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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.



Westchester Fixer Uppers for Sale I have recently listed two awesome opportunities for a buyer to get instant sweat equity in their ownership of a home. These are both rehabilitation opportunities, in need of complete renovation but priced very low for a fast sale. Neither are short sales and bot...
I very seldom re blog another author, but this was, in my view, a very timely message. All too often, it is suggested to me that that those I refer my clients to, such as lawyers, mortgage officers or home inspectors, are somehow in my pocket. Nothing could be further from the truth. No transacti...
Upon occasion I get a call from a cooperating agent who is calling to show one of my short sale listings. I welcome these calls- anything I can do to equip the buyer's agent with data to help the sale is something I am eager to do. They might have questions on the layout, condition, showing instr...
Just over a year ago, Westchester County settled a lawsuit with the government that called for it to build 750 affordable housing units in mostly white part of the county. The background of the case is lengthy and the local discussion of the matter has been heated in some quarters. The bottom lin...
Two parcel of land, one on the Byram River and another on Willett Avenue in Port Chester are being developed for a combined 183 apartments. According to the Journal News, The Mariner will be a 100-unit complex on the river and the castle will be an 83 unit project with street level retail units. ...
From 1945 until 1984, 60 Main Street in Sleepy Hollow (then known as North Tarrytown) was a battery factory operated by Duracell. It was a Superfund site due to toxic contamination, but was then de-listed after a 1993 cleanup. The village bought it in the 1990's for $1 from Gillette, who had acqu...
In light of this article in Tuesday's NY Times on the poor October in real estate sales, I thought it worthwhile to inject a little sanity into the implications for local market conditions. According to the Empire Access MLS, in Westchester County in October 2010, there were 285 closed sales of s...
I have a day where I can catch my breath and veg out. I am surrounded by things I am thankful for, so I'll share some of the reasons for my gratitude.  I am thankful that my parents made the sacrifices they made so I could build the life I now enjoy.  I am thankful for my brothers, who tease, sup...
It sort of amuses me to see questions asked by people online these days, such as on Trulia Voices. I was inspired to comment on one with the "foreclosure mentality" of many buyers, but it was actually posted a long time ago. Everybody wants a foreclosure. The perception that they are a wonderful ...
The time around Thanksgiving and Christmas is typically when the inventory is often at its lowest level in general, as people tend to get more into the holidays. Homes buying often resumes after the holidays, and there is a phrase that says that spring begins January 2nd in real estate. This past...

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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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