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Remodeling - Here’s What You Need to Know Stucco! - 05/29/10 10:56 PM
If you're looking for a home with Southwest or Tuscan character or want to give more personality than wood siding to your home, stucco is back and is stirring up the market. Mixing it up In use for more than two millennia, plaster work, or stucco, has long been appreciated for its utility. With its sand and cement base, it's highly durable, maintenance-free, and provides insulation. It can also give a colorful change of texture to a brick, stone or wood-sided home. But stucco hasn't always been held in high regard with home buyers and sellers. In the 1990s, some synthetic (1 comments)
Designing a new bathroom is full of challenges - NKBA Planning Guide For Your New Bathroom! - 05/29/10 10:53 PM
Designing a new bathroom is full of challenges. It's most likely the smallest room in your house, yet requires the most fixtures, lights, and plumbing, per square foot. That means the highest, best use of available space is crucial. Who's going to use the bath, what fixtures will be needed and how can they be placed to code and for the most convenience? Among the most exciting resources for homeowners is the National Kitchen and Bath Association website, where there is a wealth of information and ideas. The NKBA's Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines with Access Standards (ANSI) is a terrific guide to (0 comments)
Remodeling Your Home - How To Make Your Bathroom Safer! - 05/29/10 10:49 PM
Accidents in the bathroom can occur to anyone, but many are preventable if you're careful about cleaners, hard surfaces, and water hazards. Harmful poisons or chemicals Drain cleaners, bathtub cleaners, tile and glass cleaners all contain potentially harmful ingredients. Typically, these chemicals are kept under the sink or in a cabinet for convenient use. You can protect toddlers with safety locks, but what else should you think about? Before you start, read directions carefully to make sure you're using the product correctly. Never mix two products together to save space or increase effectiveness. Chemicals age and have an effective life span (0 comments)
ROCKLAND, ORANGE & SULLIVAN COUNTIES COMMUNITY EVENTS - SPRING 2010 - 05/29/10 10:42 PM
ROCKLAND, ORANGE & SULLIVAN COUNTIES COMMUNITY EVENTS May 29, 30, Midnight, Throughout Rockland -Memorial Day Watch Fires. Originated by George Washington as a means to signal troops along the Hudson River that the Revolutionary War had ended. Additionally it is an historic commemoration of all who fought in the American wars for democracy. Locations: Eugene Levey Park in Pomona, Piermont Pier in Piermont, Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw, and Clausland Park located in Orangeburg. For more information call Rockland Veterans office (845) 638-5244 May thru December,Live Jazz Friday Nights at Windsor Grille Restaurant & Lounge. Featuring a variety of jazz, funk, blues (0 comments)
Community Events - WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM & DUTCHESS COUNTIES May to June 2010 - 05/29/10 12:33 AM
COMMUNITY EVENT This Week by Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Every season, Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for our clients, colleagues, and friends. For Spring 2010, we've assembled this compilation of events, and hope you are able to make the most out of this beautiful season! If you would like to suggest events for inclusion in the summer, fall or winter guides, just email me your event and contact information at email@example.com WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM & DUTCHESS COUNTIES: May 29, 31, 10-6 (1 comments)
Wearing Protective Clothing When Using Lawn Tools - 05/29/10 12:25 AM
Ah, the fresh smell of cut grass in the summer! As you head outdoors to cut, trim, and tend your lawn, you may be thinking of wearing lightweight clothes as you work in the sun, but if you're planning to use power tools, you should consider what not to wear. Protective eyeglasses, not sunglasses Mowers and weed-eaters can kick up dust, debris, and sticks that can quickly become missiles that can hurt your eyes. You may think you're protected with sunglasses, but they could shatter on impact. Instead, buy protective eyewear at any local hardware or lawn and garden store. ERB, (5 comments)
Landscapes - Information on xeriscaping - 05/29/10 12:20 AM
In many parts of the country, such as Southern California and the Southwest, green lawns of grass are not indigenous to the region, requiring copious amounts of water to keep them looking their best. Non-native landscaping contributes to water shortage in some areas, requiring watering restrictions. The problem is so great in Los Angeles that approximately 40% of the city's water usage is for watering lawns. The L.A. Department of Water and Power has begun a "cash for grass" program. The Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program, pays homeowners $1.00 per square foot of turf they replace with less thirsty alternatives. (0 comments)
Selling or Buying A Home - Choose an Accredited Home Inspector - 05/22/10 02:39 PM
According to the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), real estate transactions often hinge on the competence of the home inspector involved in the sale. Yet, many home buyers assume that the home inspector they hired has the training and knowledge to conduct a high quality home inspection. If you're hiring someone to inspect the home you want to buy, or you're a seller trying to find out if there are any hidden problems that need fixing before you put your home on the market, here are five things you need to know: 1. Choose an Accredited Home Inspector Several professional (0 comments)
Home buyers relied less on newspapers and open houses, and turned more to online resources to get home buying information as well as to peruse homes for sale, according to the 2009 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. First-time home buyers want to learn about the home buying process by reading online content, comparing notes with friends and family, and searching online for homes. Buyers over the age of 44 (0 comments)
Charcoal Grill Safety - 05/21/10 11:34 PM
With summer fast approaching, you and all your friends will probably be taking part in the great American tradition of barbequing.
But you want to be safe, don't you? There are an estimated 600 barbeque related fires a year, according to the Coppel, TX Fire Department. Just follow a few safety checks to help you avoid accidents, and let the fun begin. Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times while barbequing and keep any combustibles at least 10 feet away from the grill. Make sure that your grill is clean and level. You don't want your grill to be unstable, (5 comments)
Selling Your Home - The kitchen can be the deciding factor that sways a potential buyer toward - 05/21/10 11:29 PM
More than any other room in the home, the kitchen can be the deciding factor that sways a potential buyer toward - or away from - a purchase. With this in mind, most experts agree that even if you aren't planning pre-sale updates anywhere else, the kitchen is the place to make them. But if a move is nowhere in your immediate future, improvements to your kitchen still almost always add directly to the eventual resale value of your home. Sounds good, but what if your budget doesn't allow for a wholesale remodel complete with new granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances? (1 comments)
Flooring for Wet Areas - Kitchens, Baths, Utility and Mud Rooms - 05/21/10 11:25 PM
Kitchens, baths, utility rooms, and mud rooms take more spills and splashes than the rest of the house. While you may love your hardwoods in the living room, you may want more of a workhorse in the wet areas of your home. Flooring in kitchens and baths have come a long way in terms of looks, but the basic materials are still tile or carpet. Some floorings look more modern, some are more industrial, and some are timeless and traditional. Carpet Surprisingly, recent advances in carpet technologies make carpet an attractive choice for wet areas such as mudrooms and bathrooms. When (0 comments)
So before you take that first relaxing dip, read the manufacturer's guidelines on whether or not you can use common bath enhancers such as bath salts and oils, or if there are any preferred brands. Similarly, when you buy bath additives, make certain they are guaranteed for use in jetted tubs. If you own a water-jetted tub, the water pump can become damaged by bath salts, oils, (13 comments)
Water Damage is the number one reason Homeowners file claims against their insurance companies. - 05/15/10 11:32 PM
According to water damage repair experts, water damage is the number one reason homeowners file claims against their insurance companies. Fast-growing franchisor 1-800 Water Damage, experts which appear on-site to dry and begin restoration on water-soaked ceilings, walls and floors within 90 minutes of being called by panicked homeowners, say the need for emergency water damage relief is always present, and not because of weather-related storms and floods. "Most water damage calls come as a result of accidents within the home, and are not weather related," says 1-800 Water Damage President Lisa Bongi. "Water from the failure of indoor appliances, or plumbing, (2 comments)
For you and your loved ones, a beautiful fire in the fireplace provides a delightful ambiance in cold weather. Wood-burning fireplaces are hypnotic, with the smoky smell of the wood, the sound of crackling, and the beauty of the dancing flames. Before you burn your first fire of the season, have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America and (1 comments)
Selling Your Home - Doing Spring Cleaning! - 05/15/10 11:18 PM
Spring brings renewal; an opportunity to knock off the dust and soot that's accumulated over the past year. As a homeowner, there is no greater feeling than seeing your home refreshed after winter's hibernation, and by using the right method, you can help make cleaning easier, simpler and more efficient. Start by identifying your problem areas, and then form a plan of attack. Having a plan will keep you focused on each area until it's done, especially if you're the kind of cleaner who starts in one room, then finds something that should go in another room only to go back (1 comments)
Selling A House - Landscaping says a lot about a home! - 05/15/10 11:13 PM
Landscaping says a lot about a home, particularly how much care the home gets. Clues that your home receives little attention are crabgrass, weeds, leggy bushes, trees with dead branches, muddy areas where grass won't grow, and lack of color. First impressions of the surroundings should be positive. Well-kept healthy grass with neatly trimmed edges looks astonishingly better than over grown and weedy grass. Consider having your garden and yard professionally manicured-that's grass cut, weeds killed, and edges trimmed. Professional lawn care services can make recommendations on certain treatments and identify any problems you may want to fix to bring up (1 comments)
Rockland Cunty, NY Real Estate - Selling your home and Keeping negotiations pleasant! - 05/14/10 05:06 PM
Some buyers may assume they have the advantage because of the number of houses available, and they may behave overconfidently. Stay cool, because you'll be able to get a great deal when you buy your next home, too. The shoe will be on the other foot because you'll likely recoup any losses you may have incurred on the sale of your home, by being able to buy at reduced prices, too. Be patient. While stressful, expect negotiations to go back and forth until the contract is amended to both the buyer's and your satisfaction. Trying to "just get it over with" (0 comments)
Rockland County, NY Real Estate - Selling Your Home, Raise your home’s value in the marketplace - 05/14/10 05:03 PM
Buyers pay less for homes with negative associations such as a busy street, poor condition, unappealing drive-up, or prison-like bars on the windows. They pay more for attractive locations, good schools, curb appeal, cleanliness, storage space, and well-done updates, among other attributes. Ideally, you want to have time to sell and not be pressured by job transfers, divorce, foreclosure, or other vulnerable situations. If the buyer knows there is pressure behind your sale, he or she may use that as an advantage in negotiations, regardless of how well you've prepared the house. Keep your reasons for selling private between you and (0 comments)
Rockland County NY Real Estate - Selling Your House and Negotiate by Planning Ahead! - 05/14/10 04:49 PM
Sellers today have to do more to attract buyers and offers than ever before. When offers come in, sometimes they are low or have conditions that have to be negotiated. As a seller, you can be proactive before the offers come in to make sure negotiations are kept to a minimum and in your favor. Negotiate by Planning Ahead
In negotiations, you have to know what your bottom line is, because the offer will usually be less than your asking price. You may have more than one offer to compare. The highest priced offer may not be the best offer (0 comments)
Rockland County, NY Real Estate - Selling Your House, Attract Serious Buyers! - 05/14/10 04:25 PM
It goes without saying that you and your real estate professional want to attract serious home buyers, but your marketing may attract buyers who can't qualify to buy your home. Serious buyers want to find a home. They have criteria, a price, and a moving date. They're usually represented by a real estate agent. They've eliminated homes on the Internet and have your home on the short list. They've been pre-qualified by a lender, and are ready to make an offer on the right home
To prepare your home for viewing, make it as light, cheerful and serene as possible. (0 comments)
Rockland County, NY Real Estate - Marketing Your Home Fore Sale! - 05/14/10 04:15 PM
Hiring a real estate agent to find a buyer for your home is serious business and I'm sure you've given it much thought. If all that was needed to do to sell a home was to put a sign on the front lawn and enter information into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), real estate agents would have a very easy job and so would sellers. Today especially, a marketing plan and promotion strategy are critical to attracting buyers to a property and ultimately to the sale of the property. In a hot market, your agent might get an offer on your (0 comments)
ROCKLAND, ORANGE & SULLIVAN COUNTIES EVENTS - 05/07/10 03:29 PM
HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENTS This Week Published by Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty on Friday May 7, 2010 Every season, Anthony Stokes Pereira,B etter Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for our clients, colleagues, and friends. For Spring 2010, we've assembled this compilation of events, and hope you are able to make the most out of this beautiful season!
ROCKLAND, ORANGE & SULLIVAN COUNTIES EVENTS: Fridays, 5:30-9:30 PM, West Point - Friday Night Seafood and Chocolate Festival. Enjoy Seafood Bisque, Sushi, an array of fresh fish, and irresistible chocolate (1 comments)
Market Report For Orange County NY, May 2010 - 05/04/10 02:09 PM
The Orange County residential market experienced a bit of a hangover from the extension of the Home Buyer Tax Credit, with transactions and prices down from the first quarter of last year. Buyers motivated by the tax credit rushed to close in the fourth quarter, spurred by the expected expiration of the credit in November, but the last-minute extension of the credit through June reduced that buyer demand in the fi rst quarter. Essentially, the tax credit "stole" buyers from the fi rst quarter by creating urgency to close in November by the first deadline, and now giving buyers breathing space (1 comments)
The Westchester residential real estate market continued its recovery from the severe declines spurred by the financial crisis of late 2008 - 05/03/10 10:53 PM
The Westchester residential real estate market continued its recovery from the severe declines spurred by the financial crisis of late 2008, with transactions up a whopping 76.6% from last year and even up 3.0% from the first quarter of 2008. (The 26.4% decline in units from the fourth quarter simply reflects the normal seasonality in the market, since transactions generally go down in the Winter months.) This surge in transactions had its expected effect on prices, with the average sales price up 13.6% and the median up 13.2% from last year, although the price-per-square-foot was only up 0.7%. The difference between (1 comments)
The Rockland County, NY Single-Family Market Showed signs of Stabilization in the first Quarter! - 05/03/10 10:47 PM
The Rockland single-family market showed signs of stabilization in the first quarter, with transactions up slightly and prices basically unchanged from a year ago. The decline in transactions from the fourth quarter was both a reflection of normal seasonality that drives down sales in the Winter months and a demonstration of the impact of the Home Buyer Tax Credit in the fourth quarter, which spurred sales from buyers in this relatively mispriced market rushing to take advantage of the credit before it's expected expiration in November. We will not see the effects of the extension of the tax credit until the (0 comments)
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS RAND REALTY RECEIVES 2010 ROCKLAND RECYCLES AWARD - 05/03/10 10:31 PM
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS RAND REALTY RECEIVES2010 ROCKLAND RECYCLES AWARDRand Realty honored for excellence in recycling and creative waste management practicesNew City, N.Y. (May, 2010) - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has received the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority's 2010 Rockland Recycles Award for its company-wide recycling program. The award was presented on May 2 at the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority's Environmental Day in Hillburn, N.Y. Rand Realty was among two other award-winners: Instrumentation Laboratory and Thiells Elementary School. Only Rockland County-based organizations were eligible for the award, which has been given annually since 2005 to recognize (0 comments)
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