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Real Estate Broker/Owner - J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - License # 49FA1074963
J. Philip Faranda is based in Briarcliff Manor, NY. His market covers Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, & Dutchess counties. Almost 500 clients and customers have closed transactions with him since 2005 for over a quarter billion dollars worth of property sold. Ever the high-producing listing agent, he counts among his specialties hard to sell properties & short sales.
SEATTLE In the very same week that the Zillow Group set social media in the real estate space on fire with their purchase of software firm Dotloop, CEO Spencer Rascoff has announced the purchase of website AshleyMadison.com.It is unknown how the dating platform for cheating spouses fits into Zill...
As a broker with over 60 agents, I am approached fairly often by many in related industries about getting my business for their product or service. They could be mortgage loan officers, lawyers (NY is an attorney state), title people, inspectors, or any other housing resource. I'm often bemused b...
I got a nice compliment from a seller client that was nice to hear, but the reason for it wasn't as nice. She told me that I was by far the most professional agent she has dealt with in selling her home, which was why she listed with me. That was great to hear. Then she lamented her experiences w...
It has been quite a while since I last wrote anything, but certainly not for lack of interest. Lack of time. I have been busy. Here's the latest: The indomitable Jenn Maher and I have partnered up on a new commercial brokerage, J. Philip Commercial Group. The firm will be based in Mahopac, NY and...
I am happy to share that 2013 was perhaps the best year in the company's history. Not only did we crush our 2012 numbers, but J. Philip Real Estate exceeded some lofty goals I had set a year ago.  2013 was the first year that the firm closed over 100 transactions. That was my most ambitious pipe...
As the real estate market cycles into a recovery, talking heads are discussing what index will be the most accurate predictor of the 2014 market. Will it be new housing starts? Employment? The DOW?  I beg to differ. In 2014, we’ll be busier than any year since 2005 due in the largest part to one ...
NO ONE knows the music scene like my friend and colleague Gary. You should check out his blog, and when you are in New York, use his local music knowledge. I could never keep up with him in this department and I always considered myself to be a fairly astute observer of the music scene. Gary is i...
For those of us not monogomous with Facebook or Twitter as our social network, Google Plus has been a nice change of pace. I don't get nearly the engagement and interaction on Google as I do elsewhere, but I like dropping in more often than not, and the real estate communities there are strong. M...
I am getting more into the Vine app lately. A "vine," well done, is a 6 second look into the window of another person's life. Vine is kind of like Instagram meets Twitter in video format. Vines are simply 6 second videos, but you'd be suprised at how well done many are.  I have a strong belief th...
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