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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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Monday, January 25, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Help! I can’t afford my utility bills!

It’s going to be cold today - below freezing tonight. And it’s going to be a long New York winter in the coming months. If you lost your income because of the Covid-19 shutdown and are having trouble finding ways to pay your heat and electricity bills, here are a few things you can do to keep the heat on.
Get a grant from LIHEAP
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.
To see if you qualify for assistance, LIHEAP’s website directs you to call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project at 1-866-674-6327. Y. ...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Mortgage forbearance payback hell!

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
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Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking to many people who are concerned about the end of their post-Covid19 forbearance time. Those struggling to pay their mortgages due to the consequences of Covid19, be they parents who can’t work because they need to be at home with their children homeschooling, or the many whose jobs just fizzled out and don’t appear to be coming back because their employers have shut up shop - unable to pay their own bills. Now tax time is adding to the misery for those who don’t have their taxes prorated into their mortgages. The majority of the people I speak to are seeing their savings dwindle as the pandemic continues. Everyone is concerned that their flow of money has all but dried up, and wonder how long it will take the economy to get back on its feet.
The homeowners I have spoken to were all relieved the lifel. ...

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Sunday, January 17, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

NY UTILITY SHUTOFFS MORATORIUM IS COMING TO AN END….OR IS IT?

If you’ve been suffering financial hardship during the Covid19 Pandemic and live in New York, you likely benefitted from the state moratorium on utility shutoffs which are slated to end in March 2021. Need more time? By contacting your utility companies and certifying your need you may be eligible for a deferred-payment agreement which will get you another 180 days before having to pay them back. You could also petition the New York State Public Service Commission and Attorney General’s Office, or contact the Public Utility Law Project, at 877 669-2572 or info@utilityproject.org, to obtain free legal services. Do this now if you need help, or you may miss out.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Don't say we didn't warn you!

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
If you have any plans of selling your house in the upcoming year, there are two very compelling reasons to do it sooner rather than later:
1. Right now, Hudson Valley real estate is in a phenomenally strong seller's market.
2. This thing won’t last forever.
There. That’s your warning.
The reasons this unusual situation exists are many, and we’ve discussed them here many times. If you’re a seller, you don’t need to know the reasons. Just get your house on the market. NOW.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors wrote recently about how quickly homes are selling right now, further confirming the benefits to sellers: Yun says, “The market is incredibly swift this winter with the listed homes going under contract on average at less than a month due to a backlog of buyers wanting to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates.” ...

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