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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!

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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

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

Should I Move?

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FrontDoor.com has a QUIZ you can take if your wondering if now is a good time to sell your home and move – and so many other guides and tips to homebuying and/or selling.

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Many of you may be renting and would love to have the ability to control the heat – instead of feeling as though your living in a cold stone house.  I guess the Flinstones didn’t mind!shoe-house-james-gordon

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Others may want to go from their started home to a bit larger home to accommodate their growing family or to start a family.  I’ve been there – feeling like the old woman, living in a shoe filled with children!  For years I waited to be able to move to a larger home since we had 5 growing children.  I knew it would be difficult for us to afford a larger home in Harrison, NY – so, we made the best decision of our lives – to do the commute up and down I-684 and move to New Fairfield, Connecticut!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Connecticut, Fairfield County, First Time Home Buyers, Moving, New Fairfield, NY, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HERITAGE HILLS – Somers, NY

HERITAGE HILLS is located in the town of Somers, NY in Westchester County and borders Putnam CountySomers is conveniently located near I-684 and the Metro North Commuter Railroad which can be used in either neighboring towns of Purdy’s, Goldens Bridge or Katonah.

 Heritage Village has a philosophy of luxury and village living with over 2,500 condominiums on 1,100 acres of rolling , wooded countryside with spacious views – of which almost 40% is retained as open space.

The complex is divided into East Hill and West Hill.  Throughout the community, there are swimming pools, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts and the privately run Somers Pointe Golf Club located in Heritage Hills with an 18-hole and 9-hole course.

The main activities center has an art studio, a private library and a theatre.  There are clubs offering woodworking, gardening and sculpting

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There is also a Fitness center with exercise equipment, whirlpool bath and sauna.

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So much to do within or take advantage of Heritage Hills Shuttle Service to the nearby restaurants and shopping areas as well as the Metro North Commuter Station.

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As of 8/23/10 – there are 42 units available for sale – ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms for $269,900 to $799,000.

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June 25, 2008 Posted by | Condo/Townhomes, NY, Somers, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mt. Kisco, NY

Mt. Kisco, NY – a Westchester County  Village, is conveniently located near I-684 and The Sprain River Parkway.  The Train station is on the Harlem Division of the Metro North Railroad and the village is just 15 minutes from Westchester Airport.

                                            

Mt. Kisco is the home of over 40 restaurants. Whatever your choice is, there is a good chance it’s being served here – and you won’t need a passport!

  This area is well know for its diverse community and is a wonderful place to live and work in!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Mt. Kisco, NY, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , | 3 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

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day (5)

In Westchester County last Thursday, Carolyn – an associate Realtor in my office – and I saw some magnificent homes

  Our first home, currently on the market for $12,500,000 in BEDFORD – NY,was an 1927 Georgian Manor house built with original bricks from a 16th Century English Estate.  With over 23 acres, a pool, barn, twin gate houses and a multi car garage – we were in awe while viewing every room, including the maids quarters, attic and we even dared to view the basement!  All the while wondering – Oh! – If These Walls Could Talk.

We moved onto a lovely Country House in POUND RIDGE, NY.  This home was built in 1958 and designed by Livingston Elder.  With over 2 acres, a pool, fruit trees and overlooking the Ward Pound Ridge Preserve, making this home a private oasis.  It is currently on the market for $1,395,000.

 

 Last, but not least, we viewed another home in Pound Ridge, The Byron Stratton House – a Historical Pound Ridge Landmark.  This Colonial, with over 6,000 square feet on over 6 acres, was originally buit in Connecticut, then brought over and rebuilt in it’s current position in 1934.  With 6 working fireplaces, a library, conservatory, gymnasium, pool, gazebo and pond – this home is a true gem.  It is currently listed for $3,999,900.

  WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Bedford, Historical Homes, Pound Ridge, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

House Hunting in Westchester County

I have been assisting First Time Home Buyers who are looking in different towns in Westchester County, a perfect middle in-between New York City and the country in upstate New York

Last week we viewed a townhouse in Rye, NY – a home in Scarsdale, NY – and then moved onto another home and townhouse in Pelham, NY.  All of these towns and streets we passed to get to our designation, brought back early memories of when I lived in Westchester – growing up in Mount Vernon, NY and then moving to Harrison, NY. 

I am very fortunate to have these wonderful memories and I am always anxious to assist buyers in their search to begin their memories.  Also, it’s always a pleasure working with 1st time home buyers who are currently renting and now have the opportunity to stop handing over a check to their landlord and saying good-bye to their money – FOREVER!

When owning your own home, over time you may build equity into the home and it can be the single biggest tax break available.  And don’t forget – YOU control the heat, YOU get to remodel and decorate it with YOUR style inside and out! 

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt

May 9, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, First Time Home Buyers, Home, NY, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment