Your home is your castle, your abode, your domicile, the place you go to when you seek shelter, comfort and solitude. You may be thinking of selling because it’s too much maintenance, the taxes are too high, your lifestyle has changed, your kids have moved out?
“Change the way you look at things and
the things you look at change.”When getting ready an important thing to realize is that the only good time to put your home on the market is when you are ready. The market has its seasonal cycles, holiday gyrations and Super Bowl Sunday myths but you are the only one … (0 comments)

cafe realty: Is Your Brand Living Up To It's Promise? - 08/16/17 04:07 AM
Brand School by Julie Cottineau, was my defining moment in the evolution of Cafe Realty and all that our brand has to offer and promise.
Julie, through her unique method of "twisting" teaches how to take ideas and  twist them with other brand ideas to gain insight and fresh perspective. It taught me how to think laterally,  be more aware of other brand messages, learn what my target audience needs and solve a real estate problem. This takes a strong connection on an emotional level and strategic language and messages on social channels.
I discovered that our agents and partners need to be … (7 comments)

cafe realty: A Farm to Call Your Own! #farmlife - 05/05/17 08:29 AM
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own farm? Welcome to Maplecroft c.1820, a little slice of farmland in scenic Putnam County and the Hudson River Valley. It is NEW to the market and the first time in 50 years that this unique property is being made available. A grand parcel comprised of 4 buildings all situated for maximum functionality. The main farmhouse is reminiscent of days gone by with its wrapped porch, molding detail, and planked flooring. A cozy stone fireplace adorns the living room and built-ins can be found in almost every room. On the 2nd level, 3 bedrooms plus extra unheated … (1 comments)

cafe realty: Spring is right around the corner... - 03/10/17 12:11 PM

Yes it is! Daylight savings time in the northeast, coupled with days of 50 degrees + is a sure sign that SPRING is right around the corner. Another sure sign that spring is almost here is the anticipation that the INVENTORY of HOMES FOR SALE is sure to increase.
If you are thinking of selling this spring, there are some things you may want to get started on before you list your home. Here are some ideas for a pre-list checkup:
De-CLUTTER - pack away things that you will not need and stage them in an area of the basement. Less is best when buyers are … (1 comments)

cafe realty: A T.E.A.M. FOR ALL SEASONS - 02/07/17 05:25 AM

When I was young the meaning of a team was sports related like baseball, basketball or football teams competing against one another. As I matured I began to develop a keener sense of life and began to see the competition and the drive these teams had to win! I was a cheerleader (little known fact) in elementary school cheering on the CYO basketball teams with a resounding T-E-A-M…GO TEAM. Still thinking that the only meaning a team had referred to sports.
Fast forward to the post college business world and a team was a department in a corporate structure that needed to perform … (3 comments)

cafe realty: 🎄🎄🎄Real Estate & The Holidays: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - 12/19/16 03:42 AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
When the houses are selling and kids jingle belling,
And everyone saying "I bought it this year"!
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
It's the hap-happiest season of all,
With those holiday greetings, Cafe Realty meetings, 
When your agent happens to call.
It's the hap- happiest season of all!
There'll be appointments for hosting,
Adult beverages for toasting,
And showings out in the snow.
There'll be scary closing stories, 
And tales of the glories of 
Relationships long, long ago.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
There'll be much party going,
And hearts will be glowing, 
When closings are near... 
It's the most … (0 comments)

cafe realty: The Truth About Real Estate: Family and Friends as Clients - 11/27/16 07:18 PM
A first person view about why friends and family are reluctant to do business with you.
I’m not sure what it is that makes friends and family so squeamish about consulting with me when it comes time to think about a real estate transaction. Here are some possibilities that are up for debate:
Trustworthiness? Your best interest is always first. If you don’t trust me then I understand. Confidential Information? This is never shared nor are you judged. Will we be on good terms after this transaction? I will guarantee a mutual understanding of the process and your transition. Listening to the experts is critical … (2 comments)

cafe realty: The Truth About Real Estate (a new series): Letter of Apology... - 11/12/16 08:10 AM
Dear Real  Estate Clients,
I apologize for the:
Incompetence Overall Unawareness Sloppy Follow Up Inability to Educate Miscommunication Poor Attitude Less Than Speedy Response Time Lack of Responsibility Statements Based Loosely on Fact And general failure to act appropriately with utmost confidence and competence!
SELLERS AND BUYERS alike take heed! Your Realtor is a professional, your advocate, your educator during the process.  Please be aware of what to expect, don't get caught off guard.
Here are some questions to ask when interviewing an agent to represent you in any real estate transaction:
What is your response time? Where are your reviews published? … (4 comments)

cafe realty: Cafe Realty: An Original Hudson Valley Company - 10/28/16 09:39 PM
October 19, 2016 was the day...Our family, friends, clients and colleagues were the audience...Great conversation, delicious food, and beverages were offered for the tasting!
THANK YOU for joining us as we celebrated the Grand Opening of our NEW Mount Kisco location and our 3rd year in business. The partners: Carol Christiansen, Elisa Bruno-Midili, Walter Sadowski and Eric Lebenson were delighted to welcome over 100 well-wishers to our world headquarters on Lexington Ave. The energy was high and the weather cooperated with sunshine and 80 degree temperatures. The Cafe Realty Team and Mayor J. Michael Cindrich were all on hand for our ribbon cutting!
Delightful tastings were prepared by Chef Elisa, extraordinary … (0 comments)

cafe realty: real - 10/02/16 12:02 PM
This is a story about a small real estate company that began a journey in 2013. During these 3 short years a 3 partner collaboration grew to 4 partners, 12 agents, 2 support staff, and a referral company of 11. We forged ahead at a time when many independents were retreating to corporate brokerage. We felt strong and powerful equipped with experience, charm and innovation. It was no small feat to orchestrate and ignite a start up, however, the companies we all were with formerly gave us the ability to be insightful. This truly collaborative company compelled us to combine forces that … (2 comments)

cafe realty: Cafe Realty Talks About Keller, Inman, Hogshead, Godin - 08/24/16 08:47 PM
I discovered Gary Keller and Keller Williams around 2006 while looking for something different in real estate. I was at Coldwell Banker for 19 years  and nothing was ringing my bell. I love the educational aspect of real estate and this man knew what he was talking about...trends, market analysis, and a sense of self! A true quantum leap for me!
Real estate is not magic, contrary to popular belief, it's just basics and whole lotta awareness. Simultaneously the behavioral aspect of the industry is fascinating and my own journey of self discovery was under way. Changing the way I looked at … (0 comments)

cafe realty: ☕ Summer is Sizzling at Cafe Realty - 08/13/16 10:27 PM
Mid summer and Cafe Realty has taken business to new heights! Homes are entering the market in all areas from the Bronx to Dutchess. Pockets of seller market area are noticeable in Yorktown, Peekskill and Mahopac. A sellers' market is noted when inventory is being absorbed in less than 3 months. Although inventory is low, pricing remains stable or with a slight increase in value.
Important factors to consider when selling a home:
Location - You can always change the house but not the location. Condition - A well maintained and appointed home is MOST desirable Pricing - Price slightly … (2 comments)

cafe realty: OPEN HOUSE TODAY...icy? or hot? - 07/23/16 10:45 PM
Coffee is on us! The barista is in! icy?  or  hot?

This splendid Dutchess County contemporary home is a private hilltop retreat with unsurpassed quality and charm. The timber frame is masterfully crafted and sustainably green. Custom designed by Vermont Timber Frame the post and beam construction employing mortise and tenon as well as dovetail wood to wood joinery make this home a unique, superior structure. Set in the scenicDutchess County, Town of Milan it is perched on 7+ acres affording vistas, magnificent sunset views and the ultimate in … (1 comments)

cafe realty: A Woman of Distinction! - 06/26/16 11:39 PM
Carol Christiansen, broker/owner of Café Realty has received the “Woman of Distinction” award by Terence Murphy, NYS 40th Senate District (June 13, 2016). This award is another in a series of recognitions Carol has received for her dedication and commitment to her community.
In June 2012, Carol and her husband Lou lost their son to heroin addiction. In light of their tragedy, they co-founded Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, a community- based non-profit offering education and support for families and individuals struggling with addiction. Carol has been recognized for her efforts by the Putnam County Sheriff's Honor Corps, a Congressional Proclamation, the Sid … (3 comments)

cafe realty: NEW Offerings! Lake Communities! - 06/20/16 08:01 PM
It's a busy time of year with graduations, BBQs and celebrations of all kinds! The weather is right for the great outdoors and that means shopping for that home of your dreams! Here is what is NEW & NOTEWORTHY and a bit about the communities and lifestyle too...
LAKE LINCOLNDALE - 29 Narcissus Dr - $369,000.00 - Town of Somers Delightful lake community offers swimming, boating, fishing, community events.

LAKE CASSE - 98 Shear Hill Rd - $400,000 - Mahopac Scenic Putnam County has many lakes, reservoirs and parks.

THE PRESERVE - 2 Harris Ct - $749,000 - Town … (1 comments)

cafe realty: PEEKSKILL INVESTMENT PROPERTY - 05/06/16 06:34 AM


cafe realty: WE'VE MOVED! SO WE CAN MOVE YOU! - 04/15/16 07:32 AM

Café Realty is Mt Kisco’s premiere full service real estate brokerage serving residential, commercial and investment clients in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess counties and the Bronx. We are centrally located at 239 Lexington Avenue and a 10-minute drive to Ossining, Briarcliff, Somers, Yorktown, Pleasantville, Katonah, Chappaqua, Armonk and Bedford. Our new location has on-site parking, access to shopping, highways, transportation and COFFEE! The Mt Kisco stop on Metro North RR is a convenience as well and the 80+ dining establishments. Make Café Realty your destination for a “real” estate experience. Stop by to see how we market homes, for tips on … (2 comments)

cafe realty: SPRING UP! Real Estate with YOU in mind! - 03/24/16 03:10 AM
The latest in Spring Market activity from the Real Estate company you keep...why hire one agent when you can hire an entire company!
The Team hosted a public open house that attracted over 100 people and 15 offers! Listed: A home that produced 20 showings in 2 days! Top agent Eric Lebenson listed 4 properties and received 4 accepted offers in less than 2 weeks! You may ask yourself HOW do they do it??? It takes a team to serve our clients. Adaptable to changing trends, aware of what is necessary to take a transaction from list to close, … (1 comments)

cafe realty: Meet Our New Partner! - 02/23/16 08:11 PM
Café Realty is thrilled and honored to announce our NEW partner, Eric Lebenson. Eric joins Carol Christiansen, Elisa Bruno-Midili and Walter Sadowski as a partner in the firm. He has also recently been named Chief Development Officer at St. Christopher’s Inc, an organization serving the needs of teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities across a broad spectrum.
Lebenson has a diverse professional background, having extensive expertise in the real estate industry, and holding several business leadership roles throughout Westchester County. He is a multi award winner including 6 consecutive years as a 5 Star Award recipient with less than 2% … (1 comments)

cafe realty: Cafe Realty + BURBIO (how the community gets connected) - 02/02/16 07:05 AM
It’s time to create community connections one calendar at a time!
Ever wonder how to get your calendars synced and organized. School, sports, …what else?
Now with Burbio all  calendars can be downloaded and/or subscribed to. Leave it up to Burbio to share your organizations’ calendar to your community .
After all, who doesn’t love all this time sensitive info in one place and highly accessible and downloadable!
Like Cafe Realty, Burbio is a resource and resources are meant to be utilized and shared. Sign up for ‘This Week in Somers’ at
Cafe Realty is a real estate brokerage, consulting and valuation services company connecting … (0 comments)

Elisa Bruno-Midili, NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Cafe Realty 914.230.0650 (Cafe Realty)

Elisa Bruno-Midili, NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Cafe Realty 914.230.0650

Mount Kisco, NY

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Cafe Realty

Address: 239 Lexington Ave, Mt Kisco, NY, 10549

Office: 914.230.0650

Mobile: 914.912.1355

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