Friday, May 18, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Because the inventory of homes for sale in the Hudson Valley home market is still at low levels, competition for any properties on the market is strong. A house can list and be sold in just days. So it’s likely that some buyers will find themselves vying against others in a multiple-offer situation. Should that happen to you, here are some tricks of the trade that can make your offer stronger, or at least stand out from the crowd.
Can you say "Cash?"
If you’re able to make an all-cash offer, we strongly suggest you do it. That's because a cash offer gives you a competitive edge over other buyers. Sellers love cash because it means there are fewer details that can kill a deal before closing. Also, the closing process for a cash deal is much faster than those involving a lender, so anxious sellers can move sooner. If you can't afford to make your offer in cash, try to get a fully underwritten pre-approval letter. Our preferred lenders have the ability to give you a full ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
This White Plains home will be perfect for a family that likes to spread out and enjoy their space. It has four bedrooms: a master suite on the first floor, another master suite on the second floor plus two more bedrooms above that. It's unique layout started when just a third of the house was built in 1948. Since then, it has expanded to three distinct living spaces, going through a series of five additions and improvements.
Through the main entrance is a large living area, consisting of a living room, dining room, the main floor master bedroom suite, a sunroom/workout room, two large bathrooms and an eat-in kitchen. A second living room is at the end of a short hall and walks out to a lovely stone patio. Above it is a lofted office space and another ensuite master bedroom. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom await at the top of the central staircase. The attic is quite large, with room for plenty of storage.
The house sits on a very large fully fenced lot which is tastefully ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
One of the reasons Westchester is popular house-hunting grounds for foreign corporate executives relocating to New York is the variety of private secondary school choices available. Not only do families have a wide variety of schools to choose from, but there are five internationally focused schools offering primary and secondary school options. Speaking from personal experience as a corporate relocator who moved to America in the 1990's with a junior high school-aged daughter in tow, it is quite a relief for both the parent and student to find a familiar educational system in their new country. Americans have no idea how differently secondary school education is conducted in other countries.
Lyceum Kennedy French American School Lyceum Kennedy provides a fully bilingual education to students from nursery to 12th grade in a multicultural environment, with campuses in Ardsley and Manhattan. It follows National French education guidelines and is accredited by the French M ...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 / by Mark Granata-Frontino
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access to buyers you want to provide.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.
Here are several levels of access that you can give for a buyer who wants to show your home:
Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
By Appointment O ...
Monday, May 14, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C.
New York, as one might guess, came in near the top, requiring a $64,000 annual income to purchase a median-priced home. But compared to Hawaii ($111K) and, curiously, Colorado ($74K) the affordability of home ownership in New York is tied with that of Oregon. States in the Midwest came out as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average salary needed to buy.
Below is a map with the full results of the study:
GoBankingRates gave this advice to anyone considering a home purchase,
“Before you buy a home, it’s important to find out if you can afford the m ...