new york: Local Agents Going Outside of their "Area" - 11/12/11 11:50 PM
This post was inspired by a post written by Paula Hathaway, Stranger in a Strange Land which you can read here if you missed it.  In this post there is a discussion of agents who are leaving their niche area and going out to list and sell in other areas that they may not be as familiar with.  The discussion has to do with agent not knowing the zoning, the schools and all of the other local issues that might be necessary to do a proper job for a consumer.
In the Hamptons area of Long Island where Paula works they … (13 comments)

new york: Who Says You Can't Find a Good Bagel Out of New York? - 05/02/10 12:52 PM
One of the running jokes in New York is that when New Yorkers are thinking of relocating the comment is "but you can't get a good bagel out of New York!" 
I am here to tell you that is not true in New Orleans.  There is a market and deli that imports bagels from the Upper West Side of Manhattan from a place named H&H Bagels.  They are famous in New York and have the best bagels.   
 Stein's Deli

new york: Rivertowns in Westchester County, New York - 02/07/10 01:06 AM

Seems to me that in order for a town to be considered a Rivertown they must have frontage on the Hudson River.  Ardsley doesn't have any Hudson River waterfront yet a lot of people consider it a Rivertown.  I don't.  Ardsley, New York is a 1.3 mile Village.  Ardsley has Route 9A running through the center.  Proximity to the city, centrally located and close to all highways and great schools make Ardsley a popular place to settle.  However it is not a Rivertown.  In Westchester County the following communities have Hudson River frontage and would be considered "Rivertowns":
Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson, … (2 comments)

new york: Holiday Shopping in Westchester County, New York - 12/22/09 09:23 PM
 We have some wonderful shopping all around Westchester County, New York.  Yesterday I went to The Westchester Mall in White Plains, New York and the parking lot was packed.  I had to drive around looking for parking and while I found that annoying it was wonderful to see buyers out.  The sales at all of the stores were fantastic.  The Apple Store where I was headed was standing room only with lines at the cash registers.  I did a little damage there myself getting the new iMAC which is fabulous and for someone who loves technology like me what fun.  I spent the … (1 comments)

new york: Winter Snow Storm Coming this Weekend, 12/19/09 - 12/18/09 10:30 PM
it is Saturday morning and the East Coast is battening down for up to 20 inches of snow on Long Island.  In Westchester County which is north of New York City they are predicting 3-6 inches but possibly more.  We shall have to wait and see but certainly travel will be a mess as the airports are already reporting delays because of flights coming into New York from areas in North Carolina already effected by the storm.  A good day to stay off the roads as the storm hits.

new york: Market Statistics for Scarsdale, New York 10583 - 11/30/09 09:45 PM

The 10583 zip code in Westchester County is the zip code for Scarsdale, New York.  There are two Post Offices for this zip code, one in the Village of Scarsdale and another on Central Avenue which is an Annex.  This zip code covers the Town/Village of Scarsdale and then there is the Scarsdale PO as it is known which covers areas in New Rochelle, Greenburgh, White Plains.  There are several school districts where the address of a property can be in Scarsdale but the property is not in the Scarsdale School District but could be in the New Rochelle, White … (0 comments)

new york: 33 Lawton Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530 - 11/24/09 09:29 AM

Virtual Tour  


An Elegant Victorian with loads of space and original details,  The exterior is repointed stone and there are tin ceilings, moldings, wood floors, and an original pocket door. First and Second floors are approximately 2900 sq ft, the bonus room on the 3rd floor is an additional 600   sq ft and there is a basement which is also useable.  Built in 1906 there are 10 ft Tin Ceilings throughout the first level and you can see the beauty of the ceiling in the picture of the living room ceiling above.  The … (1 comments)

new york: House Rental in Scarsdale, New York - 11/09/09 07:48 PM
Just Reduced from $4,750.00 to $4,450.00 Fully Available!
MLS# 2926232
Call 914-907-1922

I have a house rental in Scarsdale, New York.  The last tenant lived in the house for over two years and moved out this past weekend.  The house was difficult to show because of all of their stuff but all of it is gone now.  The house has a large living room, a formal dining room and a very large oversized first floor den.  The kitchen is eat in and the laundry is on the first floor.  There is a master bedroom and bath plus three … (0 comments)

new york: Westchester County, New York Housing Statistics, July 09 - 09/02/09 11:22 PM

Just published by the New York State Association ofREALTORS are the housing statistics for the month of JulyAs expected the number of sales is down.  The good news is the June 09-July 09 number of sales is up by 23.1%.
Now we need to see if this is because of the spring/summer selling season.
July, 07  614 Sales
July 08  497  Sales
 June 09  309 Sales
July 09  411 Sales

July 07 - July 09  -19.1
July 08 -July 09  -17.3
June 09-July 09   23.1*
 July 07 - July 09   -33.1


new york: It Means this in New York... - 08/18/09 10:36 PM
If you are a first time buyer or moving to Westchester County from another part of the country you may receive listings from a Realtor©  Real Estate terms mean different things all across the country so you can't assume that if you bought real estate in let's say Florida or Arizona that when it says "pending" on the listing that it means the same thing as up here.  There are also differences within the metropolitan area so the following just applies to Westchester County.
ACTIVE - these are properties that are active on the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service.  Properties stay … (3 comments)

new york: Hartsdale, New York (10530) Market Stats, October, 2008 - 11/14/08 11:31 PM

Hartsdale, New York is a Hamlet in the Town of Greenburgh located mid-Westchester County.  Hartsdale is a 35 minute train ride on Metro-North to New York City or you can take an Express Bus.  Because of its' central location it is 5 minutes to White Plains with world class shopping and restaurants, 5 minutes to the Village of Scarsdale with boutiques and sidewalks. During the month of October, 2008 here is what is going on with the real estate market.
Active Listings- the lowest price is $349,000 for a 2 bedroom, 1 and a half bath 913 sq ft house … (0 comments)

new york: White Plains, New York October 2008 Market Reports - 11/09/08 10:09 PM
Having just sold a terrific arts and crafts colonial in Gedney Farms in White Plains I thought it would be interesting to see what the market is doing in that community. 
129 single family homes on the market in White Plains with prices that range         $384,000 to $2,497,285;Average price for homes on the market is $967,643The median price is $699,999The average days on the market for active listings is 114There are 16 houses that have conditional contracts and       there are 9 houses that are in pending status During the month of October 11 houses sold with prices ranging from         $350,000 to … (0 comments)

new york: They Are Eating Less Fillet in Chappaqua, New York - 10/31/08 11:33 PM
Everyone is feeling the pain.  The sub-prime mess and the Wall Street meltdown is affecting people across all income levels. Home expansions put on hold effect everyone in the building industry, architects, contractors, plumbers, electricians, suppliers, appliance manufacturers.
In Chappaqua, New York which is known for a lot of things but mostly as the community where Bill and Hilary Clinton live, they are feeling the pain with 17% of the community dependant on Wall Street for their incomes.Chappaqua is a 45-60 minute commute to midtown.  There are currently 89 single family houses on the market with the average price being $1,749,37, … (0 comments)

new york: Open House, Sept 21, 2008 1:30-3:00pm - 09/19/08 11:18 AM
If you are in the market for a gorgeous SoHo style co-op please come to my Open House on Sunday.  This apartment is fabulous.  It has 2 bedrooms, 1 renovated bathroom, a working fireplace, you can bring Fido or Felix, but not Fido and Felix, You can walk to the Fleetwood Train Station in five minutes and be in the city in no time at all.  The building is tudor style with only two apartments per floor. You can sit at the counter and eat or sit at the table in the dining area. All of this for $259,000, really.  The … (0 comments)

new york: The Agent Said What? Selling and Things You Should Know - 09/03/08 03:32 AM
If your property is on the market or you are thinking of listing your property there are some things you need to know about your listing agreement.  When you discuss the commission you and your agent will arrive at an amount of commission.  You and your agent will then need to decide how to split that amount between the agent representing you (the listing agent LA) and the agent that brings the buyer.
There are three ways on the Westchester Multiple Listing agreement that you can split the commission.  You can agree to pay a sub-agent, a buyer's agent or a … (5 comments)

new york: Hartsdale, New York 10530 Market Statistics for August, 2008 - 09/03/08 12:04 AM

The following are for zip code 10530 which is for Hartsdale, New York. There are currently 59 active single family houses on the market.  The lowest price is $405,000. 3 Houses are pending. 9 co-op's sold.
Average price is $755,923Median price is $625,000Average days on the market is 107
10 Sold in AugustLowest price was $425,000Highest price was $1,680,000Average price was $743,500Median price was $595,000153 average days on the market


new york: Old Croton Aqueduct in Westchester County, New York - 08/22/08 11:10 PM

Originally the Croton Aqueduct was built to provide fresh water to New York City.  It was 41 miles and ran from northern Westchester County down to what is now the New York Public Library in mid-Manhattan and to the Great Lawn in Central Park.  It took five years to build and by the 1880's was obsolete.  The population had exploded and this Aqueduct could not provide all of the water that was necessary and so construction began on the New Croton Aqueduct.  The Old Croton Aqueduct provided water to New York City until 1965 even though it was not the … (0 comments)

new york: 50 E. Hartsdale Avenue Rental - 08/22/08 10:35 AM

new york: Overview of White Plains, New York - 08/02/08 10:47 PM

White Plains is the County Seat of Westchester County, New York.  White Plains is centrally located in south central Westchester County and 4 miles east of the Hudson River and 2.5 miles nort west of Long Island Sound.  Scarsdale is to the south, Harrison to the east and the Town of Greenburgh to the west. As with the rest of Westchester County it is easy to get around as there are several parkways and highways, trains, great bus line easily reachable.  You can get to Interstate 287 which runs through White Plains beginning at the Tappan Zee Bridge and heading … (0 comments)

new york: 2nd Quarter MLS Residential Sales Stats - Westchester County, New York - 07/22/08 03:30 AM

The 2nd Quarter Residential Housing Report from the Westchester-PutnamMultiple Listing Service was issued today. Some highlights:

There were 1770 residential closings during the 2nd quarter of 2008which was 24% fewer than 2007;
The median price for a single family house was down $25,100 or 4%from last year to $674,900. The mean price is down 7% Million Dollar Homes accounted for 24% of residential sales in the 2ndvs. 31% during the 1st quarter. Inventory is up 11% from 2007 To read the entire report,here.

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