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Wednesday, March 3, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Why is everybody moving to Poughkeepsie?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
A study of Americans fleeing the big cities last year found that Philadelphia and Miami were the top two choices of New Yorkers who left the Big Apple. But a surprising player in the relocation rush was Poughkeepsie, which came in third. The survey, by StreetLight Data, a transportation analytics firm, looked at migration out of the country's top ten metro areas and found that Poughkeepsie ranked eighth most popular relocation destination in the nation, up from 17th last year.
Like many Americans who relocated last year, Poughkeepsie's new residents were seeking smaller communities that offered both urban conveniences but with rural/suburban outdoor space. After living in cramped high-rise apartments and quarantined indoors for most of 2020, the thought of having a back yard to relax in or a quiet neighborhood to walk the dog in has made it hard to resist moving to communities in the Hudson Valley.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Single-family homes become less affordable as prices rise.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
The latest Attom Data Solutions’ Home Affordability Report for the third quarter of 2020 concluded that the median home prices of single-family homes and condos are now less affordable than historical averages in 63 percent of U.S. counties. The increase is up from 54% one year ago. The raise is attributed to the skyrocketing demand for homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Third-quarter data from Attom revealed that those price increases have helped contribute to a significant decrease in affordability.
Todd Teta, chief product officer with Atom said in an accompanying statement, “In a year when nothing is normal, owning a single-family home has become less affordable to average wage earners across the U.S., despite conditions that would seem to point the opposite way. Wages are up and mortgage rates are down to rock-bottom levels, which should work in favor of homebuyers.”
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Friday, February 28, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

This North Broadway top-floor apartment in Yonkers JUST SOLD!

This sun-filled top floor apartment on North Broadway in Yonkers has JUST SOLD, and the new owners are really going to love the NYC views and Hudson River sunsets in this conveniently located home.  

If you're considering buying or selling a property locally or globally, or need more information, CLICK HERE. 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How to get FREE money to help you buy your first home.

You heard me right. There are organizations out there that will GIVE you money you don't have to pay back to help first time home buyers. For most first timers, saving up for a down payment is the biggest obstacle to buying a home. Fortunately, there are grants for qualifying buyers. 
TheBalance.com, a financial advice website, has an in-depth article about home buyer grants. According to TheBalance: "First-time home buyer grants are designed to offset some of the purchasing costs for new buyers. They typically cover part of your down payment, closing costs, or sometimes the total purchase price of the home. They do not require repayment, as long as you live in your home for the required amount of time."
Many of these grants are federally funded, although the U.S. government doesn't offer the money directly. Instead, these funds are given by the feds to state and local municipalities.
Your Grant Options
Start your search by looking at local programs. Check with your lender o! ...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How the One Percenters Go - New technology in the realm of toilettiquet.

Recently I was with a group of REALTORS® attending an international real estate conference in Manhattan. We were invited to tour a 5,000 square foot apartment, to see what $30 million gets you in the Big Apple. I was trying to be quite nonchalant about the amenities: spectacular 180 degree views from the 43rd floor ("Yawn"), enormous master suites ("Umm hmm"), kitchen that may as well have been designed by NASA and decorated by Tiffany ("Doesn't everyone have a diamond studded thermo-nuclear coffee maker dahling?") when I saw something that took my breath away.
It was the toilet. And not just any loo. I found out later it was the The Neorest 750H with Actilight technology, a truly revolutionary innovation at the peak of lavatory luxury, which retails for over $10,000.
As they say in the UK, I was gob-smacked.
The control panel for this Necessity for the Very Posh was mounted on the wall beside the "loo." Among many other features, (heated seat, auto-open and close, and inexplica? ...

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