The Top 11 Reasons To List Your Home During The Holidays

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The Top 11 Reasons To List Your Home During The Holidays

11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!

10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year for a time convenient for you!

9. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the holidays!

8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture that market!

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week!

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!

And the number One reason why you should list your home during the Holidays…..

1. People who look for homes during the Holidays are more serious buyers!

Now after reading “The Top 11 Reasons To List Your Home During The Holidays” what are you waiting for???  Don’t miss out by waiting until the spring, list your home and sell now!

Contact me today…and yes, I’m working all through the holiday season!!!

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E Patrice Hayes, The Designer Realtor®

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in NY, CT and GA

ILHM-Luxury Property Specialist
CRS®-Certified Residential Specialist
SRS®-Seller Representative Specialist
Residential Designer, Bach. Of Architecture, Pratt Alumni
 
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Scarsdale, NY 10583

Scarsdale Rail Riders–Metro-North Plans Schedule Changes Starting Sunday

Scarsdale Rail Riders--Metro-North Plans Schedule Changes Starting Sunday

Scarsdale Rail Riders–Metro-North Plans Schedule Changes Starting Sunday

Written by Barbara Heins on Scarsdale Patch

It’s time to plan ahead if you’re a Metro-North Railroad rider — regardless of the line you use, there are plenty of changes.

The railroad is implementing new timetables, effective Sunday, Nov. 9 — changes the railroad said has “schedule adjustments that improve reliability and, on the New Haven Line, increase the frequency of service.”

Also, PM Reverse Peak trains arriving in Grand Central between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. have an additional one to two minutes of running time between Harlem-125th Street and the Terminal.

Overall changes range from one to five minutes, so be sure to check the timetable for possible changes to your commute.

Major service changes to look for by line include:

On the Hudson Line in the AM Peak, Ossining has been added as a stop to the 6:38 a.m. train from Croton-Harmon, and will be the first stop on the 7:12 a.m. train from Ossining. This is to allow for improved connections with the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry. If you don’t take the ferry, these changes will have almost no impact on your commute.

Late-night weekdays, the 9:54 p.m. through train to Grand Central is now a shuttle to Croton-Harmon, with a connecting express train from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central, arriving in Grand Central at 11:48 p.m., six minutes later than before.

On the Harlem Line, to reduce congestion on the Upper Harlem Line in the PM Peak, the 5:27 p.m. train from Grand Central will now stop at Southeast, and the 5:29 p.m. train will no longer stop there. If you travel on the 5:29 p.m. to Southeast Station, consult the Nov. 9 timetables for alternate travel options.

On the New Haven Line in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), we are adding weekday off-peak and weekend half-hourly service between New Haven and Grand Central.

On weekdays new trains depart:

New Haven at 11:25 AM, 12:25 PM and 1:25 PM;

Grand Central at 9:34 AM, 10:34 AM, 11:34 AM (replacing the 11:34 AM express to Stamford) and 12:34 PM.

On Saturdays new trains depart:

New Haven at 2:25 PM, 3:25 PM, and 6:25 PM;

Grand Central at 10:34 AM, 11:34 AM 12:34 PM, 1:34 PM, 2:34 PM and 10:34 PM.

On Sundays new trains depart:

New Haven at 2:25 PM, 3:25 PM and 7:25 PM;

Grand Central at 11:34 AM, 12:34 PM, 1:34 PM, 2:34 PM and 10:34 PM.

These new trains serve major stations along the outer New Haven Line and improve travel time by 10 minutes over hourly all-stops trains.

On weekends, where ridership on the New Haven Line continues to grow, we are adding two new express trains to meet the demand:

On Saturdays, a train departing New Haven at 9:20 AM, and only stopping at Bridgeport before heading into Grand Central.

On Saturdays & Sundays, a new train departing New Haven at 10:41 AM, again only stopping at Bridgeport before heading into Grand Central.

Both of these trains should get weekenders into the city in little over an hour and a half!

Also, a new train will operate Saturday and Sunday evenings, departing New Haven at 10:46 PM, closing a two-hour gap before the last train out of New Haven.

Also, in the PM Peak, to relieve overcrowding on the 6:31 PM train to New Haven train, this train will no longer stop at Stamford. But we have added a new train that will depart Grand Central at 6:35 PM, making stops at Greenwich, Stamford, Noroton Heights, Darien, Rowayton and South Norwalk.

In conjunction with this change and to shorten the time between outer New Haven Line expresses after 6:30 PM, the 6:47 PM train from Grand Central will now depart six minutes later at 6:53 PM. The 7:06 PM train from Grand Central will depart at 6:49 PM, 17 minutes earlier, and no longer stop at Stamford.

In response to customer requests, the 5:03 PM train from Grand Central to New Haven will now make a stop at Fordham station at 5:21 PM.

On the Waterbury Branch, look for the addition of new later-evening service on weekends, in response to your requests.

A new train departs Waterbury at 10:10 PM on Saturday & Sunday, which is two hours later than the current last train.

A new train departs Grand Central at 10:04 PM and Bridgeport at 11:41 PM on Saturday & Sunday, one hour later than the current last train.

In addition to these new trains, the schedules of the trains preceding the last train on weekends will be adjusted, resulting in more frequent service in the late afternoon and evening.

On the Danbury Branch two weekday, mid-day Danbury-South Norwalk shuttles (one inbound, one outbound) that were temporarily discontinued last winter while grade crossing work was being done will return on November 9.

A 12:03 PM train from Danbury arriving at South Norwalk at 12:57 PM, connecting with the train that arrives in Grand Central at 2:15 PM.

A 9:34 AM train from Grand Central, connecting with the 10:43 AM train from South Norwalk, arriving in Danbury at 11:35 AM.

New timetables are coming soon and will be available in Grand Central, at outlying station ticket offices, on the railroad’s schedules page, or on the Train Time App.

View full original article at Scarsdale Patch

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This Month in Real Estate November 2014

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

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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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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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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
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