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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.



I am quoted in this article released by the AP today on the state of the housing market. The thrust of the piece is that we aren't out of the woods yet with prices. Distress sales are supressing values, inventory is giving buyers more choices-and moxie- and sellers are left to absorb the crisis o...
Nestled on a quiet street corner of the Campwoods neighborhood in Ossining is an old school, kid friendly cafe with an old fashioned counter, and wallet friendly prices. I just spent of of the nicer afternoons with Catherine, and the highlight was our time at the Wobble Cafe. Catherine had a stra...
This past Thursday Luke's Cub Scout den had a visit to Cortlandt Town Court to get their badge for civics. I was eager to go, because I actually know the judge. I sold his aunt's house a few years ago! One thing that struck me about court was the huge number of drunk driving cases we saw. In the ...
We are less than a week into "Spring" but the Spring Market has already begun in Westchester. Things are getting busy, as the cyclical nature of our industry turns to the most active period between now and July 4th. If this is the year you are looking to buy that first home, or even if you are lo...
A Shameless, Brazen Self Pimping Piece Follows. All sold data is taken from the Empire Access MLS:  Much like the rest of the country, there is still a significant malaise over the Westchester County real estate market. From January 1, 2010 until March 26, 2010 there were 708 single family homes ...
Just about every home sale is stressful on the seller. A short sale, given the higher stakes and financial ramifications, often has even more stress for the seller than a typical transaction. On a few occasions, I have had a short sale client lament that they are "left out" in a way, in that ever...
For my colleagues in the real estate industry..."politics makes strange bedfellows" I'll preface my thoughts by tipping my cap to the memory of Elizabeth Taylor to make a point: when you think of the late Ms. Taylor, what number do you first think of?  If the number is her 8 marriages, may I sugg...
What Can You Buy for $540,000 in Tuckahoe, NY?  $540,000 goes alot farther than a few years ago in places like Tuckahoe. Take for example this 4 bedroom, 3 bath 2800 square foot home our buyers recently closed on. They got a big living room and formal dining room, a family room with a fireplace, ...

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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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