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My Life as a Realtor – Day 260

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 260:

Wednesday – Appointments in Carmel NY

                                                            Lake Gleneida – Carmel NY

Then off to do some errands and get ready for my 2nd appointment for the day in Thornwood NY.  I arrived home at 9:55pm – just in the nick of time to see the American Idol results! 

                                                     Night Sky in Thornwood NY

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 235

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 235:

Rain, rain go away…

A very rainy Saturday as I met with new clients in Brewster NY.  We viewed a total of 5 homes and I was soaked as I made my way to the office to wait for appointment #2 – which happen to be with a very good friend of mine.  We viewed 3 homes and had a ball – wet and all!

Here is a list of the homes I viewed with my first appointment…

  1. 814 Route 22 – Brewster NY
  2. 2617 Carmel Ave – Brewster NY
  3. 47 North Brewster Rd – Brewster NY
  4. 7 W Worthington – Carmel NY
  5. 50 Homer Dr – Brewster NY

My 2nd appointment included a Historic home in Patterson NY.  I always enjoy viewing older homes and seeing each and every detail and wondering how families first lived there…

Here are the homes we viewed…

  1. 2629 Carmel Ave – Brewster NY ~~ CLICK ~~
  2. 2643 Route 22 – Patterson NY ~~ CLICK ~~
  3. 750 Milltown Rd – Brewster NY ~~ CLICK ~~

I arrived home in the evening – just in time for a great dinner that my son David made.  Then, computer work and got myself ready for tomorrow’s appointment.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, Homes For Sale in New York, My Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 169

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 169:

CLOSING DAY for my client!! 

The closing was held in Carmel, NY at Attorney William Shillings office.  Here are a few pics I took as I drove in Carmel

A beautiful sunny day

Just a few minutes away from the attorney’ s office – I can see “The Retreat” on the horizon

Then past Lake Gleneida

and the Historic Putnam Court House

After the closing, my client was extremely excited and it was also exciting for me to be a part of this.  As we said our goodbyes, I noticed a plaque on the wall…

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – One of my favorite movies and sayings!

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 89

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 89:

Sunday – rained – all day long!

Started my morning in Ridgefield, CT to show 2 homes

SSPX0894                                         A rainy Ridgefield Sunday morning

SSPX0896                                                 Driving down Historic Main Street

SSPX0903                                          Lovely pond  views from one of the homes

Then we made our way into New York to view 6 more homes in Brewster…   Patterson…   Carmel…   and Mahopac.   And it rained the entire day!

October 23, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 85

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 85:

Wednesday – Realtor Open House Day! Lot’s to do before heading into the office, including working on a new offer.

Today’s Open Houses were great – Carolyn, Eva, Faith and I set out to view our first home in Carmel, NY32 Brookview Drive, Carmel, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  An absolutely lovely home, with a very talented owner – I felt as though I was walking through an art gallery, viewing beautiful paintings.  What a pleasure to be able to preview it for potential clients!

We moved on to house #2 – in the town of Kent, NY – 4 Mamanasco Road in Kent, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  This home is an estate – a great buy with lots of potential.  House #3 was in Patterson, NY48 Morningside Dr, Patterson, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  Another lovely home just waiting for a new homeowner!  And last, but not least, house #4 in Brewster, NY9 Tea House Lane – Brewster, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet – This gated home has stunning architectural details throughout!

HPIM1858                                                                     Views in Brewster, NY

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, Patterson, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 84

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 84:

It’s Tuesday – kiddies are all back to school after a long weekend.  I have lots to do before my noon’ish appointment with my client.  At the top of my list – price reduction on one of my listings – 150 Pocono Road ~ Brookfield, CT – Reduced to $398,000 ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing Sheet

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I met my client at the office – Century 21 VJF Realty,  and viewed 5 homes in the Carmel/KentBrewster/Patterson area.  One of the homes was a second showing – it has loads of potential!

Picture 357                                                         Lake Carmel – a picture I took last Fall

Did some work – errands – and home to make dinner and tend to the kids – pets and house – and,  very, very grateful that Jonathan’s soccer practice was canceled!  That’s one less thing on my “To Do” list.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Carmel, Connecticut, Kent, Lake Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

K-104 Radio Station at Smalley’s Inn

Halloween is in the air for sure!  This morning, on my way back home after dropping off my daughter at New Fairfield High School, Radio Station K-104 was airing Live from a Haunted place.  I wasn’t sure where – until I heard them say Smalley’s

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I recently had lunch at Smalley’s Inn ~CLICK ~ which is located in Carmel, NY – with my 2 Realtor friends, Susan and Carolyn.  The owner, Tony, gracious allowed me to take a few pictures and showed me his album full of photos and articles of peculiar sightings in his restaurant.

HPIM1777                                           Do you see an orb in the mirror under the chandelier?

Originally built in 1883 and then rebuilt in 1924 after a fired burned the Inn to the ground.  Many sightings have been noted.  One of which is of a young child, which is believed to be Elizabeth Smalley, daughter of the original owner, James Smalley

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Elizabeth died when she was a young child and recently her tombstone was found in the basement where many witnesses have felt their clothes being tugged on and have seen ghostly figures.  It is also said that James Smalley was also the sheriff and coroner of the town and that the morgue was located in the Inn’s basement.

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During Halloween, Tony goes all out – decorating Smalley’s – adding to the SPOOOKINESS!  To see – and feel – for yourself – Smalley’s Inn – 57 Gleneida Avenue – Carmel, NY 10512 – Phone: 845-225-9874

HPIM1779                                     Almost half of all my photos came out like this – Hmmm??

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 69

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 69:

Appointment today with my client – a NYC Police Officer.  3 homes in Patterson, NY – all in the Putnam Lake area – and 7 homes in the Kent, NY area near Lake Carmel.

SSPX0766                                         View from the front door of one of the homes viewed…

SSPX0750                                                                            Lake Carmel

Phone Pics 111                                                                            Putnam Lake

 

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Lake Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Putnam Lake, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 62

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 62: 

It was an exciting day for David – his official First Day of Work for Best Buy in Danbury!  I am so proud of him…

HPIM2626                                                                  David’s Best Buy Name Tag

OK, enough gushing – I was off to meet my new client.  We started at 10’ish in the am – and ended at about 2’ish in the afternoon.  We viewed 6 homes through out Patterson, NY – and – Carmel, NY.

                                                   One of the homes we viewed – Built in 1772SSPX0738

Then back home – many phone calls and e-mails to catch up on and soccer practice for Jon – and the 1st night of Dancing with the Stars!

September 25, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 50

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 50:

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Lots of  running around today – 1st Joe and I went to the Savings Bank of Danbury in New Fairfield, CT to have some documents notorized for Allstate – yes, we are still working on our claim for Joe’s car that got totalled.

HPIM2275                                                This was Joe’s “Zoom-Zoom” – Mazda

Then went to show a home in Carmel, NY – stopped at the office – then food shopping at A & P – back home – then off to Enterprise to rent a car… again!

SSPX0588                                                            Enterprise Car Rental in Danbury, CT

And – off to my favorite part of the day – had an evening Listing appointment!  Great details about this wonderful home in Brewster, NY to come!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 21

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 21:

Busy day – appointment in Pattersona church built in 1874 and turned into a residential home in the 1970’s.

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Then off to a Doctor’s appointment in Carmel – David will need surgery – scheduled for Monday.

SSPX0476                                                 David – waiting to see the Doctor

Next, appointment in New Milford – to view an over-sized Cape.  My clients and I then went to their home, in New Fairfield where I took photos and information to put their home on the market.

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August 13, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, New Milford, NY, Patterson, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 7

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 7:

Big day today – my First Time Homebuyers CLOSED on their HOME!!  They have been through many ups and downs and I am so happy for them that this day has finally arrived.  The town of Wingdale in New York, now have new – wonderful residents.

HPIM2113                                                                Attorney’s Office – Carmel, NY

Afterwards, I flew by the my office – Century 21 VJF did some errands, picked up my daughter at work since I had her car – made dinner and ate like a piglet since I had no lunch – kept checking in on my oldest son, who drove down to North Carolina with cousin Derek and friends ~ and ~ now I will continue what I started this morning, all my on-line work.

July 29, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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!

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

My Cell Phone Pic – Carmel, NY

During a Realtor Open House Day, I visited an historic home in Carmel, NY.  Built in the 1760’s, this home is loaded with charm and of course… history.  Everything from the architecture to the furniture and decorative items – including this antique telephone, which brought me back in time. Or so I could wonder what it was like…

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Cell Phone Pics, Realtor Open House | , , , , | Leave a comment

Home, Home on the Range…

Sometimes, when I’m out showing homes in the Carmel, Brewster, Patterson and Pawling, NY areas – I can’t help but to sing, “Home, home on the range…” on-the-range-neilsphotography                                                                                                Neilsphotography – Flickr.com We don’t have any buffalo, but we do have lots of horses and cattle!

 picture-144View from Route 22 in Patterson, NY

picture-0221Horses in Brewster, NY To get to know someone who lives on a ranch, do yourself a favor and visit an awesome site ThePioneerWoman.com <CLICK> .  She invites all to her Frontier! Please enjoy Roy Rogers fronting The Sons of the Pioneers while singing… Home on the Range – a bit of nastalgia.  

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, Fun Post, Pawling, The Pioneer Woman, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Open House Day – Carmel

This week for Realtor Open House Day, we viewed a piece of history!  Originally built in 1760 and added onto throughout the 1800’s, this home in Carmel, NY has approximately 5,700 square feet, 4 fireplaces, ornate moldings and wide plank floors

Please call for more info – cell: 203-648-2619

Here is a sneak peek –

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If these walls could talk…

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Historical Homes, Realtor Open House, 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

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!

I didn’t get out of the car for this photo!  

  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

Hunter’s Glen – Carmel, NY

 HUNTER’S GLEN, a 382 unit development in CARMEL, NY,  is conveniently located near I-84 & I-684, the Southeast Train Station, restaurants, shopping and just around the corner from Centennial Golf Club.  The 27 hole Championship course on 340 acres with spectacular views!

  This beautifully landscaped complex – with a pond and gazebo, has a clubhouse – which can be rented out for functions – an exercise room, pool, tennis courts and playground. It is located in Carmel, NY with Brewster Schools.

 Currently, there are units available.  If your interested in more information, please contact me!

                         Diana  Cell:  203-648-2619   ~   E-Mail:  Diana.Santos@century21.com

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, Condo/Townhomes, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Historic Fowler House – Carmel, NY

 Another wonderful Realtor Open House Day.  Carolyn and I made our way from East Fishkill, NY to Carmel, NY – leaving the best for last!

  The Historic Fowler House, built in 1739, is a 5,410 square foot Farm House on 1.460 acres – holds 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 8 fireplaces and loads of history.  Much of this homes original features still stand – from the trim work, windows, stagecoach mounting block and it’s very own ice house.                             

                                                              

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  It is said that President George Washington stayed here – Oh,  if these walls could talk ….

                                                                              

I wish I could go back in time!  Visiting these historic homes through out up-state New York lets me feel like I am!

               

                                                                            

Own a piece of History!  Call for more information on this home and many other historic homes.

                      Diana – Cell: 203-648-2619      ~     E-Mail: Diana.Santos@Century21.com

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Carmel, Historical Homes, NY, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day (2)

On Wednesday, it was Realtor Open House Day again here in Putnam County!  An associate of mine, Carolyn Wachter and I, set out for our visits to our offices new listings as well as others.

It was a beautiful day, and the first home on our agenda was in Kent, NY – moving on to a new 55 and Better community, currently in construction in Carmel, NY and then – without even knowing – we made our way to Patterson, NY to view an older home – which is always at the top of our must see list.

The Federal Style House, built in 1795, is owned by an Academy Award Winning Actor.  The wide-plank floor boards, the numerous fireplaces, the architect throughout the home was mesmerizing.  I always find myself wondering what it must have been like living here over 100 years ago – no electric, running water, telephone – no television!

In the Patterson Historical Society Book, where this home is featured, Carolyn read that a previous owner would bring her cow into her room at night to sleep.  I couldn’t help but think, “If These Walls Could Talk”. 

The listing agent took us on a tour of the home from top to bottom and into the barn-turned-guest-house overlooking the 41 plus acres estate – BEAUTIFUL!

Oh, and I was also able to view “The Oscar” sitting in the corner of a room – the cherry on top of a perfect day – my day… in the Life as a Realtor.

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 WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Carmel, Kent, Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Realtor Open House | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment