scarsdale: Economy Killed the Real Estate Star - 09/03/10 04:41 AM
It's hard to read the headlines and not be confused.
Last week, the National Association of Realtors announced that existing-home sales in July had fallen an astounding 25.5 percent from the previous year. Then, just a few days later, some communities like Scarsdale and Edgemont were reporting that sales and prices had actually increased. A few days after that, Yahoo reported that sales prices nationwide had actually increased.
If this doesn’t make your head spin…
Even Time Magazine seems to be getting in on the fun. Their most recent issue, dated September 6, 2010, showcases an article about the pessimism of … (3 comments)

scarsdale: War of the Signs - 08/31/10 04:43 AM
There’s been a lot of talk about signage lately. There are towns in my County that don’t let Brokerages put up any For Sale signs. There are some towns where you cannot state the name of the Brokerage; instead it needs to say FOR SALE BY BROKER. And, there are some towns that regulate how large the sign can be- in one instance, there is a town that will allow the sign to be 1 sq.ft., so many Brokerages end up with a sign that is 12 inches by 12 inches. This same town also has many streets that are considered … (6 comments)

scarsdale: Free Summer Concerts in Chase Park - 07/02/10 09:01 AM
Celebrating their 41st anniversary playing in Scarsdale, The Westchester Band performed their second concert last evening in Chase Park in the downtown village.
The Westchester Band is conducted by Alan Hollander, a professional musician since the age of eighteen. He has also conducted the American Wind Ensemble, Larchmont Symphony, and Westchester Pops. Mr. Hollander is also an adjunct professor of Oboe and Music Education for Lehman College, and the band Director.
The free concerts will continue through August 5th. Last night’s show included a performance by Hudson Voices, a 12-voice ensemble. Featured songs included “Memories” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
Each … (3 comments)

scarsdale: New York Real Estate Tax Increases- Will It Kill Our Market? - 06/22/10 08:55 AM
The government knows that improving the real estate market is a big step toward improving the economy. As part of their action plan, they had implemented the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit, which just expired at the end of April.
National statistics released today by the National Association of Realtors reports that existing home sales dipped 2.2% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.66 million units, down from the upwardly revised rate of 5.79 million in April. Sales year-over-year were up 19.2%.
Despite a gloomy outlook on Real Estate, the state of New York is seriously considering raising real … (2 comments)

scarsdale: Senate OKs New Tax Credit Closing Deadline- Will it Become Official? - 06/21/10 11:53 AM
The Senate, with a vote of 60-37, accepted an amendment by Democratic Leader Harry Reid that extends the closing deadline to September 30 for buyers who met the April 30 deadline to have a signed contract.
Backers of the amendment cite a backlog of 180,000 homebuyers as the reason for extending the deadline.
The Senate’s decision is step one in helping future homeowners to obtain the upt to $8,000 credit. Originally, any buyers had to have been in contract by April 30th, and close on their home by June 30, which is just a little over one week away.
“Extending the … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Hartsdale Farmers Market - 06/21/10 02:46 AM

The Hartsdale Farmers Market is back! Founded in 1993, and sponsored by the Town of Greenburgh, June 19th is the official start to their season. Every Saturday, you can expect to see stands loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries.
The market will run every Saturday through November 20.
“We’re about creating clusters of people who are passionate about getting good food,” says Miriam Haas, founder and manager of Community Markets, the small consulting company behind about twenty of the farmers’ markets in the region.
Her endeavor in food organizing began in 1991 in Ossining, New York. Haas and … (1 comments)

scarsdale: Scarsdale Fine Arts Festival - 06/19/10 09:32 AM

Chase Road and Spencer Place were closed down early Saturday morning, June 19th for the arrival of no less than 95 artisans from around the world who were showcasing and selling their creations.
Publicized for weeks, and with the help of sunny blue skies, the event was packed. Artists were able to show off much of their best work, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry and more.
The town was transformed. Streets usually filled with cars were now filled with people perusing, and some purchasing, the stellar art.
“This is amazing. All of the art is so breathtaking. The amount of … (4 comments)

scarsdale: Should I Stay or Should I Go?- Part 2 - 06/14/10 10:59 AM
What is the effect on Real Estate when you have high property taxes?
There are lots of buyers looking to break into the Scarsdale and Edgemont markets. They've heard of the great school systems and family friendly communities.
But the taxes are high…really high. Even for Westchester County, which has the highest taxes in the nation.
And while many buyers find that they can afford the purchase prices in the area, they have been having difficulty finding taxes they can afford.
"I'd love to move to Scarsdale. I love the community, how close it is to the city and the tree-lined … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Should I Stay or Should I Go? - 06/01/10 09:16 AM
 
It’s almost June, a time when High School Seniors are getting ready to graduate. The caps and gowns are being sized, and excitement is in the air! High School is almost over for them, and college is on its way. So why are parents so worried?
It’s been said time and time again, people move here because of the school systems. Scarsdale High School and Edgemont High School both had 100 percent graduation rates last year, topping all high schools in central Westchester, according to data from the New York State Education Department.
Edgemont Union Free School “is a culturally … (1 comments)

scarsdale: To Grieve OR Not To Grieve - 05/21/10 04:36 AM
 
It's almost that time of year again, the day all Scarsdale and Edgemont homeowners have been waiting for...GRIEVANCE DAY at the Tax Assessor's office!
June 1st is officially the first day in the tax grievance process.  In Scarsdale, this process lasts until the third Tuesday of the month, which this year falls on June 15th. That officially gives all property owners exactly 15 days to file their applications, with completed paperwork.
If you think you might be over assessed, it might be well worth your time to investigate the possibility in having a case, and you have only two weeks left to … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Living in Suburbia - 05/04/10 08:04 AM

Springtime in Scarsdale, yeah it's finally here! The beautiful weather is out which means that it's time to think about Landscaping.
Homes that are coming onto the market are especially concerned with making sure they have great curb appeal. Nothing can dazzle and attract a buyer like colorful flowers.
Who can turn away the idea of buying a house with perfect tulips, bushy hydrangea's, and a blossoming Cherry Tree?
Newcomers who have recently moved to Scarsdale and Edgemont from the more urban areas, like New York City, might be surprised by the amount work and expense it takes to maintain a … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Solar Power in Scarsdale? Going Green and Saving Green- Part 2 - 04/27/10 07:34 AM
Most people are aware that solar panels can produce electricity for homes, but there is still a great deal of confusion about how it works.
There is also a lack of education regarding the tremendous government incentives which are now available to homeowners.
When solar panels are installed on a home, you are not "off the grid." Your home is still connected to the power company; you are just drawing less power from the grid and replacing the conventional electricity with power produced at home.
Think of it as a system of debits and credits. On a bright sunny day, the … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Scarsdale High School Carnival - 04/20/10 04:25 AM

The annual Scarsdale High School carnival included fun, rides and lots of great food! There were great adventures for the whole family. And it was certainly one of the best ways to donate to charity.
Mr. Neil Ginsberg, a teacher at Scarsdale High School, has ten years of overseeing the carnival. While it's the much-anticipated opening day of the carnival his students look forward to, he most enjoys the roller-coaster of work in the weeks beforehand.
"I love how the kids get so involved in their club stuff and their class stuff, they really work hard to make their booths … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Are Bidding Wars Back? - 04/16/10 09:33 AM

Bidding wars -two words that are music to a seller's ears. Once thought to be a relic of the real estate boom, "bidding wars" have started reappearing, especially in the Scarsdale area.
In the past, these bidding battles were knock-em-dead-punches made by buyers who had barely made it into the driveway of a home before they were on the phone calling their attorney to draw up the contracts.
Once the recession hit, and banks forgot where their pockets were, bidding wars disappeared faster than magic brownies at a Rolling Stones concert.
Until recently, bidding wars were thought extinct- limited to … (2 comments)

scarsdale: The Home Inspection Process for Buyers- What You Should Know - 04/13/10 03:48 AM
You've made an offer on a home you'd like to buy, and it's been accepted. Now what?
Time to schedule a home inspection!
Every buyer wants to make sure the home they purchase doesn't fall down around them the day after they buy it.
A home inspection is an excellent tool for a buyer to help determine not only the condition of the home, but to also foresee any major additional costs that might have otherwise gone unnoticed without the help of a home inspection. Although inspections are not a prediction of future performance, they can pinpoint existing problem areas.
What … (0 comments)

scarsdale: SALES DOUBLE IN SCARSDALE Q1 - 04/07/10 05:57 AM
Sales doubled in the 1st quarter of 2010 in Scarsdale versus the same period in 2009, confirming what many real estate agents already know in the area, the number of home sales in the area are rising.
According to data retrieved from the Westchester-Putnam Multiple Listing Service, the number of days on market for home sales increased in the first quarter, from 180 days in 2009 to 278 days in 2010. But, it's important to note, the first quarter contains many homes that were still in contract from 2009, a year where homes were taking time to sell.
"Actually, many homes … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Where Does Passion Come From? - 03/30/10 06:00 AM
I recently read this, and decided to post it here. I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I did.
 
I've been on a big kick lately about people bringing passion to their jobs. I don't care if they are an artist, a banker, a teacher, a waiter or whatever. We need to realize that everyone benefits when people are excited about what they do and how they deliver it to their customers, clients, neighbors and even strangers.The great Martin Luther King, Jr. once gave a speech at a junior high school in Philadelphia in October, 1967 where he … (3 comments)

scarsdale: Home Affordable Modification Program - 03/29/10 04:12 AM
The Obama administration announced changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program, which is targeted at helping those who are unemployed and "underwater" on their homes, two groups who need the help the most, and haven't been getting help...until now.
HAMP loan servicers will be required to provide 3 to 6 months of forbearance to eligible homeowners who lose their jobs, reducing their mortgage payments to a level that doesn't exceed 31 percent of their monthly income.
Some homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth will also be able to refinance into loans guaranteed by the FHA, if lenders agree … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Tips for the First Time Home Buyer - 03/26/10 05:10 AM
Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer
Buying your first home is one of the most exciting things you will ever do.
If you have spent years living in apartments, there is nothing more satisfying than owning your own property. The process can be a little lengthy, and you might hit a few bumps in the road to home ownership.
If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, here are some smart tips to help you avoid some of the hiccups.
1-      Get your finances in order. Request a copy of your credit report so you can check it for accuracy. … (0 comments)

scarsdale: Will Real Estate Survive The Government...And The Media? - 03/22/10 10:01 AM
So many questions are being asked right now. "Will interest rates be raised?" "Will the health care reform bill hurt the investors in real estate?", "Will Tiger win the next Open?" and "Will the market survive without government subsidies?" It's a wonder we all got out of bed this morning and came to work.
Houses in my area are still selling quickly, many of them going into contract in one week or less. I almost feel like I'm back in the old days...you know...2005.
But with all this talk now of the government not extending the tax credit any further, and … (1 comments)

 
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