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Managing Real Estate Broker - Howard Hanna Rand Realty - License # 49FA1074963
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.



Paul Crego, my original broker and mentor, called costly mistakes "tuition in life." Maybe he knew that spin was far more empowering than my own on my goofs. He had another turn of the phrase when not such good things happened, and that was "now you are in the real estate business," as if those o...

Two items of significance today: I have a closing at 1pm. This is very pleasing to my wife, who attaches importance to having funds in the company operating account.  Regarding the wife: Nine years ago today, Ann showed up. For our wedding. This was something that at the time was not an absolute ...
I was first licensed in Rochester, New York in 1996. I remember receiving a paper memo from my mentor about what tools I'd need to start my career. Just the fact that it was a paper memo speaks volumes. Among the things needed: Beeper Voicemail account 3-ring binder Plastic sleeves for the listin...
Earlier this morning, Margaret Rome called me and we had a very nice conversation about the business. I emailed her after she commented on a post and she picked up the phone to reach out and speak in person. We had never met prior, so it was unexpected and completely out of the blue. Margaret jus...
Having represented buyers and sellers for 14 years I can appreciate the job that licensees have to do for their clients on both sides of the transaction. I may expound on the role of the listing agent in another post, but for now I want to address a trend I am seeing more and more in Westchester ...
I have a listing that has been on the market for almost 3 years. Counting the price with a prior broker, it has been reduced in price almost $170,000. I have had 66 showings on it, and as a 4-bedroom, it is tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than 3-bedroom units that have sold in the past 90 da...
I have to say that I normally cringe when Westchester Magazine ranks anything related to our local communities. My own home town of Ossining is often left in the shadow of the more affluent communities, and believe me, Westchester has some affluent towns. Yet the October issue of Westchester maga...
I just found out that a former client passed away.  This was not just anyone; he was a father, a grandfather, and the house he listed with me was the home his grandfather bought in the 1940's. I loved that house, and I liked Joel a great deal as well. It was a rare home for our area: it was a bea...
I know of two fellow brokers whom I like and respect who have said that they carry and are willing to use a handgun to ensure their safety on showings if some creep means them harm. I think this is a mistake. First things first: as a New Yorker, it is rather foreign to me to carry a gun. Handguns...

J. Philip Faranda

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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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