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The town assesses the value of each home and multiplies it 70%. This value is then multiplied by the mill rate. Wilton's mill rate is near the median for the state, making the taxes relatively typical. The exact property tax amount for each home is included in the listing details on this site. If you are curious, you can look at the Mill Rates for all Fairfield County towns.
You will find that questions about "is this area safe" with your Realtor can be a sensitive subject due to the Fair Housing Laws imposed by the state. Because of the penalties, you will find that experienced agents avoid answering questions about crime in a specific neighborhood, but I have a better solution for you. Neighborhood Scout. will drill down to specific neighborhoods and give you the factual information you need, rather than one persons opinion. This is a far better solution considering how important crime information has been to our clients. You may also want to search the sex offender registry before purchasing. The map below represents the violent crime ratings for the Gold Coast area according to Neighborhood Scout and was last updated in January of 2022. Here are the Wilton CT Crime Rates.
A highly trusted source, The Connecticut Data Collaborative has put together information on the economy, demographics, labor force and fiscal indicators. If you are curious about his information you can access The Connecticut Data Collaborative's report for Wilton here.
There are many good websites for school information. I have found that they all basically say the same thing: Many of our towns rank high, and other towns rank much lower compared to the neighboring towns. To be frank, the website that is the most user-friendly to you is the one you should use. Many of our clients use greatschools.org, below are links to their ratings of the Wilton school system.
If you are looking to learn more about Wilton Public Schools, here is the link for the Wilton School website.
Note: The school your child will attend in Wilton is purely dependent on their grade. The school assignments can be found below:
For private schools, most of our clients use greatschools.org for their research. Here is the link for Wilton.
Are you a daily commuter? If so, I am going to guess that keeping your commute as short as possible is important. The links below show the homes nearby the two train stations in Wilton: Wilton and Cannondale. Use our one click searches to find a home nearby one of these stations.
If you plan on commuting to work by car then you probably want to know exactly how long it will take. Luckily there is a feature in Google Maps that can estimate your commute time. To find out how long it will take, do the following:
1. Go to Google Maps.
2. Click Directions
3. Enter the address of the home you are considering for the starting point, and your work address for the destination.
4. Click the "Leave Now" drop down and select "Arrive By", then input the time you need to arrive at work by.
5. This will give you an estimation of your commute time from the home you are considering.
Whether you have to travel for work or play, the closer you live to the airport means the less stressful those inevitable travel days have to be. Below are rough estimates for the commute times you can expect to the major airports in the greater New York area.
*Commute times are calculated using Google maps, and do not account for traffic.
John F. Kennedy Airport - 70 Minutes
LaGuardia Airport - 50 Minutes
Westchester County Airport - 30 Minutes
Connecticut's Gold Coast is a subset of Fairfield County. It’s the area in Connecticut where the overwhelming majority of high end and luxury home sales occur.
The map below will give you a visual representation.
Are you having a hard time finding something special in Wilton? The guides below will help you. Each button will bring you to a price specific video guide and article covering the entire Gold Coast. You will learn exactly how much home you can get in each of the other towns.
Are you curious about what's going on in the Wilton Real Estate Market? In my latest quarterly Market Report Video, I will give you my "boots on the ground" evaluation. You can also review all of the Wilton Real Estate Market Graphs or research another Gold Coast town.
If you want to understand how quickly good homes are selling, and how much under or over asking they are going for, there is no better way than to create a custom market report on our site. Don't forget to save your market report for monthly updates.
1. Head over to Google Maps, enter the address and do a satellite view. Look out for things like railroad tracks, cemeteries, water towers, high tension wires, highways and proximity to industrial areas. That home that looks like a great deal might turn out to be a dud. Also, be sure to use Google to check the time to the train station and/or other important town amenities.
2. While you are there, do a street view and walk the neighborhood. Keep in mind that it takes Google several years to get back to some neighborhoods, so that neighbor with the yellow house...Well, it might not be yellow anymore.
3. Put the home's address into Google, and search several pages in. The first few pages are likely to be filled up with real estate agency listings, so you will need to dig deeper to find out if there is any news on the home.
4. Head over to the Sex Offender Registry and Neighborhood Scout if you are concerned about crime.
5. If you are able to do a drive-by, I would recommend it.
Making the offer is the beginning of the negotiation strategy. Therefore, applying a standard process wouldn't be prudent. The markets are different at the various price ranges and property types. Not all agents operate the same way. The sellers have different personalities. There may be intense competition, or none at all. The terms required may not be suitable for both parties. The variables are seemingly endless. Obviously, you need someone with experience to guide you through the process, and that's why you would choose me as your agent.
To give you a general understanding, here is a high level overview...
When you work with me, you can trust that we have a highly detailed checklist and will guide you through the entire process, step by step, and give you recommended best approaches every step of the way.
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