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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!

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

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

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

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