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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.



One of the most misunderstood aspects of real estate is the tension on the part of agents, landlords and tenants when it comes to the sale of the rental property. It is really a 3-headed monster.  Landlords selling their property often want to "keep it a secret" that the building is for sale; the...
Last week I wrote a blog post entitled Developers Should Spare the Trees. In it, I decried the clear cutting, scorched-Earth methodology of removing every single tree in the building of a new subdivision. Lo and behold, this past week, while driving not far from the inspiration of that post, I ca...
Located in the Scarborough area of Briarcliff Manor, Kemey's Cove is a quiet condo community nestled off of Revolutionary road overlooking the Kemey's Cove lagoon off the Hudson River. Historic places  nearby include Sparta Cemetery as well as the Jug Tavern. The setting gives it a stunning view...
This past December I blogged about 2 neighboring homes for sale in Nyack, NY that were featured in a New York Times article discussing the merits of using a broker to sell a home and the reasons people sell by owner. The homes were side by side; I was familiar with both, and even showed the one l...
Drive through Swiss Hamlet just once and you'll appreciate the name; beautiful homes in classic styles with stunning views of the valley. Residents have a full homeowners association which includes tennis courts, a clubhouse, and beautiful swimming pool. The amenities are run by the Swiss Hamlet ...
When I was a kid I had a Murray 5-speed bike with a banana seat and high handlebars, and I would ride between my neighborhood, Ossining's Indian Village, and Chilmark, across Pleasantville Road on the other side of Ossining Resevoir. Homes in Chilmark were bigger and nicer than my own. While I ro...
We have just closed on 155 North Regent Street in Port Chester, and to celebrate that closing I'll post a rundown of the real estate market in that distinguished village. Port Chester has a warm place in my heart. It was where "the office" was where my father worked when I was a child. Whenever I...
George Mantor's article "Is It Time to Go on The Offensive?" has me thinking. Mantor echoes the dissatisfaction most of us have with both the government and large banks, and he announces that he is switching to a credit union for his banking. He is using his economic vote. Should we all?  In 2005...
To get the word out about the FREE Westchester County home buyer seminar this coming April 7 at 6pm at the Tuscan Grille in Briarcliff Manor, we have set up www.TheKeysToHome.com.  The theme of the seminar, The Keys, is very appropriate. The "key" to getting your own set of "keys" to a home is th...
While driving through Dutchess County today, I was reminded of a pet peeve in real estate that I have long meant to blog about: builders who cut every, single solitary tree down when they build a subdivision and then plant a few saplings in their place. It seems to be particularly bad in the Huds...

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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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