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According to the New York State Association of REALTORS the monthly housing statistics through June of 2008 for single family houses in the County of Westchester are: SOLD June 2006 646 June 2007 602 May 2008 305 June 2008 417
PERCENTAGES June 2006- June 2007 -6.8% June 2007- June 2008 -30.7% May 2008- June 2008 -36.7% (0 comments)
Senior's and the Vial of Life - 08/31/08 06:16 AM
This posting is not about real estate. This is a consumer alert to a really nifty idea. Several years ago I took a Designation Course called Senior Real Estate Specialist. As the population ages the needs of the community in Westchester and elsewhere will shift and change. While not training us to be professional planners or CPA's the course gave us a general idea of Reverse Mortgages, tax issues related to selling a property, some of the pitfalls of aging and buying and selling real estate. The Team Concept is stressed with elder-care Attorney's, CPA's, insurance professionals, occupational counselers and financial (1 comments)
The I Love New York Short Film Contest - 08/25/08 05:35 PM
During the first two weeks of July hundreds of short films were submitted for considersation in a contest sponsored by local corporations. Out of these hundreds are 15 finalists that you can view and vote for your favorites, here. To see all of the videos, here. I Don't Like New York - video powered by Metacafe (2 comments)
Access for Brokers to Show Your Home - 08/25/08 05:54 AM
If you are thinking of selling your home you will have a discussion with your Agent about how to provide access for showings. The easier you make it for buyer's to see your home the more showings you will get. In Westchester County our Multiple Listing Service uses the Sentrilock System. Each member of the MLS has a card that is about the size of a credit card. We have to "renew" this card every three days through a card reader. The showings are recorded on this card which is encoded and when we renew it on the interenet it records (5 comments)
No, Thanks There Are Lots of Other Agents, Please Call Them. - 08/24/08 10:23 AM
I received a referral from an agent out of the area this week. The agent says they are a "rent with an option to buy" client of his and can I please speak to them. Sure. So I call the client (Lucy for purposes of this post)and we have the following discussion: Lucy: Hi Me: Hi Lucy: I have had a terrible time, my fiance has been commuting and it is too time consuming and costly so we need to move closer to his job. I LOVE where I live now but we have to move. Me: You said you are (10 comments)
Originally the Croton Aqueduct was built to provide fresh water to New York City. It was 41 miles and ran from northern Westchester County down to what is now the New York Public Library in mid-Manhattan and to the Great Lawn in Central Park. It took five years to build and by the 1880's was obsolete. The population had exploded and this Aqueduct could not provide all of the water that was necessary and so construction began on the New Croton Aqueduct. The Old Croton Aqueduct provided water to New York City until 1965 even though it was not the (0 comments)
Hilltop Hanover Farm - 08/21/08 03:42 PM
Hilltop Hanover Farm was purchased by Westchester County in 2003 to preserve open space and provide Westchesterites with a place to become educated in environmentally sensitive practices. There are daily school visits, pre and after school programs and summer and vacation programs. There are 134 acres of hiking trails in the forest, trail maps are availabe on the website. No dogs are allowed. On Septembe 1 each year the farm stand opens Thursday - Saturday from 10am - 6pm. The Farm Stand offers fresh farm grown produce, vegetables and fresh flowers. If you wish you can pick your own. This weekend check (0 comments)
Will the Public Hire Their Agent From Their Blog? - 08/18/08 07:40 PM
It seems that 10% of agents are now blogging and the public is noticing. Below is a link to an article about this, quoting Jonathan Washburn saying that Active Rain is the way to go. What is really great are the comments on this article. From the women who don't use an agent who can't spell, to the consumer who hopes her agent spends more time helping her find a house than posting pictures on Facebook to the agent who eliminated an agent who was commmenting on Trulia and commented that women overreact to sexual harassment. That agent was called a (2 comments)
This post is from Jessica Horton who is a Broker out in Bellevue, Washington. I agree with her and you can search for properties in Westchester County, New York without registering either. No catch, no registration. I would love to hear from you voluntarily. Don't want to call you, don't want to pressure you, don't want to annoy you. So, Westchestser County Multiple Listing Service property search, here.
Via Jessica Horton: Bellevue, Washington Home Search - No registration required! No registration? What's the deal? What's the catch? The deal is about your privacy. No catch. Way before I moved (1 comments)
List Price $1.00, I Think We've Hit the Bottom - 08/15/08 01:45 AM
What's amazing about this story is that even at a $1.00 price tag this house still took 19 days to sell and cost the bank $10,000. Remember that real estate is local and this did not happen in New York. Via Tim .: A bank had to reduce a home in Detroit to $1.00 before they could find a buyer. Two years ago it sold for $65,000. No crazy financing on this one. It was an all cash deal. Homes going for $1.00 should definitely start bringing the buyers out who have been sitting on the fence. Here's the link to the story.
A Lesson to Be Learned - 08/14/08 07:13 PM
A friend and a friend or a friend had some questions about real estate and so they called me and we went for coffee. Apparently these two friends went to an Open House last Sunday. The friend of a friend really, really liked the house. Really. So she started a conversation with the agent who was there. She proceeds to tell the agent a lot, an awful lot, about her present circumstances, that she owns a house she bought two years ago but wants this house. The two of them figure out that the sign outside in front of the house has the (2 comments)
Hartsdale, New York 10530 Market Statistics for July, 2008 - 08/09/08 03:01 PM
For Hartsdale, New York (zip code 10530) the following are the housing statistics from the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service for the period July 1- July 31, 2008. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES Active Single Family Homes 63Sold Single Family Homes 9Average Price of Single Family Homes $683,243Median Price of Single Family Homes $691,000Average Days on Market Active 116 CONDOMINIMUMS/CO-OP'sCondo's Sold Condominiums 4Average Sold Price $366,250Median Sold Price $367,500Average Days on Market Sold 219 Co-Op's Sold Co-op's 9Average Sold Price Co-Op's $210,000Median Sold Price Co-Op's $212,000Average Days on Market Sold 145
The following numbers are taken from the Westchester-Putnam Multiple Listing Service and are for the period July 1-31, 2008. These figures may not represent the entire market activity for this period. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES Active Single Family Homes 38Sold 8Average Sold Price $654,438Median Sold Price $676,500Average Days on Market 129 CONDOMINIUMS/CO-OP'S Active Condo/Co-Op's 13Sold 2Average Sold Price $757,500Median Sale Price $757,500Average Days on Market 117
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
Negotiating and Pet Peeves - 08/04/08 09:47 AM
Lot's of agents say things, things that they think, that have nothing to do with what their sellers might think. Some of these statements are: My buyer really liked the house but might need to rent for a few months and then purchase - do you you think the owner would consider that? Without hesitation the agent says oh no, my seller would never consider that! One has to wonder if she knows because she has discussed this with him or if she just doesn't want to consider it. There was no discussion of how much the rent would be or (3 comments)
Throughout Westchester County we have a wonderful network of libraries. These libraries offer a multitute of programs, storybook reading for tots, online and free homework help, senior programs, children's rooms in addition to the being able to take reserve and take out books, research school or work papers, and these libraries are just a wonderful resource to our communities.The Westchester Library System provides essential support for 38 member libraries in 44 locations serving more than 940,000 residents throughout Westchester County. Clicking on the link below you can see a list of the libraries and click through to see their programs (2 comments)
Let the Buyers and Sellers Decide - 08/03/08 05:54 AM
There are quite a few posts about agents being frustrated with buyers who want to put in what they consider a low ball offer. So if you have shown the buyer the comparables and you both have decided that the property is priced correctly and the buyer still feels they want to put in a lower offer seems okay to me. They are buying the property, it is their hard work that will pay the mortgage, it is their life. They have decided that is what the house is worth to them. The seller can say no. The seller has to (11 comments)
White Plains is the County Seat of Westchester County, New York. White Plains is centrally located in south central Westchester County and 4 miles east of the Hudson River and 2.5 miles nort west of Long Island Sound. Scarsdale is to the south, Harrison to the east and the Town of Greenburgh to the west. As with the rest of Westchester County it is easy to get around as there are several parkways and highways, trains, great bus line easily reachable. You can get to Interstate 287 which runs through White Plains beginning at the Tappan Zee Bridge and heading (0 comments)
Used to Be Roaches, Now it's Bedbugs - 08/02/08 08:37 AM
One of my clients expressed concern about bedbugs and that she is really worried about them. I have heard of the problem but didn't realize the extent of the issue and knew nothing about bedbugs, how they infiltrate a home, their life cycle and how to try to get rid of them. Oh so many years ago I lived on the upper West Side of Manhattan. Cockroaches were the bain of my existence then. I lived in a brownstone on West 85th Street, a walk up. My friends and I who were all just starting out lived with these bugs. We were (10 comments)
Site Meter Preventing Blog From Opening - 08/02/08 08:28 AM
Not sure what happened but I have had Site Meter on all of my blogs for a very long while. This morning when I tried to open my blogs, all of them, including Active Rain, I couldn't I got an error code that Internet Explorer "can not open this Internet site". So, checking all of the possible causes that I could think of I finally found out that having Site Meter on my blogs was causing this error. I deleted Site Meter and no more problem. If any of you are having problems opening your site (s) and you have Site (1 comments)
Yes, I Know - 08/01/08 04:51 PM
We are in a buyer's market. A lot of properties that are on the market are getting many showings but not a lot of offers. Properties can sit on the market for a while in this market. When offers are presented on these properties I hear a lot of frustration on the part of the agent presenting the offer. Like they already know they are wasting their time. Yesterday I got a very long voice mail from one of these agents. This agent had a buyer who had seen a property seven months ago and had some interest but felt it (2 comments)
A Scam and Another Scam - 08/01/08 03:05 PM
In the last few days two scams have come to my attention. Both involve individuals who are not licensed trying to sell real estate. Two days ago I got a call from a women who works at a building management company. She has an office at the building so individuals who walk in and are interested in buying or sellers who live in the building think that she is licensed and that it is legal for her to show and negotiate properties. This individual even called me to show one of my listings in her building. I asked her if she (1 comments)
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