real estate: 5 Reasons to Buy Real Estate in Peekskill NOW! - 07/31/18 03:40 AM

It is in the Hudson River Valley! Nothing more beautiful than living near a great natural resource. The Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway has a one-mile trail that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Median Sales Price jumped from $157,500 to $280,000 from June 2017 - June 2018 up 77.8%! And in the last 12 months rose from $265,000 to $290,000 a 9.4% increase. New retailers, restaurants, artist’s lofts, music venues and waterfront events. History, architecture food and culture in every corner. The people are real friendly and down to earth. Easy access to NYC via Metro North … (0 comments)

real estate: Cafe Realty, Mount Kisco NY, 2017 Real Estate Review - 01/16/18 03:08 PM
It's time to turn the page on 2017, welcome 2018 and congratulate and thank those who made it possible. We helped 62 families sell or buy homes this past year, more than we anticipated, business was up by 50% as we approach year 5.  We educate beyond belief, advocate with authenticity and innovate with the latest trends. This means that we care for you and go the extra mile to create a stress free, smooth real estate experience! Our business was mostly referrals from friends, family and our strategic partners. Our agents are our ambassadors and thanks to them we have … (0 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: A 30 Year Celebration! - 07/11/17 12:30 PM

Maybe it was an independance day for me 30 years ago when I joined my first real estate company as a newly licensed salesperson? I took some advice (or did I lose a bet), got my license in 1987, and the market crashed that very October. The rest is history, mystery and a little magic...
Coldwell Banker was my company of choice, they were new to the east coast, from California, and seemed like a good fit. It was daunting, not only being new in Real Estate, but representing a company who people thought was a bank! It was … (1 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 🎄🎄🎄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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Celebrate With Us!!! - 10/16/16 09:06 PM

MOUNT KISCO—Café Realty will host a grand opening celebration at its new expanded location in Mount Kisco at 239 Lexington Ave. on October 19. The office opening coincides with the company’s third anniversary in business.
“We are pleased to extend this invitation to the real estate community, said Carol Christiansen Principal Broker/Owner. “The office is a center for education, advocacy and collaboration and we welcome our friends/family, clients and colleagues to stop in that day, anytime between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 239 Lexington Avenue in Mount Kisco.”
Other partners in the firm are Elisa Bruno-Midili, Eric T. Lebenson and Walter Sadowski. The … (5 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: ☕ 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Did Everybody Get It Wrong??? - 04/15/16 07:26 AM
The first seminar in the ‘OPEN DOOR SERIES’ was held on March 30 to an energetic crowd at Piatto Grill in Yorktown Heights. The topic ‘Everybody Gets it Wrong’ was explored by a six member panel within the subjects of law, insurance, real estate, home inspection and mortgage, credit repair.
In the audience were home owners, homebuyers, investors, realtors, insurance brokers, bankers and appraisers. Discussion revolved around little known facts and common misconceptions within a real estate transaction. Contact one f the panelists for detailed info:
Luis Guerra, The Luis Guerra Agency
Carol Christiansen, Cafe Realty
Daniel Tota, Durante, Bock & … (0 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: The Week Before Christmas - 12/18/15 05:07 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas and all thru the house
Every creature was stirring, even the mouse!
Commitments were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that TRID soon would be here.
Buyers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of closings danced in their heads.
And Carol in her kerchief and I in my cap,
Had rattled our brains
With all this real estate crap.
Out on the lawn there arose such a … (3 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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