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Super Bowl Sunday Snacks

football-voxefx                                                                    voxefx – Flickr.com

Oh Yeah!  It’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend!  How exciting –  and I’m really not into sports – but please don’t tell anyone!  Although, I must admit that Super Bowl Sunday makes me almost want to become a football fan

yummy-nachos-little-li                                                                   Little Li – Flickr.com

Of course one must eat while watching this big game – or else you’ll end up chewing on your finger nails or throwing something at the TV.  So…  here are some great recipes.  One of my favorite is from an awesome blogger – The Pioneer Woman – <CLICK> “The Pioneer Woman Cooks!”.  I of the snacks I plan on making is Zuchini Cakes – I could taste them now!

chicken-wings-h-wynia                                                                     H wynia – Flickr.com

And don’t forget RachaelRay.com  –  FoodNetwork.com and some BEER!

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So Go Team! Team! and I hope you all enjoy the game and don’t forget the commercials – CLICK here for 2008 SuperBowl Commercials.  – and here for the 2009 Ads.

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January 31, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, The Pioneer Woman, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being the Best Realtor I Can Be

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Being a member of NARThe National Association of Realtors, makes me a better Realtor.  After receiving my licenses in the states of Connecticut – where my family and I reside – and New York – where my office, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, is located – I took an oath to treat and care for ALL my clients, customers, the public and associate Realtors EQUALLY.  This is a mandatory class that all Realtors must take – it is where we learn the Code of Ethics – a Pledge of Performance and Service that we must abide by.

The National Association of Realtors adopted the Code of Ethics in 1913, following the professions of medicine, law and engineering.  CLICK below to view.

Realtor Code of Ethics

Along with my work ethics, usually always attached to me is my laptop which I take to the office and bring back home to be able to assist at any time

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cell phone– which also enables me to receive and send e-mails from anywhere, take photos and send instantly to clients of potential homes and of course – text

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my ear piece to chat while I’m in the car – since I do spend alot of time in it!

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and quite a few other fun items – camera, GPS and Flip video camera and my most favorite – my I-Pod!  When I’m driving almost an hour to show just 1 house – I at least have my music!

i-pod-guillermo-esteves                                                        Guillermo Esteves – Flickr.com

Here is just one of the songs I enjoy listening to…

                                                 “Carry on My Wayward Son” – Kansas 1976

January 30, 2009 Posted by | Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Some Pizza – Yumo!

homemade-pizza-jslander                                                                       jslander – Flickr.com

Lately, my family and I have been making homemade pizza– Yumo!  Most of the time we buy the dough in our local supermarket – usually found near the deli, dairy and bakery departments.

tomatoe-pizza-jslander                                                                 jslander – Flickr.com

We’ll add fresh tomatoes, homemade sausage, tossed salad, different cheeses – or go cheese-less.  Add sauce, fried onions, peppers and any left over veggies.  It’s nutritious, inexpensive, filling, easy, goes great with soup during these cold winter nights and just plain old delicious!

prosciutto-pizza-jslander                                                             jslander – Flickr.com

Here are some great recipes from Rachael Ray <CLICK> and The Food Network <CLICK>. 

pizza-with-cheese-jslander                                                                    jslander – Flickr.com

Have fun and remember kids of all ages could help – and – you can prepare the pizzas ahead of time and just pop them into the oven to have a meal ready in a flash!

Maybe on of you will be daring and try a Fried Egg Pizza – ??

fried-egg-pizza-rick                                                               rick – Flickr.com

Bon Appetite!

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, Rachael Ray, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Carnival of Saving Money – IV on DepositAccounts.com

I am very proud to say that Carnival of Saving Money – the Fourth Edition – on DepositAccounts.com, included MY post – Yahoo!

coins-kevin                                                                     Kevin – Flickr.com

There are many other fantastic posts regarding Saving Money, Budgeting, Money Management, the Economy, …

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So unless you have a Money Tree, please <Click > Here to view all these helpful tips and advice in these most difficult times.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Economy, Finance, Money, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Ways to Repair and Boost Your Credit

Here is an article that I recently read on HGTV’s FrontDoor.com
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When it comes to repairing your credit, you’re the best person for the job. 

Credit repair scam artists will charge you anywhere from $500 to $1,500 or more upfront, and promise you everything from a new Social Security card to perfect credit.

But these companies can’t do anything for you that you can’t do for yourself — for free — and they might ultimately do more harm than good.

What should you do if you have bad credit? Here are 10 tips that are designed to improve your credit history and raise your credit score:

1. Pull a copy of your credit history from AnnualCreditReport.com. Sponsored by the three credit-reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, AnnualCreditReport.com is the only place you can go to get a truly free copy of your credit history. Each credit-reporting bureau is required to give you one copy once a year. You should pull copies from each of the bureaus, since they sometimes collect different data.

2. While you’re there, buy a copy of your credit score from Equifax.com. Equifax offers a FICO score, also known as a Beacon score, which is from Fair Isaac, the company that created the concept of credit scoring. Most creditors will pull a FICO score, so you should see what they’re seeing. Your credit score will give you a snapshot of what your credit information means to your creditors. The FICO score runs from 350 to 850. The higher the number, the better. Your target should be to have a credit score of at least 720.

3. Check your credit history thoroughly. You’re looking for errors, misinformation and negative information that might count against you. File a dispute with the three credit-reporting bureaus if you spot any errors. Some credit reports have serious errors in them, so fixing these will boost your score.

4. Understand what kind of debt you’re facing. Make a list of everything you owe, the interest rate each debt carries, and the minimum payment due each month. Then, prioritize your debt: mortgage, real estate taxes, credit cards and medical bills should be paid in that order.

5. Negotiate with your creditors for a lower interest rate. Paying less in interest means more of your payment each month goes toward paying down your balance. If you have a good credit score (over 720 is a starting point), you should be able to find other credit cards featuring zero percent to 5 percent in interest for the first year, or for the life of a balance transfer (check out sites like CardRatings.com and CardTrak.com to compare credit-card offers.) Just be sure you read the fine print: Some credit cards require you to charge on the new account each month or face a stiff fee.

6. Pay down the debt with the highest interest rate first. Pay your mortgage and home equity loan and lines of credit in full each month. Then, make sure you have enough cash to make all of the minimum payments due on your debt each month. Then, throw any spare cash at the debt that carries the highest interest rate first. Once you’ve paid down that debt, transfer all of the extra cash you’re paying each month to the debt with the next-highest interest rate, and so on.

7. Pay everything on time, even if you can make only the minimum payment. The most crucial component of your credit history and credit score is your ability to pay your bills on time each month. Paying on time shows your creditors that you take your debts and obligations seriously. Even one late payment can seriously damage your credit history and credit score, even though it can take a year’s worth of on-time payments to start to heal your credit history and raise your credit score. It doesn’t seem fair, but that’s how the credit industry works.

8. Don’t charge more than 25 percent of your maximum available credit limit. If you carry a credit-card balance that is a higher percentage of your available credit limit, your credit score will go down. Why? Because creditors believe if you charge the maximum on your credit cards, it means you can’t properly manage your credit. You’re better off spreading out your debt between three or four different cards than having it all piled on one card.

9. Don’t open and close a lot of accounts. Again, a credit score tells current and future creditors how likely it is that you won’t pay back your debts. It assesses how risky a borrower you are today. Every time you apply for a new credit card, that creditor pulls a copy of your credit history from the credit-reporting bureaus. That “inquiry” gets reported on your credit history. Too many inquiries in a short period of time signals that you may be getting low on your available credit and need more cash. Even though you might be interested in getting 10 percent off your first purchase for opening a new account, it looks different to a prospective creditor.

10. Don’t share credit (except with a spouse). It’s easy to tell someone that you’ll “co-sign” a credit card, student loan or a mortgage loan application, especially if it’s someone you’ve known for a long time. But it’s also easy to wind up in a situation where that friend or relative stops paying his or her bills (for whatever reason) and your credit will take a big hit. Once you’re a co-signer for a loan, you’re legally obligated to make those payments — whether or not you can afford them. So think carefully before you agree to co-sign a loan, and nip the problem of bad credit before it begins.

By Ilyce Glink | Published: 1/23/2008

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Credit, Money, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Up, Up & Away!

For today’s – Flickr Foto Fun Friday – I have chosen the theme – “Up, Up & Away!”  in respect to my  hope that our economy, the housing market and our countries employment rate will be on the rise due to better days now the President Obama is officially in office!

up-up-and-away-brian-negus                                                           Brian Negus – Flickr.com

light-as-air-aussiegall                                                                 aussiegall– Flickr.com

sky-mannequin                                                                Mannequin– Flickr.com

flying-over-the-mountains-rob                                                                       Rob– Flickr.com

flying-sky-high-mindfulness                                                                     mindfulness – Flickr.com

Hope you have an “up-full” day!

January 23, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Inspiration, President Obama, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Road to Happy House Hunting!

Now that the holidays are over – President Obamais officially in office – interest rates are still low and more homes are coming onto the market, while some that are currently on have been reduced – I wish all that are looking to purchaseA Road to Happy House Hunting!

Please keep in mind that the road to finding your home may seem windy at times…

twisted-road-mikael-miettinen                                                     mikael miettinen – Flickr.com

and it may seem to go on forever… with no happy ending in sight…

road-to-the-mountains-thejourney19721                                              thejourney1972 – Flickr.com

But in the end, when you’ve found a home, and begin a new chapter in your life, I’m sure you’ll look back and realize it was all well worth it!  After all… roads lead to homes – right?

planet-house-visulogik                                                           visulogik – Flickr.com

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, First Time Home Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the White House President Obama

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After a long day of celebration of a day in history, our 44th President begins his day in the White House.  What an exciting day!

Welcome to the White House President Obama!

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, President Obama, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Elect Obama’s Inaugural

 lincoln-memorial-blankblankblank               BlankBlankBlank – Flickr.com                Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

The Official Opening Ceremony for the Presidential Inauguration began with a kick off concert at Lincoln Memorial, which President elect Obama and Vice-President elect Joe Biden attended.  Some of the privileged chosen artist that performed during the “We are One” concert were Bruce Springsteen, Steve Wonder, U2 and Beyonce.

For articles leading up to Obama’s Presidency, AOL.com <CLICK> has some great on-line articles. On other Presidential Inaugurals <CLICK>.

From Good Morning AmericaBurack’s Letter to His Girls <CLICK> 

lincoln-memorial-washington-dc-chadh                                                         chadh – Flickr.com

During the inauguration, Obama will place his hand on the same Bible Abraham Lincoln used for his March 1861 inauguration.  Also, Obama has chosen the same menu <CLICK> that was served during Abraham Lincoln’s celebration.

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Our soon to be… President Obama has much to do to help our country, and most Americans believe Obama will deliver!

obama-hope-jetheriot                                                                               jetheriot – Flickr.com

For more information on all the coverage – From the Swearing-In Ceremony and much awaited speech, the parade, and the Ball, view About.com <CLICK>

January 19, 2009 Posted by | President Obama, Uncategorized, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Clutter Free Home

Whether your home is currently on the market – or your thinking of selling your home – or have no plans for selling at all – Living in a Clutter Free Home is wonderful!  Less Mess… equals Less Stress!

neat-room-supershoppertoo                                                     supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

When my 5 kids were little, and mornings getting ready for school could get crazy.  If you have children – 1 child – or maybe just yourself to get together in the am – being organized was and is key to having enough time for a good breakfast, no need for shouting and stressing and things going as smoothly as possible!  Everyone wondered why I had so much patience.  Alot came from again, being neat, organized and clutter free.  Just think how upset one gets when you can’t find your car keys – or your left shoe!  If everything gets put in their place, this could be avoided.

neat-drawer-mickelodeon                                                      Mickelodeon – Flickr.com

Even now, with my kids being 20, 18, 16, 15 and 13 years old, I insist on that way of life.  I think it’s great that they’re able to get up, have their clothes picked out from the night before, everything needed to get ready is at their fingertips so no time is wasted – and rather spend that time to eat well, grab their lunch – which is always made the night before – and be able to run off to school on time. OK – I admit, with teenagers, it doesn’t ALWAYS work so smoothly!

This works well with my life as a Realtor – having my electronic keys updated, my appointments made, listings printed out – one copy for me and one for my clients, gas in my car, addressed inputted into my GPS, I-Pod ALWAYS in my purse to be able to connect to my car – along with my camera and Flip video camera, and last – but not least – my cell phone and back up battery always charged.  Even if a client calls and asks to view a house in – an hour – I can usually always make it work – since most of the above has been done!  Keeping organized – keeps me sane.  And knowing that there are always days that things can’t and don’t seem to run smoothly is also important.  

neat-kitchen-supershoppertoo                                                 supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

During my appointments, viewing homes with clients, many can see past the dirty dishes in the sink, the pile of smelly shoes near the front door, the dead fish floating in the fish tank – but some simply can not see past all of this!  It is an instant turn off and with sooo many homes on the market, they simply want to move onto the next!  And I can’t blame them since I can’t help but think that if the homeowners can’t keep up with the laundry and make the beds, then I wonder if they’ve had the time or responsibility to service their furnace yearly, have the septic pumped every 2 or 3 years or fix a leaky pipe asap??

clutter-joe-shlabotnik                                     Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

The easiest way to get started on getting organized is to pick a day – any day – whether it’s when the kids are at school and your home alone – or when the kids are home and you have them help.  Make a LIST – Tackle ONE ROOM AT A TIME – Have REWARDS for you and anyone that helps.  For me, I would say that after I’m all done cleaning out the garage, I will NOT be making dinner – Pizza for all and a glass of wine for me!  To get the kids to help, say after they’re done helping, they can pick what’s for dinner – or what movie to rent – or – you can take them to the mall for a TREAT!  And don’t forget to stay hydrated, take snack breaks to refuel, play some hoping music to get you going and have fun!

Also watch a video from

dinner-wine-glass-window                                    glass window – Flickr.com

For someone selling their home, think of how easy it will be if you get a last minute call for a viewing – or an unexpected guest comes over – or you get sick and family or friends come to help – how do you explain the moldy containers in the fridge – the 9 piles of laundry – the empty cupboards since no dishes have been done!  Yes – this is a bit much, but I have seen this!  No one is perfect – but there is always room for improvement.  Please keep in mind that stress can lead to numerous health issues with your heart, immune system, weight gain…

January 17, 2009 Posted by | HGTV, Home, Life as a Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Economy, Unemployment, Car Industry, Housing Market … We Need Some Inspiration!

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In one way or another, it seems we are all in a struggle these days. The economy and inflation of pricing for gas and oil that we paid – and some are still paying if these expenses were put on credit.  With the increased cost of groceries, airline tickets, fresh flowers, dinner out, getting your lawn cut, a carwash, a haircut, …  – it seemed that just about everything was increased!

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During these past Holidays, many stores were offering discounted prices and incentives to bring people out to shop.  But as I was out and about, the stores and malls seems like any normal weekend – I could find a parking space without having to circle the lot 7 times!  I didn’t have to wait on a line for 45 minutes to pay for 1 gift!  This should have made me happy, but it saddened me because of the reason why it wasn’t crazy and crowded.  People just didn’t have the money or were afraid to spend.

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To keep sane, healthy and to remember that this too shall pass, I found a great site with some inspiration.  To read some ideas – “Looking for Inspiration” by: Cheryl Richardson <CLICK>.

Some of my favorite from this list are :

  • I pray.  When struggling with anger, frustration, uncertainty, etc., “giving it to God” gets me through those feelings and inspires me to know that He is there with me and will guide and get me through.
  • Watching “The Pursuit of Happyness”. This movie reminded me of the determination factor in the pursuit of a goal or dream. You have to keep working toward that goal, even when it’s difficult.
  • I love to read books that keep me in the mind set of doing my best to be a better person.
  • I find inspiration in gratitude. Every day I find at least 5 new things to be grateful for. Things as simple as running water, the cement on my garage floor, the paint on the walls of my house, the way light shines on a tree, today the frost on a picnic table like a million sparkling diamonds. When you think of how little others have in the world, we live in paradise. It energizes me to a happiness that gives me the power to do more, give more happiness, and make a difference in this world.
  • Watching a sunset.

sunset-hamed-masoumi                                                  Hamed Masoumi – Flickr.com

Cheryl has been on Oprah <CLICK>   –   Good Morning America <CLICK> – Recent Good Morning America <CLICK>

So, eat well, exercises, listen to music, watch a sad movie and have a good cry if needed, think of and be grateful for all you have, know that you are fortunate and things WILL get better with a positive attitude and determination, and… don’t forget to BREATHE!

Danbury Fair Mall enhanced through PicNik.com

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Good Morning America, Inspiration, Money, Oprah, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Carmel, NY – A Place to Call Home

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Carmel, NY is located in Putnam County – consisting of hamlets in Carmel, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls. Located just a few miles from the Westchester County border and approximately 55 miles from NYC, with access to I-84 and the Croton Falls and Southeast Train Station for commuting.  The population of Carmel is approximately, just under, 35,000 and the residents are able to enjoy the rural charm of the village and Historical significance.  Lake Gleneida – with a statue of Sybil Ludington, is located just across from the Putnam County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark erected in 1814.  There are also other lakes – Lake Carmel, ponds,reservoirs, parks, farms and horse stables –  adding the picturesque scenery.

 

Children either attend the Carmel Schools  –  or  –  the Mahopac Schools.

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Some wonderful places to visit in Carmel –

Carmel offers many Condo/Townhouse complexes – Hunter’s Glen, Sparrow Ridge, The Fairways, Misty Hills, Twin Brook Manor, Kings Grant, Vista on the Lake, Woodland Trail, Clearing in the Woods, the new Country Villas at Stoneleigh and for adult active communities – also new Stoneleigh Woods and The Retreat.

If your looking to purchase a home – or sell your home …. Feel free to contact me via cell or text: 203-648-2619 – or – e-mail me at:  Diana.Santos@Century21.com – any day, any time!

For more information –  Carmel, NY – Postcard History Series from Amazon.com  

My Photos were enhanced through PicNik.com 

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Carmel, Condo/Townhomes, Historical Homes, Home, Lake Carmel, Lake Gleneida, Mahopac, NY, Putnam County, Sellers, Southeast, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bowl of Hot Soup – Mmm, Mmm Good!

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In this cold, snowy weather – what a perfect time to have a bowl of hot soup – one that sticks to your ribs – Mmm, Mmm Good!

chicken-soup-rick                                                                   rick – Flickr.com

For 100 Soup Recipes from Food Network.com <CLICK> .  There are some great and easy recipes – some of which all you need are some veggies and a can of broth!

ham-bean-soup-ndrwfgg                                                                     ndrwfgg – Flickr.com

After showing homes in this cold weather, a bowl of hearty soup is one of my favorite foods!

soup-guillermo-esteves                                            Guillermo Esteves – gesteves.com   –   Flickr.com

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Clouds

cloud-reflection-aussiegall                                  aussiegall – Flickr.com                                        “Cloud Reflection”

littlehouse-onthe-hillside-ichaz                                  iChaz – Flickr.com                            “Storm Clouds on the Prairie”

 For this Fridays Flickr Foto Fun Day – I have chosen a few pics of CLOUDS – in respect to all the snow and ice storms we’ve had – and another is due tomorrow!

clouds-meanest-indian                                                 Meanest Indian – Flickr.com        “Fluffy Clouds”

rainbow-cloud-linhngan                                  linhngan– Flickr.com                           “Rainbow Cloud”

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                                 Nagy David – Flickr.com                           “Night Clouds”

As a Realtor, I have had the pleasure viewing homes throughout New York and Connecticut – and viewing many different CLOUDS– Fluffy, See-Thru, Storm, Scattered and Scary clouds!  Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos taken by some very talented photographers and posted on Flickr.com

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor, Snow, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mahopac, NY a Great Community

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                                                                Photo from Google Imagery

Mahopac, NY is a great community located in Putnam County and bordering Westchester County.  It is approximately 50 miles from New York City which is accessible via the train in Croton Falls or on the Taconic State Parkway – or – Interstate 684.

The Mahopac Central School District has multiple elementary schools that are recognized as National Schools of Excellence and the Middle and High School are both New York Schools of Excellence.

The just under 9,000 residents have much to do in Mahopac – The most popular attraction is Lake Mahopac for boating, fishing, swimming and more on it’s approximate body of 587 acres. 

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With it’s fresh, clean air – parks and trails to walk or jog – one of which is Sycamore Park with 32 acres on Lake Mahopac –  And best of all – Lake Mahopac along with a few smaller lakes. 

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My husband and I purchased our very first home in Mahopac – overlooking Lake Mahopac – many good memories there!  Now, as I show homes there, I can see all the changes that Mahopac has had over these past 22 years.  All the new shops and restaurants, new state of the art library with 33,000 square feet and Mahopac’s new firehouse.

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If your interested in viewing homes – single family or condo/townhomes – in Mahopac, I would be pleased to show you around!

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Mahopac, NY, Putnam County, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Clouds for a Wintery Mix in New Fairfield, CT & Brewster, NY

snow-clouds-ashoct28                                                     ashoct28 – Flickr.com

Clouds are everywhere  – where I live in New Fairfield, CT and where I work in Brewster, NY.  We are due for a wintery mix – rain and snow which will then change over to ice.  Although, I am pleased to say,  that it doesn’t seem to stop my buyers who are looking to purchase a home.

winter-ice-takacsi75                                                                         takacsi75 – Flickr.com

and… as long as the driveways are plowed and walkways are clean to homes that we’re viewing – I’m good to go!

 shoveling-girlinthecafe                                    GIRLintheCAFE – Flickr.com

Viewing homes in the winter does have some advantages.  You can see how cozy the house is – are there drafts – or possibly rooms that are poorly heated and/or insulated.  Rooms can vary – for example those with vaulted ceilings hold all the heat high above.  Simply installing fans to draw the heat down can help.  Or, rooms that were once a porch and now enclosed, may need more insulation and so on.

enclosed-porch-plesantpointinn                                            pleasantpointinn – Flickr.com

Also, while viewing the homes property in the winter, when all the leaves and shrubs are gone, helps to see the entire acreage – along with what is neighboring the property.

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                                                      Lisa Sanderson – Flickr.com

So, I invite all those interested in going out to view homes – in the snow – ice – cold and wind!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Connecticut, First Time Home Buyers, Home, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Southeast, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sherman, Connecticut

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Sherman, Connecticut – incorporated in 1802, is a quaint small town with an estimated population of 4,110.  It is always a pleasure to show homes there.

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Sherman neighbors the towns of New Fairfield and New Milford, CT along with Putnam County in New York.

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Sherman has a lake community with homes, beach areas and docks on Candlewood LakeThe scenery also includes rolling mountain views and farmland along with it’s historic center of town.  On Route 37 the popular American Pie sits – a delicious family restaurant that also has pies, breads, cakes – and meals to go that taste just like they’re homemade!

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Call or e-mail for all available homes in Sherman… Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

January 5, 2009 Posted by | Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, Historical Homes, New Fairfield, New Milford, NY, Putnam County, Sherman, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relaxing at Home

dutch-colonial-ikkoskinen                                             ikkoskinen – Flickr.com

As I sit here in my den by the fireplace, writing another post for my Blog – which is turning out to be one of my favorite daily routines! I can’t help but think about all the comforts of a HOME.  Being able to relax and enjoy homeownership is FABULOUS!

                                                      *clairity* – Flickr.comcome-by-the-fire-clairity-w-2-stars-beg-and-end

During the winter especially, a HOME gives you warmth – and invites your family and friends during the Holidays. 

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A HOME is where memories are made and never forgotten.  I still dream of my childhood HOME – over and over.  I have friends and family that say the same – many of their dreams are also of their HOME, where they lived when they were a child.

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If taking steps toward HOMEOWNERSHIP is one of your NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – talking to a mortgage broker is an important first step!  I highly recommend Anthony Frascone  – cell: 203-648-6713.  He is licensed in New York and Connecticut and has similar family and work ethics as I do.  GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Buyers, Connecticut, Finance, Home, Mortgage, NY, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – SNOW!

Snow! Once again, it’s snowing today.  So, I’ve chosen a few Flickr photos of beautiful SNOW!

snow-pine-clearly-ambiguous                                            clearly ambiguous – Flickr.com

cold-and-beautiful-nagy-david                                                  nagy David – Flickr.com

snowy-mountain-foto3116                                             foto3116 – Flickr.com

snowy-robin-foxypar4                                                              foxypar4 – Flickr.com

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                                                                            Snow on my driveway!

January 3, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2009 – A Very New Year!

It’s 2009 – I can’t believe it! 

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I can feel it in my bones – 2009 is going to be a FANTASTIC YEAR!!

January 3, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, New Years Eve, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment