Yonkers, NY Real Estate News

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 Yonkers 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 your cabi...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Now, this was lucky.  One of my customers found my blog, and she is selling her home in Yonkers.  It had been on the market for a year and they decided to take a break, make some improvements and switch agents. She had some old carpeting upstairs and the dog ripped up some of it.  Well it turns out she has hardwood underneath, so we refinished the hardwood on the 2nd floor and steps - wow, what a difference. Somehow, my very fun and bubbly customer got her home picked up by one of those big TV shows where they fix up your home and then sell it (I'm not allowed to disclose the name of the show until after it airs...but it's one you would have heard of).  She is in heaven. Somehow, this TV (which is located across the country) did an online search and came across us - not sure if it was ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
  About 10 days ago I had about an hour to spare – so I grabbed the camera and spent some quality time on the Yonkers Waterfront.  After writing about the Science Barge and my new feathered friends, I thought it was time to share the waterfront photos.  The area is the southernmost  part of the River Walk that is being built along the Hudson from Peekskill to the Bronx border.  Eventually it will be a contiguous walk.  The views of Manhattan were pretty amazing even though it was hazy and hot – and that little girl in the last photo was obviously having a great time… The Manhattan Skyline from the Yonkers NY Waterfront   Yonkers NY Waterfront - The George Washington Bridge   Yonkers NY Waterfront - People At Play.... © 2011 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – http://thewestchesterview.com – All righ...
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By Michael Brown, Your Goals Are MY Goals!
(KELLER WILLIAMS NY REALTY )
  Just Sold! 104 Colgate Ave Yonkers, NY 10703 I represented the buyers, Giana & Mihali, on this transaction. They Rock! This is their first home. I hope they have many happy memories there! Charming tudor located on quiet street with sidewalks. The home features a formal living room with brick fireplace, dining room with two built-in cabinets, updated kitchen with door-out to driveway and basement, three family sized bedrooms and a hall bath. The home also has hardwood floors throughout, new windows and a new roof.     MICHAEL ALEXANDER BROWN - REALTOR® WESTCHESTER COUNTY & THE BRONX Text "HOME" TO "55469"  
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By Michael Brown, Your Goals Are MY Goals!
(KELLER WILLIAMS NY REALTY )
Just Sold! 11 Stewart Place Yonkers, NY 10701   A charming single family home in the heart of Yonkers with 3 bedrooms 2 baths. Close to Downtown Yonkers, Metro North and highways. Has a great yard and is in move in condition. It was a short sale and it took some serious teeth pulling but I am happy John Michael Morales was able to buy his first home at a great price.   MICHAEL ALEXANDER BROWN - REALTOR® WESTCHESTER COUNTY & THE BRONX Text HOME to 55469    
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Last Friday, I made a few new friends.  Not of the human variety – my new pals had feathers and seemed to enjoy  spending their time time soaring above the Hudson River near the Yonkers NY waterfront. I don’t spend that much time down there so I was surprised at the number of seagulls that  had made themselves at home in this location.   They were  perched along the River Walk – Kings of all they survey.  They graciously allow us land-locked bipeds to share their  habitat with them.  And a couple of them obliged me by posing for a photo shoot.   The little guy below was particularly generous with his time.  He posed for shot after shot.  When he finally flew away, I promised I would pick a photo that showed off his best side…I hope his nest has a high-speed connection and that he appro...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Sometimes you learn about something new when you don’t expect to. I was at the Yonkers Waterfront between appointments the other day – and enjoying the blazing hot sunshine.  I don’t get to this location all that often so I hadn’t noticed “The Science Barge” before. The Science Barge  is a sustainable urban farm that serves the dual purpose of being an educational center.  It is a functioning sustainable food production system and demonstrates the power of renewable energy.   They grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with no net carbon emissions, no pesticides and no runoff. The Science Barge program is now in the being administered  under the Groundwork Hudson Valley The Barge is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 PM  and $3.00 is the suggested donation.  This is a ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
As many of you know, I LOVE pets.  I grew up with a dog and a cat, and now I have 2 cats of my own (which incidentally came from one of my customers).  i've always loved dogs and cats and they seem to love me back.  Not sure why.  Maybe it's because I'm short (and therefore closer to their height) or maybe they like the tone of my voice, or maybe they smell my cats,  or maybe it's because I pay special attention to them when I enter the home.  After all, if it's a dog, that's the one that first greets me. Pets are like kids (in a good way) and they need to paid attention to first.  They watch out for their "owner" and their home.  It's really the pet's home and the "homeowner" is welcome in their territory.  Anyone who has a pet understands this.  They are family members.  In fact, many...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
This was exciting.  I went to go see a customer today to Refinish her hardwood floors and she found us on HGTV.com.  I was pleasantly surprised (especially since I hadn't registered on their site...at least as far as I know).  Apparently, they now have an option where you can find contractors (or all types) near your zip code. ...And, you can sort the ratings and reviews (which is what this customer did).  She told me that even though I was further away, she specifically wanted to meet with me.  Here's what she found. Floor Coverings International Reviews - Westchester NY Now, how did this happen?  Well apparently all my reviews from Kudzu.com are feeding into this site.  How cool is that?  It pays to have customers who like you...and give you good reviews.  And, it can help you online ...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
June 3, 2011. 6 Pm  - 7 AM, Yonkers, NY: Relay For Life® - Gorton High School Shonnard Place and Palisade Avenue - honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost, and raise money to help fight it - all right here in your community. Kelly Chiarella (914) 438-8694. www.relayforlife.org If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care. As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will provide you with the info...
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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 Yonkers 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 hardwood ...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
April 16, 12-6 PM, Yonkers, New York - The Science Barge opens on Saturdays and Sundays.  The Barge, a prototype urban farm docked on the Yonkers Waterfront, is the only functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York.  It has a hydroponic greenhouse and all the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels and turbines. $3 suggested donation. Free for children 10 years old and younger.  www.groundworkhv.org If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Bett...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
April 16, 7PM, Yonkers, New York - UrbanH20, live music on the Yonkers waterfront in Beczak's wonderful performance venue on the Hudson River.  This month's performers are Rob Morsberger and Ina May Wool.  $10 admission includes FREE beer from sponsor Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.  (914)377-1900. www.urbanh2o.org   If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care.    As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I wil...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
March 27 through end of year, Sundays, 9-4 PM, Yonkers - Outdoor Flea Market at Murray's Skating Rink, Tuckahoe Road.  Every Sunday- ends in winter 2011.  FREE.  (914) 377-6469. If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care.    As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision. The relationship between a home buyer or seller and their agent is ba...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
March 23, 7 PM Yonkers The Wonderful World of Seaweeds at Lenoir Preserve.  The Hudson River Audubon presents Mickey Maxwell Cohen and everything you every wanted to know about seaweed.  Presentation will include a slide show, a display of live seaweeds and a demonstration as to how seaweeds can be used in permanent artwork. Refreshments will be available.  Free. www.HRAS.org If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care.    As your Bett...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
January 30, 2011, 3 PM, Yonkers - Let The Music Continue. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra performs for the 2010-2011 concert season. Violin and piano soloists conducted by James Sadewhite. In the auditorium at Saunders High School on Palmer Rd just east of the Saw Mill Pkwy. Free. www.yonkersphilharmonic.org   If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty I can help you with every aspect of buying or selling your home because I'm experienced, because I am a Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Real Estate Professional . . .and because I care.    As your Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Sales Professional, I will prov...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
WESTCHESTER COUNTY NEW YORK EVENTS JANUARY 15TH - 30TH: January 15, 2011, 7 PM, Yonkers - Urban H20, Yonkers' waterfront venue for live music, presents Terence Martin and Open Book. Opening Act is Tribes Hill Song Circle. Beczak, 35 Alexander Street, $10. (914) 377-1900. www.beczak.org   January 30, 2011, 3 PM, Yonkers - Let The Music Continue. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra performs for the 2010-2011 concert season. Violin and piano soloists conducted by James Sadewhite. In the auditorium at Saunders High School on Palmer Rd just east of the Saw Mill Pkwy. Free. www.yonkersphilharmonic.org   If you would like us to include your event, email me your event and contact information at  anthony.stokespereira@randrealty.com or Fax (845) 624-7137 Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and G...
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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 Yonkers, 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 know what...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
These days it is tough to find anything in Westchester for under $200,000. Unless, of course, you are talking about a co-op, the "starter home of Westchester" as they say. The Dehaven Drive complex in Yonkers is a terrific collection of condos and cooperatives very conveniently located near shopping, transportation and schools with plenty of parking and a quiet atmosphere.  For $165,000, you can get a 2 bedroom co-op in the Greystone 4, a garden-style apartment with an updated granite kitchen, updated bath, hardwood floors, and new appliances, all on the ground floor. Our buyer just closed on it last week with the fantastic guidance of Tom Ricapito. The unit is 950 square feet with a monthly co op fee of $756, which includes all utilities and is 50% deductible. We wish our buyers much h...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Here's one from the other side of the closing table, where I represented buyers on a 5-month odyssey to purchase a short sale in Yonkers. It made me appreciate the waiting game that buyers must endure, and how valuable status updates are to home purchasers of a short sale in order to stay engaged and committed to the purchase. Buyers need to be updated to, among other things, time their mortgage application, appraisal, and rate lock. Note that I did not say anything about ordering title work. Title work in a short sale MUST be ordered by the seller's attorney in the beginning to ensure there are no 3rd party liens that might scuttle the sale later on. 3rd party judgments and liens are common in default properties because when there is financial hardship, there are other bills than the m...
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