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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.



Well, it's Halloween, so why not a report on Sleepy Hollow? Yes, there is a Sleepy Hollow, and yes, Washington Irving is buried here. There is an Old Dutch Church, a Sleepy Hollow Bridge, and the high school's mascot is the Headless Horsemen. Old Sleepy Hollow road is VERY spooky at night, windin...
Ossining has always had its share of problems through the years, and among them, since I was young, was always the blighted downtown area. The story goes that Ossining always had a vibrant, prosperous downtown until the early 1960's, when Arcadian Gardens shopping center was opened on the south s...
 Apparently I have missed the latest celebrity news about Charlie Sheen's recent drug-induced binge where he was found in his hotel room with a porn actress and cocaine, but not his clothes. While the guy on the radio wondered aloud about Sheen's crazed excesses, it was brought up that he paid th...
Contrary to what some may think, an owner is not obligated to submit every offer to the lender for approval in order to do a short sale. As a matter of fact, there are offers that an owner should never submit to the lender. That is the owner’s right, as they still hold title and ownership of the...
This is Phil Faranda, can I help you?  Yes. I am looking at a house.  OK. How can I help you?  I want to know more about the house.  Are you in front of the house now? Are you at a computer?  Computer. It doesn't give an address.  What web page are you on? Can you email me a link?  ...
Rather than post a REALLY long comment on Broker Bryant's post on the subject, I thought I'd write my own post on Flat Fee MLS listings. Ann and I ran a flat fee MLS company for 4 years in tandem with our company, and I know a ton about the Flat Fee niche. Essentially, for a flat initial fee of $...
I posted this on Facebook a day or two ago:  Let's review: Link to me on Linked In, solicit me, then count backwards from 20 while I de-link us. I got a few comments and "likes." There are two recent examples of annoying behavior which are the cyber equivelant of stuffing your business card into ...
I read two quotes that resonated with me on the danger of banks if given too much deference and power.  I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, ...
What does $168,000 buy in White Plains these days? That will get a very nice 900 square foot unit at the Gaylord cooperative in White Plains, such as the one we just closed this past week. This apartment  is a very spacious Junior 4 with brand new kitchen, granite breakfast area & windows. The Ga...

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