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Ardsley Schools With Pool On 1/3 Acre $649,000

Welcome to your own private oasis with this charming stone and brick cottage, on 1/3 acre with an in-ground pool, in the sought after Ardsley School District. This spacious residence boasts a large living room, flooded with natural light from two exposures. The kitchen features all stainless appliances with a separate dining area and a door to the driveway, for your shopping convenience. The master bedroom is located away from the main living area, for the utmost in privacy. There is also a second bedroom and full hall bath on this level. The lower level, not included in listed square footage, consists of a finished family room, which could be used as a third bedroom, with its own bath. A laundry room and small auxiliary room, or wine cellar, completes this home. The lower level also has a walkout to the yard and the driveway, capable of parking 4-5 cars. In the rear of the yard is an inground pool that awaits your loving touch. Two blocks to the Ardsley Middle School, 5 blocks to all village shopping and restaurants.

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Ardsley Schools With An In-Ground Pool $649,000

Link To Village Of Ardsley Website

Link To Village of Ardsley Schools Website

No Budget for a Custom Kitchen? No Problem

A Great, Recent Article From The New York Times:

“People often assume that getting a gorgeous kitchen like the ones they see in design magazines would require draining their bank account. And often, they’re right: Building a custom kitchen with upscale materials and finishes can easily run into six figures.

What they might not realize is that there are cost-saving alternatives that can deliver a high-end look for a fraction of the price. One of the most popular, employed by a number of architects and designers, is building a kitchen with Ikea cabinets and then covering those cabinets with custom doors, drawer fronts and panels from companies like Reform, Semihandmade and Kokeena.”

“Ikea makes a great box,” said John McDonald, the founder and chief executive of Semihandmade, a company based in Monrovia, Calif. And inside its Sektion cabinets, he added, Ikea “uses the best hardware you can get…..”

Link to the full New York Times article:

No Budget For A Custom Kitchen, No Problem

Contact me for more information about the expected Rate Of Return on your investment, at resale, for typical upgrades to your home, including the all important kitchen and bath.

Irvington NY Featured in The New York Times

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The New York Times Real Estate Section recently espoused the benefits of  living in Irvington NY. A brief quote was:

“A small town with a progressive attitude, Irvington offers residents a sense of community and history — as well as proximity to the Hudson River……According to data from the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, as of July 23 there were 53 single-family homes on the market, from a 948-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1926 Bungalow listed at $449,000, to an 11,653-square-foot, Eight-Bedroom Gated Colonial Built in 1929 for $4,950,000. There was one condominium, listed for $595,000, and 10 cooperative apartments, priced from $199,000 to $799,000.For the 12-month period ending July 23, the median sales price for a single-family home was $1,325,000, up from $1,192,500 during the previous 12 months. The median price for a condominium was $660,000, down from $675,250 the previous year; for a co-op, it was $245,000, up from $187,000 the year before…”

For a full list of homes for sale in Irvington NY see: Homes For Sale in Irvington NY

See the full New York Times article here: Irvington NY, A Walkable Village With Striking Manhattan Views

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in The Rivertowns, let your #1 Rivertowns Real Estate Resource help. Call me to discuss all your real estate needs at 914-960-3837, or contact me thru the form below:

New Construction For The First Time Home Buyer

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From Koby Kepert:
“Most of us have been down this road before… as a first-time home buyer, it seems easy to buy a fixer upper and transform it into your dream home. It seems so easy on all of the HGTV shows we watch, right? Well, the real-life reality is not always like that. Working in this business for so many years now, I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received from people desperate for help with their “DIY gone wrong” issues. I think that, being a first-time home buyer, you should have some serious home improvement skills before attempting to renovate a fixer upper. This surely can save you some money as long you don’t make any expensive mistakes along the way. But if you don’t have the skills nor the time and energy, buying a newly-built home or having it built for you seems to be the best option…..”
See The Full Story At: New Construction For The First Time Home Buyer

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An Iconic 1926 Charmer in Irvington NY for $469,000

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Link to 22 Hudson Avenue, Irvington NY

A great example of the American Craftsman, Bungalow Style of architecture, popular during the Arts and Crafts Movement, this home in Irvington NY has so much potential to offer. Known as The Hampton model, it was originally built in 1926 as a three bedroom home and later converted to two, but is easily converted back. Featuring 9′ ceilings thru-out, it boasts a wonderful covered front porch, large living room, huge formal dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a full bath. It has a flat rear yard with a driveway and 1 car garage underneath. There are hardwood floors under the wall to wall carpeting and recent vinyl windows. The original detailing still exists with the rafters exposed at the eaves and masonry piers and columns. Great for a tasteful restoration or as an alternative to a condo, with no shared walls or association fee. Located in the Irvington school district and a quick commute by Metro North train to Manhattan. Great expansion potential, up or out. Don’t wait too long to see this one!

Irvington Schools Information

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, June 16 from 2PM – 4PM

Contact Scott Rosasco today to see this home or any other property in the Rivertowns or Westchester County.

Late, Mid-Century Modern Condo: Open House This Sunday

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OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, March 11 From 1 PM – 3 PM.

The sleek, flowing lines of this late mid-century modern condominium complex will captivate you with its beauty and serenity. Gracefully situated amidst the greenery and trees. Fully renovated and essentially all brand new, this attractively priced, 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo at $399,000 is currently the only unit available in The Colony and one of the few available in Hartsdale. Contact me for a private showing. For more information see: 722 The Colony Hartsdale NY

Hartsdale, New York From Niche.com

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Rise While Inventory Falls

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From Real Estate In-Depth

WHITE PLAINS— High sales rates, a sharp decline in inventory, and an uneven pattern of price increases across the region marked 2017’s first quarter entry to the real estate market recovery of the past five years, according to the recently released “2017 First Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York” report authored by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Inc. Realtors participating in the HGMLS, a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., reported a grand total of 3,700 closed transactions in the four-county region during the first three months of 2017, a 9.1% increase or 309 units more than last year’s first quarter results. The closings largely resulted from sales and market activity during the winter months of 2016 and early 2017, and comprised single-family houses, condominiums, cooperatives and 2-4 family houses……….

Read the Full Article at: Hudson Valley Home Sales Rise While Inventory Falls

Rising sales and rising prices, coupled with low inventory, makes this a great season to sell your home. If you are thinking of selling, either Email Me or call me at 914-960-3837

11 Bramblebrook Rd, $699,000; Open House 10/2 1PM – 3PM

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11 Bramblebrook Road, Ardsley NY

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Brand new to the market! Close to all from his 2500 sq.ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a cut stone front offering the utmost in convenience. Features the sought after open layout floor plan with a Living Room and wood burning fireplace, Dining L with sliders to a private patio, Chefs Kitchen, boasting granite counter tops, new cabinets, stainless steel appliances, including a professional range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and breakfast bar, all as one open space. 2 large bedrooms and a full bath on the first level. The second floor has two over-sized bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level is fully finished with a separate entrance and is ideal for an au-pair with a bedroom, living area and full bath. Hardwood floors thru-out. Great, private rear patio in a wooded setting, 1 car garage and a large driveway with parking for 4 cars completes the picture. Listed taxes are before the STAR deduction is taken.

For Full Listing Information Click: 11 Bramblebrook Road, Ardsley

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, FROM 1 PM – 3 PM                                    *Directions: Saw Mill River Road-Route 9A to Bramblebrook Road to #11                                        

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‘Dobbs Ferry Thrives’ in 2016

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From 914INC at Westchester Magazine:

“Once a downscale, sleepy Rivertown squeezed between Hastings-on-Hudson and Irvington, Dobbs Ferry has taken a giant leap to the forefront with a wave of commercial, residential, and lifestyle improvements.
The biggest news in the village is the expected completion this fall of Rivertowns Square, a $150 million mixed-use development next to the Saw Mill at Lawrence Street. The project will turn an abandoned research laboratory into a….” 

See the full article from 914Inc at: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/914-INC/Q2-2016/Dobbs-Ferry-Thrives/

Also see: 41 Homes Currently For Sale in Dobbs Ferry

4,500 Square Feet In Dobbs Ferry For Under 1 Million

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Nestled on a quiet driveway, the unassuming exterior of this 4500 sq.ft. Contemporary Colonial belies the unparalleled space and light within,  offering Hudson River and Tappan Zee views. The main level features a two story entry foyer and living room with skylights, as well as an expansive dining room and breathtaking river views. The family room boasts a marble surround fireplace and adjoins the huge eat-in-kitchen with a door out to the large wood deck. Upstairs you will find an extravagant master suite with full bath, whirlpool tub and his and hers walk-in closets with a private balcony offering sweeping Hudson River and valley views. There are also 3 large, family bedrooms and a hall bath. Gleaming oak floors complement these spaces. The walk-out lower lever features an entertainment space with wet bar, full bath, bedroom and a bonus room adjacent to the patio entrance to the huge, flat, rear yard. This residence is ideally located near schools, parks, shopping, dining and transportation and only 35 minutes to Grand Central. Call me for more information: 914-960-3837.

See the full listing at: http://www.randrealty.com/agent/652/scott-rosasco/NY/Property/2343545/21-Keller-Lane-Dobbs-Ferry-NY-10522/

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday March 13, From 1 PM – 3PM

Hardcore Tips For Successful Home Staging

Home staging is still a fairly new concept to many homeowners, especially those who have not sold real estate in the last 5 years or so. At this point it goes way beyond de-personalizing and de-cluttering your home An important part of preparing to list your home for sale, aside from listing it for the right price with the right agent, is making sure it puts its best foot forward, to appeal to as many buyers as possible. First impressions are lasting impressions and the fantastic home you may have gotten used to living in, for all your own fantastic reasons, may actually turn off many buyers for those exact same reasons. Your goal is to turn on as many possible buyers to the benefits of living in your home in order to distinguish it from the rest and get the highest  price in the shortest  time frame. Especially in a market where inventory levels are high, a typical buyer may be looking at 30 or more homes before buying one. How does your home compare and stand out (in a good way) to those other 29?  A recent article in Business Insider, called Guerilla Staging offered 7 tips for home staging your home for success. http://www.businessinsider.com/guerilla-staging-7-hard-core-tactics-for-sellers-2012-9

Mortgage Rates Are Lowest In 60 Years

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In what can only be described as a continuous decline, mortgage rates have reached the lowest point in 60 years, dropping to a record of 3.49% for a fixed rate product.
The real problem now, is not how small your monthly mortgage payment will be these days, but what it actually takes to qualify for one of these rates to begin with. Typically, lenders will require a truly blemish free credit history, FICO scores well over 700, significant cash reserves and a perfect appraisal on any property you are considering buying.
While some would laud the banks for tightening the very same mortgage guidelines that helped to cause the housing crisis in the first place, financial institutions also seem to be understandably concerned about the future profitability of themselves and whomever they are selling their mortgages to. Who wouldn’t want to limit the pool of borrowers by any means possible, to as few people as possible, when the prospect of loaning money out, over 15 – 30 years, becomes a losing proposition once bank savings rates go above 3.49%. Some of us are old enough to remember when a passbook savings rate was over 6%. Common sense would say that this will happen again, sometime in the next 15 – 30 years. What bank or investor wants to be stuck with a borrower paying only 3.49% then? Read more at:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/story/2012-07-26/home-sales-mortgages/56499092/1

Stage Your Home For A Faster Sale

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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

National Real Estate Trends Not Reflected in Westchester

Due to the more stable and sophisticated demographic of the typical Westchester homeowner, the county has managed to escape many of the problems which seem to plague other areas of the United States. While overall numbers of actual homes sold in Westchester have certainly dropped, reflecting the national trend and sale prices are significantly lower than in years past, 63 percent of Westchester residents still own their own homes. This figure remains unchanged since 2000, well before the financial crisis began. Westchester has also never seen the high level of subprime mortgage financing more prevalent in other areas. As a result, the number of foreclosures and short sales, which tend to push down sale prices for more traditionally financed homes as well, are significantly lower. In some areas of the South and Southwest US for example, foreclosures and short sales account for 80% of the market. In Westchester by comparison these types of sales account for only 20% or even less, depending on the individual area. Read more at:

http://www.lohud.com/article/20110801/NEWS01/108010320/Local-housing-market-resisted-worst-collapse?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News

Building With The Elderly In Mind

Westchester County welcomes four new assisted living communities and one continuing care retirement community to anticipate a coming need. The Westchester County population of age 60 and over residents is expected to increase 24% by 2030. Additionally, according to US Census data, the over age 85 group of Westchester residents is expected to be 23,086 by 2030. The communities are to be located in Armonk, White Plains, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor. Typical monthly fees will range from $4,000 to $10,000 per month. Read more at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/realestate/building-with-the-elderly-in-mind-in-the-regionwestchester.html?_r=1&ref=realestate

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