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Wednesday, November 13, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

The cold facts about winter heating.

                                                First Ice on the Pond, Pomona, NY, November 13, 2019

Winter chills came early to the Hudson Valley this year. We woke up to ice on the pond first time this season. It prompted that annual discussion about thermostats, temperatures and heating your house.

To wit: 
Is it more economical to keep your home heating zones at a single steady temperature all winter, or to turn down the heat when you are sleeping or away, and turn back up when you return?

The common sense answer seems to be to keep the temp steady because it takes more energy to return the house to a comfortable level. Sounds logical, but it turns out to be wrong. 

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) it requires more energy to keep the house at its normal temperature 24-7 than to heat it back to that temperature after dialing th ...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How NYC condo brokers got their LLC buyers back.

Last September we reported on a newly passed law in New York requiring all LLC's purchasing real estate property to reveal the names and addresses of everyone associated with the corporation. The move was intended to root out absentee landlords and owners of one to four family homes whose properties had code violations and other violations. 

We wrote a second blog in mid-October reporting how the new law had caused an uproar among NYC real estate brokerages involved in condo sales. (Which is pretty much all of them.)

Celebrities wanting to hide and criminals wanting to hide money would no longer be able to do either. Brokers predicted the end of real estate condo sales in New York City as we know them. 

Well, the brokers got their way. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that condo buyers in New York are NOT required to report the names of LLC associates. Somehow, the state dropped the mention of condos on its website explaining the law.

James Gazzale ...

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Monday, November 11, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Zero-down VA Mortgages: Thank You, Veterans

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Veterans qualify for ZERO-down home mortgages when buying a home. So far, thousands have taken advantage of this amazing benefit for our veterans and active-duty service personnel. Thank you, vets!

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Friday, November 8, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Garage conversions: Add space to the living space you already have.

The housing crunch in the Hudson Valley slowed real estate sales this summer as home owners elected to "stay put" rather than sell their homes. Some home owners looking for more living space have chosen to build an addition, rather than sell and move up to a larger house.

When you need more living space in your home, converting your garage into a room can be an attractive option. Although costs will vary based on your location and specific plans, a garage remodel will generally cost about half of what you’d expect to spend when building a home addition from scratch. However, there are many things to consider before beginning a project like this.

Converting a garage into a living space is a big job that includes raising the floor, insulating the walls, adding heating, cooling and ventilation, and updating doors and windows. Before you begin a garage makeover, take the time to consider all aspects of the project.

Yes, you'll need planning permission to do nearly any ki ...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Don't forget your quarter when you hit the Nanuet Aldi store.

If you've shopped at the new Aldi grocery store which just opened up in the former Pathmark location in Nanuet, NY, you've probably found out just how important that quarter deposit you paid to use a shopping cart really is. If I told total strangers I'd give them a quarter to push a cart across the parking lot and back, I can just imagine the response I'd get from most New Yorkers. But when it comes to getting back their 25-cent cart deposit, New Yorkers will move heaven and earth. 

Aldi executives of course know this little bit of human behavioral science. The company can never over-estimate what we'll do to get our quarter back. In the mean time, it saves them thousands of dollars by not needing shopping cart wranglers to do the job.

So just what is the buzz about this funny new grocery store that makes you rent carts, bring and pack your own grocery bags and has "wham, ban, thank you ma'am" cash register checkers who ring up your shopping at the speed of light?

Al ...

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