This Month in Real Estate November 2014

What’s happening in Real Estate November 2014, report by Keller Williams Realty.

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E Patrice Hayes, Realtor®
CRS®-Certified Residential Specialist
SRS®-Seller Representative Specialist
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA 
Member of The Institute For Luxury Home Marketing
 
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Best Places for Starter Homes – Westchester, NY

Best Places for Starter Homes – Westchester, NY

Croton-on-Hudson

Croton-on-Hudson is Westchester’s best-kept secret,” says Nancy Kennedy, an associate real estate broker at Houlihan Lawrence. “A lot of people don’t know about it, and it’s ideal for young families or couples starting off.”

For those who may not have a fortune to spend, Croton offers an array of affordable housing. There are townhouses on the river at Half Moon Bay, single-family homes in the village center, and houses slightly farther out with stunning river views—some for under $500,000. (The 2013 median home-sale price in Croton was $470,000.) Because it is located in the northern part of the county, “you get a lot of house for your money,” Kennedy says. You also get lower taxes.

While lower prices generally mean longer commutes into the City, the Croton-to-Manhattan commute is very manageable. In fact, the Croton-Harmon station is one of Westchester’s busiest, with both Amtrak and Metro-North using it heavily and running express trains that reach Grand Central in 50 minutes. The commute “is a draw,” says Nina Betancourt-Morgan, a Croton-based real estate professional with Sotheby’s International Realty. “The trains will skip over towns that are south of us.”

The village sits on a natural landscape that exudes serenity, with panoramic water views in almost every direction thanks to its borders with the Hudson and Croton rivers. Residents surf, kayak, or paddle-board on the many shorelines and can join the Croton Sailing Club. And there are so many green spaces in the village, “it’s like living in a park,” says Kennedy. Popular spots for picnics, sports, and hiking include Senasqua Park and Croton Point Park. Croton is also home to the 300-year-old Van Cortlandt Manor estate, which hosts the popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze each October.

There are diverse dining options in Croton as well. ümami café, a family-friendly local hangout with a hip vibe, as well as French-Moroccan eatery Tagine Restaurant & Wine Bar, the well-reviewed seafooder Ocean House, Justin Thyme, and The Tavern at Croton Landing are a few local favorites. Boutiques such as Sunshine & Clover and Groovy on Grand dot the village center. And the town’s artsy vibe is a big draw for residents. Improv, acting, and digital filmmaking classes are offered at the Croton Academy of Arts and the town hosts one of the county’s largest annual events for the arts: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival—the legacy of Pete Seeger, the festival celebrates folk art, music, and the environment.

Other Starter-Home Hot Spots

New Rochelle boasts a quick commute to Manhattan and plenty of condos and co-ops.

Pleasantville is increasingly popular among young professionals, including many migrating from New York City. Why? Not only is it a friendly, picturesque town—with an “old village” dotted with lovely Colonials and Victorians—it also has a manageable commute (roughly 50 minutes to Grand Central), is centrally located (about halfway between Mount Kisco and White Plains) with easy access to roadways, and is largely a walkable community. In addition, there are cultural attractions such as the Jacob Burns Film Center, which shows the latest in independent films and holds special film series and events. The weekly farmers’ market is one of the best in the county, and “really like a community day event,” says Houlihan Lawrence’s Kennedy; locals and visitors alike come out in full force to enjoy the ambience and sample locally grown food. There are also excellent dining spots such as perennial favorites Iron Horse and A’Mangiare, French-inspired bakery Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations, new seafood eatery Bistro 146, and the Batonnage Wine Bar.

A varied housing stock and a just-over $500,000 median home-sale price make it a good fit for starter homes. “Pleasantville truly lives up to its name. This beautiful town continues to meet all of our expectations,” says Jennifer Napolitano, who moved with her husband and 21-month-old daughter from her parents’ two-family Yonkers digs into a fixer home in Pleasantville in January 2014. They chose the village for its great school system, low crime rate, and village activities.

New Rochelle, just a 36-minute commute to Grand Central, pulls in the younger demo and first-time homebuyer crowd with plenty of affordable co-op and condo options. (The 2013 median home-sale price was $580,000.) The city boasts many amenities including a wealth of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as easy access to major roadways. It is also home to residents of a broad spectrum of ethnicities and religions, says Jeremy Zucker, a Wall Street trader turned real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. “There is a growing demand [for real estate in New Rochelle] because of its Jewish life,” he says. “I also just sold a home to a Pakistani Muslim who wanted to buy a house near a mosque.”

This Month in Real Estate October 2014

What’s happening in Real Estate October 2014, report by Keller Williams Realty.

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E Patrice Hayes, CRS, Realtor®
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA 
Member of The Institute For Luxury Home Marketing
 
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Scarsdale, NY 10583
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E Patrice Hayes Receives Certified Residential Specialist Designation

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E Patrice Hayes Has Been Awarded the Certified Residential Specialist Designation

[Scarsdale, NY] September 22, 2014 –  E Patrice Hayes of Scarsdale, New York has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®.

REALTORS® who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Only 37,000 REALTORS® nationwide (less than 4% of all real estate professionals) have earned the credential.

Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict REALTOR® code of ethics, have been trained to use the latest tactics and technologies, and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.

E Patrice Hayes is a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker with Keller Williams Realty Group, licensed in New York, Connecticut and Georgia. She is a member of The New York State Association of REALTORS® and The Institute For Luxury Home Marketing.  E Patrice Hayes is also a Pratt Institute Alumni with a Professional Bachelor Degree in Architecture, experienced as a Residential Designer for award winning home builders and new construction residential property developers nationwide.

“Obtaining the designation was important to me to further solidify my experience and expertise in the real estate business.  It’s important to me to always learn more ways to provide better service for my clients by keeping myself in a network committed to excellence” said Hayes. “Since few can obtain this elite status in the real estate industry, when clients work with me they know they’re getting the best”.

 

For information on selling or purchasing a home with a certified residential specialist visit www.crs.com.

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E Patrice Hayes, REALTOR®, CRS, Luxury Property Specialist
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA
Keller Williams Realty Group
760 White Plains Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Office Phone: 914-902-3220  Direct Phone: 917-327-9997
Email: epatrice@epatricehayes.com
Web: http://www.epatricehayes.com

This Month in Real Estate September 2014

What’s happening in Real Estate September 2014, report by Keller Williams Realty.

For more real estate news related to your specific location please contact me today.

E Patrice Hayes
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA 
Member of The Institute For Luxury Home Marketing
 
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Keller Williams Realty Group
760 White Plains Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: 914.902.3220

  

Buy Books, DVDs At Scarsdale Library’s Annual Book Sale

Scarsdale Public Library will host its annual book sale on several dates in September.

Scarsdale Public Library will host its annual book sale on several dates in September.
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SCARSDALE, N.Y. — The Friends of the Scarsdale Library will hold its annual Book Sale from Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Scarsdale Public Library.

The library is between Olmsted Road and Post Road in Scarsdale. The Book Sale will have more than 60,000 almost-new and out-of-print books, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, fiction, parenting, cooking, art, graphic novels, humor, self-help, drama, religion, business and poetry. There is also a large selection of books for children, as well as DVDs, CDs, videotapes, audio books and sheet music.

A members-only preview will be held Friday, Sept. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New members may join at that time for $25.
The book sale will then open to the general public the next day and run through the end of the week. New books are put out each day. Dates and times follow:

Regular Sale:

Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Half Price Sale

Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blow-Out Sale
Sunday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For questions or more information, call 914-722-1300.

Read full article at Scarsdale Daily Voice

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E Patrice Hayes

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA

Member of The Institute For Luxury Home Marketing

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Keller Williams Realty Group

760 White Plains Rd

Scarsdale, NY 10583

Phone: 914.902.3220