Cortlandt Manor, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Leveraging your hardwood floors to help sell your house In Westchester County, hardwood flooring is the preferred flooring type, especially for the main level of the home.  If you have hardwood floors (rather than carpet), your house will generally sell for a higher value and sell faster.  Any real estate agent will confirm this...after all, this is what buyers are looking for.   I work with a lot of real estate agents, stagers, home sellers and home buyers.  And, the preference is consistent.  And, it's especially apparent when I'm working with new home buyers...they are almost always ripping up carpet and refinishing the hardwood underneath, as well as adding hardwood to rooms where it is missing.   It is rare for carpet to remain in place with a new home buyer...they will almost alwa...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Hardwood floors:  Brazilian Cherry flooring - it gets richer with age Brazilian Cherry hardwood grows in Brazil (obviously) and is often referred to as Jatoba, its Spanish name. It's one of the more popular (and expensive) hardwoods.  Due to the climate and growing cycles, Brazilian Cherry is much harder than the typical oak you see in most Westchester homes. On the Janka hardness scale, Red Oak is a 1290 while Brazilian Cherry is 2350 - almost twice as hard as oak.     But, the main reason customers love Brazilian Cherry hardwood is its unparalelled beauty. The redness and depth of color is unparalleled, along with the richness of its smooth graining. Even if you stain oak to be red, you can't get same effect - it's impossible. Take a look.     Brazilian Cherry typically comes in wide...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Selecting carpet for your home in Cortlandt Manor NY has never been easier...now, you can Shop at Home for your carpeting in Westchester NY. Have you ever been to a carpet store and just felt lost and overwhelmed?  Sometimes, there are so many options that you don't even know where to start.  Sometimes, you may go into a store and find so many choices that you leave you more confused than you felt when you entered?  How do you know what's the best type of carpet for your home in Cortlandt Manor NY?  What's the right one for your budget?  And, what's the right color?  Here's where we can help. We make shopping for carpet in Westchester fun and easy. Everything starts with the area you are looking to carpet.  Is it for a bedroom or a living room or a family room or basement or the steps? ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
In my industry, customers mistakenly use the wrong terms for products, especially for some items. For example, they say laminate flooring, but they really mean vinyl (or vice versa); same thing goes for vinyl vs linoleum.  Today was one of those perfect examples of where a customer said something, but meant something completely different...and I'm glad I caught the mistake before I left.   My customer had a flood (they are covered by insurance) and they wanted to replace what they already had.  They said they wanted laminate flooring that looked like maple.  They also said they wanted Pergo, which is a brand name of laminate flooring.  So, since they used both terms (several times) and they described how it was installed, I took them for their word.  They had already spoken with 2 other...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
When it comes to carpet, stain protection is very important. In fact, staining is usually the primary reason that carpets need to be replaced (along with odor).  We know that stain protection is important to our customers, especially those with young kids and pets.  That's why virtually all of the carpet we sell comes with stain protection.   Recently, Shaw upgraded their stain protection.  Shaw is the only one in the industry that now places a warranty on their carpets for pet stains, human stains and even places a warranty on carpet placed on the steps.  But, if you don't believe me, check out these 2 videos.   To demonstrate how resistant their carpets are to stains, they created the world’s largest pie throwing contest. Check out how this carpet survives.  See how well their carpet ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Is laminate flooring waterproof?  The answer is NO, laminate flooring is NOT waterproof.   There is a common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and I believe this is due to the fact that many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl and laminate flooring.     Many types of vinyl flooring are waterproof and/or highly water resistant. Laminate, on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, so it is not waterproof. Due to its melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish which resists against scratches and may have minor protection against minor water (quick spills). But, like hardwood, laminate does not do well with standing water...regardless of whether this water is topical (on top) or seeping into the sub-floor from below. Laminate also does not do well in areas with h...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Which type of flooring is better for your bedroom - hardwood flooring or Carpet? Believe ir or not, my customers seem to be split on this one, and my simple answer is that it depends on 2 things: 1) what is your budget and 2) what did you grow up with?     Most customers and real estate agents agree that hardwood is preferred for common living areas such as the living room and dining room. In Westchester NY (as well as Mid-Atlantic and Northeast), by far, hardwood is the preference. It looks better, it's easier/less expensive to maintain, it lasts longer and it improves the value to the home. Even though hardwood costs more than laminate flooring or carpet, it will last so much longer so it will cost less in the long run.     But, for the bedroom, customers seem to be split - probably 5...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking to sand and refinish hardwood floors in Cortlandt Manor NY?   It's amazing what a difference refinishing your hardwood flooring can make.  Your floors will look brand new and you even have the option to change the color.  You can go light, dark, mid tones, or red tones. It can really give your home (or room) a whole new look.   If you have hardwood underneath your carpets, we can restore the beauty of the hardwood underneath. It's amazing what a big difference this can make in your home.  And, believe it or not, it is usually less expensive to refinish your floors than to recarpet.  Refinishing your wood floors will also improve your home's value and it will be easier to clean and maintain.   At Floor Coverings International, we are a shop at home service.  We will bring...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
The town of Cortlandt has many moving parts: The villages of Croton on Hudson and Buchanan, the Hamlet of Verplanck, Cortlandt Manor, and right in the middle, the separate municipality of the city of Peekskill. Croton and Peekskill have their own school districts, so the vast majority of Cortlandt is served by the Hendrick Hudson and Lakeland school districts. This is the November 2011 market report for single family homes in Cortlandt covering Hendrick Hudson and Lakeland separately.  Hendrick Hudson Schools November 2011- 6 homes closed at a median price of $427,500November 2010- 2 homes closed at a median price of $610,000 11 homes under contract at a median asking price of $369,90064 homes active at a median asking price of $407,000 Lakeland Schools-Cortlandt November 2011- 6 homes ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for flooring for your Westchester home in Cortlandt Manor NY 10567? We know there are many choices..and sometimes the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you're looking for hardwood floors, tile, carpet, laminate flooring, or if you just want to refinish your hardwood floors, Floor Coverings International can help make the process fun and simple. We are a shop at home service. Our tagline is "We bring the store your door." This is important because first, you can see the colors in your lighting and color coordinate with paint color, cabinets and furniture. Second, it allows us to provide a true estimate for you. And, third, of course it is more convenient this way. We provide guidance - Which is the best type of flooring for your environment and your budget? We'll hel...
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Why it's important to hire a flooring company that specializes rather than a generalist or a handyman)...no offense to GC's of handymen.  This is prompted by a phone call i got this morning from a customer. Usually, it's better to hire a specialist rather than a generalist.  I think fundamentally, we all grasp this concept.  Who would you rather work on your brain if you need surgery?  A general surgeon or a brain surgeon?  How about your heart?  If you need to list your propety as a short sale to avoid foreclosure are you going to hire any agent or one who specializes in short sales?  You get the idea...the more you specialize in an area, usually, the better you are at that skill...and if you need to obtain materials, generally you can obtain them more cost effectively. Now, getting ba...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for tile flooring and installation for your home in Cortlandt Manor NY? Whether it’s a kitchen floor, bathroom floors and walls, an entry way or mudroom, or even a Kitchen tile backsplash, we can help you at Floor Coverings International. We understand that it can be challenging to find the right type of tile for your floors, walls and backsplashes. What’s the right type of tile – ceramic, porcelain, tumbled natural stone, marble or granite? What’s the best style and color? What types are easiest to clean. Many customers seemed to get overwhelmed when they visit a tile store. Well here’s where we can help. Floor Coverings International makes it simple by “bringing the store to your door.” That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting and color coordinate with y...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for laminate flooring for your home in Cortlandt Manor NY? We know it can be challenging to figure out which flooring is right for your space and whether a laminate floor is right for you. Which wood species and color will look best? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the laminate floors? What is a floating floor? Well here's where we can help. We make finding laminate flooring simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the way it will look in real life. We'll help you color coordinate with your paint and furniture colors. We'll explain what a floating floor is and, we'll help you figure out whether laminate flooring makes sense for you and your budget. If you want, we can even show you h...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
This past Thursday Luke's Cub Scout den had a visit to Cortlandt Town Court to get their badge for civics. I was eager to go, because I actually know the judge. I sold his aunt's house a few years ago! One thing that struck me about court was the huge number of drunk driving cases we saw. In the 90 minutes we saw people appearing before the judge, at least half a dozen cases of drunk driving or driving under the influence were there. One was even in custody, because the last time they appeared in court they were arrested AGAIN that very day for DWI! You can't write fiction like that!  Clearly, DWI is still a terrible problem, and I am going to be a wreck when my kids drive. As my mom used to say, I am not only worried about them. It is those other cars I don't know about.  After the cou...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for carpeting for your home in Cortlandt Manor NY? Whether you're looking for carpeting for your bedroom, living room, family room or basement or even the whole house, we know it can be challenging to find the right carpet. How do you know which type of carpet is best for each setting? Which is right for your home and your budget? Which types are better for steps and high traffic areas? Which colors work best? Which ones last longer and which hide or repel dirt the best? Who should you have install your carpet? There's really a lot to consider and sometimes it gets overwhelming and more confusing when you go to a store. Well here's where we can help. We make finding carpeting simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lightin...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring for your home in Cortlandt Manor, NY? Or, if you already have hardwood flooring, we can stain and refinish it for you. We know it can be challenging to find the right hardwood. How do you know which type of hardwood is right for you and your home? Which wood species and color will look best and last longest? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the hardwood floors? Well here's where we can help. We make finding hardwood flooring simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the way it will look in real life. We'll help you color coordinate with your paint and furniture colors. We'll help you find hardwoods that stand up well to pets or work well in kitchens. Just let us k...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
What Can You Buy in Cortlandt Manor for $255,000? Well, how about a 2700 square foot contemporary with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on almost an acre and a half in the Croton Colony Community? This home closed last Wednesday, October 13. It has a fireplace, large eat in kitchen, sliding doors to the deck, dining room, and a bright airy feeling thanks to the skylights. It is in the Lakeland school district. The homeowners association membership includes a swimming pool and clubhouse. It was on the market only 22 days before going under contract and closed in 98 days. Clearly, the dollar buys more these days in Cortlandt Manor than even a year ago.      The home was listed by Vivian Morales-Guerrero and sold by Ellise DiRoma, both of J. Philip Real Estate. .  
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Woodcrest at Jacobs Hill I recently listed a condo in Cortlandt Manor, NY at Woodcrest at Jacobs Hill, an active adult community (55 and older) with everything one may need and desire.....and close enough to Peekskill train station to go see a show in NY. You might be thinking of your retirement. You might be thinking of your parent/'s and assisting them in making a decision of where they want to be based on their lifestyle, age and health. You could also be thinking about the stairs in your home, and how one floor of easy living would be something to consider now or sometime in the near future. In my line of business I meet many people, as well the many people who just strike up conversations with me wherever I go... I don't know why this happens, could be my good looks... my captivati...
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