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By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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As we settle into the year 2016, it’s time for the Home Guru to report on the closing of the fourth quarter of the housing market in 2015 and to take a look into his crystal ball and see how experts say it might behave in the months ahead.Closing out 2015: Just in are the results of the last thre...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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In the early days of our marriage, my wife and I lived in a small New York City studio apartment, and we had to make the most of what space we had. Some of our neighbors opened up floor space by sleeping on Murphy beds that folded up vertically into the wall. We opted instead to purchase an extra...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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It is a New Years Eve and time for an annual tradition.  Of course, I am talking about the annual ball drop counting down to the New Year.It is great to experience it in person but do you really want to go to Times Square?  In just a few hours they will be locking down the grid and people will be...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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As I observe holiday wreaths dotting the front doors of homes, I am reminded that I’ve written about how important the condition of the front door is when it comes to the sale of a home. I thought about that recently when I opened a couple of doors for showings where the owners might have benefit...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Come holiday time, my wife Margaret and I have always engaged in a practice I suspect many homeowners share: in addition to buying gifts for each other, we also buy gifts “for the home.” Over the course of our marriage, these have ranged from practical choices, such as new appliances, to objet d’...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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While I wear the mantle of The Home Guru, I get practically all of my ideas and advice from others who are specialists in their fields. But most times, the spark of an idea comes right at home, faced with a chore to be done or some small improvement to make life easier or more enjoyable. And freq...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Steps. Some people seek to avoid them in their housing choices, preferring one-level living, while others insist on having sleeping quarters on a second level. And, the reasons for either preference can be quite different.When I was very young, maybe five or six years old, I had a recurring dream...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Normally built-ins are utilized to transform dead zones into functional space, such as under stairs or windows, or between fireplaces and corners, but with our most recent project, there were a couple of other objectives to achieve besides organization, storage and display.Because my wife and I w...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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I’ll confess that I’ve always been a country boy at heart, having been reared in the Tidewater area of Virginia where, as a boy, I spent most of my time outside and barefoot at that. So, it was a real transition for me when I went to college and lived in a third floor dorm room and couldn’t just ...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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The classic sitcom Seinfeld may rival Shakespeare for the number of neologisms it has given us—“low talker,” “regifting,” and “anti-dentite” among them—and it has also brought us the holiday Festivus and the career of The Original Soupman. But there is still one area of the Seinfeld universe that...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Each fall throughout the years, I have given various tips for preparing for the long, cold winter ahead, and among them, here are some that are top of mind.For the lawn, rather than gathering leaves and lawn clippings in bags, cut the leaves while dry with your lawnmower into dime-sized pieces. T...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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During the last quarter of the year, any homebuyer prospect can tell you that it hasn’t been a sure thing that you can get the house you’ve set your cap on. In today’s market, if a house is priced right and is in good condition, it doesn’t last long on the market. Further, we’ve seen the return o...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Today is a beautiful Fall Sunday in Yorktown New York and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual street fair.  The temperature is perfect at 65 degrees. For the first time ever we had a hot dog eating contest and I was one of the judges.  The one I watched ate 8 hot dogs in 10 min...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Who says bigger is better? Well, all of us do, it seems, when it comes to living larger and wanting more space, especially if we happen to be downsizing, but don’t want to be fully aware of it.There are countless ideas in decorating magazines, on HGTV and the internet about how to give the illusi...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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As I opened the door to my kitchen pantry to grab a quick snack, the thought occurred to me that I’ve lived in homes and apartments that didn’t feature a pantry, and I wondered what I ever did without one.As a kid, I distinctly remember how happy my mother was when she and my dad were able to pur...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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When it came time for my friend Abby to have a tankless water heater installed, she got the distinct feeling that it made a difference that she was a woman when dealing with both the manufacturer and the installer.  “I felt that I was being treated differently in both cases because I was asking q...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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40 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $399,888 Address: 164 Somerston Road Type: Residential Style: Ranch Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Suite: Yes Living Area: 1,800 square feet Year Built: 1965 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing Description Beautifully renovated & upd...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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One big question mark remains in the decoration of the great room of our new home and it doesn’t seem likely to be answered any time soon. That is, the choice of chandelier to be hung in our dining area.For the first time in our long marriage of agreeing over most things that surround us, my wife...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Anna Maroselli could write the definitive book or teach a master class on preparing a home for sale. While normally it is a matter of a month or two from the time a seller and realtor engage in the process of listing a home, there was a gestation of more than two years from the time I was called ...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Do more people than not get attached to their homes to the point where they suffer a sense of loss when it’s time to move on? It’s a question I’ve been pondering lately and one that once again I’m facing myself. My home is on the market for the second time in two and a half years. Last time, I ha...

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