Kensett releases third phase on Sunday

Citing solid sales, Sun Homes is releasing its third phase of home sites at Kensett off Route 106 in Darien on Sunday. This phase offers seven new home sites and follows a near sellout of the first two phases. A 5-acre nature conservancy and walking trails also have opened. Working with a team of biologists and landscape architects, Sun Homes removed invasive species and replanted the woodlands with native plantings, creating habitat for wildlife. Kensett won National Association of Home Builders awards for Best Townhome Plan and Best Clubhouse. Clarion Partners is partnering with Sun Homes in the project, which offers homes in the $1.4 million to $2 million-plus range. For more information, visit online,

Webster Bank awards grant to CHIF

Real Estate Listings

Webster Bank has awarded the Hartford-based Connecticut Housing Investment Fund with an operating grant for $8,000, to expand the organization's lending capacity. Waterbury-based Webster has been a CHIF supporter since the 1990s and recently agreed to participate in a community loan pool with other banks to make funds available to CHIF to lend to various entities. The goal is to create and preserve affordable housing and to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the state. Since its incorporation in 1968, CHIF has provided more than $128.5 million in financing to help individuals and organizations purchase, rehabilitate or construct homes for low- and moderate-income families.

New law focuses on smoke, carbon monoxide detectors

A new state law will take effect for residential real estate transfers taking place after Jan. 1, 2014, requiring one- and two-family homes built prior to Oct. 1, 2005 to have both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Homes built after Oct. 1, 2005 are already required to have hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Sellers will be asked to sign an affidavit at closing concerning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The law requires that the seller provide the affidavit or provide the buyer a $250 credit against the purchase price at closing. Detectors may be battery operated unless the building code at the time the house was built required the installation of hard-wired smoke (10/1/1985) and/or carbon monoxide (10/1/2005) detectors. For more information, go to