live that everyone has a different experience during their home buying process. 

A Long Road

Even if you decide to buy a home today, and find a home you love tomorrow, there’s a bit of a “grace” period before you actually get to own the home. There’s many different steps that you’ll need to complete in order to successfully secure a home.  


The first step that you need to complete when you want to buy a home is that of getting pre-approved. The lender will look at your debts, income, and credit history in order to get a complete financial snapshot of you. With this information, the lender will be able to tell you just how much house you can afford. This will be given to you in the form of a maximum loan amount. If your loan amount is $300,000, you can’t be shopping for $400,000 homes. The pre-approval process generally only takes a few days, but everyone’s circumstances are different.

Get An Agent

Before you even start on the house search, you’ll need to find a real estate agent who can help you on your home search and knows how to secure the home transaction. Do a little research on agents in your area. You can also ask around amongst your family and fiends to see if they have recommendations. Who you pick for your agent can have an impact on how smooth your home search process and transaction will be. 

Start Searching For A Home

Start your home search online. With today’s technology, online home searches save those shopping for a home a lot of time. By simply looking at details and listing descriptions, you can narrow down the number of homes you‘d like to see in person. The online home search is a way to screen homes and eliminate the ones that you have no interest in. 

It never hurts if you are driving around and see a “for sale” sign. You can take down the address and look it up later. If you’re interested, you can always set up an in-person showing with your realtor.               

How Much Time Should You Expect To Spend? 

When it comes to how long you’ll be searching for a home, you’ll need to be realistic. If you’re only doing casual weekend searches, it could take a bit more time than if you have a bit more flexibility in your schedule. Then, you have the final steps to look forward to which include:

  • Negotiations
  • Mortgage underwriting
  • Escrow
  • Closing

All of these final steps can take varying amounts of time from a few weeks to a few months to complete. Patience and diligence are indeed requirements when it comes to buying a home.

55 Thompson Street, East Haven, CT 06513  

Total Rooms
One level living at it's finest! Privately located 1st floor, end unit ranch! Spacious open floor plan. Eat-in Kitchen with 5 burner gas oven and ceramic tile floor. Master bedroom with double closets. Updated bathroom with new vanity and ceramic tile floor. Laundry room/storage room. Very well maintained! Move right in! Walk to shopping, restaurants, park and more!

The entryway to your home is probably quite small, but you can make the most of your space by pinning down what you really need there. Below, you’ll find some items that you should try and keep around the entry of your home for both design appeal and organization purposes. 

A Place For Coats

When guests come to visit, it’s welcoming for you to be able to offer them a place to hang their coats, rather than throwing them into a bedroom or on a chair. You can place coatracks on a wall for easy hanging, giving everyone open access to their coats when they need them. You can even place a coat rack along a stairway hall. This way everything from coats to bags to hats will all be in one place.     


Having a weather-resistant rug available in the entryway of your home can help to keep dirt and grime off of the floor. 


Every entryway needs some type of storage for items like extra coats, shoes, umbrellas, even bags. You can use an inexpensive shelving system or go as fancy as using a dresser or armoire.


It’s important to have some kind of seating near the entryway of your home. This way, you’ll have a place to sit down and put on shoes. Seating will also help make the entryway more comfortable. Make sure that the seating allows for a casual feel to add to the warmth of the welcome.

Flowers And Plants

Using flowers and plants in the entryway of your home gives guests that welcoming pop of color that will brighten their day. It’s one of the first things that guests will see when they walk up to the front door of your home, so you’ll want to make a good first impression. Shoot for year-round plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance and can be kept up easily no matter what the season.    

Good Lighting

Once you enter your home in the evening hours, one of the first things you want to do is turn on a light. This is one of the best features for your home to have safety and security when you enter and exit the house. You can choose any kind of light fixture that you want to accent your home in order to bring out the beauty. The only requirement is that you should make sure a light switch is always within an arm’s reach.

Make It Your Own

The most important thing that you can do for your entryway is to make it your own. You can add any kind of accents and features that you choose. The entryway is the first impression that people will get of your home, so make it count!

This listing recently sold for $240,000.

8 Boxford Street, East Haven, CT 06512  

Sale Price
Total Rooms
Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom 2 full bath Raised Ranch ready for the new owner just minutes to the beach and town center! This spacious home offers brand new kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliance and tile backsplash and pantry. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout, formal living room. Finished family room in in lower level with possible 4th bedroom or office and full bath adding over 400 square feet of living space included in square footage . Brand new washer and dryer included in the sale. Central air. Partially fenced level backyard. Just unpack and enjoy the beautiful home!!!