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J. Philip Faranda is based in Briarcliff Manor, NY. His market covers Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, & Dutchess counties. Almost 500 clients and customers have closed transactions with him since 2005 for over a quarter billion dollars worth of property sold. Ever the high-producing listing agent, he counts among his specialties hard to sell properties & short sales.

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2009 

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Late last year I posted my 2 Goals and 5 Resolutions for 2009.  I am going to review how I did then state my 2010 goals and resolutions.  The goals were pretty simple: Make more money; Work less.   Quite frankly, I reached neither. I worked really hard in 2009, perhaps as hard as I ever worked, a...
12/31/2009
Some of the comments in this story prompted me to write one of my own. The jist of the piece is that all real estate appreciation from the past 10 years is nullified by inflation. Now, I don't know if I should go outside, stand in the street and scream  DUH at the top of my lungs, or just put my ...
12/30/2009
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Ann has started her own blog, focusing on Gregory, who is on the spectrum for autism. G-man is, thank God, extremely communicative and affectionate, and as this video shows, he loves to be tickled. This is one of Ann's favorite videos, and she figured out how to put it on her sidebar.  The "Dugga...
12/29/2009
This article in the Real Deal caught my attention. According to the NY Times, foreclosure filings in New York State for 2009 are up 17 percent from the prior year, with just over 48,000 cases. Not all filings automatically become bank repossessions, but the number of those spiked enormously. Earl...
12/28/2009
Russell Shaw of AgentGenius passes on a powerful email being sent to agents on how to deal with Bank of America’s difficulty with short sales- don’t send them any new mortgage business. My comment was as follows: Well, it isn’t surprising that this letter is being distributed. I haven’t gotten o...
12/28/2009
Are you, like me, just a little burned out on networking websites?  I Tweet, do Facebook, and LinkedIn ; there are dozens of others. I've been hyperactive on on Active Rain lately.  I have a YouTube channel. A Technocrati profile. Digg. Reddit. In real estate I’m on Zillow and Trulia, and that i...
12/28/2009
If you've ever driven on any of the Westchester County Parkways, perhaps you've seen a quasi-official looking blue and white truck with the initials H.E.L.P. on the side. That stands for Highway Emergency Local Patrol, and they go around aiding people with car trouble. I have no idea what the cos...
12/26/2009
One of the most common questions I get from buyers about an area they are considering is the following: How good are the schools?  It is a fair question. It factors in to their quality of life, the future welfare of their children, and resale value of the home they are considering. I also can't a...
12/25/2009
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I have a deal going on one of my listings. December deals are special, and there are a lot of moving parts on my clients' part, so I thought I'd reach out to the buyer agent to check status. She's been good about contact, so I wondered why we hadn't spoken in a few days. A man answered her phone....
12/25/2009
Ossining Christmas Vigil: Lighting the Way for Santa One of the really cool local traditions in my old neighborhood on Osage Drive and Susquehanna Rd was to put rows of candles out along the street to light the way for St Nicholas. As I was driving to my office on an elf errand around 11:30pm, I ...
12/24/2009
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Phil Faranda is broker and owner of J. Philip Real Estate LLC in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Since founding the firm as a sole practitioner in late 2005, the team has grown to over 80 agents & closed 1000+ transactions valued at over $1 billion. He was 2014 President of the HGMLS and a 2017 Inman Influencer. This blog commentary is geared toward consumers and industry colleagues alike. You can reach him at (914) 723-8900.
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