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A New Year with Century 21 V.J.F. Realty

As 2008 has comes to an end, I realize how fortunate I have been to be associated with an outstanding Real Estate Office.

This past year has been a challenging year, but it has also been a year to remember, as Century 21 V.J.F. Realty celebrated it’s 30th year with Century 21… 

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attended functions and classes

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Visited many Realtor Open Houses

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Graciously accepted Awards and Celebrated the Holidays!picture-473

and listed and sold many homes despite the slow market …

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I look forward to the New Year of 2009 – and wish you and your family the very best!

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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Fun Post, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Champagne for the New Year!

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Pop the cork and ring in the New Year with some Bubbly!

Gary Vaynerchuck with Wine Library TV has some great recommendations <CLICK>

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From FoodNetwork.com – here are some great New Years Celebration recipes <CLICK> and ideas.

and … From Evite.com <CLICK>get ideas for a Wild New Years Eve Cocktail PartyA Glitzy New Years Eve Dinner Party – and – A Sophisticated New Years Day Brunch.

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So enjoy a toast and many kisses at midnight – and don’t forget your New Years resolution!

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, New Years Eve, Wine, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Want to Buy a House?

Do you want to buy a house??  If your answer is YES – Great!!   Interest rates are FANTASTIC – Inventory is HIGH – AND – most sellers are ANXIOUS!

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So, if your interested in a single family, multi – family home, condo or townhouse – I’d be happy to assist!

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, First Time Home Buyers, Home, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas … Here and Gone

Between all the snow, shopping, preparing and decorating, I can’t believe CHRISTMAS had come and gone!! 

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While the stocking where hung by the chimney with care, I hope that St. Nicholas gave with generosity and care! 

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and … I hope that you and your family had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!

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December 28, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Would You Buy A Ginger Bread House…?

Would you buy a Ginger Bread House

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or maybe a Light House ….

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how about a Little House on the Prarie …

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a Blue House

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or a House by the Lake!

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Whatever home you may be interested in purchasing, I’d love to help in the search!

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Home, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Snowing! Let’s Build a Snowman!

Here in Connecticut and New York, it’s been snowing and snowing AND SNOWING!!  Perfect for making a snowman! So forget about just having an illuminated snowman…

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Now you can make your own. So, get bundled up and go build a REAL SNOWMAN!

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December 21, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Connecticut, Fun Post, NY, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Holiday Wish to You

My Holiday Wish to You and to All is that you and your loved ones be Healthy, Safe, Together, Happy and Financially Stable

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Also, if your a BUYER, looking to purchase a HOME, my wish is that I help you find it!

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Interest Rates are DOWN AGAIN!!  There are lots of homes to view and lots of negotiable sellers!

December 20, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Christmas, Finance, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Mortgage, Real Estate, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A White Winter Wonderland

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The Weather Channel announced that we may have snow in the forecast for Christmas!  I’m hoping it will be just enough to cover everything with a Frosty White Blanket, but not enough to interfere with all the Holiday Travelers visiting family.  We know that Santa can get through any snow storm – but unfortunately, none of us have a sleigh!

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<CLICK> to view New Fairfield, CT weather

<CLICK> to view Brewster, NY weather

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December 17, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Christmas, Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW – and it did!

sparow-in-the-snow-noel-zia-leenoel zia lee – Flickr.com

How exciting – it snowed here in New Fairfield, CT  where I live and Brewster, NY where I work.  If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s also snowing on my BLOG!

The kids were excited, thinking they were going to have a snow day – or at least a delay.  Fortunately, the snow plows were out – plowing and sanding – making our roads as safe as possible – peace of mind for me since my husband leaves at 4:30 in the morning to make his way into New York City.

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Enjoy this Music Video – with Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Dean Martin

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Brewster, Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Southeast, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Time to Trim the Tree, Wrap the Gifts & Holiday Cheer!

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This past weekend, I purchased my freshly cut Christmas Tree.  I LOVE the smell of the pine needles and deciding where to place my ornaments.  This year, my family and I will have decorate the tree together – a wonderful holiday tradition.  With my mother visiting from Portugal, my husband and I working 7 days a week and my 5 kids running in different directions – it will take some planning!

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 – HGTV’s Trim the Tree <CLICK>

Rachael Ray – Holiday Decorating <CLICK>

About .com – Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree <CLICK>

DIYnetwork – Gift Wrapping & Christmas Crafts <CLICK>

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Please stay safe – from ABC News –  Good Morning American<CLICK> for Holiday Safety Tips Video

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Cooking, Baking & Drinks!

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Oh the Holidays is always associated with FOOD!!  Here are some delicious recipes from some of my favorite sites:

Please keep in mind that once you visit these different sites – go exploring on them for more Holiday Recipes and Entertaining Ideas!

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Whether you and your family celebrate one or more of these Holidays – ENJOY!!

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Hanukkah, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2009 Could be the Best Year for Home Buyers

FrontDoor.com has a fantastic article about how 2009 could be the best year for home buyers!

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Some of the items mentioned is the home buyers tax credit, the increase of inventory of homes on the market and the decreasing interest rates.  It reads that interest rates are in the high 5’s and that there may be more reductions.  Well, there was a decrease in interest rates.  Just today, Carey Hollander with Patriot Home Funding said interest rates for a 30 fixed mortgage are in the LOW 5’s for someone with good credit.  For more info on Patriot Home Funding <CLICK>

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To read the entire article “The Last Year for Best Buying Opportunities – Considering buying a home? Take advantage of low prices and interest rates in 2009.” <CLICK HERE>

Happy House Hunting!

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December 13, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Money, Mortgage, Real Estate, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – RAIN

It’s raining – and at times pouring today.  Here in New Fairfield, CT – where I live, and Brewster, NY– where I work, streams and rivers are rushing, reservoirs are filling, puddles are bountiful! 

Click to view this slow moving stream in my backyard that was not so slow today!

I’ve decided to make this wet Friday a – Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post with pics of RAIN.  Here are just a few of  the photos that I have come across on Flickr.com.  Whether it’s the object being photographed, the camera being used or the photographer – I am in awe with some of these fantastic pics – and – I admit, I am addicted to Flickr photos!

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ENJOY!!

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, New Fairfield, NY, Southeast, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Holiday Shopping at Danbury Fair Mall

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I feel like a kid again when I go Holiday Shopping at the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT.

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All the decorations are up and Santa’s Tracking Station await to take photos of your little ones with Santa.  Throughout the  holiday season, there are community performances from local schools and organizations performing holiday entertainment – check the guest services desk for a schedule.  For more information from NewsTimes.com on the malls special events <CLICK>.

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The Mall, Connecticut’s largest shopping mall,  has approximately 200 retailers along with lots of yummy eateries.  For a treat for all ages, take a ride on the malls famous carousel.   The large department stores are Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and Lord & Taylors .  A few other stores are: GAP, Old Navy, Coach, PacSun, Radio Shack, Foot Locker, KB Toys, Apple Store, Yankee Candle, H & M and many, many more located on 2 levels.  For on-line printable coupons <CLICK>. 

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Connecticut, Danbury, Danbury Fair Mall, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Find a Home on TRULIA Real Estate Search

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The other day I was asked by a client, where could he search on line for ALL currently listed homes for sale.  One of the Real Estate sites I mentioned was TRULIA Real Estate Search (click)

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You input what state, town and price of home your interested in – and VOILA!  Oogles and oodles of HOMES!  You can search from the comfort of your own home – during a break at work – or even on your phone!

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Then, when you find a few potential listings – call a REALTOR for more information, set up an appointment to view some of these properties and your on your way to purchasing a home! 

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If you need assistance in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess Counties in New York – or – Fairfield and parts of Litchfield Counties in Connecticut – feel free to contact me – I’d be happy to walk you down the path of HOMEOWNERSHIP! 

Diana Santos – call or text: 203-648-2619 – E-Mail: Diana.Santos@Century21.com or visit me on Trulia.com

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, Dutchess, Dutchess County, Fairfield County, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Litchfield County, NY, Putnam County, Real Estate, Realtor, Trulia.com, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thunder Ridge Skiing & Snowboarding Area

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Thunder Ridge Skiing and Snowboarding AreaCLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE – is conveniently located on Route 22 in Patterson, NY on over 100 acres and approximately 75 minutes from NYC – or ride Metro North and pick up their FREE shuttle bus.

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Thunder Ridgeis a family mountain with 30 trails, 3 chairlifts, a t-bar, a handtow and a magic carpet.  There are slow and gentle slopes for skiers and snowboarders on all levels.

For more info call Thunder Ridge – 845-878-4100.

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | Patterson, Putnam County, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

American Towns – Brewster & New Fairfield

My American Towns are New Fairfield, CT – where my husband and I live and are raising our 5 children – and – Brewster, NY – where I happily work as a REALTOR  for  Century 21 V.J.F. Realty.  I am licensed in both states and show homes in 5 counties throughout those states.  For information in and around these areas, AmericanTowns.com has some great info:

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For in and around Danbury, CT – which will include New Fairfield click here: AmericanTowns.com – CT

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For in and around Brewster, NY – click here: AmericanTowns.com – NY

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

December 8, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Brookfield, Candlewood Lake, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Connecticut, Danbury, Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where is the Snow?

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As my daughter and I drove through our town the other day – New Fairfield, CT– I Ooooo’d and Aaaaa’d over all the lights and decorations – “What a wonderful time of the year!” I shouted.  My daughter then said, “It would be REALLY nice if it snowed.”

True – SNOW is great – for sleddingskiing, making snowmen and having snowball fights!  AND – while is falling, it’s SPECTACULAR!

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My daughter got her wish – today, when we woke, we had about one inch of crisp white snowBeautiful!…until it was time to clean off the cars, plow the driveway and shovel the paths!!

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December 8, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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It’s that time again – to go up in the attic, down to the basement, garage or wherever it is that you stored your Holiday Decorations – Yup!  A whole year has past since you last took them out.

In New York City, it was the 76th Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center

rockefeller-tree-phillie-casablanca Phillie Casablanca – Flickr.com

The show kicked of with a performance by Britney Spears, followed by many great and popular artist – both young and old, attracting all audiences.  There was Tony Bennett, The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Beyonce, Harry Connick Jr., Miley Cyrus and more.

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The 72-foot Norway spruce tree was decorated with 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on 5 miles of wire topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star.

Now, we don’t have to worry about decorating a tree of this size, but it can still be challenging – for some helpful video tips from HGTV – Click here  – and for 31 Ways to Trim Your Christmas Treeclick here for Country Living.

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For Buyers looking during this time, seeing  a house tastefully decorated, makes it feel like a HOME to them.  For sellers, selling during the Holidays, decorating the home will enhance it’s beauty.

For Holiday Safety Tips – ABC News – Good Morning America<CLICK> Here for Video

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Christmas, Fun Post, Home, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Color Yellow at Home

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The color YELLOW  is associated with knowledge, sunshine and flourishing of all living creatures.  This past weekend, my husband painted one of our rooms the color YELLOW.

halima ahkdar – Flickr.comlemons-halima-ahkdarFor homeowners selling their home, or buyers who have just purchased their homeYELLOW is a popular color. It’s BOLD, BRIGHT and LUSCIOUS – says HGTVTry a Hip, Fresh Yellow color in the bathroom – or use YELLOW as an accent piece!

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So… Follow the YELLOW Brick Road – and have fun!

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Color, Fun Post, Paint, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

It’s a Wonderful Life – at Home

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Oh, Thanksgiving has come and gone – but the Holidays do continue.  New Fairfield – Connecticut – has decorated the center of town and they will be having their TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY on Sunday, December 7th at 4pm on Memorial Field.  I do Love this time of the year.  Seeing the lights and holiday decorations takes me back in time to when I was a child and Christmas was my favorite time of the year!

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Now as an adult, I admit that I do get a bit stressed – between deciding what to buy for who, getting and decorating the tree, sending out cards, baking, wrapping, trying ever so hard to keep many gifts a secret – which can be difficult for me, and preparing for Christmas Eve at my house… Whew!  I do love – and need to take a break – with my laptop in hand so that I can keep working, I LOVE watching Holiday movies. 

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The HALLMARK CHANNEL has begun their Holiday shows and they do a great job at pulling on my heart strings.

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Another all time favorite of mine – and a tradition – is watching, “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”.   Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.  This 1946 movie made #4 of Moviefone’s list of 25 “Flicks That’ll Lift Your Spirits” as it prompts, then answers the question of what would happen if a whole life was erased as if it had never been lived??

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It snowed yesterday, making it a perfect time to make some hot cocoa, light a fire, and pop in a great movie!

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December 1, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment