Elmsford, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for flooring for your Westchester home in Elmsford NY 10523? We know there are many choices..and sometimes the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you're looking for hardwood floors, tile, carpet, laminate flooring, or if you just want to refinish your hardwood floors, Floor Coverings International can help make the process fun and simple. We are a shop at home service. Our tagline is "We bring the store your door." This is important because first, you can see the colors in your lighting and color coordinate with paint color, cabinets and furniture. Second, it allows us to provide a true estimate for you. And, third, of course it is more convenient this way. We provide guidance - Which is the best type of flooring for your environment and your budget? We'll help expla...
Comments 3
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Out of curiousity, do you prefer dark hardwood or light hardwood.  More often than not, my customers seem to prefer one extreme or the other.   Also, if someone has their house on the market, would you recommend dark hardwood or light?   I certainly have my own opinions on this, but I'd LOVE to hear yours.   There are no right or wrong answers here...and maybe even the answers vary geographically.   Which do you see most often?  Which do you like most?  
Comments 29
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
A customer recently asked, "Which type of carpeting is better for a rental in Westchester NY - nylon or PET (polyester)?" I think my response surprised him.  My answer was "Neither; you are probably better off with laminate flooring for a rental."   Background and disclaimers Laminate flooring looks like hardwood.  It is fake and actually uses recycled hardwood shavings (so it's kind of green product).  It is hard (like hardwood) rather than flexible like vinyl.  (Many customers get vinyl and linoleum and laminate confused.  More more of an explanation on these surfaces click the links).   Now, of course, there is no one size fits all answer for this question. It does depend on how high end or low end a rental is and types of renters you typically attract (or are looking to attract), an...
Comments 19
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
4 years ago I took the plunge.  I left Corporate America to start my own flooring company.  I had a very successful career as a Marketing Director at top companies including Procter & Gamble, Cadbury Schweppes and Revlon.  I traded it all in and bought a franchise called Floor Coverings International in Westchester NY and started this from the ground up.  I wanted a business I could call my own and put my own personal stamp on. It was a risky venture, as any new business is, especially when you are starting it on your own without a spouse or a business partner...and, in an area you know next to nothing about...and in a male dominated industry. But, I was confident that I could be successful because I have all the basic skills: 1) I have an MBA and know how to run a business...being a Br...
Comments 37
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Floor Coverings International of Westchester NY (Elmsford) is featured again in Westchester Magazine.  We are featured in The Best of Everything 2011 issue.   Here is our snippet. Shop at Home—It’s not often a female flooring expert comes to your home to show you samples of tile, carpet, laminate, and more, but Debbie Gartner, owner of Elmsford-based Floor Coverings International, does just that. Her shop-at-home flooring store allows you to see the colors and textures in your own lighting. “Flooring can look very different in a store versus your own home,” she says. “I not only offer the convenience of coming to you, but, more importantly, bringing a color-coordination perspective.”       We are honored to be included in this prestigious magazine in the county.  And, thank goodness for...
Comments 11
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
With this post, I have officially completed the May 31 day challenge.  Yes, I did complete the original 30 in 30, 31 Days of Dec and 31 days of January.  Wow, that's a lot of blogging. How many made it through?  How many had a minor snafu (I've read a bunch). Did you find it has helped you get in the habit?  (The original 30 in 30 did that for me...so since then, I've been in the habit...not always daily but certainly 7-10 per week missing a few days here & there). Did you make more connections?  It seems to me that each challenge has been a bonding expenence where I've connected w/ more bloggers and strengthened realtionships with those I already know.  Each time I have gotten more subscribers.  (In retrospect, I should have tracked this).  Oh well. Do you think the quality of your blo...
Comments 26
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Sweet.  I just hit 300,000 pts...and exactly 300,000 thanks to my friends here at Active Rain.  You guys rock.  Thx for the support on the last post putting me over the top. I can't believe what a whirlwind it has been.  Such an amazing community, such amazing learning. I've been here just slightly under a year (July 3rd will mark my first blog post (which was nothing to write home about.) Blogging Highlights. My 2nd post wasn't much better, but for some odd reason has a whopping 4,300 clicks.  Hire a contractor you can trust...hope this doesn't happen to you.  Must be the title and the video.  Go figure. My 3rd post was actually halfway decent.  Solid hardwood flooring vs. engineered hardwood flooring.  It was written July 4th or 5th but at one pt I saved it as a draft and then republi...
Comments 87
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for tile flooring and installation for your home in Elmsford NY? Whether it’s a kitchen floor, bathroom floors and walls, an entry way or mudroom, or even a Kitchen tile backsplash,we can help you at Floor Coverings International. We understand that it can be challenging to find the right type of tile for your floors, walls and backsplashes. What’s the right type of tile – ceramic, porcelain, tumbled natural stone, marble or granite? What’s the best style and color? What types are easiest to clean. Many customers seemed to get overwhelmed when they visit a tile store. Well here’s where we can help. Floor Coverings International makes it simple by “bringing the store to your door.” That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting and color coordinate with your cabi...
Comments 2
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Since it's Earth Day, I figured I would share some info on cork flooring.  In the last few weeks, I've had more and more requests for cork flooring which is so cool.  As you can see, cork flooring has really come a long way...see the variety of options out there. By far, the most popular spot for cork flooring is the KITCHEN.  Why??? Because it's softer on your feet - it has more give - much easier to stand on for long periods of time vs. tile.  Also, cork is warmer than tile and much easier to clean.   Cork is a green product.  To find out why cork flooring is green, check out my post for that - interesting info on how it's made and how it's doubly green. Cork comes in a variety of colors and styles - most of them similar in color to hardwood. They usually come in planks that click tog...
Comments 44
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Floor Coverings Interational of Westchester NY/Stamford CT has been rapidly growing. Last year we won the Angies List 2010 Super Service Award and 2010 Silver growth award two years in a row with 48% growth this past year.  Are you stirred by style? Intrigued by texture? Have a talent for transforming average into awesome? Floor Coverings International Design Associates work with customers in their homes to help them fulfill their dreams. By listening to our customers’ needs and desires, a Design Associate guides customers through the flooring selection process by bringing flooring samples to their homes. The Design Associate also measures the space to ensure accurate ordering and installation of the customer’s selection. We are looking to fill 2 positions: 1.  Sales Person with Floorin...
Comments 14
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for laminate flooring for your home in Elmsford NY? We know it can be challenging to figure out which flooring is right for your space and whether a laminate floor is right for you. Which wood species and color will look best? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the laminate floors? What is a floating floor? Well here's where we can help. We make finding laminate flooring simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the way it will look in real life. We'll help you color coordinate with your paint and furniture colors. We'll explain what a floating floor is and, we'll help you figure out whether laminate flooring makes sense for you and your budget. If you want, we can even show you hardwood...
Comments 3
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Lately I've gotten a lot of nice comments on my blog posts and many Active Rainers saying the wish I lived closer.  And, believe me, I wish I did (or vice versa).  I have to tell you that means so much to me and makes my day. But, you never know...you may be in luck...Floor Coverings International is nation-wide.   We have over 90 locations across the US and Canada. So, there may be someone like me (well maybe not exactly like me) who can "bring the store to your door." (or to your client's door). So see below to see if there is a Floor Coverings International near you.  You may want to bookmark for later. ---------------------------------- Arizona (AZ) Flagstaff, Prescott, Northern AZ James Brooks Phone: (928) 526-2280 Scottsdale & the Phoenix Metro Area Michele Carter, Owner Phone: (4...
Comments 10
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for carpeting for your home in Elmsford NY? Whether you're looking for carpeting for your bedroom, living room, family room or basement or even the whole house, we know it can be challenging to find the right carpet. How do you know which type of carpet is best for each setting? Which is right for your home and your budget? Which types are better for steps and high traffic areas? Which colors work best? Which ones last longer and which hide or repel dirt the best? Who should you have install your carpet? There's really a lot to consider and sometimes it gets overwhelming and more confusing when you go to a store. Well here's where we can help. We make finding carpeting simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the...
Comments 0
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Here's the 9th installment of some of my older flooring posts. There are some funny ones in here.  At the end of this post I've added links to Parts 1-8 , in case you missed them or want to bookmark them. 1.  Funny flooring Story - you never know what could happen  This is a true story. 2.  Helping a customer select a carpet runner  It's harder than it looks. 3.  Funny Floooring Video  My first attempt at using Xtranormal.  I hope you like it. 4.  What types of hardwoods are good for pets?  This one seemed to get a lot of attention.  I think it was reblogged 24 times and then 6 people put on their website and/or outside blog. 5.  We just won the Angieslist Super Service award  This was a huge honor.   Below are links to previous summaries Compendium of flooring Posts - Part 1 Compendium...
Comments 6
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
  Just a few minutes ago, I learned that we won the AngiesList Super Service Award for 2010 for Flooring.  This is for outstanding Service for 3 categories in flooring Westchester NY and Stamford CT: - Flooring (which covers all types) - Hardwood - Carpet We are so excited.  We love our AngiesList customers.  This is our first full year of working with AngiesList.  Beginning Jan 1st, when customers type in our categories, not only will they see the great reviews we've gotten, but they will now see a gold star next to our name. I still need to get all the materials/collateral.  I think we can publicize their logo on our website (and maybe on our email - not sure yet).  We also get a sign that we can put on our door. Just wanted to share this wonderful news with you.
Comments 24
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Eco friendly flooring is all the rage nowadays.  I've written a post or two about that - check out How to Go green with your flooring or Is Bamboo hard or soft? Well lucky me...someone locally noticed. Chrissy Jee, the author of The Lily List just blogged about me.  How cool is that??? Check out her blog and feel free to leave a comment.  She writes about all things local in Westchester NY and I think she has great recommendations.  Now, I'm an even bigger fan.        
Comments 22
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring in Elmsford NY?  Are you confused about where to start?  Nowadays, there are so many options to choose from that it sometimes seems overwhelming.  Well here's where Floor Coverings International can help.  We make it simple by "bringing the store to your door."  That way you can see the samples in your own lighting and color coordinate. We'll guide you through the process - the different types, different species and different colors.  We'll make it fun and easy, and best of all it's so convenient.  We are part of nationwide buying group, so we are very reasonably priced.  Our showroom is in Elmsford, but as I just mentioned, we'll bring the showroom to you.  Our estimates are always FREE so you have nothing to lose. We've done work for you neighbor...
Comments 0
By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
Every season, Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for our clients, colleagues, and friends. If you would like to suggest events for inclusion in the summer, fall or winter guides, just email me your event and contact information at anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com Ongoing thru November 28, Elmsford - Jekyll & Hyde at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, $62.00 matinee, $75 evening, prices include lunch or dinner plus tax and gratuity, (914) 592-2222. www.broadwaytheatre.com   Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty...
Comments 1
Every season, Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for our clients, colleagues, and friends. If you would like to suggest events for inclusion in the summer, fall or winter guides, just email me your event and contact information at anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com Ongoing thru November 28, Elmsford - Jekyll & Hyde at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, $62.00 matinee, $75 evening, prices include lunch or dinner plus tax and gratuity, (914) 592-2222. www.broadwaytheatre.com  Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty ...
Comments 0
By Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Area Market Survey Listings as of 07/05/08 at 5:01pm Property Type  Single Family    CriteriaText failed, type RegionArea: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object._ at Rapattoni.MLS10.Business.RegionAreaSearchOption.CriteriaText()_ at Rapattoni.MLS10.Business.SearchEngine.GetOptionsXml(XmlTextWriter& writer) Post Office  Elmsford ZIP  10523 Statuses  Active (1/1/2008 to 6/30/2008) , Conditional Contract (1/1/2008 to 6/30/2008) , Pending (1/1/2008 to 6/30/2008) , Sold (1/1/2008 to 6/30/2008) Price  1,000 to 10,000,000      Active Listing Price Range  Quantity      Average DOM   $200,000 thru $249,999 1 10   $300,000 thru $349,999 2 11   $350,000 thru $399,999 2 65   $400,000 thru $449,999 3 122   $450,000 thru $499,999 4 71   $500,000 thru $54...
Comments 0
Elmsford, NY Real Estate Professionals