Westchester County, NY Real Estate News

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I had to leave the Zoom meeting early today--sorry Jan Green .  But I was on call for the Business Council of Westchester new members event which preceded open networking.I left the Zoom chat and took my business cards for a live in person networking event at the Tarrytown House Mansion.  This mansion overlooks the Hudson River Valley.  Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving is nearby.  Washington Irving wrote the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Tale of the Headless Horseman.Everyone was having a great time tonight and much preferring business cards to posting in chat.  Marsha Gordon, CEO of The Business Council of Westchester welcomes everyone and thanks sponsors. If you are looking to make your Westchester NY or Fairfield CT business thrive please contact me. Grant SchneiderPerforma...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
If you want to build a custom home instead of buying an existing property, you might need a construction loan. A construction loan is considered a short-term loan that covers just the cost of building a custom home.After your home is built, you have to apply for a mortgage, and that’s used to pay for your completed home.Along with being shorter-term than a mortgage, a construction loan usually has a higher interest rate.The loans usually last for a year, and during that time, the property has to be built, and you have to receive your certificate of occupancy.What Do Construction Loans Cover?A construction loan can be used to cover a variety of costs, including your contractor’s labor, building materials, permits and the cost of the land. You may be able to use it for things like landsca...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
A collaborative team is more than likely led by a leader who is a consensus builder. Rather than "win lose" they empower others and work to seek consensus.  I have been told by numerous real estate agents that they would rather work with a broker and team that is collaborative.Strong leaders have courage to challenge the status quo and point out failures in the organization. They develop and coach others and build positive collaborative relationships. Teams that are high performing are collaborative.To illustrate the importance of team collaboration let’s consider a flock of geese. A flock of geese has a common goal – fly south for the winter. They can get where they’re going much easier by using the strength of the group – they fly in a V formation to add 70% greater flying range. They...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Are you having trouble restarting but can’t find the cause of your problem? If you are having this issue, you are not alone. I receive calls like this from business owners often and much more often now. It is my job as the business doctor to learn the symptoms and then diagnose the problem. During my consultation I ask questions, listen for answers, and then ask some more questions.As an example of symptoms, here are some statements that I hear from the owners. Our sales have begun to level off. We can’t get our team motivated. We are getting more customer complaints. We have new competition. While these sound like normal business problems there is no simple answer for them. It is important to look and the whole picture rather than make a reactive fix. It is better to take a proactive l...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Beautifully updated, move in ready 3 bed 2.5 bath Edgemont Townhouse w/1st floor den/guestroom & 2 car tandem style garage. Covered entry opens up to foyer w/large coat closet & powder room. The entry foyer leads to a large living room w/dining area, an updated eat in kitchen w/a sizable breakfast area, plenty of cabinetry, SS appliances, tiled backsplashes & solid surface counter tops. There is also a 1st floor den/guest room w/library style built ins/desk. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, glass slider to a large raised deck w/storage room. Dining Room w/custom built ins & shelving. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen. 2nd floor offers a primary bedroom suite w/a huge en-suite bath, 2 more good size bedrooms, utility/laundry room & an updated full hall bath. There is a clubho...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Can't you just see the excitement.  Another in person networking event with The Business Council of Westchester.Mark your calendars for two weeks from tonight, Tuesday, September 14, 2021.Time:         5 to 7pmLocation: Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson                   49 East Sunnyside Lane                    Tarrytown, NY  10591Make sure you still have your business cards.  You won't be putting your information in chat.😉As a proud ambassador for this organization please let me know if you would like to attend.If you are looking to make your Westchester NY or Fairfield CT business thrive please contact me. Grant SchneiderPerformance Development Strategies914-953-4458
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Retention of employees is a major concern of Westchester employers. The changes in the last year have necessitated taking a new look at accountability.  The same is true for real estate brokers.  Accountability is a two-way street, and it is important for team members to understand WIIFM (What’s in it for me.) Today’s team members want opportunities to grow and develop and have real accountability for results.Creating accountability by developing an employee value proposition takes planning, effort, and management commitment. Here are a few things you can do to start.Establish expectations from the start.Help orient your new employee by helping him or her to understand the big picture for your organization. Share the organization’s vision, values, and mission along with the organization...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Construction Corp, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange
(Westchester Modular Homes Construction Corp)
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Business has changed dramatically since the pandemic and subsequent shutdown. Prior to the shutdown business was brisk.  Right now real estate is in a sellers market with inventory shortages.  Are you ready for the next stage? The best way to predict the future is to create it. Go for a strong restart with a jumpstart. Begin with the basics. Make sure your vision, values, and mission. Redefine your business objectives, goal categories, and your SMART goals. The execute and monitor.You may have heard the expression, “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it”What you measure is just as important as having and plan and executing it. For example, many business owners are familiar with the acronym EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), or more simply sai...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
There is no lack of information or opinions out there regarding the Covid-19 vaccines. I am co-chair of the Human Resources Council of the Business Council of Westchester.  We decided to have a special program right now rather than waiting until our first program after Labor Day.  Business Owners need answers now to these questions: What impact has the vaccine had on the return to the workplace? Can the vaccine be made mandatory by employers? Important information to know about the Delta variant Key medical aspects of the vaccine everyone should know What uncertainties continue to exist around the vaccine and what impacts can they have? Compliance and workplace health and safety issues that still need to be addressed We will have two speakers representing the legal issues and the medica...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
If there is great success the credit is given to the leader. Likewise, if there is a problem, or worse, a disaster the leader is blamed. Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here.” Leaders set the tone, and direction, and mode the behaviors. They lead by example. Positive results are the result of positive leaders. Show me an organization that functions very well, and I can show you a positive engaged leader. I recently asked a group of employees what was wrong with their company. They replied, “We need positive leadership. We need leadership with people skills.”It is important to have the management skills for a job but there are many smart managers who fail. In most cases it is the lack of interpersonal skills, empathy, emotional intelligence, and leadership ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
You have defined your vision, values, and mission. You know what your business objectives are and you have defined your goal categories. Now it time for goal planning and goal achievement. So let’s get to it!A goal must be worthwhile to you and must motivate you. What are your biggest dreams? Do an inventory of your dreams and put them on paper. Visualize them and verbalize them. This will build the motivation to achieve your goal. If you have made goals in the past and have not achieved them one reason may be that you did not have a burning desire and, therefore, you were not driven to achieve them. New Year’s resolutions fall into this category many times.When you think about your life, your daily journey, how well do you plan and organize it? Your life’s journey is the MOST important...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Beautifully updated, move in ready 3 bed 2.5 bath Edgemont Townhouse w/1st floor den/guestroom & 2 car tandem style garage. Covered entry opens up to foyer w/large coat closet & powder room. Another large closet under hardwood staircase. The entry foyer leads to a large living room w/dining area, an updated eat in kitchen w/a sizable breakfast area, plenty of cabinetry, SS appliances, tiled backsplashes & solid surface counter tops. There is also a 1st floor den/guest room w/library style built ins/desk. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, glass slider to a large raised deck w/storage. Dining Room w/custom built ins & shelving. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen. 2nd floor offers a primary bedroom suite w/a huge en-suite bath, 2 more good size bedrooms, utility/laundry room & an...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
The answer to that question of what's wrong with accountability is Nothing!  People invested in their careers or their businesses are accountable.  They even choose accountability partners.How do we get a team of accountable people?  First of all, as Jim Collins says, we need to get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.With a new team member it is very important in the first few months to establish rapport and engage them in an onboarding process and to establish standards and expectations.Establish expectations from the start.Help orient your new team member by helping him or her to understand the big picture for your organization. Share the organization’s vision, values, and mission along with the organizational goals. You ...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Beautifully updated, move in ready 3 bed 2.5 bath Edgemont Townhouse w/1st floor den/guestroom & 2 car tandem style garage. Covered entry opens up to foyer w/large coat closet & powder room. The entry foyer leads to a large living room w/dining area, an updated eat in kitchen w/a sizable breakfast area, plenty of cabinetry, SS appliances, tiled backsplashes & solid surface counter tops. There is also a 1st floor den/guest room w/library style built ins/desk. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, glass slider to a large raised deck w/storage room. Dining Room w/custom built ins & shelving. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen. 2nd floor offers a primary bedroom suite w/a huge en-suite bath, 2 more good size bedrooms, utility/laundry room & an updated full hall bath. There is a clubho...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Charming 4 bed 2.5 bath Colonial w/ full walk up attic, storage basement & detached 2 car garage close to viillage center w/ shops, restaurants & more. Large entry hall opens up to sizable living room, dining room & spacious eat in kitchen w/ breakfast area. Door to large form stone patio off kitchen. First floor master suite w/ en-suite bath & walk in closet. Plus first floor powder room. Second floor offers another master bedroom w/ walk in closet, two more good size bedrooms, a full hall bath & a laundry room. Full walk up attic. Full storage basement. Detached 2 car garage. More parking in driveway. Large grass areas in front, side & back yard. Close to major highways. Enjoy the fantastic farmers market on Saturday in village square. JUST SOLD ABOVE ASKING FOR $725,000... MORE DETAILS
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Private hide-a-way set on over 2 acres of picturesque wooded property on quiet cul-de-sac. Sprawling custom home w/ 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths & detached 2 car barn style garage/work shop. Beautiful Trex front porch & deck plus fenced in herb garden. Spacious entry hall to formal living room w/ wood burning fireplace. Opening to updated eat in kitchen w/ breakfast counter & upscale SS appliances, Marble counters & lots of cabinetry. Short staircases up to sleeping quarters & down to lower level exercise room/den/office, laundry room & climate controlled wine cellar. Lots of storage. Living room & eat in kitchen open up to post & beam addition w/ formal dining room, huge great room w/ vaulted ceilings & wood burning stove plus a spacious 3 season room w/ glass sliders out to 2 decks. Updated...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Another way of asking about your driving forces is asking you what motivates you. Motivation comes from within and that means that you cannot motivate another person, but it certainly would be good to know what motivates that person. Knowing that you can create a spark to ignite their inner fire. That inner fire will drive motivation.That inner fire or passion is your WHY and this comes from the driving forces that motivate you. If you do not have the WHY then the HOW will not matter. Knowing what motivates you is a key to achievement and knowing how to find motivation in others is a key to leadership. Dwight Eisenhower said that leadership is getting others to do what you want because THEY want to do it. Reach down and find that motivation and bring it to the surface.What is your passi...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
There is plenty of fear out there right now but don’t let fear deter you from your goals. Playing it safe and taking the path of least resistance is a choice many people take. But taking the safe course of action may be more risky than stepping out there. You may lose an opportunity, your competitive edge or your business when you play it safe. Someone else may replace you while you are in your comfort zone.This is the takeaway. There is risk of acting but there is also risk of inaction. Being fearful of acting may be much riskier that taking that action. How many times have you said, I should have, I could have, I would have?I recently coached a Westchester County NY business executive. She wanted to advance in her career, but she was playing it safe and waiting for the right time. Wha...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
As I am writing this I am reading social media posts from people at our event.  All had a great time and are glad that we are back in action again.  Tonight I met people who have been members for a year but have never been to event in person; only on Zoom.What fun it was.  I made so many connections with people and people were asking for my card. ( I don't like to just give it to them.)  These pictures were taken at the beginning of the event.  It was packed with over 150 people.  What I hoped to show in this picture was the line for the bar.  Never saw one that long and that is because the hospitality industry is still very understaffed.But line or no line this was simply a great event and everyone was glad to be back.If you are looking to make your Westchester NY or Fairfield CT busin...
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