Yorktown Heights, NY Real Estate News

By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Selling your VACANT LAND?Does your land have approvals? Trying to sell land with no approvals can be a real crap shoot. Buyers will sometimes make a deal and when their attorney finds out he says's no deal. If you want to get the best price for your land you need to have some sort of official approval from the county that says you can build a home with a certain number of bed rooms. Land with approvals will sometimes selsl for 10-30% more than one without approvals. Also sometimes buyers are so skeptical you will not even get an offer. So if you can afford to get the approvals you should no matter how long it will takes because if a buyer makes an offer subject to approvals you will then have to wait for the to get approvals and if they drag their feet it could take even longer.
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By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Many years ago when my wife and I discovered our dream home in the country, we were delighted that we could figure out a way to turn a one-and one half story saltbox wing with all original 18th century details into a separate apartment. It was and still is the most charming rental unit, we’re convinced, in all of Westchester.  However, it came with one caveat. Whenever it was available for rent and we received inquiries from prospective tenants, the first thing my wife would ask was, “Do you mind telling me how tall you are?” There was always a questioning pause on the other end of the line, but if the answer was 6’2” or over, her response was, “Sorry, I don’t think this apartment would be for you.” The reason was simple to explain. The structure was built in 1734 when people were short...
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
We really need Land Listings!!! Westchester and Putnam County Residential Vacant Land Are you considering selling your Land? Or even better yet, do you need cash and have land to sell, if so, I can help! I am experienced in: Evaluating Vacant Land. I have a vast Knowledge of County and Town Zoning Codes & the Planning Process. Land Marketing is not for everyone!!! This Is My Objective!!To sell your property, within the time frame you need to have it sold, under the most favorable terms and conditions possible. If you are thinking of listing your land in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess County please give me a call. 845-590-5488
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
The average days on the market for the VACANT LAND in Upper Westchester and Putnam County has gotten out of hand. Property that is in on the market right now has been on the market for an average of 393 Days. This is over a year and counting.And a couple of pieces that were in contract have come back on the market. We are getting a lot of phone calls. But prices seem to still be to high.I am predicting a slow start for 2014!!
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
LOOKING FOR A LUXURY HOME IN YORKTOWN HEIGHTS? If you are looking for a luxury home in Yorktown Heights there are only 4 to pick from. They range in price from $1,600,000.00 - $1,750,000.00 Ranging from 4000-7863 Square Feet. They are all 4 Bedroom. The lots range from 2.12 acres to 7.92 acres. We can have you in one of these homes in 60-90 days. Call (845-590-5488) to make and appointment or receive an email with the listings and available pictures.
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Looking for a home in Yorktown Heights? There are only 18 3 BR homes available today. They range in price $259,900.00 to $350,000.00 Only 18 3 BRS, we can get you into one in 45-60 days!!! Call me today (845-590-5488) for a consultation in my office in front of my computer. Find your home in less time than you thought possible!! We will see every home in your price range on the computer and only view the homes you really think will work for you. There will be no stone left unturned!!! Call today 845-590-5488    
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
  More tips! These work anywhere!!!   Westchester County real estate-What it takes!   Easy marketing ideas to get you started.   When ever you are out and about, let people know you have a Real Estate Practice. Everyone is interested in Real Estate. More listings are gotten this way then you would think!   Always have your business cards on hand. I always give out two-three to everyone. It is one of the cheapest forms of advertising.   If you are with a national brand you should use the brands identity and tie it to your own marketing.  
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
  Do you still do paper ads?   Had a cma today and when I went through my marketing plan the clients asked why I did not list any paper ads.   They said that I had the most aggressive internet advertising plan, but "where are the paper ads that the other agents would do".   I showed them the latest statistics on where buyers are coming from.   They said "what about advertisements for open houses" I told them that when I do and open house it gets posted on over one hundred websites and we send out post cards to the neighborhood. And then I added we have been getting on average 8-12 people at our open houses and this year we have sold a few homes directly from the open house.   Needless to say I got the listing and at my commission and the price I recommended.  
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
More not so basic tips  It is very important that when you send anything to a past or current client that you address it to them personally (not occupant) If you can find the time to hand write something it will make all the difference. Items like notepads with your picture and information on them keeps you in their mind. When you sell a home give your buyers some postcards with the picture of their new home on it to send to friends. Remember always include you contact information on them.
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Listing your VACANT LAND for SALE can be very trying. Most agents in the business have never listed or even sold a piece of VACANT LAND. You are going to want and AGENT with EXPERIENCE in BOTH LISTING and SELLING LAND. The first way to do this is to ask them for a list of PAST and PRESENT LISTINGS. If they can not produce these than they are not the right agent for you. The second thing you want is a list of actual sales. This is sometimes more important than a lot of listings because it shows they can get the job done. The third thing is their knowledge of what it takes to get approvals in your area to build on the property. Also the knowledge of who can help you get these approvals and the relationship one process has to the other.  
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Looking to sell your VACANT LAND? I have a lot of EXPERIENCE!!! I have been doing REAL ESTATE FOR ALMOST SEVENTEEN YEARS now. I  have been involved in 79 different land deals in that time. I sell a lot of my listings my self (42%), but am always will to work with other brokers. I have completed 113Sides/Transactions. I have a background in construction and have build several homes. I know the ins and outs of getting approvals on vacant lots which gives me and advantage over most agent in the area. If you are thinking of listing your land in Westchester, Putnam the Bronx or Dutchess County please give me a call.
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
  Self marketing the way to go   E-mails, we all like to use them. They are fast and convenient, but they require constant monitoring. Put your e-mail address on everything you do and give people and check your mailbox 2-3 times a day.   You should market yourself as the expert in your area. This requires constant direct mail contact with t he information take keeps your potential clients up to date on what is going on in their neighborhood.   All your marketing should have a point you want to get across. Kept this in mind when selecting something to mail or E-mail.  
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By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
At least once or twice a year, I like to take a “snapshot” of the moment in the housing market as a sort of historical record, and the very promising developments in the past six months prompt me to do so now. But first the bad news. While many signs in the market are pointing to happier days, the biggest challenge my associate realtors and I face today is the lack of housing inventory to satisfy the number of buyers who are out there right now, ready with cash in hand to buy. But, where is the selection of houses they might have found as recently as last year? Actually, they’re still coming on the market, but because the number of buyers has increased significantly in the past year, new listings are being absorbed more quickly and cannot keep pace with maintaining a healthier inventory...
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Listing VACANT LAND for SALE can be very trying without proper agent. Most agents in the business have never listed or even sold a piece of VACANT LAND. You are going to want and AGENT with EXPERIENCE in BOTH LISTING and SELLING LAND. The first way to do this is to ask them for a list of PAST and PRESENT LISTINGS. If they can not produce these than they are not the right agent for you. The second thing you want is a list of actual sales. This is sometimes more important than a lot of listings because it shows they can get the job done. The third thing is their knowledge of what it takes to get approvals in your area to build on the property. Also the knowledge of who can help you get these approvals and the relationship one process has to the other.
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Westchester County Real Estate--The homes that are priced well are still SELLING!!!! Especially in Yorktown. There have been some homes that have came on the market in the last 6 Months that had accepted offers in the first 6 weeks of being on the market. Does this sound familar to those of you that were in Real Estate back in 2006-2007? Why do some homes sell faster than others? It's a very easy question to answer. The homeowners priced there homes according to the present market and made sure the condition matched the price. These two combinations make for a quick and good sale when the competition is not priced accordingly. As more and more people realize this, the market will improve and the economy will follow. We also need to do away with agents overpricing a home just to get the ...
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
What is your strategy for the upcoming year? This year my strategy has been to work with as many buyers as I could and maintain some listings. This worked very well for me this year. This I think I need to increase my house listings by 30% but try to maintain the same amount of buyers. In years past mine had always been to get lots of listings. Sometimes as many 60. When I have a lot of listing my cell phone never stops ringing.I believe that the buyer pool is going to level off. A balanced between buyers and sellers looks like it will be the way to go. This may be the answer to maintaining my level of business in the future. One of the ways I am going to be doing this is more direct mail to areas I have sold homes in.  Has anybody else come to this conclusion
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
With the new market, do we price it to sell or try to get more for it? I am seeing agents list homes at a higher price than the ones that just sold. And they are staying on the market for a long time. Before they sell they have to be reduced. Then there are a few agents like myself who are listing our homes to sell, and in some instances for more than asking. Almost all of them sell without reduceing the price.I would love to hear what is going on in your markets. 
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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