New Paltz, NY Real Estate News

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
May the force be with you! By the way, which side do you choose? Well, it seems very clear from this homeowner's mailbox design that they choose the "Dark Side." How is this known? The mailbox is in the shape of a AT-AT walker, an all terrain armed four-legged transport and combat vehicle used by the Imperial Ground Forces (a.k.a The Dark Side) in the movie, Star Wars. Interestingly, this massive 65 foot machine in the movie was used more for psychological warfare.Either way, the fact that this homeowner took the time to really personalize their mail box, speaks to the creative mindset and attention to detail, along with their playful nature!AND,...did you see the shed? Well,...let me show you! Before you step foot into your home, really take the time to evaluate your outsides front ent...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Mohonk Preserve Peters Kill and Awosting Falls Hike This was some adventure that took place yesterday In New Paltz NY.  I joined a hike group "Free Spirit Outdoors" with about 15 others and we did the Mohonk Preserve Peters Kill and Awosting Falls Hike. Usually this hike is about 7.5 miles if you start from the parking Mohonk Preserve Parking lot yet for us, we started at the Peters Kill parking lot which about an 11 mile hike round trip. We came across some wonderful views and even did a little body sleigh riding down some of the hills (waiting to get those photos). This is known to be a strenuous hike in general but with the added snow is truly was a test on patience, inner strength and team work. Side note: if you ever go day hiking in the Winter and there is snow, be sure to bring a...
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By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley )
Glamour and Fortune? The Historic Hudson Valley comes complete with antique cars. A recent drive north of Newburgh and I thought I left this century. Venturing back into a time of glamour when cars were a novelty and homes were grand and a lot less expensive, I found this amazing car at a home nearby. I love the look. Seems like something out of the Great Gatsby.               History is alive and well in Ulster County NY. While this car is old it still is registered and able to take its owner down the street and around the corner. A car like this definitely turns some heads when it makes its way down the street. I've never ridden in one of these old gems but I would love to. I doubt that the ride is all the luxurious, but the novelty would be entertaining. published by: Janis Borgueta ...
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By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley )
 Growing Pumpkins in the Hudson Valley The Pumpkin Tree A unique tree found only in the Hudson Valley - The Pumpkin Tree. This tree can be found on Route 32 bordering the town of New Paltz. A Hybrid of string and pumpkins and a little creativity to be sure. Only a good strong wind will pick them from their branches. If you pass by be sure to stop and look and take a photo. I think they are awesome! Driving around today it was obvious that the peak color of autumn leaves is over. Most have fallen off the trees and what remains will be be gone by weeks end. I miss it already. A fleeting moment in time and if you are lucky enough to capture it with your camera the photo lasts forever. I find it great to look back and have the memories of the day for me to cherish. Soon it will be snowmen i...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
  Finding the perfect home in the Hudson Valley is becoming more difficult. The housing market is picking up and the inventory is low. There are still amazing homes from tiny cottages to large custom homes available but finding exactly what you are looking for is not always possible. When you have exhausted all options in the New Paltz, Highland and Gardiner areas, let me help you search other options.   From the Shawangunk Ridge to the Hudson River there are properties available. Another option besides buying a home that is prebuilt either new construction or resale is the build. Yes, it takes a little longer but it is worth the wait to get the home you really want.   Bringing new ideas to the area is William Reue. From his website: http://www.wreue.com, his profile says it all.   “Wil...
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By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley )
Summer Programs at SUNY New Paltz  SUNY New Paltz is a four year state university located in New Paltz NY. Only 30 minutes from the Newburgh Beacon Bridge it is home to a winter student population of approximately 8,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Summer Sessions are already in swing, but you don’t have to miss out.  Many students take Summer Sessions for all different reasons. It provides an opportunity to make up credits, take a single difficult class, and some students explore something new and exciting. Classes go from May 22 to August 6st While the first session is already started, there are a total of four sessions. Registering now will get you started with different classes that are of great value.  You can have the choice of on campus classes, or you can take classes o...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
I am Barbara Carter, New York State Licensed Associate Broker, selling homes FROM THE GUNKS TO THE HUDSON. If you are unfamiliar with the area, Ulster County New York is in the Mid-Hudson Valley between New York City and Albany. The area is rich in history, natural beauty and activity. As life-long resident, I love the area I serve, from the Gunks ( the Shawangunk Ridge- world class rock climbing) to the Hudson, the New Paltz/Gardiner area and the Hudson river area of Highland. To search for property in Ulster County, visit http://www.NewPaltzRealEstate.com To learn more about Ulster County, from the Gunks to the Hudson give me a call, I am happy to share my love of New York with you!  
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
    Are you considering buying a home in the Hudson Valley this year? Have you considered New Paltz N.Y 12561;. Now is a great time to start the search. While it is great to search homes in the convenience of you own home on local websites such as http://www.NewPaltzRealEstate.com it is still important to have a Realtor to turn to for additional information. I am Barbara Carter, Realtor and local resident.       New Paltz N.Y. 12561 is a fun artsy, college community just 90 miles north of Manhattan. Geographically, New Paltz is just west of Poughkeepsie. New Paltz is the home of the State University of New York, New Paltz campus and the great Shawangunk Ridge. With great destinations such as Mohonk Mountain house and Lake Minnewaska New Paltz is a more then a small town.New Paltz is eq...
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By Barbara Korabel, Last Name Like Champagne
(Four Seasons Realty Group)
Get your Red On this Thursday February 14th. It's Valentine's Day.   There will be a flash mob dance downtown New Paltz for One Billion Rising. (Violence against Women and Chiildren). This will take place at 3PM at the four corners in New Paltz. That is the intersection of Plattekill, Main and North Front in between P & G's and Starbucks.
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By Barbara Korabel, Last Name Like Champagne
(Four Seasons Realty Group)
The local newspaper is now calling New Paltz the Wild West and why not? The latest victim of the "consolidation" is a long time friend of New Paltz and now former deputy mayor Sally Rhoads. Now you know for her to give her resignation the village mayor must have really really really made life living hell. Aside from mayor West calling the consolidation committee "liars" his continual defamation of respected community members made it impossible for an ethical person like Sally to continue her duties. From what was written in the New Paltz Times" Jason West is not a leader. He uses aggression to intimidate colleagues and staff through negative e-mail correspondence, He's mean spirited alienating and polariing. He tried to bully by storming out of meetings. then he uses manipulative wordsm...
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By Barbara Korabel, Last Name Like Champagne
(Four Seasons Realty Group)
Guess we will need some refresher classes here in New Paltz. Round two Mr. Mayor vs. Mrs Supervisor. The battle over to consolidate or not. Of course we are currently in the mud slinging phase and that's just my non political opinion. I've also just read in the local paper that the committee who was gathering information had been favoring one side and of the course the other cried foul. So now I understand it's going to cost money to get some neutral party to do a feasibility study. Guess who gets to pay for that ??? Honestly don't you think it's logical that if you put two halves together it would make a whole? WOW I must be a genius? And if those halves were paying different individuals to do the same job by consolidating them you might just save some money? Gee I don't think you woul...
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By Barbara Korabel, Last Name Like Champagne
(Four Seasons Realty Group)
Tried to blog once and thought I'd never go back. Meet me in person and you'd say you could never picture me as a shy individual. Just as you savor a tender cut of meat that keeps you coming back for more I guess I wanted to see if I just went to the wrong place to eat.  Bless that bundle of energy Kerrie Greenhalgh who has injected some get up and do it. I wish I could bottle it. I'd be on easy street but would still be selling real estate, the high end only. Kerrie, if you didn't already know, is our community advisor and she just held a new Active Rain Member Orientation. If you ever need a pick up get a dose of Kerrie. The reason I do not blog is because I become distracted and bored and can't get inspired on a daily basis. In fact when I started real estate career my broker told me...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
Do you have a home to sell in the New Paltz NY 12561 or Highland NY 12528 areas? I can help you with that. Usually people ask what they can do to get their home ready to be on the market. Here is some information on just that.   The devil is really in the details when buyers look at a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don’t even notice can ding your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Here’s my list of ten simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster:   1.Spruce up your baseboards: Pets, kids, and stumbling husbands in the dark can make a mess of your baseboards. Repainting baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new.   2.Fill in nail holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to those errant ...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
If you are thinking about buying a home in New Paltz NY 12528, you can save a lot of time and effort by considering a few questions before you meet with a real estate agent. These questions help to indentify your desire to buy a home and to ensure your meeting with an agent will be productive! 1. How long have you been searching for a home In New Paltz NY?2. When are you interested in purchasing?3. What type of home are you looking for? Condo? Single-family? Etc.4. What family needs do you currently have? How do you think that will change in the next few years?5. How many homes have you seen so far?6. What are you looking for that you haven't found yet?7. What is your present living situation?8. Do you need to sell a home before you buy your next home?9. What is your comfort zone in ter...
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By Dylan Taft, Ulster County Area Consultant
(Dylan Taft Broker/Owner Taft Street Realty, Inc.)
New Paltz NY Real Estate & Homes for Sale Real estate in New Paltz NY may be the most desirable in all of Ulster County. If not it's certainly among the top 3, second only perhaps to the legendary Woodstock NY, with Saugerties NY pulling in a close 3rd (and gaining!). There are a number of reasons why New Paltz is such a great place to live. Amazing natural beauty, a great location, and a community with strong roots in education and appreciation of history are just a few. So take a stroll with Taft Street Realty as we proile New Paltz, one of the coolest towns in Ulster County NY! What isn't there to do in New Paltz NY? This bustling college town always has something fun going on. Last week's Thanksgiving 5K New Paltz Turkey Trot drew thousands of runners and their supporters, willing t...
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By Dylan Taft, Ulster County Area Consultant
(Dylan Taft Broker/Owner Taft Street Realty, Inc.)
Ulster County NY Local Business Profile - Botanica Massage & Wellness In New Paltz NY We all love the holidays but let's face it, they can sometimes stress us out! If you'd like to relieve some tension few things are as soothing and relaxing as a massage. Need a great gift for someone special? Treat them to a massage and they'll forever be grateful! Today Taft Street profiles Botanica Massage & Wellness, a New Paltz NY massage therapy practice that works with a number of different tools to help you or a loved one achieve optimum health and wellness! Botanica Massage & Wellness in New Paltz NY is the practice of Amy Mosbacher, NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. Whether you seek relaxation or treatment of an acute and/or chronic ailment, Amy provides a peaceful environment and a wide ra...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
  October 2102 Market Activity in New Paltz NY 12561 2012 is turning out to be a great year for www.NewPaltzRealEstate.com and for the Greater Paltz  NY 12561  area including Gardiner NY 12525 and Highland NY and Ulster County in general. The month, of October 2012,  saw 29.8% increase in closed sales during the same time one year ago. The one year change in median sales price is down by 20.9% over a same time in 2011, causing potential sellers to wait the market out.  Homes for sale are down 16.2%. In New Paltz during the month of October six residential properties sold and in Gardiner there were five.  In October 2011 three properties sold in Gardiner NY 12525 and five in New Paltz. While these may not be staggering numbers and not enough to stir seller interest the buyers are becomin...
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By Dylan Taft, Ulster County Area Consultant
(Dylan Taft Broker/Owner Taft Street Realty, Inc.)
Local Events In Ulster County NY - The New Paltz 5K Turkey Trot This Thanksgiving Day while the rest of the country is snacking away on turkey and stuffing, New Paltz NY will be hosting its 9th Annual 5K Turkey Trot, which has become a beloved local event in Ulster County NY. All proceeds of the race go to the Family of New Paltz, a local organization that operates a food pantry, hotlines, and shelter for those in need. There's even a free Mashed Potato Race for kids! So if you'd like a healthy alternative to the usual Thanksgiving routine that also benefits a good cause, then lace up your running shoes and come on down to the New Paltz NY 5K Turkey Trot! You don't have to be runner or an athlete to participate in New Paltz NY's 5K Turkey Trot. The race welcomes runners, walkers, Mashed...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
  A heads-up on down payment gifts   Are you ready to buy your first home in New Paltz NY? Do you have a down payment ready to go? Before you apply for that mortgage, here’s something you should know about disclosing the source of your down payment.   Q: Part of my down payment was a gift from my parents. How will this impact my mortgage application?   A: It depends on the type of mortgage you’re applying for.   You should be prepared to explain your gift with documentation. While FHA loans typically will permit a down payment from a family source, your more conventional mortgage will expect at least 5% of the funds to have come from you.   One of the keys to ensuring this process goes smoothly is having documentation to back up your claim. Bank statements showing the source of the mone...
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By Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
(C21 Alliance Realty Group)
Highland NY 12528    New Paltz NY 12561   Fall Harvest Time   If you are looking for a great thing to do this weekend in the Hudson Valley, the weather sounds like it will be great to visit the local Farm markets. The fresh air and fresh produce is a healthy treat for the body.   For a listing of local New Paltz Farm Markets visit the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce  . There will be fun for everyone as you harvest your own products, find your way through a corn maze or eat a candied apple.   Highland NY 12528 has a number of Farm markets as well. If you come to Highland to visit to Walkway Over the Hudson  Frannie Reese State Park or the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, be sure to make time to visit one Fall Festivals in Highland. Two family favorites are Dubois Farms   and Wilklow Orchards . Yo...
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