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

Dress Up Your Deck

Dress Up Your Deck ~ From HouseLogic.com

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May 17, 2011 Posted by | Home | , , , | Leave a comment

Buy a Starter Home

Buy a Starter Home… About.com

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October 7, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Buyer Tax Credit Information

Homebuyer Tax Credit Information…

I just came across a great site that has information on understanding the homebuyer tax credit – Do you qualify?  Is this just for first time homebuyers?  When is the deadline?  

This site answers these questions and more.  The best part is there is an Eligibility Test to see if you can take advantage of this credit.

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January 15, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Credit, First Time Home Buyers, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

150 Pocono Road – Brookfield CT – Price Reduction

Price Reduction on my Listing ~ 150 Pocono Road in Brookfield, Connecticut

A wonderful home…

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congress Extended & Expanded Housing Tax Credit!

Congress has Extended and Expanded the Housing Tax Credit.  Now, not just for First Time Home Buyers, this tax credit will also be available for Repeat Home Buyers!

~ CLICK ~ Here to view NAR Issue Brief  Home Buyer Tax Credit Change Chart

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November 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Selling Your Home During the Holidays

FrontDoor.com has the Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays ~ CLICK ~

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Before we know it, the Holiday’s will be upon us – helpful ideas like these from FrontDoor.com

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bedroom Decorating with Kelly Edwards

Bedroom Decorating with Kelly Edwards ~ CLICK ~

Make the most of a small bedroomwatch this helpful video with Kelly Edwards ~ CLICK ~ where she positions furniture to open up the flow in a bedroom to give the illusion that the room is bigger

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Just some helpful tips for sellers ~ or anyone!

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 37

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 37:

HPIM2457                                                Making my way to the home in Mahopac, NY

Big and busy day today – Started out this morning by meeting my clients at the home they were purchasing in Mahopac, NY  – to do their walk through.  After making sure all was well – toilets flush, faucets for both hot and cold water run,  attic cleaned out, looked over the home inside and out – we were off to the closing in Bedford Hills, NY.

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After the closing, I went to the officeCentury 21 VJF Realty – did some work and then headed to Elmsford, NY – to the Hampton Inn for a seminar in Short Sales – very informative.

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Afterwards, Linda – our Broker/Owner, Eva, Caroline and I, went to The Cheese Cake Factory in White Plains, NY – What a lovely end to a wonderful day!

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August 28, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 35

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 35:

What a gorgeous day out – in the 80’s – sunny, but comfortable.  So comfortable, we were able to turn the air off and open our windows for some fresh air!

SSPX0501                     Enterance to Candlewood Town Park ~ New Fairfield, CT

Worked from home again – drove Jonathan to meet with some of his friends at  Candlewood Lake Town Beach in New Fairfield – 5 minutes from home – to meet with some of his friends.

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Then I dropped our car rental off at New Fairfield Auto Body so that Enterprise can pick it up in the am – Oh, that Ford Focus will be missed!  When Joe gets back from Portugal, we will have to go car shopping and he’s insisting on a pick up truck. 

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Then -work, work, work…

Clean, clean, clean…

Back to pick up Jonathan –

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Dinner, dinner, dinner…

Then Melissa and I went to Shaw’s – just a few things needed.  And back home to –

Work, work, work…  until about 2am since I have a busy day tomorrow.

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, Home, My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 32

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 32:

Rain, rain, rain…  It came down as a heavy downpour and for quite awhile – flooding was everywhere, road blocks were up and even torn up roadways – it was crazy!  And where was I in this mess – ??  Putting up a new sign in front of my Brookfield listing.

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Before going to Brookfield – I went to our bank – HSBC in Brewster.  Then off to show a condo in Danbury – here’s the pretty water view in the complex – where it had just started to rain.

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After the sign was up, I went home – which took about 45 minutes instead of 15 due to the storm.  I picked up my youngest, Jonathan, and took him to the local barber – Roberts Barber Shop near the New Fairfield Post Office.  They always take their time and do a great job – better yet, with my crazy schedule, walk-ins are welcome.  Then off to Shaw’s and… I couldn’t resist – since Joe is in Portugal – we had Chinese for dinner – Yum! 

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August 23, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Brookfield, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Zillow’s Zestimates

Zillow.com is a popular site for buyers looking for a home or sellers looking to sell their home.  Alot of questions have been asked about Zillow’s Zestimates and how accurate they are.

Watch this video to better understand why a Zestimate is an estimate of a homes value.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized, Zillow | , , , , , | Leave a comment

FrontDoor – Home Value IQ Quiz

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HGTV’s FrontDoor – Test Your Home Value IQ Quiz ~ CLICK ~

 

August 15, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

DIY – 100 Under Half Day Projects

DIY’s Top 100 Under Half Day Projects is a great way to make some improvements on your home.  Whether your selling your home, or making changes for you to enjoy and raise it’s potential valueCLICK here for a bunch of great ideas!

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August 11, 2009 Posted by | Home, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Front Door – Top 10 Strategies for Choosing a Realtor

HGTV’s FrontDoor.com lists the Top 10 Strategies for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent – and I totally agree with all ten!

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Click here to view what you should be looking for in an agent – are they a full-time and full-service Realtor?  Are they networking on LinkedIn, Twitter and Face Book?  Do they have a BLOG?  Are they Tech-savvy?  Can and will they think like a buyer?   Are they understanding and do they listen?

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Home buying & selling can be a long and frustrating process – so choose someone your comfortable with and that will do their best to smooth the bumps along the way of buying and selling your home.

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Front Door, HGTV, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Inexpensive Staging Tips from TLC

Here is 5 Inexpensive Staging Tips from TLC to help sell your home!

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These do-it-yourself tips from TLC can make all the difference in getting your Home SOLD!

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Sellers, TLC | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 10

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 10:

Late morning appointment in New Fairfield, CT with past clients that are looking into selling their home.  I was their selling agent almost 2 years ago.  What a pleasure it was to see them again, and to see the improvements they’ve done to their home.

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Drove up to my listing in Brookfield, CTwent to put up my yard sign and lockbox.  My brother lives just a few minutes away, so I stopped and visited with my sister-in-law, Leia,  and the kids.  I was also their selling agent.  It’s always a pleasure to visit with them since they’re always making improvements and Leia has such awesome ideas that she inspires me.  Currently, she motivating me to paint my kitchen cabinets. I’m almost there….  just need one more push – well, one more BIG push!

 HPIM1985        My kitchen cabinets – yes, that’s Moe – in his new hiding spot from the pups!

While I was visiting with the kids and meeting Taffy, their new kitty, the wind started to kick up and it got so dark within such a short amount of time.  As I was talking with Leia in the kitchen, I heard a loud sound and could see the trees move and shake along with what seemed like a dark gray cloud move across the yard – Bam!  The rain and wind hit the house.  I flew to my car – since I realized I had left both windows open, and had to drive home, drenched and barely able to see anything!  Very scary!

Afterwards, Matt, our most fantastic computer guy, delivered my daughter, Sara’s, new mini-Dell computer and took my Melissa’s computer to have a look since it’ s been over heating.  Then, I unfortunately had to deliver bad news to clients that the offer they submitted on a foreclosure was not happening since the bank accepted another offer.  That is the part I do not like about my job, being the bearer of bad news.

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I also spoke with clients that just closed on their house 2 weeks ago.  The sellers rented out until the end of the month and my clients are excited about moving in this weekend.  I’m happy that they’ll be New Fairfield neighbors of mine.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 9

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 9:

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Busy day promoting my new listing on my Blog, Trulia, Zillow, Active Rain and Listing Book in New York & Connecticut.  Still waiting, but no news from the bank regarding an offer on a foreclosure and another bank regarding an offer on a short sale.

Kids are enjoying their summer vacation – Melissa is busy working 2 jobs and taking summer classes at West Conn, David is having a blast with friends, today he called from North Carolina,  Amanda loves reading her books, Sara is feverishly excising – I swear she does enough for her and me! And Jonathan is a night owl like me – up late on the computer, except I’m working and he’s playing.

Did a few errands, phone calls, e-mails and made a yummy dinner– Chicken with red peppers, zucchini and fresh green beans from my mother-in-laws garden – added some potatoes and salad…. and a glass of red wine – as Julia Child would say, “Bon Appetit!” – I am so looking forward to seeing the movie – “Julie & Julia”

 

July 31, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 8

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 8:

It’s Wednesday – Hump Day – Yahoo!  Allstate Insurance adjuster came over to view some smoke damage in our home.  Before he arrived, I make sure all the rooms were as neat as a pin – I have a bit of OCD – always have, always will.

Worked on a CMA for past clients that may be interested in selling their home.

Dealing with an offer on a foreclosure and another on a short sale.

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And… here is my new listing!!  150 Pocono Road ~ Brookfield, CT – CLICK

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, 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.

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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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 2

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Day 2:

This morning I continued working on my new listing – downloaded all the photos last night – today is the fun part of filling in all the forms needed to input the listing on the Multiple Listing Service in 2 states since I am licensed in New York and Connecticut.

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Early this afternoon, I met with clients – we viewed a Foreclosure in Danbury, CT… there is some interest and I’m not surprised since the condition wasn’t the usual foreclosed homes I’ve viewed.  They are first time homebuyers and really nice – I hope it works out for them!

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Since I was in Danbury – made a quick trip to Best Buy – I had called earlier to make sure they had what I was looking to purchase – they did, and they put it aside for me – my own personal shopper… cool!

Added a new link to my Blogs HomepageNeighborCity Real Estate Guide – If your looking for Commercial Real Estate, Home Builders, Mortgage Brokers, Realtors, Staging Companies, Green Homes, Home Inspectors, Real Estate Appraisers, Title Companies and other Resources and Blogs – visit this site where you can search by location.

Happy news of the day…..  I GOT MY LAPTOP BACK!!!   After having a virus on it for months– I was introduced to a fantastic tech guyMatt Bochnewich – who – by the way – came to my house, took the time and looked at all of our computers! 

Matt Bochnewich ~ 646-867-0778 ~ support@techgur.us

Matt offers:  Consulting, Installation, Troubleshooting, Hardware, Software, Web Solutions & 24 hour emergency remote support ~ and is CompTIA A+ Certified

July 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Steps to Happy House Hunting

Cape - Savannah Grandfather                                                            Savannah Grandfather – Flickr.com

Here are some helpful tips from FRONTDOOR.COM on Steps to Happy House Hunting ~ CLICK ~

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, Home, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Open House Day in CT & NY

This past Wednesday, Realtor Open House Day took me to 3 beautiful homes – the 1st in New Fairfield, CT – the 2nd in Holmes, NY and the 3rd in Patterson, NY.  It was a beautiful day, we had great food, good conversation and 3 more homes I’d like to share with you and my clients! 

<CLICK on each town to view listing sheet for each home >

Here are some cell phone pics I took on my way to the home in New Fairfield, CT

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If interested in viewing any of these homes – please contact me at your convenience! 

Diana ~ Cell: 203-648-2619

July 12, 2009 Posted by | Cell Phone Pics, Connecticut, Holmes, New Fairfield, NY, Patterson, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Styles: What Kind of House are YOU?

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HGTV’s Front Door breaks down 18 of the most common architectural styles.  Since Homes aren’t one-size-fits-all, check out these great videos on all the different style homes and see which styles fit you.

Colonial - ReneS                                                                   ReneS – Flickr.com

                                                                       ~Watch Videos~

  • Art Deco
  • Craftsman Bungalow
  • Cape Cod
  • Colonial
  • Contemporary
  • Farmhouse
  • Federal
  • French Provincial
  • Greek Revival
  • Italianate
  • Modern
  • Prairie
  • Pueblo Revival
  • Ranch
  • Spanish Colonial
  • Tudor
  • Victorian

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Home for Sale in Patterson – NY

This past Saturday,  I viewed a lovely 3 bdrm, 2 bath home on quiet street in Putnam Lake – Patterson, NY.  This light & bright home has a large deck overlooking a level yard with an above ground pool.  The open floor plan is great for entertaining and a walkout Lower Level has a family room and full bath – which makes it possible for a  Mother/Daughter home or a great summer house!

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To view listing <CLICK>  http://wpmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=Westchester&PRGNAME=MLSLogin&ARGUMENT=y7pbMEzBOk8dTh%2FfGeagBg4p%2BdNMezlB%2FyWM0gz7xJI%3D&KeyRid=1&Include_Search_Criteria=

This home is convenient to Route 22 and I-684. 

 Call for an appointment – Diana – cell: 203-648-2619

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Home, NY, Patterson, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Projects Made Easy With Lowe’s

Spring is here with weather that’s not too hot and not too cold – making it a perfect time to take care of a few project  around your home

Click on Lowe’s to view some helpful videos – LOWE’S

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Home, Lowe's, Spring, 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

Homebuying Dos and Don’ts

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If your taking advantage of this “Buyers Market”  –  here are some Dos and Don’ts from FRONTDOOR.COM <CLICK>

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Also, Listing Book is a great way to search like an agent and view all current listings that are updated every 30 minutes – unlike other Home Search sites – AND – it’s FREE!  Register for your account –       <CLICK HERE TO VIEW> 

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March 28, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Listing Book | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tax Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers and Owners

I receive numerous e-mails daily.  Many are of helpful tips and important information.

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FrontDoor.com has 10 Tax Tips for Home Buyers, Sellers and Owners <CLICK>

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Please be sure to check or contact your accountant, to see if these new laws apply to you and if your eligible

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March 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Home, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Stimulus Bill to Create a Tax Credit for a Home Purchase!

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Great news for those looking to purchase a home…  a tax credit of $8,000 has been approved! 

                                      <<Click Here to view the Consumer Chart>>

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Eliminating the repayment provision and increasing the limit from $7,500 to $8,000 – along with extending the time line from January 1, 2009 to December 1, 2009.
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February 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Credit, Economy, First Time Home Buyers, Money, Realtor, 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…

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

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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