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Stage Your Home For A Faster Sale

Home Staging

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Worried about trying to sell your home in this buyer’s market? Adopting some simple staging tips from the pros can help your home sell faster
The effort may be well worth your time, according to the Real Estate Staging Association. The group studied 174 homes that had been on the market for an average of 156 days, before homeowners hired a professional home stager. After staging, they sold an average of 42 days after re-listing.
But there’s not always a need to call in a professional for this job. “Keep that money for yourself,” says Thomas Rouse, who was a lead design producer at “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and has worked on other home television programs. As long as you have a friend with a strong eye to give you a second opinion, staging a home for sale is often something owners can handle on their own, he says[……..]
Read the full Wall Street Journal article, by Amy Hoak, with 10 tips for successful home staging at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304840904577422084009663536.html

Hastings-on-Hudson River Cleanup Finalized By The DEC

Hastings-on-Hudson Cleanup

Former Anaconda Wire & Cable on the Hastings-on-Hudson Waterfront
Photo by Scott Rosasco

According to a recent news release from the NY DEC, another cleanup plan has been finalized for the 28 acre waterfront property in Hastings-on-Hudson NY, formerly occupied by the Anaconda Wire & Cable Company. The comprehensive plan was developed with input from Scenic Hudson, the Riverkeeper, the village of Hastings-on-Hudson and the Atlantic Richfield Company. This plan caps a 60 day comment period and is expected to cost over $250 million by completion. Atlantic Richfield, the successor to the Anaconda Wire & Cable Company, will bear the cost of the cleanup. 
Portions of the remediation will include a new sheet pile bulkhead at the northwest corner of the property, creating almost 1 acre (.88 acre) of new land for the purpose of the containment and recovery of liquid PCBs. Sediments will also be dredged from the Hudson riverbed, extending up to 80′ offshore of the site, to a depth of 6′, including the former marina area. The expectations are to remove tens of thousands of cubic yards of contaminated river sediments and land soils, including the PCB and heavy metal contamination.
This decision follows on the heels of a recent meeting to begin to address a similar, although perhaps less severe, contamination issue at the former GM site in Sleepy Hollow NY, also on the Hudson River, approximately 6 miles to the north of Hastings.
With any hope, the collaborative combination of these efforts will help the Westchester Hudson riverfront to live up to the incredible potential it has for scenic beauty, waterfront uses, development and as a great natural recreational resource.

Read the full news release here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/82111.html

Sleepy Hollow Waterfront Colonial: Open House This Sunday

Same Great House At A Great New Price $1,175,000!

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Open House Sunday April 22, 1PM - 3PM

Think Nautical For Home Decor In The Rivertowns

From HOUZZ.COM

For a subtler sense of the sea than an all-out nautical theme, look to sails and ships for your decor

From Houzz.com: If a blue and white nautical theme feels too over the top, evoking a sense of the ship in a room may be a more appropriate design choice.
A gorgeous model sailboat, reclaimed sails used as cloth or vintage pieces from vessels no longer in use are all great ways to conjure the feel of the sea.
For boaters and seafaring folk, bringing a piece of a favorite hobby home can make it feel like summer all year.
For the full ideabook go to Houzz.com: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2144154/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u98&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery15

Dobbs Ferry Real Estate For Sale: 72 Residential Properties

Dobbs Ferry Real Estate For Sale

Beacon Hill Co-Op, Dobbs Ferry NY $169,999

There are currently 72 properties available for sale in the Rivertown village of Dobbs Ferry. They run the gamut in price from a $169,999 Co-Op in Beacon Hill Estates, to a $3,595,000 house in Ardsley Park.
With current interest rates hovering, at a 3.9% fixed rate and the now well established opinion that there will never be a better time to buy real estate, both in terms of low prices and low interest rates, the opportunities abound for making an investment in Dobbs Ferry that will no doubt increase in value over time.
See the full list at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/Search/2709818/Dobbs-Ferry/

Dobbs Ferry Condo Open House: Sunday 5/6 1PM – 3PM

100 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry A30

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Immaculate, large one bedroom at sought after Village Green in Dobbs Ferry. This fantastic unit boasts a modern kitchen with granite countertops, built in cabinets, large hall walk in closet as well as an updated bathroom. The spacious front patio is perfect for your upcoming summer bbq’s. This complex offers a luxurious resort feel with your own pool and clubhouse. On top of it all, you are walking distance to the village, shops, restaurants and train station. Directions: Broadway/Route 9 to Cedar Street, down to 100 Cedar Street at end. Full Listing at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/Scott-Rosasco/NY/Property/1021788/100-Cedar-St-A30-Dobbs-Ferry-NY-10522/
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Unearth Your Attic

Attic Refinish

Colorful Girls' Getaway in New York

Even the smallest attics have great potential to be renovated into one of the most charming spaces in your home. Usually attics represent the often odd intersections of your roof which creates all sorts of interesting little spaces that you don’t find in the rest of your home. As well, since in most cases attics are not really included as legal living space, you can be a little more flexible as to what level of finish you renovate the area. Attics with low headroom can be ideal as alternative children’s bedrooms (with proper egress) or play rooms and can offer an enviable escape from the rest of the household. The same ideas hold true as a home office area or studio or even as a pied-de-terre in your own home.
These four attics started out as cluttered and dark spaces. But with a little planning and elbow grease, they were transformed into bright and efficient rooms, adding value and space to the home:
“Katie O’Hagan wanted to transform the attic in her Beacon, New York, home into a bright and cheerful space for her two daughters. ‘We had to move from a house they really loved into a relatively cramped space, so my main goal was to create rooms that would make them excited to move in,’ she says” [……] See the full article at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1644093?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u66&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery19

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