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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.



I took Catherine out for a little drive with Daddy, just us two, so I could go to Best Buy and scout out my next piece of technology. I live in Briarcliff, so to get to Hartsdale you take the Taconic Parkway south, and Catherine asked me about that big building on the right, which happened to be ...
I have been asked in recent months about the market for building lots in Westchester County. While I am far from a high transaction land guy, I'll tell you what I do would if I had a double lot, an adjacent building lot to my home, a spot lot nearby, or a small parcel that could be developed with...
Karen Crowson wrote a thought-provoking post asking whether it was a good idea or not for buyers and sellers to meet before closing. In spite of many examples of my own transactions where buyers and sellers did hit it off well, my vote would be "no." There are two main reasons.  1. Potential for ...
We held my listing at 8 Harwood Ave White Plains open yesterday, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to create a walking tour of the home, a marketing strategy which has been getting good feedback for me lately. I have blogged recently about the better results I have been getting at open house...
Imagine you are in real estate. If you are reading these words, not a stretch. Now imagine you've busted your buns long enough to start your own firm, like I did after 17 years. You decide you'll name your firm after something very personal about you- let say your dog. Not a stretch, right? I had...
I posted a photo of a pie I got at Grandma's earlier this week and got over a dozen comments that gave me a collective sense of cyber salivation. With good reason: Grandma's makes the best pies around. They have been in business for decades and have quite a following.  I first learned of Grandma'...
It won't go to print until this Sunday's paper, but the article that I blogged about expecting is now live online. Entitled "A For Sale Sign with Brains," the piece discusses how real estate brokers are embracing technology to sell property. The story behind the article is actually not one of the...
I got a call today from an agent who claimed to have an interested buyer in one of my short sale listings. I informed him that all offers, per the instructions of my seller, would only be considered if they were in writing and accompanied by a pre approval letter or proof of funds. He used this a...

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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