Life in Newtown, CT: Sandy Hook School Shootings

Sandy Hook School Shootings

Sandy Hook School Shootings & the Newtown, CT Real Estate Market  The shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School happened on December 14, 2012.  Like most Newtowners, we were paralyzed by this tragedy and the events of that day.  The aftermath of those shootings will be long lasting and far reaching.  Newtown and Sandy Hook are both on the world's radar.

Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT

As local Realtors, there is one question that has come up for us repeatedly:  "How have the Sandy Hook School shootings affected the local Newtown, CT real estate market?"  Sellers ask us.  Buyers ask us.  People that we meet socially ask us.  As soon as people we don't know, learn that we are Realtors - Newtown Realtors, they ask us.

The answer to this question surprises most people and to be honest, us at first, too.  The Newtown, CT real estate does not seem to be affected by the Sandy Hook School shootings.  Here is what we have seen and heard:

  1. Before the shootings happened, we were working with buyers who were relocating to Newtown.  They had an accepted offer on a home in Sandy Hook and were due to sign the formal contract.  After some reflection and prayer, they decided to move forward with their purchase.
  2. Shortly after the shootings, a home we had listed for sale in Sandy Hook went under the deposit.  The buyers did not seem concerned about it being located in Sandy Hook.
  3. We met with folks who are currently renting a home in Sandy Hook about purchasing a home.  When we asked them, what town would they like to purchase in, they told us "Sandy Hook".  When we inquired about why not other areas, they told us, "It's a nice place to live and we want to stay here".
  4. One of the families had been renting a home in Sandy Hook - in the exact same neighborhood as the one where the Lanza Family lived.  AFter the shootings, that family purchased a home in that same neighborhood.
  5. Homes are selling in both Newtown and Sandy Hook.  Homes are selling in each of the elementary schools locations - including the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Homes are selling in all price ranges.

As this conversation goes on, it is inevitable that we'll be asked "Why do we feel that the real estate market is not being affected?"  We believe it's because Newtown has been portrayed very well in the news media.  We think that when people come to Newtown, they can feel that we have a true community here and it is a nice place to live.


Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, Newtown, CT

Bob and Richelle Ward
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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Comment balloon 13 commentsBob and Richelle Ward • April 26 2013 09:01AM


This is a really great picture of the town's popularity and portrayal in the news.  So sorry your town had to go through that, but I'm glad it's still a fabulous place to live!

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) almost 5 years ago

Linda:  Thank you for your comment.  Newtown is a great place to live and we are happy to both live in this town and to be Realtors in this town.

Posted by Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 5 years ago

Bob and Richelle. The courage and cohesiveness of your community was further strengthened by such a tragic event. The basic goodness and love of the people in the community continues to shine and certainly the media attention cannot dampen the spirit of its people. God speed healing and peace.

Posted by Nancy Lamb, & Loving AZ Team-Fountain Hills AZ (Home Smart Premier) almost 5 years ago

Bob & Richelle:  I would fully agree with you.  Newtown has been seen as much more of a real community rather than just a town or a place to live.

The way folks have pulled together, been there for each other, and stayed the course through these extremely difficult times... is so admirable.  If I were able... I would live there, as well.  No doubt about it.

Bob & Richelle... you and all those in your community have been in my thoughts... and continue to be.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Bob & Richelle:  There's so much to congratulate you on here.  First, congratulations on the Feature.  It's well deserved.  Secondly, congrats on the insightful post about your town.  I'm sure you answered many people's questions.  And lastly, congratulations on speaking to the tragedy that occurred within Newtown.  For that's what it was ... something that happened there.  It's not represetative of the town itself or the people that live there.  The actions of your clients speak that truth loudly ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 5 years ago

Bob and Richelle, glad to hear that the Real Estate market is not suffering in Newtown.  I'm sure that it will take generations for the wounds to heal, but with people like you there, it will be easier.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Thank you all for your very positive comments.  It helps to know that our thoughts about our town and how we've been portrayed to the world has been right.

Posted by Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 5 years ago

Bob and Richelle, an isolated tragedy or event doesn't make the community. One sick individuals actions are like a lightning strike, never in the same place twice. May the grace of God bless your community.

Posted by Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC & (Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC) almost 5 years ago

Bob & Richelle:  I noticed that most of the Groups you have included this post in are local to your area.  This post deserves wider coverage... so may I suggest also including it in the ActiveRain Group: BananaTude.  If you are not familiar with BananaTude... it's a great group... very active.

Just a friendly suggestion.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Great news that people are living their lives and tring to move on.  What you all experienced is so difficult to imgaine.  You are all in our prayers.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for taking the time and effort to give us this information, Bob and Richelle.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

When we had 3 abortion clinics blown up here and the doctor and staff killed the issuing flood of publicity was thought to be a deal killer but the market never missed a beat as well as still increased its normal 5%.

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Charles in #12:  That just makes no sense at all.  "Pro-Life" folks blowing up medical clinics and killing doctors and medical staff.  Yeah, right.  Pro-Life like Hell!  They did the same with Dr Tiller.  May they rot in Hell.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago