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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.

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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

Homes Visited During Realtor Open House Day

During this past Wednesdays Realtor Open House Day – Carolyn and I viewed 2 MAGNIFICENT HOMES with AWESOME VIEWS – no wonder why I love my job!

Home with views of the Middle Branch Reservoir

Home with views over moutains and reservoir

 

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clouds for a Wintery Mix in New Fairfield, CT & Brewster, NY

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Clouds are everywhere  – where I live in New Fairfield, CT and where I work in Brewster, NY.  We are due for a wintery mix – rain and snow which will then change over to ice.  Although, I am pleased to say,  that it doesn’t seem to stop my buyers who are looking to purchase a home.

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and… as long as the driveways are plowed and walkways are clean to homes that we’re viewing – I’m good to go!

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Viewing homes in the winter does have some advantages.  You can see how cozy the house is – are there drafts – or possibly rooms that are poorly heated and/or insulated.  Rooms can vary – for example those with vaulted ceilings hold all the heat high above.  Simply installing fans to draw the heat down can help.  Or, rooms that were once a porch and now enclosed, may need more insulation and so on.

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Also, while viewing the homes property in the winter, when all the leaves and shrubs are gone, helps to see the entire acreage – along with what is neighboring the property.

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So, I invite all those interested in going out to view homes – in the snow – ice – cold and wind!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Connecticut, First Time Home Buyers, Home, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Southeast, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Would You Buy A Ginger Bread House…?

Would you buy a Ginger Bread House

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or maybe a Light House ….

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how about a Little House on the Prarie …

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a Blue House

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or a House by the Lake!

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Whatever home you may be interested in purchasing, I’d love to help in the search!

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Home, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Milltown Road – Brewster, NY

Milltown Road in Southeast/Brewster, NY is my direct route to work and back home – as is for many Connecticut residents going into New York.  It’s approximately 8 miles long, and about 6 of those miles are in New York – starting at Route 22 in Brewster and the remaining 2 miles are in Connecticut – ending at Route 39 in New Fairfield.

Historic Milltown is one of the earliest settlements in the town and contains many significant older homes that are in Southeast – which was founded in 1788.

There are other roads to take, but Milltown Road is the only road for me – especially with all the wonderful things there are along the way to view.

 East Branch Reservoir

                       Horses out to pasture     

  Sculpures by – David Boyajian -displayed on the lawn

Cows enjoying a break in the sunshine  

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Connecticut, Historical Homes, New Fairfield, NY, Southeast, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reed Farm – Brewster, NY

    In the past few days, I have been showing town homes in the Reed Farm complex in Brewster, NYSpring is always very scenic and peaceful here – and always a pleasure to show. 

 

 

Reed Farm is a 258 unit complex with a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and basketball courts – and lots of open space for walking!  It is located within minutes to the Croton Falls and Brewster train stations, I-684 and I-84 and the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut

Currently, there are 5 units available for sale – ranging from a 1 bedroom for $339,900 – or – a 2 bedroom in the low to high $300,000 price range – or – a 2 bedroom. 3 bath, 3 level end unit with a garage for $425,000.

Please feel free to contact me for more info!   Diana Cell: 203-648-2619   ~   E-Mail:  Diana.Santos@Century21.com

  

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Condo/Townhomes, NY, Townhomes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day

Theraputic Horse FacilityEvery Wednesday is Realtor Open House Day here in Putnam County, New York.  As a Realtor, Open House day is informative and fun!  We view new listings and meet each listing agent.  We also have the opportunity to get to know the area the home is located in and network with other agents.

Viewing my office’s own listings is important for us to be prepared for buyer calls.  It is impossible for a listing agent to input every bit of information about a home into the listing sheet.  Therefore, the listing agent shows us around, pointing out updates and facts about the home.  This also helps if your an agent searching for a buyer who is viewing homes on line, viewing photos is never the same as actually being in the home – especially if there are little or bad photos! 

Agents will host their Realtor Open House by serving lunch, dessert or give a bottle of wine.  They also pass out a listing sheet on the property and answer any questions that we may have.

On our last Open House day, we had beautiful weather and I was able to take of few photos on our journey from one house to another.  This photo was taken at Pegasus Farm – a Therapeutic Horse Facility in Brewster, NY.  The other Realtors watched – and laughed –  from the car as I attempted to take this photo – this cutie was very big and very intimidating!

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Life as a Realtor, Realtor Open House | , , , , , , | Leave a comment