leah stern: Biggest Home Seller Mistakes - 02/02/14 12:04 AM
10 Biggest Home Seller Mistakes
Are you trying to sell your home?  If your goal is to sell it quickly and for the best price, don't fall into the rut of thinking that your home is the exception to the rule and that a buyer will come along and fall in love with the house, dispite any of its imperfections and be willing to pay full price and then some.  Instead, you'd do well to avoid making these 10 biggest seller mistakes (collected via a recent survey of real estate agents by Activerain).
Real Estate Agents Rank Biggest Home Seller Mistakes

A recent survey … (10 comments)

leah stern: Open House Sunday Oct 6 From 1:00-4:00PM 5 Pine Road Suffern NY - 09/30/13 10:01 AM
Open House this Sunday October 6, 2013 from 1:00-4:00PM 5 Pine Road, Suffern NY 10901   Map: 5 Pine Road, Suffern NY 10901  
 Details:
Extra large, freshly painted bi-level with gleaming hardwood floors
With 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths
Huge family room with fireplace and built-ins.
Bonus room/workshop off of the oversized 2 car garage Great home office or mother/daughter possibilities Minutes to NY/NJ highways/trains/buses.  Easy NYC commute. Close to shopping and houses of worship
This lovely bilevel located in a great family neighborhood with 3000 square feet of living space is priced at $510,000.
 
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leah stern: Have You Re-registered Yet For Your 2014 NYS STAR Exemption? - 08/31/13 02:57 PM
Have You Re-registered Yet For Your 2014 NYS STAR Exemption?
For all homeowners in NYS that are presently receiving a basic STAR exemption for their homes, in order to continue to receive this exemption in the 2014 calendar year and onward, you will be required to re-register. 
Re-registration is not required in order to receive the 2013 STAR exemption, but on a go forwards basis a one time re-registration is mandatory in 2014. 
Based on the information provided in the registration process, the tax department will then monitor and determine a homeowners continued eligibility.
The application process for … (17 comments)

leah stern: 5 Pine Road Suffern NY 10901 - 08/31/13 02:42 PM
5 Pine Rd Suffern, NY 10901  Just Listed Extra Large bi-level, freshly painted with 5 full bedrooms, an expansive kitchen, large living/dining room, huge family room with brick fireplace and built-in bookcases, 3 full bathrooms, gleaming hardwood floors and central air. Bonus unfinished room/workshop off of the garage. Located on a private wooded lot on a beautiful quiet street. Great home office or mother/daughter possibilites.
Basic Information Price: $510,000
Type: Single Family
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 Full
Garage: 2
MLS ID: 550211

   
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leah stern: Open House Sunday Sept 1 From 12:00-3:00PM 5 Pine Road Suffern NY - 08/28/13 09:43 AM
 
Open House this Sunday September 1, 2013 from 12:00-3:00PM 5 Pine Road, Suffern NY 10901   Map: 5 Pine Road, Suffern NY 10901  
 Details:
Extra large, freshly painted bi-level with gleaming hardwood floors
With 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths
Huge family room with fireplace and built-ins.
Bonus room/workshop off of the oversized 2 car garage Great home office or mother/daughter possibilities Minutes to NY/NJ highways/trains/buses.  Easy NYC commute. Close to shopping and houses of worship
This lovely bilevel located in a great family neighborhood with 3000 square feet of living space is priced at $510,000.
 
  For … (5 comments)

leah stern: SELLER FAQ: Realtor CMA or Zillow Zestimate®? - 08/17/13 01:02 PM
If you're thinking of buying or selling a home and are relying on zillow zestimates to help determine a price, you might want to rethink your strategy.  Zillow zestimates do not take into account the condition of the home, the school district of the comparables nor the neighborhood conditions.  Your local Realtor knows your neighborhood, has seen the insides of these homes and is familiar with the pluses and minuses of the particular location.  Andi Grant does a great job outlining the reasons why it would be to your advantage to rely on the expertise of your local realtor when it … (12 comments)

leah stern: Open House Sunday Aug 18, 2013 14 Hillside Ave, Suffern NY 12:00-3:00PM - 08/16/13 03:53 AM
Open House this SundayAugust 18, 2013 from 12:00-3:00PM
14 Hillside Ave, Suffern NY 10901 Map: 14 Hillside Ave, Suffern NY 10901  Details:
 
Totally renovated 3 bedroom home
Located in the desirable Suffern school district.
New kitchen, new appliances, new countertops, new floors.
French doors leading to an expansive deck and beautifully landscaped fenced in yard.
Minutes to NY/NJ highways/trains/buses.  Easy NYC commute. Close to shopping and restaurants.
This lovely updated village home is priced at $349,000 and is sure to charm you!!
 

 
For More Information:
Contact Lora "Leah" Stern at 914-772-4528 or email me.
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leah stern: Advice for Sellers - 08/15/13 12:26 PM
Many of todays sellers, with the media shouting about a  strong sellers market, have the perception that their house will sell automatically, quickly and at a higher price.  Priced right, marketed properly and presented well a home may sell quickly, but it takes more than just popping a sign in the yard.  Here's some great advice via Holly Weatherwax on  some steps a seller can take to help get their homes sold.
If you live in Rockland County NY and are thinking of selling your home, give me a call, Leah Stern 914-772-4528 and I'll be happy to help you get it … (3 comments)

leah stern: It's A Car, It's A Plane, It's A Flying Car!! - 08/08/13 10:29 AM
It's A Car, It's A Plane, It's A Flying Car!!
 
I've often thought the best way to beat the continual traffic buildup on the roads would be to rise above it and fly.  I don't know about you, but sitting in traffic sorely tries my patience.  I find myself thinking of all the other things I could be doing, and worrying about missing that all important meeting, event, etc that I'm heading to. 
If you're one of those that have ever wished you had your own private hlicopter and heli pad so that you could cut down on your commuting … (20 comments)

leah stern: Rockand County NY Home Buyers...Why Sign An Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement - 07/11/13 12:45 PM
Rockand County NY Home Buyers...Why Sign An Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement
Herman Herrera makes a great case for why every buyer should want to sign an exclusive buyer agency agreement.  Though he's directing his comments to Staten Island home buyers, this applies to home buyers anywhere.  So if you're looking for a home anywhere in Rockland County NY and you want someone that will look out for your best interests, to whom you are numero uno, call me, Leah Stern at 914-772-4528 and I'll make sure you have my full Loyalty.  Obedience.  Disclosure.  Confidentiality.  Diligence. and Accountability.
Many Staten Island home … (2 comments)

leah stern: Have a "Wicked" Good Time At Monster Mini Golf In Nanuet NY - 07/11/13 11:19 AM
Have a "Wicked" Good Time At Monster Mini Golf In Nanuet NY
 Rockland county is now home to a new entertainment venue.  Located in Nanuet on Route 304 just off of Route 59, Monster Mini Golf opened its doors on July 1st. 
What exactly is Monster Mini Golf?  Its an indoor 18  home mini golf course, that is monster themed, with animated creatures and everything glows in the dark.  It's designed to appeal to both old and young alike and since its indoors, it can be played year round, no matter the weather.
The Monster Mini Golf company was started … (8 comments)

leah stern: Fireworks On The Hudson - West Haverstraw NY - 07/05/13 03:34 AM

Fireworks On The Hudson - West Haverstraw NY
In case you missed out on fireworks over this July 4th holiday or in case you haven't had your fill yet of firework displays, you get another chance today to view some and the venue couldn't be better.
Helen Hayes Hospital, located in West Haverstraw, with grounds overlooking the Hudson River will be sponsoring a family fun event with games, activities and more.  Bring the kids for a fun filled time and stick around for the Fireworks show that start at nightfall when Helen Hayes Hospital celebrates America's Independence..
If you've never … (6 comments)

leah stern: Town of Ramapo Specialty Camps - Golf Camp. - 05/30/13 01:40 PM
Golf Camp - Another Town of Ramapo Specialty Camp

If you're wondering how to keep the younger set entertained this summer, you're worries are over.
The Town of Ramapo Parks and Recreation department keeps coming up with more and more great ideas for specialty camps to keep our kids busy.  When I was a kid, our only choice was good old day camp where we went swimming and played ball.  Today, the choices abound.  There's Space Camp, Mad Science Camp, Teen Trek, Create and Explore, Field Hockey Camp and now, Golf Camp.
Golf Camp is designed for boys and girls … (15 comments)

leah stern: Open House June2, 2013 1:00-4:00PM 5 Broward Drive New City NY 10956 - 05/29/13 02:25 PM
Open House this Sunday June 2, 2013 from 1:00-4:00PM
5 Broward Drive, New City NY 10956
Map: 5 Broward Drive, New City, NY 10956
Details:
This is your chance to own a 4 bedroom spacious bi-level in New City,  NY
Complete iwth in-law or guest suite Located in the desirable Clarkstown school district.
Enjoy a bright remodeled kitchen, with tumbled marble backsplash and stainless steel appliances
Relax with your morning coffee on your covered deck
Or in your backyard patio in front of your firepit
This lovely updated bi-level is priced at $539,000 and is truly in move in condition!!
 
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leah stern: Active Adult Communities in Rockland County NY - 05/27/13 11:27 PM
Active adult communities in Rockland County NY
With all the baby boomers approaching retirement age, there is an ever increasing pool of seniors that are ready to sell their homes and downsize.  They love Rockland County and all it has to offer but no longer want the responsibility or the work that comes with owning their sprawling homes.  A condo or townhouse geared to the senior community of 55 and over is a perfect solution and there are several to choose from throughout Rockland County and nearby.

Airmont, NY is home to The Retreat at Airmont, built in 2003.  Each of … (2 comments)

leah stern: Remembering Those Who Gave Their All - Rockland County NY Watchfires - 05/27/13 07:40 AM
Remembering Those Who Gave Their All -  Rockland County NY Watchfires
Rockland County, NY Memorial Day Watchfires
Though Memorial Day this year is being celebrated on May 27, 2013, the traditional Memorial Day is actually Thursday May 30.  In Rockland County the annual Watchfires Vigil commemorating Memorial Day begins with a ceremony at 11:30PM on Wednesday night, May 29, 2013.  The fires will be lit at midnight and will be kept burning all through Thursday May 30.
 The watchfires in the county are being organized by the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 333 and will be held at several locations
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leah stern: Memorial Day - In Honor of Our Fallen Angels - 05/24/13 12:31 AM
Memorial Day - In Honor of Our Fallen Angels
Memorial Day is not just about barbecues and picnics.  It's a day to honor all of those who give and those who gave.. and have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. so that we can live in freedom.
The video below is a beautiful song and a gut wrenching tribute to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, our fallen angels. Angel flights are the ones that bring our fallen angels back home to their families.  As the plane flies, it release a fake missile which creates an … (4 comments)

leah stern: Orangetown Condominium Market Trends for May 2013 - 05/14/13 03:09 AM
Orangetown Condominium Market Trends for May 2013
How's the condo market doing in Orangetown, in Rockland County NY?

The condo market in Orangetown has experienced a weak quarter.  The average sales price of units has been going down but things that are well priced and show ready have been moving off the market quickly as indicated by the number of days on market - which is significantly down.
Despite all that , inventory is still plentiful and if you want to get it SOLD, you need to price it right and make sure it shows well or else you'll be … (2 comments)

leah stern: Open House May 19, 2013 2:00-5:00 32 Massachusetts Ave Congers NY - 05/14/13 03:07 AM
Open House this Sunday May 19, 2013 from 2:00-5:00 32 Massachusetts Ave, Congers NY 10920 Map: 32 Massachusetts Ave, Congers NY 10920
Details:
Great Home at a great price!  4 bedroom 2.5 bath spacious bi-level in Congers NY
Located in the desirable Clarkstown school district.
Close to NYC public transpotation, shopping and highways.
Minutes to ROckland Lake Sate Park
This spacious bi-level is priced at $385,000 and is truly a bargain!!
 
 For More Information:
Contact Lora "Leah" Stern at 914-772-4528 or email me.
View the original listing on my leahstern.com brokerage website for  32 Massachusetts Ave. … (5 comments)

leah stern: Ramapo Condominium Market Trends for May 2013 - 05/12/13 09:20 AM
Ramapo Condominium Market Trends for May 2013
Ramapo, in Rockland County NY includes the following areas:  Suffern, Airmont, Spring Valley,Chestnut Ridge and Monsey.

The condo market in Ramapo has been strong this past quarter.  The number of days on market has been going down and things are selling faster and with moderate depreciation.  For the first time in a long time we're seeing units that are priced right and in good condition flying off the shelf. 
There are still many short sales which skew the sales figures somewhat, but overall, we're expriencing a healthy and balanced condo market with … (3 comments)

 
Lora "Leah" Stern  914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956)

Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528

Real Estate Salesperson

New City, NY

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