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A Dobbs Ferry Contemporary Woodland Respite

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This custom designed contemporary residence will captivate you with its artistic flair and character. Soaring ceilings with great light and spaces embody this 3,800 square foot home. The living room boasts floor to ceiling French doors leading to a wraparound balcony, a wood burning fireplace and a skylight. The newly renovated gourmet eat-in-kitchen offers a breakfast island and a Juliette balcony,overlooking the entry foyer. The main level also features a spacious family room.
Upstairs, the master suite includes a bath and a private deck with quiet woodland views. There are also four additional family sized bedrooms and four additional baths.
Located directly adjacent to the renown 74 acre Juhring Nature Preserve with numerous marked trails for passive outdoor recreation. Easy access to highways, Metro North train and shopping. 2 car garage. Ardsley school district. $849,000

OPEN HOUSE WITH REFRESHMENTS: Sunday April 3; 1 PM – 3 PM

See the full listing at: A Dobbs Ferry Contemporary Woodland Respite

Directions: Ashford Avenue to Northfield Avenue to #189, or Saw Mill Pkwy South to Cyrus Field Road exit, to left on Northfield Avenue to #189.

Westchester’s Second Quarter Home Prices Are Up 5%

2013 2nd Quarter From The Westchester Gateway Association of Realtors MLS

2013 2nd Quarter From The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors MLS

According to the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, the median sale price in the 2nd quarter jumped 5% in Westchester County, to $650,000, the highest 2nd quarter increase since 2008. In the region consisting of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, sales volume is up 24% compared with the 2nd quarter of 2012. The HGAR MLS also reported 3,445 residential real estate closings in the past quarter, with both a 23.8% volume increase in the Westchester county single family home segment and a 27.8% volume increase in the Westchester cooperative housing market. This is viewed as the beginning of a sustained recovery. The low interest rates and increased volume of transactions however has also resulted in a shrinking inventory of homes for sale in the area. Available inventory is down 13.1% over this time last year.
There were 1,425 sales of single-family homes in Westchester in the second quarter, 296 sales of condos, 391 co-op’s and 113 multi-family dwellings. There were 2,202 single-family homes sold in the first six months of 2012 in Westchester, representing a 17.1 increase from last year and the highest figure in the past four years.
For the full report see: http://cdn2.dailyvoice.com/sites/default/files/2ndqtr2013salesreportfinal_1.pdf

Rivertowns Real Estate Turning Into A Sellers Market

Courtesy: National Association of Realtors

Courtesy: National Association of Realtors

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal appears to confirm some of the more hyper-local activity that we have been noticing here in Westchester and the Rivertowns. Sellers are gaining the upper hand once again in the sale of their homes. Due to a low inventory, which can be traced to a number of reasons, homeowners are often picking and choosing between multiple offers on their homes. It goes without saying that if you have multiple offers on your home, within two weeks of listing, some of those offers are likely at or above the full asking price. I have had experiences in the past two weeks, of my clients bidding against other buyers, where the  full asking price was just not enough. In these cases, buyers who have the full purchase price or more available in cash, are able to forgo the mortgage process and are often the winners. These are not foreclosed, short or otherwise distressed sales. Simply homes which show very well to prospective buyers and are perceived to be a good value in a given price range, currently well over $1,000,000 in that market. This trend is not unique to any particular price point though. In the village of Dobbs Ferry, in the Rivertowns, I have another listing at a significantly lower price point of the market, currently in contract for just slightly less than full asking. Back up offers have come in, even after it is made clear to prospective purchasers that binding contracts of sale have already been signed with other buyers. These back up offers are at full asking, hoping for a failure of the current buyers, so they may gladly take their place in the process. There are other accounts of this at all levels of Rivertowns real estate.
Whether this is a  temporary blip in the market, until inventory or interest rates rise or a more prolonged phenomena remains to be seen. The short story for sellers though, may be to not wait until the traditional spring market starts in April and instead to list now while this situation still exists. Read the full Wall Street Journal article at: http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2013/02/21/housing-its-becoming-a-sellers-market/?mod=WSJBlog&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wsj%2Fdevelopments%2Ffeed+%28WSJ.com%3A+Developments+Blog%29

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Boating On The Hudson, In The Westchester River Villages

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington, NY

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington NY

As Spring slowly makes its way into the area, the pungent odor of anitfouling paint fills the air in many of the area’s waterfront locales. One of the wonderful things about living in the Westchester County, Hudson River villages, stretching from Hastings-on-Hudson, thru Dobbs Ferry into Irvington and on to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, is the great direct access we all have to the water. Opportunities abound for river use whether via kayaks, sailboats, powerboats or any other kind of craft you can imagine. Some of us even swim in the Hudson River. Aside from the legalities of launching watercraft from any of the public waterfront park areas, there are also a number of affordable boat clubs and marinas in the Rivertowns that cater to all types of boaters.
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Try Porch Paint For a New Front Door Color This Spring

Front Door Repaint
With Spring 2012 right around the corner here in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY, we are all starting to think about ways we can freshen up our real estate for the best possible look in the coming warmer months. A great idea to accomplish a new look without spending a lot of money, is to paint your front door a different color and then accessorize your entranceway to match the new color. Don’t just use any paint though. Use a full bodied porch enamel, deck paint. There are so many different styles of front doors in the charming villages of Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown that to try to pick the most ideal color for every unique door could take forever. Suffice to say that the possibilities for a great new look, in a short period of time, with a little elbow grease are endless.
A quick color change can give an entryway a whole new look, but painting a door isn’t exactly the most fun job on your to-do list. We’re all for taking a shortcut, as long as it doesn’t mean more work down the road. And that’s when we hit the point in our lives where we were excited about door paint.
It turns out the key to painting a door in one easy step is to use…porch and floor enamel. This type of paint dries to a hard, colorfast, moisture and mildew-resistant surface. (All without needing a primer coat.) It’s ideal for front doors because the enamel dries to a super-strong coating that offers unparalleled protection against scratches. Once you paint a door with it, the color will stay bright and fresh-looking for season after season.
The caveat: Enamel dries to a very glossy finish. So if you aren’t a fan of the look, try an oil-based enamel, which has the same benefits of porch and floor enamel, but comes in eggshell finishes. Just be prepared for a slightly longer drying time.”
http://www.stylelist.com/2011/10/23/paint-a-door-porch-floor-enamel_n_1027701.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

Winter 2011/12 Hudson Valley Events Guide

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is delighted to present its annual Winter Events Guide, a listing of almost 100 local community events throughout the Hudson Valley. The events are organized by region, and then by date, and we have also listed ongoing events in a separate section to make it easier to find great ways to celebrate the season. For updated lists of events, go to http://www.randrealty.com and look for our weekly events guide. Have a great holiday season! For the full PDF see:
http://www.randcenter.com/downloads/2011_winter_events_guide.pdf

Tips For Purchasing A Foreclosed Property


Although not the case in the Rivertowns or even Westchester in general, almost 30% of home sales in the United States are now sold via the foreclosure process. Although these kinds of deals are few and far between in this area, it does occasionally happen. This can be a great way to purchase a home at a markedly reduced value, but there are some concerns and pitfalls to avoid if possible. These range from the obvious, like a thorough home inspection, that you would do for virtually any real estate transaction, to the not so obvious like checking for past liens, particularly if you are paying cash for a property. The best advice is to call a Realtor about any property you are thinking of purchasing. However here are 10 things to think about before making that call, so you know the right questions to ask.

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/1471-10-things-to-consider-before-buying-a-foreclosed-home/pages/1

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