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Thursday, April 9, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Hands Free Real Estate? Been there. Doing that!

April 9, 2020
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
We’ve been watching as real estate brokerages up and down the Hudson Valley and across the nation are ramping up their technology to offer virtual real estate transactions. They’re figuring out how to take clients through the entire process of buying and selling real estate as a way of practicing social distancing, especially since the state has designated real estate as “Essential”, yet forbidden us to conduct face to face transactions. Try working that one out!
Pardon me, but here at Global Property Systems, we’ve been conducting virtual real estate transactions for years.
As a real estate brokerage with a focus on international business, we learned very early how to do business without a physical handshake at every stage of the process. All our agents work in home offices located in regions where they are local area experts. Clients can consult with them virtual ...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

8 tricks to lower your property taxes.

March 31, 2020
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


Every home owner pays property taxes on their home or commercial property. No one likes how much they're taxed. Even if you pay off your mortgage, taxes are still assessed. Along with death, they never go away. But there are some simple tricks home owners can use to lower the taxes they pay. Most involve lowering either the estimated value of the property, or lowering the tax rate.
Ask to see your property card.
Your town hall has tax cards for every home that is taxed by that municipality. This card includes information about the size of the lot, the precise dimensions of the rooms, and the number and type of fixtures located within the home. Other information may include a section on special features or notations about any improvements made to the existing structure.
Errors are not uncommon on tax cards, so as you review your card, note any discrepancies, and raise these issues with the t ...

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Thursday, November 14, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Don't kill the deal.

Buyers are allowed to make requests of home sellers when they see repairs they feel need fixing before they sign the purchase contract. Some buyers make the mistake of submitting a laundry list of requests. The goal of requests for repairs should be to ensure that the home is in a safe, livable condition. But when over-the-top requests and frivolous demands are made by buyers, the seller may reply with a few pointed requests of his own and end the negotiations. 

While buyers have a right to ask for repairs, sellers also have the right to say “no.” The following are guidelines we like to follow to keep both sides moving forward.

1. Be sure the home inspector isn't inflating minor issues to justify his fee.
Some inspectors can raise buyer's hackles by using language such as “near the end of its useful life” (frequently seen for furnaces) or “recommend replacement.” Hire an inspector whose reports are thorough and sensible.
 
2.PL ...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Governor signs law blocking LLC's from hiding identities of home buyers.

Governor Cuomo signed into law new legislation requiring Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) to disclose all parties involved in buying or selling properties in New York. Prior to the law, property owners coild hide behind anonymous "shell" companies, making it impossible for the law to enforce code violations. The law is intended to bring full transparency to LLC partners. 
The measure was sponsored in the Senate by James Skoufis  (D, Woodbury), who chairs the Senate investigations committee, which has been concentrating on code enforcement issues, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, (D, New City).
In a dramatic setting, they announced the new law while standing in front of a condemned two-family house at 230 City Terrace in the City of Newburgh. The property's owner is listed only as T&J Estate Properties LLC. Condemned in March of 2019, the house has been written up for nineteen code violations in 2019. The city cannot locate an owner responsible for the buil ...

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Monday, May 20, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

After the House Inspection: Smart tips for negotiations on your next Hudson Valley home.

Home inspections can be a trying time for both the home buyer and seller. For the sellers, having an inspector sniff through every corner of the property they'r trying to sell can raise anxiety levels, even if the seller is confident his property is "perfect." Inspectors have ways of ferreting-out problems sellers didn't know about, or issues with the house the homeowner got used to.





For buyers, watching the inspector take lots of notes and pictures leaves them worrying about just what kind of white elephant they got themselves into.





Finally the buyers get to see a thick report full of disclosures, disclaimers and all the fine print of 50-plus pages of descriptions, photos, subsections and educational primers of each part of the house. Inevitably, there are some problems, maybe small things, maybe some serious things that need discussing. The big question is, do the buyers ask the sellers to make repairs, reduce the price, offer to pay for some or all of the ...

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