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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

Patterson Town Hall – Patterson, NY

On Tuesday, I made my way into Patterson, NY to the Patterson Town Hall.  I needed to get a copy of a survey for a client of mine.  Everyone in the town hall was very pleasant and quick to help.

Here are 2 cell phone pics:

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phone Pics, NY, Patterson, Putnam County, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Open House Day in Patterson, NY

Yesterday was Realtor Open House Day in Putnam County.  Here is one of the homes I viewed in Patterson, NY – It’s been renovated inside and out – ready to just move right in!

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For more information and interior photos – or to view this home – call or text Diana – Cell: 203-648-2619 or send me an e-mail – Diana.Santos@Century21.com 

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Home, NY, Patterson, Putnam County, Putnam Lake, Realtor, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Search for HOMES like an agent – Free LISTING BOOK in NY

Would you like to search for Homes in the Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess county areas in New York  just like I do?  With listings that are updated every 30 minutes on the Multiple Listing Service, you will see what I do through LISTING BOOK.

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The Westchester/Putnam MLS has been working side by side with Listing Book for 2 years and the phenomenon has arrived!

Click Here for a link to your *****FREE***** Listing Book account!

Please keep in mind that if your no longer want your Listing Book account, you will always have the option to opt out.

The Dream to Homeownership is just a click away…

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Dutchess County, Listing Book, NY, Putnam County, Sellers, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Mahopac, NY a Great Community

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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

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

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

Halloween

It’s Halloween time!!  “OOOOOOOOOO” Click here to learn about the History of Halloween – if you Dare!

Where do you go for Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hayrides and more – Click Here on PUMPKIN PATCHES and MORE.org in New York and in ConnecticutCLICK HERE.

Also from PUMPKIN PATCHES and MORE.org – Some tasty recipes using Pumpkins, Apples and more! 

HGTV has some GREAT ideas for your “Spooktaculish” party –

                                                   

Scare up some fun with more Halloween Ideas! DIY has lots of Halloween Decorating and Recipe tips

                                                                                

Editor’s Picks Halloween Books for more ideas.

From Evite.com, their music picks for some terror-ific listening: 

  1. Werewolves of Londonby: Warren Zevon
  2. Living Dead Girl by: Rob Zombie
  3. Somebody’s Watching Me by: Rockwell
  4. Spellboundby: Siouxsie and the Banshees
  5. Don’t Fear the Reaper by: Blue Oyster Cult
  6. Tubular Bells by: Mike Oldfield
  7. Devil Inside by: INXS
  8. People Are Strange by: The Doors
  9. Possum Kingdom by: The Toadies
  10. Bela Lugosi’s Dead by: Bauhaus

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and CLIPART for these great Pics!

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Halloween, NY, Putnam County, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apples and Home

From SOUTHBEACHDIET.COM

There is no concrete proof that “An apple a day will keep the doctor away”– although, apples do provide respectable amounts of fiber, some vitamin C, potassium and quercetin – a flavonoid that may help protect against heart disease.

                                                                        

Did you know?  There are over 7,000 varieties of apples available worldwide.  Some are better for baking while others are better for eating.  Try sliced apples with peanut butter – Yummy!

When buying – avoid wrinkled, bruised or soft apples.

Storing apples in the refrigerator will keep them fresh for up to 3 months. But, before eating – always wash skin thoroughly!

This is the time for apples – so much can be done with them – CARMEL APPLE CAKE CARMEL APPLES – A DOUBLE APPLE MOJITO – APPLE PANCAKES – and we can’t forget the All American APPLE PIE. Thanks to THE FOODNETWORK.COM

                                                                         

Now is the perfect time to go apple picking – have fun on the farm and …

enjoy apples and use them to decorate around your home – or – during a get together, try apple dunking – maybe after a double apple mojito!

                       

And don’t forget, if your selling your home, have a pot of apple cider cooking on the stove for a wonderful fragrance or bake some apple muffins– Mmmm!

HAPPY FALL!

October 4, 2008 Posted by | Apples, Autumn, Fall, NY, Putnam County, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Friends on the Road in Real Estate

     As many of you know, I am a Realtor in New York and Connecticut.  Within those 2 states, I cover 5 counties – Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in NY and Fairfield and parts of Litchfield counties in CT.  That is ALOT of driving!

Along the way, I have seen many interesting places and have met some new friends – critter friends – some small and some … not so small!

  Adorable pup in Carmel, NY – at first, he came out of his home barking up a storm, then allowed me to step out of the car to view his property.

A very brave Chipmunk who allowed me to snap a few photos. 

   Stopped to say “Hello” to these fellows after a  very exciting viewing of the home of an Oscar winning actor in Patterson, NY!

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  Many, many ponds, lakes, streams and reservoirs through out all 5 counties full of fish, turtles, frogs, ducks, geese, swans, ….

 Two Doves who kept getting closer and closer to me.

If your thinking of purchasing a home and moving here, just think – when the kids ask for a pet, just take them for a ride – there is so much to see!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Carmel, Connecticut, Dutchess, Fairfield County, Litchfield County, NY, Patterson, Putnam County, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Do You Have Time to go House Hunting in June?

June is a busy time for everyone – Weddings, Graduations, end of the school year activities and lots of barbecue – backyard get togethers!

                               

If your interested in looking for a home – in this current market which has lots of inventory and historically low interest rates – please keep in mind that most of the “looking” is done on your computer!

                                                                         

No Stress!  Just send me an e-mail – diana.santos@century21.com  – and let me your areas of interest in either New York – in Westchester County, Putnam County, Dutchess County and/or in Connecticut – in Fairfield County and Litchfield County

Also, please let me know what type of home you would like – 3 bedrooms?  with a pool? close to I-84 – I 684? and last but not least, your price range!   

 

You will then begin receiving e-mails with listings and photos.  Questions can be answered and information exchanged regarding the town, schools, commuter info and even where to shop.  Everything can be done on-line

Then, when your available to start viewing – put on a pair of comfy sandals and off we go!

  WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

A big Thank You to Google Images for most of these photos.

June 14, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, Dutchess County, Fairfield County, Litchfield County, NY, Putnam County, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment