Mount Vernon, NY Real Estate News

By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
How many times have we seen on the television, expectant, hopeful people standing in line for THE lottery, THE jackpot, and when asked, profess that they will be giving to charities, helping others - all hoping that someone above will hear and respond accordingly..... There is a very sad and tragic tale to be told about the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter in Westchester. With hardly any funding, run by the police department, there are only 2 people on staff, and they are expected to take care of 100 dogs and many cats. As a result of that, dogs are not walked, overlooked cats and dogs are sometimes not fed, I read in the local Journal News that fleas abound, dead mice floating in water bowls, and the most tragic scenario happened when 8 dogs (one on December 28th, and 7 on December 29th) we...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring for your home in Mt Vernon, NY? Or, if you already have hardwood flooring, we can stain and refinish it for you. We know it can be challenging to find the right hardwood. How do you know which type of hardwood is right for you and your home? Which wood species and color will look best and last longest? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the hardwood floors? Well here's where we can help. We make finding hardwood 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 help you find hardwoods that stand up well to pets or work well in kitchens. Just let us know wh...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Associate Broker / Office Manager
(Howard Hanna Rand Realty)
Another overt self-pimping piece of information: I am rather prominent in a piece run in yesterday's AOL Daily Finance on the real estate market in Mt Vernon, NY. The article addresses how there are certain pockets of Westchester County more adversely affected by the housing decline than most. Even though I am in the northern part of the county, I do my fair share of business in Mt Vernon and the piece sheds light on  how the foreclosure crisis has affected one neighborhood. The numbers are rough; values overall in the neighborhood we examined was down 50%, mainly because of the huge amount of foreclosures clustering the city.  Here's what isn't in the article: I have been through a number of those REOs, and many were partially or fully renovated. The owners simply ran out of money, los...
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By Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY
(Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon)
Giving a little back at Thanksgiving... Forrest and I took ten, count them, 10 turkeys to the Family Christian Center's soup kitchen and fabulous parishioners today.  What's a lapsed Catholic girl and a good Jewish boy from White Plains, NY doing helping the gracious Pastor Johnson.  We are in the middle of remediating and cleaning after a huge apartment building fire and are starting a mold remediation tomorrow, but it's that time of year.  I'm actually cooking for some folks who are elderly and/or have HIV/AIDs in the morning, too, but we built our business around the idea of living in and participating in the community that we serve and where we work. As tough as these times may seem, I cannot tell all of you what a great feeling it was to know that we'll be helping to feed about 150...
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By Caryll Miller
(Saprinc Corp)
Happy Veteran's day to all my fellow Veterans, Active Duty & Reserve servicemen and women. Go Navy............:)
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By Caryll Miller
(Saprinc Corp)
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is pleased to present this compilation of winter and Holiday events throughout the Hudson Valley. From our family to yours, we wish you a healthy, safe and festive holiday season! Please call and verify dates/times of events. To suggest events for inclusion in the holiday guide, please email your event and contact information to: anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com  MOUNT. VERNON, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY COMMUNITY EVENTS, December 29-31, 10-4 PM  Mount Vernon, December 29-31, 10-4 PM - Family Holiday Program. Join us for historic games, activities, music and more! Fun for the whole family and a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Free. (914) 667-4116.  www.nps.gov/sapa   Important Links Search Open Houses Home Valuator W...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Associate Broker / Office Manager
(Howard Hanna Rand Realty)
In 1955, Dwight Eisenhower was president, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, and there were 48 states in the Union. My parents were married only 5 years, and just 2 of their 4 sons were born. I wasn't on the scene until 1967.  In 2009, Dwight Eisenhower is gone 40 years. The Dodgers have been out of Brooklyn for over 50. Ann and I just celebrated our 8th anniversary on what would have been my parents' 59th, and we've had 50 states in the USA for 51 years.   One of my listings pending sale had a closing delayed recently because the title report indicated an open permit...this does happen sometimes. But what us unique is that the open permit is from 1955. Yes, in 1955 the then-owner of this house had work done requiring a permit around the time my father was still trying to figure out Mom (he ...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Associate Broker / Office Manager
(Howard Hanna Rand Realty)
Most of my postings on short sales have a happy ending. This is not one of those postings.  In late 2008 my office brought in an offer on a distressed, vacant property I had listed as a short sale in Mount Vernon. We did yeoman's work. I listed it and one of my agents brought a string buyer. The client, a victim of predatory lending, was desperately trying to avoid a foreclosure. The home was listed at $219,000 after several price reductions. We were listening to the market. We had hardship. We had a buyer. The short sale package was sent to the lender, who summarily rejected the short sale. Their reason: The loss was too large.  Now, sellers who don't like the bottom line are a proverb. But the market is ambivalent about those issues. The value is the value. The offer the lender reject...
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By Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Kevin F. O'Shea | Homes of Westchester, Inc. | 914.328.0821 215 Hillside Ave., Mt. Vernon,, NY Mint Condition 3 BR 1.5 Bth New Kitchen Baths Siding Well Maintained Just Move In! 3BR/1.5BA Single Family House offered at $400,000 Year Built 1922 Sq Footage 1,800 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking Unspecified Lot Size .11 acres HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Spacious Foyer, Lovely Living Room w/Fireplace Oversized Dining room, Huge new eat in kitchen with door to patio and beautiful yard. 3 Spacious BR 1.5 Newer Baths. Don't miss this one! see additional photos below PROPERTY FEATURES Central heat Fireplace Hardwood floor Tile floor Living room Dining room Dishwasher Refrigerator Stove/Oven Granite countertop Stainless steel appliances Basement Washer Dryer Laundr...
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By Egen Warner, ABR,CBR,CRS,e-PRO
(Fleetwood Realty)
Should I Buy My Home Now?   Should I buy a home now or later? Yes you should.  If you are working in a field that offers solid income, then by all means, reach out to an experienced real estate agent in your targeted area and buy buy buy.  This is the perfect time of year to purchase a home due to favorable interest rates.    Statistically, sellers are more open to offers when the market is slow.  November and December are historically slower months in Real Estate.  Have you seen a home you really like, however, you're still on the fence about placing an offer?  Get off the fence and place your offer.  There is a very big chance that the sellers will counter or even accept if your offer is consistent with today's market.  In the months of November and December some buyers are doing the ...
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By Egen Warner, ABR,CBR,CRS,e-PRO
(Fleetwood Realty)
The differences between of Co-Ops and Condos   Series 1 This blog will be in Multiple parts   I have heard the argument over and over again.  "Condos are better than coops" or "Co-ops are better than condos."   The answer to this great debate is fairly simple.  Do you know the difference between the two?   Some people would say "yes I do", some will say "I think I do" others will say "I am not sure but my friend or co-worker or family member said that.........." I always say, an informed buyer is a prepared buyer; a prepared buyer is a strong buyer a strong buyer gets good deals.  So if you have been asking yourself these questions; should I buy a coop or condo?  Start here:   I will try and break this down for you as I do when I have my buyer seminars and when I meet with my coop/condo...
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By Westchester Real Estate #1 Listing Sales Agent Mike Luchen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Sunny 1 Bedroom at Fantastic Complex. Some Features include Tons of Free Parking, Gym, Tennis, Laundry Room and Free Jitney to Pelham Train Station. Walk to Shopping and 1 Block to Hutchinson Pkwy. Exclusive sales and Marketing by Mike Luchen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For More Info Call 914-316-9486 or Visit http://www.WestchesterRealEstateNY.com   Westchester County New York Real Estate MLS #2826421
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By Westchester Real Estate #1 Listing Sales Agent Mike Luchen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Spacious 1000 Sq Ft Completely Renovated 1 Bedroom Like Suite Apartment. Some Features include a Private Entrance and Private Patio, Top of the Line EIK w/ Breakfast Bar, Granite Countertops, Bedroom Suite w/ Huge Walk in Closet & Bathroom Suite and Jaquizzi. Unit includes tons of parking, BBQ Area, Park, Gym and Tennis. Gated Community. Monthly Charges include all Real Estate Taxes, Heat, Hot Water and Parking. Free Shuttle Bus to Pelham Train Station and 25 Minutes Express to NYC, Manahattan. Exclusive sales and Marketing by Mike Luchen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For More Info Call 914-316-9486 or Visit http://www.WestchesterRealEstateNY.com   Westchester County New York Real Estate MLS #2826107    
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By Westchester Real Estate #1 Listing Sales Agent Mike Luchen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
2 Bedroom Apartment with Parquet Floors & Tons of Unassigned Parking in Fantastic Gated complex. Vernon Woods offers such amenities as Racketball, Fitness Center, Laundry Room, Storage Room & 24 Hour Security. Tons of unassigned Parking, Express Bus will take you to the Pelham Train Station than only 25 Minutes to NYC. Walk to All. Exclusive sales and Marketing by Mike Luchen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. For More Info Call 914-316-9486 or Visit http://www.WestchesterRealEstateNY.com   Westchester County NY Real Estate MLS # 2826429
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By Michael Brown, Your Goals Are MY Goals!
(KELLER WILLIAMS NY REALTY )
On Thursday May 29th, Westchester County REALTORS® were invited by Mayor Clinton I. Young Jr., to tour a couple public schools in Mount Vernon. The 3 schools we were able to tour were: Edward Williams Elementary  A.B. Davis Ms. Sharon Bradley, Principal, Nellie A. Thornton High School Very Impressive!! The elementary school was awesome, the classrooms are bright and colorful, the classrooms are also seperated into multiple spaces to incorporate the various subjects being taught in the same class. Yo can also tell that the teachers took a great deal of pride in the appearance of their classes.  What really impressed me was the new high school, Nellie A. Thornton High School. I thought I walked into the MSNBC studio, every classroom was equiped with these smart boards. Kind I like the one...
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