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Moving To & Living In Westchester County, NY

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Westchester County is located in the state of New York. With a population of 968,815, Westchester County is the second-most populous county on the mainland of New York, with the Bronx being the most populous. This beautiful county covers 450 scenic square miles in Hudson Valley and is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns, and 23 villages.

The area that makes up Westchester County borders New York City, Upstate New York, and Putnam County. On the west side of the county sits the picturesque Hudson River and on the east side is the Long Island Sound and Fairfield County in Connecticut

The cities and neighborhoods located in Westchester County are some of the wealthiest, well-maintained,...

Revealed: Neighborhoods For You in Yonkers, New York

Yonkers, New York is a thriving and diverse city located along the majestic Hudson River in Westchester, County. The city offers its residents over 4 miles of scenic waterfront as well as coveted close proximity to Manhattan.

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The historic city is full of great neighborhoods both urban and suburban in nature. Residents from all walks of life enjoy the superior amenities, beautiful community parks, well rated schools and convenient transportation provided in Yonkers.

Whether you are in the market for a cozy, single family bungalow, large, historic estates,...

Moving To & Living In Yonkers, NY - The Definitive Guide | 2020 Edition

Yonkers is located in Westchester County and is New York’s fourth largest city. Located along the beautiful Hudson River, Yonkers consists of 4.5 miles of scenic waterfront, offering up some of the most gorgeous waterfront views to its residents.

Moving to Yonkers NY

Residents of Yonkers can have all the amenities of the bustling Manhattan life, being just 2 miles from north Manhattan, while opting for a safer and less expensive neighborhood to call home. With the fantastic transportation system, it’s easy to travel through and around the Yonkers area. There are ten Metro North Railroad stations throughout Yonkers, as well as five major highways connecting...

Why We Love Westchester County

Why We Love Westchester County 

No matter what the time of year, there’s always something going on in Westchester County. The area offers a variety of hotels, so whether you’re a large family on a budget or a couple looking for a weekend getaway, it’s easy to stop in and see what’s so great about the area. Westchester county is also a great place to buy a home and raise a family. Here are a few reasons why we chose to lay down roots in this area (and help you lay down yours, too!)

1. Go to the Rockefeller Home

You might not have any industrial capitalist blood, but it’s still interesting to see how the other half (or 1%) lives. The legendary family’s Beaux-Arts style mansion lays nestled in the Pocantico Hills, which provides unrivaled views of the Hudson River. The home offers mini tours for those with short attention spans, but the 3 hour Grand Tour is the way to go if you have time to spare. The home also functions as a museum, with rare...

Top Real Estate Myths

Top Real Estate Myths

Buyers eager to sell, and sellers who want the best deal, often perpetuate myths that can harm real estate transactions. Some contain a small amount of truth, while others are completely false. Buyers might believe they are entitled to have every currently popular feature tin the home they choose to buy. Sellers might have heard they’ll get back every dollar they invested in remodeling. The right realtor can advise both buyers and sellers on the best way to sell and purchase based on real data and time-honed knowledge of local markets. Here’s what you need to know about these common real estate myths:

1. Sellers Must Change Their Paint To Neutral Before Putting Their Home on the Market.

Generally, this statement is false. Bold colors aren’t always a bad thing, especially if they play up a unique architectural feature. Even if this doesn’t apply, don’t race to cover your handiwork just yet. Offset bold colors with neutral decorations...

Look for a Realtor That Does These 6 Things

Look for a Realtor That Does These 6 Things

Some realtors say they prioritize customer service, but end up being too busy to return phone calls, or out of reach when buyers want to view a property. How do you know which realtors are truly committed to your best interests, and which are talking a big game? Look for the following characteristics in your real estate agent:

1. They Anticipate Your Needs.

A good agent will do more than just respond to your requests – they’ll anticipate them. When your agent meets one of your expectations before you voice it, you know they truly care about your goals – and helping you achieve them.

2. They Respond Quickly

Real estate can be a fast-moving business. As such, speedy communication is key. When you place a call to a realtor about an offer or even a showing, you have the reasonable expectation of a speedy response. If you miss out on a home opportunity because you couldn’t get your realtor to return a call, then...

Home Buyer Turnoffs

Home Buyer Turnoffs

There are factors that can kill a home sale. When buyers look at photos of your home online, if they are poor quality or show a cluttered, dark environment, they’ll click on to the next one. If your home lacks curb appeal, buyers will drive right by without stopping. Some features can’t be changed, and homeowners should be aware of their impact on home value. Smart sellers stage their home for maximum impact so it appeals to a wide variety of buyers.

This article will detail the biggest turnoffs in a home and ways sellers can avoid them on the way to a successful sale.

1. Cleanliness

Nothing turns a buyer off faster than an unclean home. Dirt, odors, and stains derail any showing. Many realtors won’t even show a home if it’s not in the best possible condition. Clean everything multiple times. Make sure your house smells new and is free of strong or offensive...

How to Avoid Getting Turned Down for a Mortgage Loan

How to Avoid Getting Turned Down for a Mortgage Loan

Home ownership is a dream for many families, but the dream can be derailed if you haven’t planned for obtaining financing you’ll need. When we’re younger, we don’t always think about how our choices will affect our financial possibilities a few years down the road. Some people would love to buy a home for their families, but they don’t think they can qualify for a mortgage, and the idea of getting turned down creates a lot of anxiety. However, there are options, and many people rise above credit issues, lack of liquid income, and other obstacles.

Follow these steps to help ensure you can obtain the funding you need to buy your dream home.

Know Your Credit Score

This step may seem insignificant, but knowing where you stand going in will help you manage expectations. A history of missed payments or frequent late payments, can reduce your credit score and stop an application in its tracks. Before applying for...

How to Come Up with a Down Payment and Still Pay Your Bills

How to Come Up with a Down Payment and Still Pay Your Bills

Saving enough money for that 20% down payment on a home can seem impossible when faced with paying off college, establishing a new career, and starting a family. However, local assistance programs do exist that can help you reach your goal of homeownership. Some employers offer aid. Often a budget makeover can go a long way toward amassing the necessary funds.

Consider these options for raising the money to buy a new home.

Take Advantage of  Where You Live.

The nationwide programs that allowed for zero down payment loans are gone, along with the federal home buyer tax credit and the use of tax credit funds toward a down payment and closing costs. What once was driven by the federal government has moved down to the local level. Options abound for people with varying levels of income, particularly those with limited means or those...

5 Benefits of Buying Instead of Renting

5 Benefits of Buying Instead of Renting

Should you buy a home or continue to rent? Interest rates are increasing and homes are selling for record numbers. Buying a home is expensive. At the same time, rent just keeps skyrocketing, and many people are paying more to rent than they would to own their own home. Is renting just throwing away money you could be putting toward an asset? If you’re thinking about buying a home, here are some of the benefits.

Boost Energy Efficiency

If you’re living in an aging home or apartment complex, the money you’re paying to heat and cool it may be literally going right out the window. If you pay your utility bills, your landlord doesn’t care what it costs you to keep things comfortable inside. They’re not likely to replace windows or install more energy-efficient insulation.

If you buy your home, you can look for one that already has energy-efficient upgrades. Higher SEER air conditioning units save a bundle over older units....