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Real Estate Broker/Owner - J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY
J. Philip Faranda is based in Briarcliff Manor, NY. His market covers Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, & Dutchess counties. Almost 500 clients and customers have closed transactions with him since 2005 for almost a quarter billion dollars worth of property sold. Ever the high-producing listing agent, he counts among his specialties hard to sell properties & short sales.

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2010 

Well, it's Halloween, so why not a report on Sleepy Hollow? Yes, there is a Sleepy Hollow, and yes, Washington Irving is buried here. There is an Old Dutch Church, a Sleepy Hollow Bridge, and the high school's mascot is the Headless Horsemen. Old Sleepy Hollow road is VERY spooky at night, windin...
10/31/2010
10/31/2010
Ossining has always had its share of problems through the years, and among them, since I was young, was always the blighted downtown area. The story goes that Ossining always had a vibrant, prosperous downtown until the early 1960's, when Arcadian Gardens shopping center was opened on the south s...
10/30/2010
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 Apparently I have missed the latest celebrity news about Charlie Sheen's recent drug-induced binge where he was found in his hotel room with a porn actress and cocaine, but not his clothes. While the guy on the radio wondered aloud about Sheen's crazed excesses, it was brought up that he paid th...
10/30/2010
Contrary to what some may think, an owner is not obligated to submit every offer to the lender for approval in order to do a short sale. As a matter of fact, there are offers that an owner should never submit to the lender. That is the owner’s right, as they still hold title and ownership of the...
10/29/2010
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This is Phil Faranda, can I help you?  Yes. I am looking at a house.  OK. How can I help you?  I want to know more about the house.  Are you in front of the house now? Are you at a computer?  Computer. It doesn't give an address.  What web page are you on? Can you email me a link?  ...
10/28/2010
Rather than post a REALLY long comment on Broker Bryant's post on the subject, I thought I'd write my own post on Flat Fee MLS listings. Ann and I ran a flat fee MLS company for 4 years in tandem with our company, and I know a ton about the Flat Fee niche. Essentially, for a flat initial fee of $...
10/28/2010
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I posted this on Facebook a day or two ago:  Let's review: Link to me on Linked In, solicit me, then count backwards from 20 while I de-link us. I got a few comments and "likes." There are two recent examples of annoying behavior which are the cyber equivelant of stuffing your business card into ...
10/27/2010
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I read two quotes that resonated with me on the danger of banks if given too much deference and power.  I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, ...
10/26/2010
What does $168,000 buy in White Plains these days? That will get a very nice 900 square foot unit at the Gaylord cooperative in White Plains, such as the one we just closed this past week. This apartment  is a very spacious Junior 4 with brand new kitchen, granite breakfast area & windows. The Ga...
10/24/2010
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