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Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Finding a Good Real Estate Agent

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Finding a good Real Estate Agent can be tricky.  You can start your search on the web, maybe by company – like Century 21, then by state and finally narrowing it to a certain town or area(s) your interested in.  Lets say Putnam County in New York in either Brewster, Patterson, Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Putnam Valley   –  Century 21 VJF Realty handles all these areas – along with Westchester, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties in New York – and counties through out Connecticut.

After finding a Real Estate office your comfortable with, now you can search for a Realtor – one that suits the needs of their clients, being available evenings, weekends and holidays – a full time agent.  Maybe you prefer someone who has experience, is full of knowledge, energetic, is up on all that is going on in TODAY’S market – including foreclosures, short sales and the explosion of networking with Facebook, Twitter, Active Rain, has a website and/or a Blog!  If not, then at least consider an agent that has a computer at home so they have access to getting  info at all times – and – a cell phone!

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As a Realtor, I have come across agents that DO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE – or don’t give out their cell phone number – or turn off their phones at 6pm – ??  Others that leave their laptop in the office, therefore not having access to the Multiple Listing Service until they’re back in the office – Mmmm??  In my book, these agents are part timers – not full time agents.  I’m sure they have their reasons, and my guess is it works for them and they’re OK with it.  But, if your not, make sure sure you ask questions BEFORE you set up an appointment to meet and go out with a Realtor.  Ask why they got into Real Estate – because they love looking at houses and they can make their own hours – or – because they are passionate about selling homes, they eat, sleep and dream of Real Estate!  Ask if they would be available when it’s convenient for YOU – what time can you call them until – what areas do they show and sell in.  Also, while getting to know them, see if they seem honest, have a sense of humor, patience and are they LISTENING to you and what YOU need – you’ll appreciate all of these qualities in an agent to get you through the process of buying and/or selling your home which can be one of the most complex and significant financial event in your life!

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July 20, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Putnam County, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hot Dogs! Get Your Hot Dogs!

Grilling Hot Dogs - TheBusyBrain                                                                TheBusyBrain – Flickr.com

Hot Dogs reminds us of barbecue’s, ball games and other summer get togethers.  My son David, is off to watch the Yankees’s today – I’m sure he’ll be enjoying some dogs during the game! 

Yankee Stadium Hot Dog - permanently scatterbrained                                                            permanently scatterbrained – Flickr.com

For a twist on Potato Salad – here is a recipe courtesy of Food Networks Giada ~ CLICK ~

I remember my mother in law making a chicken stew and adding Beef Hot Dogs to the pot – it was delicious – and an inexpensive way to stretch your meal!

Hot Dogs - TheBusyBrain                                                             TheBusyBrain – Flickr.com

Here are some more recipes from Food Network:

How much do you know about Hot Dogs – watch this video, also from Food Network – on the History of Hot Dogs ~ CLICK ~ or the Hot Dog Heaven Video with Bobby Flay

Chicago Hot Dog - adactio                                                                       adactio – Flickr.com

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Barbecue, Recipes, The Food Network | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment