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Buying A Home - Contact Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens rand Realty - 02/26/10 10:06 PM
Your home is probably the biggest purchase your family will ever make, and it involves many decisions that go beyond simply choosing the one you like.. As a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Hudson Valley area REALTOR®, My experience and expertise can help make your home buying a less stressful process. I will treat you as I would want to be treated! here is how I will guide you through the entire process, from viewing homes to closing. You will have full access to ALL homes available on the market, and my expert local knowledge of the Hudson Valley area (0 comments)
Going Green - ENERGY STAR Air Conditioners - 02/26/10 09:56 PM
In the average U.S. home, the electricity used to power household appliances and electronics can amount to as much as 20 percent of your annual utility costs. The energy costs associated with a single device may not seem significant, but together, providing power to our TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos, dishwashers, fridges, washers and dryers, water heaters, air conditioners, and more can really add up. Once again, ENERGY STAR is the label to look for when selecting room air conditioning units. Models that bear the label consume 10 percent less energy than models that don't. In fact, the EPA reports that if (0 comments)
Going Green - Clothes Washers and Dryers - 02/26/10 09:50 PM
According to the EPA, front-loading horizontal-axis washers use 50 percent less energy, less water, and less soap, which can translate into savings on average of about $95 a year for the average household. And by choosing an ENERGY STAR qualified washer, you'll save enough over its lifetime to cover the cost of a matching drier. ENERGY STAR does not label dryers because most consume around the same amount of energy. But to cut costs and energy waste, look for one with a moisture sensor that will cause it to shut off automatically as soon as clothes are dry. Anthony Stokes Pereira (0 comments)
Going Green - Switch to Compact Florescent Light Bulbs - 02/26/10 09:47 PM
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that lighting alone accounts for about 10 percent of your electric bill. To bring that figure down, assess the wattage of the bulbs you use throughout the house. In some spaces, you may be using 100-watt bulbs or higher where 60- or 75-watt bulbs would work just as well. For even greater savings, consider switching to compact florescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, which require as much as 75 percent less energy to provide the same illumination as incandescent bulbs. CFLs do cost more - as much as three to 10 times a comparable incandescent bulb - (1 comments)
Older homes were once routinely constructed with hardwood floors, but that practice was abandoned in the 1950s, when new technologies made wall-to-wall carpeting available. Builders were able to build more homes faster, for the post-war baby boom, and save money on labor. But today, many home owners prefer hardwoods to carpet. Hardwoods help give the impression that your home is well-built. And they're easy to maintain and improve with wear, unlike carpet that eventually needs to be replaced. Hardwoods add value to your home, says the National (0 comments)
Selling Your Home - What’s not relevant to home buyers! - 02/26/10 09:29 PM
If you're sentimental about your home, remember your buyer hasn't formed the same attachments. Your buyer may appreciate your home, but will still compare it to other available homes in terms of price, location, and condition before weighing emotion. What you paid for the house Many area home prices have receded as much as five to ten years. Sellers who paid high prices for their homes, purchased too recently to build equity, or took out second liens or equity loans may find that what they paid is not what the home is worth in today's market. Buyers are only concerned with (1 comments)
Selling Your Home: What you should consider before you price your home! - 02/26/10 09:25 PM
When home sales volumes increase, prices go up, and inventories of homes for sale fall below about six months on hand, (meaning it would take six months or less to sell all the homes for sale on the market to zero on hand) the market is said to be a "seller's market," because the market's conditions favor sellers. When sales volumes decrease, prices decline, and inventories of homes rise above about six months on hand, conditions favor the buyer, making it a "buyer's market." To sell your home in the current market, you have to consider the market's conditions.You may adjust (0 comments)
The 2nd Annual Women's Health Symposium at JCC Rockland / March 14, 2010 - 02/25/10 08:54 AM
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY COMMUNITY EVENTS by Anthony Stokes Pereira of Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty To suggest events for inclusion in the holiday guide, please email your event and contact information to: email@example.com 2nd Annual JCC Women's Health Symposium March 14, 2010 The 2nd Annual Women's Health Symposium at JCC Rockland offers women and high school girls an opportunity to nurture their mind, body and spirit in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Participants will choose from a variety of sessions tailored to their specific needs and interests: learn about the most cutting edge medical and health practices with leading experts in the (1 comments)
To suggest events for inclusion in the holiday guide, please email your event and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition / March 04, 2010 -March 07, 2010 It's the Sport Fishing Super Show and the only sport show in the metro New York area with all the major fishing tackle manufacturers. You'll find the entire world of fishing and hunting and much more. Held at the Rockland Community College Field House, 145 College Road, Suffern - Thursday, 1pm-9pm, Friday, 12pm-9pm, Saturday, 9:30am-7pm, Sunday, (0 comments)
Palisades indoor farmers market / February 06, 2010 -May 15, 2010 - 02/25/10 08:46 AM
ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY COMMUNITY EVENTS by Anthony Stokes Pereira of Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty Palisades indoor farmers market February 06, 2010 -May 15, 2010 Rockland's only winter indoor farmers' market is back! The Palisades Indoor Winter Farmers' Market opens Saturday, February 6. The market will be held every Saturday through May 15, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Palisades Community Center located at 675 Oak Tree Road in Palisades, NY. Housed in a charming schoolhouse built in 1870, shoppers will find seasonal fruits and vegetables, chicken, eggs and meat, pies, cupcakes, pickles, cheese, breads, nuts, jams, fair trade coffee and more (1 comments)
To enhance your home selling experience, it is my job As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional to provide you with as much information you need to make an educated decision.. It is essential that the you "The Seller" be aware of all aspects of your local real estate market and all steps involved in the home selling process before making your decision to sell. Whether it be through my knowledge, experience, marketing, newsletters, guides, tools or my seller resources , I am here to make the home selling process as stress-free and rewarding as possible. When you are ready to move forward in the selling process, Call me (0 comments)
The Kitchen Specialist - Before you choose a plan or buy your first appliance, think about your lifestyle. - 02/20/10 08:41 PM
Gone are the days when kitchens were simple rooms with a stove, icebox and sink, its aromas and noises politely closed off from formal living areas. Today's homes glorify the kitchen as the main family and entertainment center, complete with commercial-quality appliances, granite countertops, furniture-style cabinets, meal-planning desks, and walk-in pantries, overlooking adjoining breakfast rooms, bars and dens. Busy homeowners are finding themselves brewing their own cups of specialty coffee, steaming health-conscious dinners and baking breads in half the time their mothers did thanks to the advances in microwave and convections ovens. Selecting the right appliances, planning space and work centers, (2 comments)
Money-Saving Makeover Times have changed and sinks and faucets offer much more than function. They have become important visual elements in the kitchen. Simply updating your sink area from a boring faucet and basin to a gleaming and glimmering water system and tub can attract the eyes and interest of potential home buyers, potentially helping you sell your home. (0 comments)
Tips to Control Kitchen Clutter - Simple storage ideas offer effective organization in the kitchen. - 02/20/10 08:17 PM
Cleaning and organizing are important aspects of preparing to show your home for sale. Don't overlook one of the most important rooms: the kitchen. It's an area that can easily become overrun with, well, stuff. Stuff to cook with, stuff to help you cook, stuff from the mailbox, stuff from the car. The kitchen is usually a place to drop things off as people move through the house. Some simple changes will make a big difference in the appearance and organization of your kitchen. It will benefit you and can also impress the potential buyers. Show them how accommodating your kitchen (2 comments)
Selling a Home - Decorating to Sell Your Home - 02/20/10 09:36 AM
Decorating your house in a specific manner to facilitate the selling of it is an important aspect of selling and marketing your home. People see their home as a direct reflection of themselves. But if your tastes are extreme, it can increase your listing time. You want prospective buyers to see the 'bones' of the property and not be distracted by clutter or tabletops filled with family photos. Organize the closets, clear the kitchen countertops, remove decorative magnets and the children's drawings off the refrigerator, minimizing clutter an activity which will also make your packing easier when it comes time to (1 comments)
Eco-Friendly Appliances - Air conditioners come in many forms and sizes! - 02/20/10 08:49 AM
Air conditioners come in many forms and sizes today, from the central house unit delivering cool air through your vents, to portable, room-specific ones that fit in windows. The alternative is to cool rooms independently, using closed circuit "roll-from-room-to-room" units that cost in the $500 to $800 range. Full housing units can range from about $1500 upward depending on the size of your house and the deal you can cut if installed during the "low business" season. Recently, ice air coolers and mini-eco-ice coolers have also debuted at a cost below $200. Anthony Stokes Pereira of Better Homes and Gardens Rand (0 comments)
Anthony Stokes Pereira of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care. As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision. The relationship between a home buyer or seller and their agent is based on trust, shared goals and understanding. I strive to continually improve and to do this I (2 comments)
Many urban gardeners don't have the luxury of having an acre to plant, but you can start small with an herb garden on your windowsill. It's a cheap and easy alternative and it gives a pleasant aroma to your apartment or condo. Just make sure that you can provide a sill with southern or eastern exposure so that your plants get at least 4 hours a day of sunlight and that your chosen location is free from any drafts. Hydroponics is another way to try indoor gardening, but beware (4 comments)
Buying & Selling - What to Know About Today's Home Buyers - 02/20/10 08:26 AM
If you're a home seller, you need to know what buyers are facing in today's real estate market, so you can do the one thing that will help the right buyer buy your home. Price your home to sell. Buyers begin their search for a home with prices. Buyers may search many neighborhoods or look at homes out of their price range to get an idea of the marketplace. But, when it comes to serious shopping, they know their price and use it to see which homes they can afford. Buyers are prequalified by their lender. A serious buyer will not (0 comments)
Few homes have more charm than the Medieval revival style of architecture affectionately known as the Tudor. Defined by steeply pitched and gabled roofs, prominent chimneys, and decorative timber, the Tudor style is equally attractive in cottages or palatial estates. Tudor revival homes are recreations of late medieval architecture popularized during the House of Tudor reign in England, which ended with Elizabeth I. Large beams were erected and filled in with plaster, and the beams were exposed in a technique known as half-timbering. One of the reasons the style is viewed so favorably is because the Tudor reign ushered in (1 comments)
Buying A Home - Buyer Best Practices / Anthony Stokes Pereira - 02/12/10 11:28 PM
Buying A Home: Real estate transaction can be complicated. Naturally as your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional I will be there to help you with the buying process and answer any questions. I recommend the following best practices to buyers who want to 'buy right'. Review a blank offer form "Binder" before you write your offer. This will familiarize you with the details and may prompt questions. Use Buyer Representation: It is important to have a sales professional who is totally loyal to you. Discuss your representation options with your sales professional. If you are purchasing a listing, make sure you (3 comments)
When you submit the seller request form to list on www.anthonystokespereira.com , you're registering as a seller. I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will contact you to schedule a visit to your home and give you a listing presentation. The information you receive will help you decide if you (0 comments)
Selling You House and Price Reductions - 02/12/10 10:45 PM
When you sell, you want to net the most out of the sale. If no buyers are making an offer, an aggressive remedy is to reduce your asking price.
You should consider the following: Time Theory of Value: the higher the price, the longer it will take to sell a property. If you are ready to sell, reduce the price. Pyramid of Value: the lower the price the more people will be willing to purchase a property. If want more buyers to consider your property, reduce the price. Reluctance to reduce a price is very costly. Some costs are obvious (1 comments)
Going Green - Affordable Green Home Makeovers - 02/12/10 10:32 PM
Want to save the environment, but can't afford costly solar panels? Are you eager to cut down on energy costs, but leery about putting a wind turbine in your backyard? Don't worry. There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to "go green with a home makeover and stay within your budget."
Here are some green living tips for doing environmentally friendly home and yard makeovers on a tight budget: Audit Start with a home energy audit. Check to see if your local utilities company provides this service. If it doesn't, plenty of other companies do. The auditor should make a (1 comments)
Going Green - Environmentally Friendly Yard Makeovers - 02/12/10 10:28 PM
Here are some green living tips for doing environmentally friendly yard makeovers on a tight budget: Instead of drowning your lawn in a sea of dangerous pesticides and chemicals, make your own bug and weed repellent from hot peppers and water. Some households remove the grass from their yards and replace it with rocks, gravel, wild flowers and native plants (hearty species that don't require much water or fertilizer). If you do have a grass lawn, don't feel obliged to constantly mow it. A "high mow" with a push mower gives grass the chance to grow sufficiently to deny shade to (2 comments)
Follow this DIY Network woodworking guide to build a window box planter that will enhance your home's exterior.
Building a window planter box can help add color and life to your window's view. Window planter boxes are especially helpful for landscaping in an urban environment, where there might not be any room for natural greenery. Instructions: 1. Cutting boards. From ¾-inch-thick redwood or cedar, cut the front, back, bottom, and ends to size.The back piece should be roughly the width of your window plus an inch or two. 2. Drilling holes. Before mounting the planter to (0 comments)
The Make Over - Decorating Advice - 02/11/10 09:25 PM
By combining yard sale finds, family artwork, and a few pieces dragged home from the dump, a young New Hampshire designer creates the perfect newlywed home. Junk Chic Sarah Andersen, a jewelry and floral designer, and her husband, Peter, have taken their tiny 500-square-foot apartment on the ground level of a three-story house and turned it into a stylish home on a next-to-nothing budget. Sarah learned from her artist parents how to scour garage sales, auctions, flea markets -- even the local dump. This helped her spot a shapely table and architectural salvage pieces that convey her unique sense of style. (1 comments)
Why Rockland County, NY Home Buyers Choose Me - Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Garden Rand Realty - 02/09/10 11:50 PM
The BEST Real Estate Service Experience! Hire A True Professional for All Your Real Estate Needs! The home buying process should entail much more than internet searches and looking through newspaper ads. Most people buy only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you've done it before, laws and regulations change. That's why having a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty professional on your side is critical. You need to be sure you have all the information such as market conditions, inventory, negotiating ideas, new construction variables, etc. This is where my experience, (1 comments)
Why Rockland County, NY Home Sellers Choose Me - Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - 02/09/10 11:03 PM
The BEST Real Estate Service Experience! Hire A True Professional for All Your Real Estate Needs! Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. How much is it REALLY worth? How long will it take to sell? How do you handle buyers making undesirable offers? Hiring the right Real Estate Agent makes all the difference! How I Am Different?. My answer can be summed up in a single word, "service". Deceptively simple, but true, delivering better services to my clients is the Difference. The desire to make your real estate experience as easy and (0 comments)
Remodeling - Home Improvements - 02/09/10 10:50 PM
Trying to decide which home renovation project to tackle next? To start you must decide if you are remodeling to improve an area of your home that is in need of some TLC or if you are remodeling to maximize your Return On Investment. A few cosmetic changes Tearing apart your old kitchen may be the cause of countless daydreams; however, first consider a cost-effective facelift. Things like changing fixtures, fresh paint, updating cabinetry handles or adding a decorative backsplash are simple and relatively inexpensive ways to modernize your kitchen and give buyers a better sense of the room's true (0 comments)
Making Over The Room - Five Tips to a Better Bookcase Display - 02/06/10 10:45 PM
Over time, an attractive display space can become a spot to stash stuff. Bookcases can be a great way to add an interesting display of your favorite objects in a room. However, bookcases can quickly become a cluttered looking space in your room if care is not taken in arranging the objects on the shelves. Utilize these tips to make the bookcases in your home a showcase for your cherished possessions and collections. With these helpful ideas, you'll bring those untidy shelves back into focus.
1) Try grouping light and dark items together to make arrangements more appealing. 2) Use (4 comments)
Energy Saving Tips For Your Home - Switch to Compact Florescent Light Bulbs - 02/06/10 02:11 PM
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that lighting alone accounts for about 10 percent of your electric bill. To bring that figure down, assess the wattage of the bulbs you use throughout the house. In some spaces, you may be using 100-watt bulbs or higher where 60- or 75-watt bulbs would work just as well. For even greater savings, consider switching to compact florescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, which require as much as 75 percent less energy to provide the same illumination as incandescent bulbs. CFLs do cost more - as much as three to 10 times a comparable incandescent bulb - (0 comments)
Energy Saving Tips For Your Home - Inspect and Clean Heating and Cooling Equipment Regularly - 02/06/10 02:07 PM
In the average U.S. home, more than 50 percent of energy costs go toward heating and cooling. Therefore, ensuring that your HVAC equipment is functioning efficiently is vital to keeping utility costs in line. The U.S. Department of Energy, along with most manufacturers, recommend inspecting heating and cooling equipment annually. Changing filters - both on forced-air furnaces and air conditioning units - should also be a regular part of your home maintenance routine. "I clean my air conditioner filter once a month or once every two months," says Joseph Seabra, a certified master electrician and electrical expert for Web-based consumer helpline (0 comments)
Energy Saving Tips For Your Home - Eliminate Drafts and Heat or Cool Only the Rooms You Use - 02/06/10 01:58 PM
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as 5 to 30 percent of a home's energy costs often go right out the window due to drafts and leaks. That's right. If there are cracks and gaps around your windows, doors, electrical outlets, or window air-conditioning units, you could be throwing away hundreds of dollars in expensive treated air every year. Take action now by sealing or filling as many gaps as you can. If you can't afford to replace old doors or windows with newer, more efficient ones, instead install weather stripping along doors or low-cost plastic sheeting over (0 comments)
Going Green - Buying Green For Your Home - 02/06/10 01:51 PM
When you decide to go green, there's no need to break the bank replacing everything in your home. It's best to avoid buying new products until you really need them (even the greenest new items have an impact on the environment -- most bamboo is shipped all the way from China). First, consider shopping for secondhand items at flea markets and thrift stores, and refurbish or find creative new uses for items you already own. Second, when you do decide to invest, look for products that incorporate recycled content (since it reduces the use of raw materials), renewable fibers like organic (0 comments)
Congratulations Greg Rand and Marsha Rand! / Anthony Stokes Pereira BHG Rand Realty - 02/06/10 01:42 PM
We usually use this space to discuss real estate market issues, but we would be remiss to not congratulate Greg Rand and Marsha Rand on cover stories this week.Greg is on the cover page this week on RIS Media's Real Estate Magazine, the leading magazine covering the real estate industry. He's on the page with Sherry Chris, the President of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and Kevin Levent of Better Homes and Gardens Metro Brokers in Atlanta. The story is an interview with Greg and the others about Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty's approach to handling market change and our innovative (0 comments)
Home Remodeling - Asbestos In The Home - 02/06/10 01:36 PM
Asbestos: Until the late 1970's, more than 3,000 products containing asbestos were commonly used in house construction, including materials for furnace duct insulation, deck undersheeting, and roof and wall insulation. So if your home was built before then, chances are you may stir up a little asbestos if doing a renovation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's "Asbestos in Your Home", asbestos in good condition should be left alone. However, if you find asbestos that is crumbling or fraying, it poses a health risk. Worst-case scenarios of asbestos exposure include respiratory illness, including lung cancer. If you think you have asbestos (0 comments)
Going Green - Save water, save cash! - 02/06/10 01:33 PM
In some areas, the cost associated with irrigating gardens and lawns has become prohibitive. According to the Bay Sounding newsletter, in some Florida neighborhoods, the cost of watering a typical 5,000 square foot area can cost upwards of $4 every time the underground sprinklers are turned on. Over-watering also has an additional cost beyond the hit to your pocketbook. It washes away the costly fertilizers you've used to feed your gardens and lawn. There are some ways, however, to cut back on water consumption. First of all, you can develop your landscaping to use water efficiently. This practice is referred to (0 comments)
Buying A Home - Your Credit Report - 02/06/10 01:25 PM
When you are being considered for a home loan, mortgage lenders will review your credit report, which displays your credit history and credit score. Your credit score, also called credit rating, is based on a summary of your overall credit history. It is shown as a number that provides lenders with a fast and objective way to predict how likely you are to repay a loan. Lenders use your credit report to decide on the following: Whether or not to approve you for a loan The type of loan for which you qualify The interest rate to charge you Anthony Stokes (0 comments)
Buying A Home - The importance of good credit - 02/04/10 10:29 AM
The importance of good credit Your credit history will follow you throughout your life. Therefore, making good credit decisions along the way will help a great deal when you're ready to realize the dream of home ownership.
Getting a copy of your credit report Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 you're entitled to a free copy of your report, once a year, from each of the three credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Your free credit report should tell you what's in your file both outstanding debts and those you've paid off, along with how well (0 comments)
This blog is dedicated to the Rockland County, NY. Real Estate Market. My Real Estate Blog provides fresh perspective on our market activity. Real Estate is not just about selling or buying properties; it is about communities, people and families. I go above and beyond what is traditionally expected of a REALTOR. I am your source to Rockland County NY Real Estate information.
Traditionally, REALTORS were always the people to ask about what was happening in a particular community, since REALTORS are intimately involved in the places they live and work. I love our communities I love the villages, the towns, the schools, the restaurants, the parks, the people! And I know what's going on, because I am connected to the people and places in the communities I serve. So I would like to be your resource for real estate and community information. I will be posting my own analysis of the local real estate market, based on my expertise and experience in these markets, and I'll also be posting information and analysis of local events and happenings.
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