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The Internet and Showings - 04/30/08 05:13 AM
When I put a new property on the market now it is quite different from when I put a property on the market in the past. Now the thinking is to put the property on as many different sites as possible because buyers are clicking from site to site and you want to pick them up as they click. In the past buyer's would come out to see property's because it was the only way to see it. Now property's are on the internet with 15 pictures, virtual tours, community and school information, all from the comfort of their home or (6 comments)
1 Balint Drive, 661, Yonkers, New York 10701 - 04/28/08 06:53 PM
Spacious and Very Sunny 1 Bedroom Co-op in YonkersLocation: Yonkers, New YorkLarge, living room with dining room L, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 5 closets with 2 walk in's, quiet facing the back of the building, assigned parking, laundry on Main Floor, walk to Supermarket, Express Bus to the City, Swimming Pool and playroom on the premises.InformationContact InformationMiriam Bernstein914-907-1922Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingAsking Price: $150,000Property Location1 Balint Drive, 661Yonkers, New York 10710View MapFeaturesBedrooms: 1Bathrooms: 1Parking: AssignedYear Built: 1964Located on Floor #: 6thFloors in Bldg: 7School District: YonkersSquare Footage: 825Agent Name: Miriam BernsteinBroker: RE/MAX Prime PropertiesMLS #: 2813465AttributesAppliancesRange/OvenFull RefrigeratorDishwasherInterior AmenitiesHardwood (0 comments)
Westchester County 1st Quarter 2008 Report - 04/25/08 05:33 AM
Westchester County has until now managed to withstand the current decline in sales. Until Now. Yesterday the Westchester Multiple Listing Service issued it's 1st Quarter 2008 market report. The number of single family homes is down 30% for the period. Some snippets:
To read the entire report from the Westchester Multiple Listing service, here. (1 comments)
I view staging as part of the marketing of a home, one piece of the puzzle. Price, brochures, pictures on the internet are all parts of the marketing. When going on listing presentations if a home would benefit from staging I will discuss it with a seller. I explain that staging can help maximize the investment they have, buyers will walk in and be so pleased they will want to buy their property. Not all seller's feel they want to stage their properties for various reasons and I respect that. Last September I posted a study and discussion from the National Association of (5 comments)
Recent Call From a Buyer - 04/16/08 04:29 PM
Two days ago I received a call from a buyer. Let's call her Betty. Betty has been going with a broker to look at properties. Betty walked into a property that she loved and made an offer. Her broker presented the offer, let's call her Broker, Janet. Janet presented the offer. Janet then gets a call that there is another offer and the owner is going to accept it. Better terms and a higher amount. Janet calls Betty and tells her there is another offer. Betty decides to increase her offer to the asking price, she really wants this apartment. Janet does (3 comments)
Last weekend in Westchester County, New York there was a horrific accident where a home was struck by lightening. According to the news reports the roof of the home was struck, the fire lingered in the attic for two hours and then the ceiling collapsed. If there were fire alarms in the home they may not have been set off by this fire whch was contained in the attic. One of the most important fire safety devices for the home is the smoke alarm. After becoming generally available in the early 1970's home smoke alarm sales grew rapidly and the price (4 comments)
Google"s "Street View" Feature - A New Twist - 04/13/08 05:36 AM
A new twist on Google's "Street View" feature. This couple is suing Google because they have a "Private Road" sign when you enter their property which Google ignored and the pictures showed a pool and two garages which were not on the property card."A western Pennsylvania couple has sued Google Inc., saying pictures of their home on its Web site violate their privacy and devalued their property. Images of the home Aaron and Christine Boring bought in the Pittsburgh suburb of Franklin Park in October 2006 appeared on Google's "Street View" feature, which allows users to find street-level photos by clicking (4 comments)
A Dynamic Map of Nonprime Mortgage Conditions - 04/12/08 05:30 AM
Here's a nifty tool to see by zip code and/or community a Dynamic Map of Nonprime Mortgage Conditions in the United States from the Federal Reserve, check it out or here. The snapshot above is a list of the information available. You can figure out where your particular area is headed from the information on this site.
I had this experience this week. A property came on the market, priced right, staged, in the right community. Multiple good offers. Although official numbers are not yet tallied for the first quarter of 2008, the slowness in the market that began to take hold last year "is really here in Westchester now in a serious way," said P. Gilbert Mercurio, the chief executive of the Westchester County Board of Realtors. Bidding wars may be anomalous in this environment, but they do happen. Mr. Mercurio is one of several experts who theorize that multiple bids result from a combination of shrewd pricing (6 comments)
Absorption Rates, Westchester County, March 31, 2008 - 04/08/08 08:07 AM
This is not an exact science. These absorption rates for select school districts around Westchester County show trends. The rates are how long it will take to sell existing inventory if no new inventory came on the market, in weeks. Absorption Rates by School District, 3/31/08 Miriam Bernstein, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-Pro, SRES Associate Broker, Licensed in the State of New YorkRE/MAX Prime Properties, Westchester County, New York 10583www.MiriamBernstein.com"Content of this blog is solely my opinion (0 comments)
Westchester County's Earth Day CelebrationKensico Dam Plaza, ValhallaApril 13, 2008,11am - 3pm Discover practical and easy ways to make your home, the earth and Westchester County a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live - and have some fun at the same time. Admission and parking are free. In addition to Westchester County holding an Earth Day many communities around Westchester County will also be holding their own Celebrations, Hastings-on-Hudsonm Bedford, Tarrytown, plus others will be added, schedules click below Westchester County Earth Day Schedule. Earth Day Schedules by Community (0 comments)
Engineer's Inspection - 04/07/08 06:20 AM
When you find the right home it will be recommended that you bring in an Engineer to inspect the property. The Engineer is hired by you, the buyer, not the Real Estate Agent or the Seller. The Engineer will inspect all aspects of the house. They will go through the house with you and check the roof for leaks, the foundation for cracks, issues with water in the basement. They will see if all the appliances are working, if there is adequate water pressure, termites, radon, lead in water. They inspec the property so that you can be assured that what you are (5 comments)
A Bipartisan Solution to the Mortgage Crisis! - 04/02/08 06:42 AM
We are awaiting an announcement from Congress about a bipartisan solution to help the foreclosed homeowners in this country. As I look at the picture of the Senators who are working on this and that they have now come together to put this package together I can only think that it is a good thing it is an election year and that everyone is stuggling to have their party win the election. In the picture, they are smiling, and friendly, slapping each other on the back, yuk. (open link to article and take look). "At a minimum, the bipartisan package was (1 comments)
Dual Agency, Buyers and Westchester County, New York - 04/02/08 05:02 AM
The internet is doing something very interesting aside from providing wonderful information to buyers and sellers. It may start to change the way we do business and this is a good thing. Last week I got a call from a buyer. It was a telephone interview as this buyer was not just questionning me about properties he had seen online. He was questionning me as to how I do business. Smart guy! This buyer figured out that for him, he did not want to be involved in a dual agency situation when he finds a property he wants to buy. He wants (3 comments)
After meeting with his economic advisers, President Bush reiterated his confidence today that the nation's economy would improve soon. Fron the New York Times, President Bush will put new protections into the economic system, please read here. Thing is this was 1990 and President Bush, the father. A little history. As much as things change they stay the same. (4 comments)
Foreclosures in Westchester County, New York - 04/01/08 05:59 AM
According to County Clerk, Tom Idoni, Westchester County has seen an increase in foreclosure filings which are up 39% over the first quarter of 2006 and up 200% over the first quarter of 2005. This was reported by WCBS News and you can see the report and video here: Westchester County is Not Immune Despite these numbers Westchester County and New York State are doing a lot better than some other areas throughout the country. Nationally, New Jersey is 13th in number of foreclosures, Connecticut is 14th and New York is all the way down at 30th.
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