Iraq Veteran Chooses Avon, CT

   

Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 3 1/2 Square Feet: 2,314 List Price: $439,000 Price Paid: $407,000 Lot Size: 1.22 acres Taxes: $6,986 Days on market: 45 (Handout / September 24, 2010)

By LORETTA WALDMAN, Special to The Courant

September 26, 2010

After living in Virginia for six years, Doug and Tanya Cosmini wanted to get back home. The couple had grown up in Connecticut and, now that they were parents, wanted to be close to family again.

Doug, 30, had been stationed with the Army in Virginia and after leaving, as a captain, took a job with Cintas Corp. When a position at the Plainville facility of the uniform company opened, Doug, an engineer, jumped on it.

In March, he and Tanya, 31, visited for three days to get a feel for the real estate market in the area. Working with Rob Giuffria, a broker and relocation specialist with Prudential Premier Homes, they saw at a variety of properties, none of which was a match.

In May, Doug returned for more house hunting, this time without Tanya, who was nine months pregnant at the time with their second son. Then their plans had to be put on hold because their house in Virginia hadn't sold.

The couple decided to rent their Virginia home, and, after securing a three-year lease, they moved in July to a rented house in West Simsbury. They continued looking, checking out homes for sale in Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, West Hartford and Glastonbury.

Then Tanya, a real estate agent taking a hiatus from work to be home with her two young sons, found a listing on the Internet for a newer colonial in Avon on more than an acre of land.

"I knew it was the right one," she said of the five-bedroom house on Parkview Drive.

Built in 1985, the 2,314-square-foot home had a finished basement, open floor-plan and a level 1.2-acre yard. It also had been recently updated and was in a community with strong schools, a priority for the couple.

Tanya said they had been watching the market to see what houses were selling for and how long they were for sale. She immediately recognized the house in Avon as a good value, she said.

The Cosminis signed a contract in late July, paying $407,000 for the house, $32,000 less than the list price. They closed Monday and are planning to move in mid-October.

Home values in Avon have seen some dramatic declines since the real estate bubble of 2006-2007 burst, Giuffria said. The market there is in the midst of a "price correction," he said, a boon for savvy buyers looking for deals.

The home was the only one on which the couple made an offer, he said. They looked at 30 to 40, he said.

Working with a fellow professional was a pleasure, Giuffria said of Tanya. "As a real estate agent, she knew what she was looking for."

Loretta Waldman, Special to The Courant.

AVON FACTS

Population (2009): 17,558

Median single-family home price (Jan.-June 2010): $395,000

Median condo price (Jan.-June 2010): $265,000

Single-family home sales (2007): 228